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How to Ensure Maximum AC Efficiency

As the dog days of summer are upon us, lets take a look at your AC efficiency. Are you receiving maximum cooling when you need it most? Are you overexerting your unit? Are there any preventative measures that can be taken to avoid maintenance issues?

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Low Cost, Maximum Cooling

During the summer months, it can be especially tempting to lower your thermostat to 65 degrees and set your fans to the highest settings in order to combat the heat. Meanwhile, proper AC efficiency requires a little bit of restraint. Setting your thermostat at a lower temperature than the room itself won’t actually cool the room any faster. In addition to placing undo stress on your AC unit, it could also dramatically increase your electricity bill.

Can Outdoor Heat Effect AC Efficiency?

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Have you ever noticed how your air conditioning unit can take especially long to cool you off your home when the temperature is hot outside? That’s because before your AC unit can disperse cool air, it must first convert liquid refrigerant into a gas, a process that occurs at a high temperature. When it’s hot outside, the combined heat from the sun and the conversion of refrigerant can delay the process of cooling the air.

Dirty air filters and coils can also effect your AC efficiency, causing your unit to overheat. Preventing these issues could be as simple as checking your coils and filters once a month. Keeping an eye on your AC unit can go a long way in ensuring reliable AC efficiency and extending the lifespan of your unit. In addition to doing it yourself, we also recommend calling your AC vendor to schedule routine maintenance.

For even more AC efficiency tips and tricks, head over to the energy.gov and download their Home Cooling Energy Saver Infographic!

Indoor Air Quality: 4 Allergens That May Be In Your Home

Indoor Air Quality Allergens

Spring is here, and for some people that means warmer weather, blooming flowers and chirping birds. But for millions of Americans, the advent of the spring season also means runny noses, sneezing, and watery eyes.

Allergens are not limited to the outdoors. There are a number of allergens that could be hiding in your home, increasing your risk of seasonal allergies and affecting air quality.

Understanding what’s causing your allergies is the first step in combating the season of scratchy throats, congestion, and sniffles. These four allergens are common culprits when it comes to indoor air quality:

1. Pollen
Pollen can make its way indoors through open windows or doors, clothing or pet fur. It’s one of the most common allergy triggers that millions of Americans suffer from each spring as pollen-producing plants start to bloom. Pollen can travel far through the wind.

2. Dust
Dust can be made up of dead skin cells, fabric fibers, dust mites and their waste, pet dander and more. Dust is another common cause for allergies inside the home and is a major allergy source for people year-round.

3. Dust mites
Dust mites thrive on dust and their waste causes allergy symptoms in the home. These microscopic insects are concentrated in areas with more dust, dander and humidity.

4. Pet dander
Pet hair can collect dander, a protein found in fluids secreted from the animal. Dander is another common indoor allergy source. Pet dander is found in pet hair and can also be carried in through clothing.

Other common springtime allergens may also be carried in from outside on clothing, skin or shoes. To reduce the number of allergens in your home, take extra steps to ensure your home’s health this spring. Vacuuming and dusting regularly lessens the amount of dust that settles in your carpet and on surfaces. Keeping windows and doors closed will prevent pollen and other airborne allergens from entering your home uninvited. Dry all your laundry indoors during the spring to prevent clothing from attracting pollen or other allergens.

There is no cure to make pesky spring allergies go away for good, but these tips can help you combat allergens in your home or business and improve overall air quality. Gator Air and Energy has several different services that enable us to ensure that the air in your home or business is pure, and each of these services will leave you with safer, cleaner, fresher air to breathe. Contact us for more details – we want to make you more comfortable this spring!

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