6 Steps to Care for Your Air Conditioner

Summer is the season to care for your air conditioner. In addition to running on high to keep you cool, July 3rd through August 15th marks Air Conditioning Appreciation Days.

At United Refrigeration, Heating and Air, we also care to share in the celebration of National Air Conditioning Day on July 17th. Invented in 1902 by Willis Haviland Carrier, air conditioning is one of the greatest and most revolutionary inventions for a more comfortable way of life.

How to Provide Unconditional Love for Air Conditioners
For all that cooling comfort, here are tips for providing care, maintenance, and unconditional love for your air conditioners and HVAC systems:

  1. Maintaining: Most importantly, professional maintenance and timely repairs are at the heart of caring for your air conditioner.  As a full-service residential A/C repair and commercial HVAC service company, we are fully equipped to perform maintenance along with emergency repairs to keep your systems cared for all summerlong.
  2. Inspecting:  General inspections fall in line with preventative maintenance.  Having a professional technician carefully check your entire system could help you avoid a breakdown or prevent a careless issue. Ask United’s experts about our preventative maintenance programs and inspections to protect your HVAC systems.
  3. Cleaning: Cleaning and preventing corrosion are imperative steps for HVAC care. Water and leaks are dangerous threats to your system.  United’s cleaning and maintenance service can help eliminate corrosion, while also optimizing systems for functionality.
  4. Filtering: Scheduled filter changes are vital for system efficiency. Your A/C filter removes debris and filters dust, dander, and other allergens in the air. A clean, new filter is one of the simplest and most cost-effective ways to care for air conditioners and HVAC systems.
  5. Shielding: Covering and securing your system is important, especially during Florida’s storm season. Straps, hooks, bolts, raised platforms, and covers can help protect units from the damaging effects of wind, rain, flooding, debris, and volatile conditions.
  6. Protecting: Show you care by protecting your air conditioner from other potential dangers like power surges or lightning strikes. This could be as simple as turning the power off to systems during a severe storm or during a power outage. Protect your system by waiting until the storm has passed or the power returns to avoid costly dangers.

United’s team cares for air conditioners and HVAC systems all around The Villages, Ocala, and surrounding areas of North Central Florida. Give us a call for evaluations, maintenance, repairs, and new installations to keep you cool throughout the summer.  

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.

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. 

AC Inspections Spring Up in Florida

Springtime often prompts an increase in air conditioning inspections and maintenance services in Florida. That is because the spring months are primetime for real estate sales, and one of the number one things buyers must consider is the condition of a seller’s AC unit. 

If you are a seller, you will want to make sure your AC system is in tip-top shape before showing your home.  A damaged AC system with poor performance could reduce an offering price or cost you an entire sale.

HVAC Inspections and Maintenance

Smart homebuyers look at the age and quality of a home’s heating and air systems. In addition to requesting a copy of a seller’s maintenance records, most homebuyers will conduct a home inspection to ensure the quality of the system and ductwork prior to closing on a deal.

Whether you’re a buyer or a seller, it’s wise to schedule a professional inspection.  United Refrigeration, Heating and Air is your HVAC service company for inspections, preventative maintenance, repairs, and installations.

United’s trained technicians will:

  • Help you verify the age, brand, efficiency rating, fuel type, installation details, thermostat settings, warranties, and other information about the HVAC equipment.
  • Complete a maintenance check to determine if there is any damage, leaks, clogged filters, or corrosion in or around your system.
  • Check outdoor and indoor components as well as ductwork to make sure there aren’t any connection problems, gaps, debris, electrical problems, or other issues.
  • Ensure your units are properly covered, protected, and secured with bolts, hooks, and straps when necessary. 
  • Perform operational checks to ensure the system is performing efficiently.
  • Provide other services, repairs, and recommendations to support optimal performance.

Even if you are a happy homeowner not planning a move, an AC inspection and preventative maintenance check could protect you from any future problems with your heating and air conditioning. 

As a full-service residential AC repair and commercial HVAC service company, we are fully equipped to provide emergency services, preventative maintenance, and new installations for homes and businesses throughout Ocala, The Villages, and surrounding areas.

Our residential and commercial customers trust us to provide the stability you require for all of your heating and air conditioning needs.  Call 352-629-1187 to set your next appointment.