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The Essentials of Every Preventative Air Conditioning Maintenance

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The 8 Essentials of Every Air Conditioning Maintenance

1. Clean the drain line, evaporator coil and drain line. Here’s a video tutorial on How to Clean the Air Handler and Drain Line
2. Clean the outdoor condensing unit. Here’s a video tutorial for the Proper Way to Clean and Outdoor Condenser.
3. Check the blower wheel and clean as needed.
4. Test the capacitor. Here’s a video tutorial on How to Check the Capacitor and other Electrical Components.
5. Check electrical connections, heat strips and temperature splits. 6.Inspect refrigerant levels and as needed perform a leak test.
7. Record the superheat and sub-cool readings.
8. Change the air filter. Here’s our article on how to choose an air filter.

If you have any questions or would like to set up an air conditioning maintenance call (352) 243-7088 or visit www.KalosFlorida.com

How a New A/C Unit Can Save You Money!

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We see this all of the time in our industry. A customer who chooses to go with a costly repair, on an old system that will statistically be

a bad investment. What’s stopping you from getting an air conditioning replacement? Many homeowners are can’t justify a large initial investment for a new A/C unit, but don’t consider the long-term benefits that they could start taking advantage with a new unit Here are seven great advantages to upgrading to a new A/C unit and where you could see some significant savings!

  • Reduced spending- Due to the fact that new A/C units are designed to run far more efficiently than models which are only a few years old, you can expect your monthly cooling costs will go down.
  • Increased comfort- Advanced technologies promote comfort throughout the home by providing a constant stream of conditioned air, better moisture control and more even temperatures with less fluctuations.
  • Improved air quality- Improved moisture control means that you’ll be able to breathe easier because your home will be at a lower risk for the growth of mold and mildew. Indoor Air Quality add on’s for new A/C units also are extremely helpful.
  • Tax credits- If you want to get an even higher return on your investment, the time to upgrade to a new A/C unit could be now. Homeowners can usually receive a tax credit when they purchase eligible, energy-efficient HVAC equipment. Always do your homework beforehand, but it’s a great way to lessen the expenses of a new system.
  • Warranty protection- With new systems we are currently seeing manufacturers with some great warranties and almost all qualify for extended warranties, including some that cover not only parts but labor as well.
  • Dependability- A total system replacement, on the other hand, can provide you with the peace of mind that your equipment will run dependably and safely for many years into the future.
  • Friendlier refrigerant- The R-22 refrigerant, the type probably used in your current air conditioner is being phased out by the federal government in response to environmental concerns. Today’s units make use of a more eco-friendly, EPA-approved refrigerant known as R-410A. As R-22 is being phased out, we are seeing an increased cost per pound and will continue to as the years go on. R-410A is a lot less inexpensive to place a system in the case of a leak.

Should you be planning to replace your Air Conditioner soon? Your air conditioner won’t last forever. Take a look at our Air Conditioner Buying Guide to familiarize yourself with your options and give a licensed, local expert a call and have an system evaluation done during your next seasonal maintenance. Make sure they are reputable and ready yourself with these three suggested areas to make sure they’re not selling you something you don’t need. If you’re in Central Florida, visit our website to have one of our experts service your air conditioner!

Property Management: Thermostats

 

Common Property Management Issues: Thermostats

There are a lot of really great products on the market these days for saving energy. Sometimes they are easy to use, but with others they can be quite confusing. Thermostats are a piece of equipment that could greatly reduce or increase your efficiency, a knowledge of the best systems is an essential skill for the modern day property manager. Today, we will discuss some of the challenges for property managers in regard to the thermostat. Certain types of  thermostats could be a great tool in your own personal home but may not be effective in a rental or vacation home. Home Heating CostsIt can either be a tool to manage your air conditioning system well or it could also be misused to waste energy and put your system through extra wear and tear.

Firstly, as a homeowner you may be willing to take the time to program different temperatures for different times of the day on a thermostat. For a tenant or guest this programming option will often lead to confusion, temperature complaints and high power bills. These are often set incorrectly which adds to the issue. We regularly hear questions from property managers about features on thermostats that shut off an air conditioner when doors or windows are opened. While in theory this is a good idea, many times this results in unneeded service calls. Many times, this feature causes issues in the long-term health of the system and overall confusion about how it works.

With this feature, it’s very common for a  guest to call and complain that the house is warm and the manager asks if the doors and windows are closed. The guest says yes (which means they are closed now after being left open all day) and you dispatch a service technician only to find nothing wrong and no way to prove if it was the doors or windows were left open that causing the original the problem.

Honeywell Focus Pro Thermostats

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This brings us to our tip. We suggest a simple and reliable Honeywell Focus Pro thermostat for the rental properties you’re managing. Here’s some reasons:

  • 1. The internal settings can be programmed so that the temperature can only be set to a maximum setting in heating and a minimum setting in cooling. (We usually suggest setting them to 75° in heat and 72° in cooling.)
  • 2. The tenant now has the opportunity to have control over an easy to use system within a reasonable range of settings.
  • 3. This allows you to have a very reliable and energy efficient solution to prevent high power consumption, system failure (freezing) and reduce guest complaints.

As always any questions or comments can be posted below in the comments section, or you can call us directly at 352-243-7088 or visit us at KalosFlorida.com

We are happy to help you with questions or training at any time. Give us a call and we will try to connect you with someone who has the answer. We would also be happy to speak at any of your company / organizational meetings or give onsite classes on the subject of your choosing. It is our pleasure to help and we look forward to helping you succeed.

 

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Which Air Filter Should I Use?

It’s Important to Choose the Right Air Filter

Have you ever been surprised at the amount of different air filters that are available at your local retailer? Most people can only guess which filter is actually right for their system. Although it’s a small detail, making sure you have the correct filter is one of the best ways to take proper care of your system and get the most out of your investment.

If you just need the quick rundown, our service manager Nathan Orr has broken down three standard air filters and their differences. In the longer video, we actually had some fun with an experiment. Which air filter actually holds up to its price tag? Check it out below!

 

Three Types of Basic Filters

When it comes to air filters, there are really three kind of standard 1-inch filters that you can get at any hardware store. First is a fiberglass filter. These are see through and in the field we call them boulder catchers…because that’s about all they will filter. They’re not really going to protect your coil or filter your air very well. These are only useful to stop large combs of animal hair or large particles from being pulled onto your coil. You can buy a five of them for $2-$3. We don’t suggest using these because they don’t protect your AC unit. Either way, they are cheap.

The second, and the most popular kind is a MERV 8 Pleated Filter. This is the type of filter you would most likely have installed by a technician performing an annual A/C maintenance. It’s beneficial because it has somewhat wide pleats. The purpose of the pleat is to give you more surface area, and the more surface area you create, the more effective the air filter can be. This type of filter will perform well and catch most of what you need it to. It’s not gonna really catch too many allergens, but it does a good job of protecting your unit. Usually, it costs around $3-$4 per filter.

On the high end, you usually have something know as an electrostatic charged filter. It usually has tighter pleat compared to the MERV 8 filter. There are more pleats to it, has more surface area and it’s electrostatically charged, which can help the filter to be more effective an allergen filtration. This filter will not release any dirt that it captures (at least not very easily.) These will usually cost around $15 per filter.

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The electrostatic filter and the MERV 8 filters are both generally advertised as a 30-day filter. It’s important to keep in mind that 30 days is based on an average run time per day, and not a hard rule. Depending how much your unit is running, you may need to change it more frequently than the suggested 30 days. Generally, the recommendation is that you are checking it at least every 30 days to see if it has gotten dirty.

So as you can see, different filters do have different positives and negatives. Ask yourself if you air filter will protect your coil, filter your air, and compare different features and costs to come to your decision. Those are all things to consider when you’re selecting your air filter.

Of course, if you’re looking for a good place to buy some filters, hop over to our post about how you can get all of your preventative A/C maintenance filters delivered directly to your door.

 

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