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It is important to both your comfort and your safety that the people working on the HVAC equipment in your Florida home are both experienced and knowledgeable. NATE certified technicians are extensively trained, tested and certified by the NATE industry organization to provide quality installation, maintenance and repair service on all types of HVAC equipment.

Nate Certified TechniciansThe NATE Organization

NATE, the North American Technician Excellence organization, is an association of industry professionals that includes equipment manufacturers, contractors, distributors, technicians and educators. It offers training, testing and certification of HVAC technicians that ensures they conform to the highest industry standards, and can competently install, maintain and service all types of HVAC equipment, including furnaces, boilers, air conditioners, ventilation systems and refrigeration systems. NATE certification is a voluntary process, and the NATE organization works with both industry partners and government organizations to ensure that NATE certified technicians meet all quality, safety and professional standards.

Why Choose a NATE Certified Technician?

If your HVAC system isn’t installed or serviced correctly, not only can it impact the life of your HVAC equipment, reduce your comfort and increase your energy costs, but it could also lead to safety problems. By choosing an HVAC professional that employs NATE certified technicians, you can be sure that your equipment is installed and serviced correctly.

A NATE-certified technician will know how to size your system properly for your home, using the Manual J procedure instead of a rough estimate, and how to service it properly, according to the manufacturer’s recommended procedures and service intervals. This extends the life of your system, protects its warranty, keeps it running efficiently and minimizes your energy costs. It also keeps your home and your family comfortable, with the proper temperature, good indoor air quality and healthy humidity levels.

To learn more about the benefits of choosing NATE certified technicians, talk to our heating and cooling experts at Conditioned Air. We offer professional installation, maintenance and repair services throughout Southwest Florida, including the Ft. Myers and Sarasota areas, and we proudly feature highly-experienced, NATE certified technicians.

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Poor indoor air quality can cause symptoms such as stuffiness, coughing, sneezing, itchy eyes or a runny nose, and it can be especially detrimental to those with asthma, allergies or other respiratory conditions. With just a bit of work, though, there are a few simple ways that you can improve the indoor air quality in your Florida home and make it more comfortable.

improve indoor air qualityChange the Air Filter on the HVAC System Often

The primary job of the air filter in your HVAC system is to protect the system from dirt accumulation and damage, but it also helps to keep the air in your home clean. It should be checked every month that the HVAC system is used, and replaced when it becomes noticeably dirty or clogged, or about every three months. To improve indoor air quality, choose a filter with a higher MERV rating, or upgrade to an electrostatic or HEPA filter. Also, consider installing a whole-home air cleaner.

Avoid Dust Accumulation

Vacuum your home at least once a week with a machine that uses a HEPA filter, and dust tables, shelves, ceiling fans, wood trim, and other areas with moist cloths or electrostatic wipes. Remove throw rugs once a month and take them outside to beat the dust out of them. Reduce clutter and store extra clothes and other items in sealed containers to avoid dust accumulation. Wash bedding at least once a week, and consider installing washable slipcovers on upholstered furniture.

Keep Humidity at Healthy Levels

Dust mites and many microorganisms prefer high humidity, and by keeping humidity levels between 40 and 50 percent, you can improve indoor air quality. Have your HVAC system inspected and maintained at least twice a year to make sure it is running well and dehumidifies properly, and consider adding a separate whole-home dehumidifier. Use ventilation fans in the bathroom and kitchen when bathing or cooking to avoid adding extra moisture to the air.

For more ways to improve indoor air quality, talk to our HVAC professionals at Conditioned Air, serving the Southwest Florida area.

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Nearly every year, the federal government (through the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star program) offers federal energy tax credits for people who have purchased appliances and other products that are Energy Star–qualified. By installing Energy Star–certified appliances throughout your Florida home, not only can you save up to 30 percent on your energy bills—you can also qualify for these federal energy tax credits.

federal energy tax creditsIncentives for Qualifying Products

For most qualifying HVAC equipment, insulation, windows and doors, the total tax credit is either a predetermined amount or 10 percent off the purchase price, up to a predetermined maximum. Other products, such as geothermal heat pumps and solar systems, may qualify for a credit of 30 percent off the purchase price.

  • Air source heat pumps: Split Systems are eligible for a $300 credit, if they have an HSPF of greater than or equal to 8.5, an EER of 12.5 and a SEER of 15. Packaged systems must have ratings of 8 HSPF, 12 EER and 14 SEER or above.
  • Central air conditioners: The credit is up to $300 for air conditioners, with at least 16 SEER and 13 EER ratings for split systems, or at least 14 SEER and 12 EER for packaged systems.
  • Furnaces: Gas, propane and oil furnaces are eligible for a $150 credit if they have an AFUE of 95 or above. The furnace fan can qualify for an additional $50 credit if it uses 2 percent or less of the total energy that the furnace requires.
  • Boilers: Gas, propane and oil boilers with an AFUE of at least 95 qualify for a $150 credit.
  • Insulation: New insulation qualifies for a credit of 10 percent of the purchase price, up to $500 total.
  • Windows and Doors: Energy Star–certified windows and doors qualify for a 10 percent credit, up to $200. The limit applies to all units installed since 2005.

To learn more about these federal energy tax credits, visit the Energy Star website or talk to our HVAC experts at Conditioned Air. We have been serving the Southwest Florida area, including Naples and Sarasota, since 1962.