4 Tips to Improve Indoor Air Quality

Air quality and air pollution probably bring to mind pictures of smokestacks and industrial cities. The fact is that you experience air pollution of a different, but equally harmful every day in your home. Poor ventilation and stagnant air create health hazards that you may not even realize are there. If you have concerns about the air quality in your home, a Dignified Air Services rep can help you select some equipment to keep your air clean and protect the health of your and your family. Here are some tips to help you improve the air quality in your home.

1. Air Filtration:

Check your air filters often and if necessary make sure they get replaced. Contaminants such as dirt, pet dander, dust, and other allergens collect in the filter and can wreak havoc on your health.

2. Cleaning Ducts:

Getting your A/C ducts professionally cleaned removes allergens and contaminants that build up over time. Once they are clean, you have then sanitized to help combat mildew and mold growth.

3. Manage Humidity Levels:

Mold and mildew thrive in high moisture environments. Try to maintain humidity lower than 50%, and you may want to air out damp areas such as your bathroom occasionally.

4. HEPA Air Purifier:

You may want to get an air purifier for your home to minimize or eliminate your exposure to VOC’s and small particles of contaminants. For the equipment to qualify as a HEPA Air Purifier, the product must capture airborne allergens and contaminants down to 0.3 microns in size.

As you can see, air quality and pollution are more common than you probably realize. There are some things that you can do to keep the air in your home free of allergens and contaminants, starting with contacting Dignified Air Services for an air quality consultation.

Replacing Your A/C? 3 Questions to Ask Before Buying

Purchasing a new air conditioner for your South Florida home is a significant investment (particularly during the hot summer months) and long-term purchase that you and your family will be relying on for years. Your investment should last you between 12-15 years if maintained properly. Before you swipe your credit card make sure that you have the best answers to these questions or contact Dignified Air Services to help you through the process, from research to installation.

1. Is the new system energy efficient? 

As you start shopping around make sure that the units you are looking at have the Energy Star Label this is an important starting point in the buying process. Systems with the label either meet or exceed the minimum standards set by the EPA (Environment Protection Agency). These units will also have a higher SEER rating which identifies units that cool most efficiently. South Florida residents should be looking at systems with SEER 16 rating or higher.

2. Which type of air conditioning system is best for me?

This purchase should take a few things into consideration such as structure and size of your home whether your current ducts can be used with a new system. A full-service HVAC company such as Dignified Air Services should conduct a thorough investigation of your home to determine what units they recommend. The service company should also include information on additional work that should be done before or while the unit is being replaced, for example, ducts, thermostat replacement, and air quality assessments.

3. What is the warranty offered?

The warranty information should be reviewed at length. You will want to know what is covered, what isn’t, when it expires and if you can purchase an extended warranty. The company that installs your unit should also have a clear idea on these facts. You don’t want any of the preventative maintenance or service work they do to void the warranty. Most licensed and insured professionals will have a clear grasp of this information, but you will want to ask them to review it with you.

These questions are just a starting point for you when it comes time to make the purchase. It can be overwhelming, but our goal at Dignified Air Services is to assist you with this every step of the way with expertise, professionalism, and quality customer experience. South Florida is an area where you definitely don’t want your A/C purchase to be a mistake or based on bad info. If you have any questions, give us a call–we are happy to be of service.

3 Ways to Tell If Your A/C Is Failing

Some signs are subtle others can be more obvious. Either way knowing the signs of a failing air conditioning unit could help catch a problem before it gets too expensive.

1. Listen for Strange Sounds

Loud rattling or banging noises in your A/C can indicate that something is loose, or disconnected in the system. To avoid costly repairs or potentially replacing the unit completely, contact an HVAC specialist immediately. They should look at parts such as the mounts, the blower or motor bearings. If the rattling is coming from the external fan unit, it could indicate a serious problem with the actual motor failing.

2. Power Bill Increase

If you begin to notice higher energy bills one of the first places you need to look is your A/C. The uptick in energy bills could be an indication of several things such as a failing compressor, an incorrectly wired thermostat, or a blown run capacitor. These issues cause your A/C unit to expend more energy and drive up costs. An assessment from Dignified Air Services will allow you to identify the problem and provide expert repair services.

3. No Cool Air

This seems like a no-brainer, but if you notice a moderate change in the cool air the first three places you should start is by checking your air filters to make sure they are clean, the return duct to see if it is clogged, and freon levels. If these are all in order–call Dignified Air Services as this could be the worst case scenario that nobody wants to hear, a failing compression unit.

 

Why Automating your A/C Maintenance Can Save You Time, Money & Headaches

Here’s Why a Maintenance Agreement is a Smart Investment for your Air Conditioning Equipment and the Health of your Home

An air conditioning system is one of the most expensive investments in your home. Whether it’s a new air conditioning unit, or an older system in your home, getting it maintained is an important part of keeping it running at peak performance. Regular maintenance can help protect your investment, prolong the life of your equipment, and safeguard the quality of air inside your home.

Most people don’t think about their air conditioning system until it breaks down. And by then––it might be too late. Neglect can damage an air conditioning system beyond repair, or can result in a much costlier repair (versus being proactive and making a small investment in a regularly scheduled maintenance check).

Getting a tune-up twice a year is a smart investment in the health of your home and your heating and cooling equipment––and it can also save on utility bills. In addition, busy homeowners don’t have to be concerned with remembering to schedule the maintenance. Once you sign up for a Maintenance Agreement, your maintenance is automatically scheduled, based on your availability. The burden of remembering to schedule is gone.

You wouldn’t think of buying a new car and neglecting to bring it in to get an oil change… would you?

Well, the same holds true for an air conditioner. However, your car typically reminds you to get an oil change when a light notifies you, whereas your A/C equipment does not remind you to get it maintained (unless you have a Maintenance Agreement).

Central air conditioning works hard day in and day out. This especially holds true in Florida during the hot summer months. Your equipment is working overtime and performing its duty by keeping your home cool 24 hours a day. So, getting it cleaned and checked with a 24-point tune-up is a great way to prevent a breakdown.

Here are some top reasons to sign up for an A/C Maintenance Agreement today:

  • No surprise costs: with a pre-paid Maintenance Agreement, you will know the cost up front.
  • It can prevent you from having to pay after-hours charges in the case of an emergency.
  • Getting a Maintenance Agreement will get you on a priority VIP list, should your unit ever breakdown.
  • A Maintenance Agreement with Dignified Air Services costs less annually than two service calls, and it includes a checkup and tune-up of the entire system twice per year (in addition to discounts on parts).
  • Being proactive with protecting the quality of air in your home can help keep your home healthier.
  • A Maintenance Agreement today can prevent a costlier problem in the future.

Take a look at this recent video taken at a customer’s home who neglected to maintain their air conditioning unit. In addition to having to repair the unit, the duct work was filled with mold, so the entire duct work needed to be replaced––and a new UV light was installed to prevent future mold.

So, why would you wait?

Call Dignified Air Services to protect your investment and the indoor air quality you are breathing inside your home.
We are here to answer your call today and will be here to service your system tomorrow. Call 561-713-9286, or visit us.

Dignified Air Services offers quality air conditioning and heating services throughout Palm Beach County and the South Florida area. We are licensed and insured (CAC1818405), with a commitment to honesty and integrity. As a Marine for 7+ years, we hold the same principles at Dignified Air Services: Honor, Courage & Commitment. We chose the name “Dignified”, because we pride ourselves on operating with dignity. As a Veteran owner and operator, we proudly offer veteran and senior discounts, as well as free estimates and free second opinions to all customers. Call today to see what sets us apart at Dignified Air Services.

SMART Thermostat Checklist

The idea of home automation and SMART Thermostats have become increasingly popular over the years, and there are many benefits to installing some of these tools. If you are in the market for a Wi-Fi thermostat, use this simple checklist to help you figure out what brand best suits you.

1. Budget

Cost is probably the first place most people start when researching what they want. Pricing for a Smart Thermostat can range from $100 on the low end to $300 and up for the device alone. The installation is separate, and you should look into monthly maintenance or monitoring charges. Before making the final purchase you should contact your energy provider to inquire of any rebates for installing such tools.

2. System Compatibility

The other factor you want to look at is whether or not the thermostat is compatible with your current system. Elements such as wiring and the type of heating and cooling equipment you have installed may not work with all smart thermostats. There are a number of options out there to choose from and your service rep from Dignified Air Services can help make sure that you choose the right one for your home.

3. Installation

Are you a die-hard DIY-er or do you prefer to hand this project off to the experts? There are brands on the market available for both schools of thought. As you are reviewing options, consider things such as wiring, connectivity to Wifi, and thermostat design which may require brackets, wall patches, and repair on the area where your old thermostat was located.

These are just three aspects that you should consider when deciding to purchase and install a smart thermostat. If you purchase one, but don’t use it the way it is intended you will not see the savings or benefits to the investment. If done properly, the installation will have paid for itself within the first year. We all want to have the latest digital toys, even as adults, but make sure that you are getting a piece of equipment that suits your particular energy needs and call Dignified Air Services if you have any questions or would like to schedule an assessment.

A/C Tips for South Florida Snowbirds

If you are a Florida Snowbird traveling back after winter up north, there are a few things that you should do to keep your A/C and home in good working order.

1. Replace Your Air Filters

A dirty air filter can put your A/C out of commission if you immediately start running it without removing the buildup of dirt from the summer months. If you are gone for several months or most of the year, you may want to consider hiring someone to come and check on everything and do the maintenance work to keep everything working.

2. Program Your Thermostat

To control humidity while you are gone make sure to set your thermostat at 77 degrees before you leave, this will prevent mold damage during the hot (not to mention, rainy) summer months. If you have a humidity to control the humidity, set it at about 58%. Mold damage starts to set in when the RH (relative humidity) exceeds 66%. You can also purchase a dehumidifier, and the best strategy is to have one for every 1,000 square feet.

3. Schedule Annual Maintenance

Even if there isn’t anything wrong with your air conditioner unit, it is a good idea to have the regularly scheduled maintenance to avoid future problems. Have the unit cleaned and inspected either before leaving or immediately upon return to make sure it is operating at maximum efficiency. Identifying worn or broken parts could save you from a costly replacement by catching the problem early.

Hello Spring! Hello A/C Tune-Up!

Spring into the season by getting your A/C in shape.

Unlike the rest of the country that is still waiting for Spring whether to kick in, the heat is on in Florida. Getting a tune-up will help ensure that your air conditioner unit is working during this warm season, and more importantly that it is prepared for the heat and humidity of the upcoming summer!

While regular air conditioning maintenance is not the first thing that comes to mind when waking up in the morning, it does have its long-term benefits. In fact, EnergyStar recommends having your air conditioner system tuned up annually. This will help prevent breakdowns and be much more economical then having to fix a broken unit, especially when it’s 80 plus degrees outside!

Having an annual tune up will help keep the condenser and evaporator coils clean from dust, dirt and other matter that builds up in the system over time. An annual tune-up will also help prevent a mechanical or electrical problem that could lead to the system malfunctioning.

With an scheduled tune-up, one of our licensed HVAC techs will come to your home and check and clean your system. During this time the tech will be able to discover any “under the hood” issues that may be brewing and correct them before they become a serious issue. By doing this process your A/C will function much more efficiently and less likely to malfunction or breakdown completely.

Here are a just a few of the items we will check and clean where applicable:

  • The condenser coil
  • The blower component
  • The operating pressures from refrigerant
  • The thermostat calibration
  • The electrical collections
  • The air filter
  • + More….

Spring has sprung! Give us a call at Dignified Air Services today at 561-713-9286 and welcome spring with a spring A/C tune-up.