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.

Refrigeration Tips to Prevent Issues from Springing Up

AC Maintenance

Spring has sprung, which makes March an important time to inspect your commercial refrigeration systems.  Issues often arise when the weather heats up and cooling operations increase, which is why the experts at United Refrigeration, Heating and Air are offering essential tips for preventing problems before they spring up at your business.

7-Point Spring Checklist for Commercial Refrigeration

United Refrigeration has decades of experience in keeping commercial refrigeration systems operating efficiently for customers throughout Sumter and Marion Counties.  Here are ways businesses can support the longevity of ice machines, soft serve machines, slush machines, commercial walk-ins, reach-in coolers, deli cases, or freezers. 

  1. Avoid a refrigeration system failure during business hours by pre-scheduling regular maintenance services. A professional inspection to assess operations and diagnose issues could help you prevent future risks.
  2. Regularly inspect auto-closers, doors, and gaskets for air leaks. Check for gaps, puddles, and moisture or water droplets around the unit. Gaps will waste energy and allow warm air to enter into your system, which is harmful for perishables.  
  3. Be sure there is adequate space around your refrigeration system.  This will improve airflow around heat exchange coils. 
  4. Utilize accessories and implement protective measures to optimize operations.  For example, prevent air loss and temperature fluctuations with motion sensors for case-lighting systems.  If you have open cases, consider investing in night curtains.
  5. Perform interior and exterior cleanings to keep your systems clean, sanitized, and running efficiently. Follow manufacturer guidelines or contact United Refrigeration’s experts for cleaning assistance and maintenance programs.
  6. Refrigeration systems require vigilant care for efficient operations.  Remove dust from all system coils.  This can improve heat transfer and functionality.
  7. Make timely repairs and replace faulty parts. Proper operations require cohesively functioning hardware, fans, gaskets, and other parts.

In addition to professional inspections and preventative maintenance programs, United Refrigeration, Heating and Air can help evaluate the lifespan and condition of your refrigerators, freezers, and ice machines to determine if you need an upgrade or if a new installation is appropriate.

For over 30 years, our Florida customers have relied on us for all of their refrigeration, heating, and air conditioning needs.  Call United Refrigeration, Heating and Air at 352-629-1187 to set your next installation, system maintenance, or repair service.

Indoor Comfort When Outdoor Temperatures Fluctuate

Around Ocala and The Villages, February is known for outdoor temperature fluctuations, bouncing between 47 and 74 degrees on average.  Hot, cold, warm, or cool – the temperatures fluctuate not only by the day, but also by the hour. This means your HVAC system may be working hard to switch back-and-forth from heating to air conditioning.   

Thermostats, Settings, and HVAC System Tips

United Refrigeration, Heating and Air’s team has helped keep systems up and running for over 30 years. In addition to general maintenance and service questions, United’s customers frequently ask our technicians for suggestions on how they can maintain comfortable temperatures in their homes and businesses.   Here are a few tips for indoor comfort when North Central Florida’s weather outside is unpredictable or sporadic.
1.) Invest in a Programmable Thermostat: A programmable thermostat allows you to adjust hourly temperatures according to your needs, even when you are not at home.  You can also program advance settings according to weather fluctuations. Today’s smart thermostats offer modern features and controls via your smartphone apps and devices.

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2.) Set and Adjust Temperatures: HVAC system manufacturers often suggest thermostat settings for efficiency in model manuals or on their websites.  For heating efficiency, some recommend between 65 and 70 degrees during colder months. Programmable thermostats allow you to adjust temperature needs, but some experts suggest keeping systems set at one temperature.  Put simply, each situation is unique, which is why we recommend asking United’s technicians for advice in setting your unique system for efficiency.

3.) Optimize Opportunities of Rest: When milder temperatures prevail, systems across Ocala and The Villages could have the opportunity to downshift operations.  For example, if outdoor temperatures feel comfortable, consider opening the windows for fresh air.  If heat creeps back with the mid-day sun, consider running ceiling fans in a counter-clockwise direction for downward airflow to keep rooms cooler. Alternatively, if there is a slight chill, consider supplementing heat in small areas with a portable space heater. When your HVAC system is at rest, be sure to utilize ventilation systems to expel heat and moisture. For example, reduce humidity and steam by running your kitchen exhaust fans or bathroom exhaust fans. 

4.) Clean Filters and Perform Maintenance: Your HVAC filter is the first line of defense in trapping debris and filtering particles like dust, dander, pet hair, and other allergens in the air. It is a fact that filter changes help to ensure that your system runs efficiently.  Cleaning and general maintenance are also the keys to saving money, promoting longevity of your system, and keeping you in control of comfortable room temperatures now and throughout the year.

There are many brands and types of heating and air conditioning systems.  Ask United’s experts which filters, preventative maintenance schedules, 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.

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.

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.

Tis the Season for Refrigeration Services

Fresh food and refreshments are a top priority during Thanksgiving and the holiday season.  The hustle and bustle of November and December push refrigeration systems into high gear.  Giant frozen turkeys fill walk-in freezers and demands for holiday drinks keep coolers and ice machines working overtime throughout The Villages, Ocala, and Central Florida.

At United Refrigeration, Heating, and Air, we completely understand how crucial it is to have a repair company on-call for commercial refrigeration services and repairs. Our expert technicians are often called onsite to restaurants, kitchen facilities, stores, and other businesses to quickly assess situations and figure out the best way to get systems back up and running.

Fast Repairs & Maintenance Services

United provides emergency services for 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 necessary components.  Our central Florida-based technicians are trained to correctly diagnose and quickly correct your equipment problems – whether you need a new part for your ice machine or a refrigerator replacement in time for the holiday rush.

It’s important to choose a repair company that is equipped to service your equipment.  That is why United’s team specializes in countless brands and models like True, Beverage Air, Blue Air, Master-Bilt, and Traulsen.  We are also a recommended service and warranty contractor for major brands of commercial ice machines, including Scotsman, Manitowoc, Hoshizaki, and more.

Beyond installations and services, United Refrigeration offers preventative maintenance programs for all of your refrigeration equipment and ice machines. Performing regularly scheduled maintenance check-ups along with proper cleaning and sanitizing will help to extend the life of your equipment as well as reduce costly repairs. Ice machines, for example, require stringent cleaning schedules for proper functioning.  Trust our experts to help you clean, replace parts, and perform proactive maintenance services to limit downtime and keep you running through the holidays and the New Year.

Our commercial and residential customers throughout The Villages, Ocala, Sumpter and Marion Counties trust us for refrigeration, heating, and air conditioning services.  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.

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.

We Choose Ruud for Heating and Air Conditioning

Edwin Ruud came to America more than a hundred years ago. He was a mechanical engineer and developed the first successful automatic water heater. It began a tradition of innovation that has seen Ruud lead the heating and air conditioning industry as one of North America’s largest manufacturers of quality heat and AC products.

For United Refrigeration, these incredible products by Ruud help us to server our customers better. As a Ruud Pro Partner we have 65 years of award winning heating and cooling solutions standing behind us and our customers. We choose Ruud due to their superior quality and outstanding commitment to their product AND to the contractors that sell them.

Ruud is well known for quality. They are virtually a one stop shop with a wide range of products to cover all of your heating and cooling needs. Ruud products undergo frequent testing and certifications by various government and third-party labs to guarantee quality standards.

If you are thinking about a new AC unit and live in The Villages, Ocala or Central Florida, consider giving us a call for a consultation. Let us show you how valuable a Ruud heating and AC unit can be to your family. Let us put our 35 years of experience to work for you. And let Ruud’s long history of quality provide a new level of comfort and energy savings for your heating and cooling needs.