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.

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. 

Why America Celebrates Air Conditioning

In addition to honoring America’s birthday this July, the team at United Refrigeration, Heating and Air joins the nation in celebrating the life-changing benefits of modern air conditioning.

National Air Conditioning Day

As an official observance on July 17, National Air Conditioning Day recognizes the historical advancements of air conditioning.  Originally invented in 1902 by an American man named Willis Haviland Carrier, the electrical AC system has evolved over the decades to revolutionize industrial growth, promote year-round productivity in workplaces, and ultimately improve family life for Americans and people around the world. 

Air conditioning is arguably one of the most important inventions of the twentieth century.  First, AC systems have allowed for population growth in even the hottest and most humid climates.  Can you imagine your residential home in The Villages or your Ocala business running without air conditioning?  How would your family or your team get any work done in Florida’s brutally hot temperatures? How well would you sleep at night in the tropical heat?  It seems most people would agree that air conditioning has been the answer to living, working, playing, and even sleeping better.

Summertime is the Season for AC Appreciation

July through August is the hottest time of the year in most U.S. locations, especially Florida.  Beyond keeping you comfortable this season, there are health and safety benefits to having access to conditioned air.  For example, reports have shown a decline in fatal heat-related illnesses since the 1960s, as air conditioning became more common in residential homes and public places.  Over the past several decades, the cost-effectiveness and increasing accessibility of high-functioning AC systems have helped make homes and businesses safer and more comfortable.

Stay Cool with Preventative Maintenance

At United Refrigeration, Heating and Air, we make it our top priority to ensure your AC system stays ready to handle the summer season in Florida. Remember that the summer and early fall months can bring hurricane-force winds and dangerous weather, which is why a maintenance check prior to a big storm could protect you from any future problems with your system.

As a full-service residential AC repair and commercial HVAC service company, we are fully equipped to provide emergency services to keep you cool this summer as well as provide preventative maintenance to protect you 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.

Cool Tips for Summer Refrigeration

Refrigeration performance is crucial every day of the year, but it is particularly important during the summer months. Put simply, summer in Central Florida is hot.  Extreme heat can quickly destroy food supplies during a refrigeration failure.

There are ways to help stores, restaurants, and kitchen facilities avoid the costly dangers of an outage or equipment failure.  The number one solution is to have an ongoing preventative maintenance program established with a commercial refrigeration services and repair company.  For example, at United Refrigeration, Heating and Air, our valued customers on preventative maintenance plans enjoy speedy services performed by expert technicians striving to keep your systems up and running and capable of providing emergency services when an issue strikes. 

6 Summer Maintenance Solutions
Performing regularly scheduled maintenance check-ups along with proper cleaning and sanitizing will help to extend the life of your equipment as well as help reduce costly repairs. 

Remember, refrigeration systems are running in high gear to combat the brutal summer temperatures around Ocala and the Villages. Make sure you or your employees are keeping a watchful eye on how your systems are operating. Appliances and equipment are company assets, which is why we suggest you ensure someone is in charge of assigning or contracting daily, weekly, and monthly tasks of monitoring your systems. 

Here are suggestions to optimize refrigeration performance at your Florida business:

  1. Hire professional technicians to inspect commercial walk-ins, reach-in coolers, reach-in freezers, deli cases, ice machines, soft serve machines, and slush machines.
  2. Clean ice machines on a regular basis for proper functioning. An ice machine’s removable parts and bins often require some serious scrubbing. Follow stringent guidelines for washing evaporators and sanitizing for reducing contamination and odors.
  3. Check refrigerant levels. Refrigerant is one of the most essential parts of a cooling system. This needs checked whether you have gas, liquid, or boiling refrigerant.
  4. Check and adjust thermostats, temperatures, and cycling to ensure foods and beverages are being held at the right temperatures.
  5. Monitor and clear drain lines and suction lines, inspect hinges and gaskets, clean condenser coils, inspect fans, and double-check compressors and other components.
  6. Perform proactive maintenance services to diagnose and correct equipment problems or replace parts.  

Hiring a professional technician is important to guaranteeing completion of the appropriate cleaning and maintenance tasks your systems need.  United’s technicians 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.

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 installations, system maintenance, or repair services.

New Cooling Codes for Your Sunroom

Florida is a vacation paradise, which is why so many Floridians enjoy creating a vacation vibe in our homes.  One of the top ways of creating a serene setting is by adding a sunroom with wall-to-wall windows for you to enjoy Florida’s beautiful sunrises or sunsets.

Around these parts of North Central Florida, we refer to a sunroom as a “lanai” or a “Florida room” that is situated in the rear area of a residential home.  Our customers throughout Ocala and The Villages often seek cooling solutions to keep sunrooms comfortable throughout the year. United’s expert technicians can help play role in determining the best protocols for installing air conditioning in a variety of spaces. We not only take responsibility for installing quality equipment, but we also recognize the importance of keeping current with Florida building codes and regulations.

Building Codes & Cooling Comfort

In recent years, our area has seen changes to codes specifically related to split AC units in certain spaces. Put simply, a split AC system includes an outdoor unit and an indoor unit. Ductless or mini-split air conditioning systems are among the options for efficiently cooling a specific space. Several building codes, however, regulate and classify exactly what types of spaces are permitted to have air conditioning systems installed.

The sunroom and lanai classification system has numerous levels and requirements, including forced-entry resistance, insulation, energy codes, electrical, and slab requirements. For example, a screen porch, converted garage, or other enclosure lacking resistance to air leakage would not qualify for heating and cooling systems. Adherence to current codes is essential, which is why it is important to determine if your sunroom or lanai meet the requirements for a permit to install air conditioning before proceeding. For Marion county residents looking for general building FAQs, you may also visit Marion County Building Safety’s website.

United’s experts are ready to answer your unique questions to ensure the stability you require for all of your heating and air conditioning needs. We have many options for HVAC systems, central air, and mini-split installations for residential homes and commercial customers.  Whatever your needs are for cooling or heating, United is prepared to offer solutions for upgrading your existing equipment, installing new equipment, or servicing your current equipment. We can also provide a comprehensive preventative maintenance program.

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