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. 

8 Actionable Ways to Combat Poor Air Quality

With endless shopping lists and countless events, poor air quality may not be at the top of your mind this holiday season. Healthcare organizations across America, however, want us to remember that November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month.

To help bring awareness to the effects of poor air quality on our lungs, the team at United Refrigeration, Heating and Air is highlighting simple ways that North Central Florida homeowners and business owners can take action to improve the quality of the air we breathe.

Improving Air Quality in Florida Homes and Businesses
The first thing that comes to mind when thinking about lung cancer, specifically, is smoking. Cigarette smoke is harmful for a smoker, but it also lingers in the air, spreading hundreds of different chemicals linked to asthma, cancer, and an array of respiratory issues. Other things like household cleaners, pesticides, mold, debris, dust, dander, and humidity can also impact our lungs and overall health. Here are tips for reducing health risks and improving air quality:

  1. Decrease Indoor Pollutants. Avoid smoking indoors and limit the use of strong chemicals. Provide proper ventilation by opening windows or doors when using certain cleaners, chemicals, paints, solvents, or pesticides.
  2. Take Precautions and Mitigate Risks. Install a carbon monoxide detector for safety. Do NOT idle a running car in an attached garage. Also, take steps to prevent mold and mildew by adding sealants, quickly repairing leaks, and removing any standing water.
  3. Control Humidity Levels. Experts recommend keeping humidity levels in your home below 50 percent. In places like Ocala and the Villages, this means you will want to keep your HVAC system operating efficiently, run exhaust fans in kitchens and baths to expel moisture, and consider investing in a dehumidifier if needed for certain spaces.
  4. Schedule HVAC Maintenance. Poor circulation of indoor air can worsen allergies and lung conditions, which makes HVAC maintenance essential. An efficient HVAC system can play a key role in filtering allergens from the air you breathe. 
  5. Keep a Clean AC Filter. Be sure to change your AC Filter every month to filter particles and ensure your AC runs efficiently and correctly.  A clean air filter with a high MERV ranking is helpful for reducing allergens and combatting poor air quality.
  6. Clear Your Air Ducts. Much like the airways through our nose and mouth, clear ducts are essential for clean indoor air. Now is a great time of year to consider a professional duct cleaning to improve the air quality in your home or business.
  7. Install an In-Duct Air Purifier. If you want to purify every cubic inch of the air that your AC system reaches, consider a REME HALO® Whole Home In-Duct Air Purifier. It can help reduce odors, pollutants, particulates, microbials, and gases in indoor air.
  8. Invest in an Air Purification System. For cleaner air, United’s experts also recommend Global Plasma Solutions (GPS), which is a high-tech purification system to break down gases, control odor, filter airborne particles, and kill viruses, bacteria, and mold.

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

How Air Systems Help Promote Healthy Homes

Indoor Air Quality

In honor of National Healthy Homes Month, our team at United Refrigeration, Heating and Air is highlighting how air systems and purifiers can help promote healthier homes for Floridians.

Allergens, dander, smoke, household chemicals, mold, bacteria, and even dreaded viruses like COVID-19 can linger in the air. These hazards can cause serious illness, aggravate asthma, and inflame allergy symptoms.  North Central Florida homeowners, however, can improve air quality and protect their respiratory health with solutions from United’s experts.

4 Florida Homeowner Tips for A/C and Air Purifiers
For air purification and A/C system optimization, consider these four tips to support continual, clean, and cool airflow throughout your Florida homes.      

  1. Air-Purification Systems and Technologies: Homeowners across Ocala and The Villages are enjoying healthier homes with the help of leading-edge, air-purifying technologies. There are cost-effective options for installing an air-purification system to clean and purify the indoor air you to breath. For example, Global Plasma Solutions (GPS) is a no-maintenance air-purifying solution with needlepoint ionization to break down gases, control odors, filter particles, as well as kill mold, bacteria, and viruses. 
  • Duct Cleaning and In-Duct Air Purifiers: Duct-cleaning services can help promote healthier spaces, but you can do more through your ducts.  United is a certified contractor for the leading in-duct air purifiers. REME HALO® Whole Home In-Duct Air Purifiers can reduce odors, pollutants, particulates, microbials, and gases in indoor air.  The system is powerful enough to purify all the air circulated by your A/C system. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, this has become a popular upgrade.
  • High-Quality Filter Changes: Be sure to change your filters every month or more frequently depending on usage and guidelines.  A clean filter will extend the life of your A/C system, while also helping to reduce pollutants like dust, debris, dander, and other allergens. Choosing HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) filters and quality filter brands with a high MERV ranking (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) will go a long way in trapping allergens. Ask United’s experts which filter is best for you and your family home.
  • Preventative A/C System Maintenance: Schedule preventive A/C maintenance check-ups with United’s experts to keep your systems up and running.  A properly functioning system will do more than cool the air.  Your A/C will also enhance your physical comfort by helping to control proper humidity levels in your home. With your health and safety in mind, United’s technicians remain on-call to complete your A/C system evaluations, maintenance, repairs, and new installations. 

United’s trained professionals will inspect and maintain your systems, while also abiding by guidelines, policies, and safety procedures. For over 30 years, residential and commercial customers have trusted and relied on United for all their refrigeration, heating, and air conditioning needs. Call us today at 352-629-1187.

6 Solutions for Filtering Out Spring Allergens

Allergens float around North Central Florida homes and businesses on a year-round basis. Spring, however, seems to be the worst time of year for allergy sufferers.  Blooming flowers, thriving trees, and plants coming back to life, ultimately, produce countless spring allergens.  Fortunately, there are some indoor solutions for filtering allergens.

Allergen Prevention, HVAC Protection, and Air Purification
United Refrigeration, Heating and Air offers residential and commercial customers these expert tips for allergen prevention, HVAC protection, and air purification. 

  1. Start Outside to Prevent a Pollen Invasion:  The first step to reducing indoor allergens is to prevent them from entering your homes and businesses. Trimming trees and plants that produce pollen will help reduce allergens around your property.  Also, lawn care, disposing of fallen leaves, and clearing walkways will reduce the debris and particles creeping indoors.

  2. Ramp Up Spring-Cleaning Efforts: Due to high pollen counts and increased foliage, spring is an important time of year for dusting, vacuuming, and mopping.  Foot-traffic brings in a great deal of debris, which increases allergens. Homeowners may initiate a no-shoe policy, while businessowners may want to increase vacuum cleaning and entrance mat washing.

  3. Close Windows and Create a Tight Seal:  Be sure to keep windows closed, which will prevent airborne particles and pollen from entering your homes and businesses.  Poor quality indoor air can worsen health conditions like allergies or asthma. A tight seal for clean, circulating air will allow your HVAC systems to help filter allergens out of the air. Likewise, be sure to not leave doors open for extended periods of time.

  4. Change Your AC Filter Every Month: Limit pollutants like dust, debris, dander, and other allergens by changing your HVAC filters every month, or more frequently depending on usage and your system. A clean air filter with a high MERV ranking will go a long way in helping you reduce airborne allergens in your homes and businesses.  

  5. Invest in An Air Purification System: For the ultimate air purification solution, homes and businesses are choosing to install air purifying technologies.  For example, Global Plasma Solutions (GPS) is a highly effective, no-maintenance, air purifying solution to reduce airborne particles, allergens, viruses, bacteria, and mold.  Additionally, United’s experts specialize in installing REME HALO® Whole Home In-Duct Air Purifiers, which also reduces odors, pollutants, particulates, microbials, and gases in indoor air.

  6. Breathe Easier with Preventive HVAC Maintenance: An efficient HVAC system can help maintain proper temperatures and humidity levels, all while filtering allergens from the air. Scheduling your next HVAC check-up with United’s professionals will ensure your systems are running efficiently and will help reduce the pollen and allergens in your indoor air.

United’s experts are available to provide more information about HVAC system efficiency and air purification solutions at your Florida home or business. Call United Refrigeration, Heating and Air today at 352-629-1187 today.

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.

How to Keep Your Indoor Air Clean and Purified

May is recognized by the American Lung Association as Clean Air Month. There is no better time than now to acknowledge the health benefits of clean air in your homes and businesses. 

As the world continues to battle a pandemic, many people are diligently cleaning and sanitizing their homes and businesses to reduce the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), a highly contagious disease transmitted through respiratory droplets.  This virus along with allergens and debris can travel through the air, which is why United Refrigeration, Heating and Air wants to help customers around Central Florida understand ways to clean and purify your indoor air.

Common Culprits and Indoor Air Pollution
Indoor air pollution can threaten the health of people of all ages around Ocala, The Villages, and across the nation. In addition to deadly viruses and bacteria, there may be many other dangers lurking in your indoor air.  The most common culprits are smoke, pesticides, and chemicals.  Experts suggest avoiding smoking indoors and limiting use of pesticides and strong chemicals.

During this era of stringent cleaning and disinfecting measures recommended by the CDC, it is quite common to be using household cleaners, solvents, and chemicals in our homes and businesses. While cleaning solutions are hard to avoid right now, it is important to always provide proper ventilation when cleaning, and always check the label to ensure you are not inappropriately mixing dangerous chemicals. 

HVAC System Solutions for Indoor Air
Poor circulation of indoor air particularly worsens health conditions like allergies or asthma.  A simple way to start improving indoor air is by properly maintaining your HVAC system.

Most simply, you can drastically limit pollutants like dust, debris, dander, and other allergens by changing your HVAC filters every month and scheduling preventive HVAC maintenance check-ups with United’s professionals. We specialize in ensuring your systems are running clean. 

Notably, it’s also important to keep indoor humidity at optimal levels. An efficient HVAC system can help maintain proper humidity levels, while also filtering allergens from the air you breathe.

Air Purification Systems for Your Home or Business
For the ultimate air purification solution, homes and businesses are choosing to install Global Plasma Solutions (GPS), which is a needlepoint bi-polar ionization cold plasma technology.  United’s experts recommend GPS as a no-maintenance air purifying solution for homeowners and businessowners wanting to improve their indoor air quality.

We are proud installers of REME HALO® Whole Home In-Duct Air Purifier. If you are interested in more information please contact us.

Once installed, the clean-air system’s needlepoint ionization breaks down gases (nitrogen, carbon dioxide, and water vapor) to provide odor control. Most importantly, GPS also provides filtration for airborne particles, controls allergens, and helps kill mold, bacteria, and viruses.

United’s experts are available to provide more information about HVAC system efficiency and air purification solutions at your Florida home or business. Call United Refrigeration, Heating and Air today at 352-629-1187 today. 

7 Simple Solutions for Clean Air Indoors

The team at United Refrigeration, Heating and Air is celebrating Clean Air Month by taking time to educate valued customers across Central Florida about the relationship between a person’s health and clean indoor air.

The American Lung Association (ALA) launched a national observance known as “Clean Air Week” back in May of 1972 to promote solutions for clean and safe air.  Today, both indoor and outdoor air pollution continues to threaten our nation’s health.  Our team wants to help you limit pollutants and keep homes and businesses safe across Ocala, The Villages, and beyond. 

High-Quality Air Purification and AC Solutions
Smoking, household cleaners, and fuel-burning appliances are well-known culprits of indoor air pollution, but problems like dust, debris, dander, humidity, and poor air circulation may also cause air-quality problems and worsen health conditions like allergies or asthma.

Fortunately, an efficiently maintained air conditioner or HVAC system can play a key role in keeping humidity levels low, while also filtering allergens from the air you breathe.  In addition, United’s experts often recommend Global Plasma Solutions (GPS), needlepoint bi-polar ionization cold plasma technology for superior air purification.

No maintenance or replacement parts are required for GPS technology. Once installed, its purifying technology does all of the work.  Needlepoint ionization breaks down gases (nitrogen, carbon dioxide, and water vapor) to provide odor control.  GPS also provides filtration for airborne particles, controls allergens, and helps kill viruses, bacteria, and mold.

Effective Ways to Reduce Air Pollution
As homeowners and business owners, there are also some simple things you can do to reduce indoor air pollution:     

  1. Change your AC Filter every month and schedule preventive HVAC maintenance checks.
  2. Make sure the humidity levels in your home stay below 50 percent.
  3. Do your best to prevent mold/mildew, quickly repair leaks, and remove standing water.
  4. Avoid smoking indoors and limit use of strong chemicals.
  5. Provide proper ventilation when using cleaners, chemicals, paints, solvents, or pesticides.
  6. Ensure fuel-burning appliances and bathrooms are fully vented to the outdoors
  7. Install carbon monoxide detectors and never idle your car in an attached garage.

We hope these tips help you safely enjoy clean air this month and throughout the year. The team at United Refrigeration, Heating and Air would be happy to provide more information about HVAC system efficiency, offer solutions for upgrading your equipment, and explain the many benefits of adding air purification solutions at your Florida home or business.

Find out more about our indoor air quality systems.

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 or air purification solution. 

Indoor Air Quality and Purification

In most cases the air inside your home is more polluted than the air outside due to the many things we use in our daily lives. Gas stoves, stringent house cleaners, trapped pollen and particulate matter and many other types of irritants reside in your home. If you have pets then you have dust mites too. None of this is meant to alarm you but there are steps you could and should take to improve your home life and even health.

At United Refrigeration we trust GPS (Global Plasma Solutions) for your home air purification. They are the pioneers in needlepoint bi-polar ionization cold plasma technology. What does all that really mean? Here are some basic explanations of the many benefits of needlepoint cold plasma solutions.

Odor Control – needlepoint ionization actually breaks down gases with electron-volt below 12. This means that that it converts compounds like oxygen, nitrogen, water vapor and carbon dioxide to a harmless level. From their website here is an explanation; “A simple example would be formaldehyde, which is produced by building furnishings and thought to be carcinogenic; formaldehyde breaks down to carbon dioxide and water vapor, thus eliminating the health hazard. Another example is ammonia, which is produced by occupants (typical body odor smell), and ammonia breaks down to oxygen, nitrogen and water vapor. As you can see, what chemical you start with determines how it reacts with the ionization field and how it breaks down.”

Airborne Particles – Positive and negative ions attach to particles, grow larger and increase filtration effectiveness.
Kills Virus, Bacteria and Mold – ions are also attracted to pathogens. These ions starve the pathogens of hydrogen. Thus, rendering the airborne virus inactive.

Controls Allergens – The positive and negative ions flow through your system into your home. As they deactivate airborne contaminants it impacts your breathable air. It is not uncommon to see a reduction in symptoms and use of needed medicines.

No Replacement Parts – One of the biggest benefits is that GPS’s needlepoint technology does not require maintenance. No replacing parts, light bulbs, tubes or the like. Your first investment in this technology is your only investment.

If you are interested in how United Refrigeration can help you keep your home at the perfect temperature while also managing the ultimate air purification process for you and your family then contact us today! When it comes to your heating and air conditioning needs we are all about your needs. We focus on quality, are trusted by our customers and have the experience to provide the stability you require for all of your heating and ac needs.