AAction Air Conditioning & Heating Co. Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Bloomingdale’

3 Problems Caused by Poor Indoor Air Quality

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Indoor air quality is an important part of your comfort during the summer months. After all, if the air quality in your home is causing you problems, your comfort level is compromised, regardless of the cooler temperature. We all know what poor outdoor air quality feels like, but it can be harder to discern poor indoor air quality in your Bloomingdale property. This is why AAction Air provides extensive indoor air quality services to the Bloomingdale area and beyond. Let’s take look at some problems that can be caused by poor indoor air quality.

Factors That Contribute to Poor IAQ

Your indoor air contains a lot of different types of particles. Not all are bad for you, but there are some common factors that contribute to problems with the inside air:

  • Temperature
  • Humidity level
  • Ventilation issues (is there enough, are the vents clean, etc.)
  • Mold
  • Mildew
  • Dust
  • Dirt

3 Problems Caused By Poor IAQ

There are a number of side effects caused by poor IAQ, so we’ve grouped them into 3 classifications to illustrate how important it is to be breathing healthy air:

Basic Irritations

Some symptoms of poor indoor air quality can be broad and look like allergies or common colds:

  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Watery eyes
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Respiratory congestion
  • Worsening of allergic reactions

Respiratory Problems

  • Sore throat
  • Coughing
  • Inflammation of asthma
  • Dyspnea (difficulty of breathing or painful breathing)

Severe Health Effects

  • Conjunctivitis (eye infection)
  • Rashes
  • Nausea
  • Myalgia (muscle pain

While most people suffer from the basic irritations in regard to poor indoor air quality, those with chronic respiratory problems such as asthma or COPD can have a difficult time with poor indoor air quality. In addition, allergy sufferers can also find that their allergies are more inflamed with poor IAQ.

Options for Improving Indoor Air Quality

The good news is that it isn’t difficult to improve your indoor air quality, particularly with a whole-home air filter. By adding a high-efficiency air filter or air purifier to your system, you can greatly improve your indoor air quality.

At AAction Air, we have been helping customers improve their indoor air quality in Bloomingdale with air filters, Bryant air purifiers, and other products for a long time.

If you think you could benefit from improving your indoor air quality, call AAction Air today and schedule an appointment with one of our trained experts.

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3 Options to Consider During Air Conditioning Replacement

Friday, May 16th, 2014

Replacing your old air conditioning system with a new one can help save you money with better energy efficiency, and it can offer improved comfort. There are 3 main options available when looking to purchase a new air conditioning system, and it is worth taking the time to review each one to ensure the best choice for your home. And remember: if you have any questions about your air conditioning replacement in Bloomingdale, you can always call AAction Air.

Split System Air Conditioners

Split system air conditioners are very commonly used, particularly in residential properties. With a split system, there are two separate units that work together to cool air; one unit stays inside your home, the other is housed outside. The indoor unit contains the air handler and evaporator coils; the outdoor unit contains the compressor, the condenser, condenser fan and condenser coils. The outdoor unit releases heat while the indoor unit distributes the cool air back into your house. Ductwork is needed for this type of system to be installed, along with a SEER number of at least 13.

Geothermal Systems

A geothermal heating/cooling system takes advantage of the steady ground temperature a few feet below the Earth’s surface. How? The ground stays about 55 degrees year-round; geothermal heating and cooling uses this thermal energy to heat your home in the winter, via a buried loop system carrying a heat transfer liquid, or simply acts as a traditional AC or heat pump in the summer.  Geothermal cooling has high levels of efficiency and uses ductwork to deliver the air.

Ductless Mini-Split Air Conditioning

Ductless mini-split air conditioning, also known as ductless air conditioning, is a good option if you have a property that does not have ductwork. A ductless AC works similarly to a traditional split system air conditioner, but with multiple indoor units instead of vents. An outdoor unit houses the compressor, condenser and condenser coils, while the indoors is cooled by the individual blowers placed flush against walls or hanging from ceilings. Depending on the size of the outdoor unit, anywhere from 4 to 8 indoor blowers can run off a single outdoor unit. This type of individualization with the blowers creates zone cooling, which can be very energy efficient.

Getting the correct air conditioner for your property is important, as purchasing the wrong one may result in incorrect cooling and/or efficiency.

AAction Air has been doing air conditioning replacement in Bloomingdale for a long time. If you have questions about your replacement, call AAction and schedule a consultation today.

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Air Conditioning Repair Tip: My Compressor Will Not Come On

Monday, July 8th, 2013

Your air conditioning system is critical to your home’s comfort during the summer. All of the parts in your air conditioner are critical to its effectiveness, and the compressor is no exception. We’ve responded to countless calls for air conditioning repair and wanted to put together some of the reasons why your compressor might not be working well.

We’ve all used one of those cans of compressed air to clean our computers. Have you ever noticed how cold the outside of the can gets when you release air out? There is a principle of physics that says when a compressed gas is released that it will pull in heat energy from the area around it as it expands to fill the now-empty space. This is the primary way that your air conditioning system is able to cool your home: by compressing and then releasing a refrigerant. So you can imagine that your compressor is incredibly important because it is responsible for compressing that refrigerant so that it can expand and cool your home.

There are a couple different reasons why your compressor may not be working well. First, your compressor has a motor in it that needs to be started up every time your AC runs. Something called a capacitor is there to give that motor a jump start and get it running. If the capacitor isn’t working, then the compressor motor may not have enough energy to get started.

Also, if your compressor loses pressure, it won’t be able to compress the refrigerant enough to provide adequate cooling for your home. Make sure you listen for any hissing noises which could indicate that you have a refrigerant leak or a compressor leak.  If your compressor is broken and you need air conditioning repair in Savannah, call AAction Air today.

 

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Air Conditioning Guide: Getting Your Air Conditioning System Ready for Summer

Monday, March 11th, 2013

Making sure that your air conditioner is ready for summer is critical to your comfort this upcoming cooling season. The Pooler, GA air conditioning experts at AAction Air can handle all of your cooling needs. By scheduling any necessary maintenance, repairs, or upgrades far in advance of the hottest days of the year, you can ensure that your home stays comfortable throughout the summer. If you think your air conditioner needs repairs or maintenance, call us today!

While proper installation goes a long way to ensure that you get the most out of your AC unit, it is routine service that makes or breaks a system. Here are some ways you can maximize the effectiveness and energy efficiency of your AC this summer:

  • Clean the air filters. The quality of your indoor air depends upon your air filters, which prevent the passage of dust, pollen, dander, and other particles into the cool air circulating throughout your home. When filters get dirty or clogged with debris, they cannot do their job properly, and they can also inhibit proper airflow. This can make the system work harder to cool your home, and the dust and dirt can get into other components and potentially cause damage.
  • Enroll in a preventive maintenance program. This is the best way to ensure that your air conditioning system runs effectively throughout the year. Not only can regular maintenance prevent major repairs in the future, but the tune-up and cleaning services can also improve the efficiency of your cooling system.
  • Spring cleaning. Keep the area surrounding your outdoor unit clean and clear of fallen branches, twigs, leaves, grass, and shrubbery; this also allows proper airflow to your system. Without proper airflow, your AC system cannot work as efficiently, and lack of airflow can result in excess wear and tear on the compressor.

Whatever steps you take to get your Pooler, GA air conditioner ready for summer, make sure you hire a professional. Call the expert air conditioning team at AAction Air for all air conditioner repair and maintenance services.

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Ductless Split Heating Question: Is Ductless Right for My Home?

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

For new Pooler, GA homeowners or those replacing their heating and cooling system for the first time the amount of home comfort system options on the market can be overwhelming. There has been a lot of innovation in the field these past years, and even for professionals it can be difficult to keep track of. We’ve decided to provide you with some useful information about one of these option that you may not be familiar with, though have probably encountered before.

What is a Ductless Mini Split Heating System?

Whether you hear them called ductless split systems or ductless mini splits they are actually one and the same. A ductless split heating and cooling system is comprised of two main components: the condenser unit, which contains the noisy parts of the system, is installed outside. Individual air handlers are installed in your home and disperse air directly into the rooms in which they are installed. There is no ductwork required, as the two components are connected by a simple conduit contain power, refrigerant and sometimes drainage lines. Thermostats are used to regulate temperature and air delivery.

Benefits of Ductless Split Heating and Cooling Systems

You’ve probably seen split heating and cooling systems in hotel rooms before, with the air handler built into the wall. Because the air handling units are installed individually in your home and are not connected by ductwork it is easy to heat and cool rooms individually. All you need are multiple thermostats to control the temperature of each zone.

This added control that the creation of temperature zones provides can help you boost the energy efficiency of heating and cooling your home as well. After all, there’s no reason to heat or cool rooms that are not in use. If you’re cooking dinner you can turn down the heat in that zone only to take advantage of the oven’s radiant heat. Shortly before bed lower the temperatures downstairs and begin warming the bedrooms for the night. With the right thermostat you can start cutting down on your energy use and the cost of heating and cooling your home easily.

Ductless mini split systems are a great option for homes that cannot accommodate bulky ductwork or for those that simply do not want the added cost of a ductwork installation. Plus, with a ductless mini split heating system you do not experience the heat loss associated with ductwork systems. There’s no need to worry about damage to your ducts or poor insulation when you eliminate them from the equation.

Let AAction Air Help Decide if Going Ductless is the Right Choice for Your Home

If ductless split heating sounds like an option you’re interested in call AAction Air for more information. Our Pooler, GA heating technicians have all the information you need to make the right decision. Let us know if you have any questions or concerns we can help with.

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Solar Guide: What You Need to Know About Energy Efficiency and Solar Energy

Monday, November 12th, 2012

Solar energy is an affordable, clean and sustainable energy source. It is also quite versatile, and can be used for anything from providing electricity to your home, providing hot water and even heating your pool. Of course, one of the main reasons many people turn to solar energy in Savannah is the efficiency with which these systems work. Here is some important information for you to know about solar energy and energy efficiency, compliments of the solar experts here at AAction Air.

Photovoltaic Solar Energy Systems

If you’re interested in providing electricity to your home with solar energy, a photovoltaic system may be right for you. These systems make for very cost effective power, and are ideal for homes where it is inconvenient or expensive to use conventional power lines. The amount of electricity produced by you PV system does vary with access to light, of course, so it is important that you consider the amount of solar energy available for use in your area. You can install a stand-alone PV system, which is totally off the grid, or a connected system that can be backed up by your local electrical grid. Using solar energy is much more affordable than purchasing electricity, but there are a number of components necessary that can swell the initial cost and installation of these systems.

Passive Solar Systems

A passive solar system can minimize the amount of energy used in your home by reducing heating and cooling loads before meeting those reduced loads with solar energy. Heat is collected through south-facing windows and stored. This stored energy is then transferred and distributed in a few different ways. A passive solar energy system can greatly reduce your energy consumption, but your home must meet certain efficiency criteria and design specifications to make it worthwhile. It is important to discuss all of these points with a Savannah solar professional.

We hope this information is helpful. There is a lot of information to process when deciding if solar energy is right for your Savannah home, so don’t hesitate to ask questions. Call AAction Air if you are interested in installing a solar energy system in your home!

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Get Your Home Winter-Ready

Monday, November 5th, 2012

It seems like we summer just ended and already winter is sprinting towards us. The leaves are turning and it’s a great time to enjoy the crisp fall air. Before you get to get too caught up in enjoying the changing season, it might behoove you to spend a couple minutes getting your Savannah home ready for winter. There are a number of things that you can do to make sure that you make it through winter comfortably and without paying out the ear for your heating. We have put together a short list to get your mind going.

Perform Maintenance on Your Heating System

We all perform regular maintenance on our vehicles. But not many people realize that they need to maintain their heating system. Call your local Savannah heating company to have them come out to your house to check out your heating system. They can tell you if there are repairs that need to be made and can also make sure that it runs for the whole winter. One of the most basic and important things you can do for your system is to change the air filter regularly.

Check Your Ducts

If you have a forced air system like a heat pump or a furnace, your ducts are an often-overlooked part of your heating system. The ducts deliver the heated air to each of your rooms. Over time, they can crack and start to leak hot air. This lowers the overall efficiency of your system. Also, ducts can sometimes become blocked or dirty. Doing a visual inspection of the ducts around your furnace or heat pump is a good idea. Definitely call for the services of a professional if you suspect that you may have leaks.

Check Your Attic

One of the main places where heat energy can escape is through the insulation in your attic. If your insulation is old or worn out, this can be a huge problem for heat retention. While it is important to have proper ventilation in your house, you want to make sure that your attic isn’t leaking air to the outside. Insulation is given an R value based on its ability to retain heat. The higher the R rating, the better insulation it provides. Upgrading to a higher R-rated value can potentially keep more heat in your home.

If you have any questions about how to properly prepare your home in Savannah for the winter, call the experts at AAction Air.

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