How HVAC Systems Affect Real Estate Value

In terms of real estate, HVAC systems running with efficiency can be assets with value. And if you haven’t noticed, Florida’s weather and real estate markets are running hot this spring.

Fortunately, the experts at United Refrigeration, Heating and Air provide value-added services to help buyers and sellers with HVAC inspections, tune-ups, repairs, and new installations.

Valuable Tips for HVAC Inspections and Property Sales

This spring, real estate value is top of mind for homeowners and business owners across North Central Florida.  Experts will tell you that the quality of an HVAC system and the condition of ductwork are key components of a thorough inspection before any property sale or purchase. 

In real estate, a neglected or inefficient HVAC system could result in a lower offer or reduced sales price. As your HVAC service company, United’s experts offer these valuable tips:

  1. Most simply, property owners should regularly change system air filters to trap and prevent dust and debris from hindering airflow. A clean filter is critical for HVAC operations, and no one wants stale, dusty air during a property showing.  To elevate value, United can also install high-quality air purification systems for homes and businesses.
  2. Of course, potential buyers will want to hire an inspector, but it is just as important for sellers to schedule a professional inspection prior to listing a property.  In addition to inspecting, United’s techs can help clean, repair, and enhance AC operations. If needed, United may also offer solutions for a new HVAC installation. A seller’s inspection is one of the best ways to avoid and prevent any unexpected surprises during the real estate process.
  3. For real estate transactions, a basic inspection will verify the age and quality of HVAC systems, but savvy sellers will also request a maintenance tune-up. It is important to repair any damage, leaks, clogged filters, or corrosion in or around your system that would deplete its value. United’s experts can also verify efficiency ratings, fuel type, installation details, thermostat settings, warranties, and other information about the HVAC systems.
  4. For overall value, United emphasizes it is important to check system components and inspect ductwork to ensure there are not any issues, gaps, loose connections, or problems that could hinder operations. Plus, United’s experts will make sure outdoor units are free of debris, properly covered, and secured as necessary with hooks, bolts, or straps.
  5. Finally, Florida sellers can show value by providing buyers with maintenance records to illustrate how well you have taken care of your HVAC system.  Seeing how you’ve invested in protecting your system provides buyers with peace of mind and proof of value.

Call United’s experts at 352-629-1187 for HVAC inspections, maintenance, repairs, and new installations at homes and businesses throughout Ocala, The Villages, and surrounding areas.

10 Cool Gift Ideas and Tips from HVAC Experts

HVAC experts know this is the season of giving, and there is no better gift than the gift of comfort. That is why United Refrigeration, Heating and Air has a list of 10 cool gift ideas and tips to promote the perfect settings in homes and businesses across North Central Florida.

Comfort-Inspired Gifts for Florida Homes and Businesses

  • Smart Thermostat: Upgrade the gift to a smart thermostat to provide continuous control over HVAC systems via simple-to-use smartphone apps and devices. This means a person can turn up the heat or cool down a space without getting off the couch.
  • Programable Thermostat: A programmable thermostat is a great gift for someone looking to save money on their energy bills. Scheduled programming allows a person to adjust daily and hourly temperatures in advance for optimum efficiency.
  • Smart Lighting: Smart-light devices and bulbs feature motion sensors, timers, as well as easy adjustments via your smart devices. Additionally, battery-powered smart lights and LED lights can greatly reduce heat emissions and lower electricity costs.
  • Automated Shades: Light-blocking blinds or shades can help block the sun and prevent heat from penetrating through windows. This means the AC won’t have to run as often to cool down spaces. To boost convenience, modern shades can also be automated and controlled via smart devices.  
  • Home Automation System: Many people’s wish list includes high-tech gifts like Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri. These systems provide voice control over smart thermostats, lighting, blinds, and more. A person simply needs to speak to control smart devices throughout their home or business.
  • Air Purification System: Who wouldn’t want to breathe cleaner and purer air? Consider gifting an air purifier for an area of someone’s home or business.  Better yet, ask United’s experts about whole-home purification systems to filter odors, allergens, bacteria, viruses, and more.
  • Ceiling Fan or Box Fan: If someone you know is always running hot, consider giving them a box fan or a ceiling fan to match their décor. Airflow from fans can save money and reduce electricity costs.
  • Portable Space Heater: For small spaces, a portable space heater is a cost-effective way to help Floridians avoid turning on the heat; however, be sure to use caution and follow safety guidelines.
  • Blanket or Heating Pad: For the perpetually cold, there is no better gift than a blanket or a heating pad. In Florida, it is not always necessary to fully run the heating system when something more direct and personal can provide warmth and comfort.
  • HVAC-Inspired Gifts and Services: For the most practical people in your life, considering giving high-quality air filters or offer to arrange a preventative maintenance check-up with United’s experts to clean and inspect their HVAC system. Budget-minded folks around Ocala, The Villages, and surrounding areas could greatly appreciate a gift of security and comfort this winter.

Happy Holidays! Call United Refrigeration, Heating and Air today at 352-629-1187 to speak with our experienced professionals about maintaining, repairing, or upgrading your HVAC system. 

10 Stormproof Tips to Protect HVAC Systems

AC Maintenance

With Florida’s storm season ramping up during National Preparedness Month, the experts at United Refrigeration, Heating and Air have some stormproof tips to protect your HVAC systems.

For this year’s National Preparedness Month, Ready.gov is urging Americans to: “Prepare to Protect. Preparing for disasters is protecting everyone you love.”  Well, during hot temperatures and stormy weather in North Central Florida, we can attest that air conditioning is essential for staying cool and protected inside the safety of our homes and businesses. 

Important ways to protect your Florida homes, businesses, and HVAC systems:

  1. Know the location of your electrical boxes and shutoff valves. In Florida, homeowners and business owners need to know how to take vital safety steps, such as shutting off electric, gas, or water during an emergency.
  2. Take action to protect systems from power surges. It is a no-brainer to unplug your TV or computer during a lightning storm, but major appliances and HVAC systems are also at risk. Consider shutting down power to certain systems during severe weather warnings.
  3. Monitor exterior areas for water pooling, flooding, or drainage issues.  Floridians must take measures to protect their property from water damage. If needed, United’s technicians can elevate AC units or design platforms to raise and protect HVAC systems at risk.
  4. Regularly check indoors for leaking pipes, seepage, or corrosion.  Water issues can damage indoor air systems and other parts of your homes and businesses. Make every effort to remove water and call in the professionals if you spot a leak or water damage.
  5. Protect outdoor AC units from high-force winds. Ocala, the Villages, and surrounding areas can experience brutal winds during hurricane season. United can help ensure your AC units are covered, protected, and secured with bolts, hooks, and straps where needed. 
  6. Remove projectile objects and clean-up outdoor debris. It is obvious to store furniture and potted plants in a sheltered location to protect windows. Debris and small projectile objects, however, are also able to damage your outdoor AC unit or block air flow.
  7. After a storm or outage, schedule a maintenance check.  United’s professionals can help you determine if there was any damage done during a storm. Wind, lightening, and rain can leave behind obvious signs of damage as well as hard-to-detect issues.
  8. Make repairs quickly when necessary. If you see a leak or notice a malfunction, be sure to act quick before other parts are damaged. In addition to repairing any mechanical issues, United’s technicians can offer solutions to protect systems and prevent future damage. 
  9. Plan ahead for system repairs or upgrades. With preparedness in mind, it is important to budget for potential costs associated with disasters, emergencies, or system breakdowns.
  10. Benefit from a preventative maintenance program. Control costs and protect the longevity of your system by starting a maintenance program for cleanings, inspections, and services to prevent a costly disaster before it strikes. 

United Refrigeration, Heating and Air’s team provides emergency service as well as preventative maintenance to keep Florida homes and businesses running efficiently. Call 352-629-1187 to schedule your system maintenance, repair services, or new installations.

Hottest Summer Tips for Reliable Refrigeration

In North Central Florida, August is notorious for hot and stormy weather.  Reliable refrigeration is essential this time of year, which is why the experts at United Refrigeration, Heating and Air have compiled the hottest tips to help you stay cool with solutions to protect your refrigeration systems.

3 Ways to Care for Commercial Refrigeration Systems

There is no time for failure when it comes to commercial refrigeration systems, freezers, ice machines, and other equipment.  Continual care, preventative maintenance, and professional evaluations are the best ways to keep systems running efficiently. 

  1. Our hottest tip for preventing a failure is to start a preventative maintenance program.  United’s experts provide regular maintenance and scheduled check-ups for restaurants, stores, kitchen facilities, and other businesses around The Villages, Ocala, and surrounding areas of North Central Florida.
  2. If you seek reliability, then be sure to perform stringent cleanings and system care. This includes cleaning and sanitizing parts, eliminating corrosion, monitoring for proper temperatures, identifying any functional issues, examining auto-closures, securing seals, checking refrigerant, and mitigating risks before there is even a chance for downtime.
  3. Finally, evaluate conditions and make repairs when necessary. This includes evaluating your system’s age and replacing when needed to avoid inventory losses or downtime.  United’s technicians can help you evaluate the condition of your systems and provide expert advice for cost-effective repairs or new installations when necessary for reliable operations.

Trust the Experts for Refrigeration Repairs and Installations

United’s commercial refrigeration experts are prepared to provide maintenance and repairs for ice machines, soft serve machines, slush machines, commercial walk-ins, reach-in coolers, reach-in freezers, deli cases, exhaust fans, make-up air fans, gaskets, door hardware, and all other components.

As factory certified service and warranty experts, United offers maintenance and programs to extend the life of your name brand equipment.  Our expertise includes Traulsen, Victory, Stoelting, Kolpak, Master-Bilt, Continental, Kairak, Electro Freeze, Blue Air, Beverage-Air, True, and many more.

Additionally, United offers emergency services provided by trained technicians to accurately diagnose and precisely correct equipment issues or problems.  We come prepared to assist with replacing faulty parts, correcting mechanical issues, and completing new installations. 

North Central Florida customers trust us for refrigeration, heating, and air conditioning services.  Call United Refrigeration, Heating and Air at 352-629-1187 to set your next installation, system maintenance, or repair service.

8 Great Reasons to Appreciate Air Conditioning

In celebration of Air Conditioning Appreciation Days, recognized annually July 3 to Aug. 15, Florida’s AC experts are listing eight great reasons to appreciate air conditioning.

United Refrigeration, Heating and Air often tout the benefits of preventative cleanings and A/C maintenance, but this month is all about showing appreciation for cool air. 

Celebrating the Benefits of AC Systems
In North Central Florida, we endure relentless heat and humidity during the scorching summer months. Honestly, it is hard to imagine life without air conditioning.  Floridians have these eight reasons to appreciate and celebrate their AC systems this summer.

  1. American Made: As we celebrate America’s birthday this July, let us also celebrate the fact that air conditioning was invented in 1902 by an American named Willis Haviland Carrier.
  2. Cooling Comfort: Without a doubt, high-functioning AC systems are the key to keeping residential homes and commercial businesses comfortable for living, working, and playing.
  3. Health and Safety: AC provides a safe refuge in hot climates.  Healthy populations can be attributed to this life-saving invention protecting us from heat-related illnesses.
  4. Productivity: Prior to the modernization of air conditioning, many workplaces had to shut down during the summer months because high temperatures could be fatal.
  5. Industrial Growth: Electrical AC systems have evolved to promote expansion for an array of industries around the world, allowing for year-round production and global profits.
  6. Lower Humidity: AC systems can help control proper humidity levels in a home or business, which is critical for reducing risks for indoor mold growth and corrosion.
  7. Cleaner Air: In addition to controlling humidity, a clean-running AC system can help reduce pollutants like dust, debris, dander, and other allergens in indoor air.
  8. Better Sleep: Imagine a summer night in The Villages or Ocala without air conditioning?  Fortunately, our experts are on standby to ensure you don’t have to find out what that’s like.

Show Your AC Appreciation with a Preventative Check-Up
A properly functioning AC system will ensure you continue reaping all the benefits of the best invention from the twentieth century. As a full-service residential AC repair and commercial HVAC service company, United’s technicians remain on-call to complete your A/C system evaluations, maintenance, repairs, and new installations this summer and throughout the year.  

United Refrigeration, Heating and Air’s team has helped keep systems running efficiently for over 30 years. Call 352-629-1187 to set your next appointment for HVAC system maintenance or repair services.

10 Cool Indoor-Air Tips to Beat Florida’s Heat

The cooling comfort of air conditioning is essential in Ocala, The Villages, and surrounding regions of Florida this time of year. Generally, our temperatures average between 72 and 92 degrees, but Floridian’s have seen recent surges into the upper 90s with heat advisories. 

During our hottest months, air conditioning helps to support the health and safety of homeowners and business owners. Since the invention of A/C systems in the 1960s, fatal heat-related illnesses have drastically declined in homes and workplaces. To support optimal performance of your HVAC systems, the team at United Refrigeration, Heating and Air has put together a list of ways to reduce heat in spaces and improve efficiency.

Expert Solutions to Cool Down Spaces and Boost HVAC Efficiency

  1. Schedule maintenance checkups with United to clean, inspect, and enhance AC operations.
  2. Change filters to trap and prevent debris, dust, dander, and particles from hindering airflow.
  3. Ask United about air-purification systems to filter odors, allergens, bacteria, and viruses.
  4. Install a programmable thermostat to adjust temperatures in advance for optimum efficiency.
  5. Invest in a smart thermostat for continuous control via your smartphone apps and devices.
  6. Close entrance doors, garage doors, and windows to prevent cool air from escaping.
  7. Run ceiling fans in a counterclockwise direction for downward airflow to cool specific areas.
  8. Turn on exhaust fans in baths and kitchens to expel excess heat, humidity, or moisture.
  9. Add light-blocking blinds or window awnings to block sun from penetrating through windows.
  10. Consider light-colored or reflective roofing materials or upgrade your home insulation.

How Florida Business Owners and Homeowners Keep Cool  

In addition to optimizing your HVAC systems and making property upgrades, you can take a personal approach by dressing for success. Stay cool by choosing lightweight fabrics or loose-fitting clothing whether you are spending time indoors or outdoors. Cotton, linen, and moisture-wicking blends are excellent choices, while silk, leather, wool, and nylon will retain heat. 

We hope these tips keep you cool. There are many types of systems. Ask United which filters, maintenance schedules, air-purification solutions, and thermostat settings are right for you.Call United Refrigeration, Heating and Air today at 352-629-1187 to discuss your options for maintaining, repairing, replacing, improving indoor air quality, or upgrading your HVAC system.

Summer Reset for Refrigeration Systems

Summer AC Maintenance

Prolonged heat and humidity of North Central Florida’s summer months often force refrigeration systems to work overtime. That is why preventative maintenance to inspect and reset your system for efficiency can be key to avoiding breakdowns and extending the life of your equipment.

Your summer 2020 reset can start with a simple phone call to schedule a mid-year maintenance check. Based in Ocala, United Refrigeration, Heating and Air’s technicians are prepared to inspect any and all of your commercial refrigeration systems, including ice machines, soft serve machines, slush machines, commercial walk-ins, reach-in coolers, reach-in freezers, deli cases, exhaust fans, make-up air fans, gaskets, door hardware, and other components. United’s preventative maintenance services are designed to ensure proper functioning, identify any potential issues, and mitigate risks of costly repairs down the road.

What to Do When a Refrigeration Repair or Restart Is Needed

When a problem strikes, a reset is often the first thing we think to do. For example, if an icemaker stops making ice, your reaction may be to unplug and manually restart the machine for a quick fix.  Although oftentimes, the best protocol for avoiding further system damage is to hire a professional technician to inspect the entire system thoroughly for any possible problems before a restart.   

Why? Because many manufacturers design complex systems with control circuits and defined rules for restart procedures. United’s technicians clean, maintain, and service brands and models like True, Beverage Air, Blue Air, Master-Bilt, and Traulsen.  United is also a service and warranty contractor for commercial ice machines, such as Scotsman, Manitowoc, Hoshizaki, and more.  Each brand requires different protocols and repair methods, which is why it is important to trust the professionals to maintain and protect your equipment.

Commercial Refrigeration Maintenance Plans and Services

Food vendors, restaurants, kitchen facilities, and other businesses across Ocala and The Villages simply cannot afford to risk an equipment failure or loss of food supplies in today’s economic climate.  United Refrigeration, Heating and Air, has designed preventative maintenance plans to support your needs and keep your systems up and running. 

Depending on your service plan and the condition of your system, your inspection and maintenance services may include stringent cleaning or sanitizing to ensure proper functioning, checking refrigerant levels in the cooling system, resetting thermostats and cycling to proper temperatures, clearing drain lines, cleaning coils, securing hinges, as well as inspecting fans, compressors, and other components.  If needed, certain parts may need replaced before resetting your system to its most efficient operation levels.

United Refrigeration, Heating and Air’s team has provided speedy services for over 30 years. Call 352-629-1187 to set-up your summer installations, system maintenance, or repair services.

Insulation Tips to Improve Indoor Air and HVAC Operations

With restrictions across North Central Florida and around the world, many people are spending more time indoors. That is making many of us think about the flow of our indoor air. The fact is that proper insulation and an efficient HVAC system are basic essentials for circulating clean and comfortable indoor air throughout your home or business.

Age, efficiency ratings, and performance will determine the efficiency of your HVAC equipment, but there are also heating and cooling solutions outside the scope of HVAC operations. 

5 Florida Insulation Projects and Cooling Solutions

As a full-service residential AC repair and commercial HVAC service company, United Refrigeration, Heating and Air offers HVAC inspections, preventative maintenance, repairs, and installations.  Oftentimes, our experts will also suggest additional measures that homeowners and business owners may take to improve airflow or to support the efforts of your air conditioning and heating systems.  Here are five expert tips:

  1. Don’t Ignore Ductwork: In addition to the outdoor unit and indoor components of an HVAC system, be sure to schedule a professional inspection to ensure the quality and condition of your ductwork. An expert can let you know if it is time for cleaning or time for updating the ductwork at your home or business.
  2. Increase Indoor Insulation: Poor insulation is one of the top causes of not only the loss of heated or cooled air, but it is also to blame for running HVAC systems ragged. With proper insulation in your walls and attic spaces, you can promote better temperature control, improve efficiency, and protect the longevity of your systems.
  3. Install a New Roof: A new roof can help improve insulation, thus, help prevent indoor air from escaping.  That means your utility bills won’t go through the roof due to overextended AC operations.  Be sure to ask your roofer about light-colored or reflective roofing materials that can provide an extra layer of protection from Florida’s hot sun. 
  4. Upgrade Windows and Doors:  Air can escape through cracks and gaps in windows and doors. Consider investing in new, airtight, professionally installed windows and doors. Hurricane impact styles are popular around Ocala and The Villages, as are special window glass options with a glaze to protect from unwanted heat and sunshine. 
  5. Add Awnings or Overhangs:  You might not realize how much the hot sun heats up your indoor spaces as it penetrates through the windows. If you are cranking up the AC because certain areas feel hot, consider installing fixed overhangs or awnings outside the windows in that area to block the rays.  If major installations are not in your budget, consider adding tall shrubbery or plants outside the window to help block the light.

United’s experts are happy to provide referrals to experts that can help with your projects around Ocala, The Villages, and surrounding areas. Also, be sure to regularly replace your AC filters and schedule preventative maintenance services to mitigate risks of any damage, leaks, corrosion, or operational issues with your HVAC systems.  United’s team remains fully equipped to provide emergency services, preventative maintenance, and new HVAC installations. 

United Refrigeration, Heating and Air’s customers trust us to provide the stability you require for all of your home and business needs.  Call 352-629-1187 to set your next appointment.

A New Year for Heating and Air Systems

Florida’s mild winters often allow your HVAC systems to take a well-deserved break, but you never want your heating or air conditioning to breakdown when you need it. The New Year is an excellent time for a heating and air system check-up. A professional inspection will allow you to set a plan and an affordable budget for system maintenance or a system upgrade in 2020. 

Changes to AC Systems and Refrigerant Regulations
Air conditioner costs this year will vary depending on the brand, model, efficiency rating, and unit size.  Notably, this New Year brings a nationwide ban on the importation and production of R-22, a type of refrigerant used in hundreds of thousands of air conditioning units made prior to 2011.  Experts state that R-22 causes harm to the environment and triggers greenhouse gas emissions.

Considering that a well-maintained system can last 10 to 15 years or more, we can estimate that many folks across Ocala, the Villages, and North Central Florida still have highly functioning units with R-22 refrigerant.  Due to the ban, it will be important for homeowners and business owners to weigh their options when repairing or replacing refrigerant in those older units. 

Comparing HVAC Costs for Repairing or Replacing
At United Refrigeration, Heating and Air, our experts are prepared to discuss your options on whether it is more cost-effective for you to make necessary repairs to older units OR to replace your HVAC systems with new, more efficient models.

In addition to environmental concerns of older models, a poorly functioning system could be overrunning and wasting energy, which increases electricity costs.  Older systems also tend to require more maintenance and repairs, and those costs could put a dent in your annual budget.

Enjoying the Benefits of a New AC Upgrade
In addition to efficiency and financial benefits, an AC replacement could do wonders in improving the airflow quality in your home or business.  Say goodbye to stale, humid, or inconsistent hot or cold temperatures, and say hello to fresh, comfortable airflow.  

As always, you will still need to stick to a strict regimen of changing the air filters and adhere to a preventative maintenance plan after installation of a new unit, but otherwise you can breathe easier with a new system and a new warranty covering costs for unexpected repairs or parts.  

The team at United Refrigeration, Heating and Air invite you to schedule a professional inspection to evaluate the current condition of your HVAC systems. Residential and commercial customers throughout Ocala and The Villages have trusted us for over 30 years to provide inspections along with preventative maintenance to identify problems before they start.   

Call United Refrigeration, Heating and Air today at 352-629-1187 to speak with one of our experienced professionals about your options for maintaining, repairing, replacing, or upgrading your HVAC system. 

3 HVAC Solutions for the Holiday Season

The outdoor air may not feel frigid in Florida, but holiday spirit is filling our indoor air. Whether you live or work near downtown Ocala or in the heart of The Villages, you as well as your HVAC systems are sensing the signs of the season, including holiday décor with twinkling lights, ovens heating up for cookies and casseroles, and a revolving door of holiday visitors. 

What many Floridians do not realize is that heat expelled from lighting, high-temperature cooking, and open entryways can affect how HVAC systems cool our Florida homes and businesses.  That is why the team at United Refrigeration, Heating, and Air has compiled a few solutions to optimize your HVAC systems during events of high-energy demands.

Seasonal Suggestions for AC Efficiency in Florida

  1. CELEBRATION EFFICIENCY: As holiday guests come and go, dollars could be escaping out the door along with the cool air.  As opposed to cranking up the AC, United’s experts suggest running ceiling fans in a counter-clockwise direction for downward airflow to keep guests comfortable and rooms cool. Otherwise, you could find yourself with a hefty utility bill next month.  Also, think about ventilation for heat and moisture. For example, be sure to expel humidity and steam from cooking by running your kitchen exhaust fan. As for reducing heat from décor and lighting, choose efficient LED lights as opposed to heat-emitting incandescent lights.
  • BUDGET CONTROL: Older heating and air systems can run ragged due to extra work in maintaining comfortable temperatures. Delaying a simple repair can make matters worse.  Costs will only increase as strain or damage cause additional parts to fail. United’s technicians always provide an upfront time and cost estimate before ordering replacement parts and completing necessary repairs.  United’s experts can also provide guidance as to when a new system or energy-efficient upgrade is more cost effective than repairing an older unit (10 to 15+ years) reaching the end of its lifespan.
  • PRE-HOLIDAY PLANNING: As always, preventative maintenance is important for identifying problems before a system failure.  Schedule an HVAC check-up prior to your Thanksgiving events or holiday parties to ensure your system is up for the challenge.  As a full-service residential AC repair and commercial HVAC service company, we understand the holidays are a hectic season for you, which is why we are fully equipped to provide emergency service as well as preventative maintenance to protect you now and throughout every season.

United Refrigeration, Heating and Air’s team has helped keep systems up and running for over 30 years. United’s technicians are prepared to offer you solutions for preventative maintenance, upgrading systems, or servicing your current equipment.We wish for you to enjoy a Happy Thanksgiving and a fantastic Holiday Season! Call United Refrigeration, Heating and Air today at 352-629-1187 to speak with one of our experienced professionals about your options for maintaining, repairing, or upgrading your HVAC system.