Holiday Helpers for Your HVAC Systems

As your holiday helpers, the technicians at United Refrigeration, Heating and Air are here with tips and solutions to help your HVAC systems survive and thrive this season.

This time of year, North Central Florida homeowners and businessowners must keep a watchful eye on their HVAC systems. Tis the season for holiday houseguests messing with your thermostats. Also, crowded spaces are overheating businesses, and all those visitors coming and going are causing temperature fluctuations for indoor spaces.

5 Helpful HVAC Tips for the Holidays in Florida
To ensure your HVAC systems, air conditioners, and heat pumps handle any increased pressure during the holidays in Florida, consider these helpful HVAC tips:

  • On a regular basis, monitor your thermostats and control temperatures for operational efficiency. Try to prevent any extreme indoor temperature fluctuations. In Florida, you may need to open or close windows and run ceiling fans. Also, be sure to run exhaust fans in kitchens when doing all that holiday cooking and baking.
  • Importantly, try to prevent problems before they strike by scheduling United’s preventative maintenance services in Ocala, the Villages, or surrounding areas. United’s technicians will come to your home or business to complete inspections, clean systems, and help prevent risks that could hinder your holiday spirit.
  • As always, make sure you are also caring for your HVAC systems by changing air filters and creating clean operational conditions. Clean filters and clear air vents will help ensure nothing is obstructing airflow for maintaining comfortable room temperatures. For fresher air solutions, ask United’s experts about whole-home purification systems to filter out odors, allergens, bacteria, viruses, and more.
  • Also, consider adding HVAC accessories to your holiday gift list. For example, smart thermostats are a wise way to handle the hot-to-cold range of Florida’s temperature fluctuations. New devices can be easily installed and adjusted using mobile apps.
  • Finally, no matter how busy you get this holiday season, it is always important to address any HVAC issues, such as noticeable changes, loose connections, excess water in the pan, or debris around your exterior unit. Proper operations require cohesively functioning parts. Cleanings and timely repairs to replace faulty parts are essential for proper operations and for the longevity of your HVAC system.

United’s quick response and preventative programs can help mitigate risks of costly issues or breakdowns during the busy holidays. We are prepared to offer you solutions for repairs, upgrades, and preventative maintenance this month and throughout the New Year.

Call United Refrigeration, Heating and Air today at 352-629-1187 to speak with experienced professionals about the best solutions for your HVAC systems.

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.

Go Green for Energy Savings this March

Energy Savings With Your HVAC

Nearly half of energy costs often go to heating and cooling, but homeowners and business owners across North Central Florida could find their pot of gold this March by going green for energy savings. The team at United Refrigeration, Heating and Air is recommending cost-effective solutions for improving HVAC efficiency for our residential and commercial customers around Ocala, The Villages, and surrounding areas.

6 Savvy Tips for Energy-Efficient HVAC Systems

Florida’s mild spring temperatures provide excellent conditions for updating to high-efficiency HVAC systems, reducing energy consumption, and lowering electricity costs. Here are tips:

1.) Go Green by Keeping it Clean: Filthy filters, dirty ductwork, or corroded parts can cause systems to run harder than necessary, thus, wasting precious energy. Maintain clean systems and filters for unobstructed airflow. Remember, your HVAC systems are responsible for filtering millions of particles like dust, dander, pet hair, and other allergens in the air you breath.   

2.) Improve Insulation to Reduce Waste: Poor insulation is one of the main culprits of cool air escaping your home. For example, cracks and gaps in window seals could mean dollars flying out the window. Even worse, your systems will overrun to compensate the loss. Reduce energy waste by upgrading your windows, weather-proofing doors, updating roofs, and insulating walls and attics to prevent air loss and to protect the longevity of your HVAC systems. 

3) Complete Eco-Friendly Updates: Complete projects to naturally protect your air-conditioned spaces from Florida’s blazing sunbeams.  For example, choose light-colored or reflective roofing materials when updating your roof. Also, consider adding awnings or overhangs over windows to prevent direct sunlight from overheating your home. More simply, add some greenery to save some green, such as a tall bush or palm outside a first-floor window to provide natural shade. 

5) Schedule Professional Maintenance:  Regular cleanings and evaluations to identify problems before they start will help prevent your system from overrunning and breaking down. Preventative maintenance mitigates risks and prevents energy waste. From capacitors to coils, United’s technicians strive to extend the life of each HVAC system. You can also trust United’s experts to advise when the cost for repairing an aging system is no longer in your best interest.

6) Upgrade to a New HVAC System: Updating to an energy-efficient HVAC system is often the key to money-saving success. In addition to being a RUUD Pro Partner, United’s team installs and services top-quality systems with strong warranties, including American Standard, Goodman, Trane, Carrier, Lennox, York, and others. A new HVAC installation could help improve cooling efficiency, reduce your energy bills, and potentially provide a Tax Credit worth hundreds of dollars.

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.

Summer Reset for Refrigeration Systems

Summer AC Maintenance

Prolonged heat and humidity of North Central Florida’s summer months often force refrigeration systems to work overtime. That is why preventative maintenance to inspect and reset your system for efficiency can be key to avoiding breakdowns and extending the life of your equipment.

Your summer 2020 reset can start with a simple phone call to schedule a mid-year maintenance check. Based in Ocala, United Refrigeration, Heating and Air’s technicians are prepared to inspect any and all of your commercial refrigeration systems, including ice machines, soft serve machines, slush machines, commercial walk-ins, reach-in coolers, reach-in freezers, deli cases, exhaust fans, make-up air fans, gaskets, door hardware, and other components. United’s preventative maintenance services are designed to ensure proper functioning, identify any potential issues, and mitigate risks of costly repairs down the road.

What to Do When a Refrigeration Repair or Restart Is Needed

When a problem strikes, a reset is often the first thing we think to do. For example, if an icemaker stops making ice, your reaction may be to unplug and manually restart the machine for a quick fix.  Although oftentimes, the best protocol for avoiding further system damage is to hire a professional technician to inspect the entire system thoroughly for any possible problems before a restart.   

Why? Because many manufacturers design complex systems with control circuits and defined rules for restart procedures. United’s technicians clean, maintain, and 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.  Each brand requires different protocols and repair methods, which is why it is important to trust the professionals to maintain and protect your equipment.

Commercial Refrigeration Maintenance Plans and Services

Food vendors, restaurants, kitchen facilities, and other businesses across Ocala and The Villages simply cannot afford to risk an equipment failure or loss of food supplies in today’s economic climate.  United Refrigeration, Heating and Air, has designed preventative maintenance plans to support your needs and keep your systems up and running. 

Depending on your service plan and the condition of your system, your inspection and maintenance services may include stringent cleaning or sanitizing to ensure proper functioning, checking refrigerant levels in the cooling system, resetting thermostats and cycling to proper temperatures, clearing drain lines, cleaning coils, securing hinges, as well as inspecting fans, compressors, and other components.  If needed, certain parts may need replaced before resetting your system to its most efficient operation levels.

United Refrigeration, Heating and Air’s team has provided speedy services for over 30 years. Call 352-629-1187 to set-up your summer installations, system maintenance, or repair services.