7 HVAC Tips for Turning Up the Heat in Florida

Keeping Warm in Florida

Despite popular belief, indoor heating can be a necessity during North Central Florida’s winter months.  Many folks simply do not realize that Floridians also need to turn up the heat.

Typically, the surrounding areas of Ocala and The Villages range from the 40s to 60s this time of year, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t seen a few dips into the 30s. For those frigid Florida nights, consider these tips from our HVAC experts at United Refrigeration, Heating and Air.

How Homeowners and Businessowners can improve heating efficiency:

  • Set the right temperatures.  Thermostat recommendations for proper temperatures vary from model to model, but 65 to 70 degrees is what most advise for heating an indoor space.  United’s experts can provide advice on the most efficient settings for your HVAC system.
  • Be prepared for fluctuations.  Rapid hot or cold weather shifts can be tough on HVAC systems. A programmable thermostat could be helpful in making advance settings for weather fluctuations. Also, smart thermostats are convenient for programming efficiency.
  • Always keep air filters clean. This is one of the simplest but essential actions for protecting the longevity and operational value of your HVAC system.  It is also necessary for clean air, as the filter is the first line of defense in trapping debris, dust, and allergens.
  • Be proactive about maintenance. To prevent a heating problem before it strikes, schedule a professional maintenance check-up. United’s experts will perform a thorough inspection and a complete tune-up to ensure you stay warm and cozy this winter.
  • Promptly perform heating repairs. Proper heating and operations of the indoor air-handler and outdoor unit require working parts.  United’s heating experts can assist with servicing your existing equipment, making necessary repairs, or upgrading your HVAC system.
  • Insulate for a protective seal.  In addition to keeping doors and windows closed, you can boost heating efficiency by adding weather strips or sealant around frames to prevent the cold air from getting inside. Attic insulation is also a wise investment for boosting efficiency.
  • Take precaution with space heaters.  Many Floridians see value in portable space heaters for temporary warmth in a small space; however, NEVER leave space heaters unattended, DO NOT use with an extension cord, and review all device warnings to avoid risks.

Contact United’s technicians for services and heating recommendations for your system. Professional services and maintenance are the keys to saving money, promoting longevity of your HVAC system, and keeping you in control of comfortable room temperatures. Call United Refrigeration, Heating and Air today at 352-629-1187 to discuss your options for maintaining, repairing, replacing, or upgrading your HVAC systems.

6 Storm-Ready Tips for HVAC Protection

Around Central Florida, HVAC protection is an essential part of hurricane preparations and safety plans.  As homeowners and businesses in places like Ocala and the Villages endure the peak of the 2019 rainy season, the team at United Refrigeration, Heating and Air is checking and double-checking to ensure our valued customers are ready to weather the storm. 

Steps to Protect Residential and Commercial HVAC Systems

  1. Evaluate Systems: United’s HVAC experts can help you evaluate the stability of your unit prior to a storm.  Having a professional technician complete a comprehensive check of your entire system could help you avoid a major issue before it strikes.
  2. Cover and Secure: Protecting your unit is critical during hurricane season.  Wind, rain, and flying debris can all cause significant damage to your outdoor unit.  Ask United’s technicians about the best straps, hooks, bolts, and covers to keep your system safe.
  3. Combat Corrosion: In addition to storm flooding, a leaking pipe or drainage issue can harm interior or exterior units.  A professional cleaning or replacement part may be necessary to ensure the proper operation of your system’s airflow. 
  4. Raise Platforms: If necessary, outdoor units may need to be raised on a platform in order to protect a high-risk unit from potential flooding in certain areas of your property.  Even a tiny amount of water could cause drastic damage to your system.
  5. Shut it Down: Consider turning off power to your AC unit during strong storms. This could prevent costly dangers from lightning strikes or power surges.  If you have a power outage, head to your electrical box to shut down the AC power manually.  Then wait until power is restored before switching your AC power back to the “on” position.
  6. React Quickly: After a storm, it is important to verify the condition of your system and to check if there was damage.  Our team is available to provide emergency services and help you deal with a storm’s aftereffects.  United’s technicians will do a complete system evaluation to find and fix any damage immediately following a storm.

As conditions heat up in the tropics, the time is now to schedule a maintenance check to proactively identify and prevent issues with your heating and air conditioning. 

Contact our full-service Residential AC Repair and Commercial HVAC Services Company today. 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.

5 Tips for Heating Up the New Year

As we ring in the New Year, we are also bringing in cooler temperatures.  This means HVAC systems across North Central Florida have shifted from cooling to heating to keep you comfortable.

With Florida’s generally milder climate during the winter months, the majority of homes and businesses around Ocala and The Villages utilize highly efficient central air and heat-pump systems operating on electricity. Heat pumps and A/C systems offer a year-round solution for Floridians, but there are some homes with gas-operated furnaces in our area.

As your full-service HVAC experts, we can assist with maintaining your existing equipment or upgrading your systems in 2019.  To start the New Year off right, here are simple tips to help you save money, ensure efficiency, and extend the life of your heating system:

Change the Filter

It may not feel like your system is running as hard in the winter, but it is just as important to change your air filter in January as it is to change it during Florida’s brutal summer months. Continual, clean airflow is essential for proper functioning.  A clogged filter or obstructed vent can hinder air circulation, interfere with comfortable room temperatures, and prolong run-time, which costs you more money.

Keep it Clean

Regularly monitor both your outdoor unit and air handler for any noticeable changes or issues. Check to make sure there are not any loose connections, which could create a dangerous electrical issue.  Also, remove any debris around your outdoor unit and make sure the condenser coils remain clean.

Promote Efficiency

Different manufacturers mention thermostat settings for heating efficiency, some of which recommend between 65 degrees and 70 degrees for heating purposes during the winter months. Many of us love the programmable thermostat options for adjusting hourly temperature needs, but some experts suggest keeping your system set at one temperature.  During your next check-up, be sure to ask United’s technician for advice in setting your system for optimal efficiency.

Take Precaution

If you are supplementing heat in a small area with a portable space heater this winter, be sure to only use a wall outlet that doesn’t have anything else plugged into it.  Also, never use an extension cord, which could cause overheating or electrical issues. If you are a Floridian with a gas furnace in your home, we also advise the installation of a carbon-monoxide detector to ensure safety.

Annual Check-Up

The New Year could be a perfect time to schedule preventative maintenance or a tune-up.  Remember that dirty or corroded parts and other abnormal functions can cause your system to work harder and use more electricity than necessary. Prevention could be the key to saving money and promoting safety.


Happy New Year! 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.