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What is Balanced Ventilation?

Proper home ventilation is vital for avoiding excess indoor air pollution. In fact, the EPA warns that poor IAQ is a serious health risk because pollution levels indoors can easily be 10 times or higher than outdoor levels. Balanced ventilation is a modern approach to avoiding this problem.

Fundamental Ventilation Types

A/C Care Heat & Air in Stuart is a fully licensed and insured company that installs and maintains balanced ventilation systems. There are two fundamental types of ventilation in a home: natural and mechanical. Air that seeps into the home under the front door is an example of natural ventilation. Air moved through ducts by an air handler and delivered to rooms through registers is an example of mechanical ventilation.

What It Means to Balance Ventilation

Balanced ventilation is a relatively modern technique in which the goal is to exhaust used air from the home through mechanical means, intake an equal amount of outside air mechanically, and practically eliminate any natural ventilation. When this objective is achieved, indoor air quality will never be any worse than outdoor pollution levels.

Temperature and Ventilation Control

In a traditional setup, temperature and ventilation are controlled through a single mechanism. But an air handler can affect air pressure within an HVAC system as it is enabled, disabled, sped up and sped down. Therefore, it is often preferable to have distinct ventilation and temperature controls.

Is It More Efficient?

Balanced ventilation is not intrinsically more efficient since it will exhaust cool air faster than is required by a traditional system. Nevertheless, technology is advancing rapidly. There are heat recovery techniques that let the system be more energy efficient.

Optimize Your Ventilation

A/C Care Heat & Air is proud to serve residential and commercial customers in Stuart and throughout the neighboring communities. We are a BBB-accredited company that offers a 100% satisfaction guarantee for heating and cooling installations, maintenance, and repairs. Call today or contact us through our website to learn more or schedule an appointment.

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Main Causes of AC Failure and How to Prevent Them

If your air conditioning system were to fail, it wouldn’t be long before your home would become very uncomfortable. By understanding the main cause of AC failure, you can take action to make sure that you can maintain comfortable temperatures even on the hottest of days.

Low Refrigerant Levels

Refrigerant is the material that your cooling system uses to remove the heat and humidity from your house. If your refrigerant levels run too low, your system won’t function correctly. To prevent this, it is a good idea to have an A/C Care Heat and Air technician replenish your refrigerant regularly and check for any leaks in the line.

Faulty Thermostat

If your thermostat is inaccurate, it is not delivering the correct instructions to your AC system. This is likely to result in your air conditioner blowing too much or too little cool air. To avoid this issue, you should consider replacing or recalibrating your thermostat.

Leaky Ductwork

The ductwork that sits in your walls or in your attic is what carries the cold air into the various rooms of your house. If it is leaky, your airflow is likely to be significantly reduced. An A/C Care Heat and Air technician can inspect your ducts and make repairs as necessary to prevent this problem.

Dirty Condenser Coils

The condenser coils on your outdoor unit are used to get rid of the excess heat that your cooling system pulls from your house. If they are dirty, their performance is compromised. It’s a good idea to clean the coils periodically if you want to keep your AC running smoothly for years to come.

Delivering Comfort to the People of Stuart

Whether your home is too hot or too cold, the A/C Care Heat and Air team can help you put things right. Our technicians love helping our friends and neighbors in Stuart with all of their cooling and heating maintenance needs. We can even install new systems or repair your old one. Reach out to us today to schedule an appointment with one of our cooling and heating experts.

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New Home AC System: Your Checklist

There’s a lot to think about when you buy a new home. Most people consider factors like size, price, and curb appeal, but your new home’s HVAC system is just as important. After all, it impacts everything from your home’s comfort to the size of your energy bills. Here at A/C Care Heat and Air, we have seen hundreds of heating and cooling systems and know exactly what to look for when assessing your new home’s AC system.

1. How Old Is the AC?

Air conditioners have a lifespan and will eventually need to be replaced. As AC systems age and put on mileage, they often run into issues like weaker cooling capacity, reduced energy efficiency, and a higher risk of breakdowns and repairs. Normally an AC lasts around 10 years, but there are numerous factors that impact the expected lifespan, like how well maintained the unit is.

2. How Energy Efficient Is the AC?

All air conditioners receive a SEER rating, which lets you know how energy efficient the model is. They also get a rating for AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency), which you can find on the body of the AC. The higher the numbers for each rating, the more energy-efficient the AC is. Higher energy efficiency directly translates into lower energy bills for your home.

3. Who Installed the AC?

Not all AC contractors are made alike, and some companies provide higher-quality installation services than others. If a reputable company installed the home’s AC, you can expect to get better performance and a longer lifespan. Plus, you can contact the company to learn about important warranty information.

4. How Does the Maintenance Report Look?

Routine maintenance is the key behind getting the most out of your AC. Take a look at the AC’s maintenance report to get a feel for how often the system received maintenance and what (if any) issues it had in the past. When it comes to future AC system maintenance for your new Stuart area home, you can rely on A/C Care Heat and Air.

Trusted AC Technicians

For years, we’ve provided quality HVAC maintenance, repair, installation, and replacement services to homes and business throughout Stuart. With our up-front pricing and a 100% satisfaction guarantee, you can trust our technicians to get the job done right. Call us today!