10 HVAC Tips for Florida’s Winter Months

Frozen Air Conditioner

In Florida, winter does not always mean cold weather.  In fact, HVAC systems across North Central Florida often change gears from cooling to heating on a day-to-day basis.  Taking care of your central air and heat-pump systems is critical for not only keeping comfortable, but also for extending the life of your systems.

United Refrigeration, Heating and Air has experts on standby to provide rapid services during this holiday season and into the New Year. It may not feel like your HVAC systems are working as hard during Florida’s milder winter months, but year-round system care remains important. 

HVAC System Settings and Maintenance

As full-service HVAC experts, we have compiled these 10 tips to help our neighbors across Ocala, The Villages, and surrounding areas this winter. 

  1. Avoid HVAC system failures during the winter months by pre-scheduling regular maintenance services. A professional inspection to assess any issues could mitigate future risks and keep your systems in tip-top condition.
  2. Add a programmable “smart” thermostat to your holiday shopping list for simpler adjustments in handling Florida’s winter temperature fluctuations. Simply install and use apps on your mobile device to control temperatures in your home or business.
  3. Ask United’s technician regarding thermostat settings to boost efficiencyDepending on the make, type, and model of your system, manufacturers will suggest different temperature ranges for heating and cooling purposes.
  4. Change your filters often. This is typically a monthly task, but United’s experts may suggest more frequent changes due to system usage or operations.
  5. Clean your air vents to make sure there is not anything obstructing or hindering airflow. Clean airflow is critical for proper functioning and comfortable room temperatures.
  6. Regularly inspect both your indoor and outdoor units to ensure there is no debris, dust, corrosion, build-up, or water disturbing the system. 
  7. Monitor your systems for any visual changes, such as loose connections.  These could lead to dangerous electrical issues, in addition to operational problems.
  8. Implement protective measures such as coverings or platforms to protect systems from water or debris.  Enlist the help of United’s technicians for protective tips and advice.
  9. Prevent extreme temperature fluctuations by opening/closing windows, running ceiling fans, and running exhaust fans in kitchens and baths to reduce humidity. 
  10. Make timely repairs and replace faulty parts. Proper operations require cohesively functioning parts.  Remember, rapid response and prevention can be your protection against more costly issues or breakdowns.

Happy Holidays to our neighbors across Central Florida! 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.

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.