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.

Storm Preparedness for Your AC

September is National Preparedness Month, and the expert team at United Refrigeration, Heating and Air is equipped to ensure your AC system stays ready to handle the peak of hurricane season in Florida. You have probably come across countless checklists for safeguarding your families and businesses, but many of those lists fail to detail the importance of AC maintenance.  Here are tips focused on protecting AC systems during stormy weather.

Wind and Debris – Floridians know that the fall months can bring hurricane-force winds and dangerous weather, which could launch projectile objects and debris with the potential to damage your outdoor AC unit or block your system’s airflow.  United’s technicians are trained to ensure your units are properly covered, protected, and secured with bolts, hooks, and straps when necessary.  A maintenance check prior to a big storm could protect you from any future problems with your heating and air conditioning.

Water and Flooding – Water, of course, is a major hazard that could cause corrosion or wreak havoc for HVAC systems. The risk of flooding around or inside your home poses dangers to both exterior and interior systems. A small amount of water can cause significant damage, which is why it is critical to schedule an appointment if any part of your AC system has been impacted by water, leaking pipes, or flooding.  In addition to finding problems and correctly fixing any issues, United’s technicians can also offer assistance in elevating units and designing platforms to raise and protect systems in high-risk areas.

Outages and Surges – Lightning strikes and power surges are two of the top concerns for Floridians.  Hurricanes and tropical storms often cause widespread and long-lasting power outages.  Not having power or central air in Florida will certainly cause aggravation, but an outage and power surge could also cause major harm to your AC unit, such as compressor damage.  Sometimes the safest thing to do is to shut down the power to your entire AC system until the storm has passed and the electric company has properly restored power.

Scheduling a maintenance check after a major storm could also help verify if there was any damage done to your system. As a full-service residential AC repair and commercial HVAC service company, we are fully equipped to provide emergency service as well as preventative maintenance to protect you this hurricane season and throughout the year.

Our residential and commercial customers trust us to provide the stability you require for all of your heating and air conditioning needs.  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 system maintenance or repair services.