6 Steps to Care for Your Air Conditioner

Summer is the season to care for your air conditioner. In addition to running on high to keep you cool, July 3rd through August 15th marks Air Conditioning Appreciation Days.

At United Refrigeration, Heating and Air, we also care to share in the celebration of National Air Conditioning Day on July 17th. Invented in 1902 by Willis Haviland Carrier, air conditioning is one of the greatest and most revolutionary inventions for a more comfortable way of life.

How to Provide Unconditional Love for Air Conditioners
For all that cooling comfort, here are tips for providing care, maintenance, and unconditional love for your air conditioners and HVAC systems:

  1. Maintaining: Most importantly, professional maintenance and timely repairs are at the heart of caring for your air conditioner.  As a full-service residential A/C repair and commercial HVAC service company, we are fully equipped to perform maintenance along with emergency repairs to keep your systems cared for all summerlong.
  2. Inspecting:  General inspections fall in line with preventative maintenance.  Having a professional technician carefully check your entire system could help you avoid a breakdown or prevent a careless issue. Ask United’s experts about our preventative maintenance programs and inspections to protect your HVAC systems.
  3. Cleaning: Cleaning and preventing corrosion are imperative steps for HVAC care. Water and leaks are dangerous threats to your system.  United’s cleaning and maintenance service can help eliminate corrosion, while also optimizing systems for functionality.
  4. Filtering: Scheduled filter changes are vital for system efficiency. Your A/C filter removes debris and filters dust, dander, and other allergens in the air. A clean, new filter is one of the simplest and most cost-effective ways to care for air conditioners and HVAC systems.
  5. Shielding: Covering and securing your system is important, especially during Florida’s storm season. Straps, hooks, bolts, raised platforms, and covers can help protect units from the damaging effects of wind, rain, flooding, debris, and volatile conditions.
  6. Protecting: Show you care by protecting your air conditioner from other potential dangers like power surges or lightning strikes. This could be as simple as turning the power off to systems during a severe storm or during a power outage. Protect your system by waiting until the storm has passed or the power returns to avoid costly dangers.

United’s team cares for air conditioners and HVAC systems all around The Villages, Ocala, and surrounding areas of North Central Florida. Give us a call for evaluations, maintenance, repairs, and new installations to keep you cool throughout the summer.  

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.

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.

Filtering the Facts about AC Filters

Fall is a season of many changes, which reminds us to focus a discussion on filter changes.  If you own a home or business in North Central Florida, we are willing to bet that you have an AC or HVAC system.  This means your task list includes regular filter changes or filter cleanings.  To help you feel good about accomplishing this important task, the experts at United Refrigeration, Heating and Air have filtered the facts about air conditioning filters.

5 Facts for AC Filter Changes

  1. SCHEDULED CHANGES ARE ESSENTIAL: It is a fact that filter changes help to ensure that your system runs efficiently.  Depending on your system and frequency of use, AC filter changes are typically required every one to three months.  Set an official schedule with reminders according to your system and usage to ensure you never miss a filter change.
  2. FILTER QUALITY AND TYPES MATTER: There is no shortage of filter brands, types, and sizes to fit an array of air conditioning systems. Disposable fiberglass filters are popular, as they come in a range of cost options determined by their ratings for effectiveness, such as higher MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) for catching more particles.  There are also polyester and pleated filters for greater surface area, washable Electrostatic air filters using electricity for attracting charged particles, as well as HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) filters to trap particles and pollutants.  Ask United’s experts which filter is best for you.
  3. FILTERS CAN IMPROVE AIR QUALITY:  Your AC filter is the first line of defense in trapping debris and filtering particles like dust, dander, pet hair, and other allergens in the air. NEVER run your AC or HVAC system without a filter in place. Take note, a dirty filter could be just as dangerous.  Failure to clean a filter will result in poor indoor air quality and can cause deterioration of your system performance, as particles will gather around coils.
  4. CLEAN FILTERS EXTEND SYSTEM LIFE: It is true. Changing your filter can help extend the life of your system. Continual, clean airflow is essential for proper AC functioning.  A clogged filter or obstructed vent can hinder air circulation, interfere with comfortable room temperatures, and prolong run-time, which notably increases energy costs. 
  5. DIRTY FILTERS COST YOU MONEY: A filthy filter or corroded part with other abnormal functions can cause your system to work harder and use more electricity than necessary. Cleaning, maintenance, and prevention are the keys to saving money, promoting safety, and ensuring the efficiency and longevity of your system.

Full-Service AC Maintenance in Florida
It may not feel like Fall in Florida, but the season is fast-approaching with less humidity and moderate temperatures. AC systems across Ocala and The Villages will soon be downshifting operations to keep you comfortable. These seasonal changes serve as a reminder to schedule your annual tune-up or maintenance service to keep your systems running efficiently all year.  

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.

How to Help Your AC Handle the Holidays

North Central Florida’s weather can fluctuate from humid and hot to dry and bitter cold during the month of December. You might be sunbathing by your pool in The Villages one day, or strolling through downtown Ocala’s streets in a sweater the next day.

Some Floridians greatly enjoy these weather variations, but heating and air systems may be doing extra work to maintain comfortable temperatures in your home this time of year. Adding to the exertion is the increased activity during the holidays. You may have houseguests staying in your guestroom, and they may insist on running your AC ragged for cooler temperatures. Perhaps you will be hosting holiday parties, and the entrance doors are open longer than usual due to the flow of people coming and going to the festivities. In totality, these factors could create an increased usage of your HVAC systems this month.

To ensure the stability you require for all of your heating and cooling needs, the team at United Refrigeration, Heating, and Air recommends the following tips:

Be Proactive with AC Maintenance:

Residential and commercial customers throughout Ocala and The Villages often need efficient solutions as well as unexpected repairs when the busy holiday season rolls around, which is why preventative maintenance is key to identifying problems before they start.  Scheduling a system check-up prior to a guest’s arrival or a big holiday event could protect you from experiencing any problems or damage to your system.

Be Quick with Expert Repairs:

Repair delays may sometimes make matters worse. If a repair is needed, be sure to act quickly and seek help from only qualified experts.  All of United’s technicians are in direct contact with a senior-level service technician at our company. If one of our technicians is on a service call and comes across a unique or unfamiliar issue, he or she can coordinate immediate assistance to solve the problem in an efficient and cost-effective manner.

Be Wise with Time and Money:

In addition to being able to quickly identify or fix issues with your heating or air systems, United’s technicians can offer you a time estimate of how long it will take to order, obtain, and replace any particular parts. This gives you a valuable opportunity to prepare financially for any potential system repairs or replacements in the future.

Whatever your needs are for cooling or heating this holiday season, United’s team is prepared to offer solutions for preventative maintenance, upgrading systems, or servicing your current equipment.

Happy Holidays to our fellow Floridians! 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.