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The Importance of Protecting Your AC System in the Winter

While Florida doesn’t get very cold for very long there is still winter and hopefully the weather cools off a little bit. It’s during that time though that you shouldn’t neglect your AC unit. You should still protect it even when your not using it like the way you do during the summer months.

Here are a few suggestions:

Adjust your thermostat gradually

By gradually increasing the thermostat temperature will help prevent drastic changes in the temperature of your unit. This way you will be comfortable during the days and evenings when it becomes much cooler out and perhaps even turning on the heat. You can also install a programmable thermostat so you can “set it and forget it”. This way your system works on a schedule so your house stays cool only when you are home and need it.

Don’t neglect your filter

Filters still need to be changed every 90 days, including during the winter months. That’s because a dirty filter will cause your unit to use more energy than necessary to cool your home. When your AC isn’t top of mind during the winter and holiday season that quick chore may get overlooked which can result in some surprises in your electric bill.

Utilize ceiling fans

By utilizing your ceiling fans during the winter can help distribute heat around the room. This will help take a load off your system, which otherwise may be utilized for heat.

While Florida doesn’t get a winter very often it is important to be knowledgeable and prepared for when it does come. That includes thinking about your air conditioning unit!

For more information on this topic as well as others in regard to your HVAC system contact ASAP Heating and Cooling or visit https://asapheatingandcooling.biz/.

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What exactly is Freon and why is it so Important to you’re A/C System

Many times a technician will come to your home when you’re having an A/C problem and mention that your system needs Freon. While you may have heard of the term, what exactly is it and what does it do?

Freon is the refrigerant that cools the warm air throughout the coils and compressors in you’re A/C System. All A/C system’s compress Freon, which is extremely hot. When the gas moves through the coils, it cools down into a liquid form and absorbs the heat from the outside air, then pushes the cold air out. It is a constant cycle of hot air in and cold air out, which provides the cool comfort in your home.

When Freon leaks your AC stops blowing cold air, which in many cases usually leads to a service call. That’s because Freon shouldn’t deplete on its own and an outside factor (such as a leak) is causing the warm air from occurring.

You should know though that not every problem related to an AC blowing hot air is related to a Freon problem. A dirty filter or faulty thermostat could also be the reason.

A professional from ASAP Heating and Air Conditioningcan inspect your system just before the beginning of each cooling season and inspect and potentially repair the insulation around the cooling lines. Most refrigerant lines run from the condenser, which sits outside your air conditioning system (and probably outside your house), to the evaporator inside the house. The refrigerant lines are covered with insulation. If the insulation looks worn, your air conditioner is not working as efficiently as it can be. Your service professional will then replace the insulation on the lines with the exact kind of insulation that originally covered the lines so no new future problems should occur.

For additional information on Freon and to schedule a service call to check for any leaks in your insulation lines and coils.

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Summer Is Almost Over … How Do You Prepare Your AC For Fall

Summer is soon coming to a close and while it still maybe very hot in Florida, it will start to cool off as we enter into the autumn months.

Besides updating your wardrobe you will also want to make adjustments to various things around your house including your air conditioner.

Here are a few things you want to consider for your unit as we head into Fall:

Clean, Clean, Clean
From all the work your AC unit did over the summer you will for sure want to have your AC condenser cleaned as fall approaches. That’s because all summer your unit was building up dirt, weeds, grime and leaves around your unit. These various types of debris can potentially disrupt clean airflow and handicap the efficiency of your system. To remove this debris you will want to use a hose and wash away any debris that came in contact and became built up in your system. In addition, you will want to clip nearby overgrown grass and rake any extra grass clippings and weeds.

Replace Your Filter
While this is a given all around the year to do, it is really important to do it as we enter fall. That’s because your AC is getting extra use over the summer and the filter is more than likely bombarded with dust, dirt and other debris. If you don’t replace it, your system will start work even harder to keep the home cool and a higher electric bill will be coming in the mail.

Get Your Unit Professionally Tuned-Up
By having a professional come out and service your unit once or twice a year can really improve the life span of your unit as well as increase unit efficiency. Professionals will be able to look at parts of the unit that you won’t be able to and potentially fix things before they get worse.

ASAP Cooling is your one stop shop for all your AC maintenance and tune-ups. Don’t delay and wait until things can potentially get worse. Call us today for an estimate!

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How Air Conditioning Can Help Your Allergies

Did you ever realize that your allergies are usually better when you are indoors compared to outside? That’s because not only does your AC cool your home and reduce humidity but it also filters the air in the home to provide you with better air quality and air with less pollutants in it.

When inside your home your air conditioner uses a filter to trap and keep unwanted particles such as mold, dust, pollen and mildew from circulating in the home. That is why it is important to change and/or clean your filter on a regular basis to ensure that not only your AC is cooling properly, but also capturing the maximum amount of outdoor, unwanted particles that cause you to sneeze, cough and have a runny nose.

In addition, your air conditioner removes humidity, which without would cause allergens to thrive and put your allergies to be in full effect.

So what else can you do reduce allergy symptoms when inside your home? Here are a few suggestions:

Preserve your indoor air by keeping your windows and doors closed, especially during allergy season.

Install UV lights in your unit. These lights will kill any type of mold or particle that could be lurking in your AC system and causing allergy issues in the home.

Keep your system properly maintained by a professional. That means having your system flushed as well as your coils cleaned on a regular basis.

Staying cool is one thing. Staying healthy is another. If you live in Cape Coral or Port Charlotte call ASAP Heating and Cooling today at 239-567-9661 to get a free estimate for preventative maintenance. It will ensure not just your families comfort but also their wellness and safety.

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The Importance of Regular AC Maintenance, Especially During The Summer

We all know that summers in Florida can reach extremely high and dangerous temperatures. What you may not think about though is the importance of having your air conditioner serviced, especially if it appears to be working fine. You may think why would you spend unnecessary money when you are feeling nice and cool and everything appears great?

Air conditioners are like cars; they need regular maintenance to run effectively and the last thing you want is for your AC to break down unexpectedly when it’s 95 degrees outside.

That’s why you need to be proactive and not wait for the problem to occur to fix it. All ACs collect dirt and dust during all months of the year, even the months when it isn’t working hard. By simply replacing dirty and clogged air filters yourself can help, but it isn’t enough.

You will also want to have your unit checked by a professional a few times a year.  That’s because there are many items in the system that only a professional can find and fix.

When you hire a professional for regular AC maintenance they will do a variety of things including checking the refrigerant of the unit, test for leaks and capture any leaked refrigerant. They will also check for leaks in seals and ducts as well as check if there are any airflow restrictions.

By having this done won’t just keep you cool during the summer and the rest of the year when you need it but will also increase the longevity of your unit as well as reduce energy costs in the long run.

A properly working AC isn’t a luxury anymore, it is a necessary. Learn more about the maintenance ASAP Heating and Cooling provides consumers by clicking here and for a free estimate for your home or business in the Cape Coral or Port Charlotte areas call 239-567-9661.

Stay cool out there!

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Indoor Air Quality Options to Create Cleaner Air and Less Allergies

There is nothing worse than coming home to a house that is full of allergens and dust. That is why cleaning your home on a regular basis is important for improved air quality.

But what are some other ways besides changing your air filter and investing in an air purifier to keep the air inside your home clean?  Here are a few options and ideas:

  • One option is by detoxing your air.  This can be done using a system called APCO or Advanced Photocatalytic Oxidation. This type of “whole-home” air purifier is installed in the ductwork of the home’s central AC system. It is there that the system scrubs the air as it passes through the system.  It does this with a combination of UV-C germicidal light and and activated carbon and offers unmatched germ and odor reductions. This can be accomplished without producing a harmful ozone. APCO is extremely effective at reducing odor-causing organic compounds such as chemical vapors like formaldehyde and toluene.
  • A second option is by utilizing UV lights.  Homeowners can rest easy knowing that they and their families will be breathing easy by utilizing UV lights such as Blue-Tube UV. This method is an extremely simple, safe and effective way to keep your air system clean while simultaneously improving air quality.   With Blue-Tube UV, your air system will be effectively cleaned and made much more sterile from everyone’s worst nightmare – mold. By utilizing Blue-Tube UV in your air system will kill the mold (plus bacteria and other allergens) as well as reduce the chance for system malfunctioning and needing maintenance.

With the “Dog Days of Summer” upon us, the last thing you want is to have a broken or faulty ac. You also don’t want your indoor air quality to be poor, especially if you and your family are prone to allergies. It will just make things worse and uncomfortable.

Luckily ASAP Heating and Cooling Services knows the importance of indoor air quality and utilizes these above methods for keeping homes air quality clean and pure.

Learn more by clicking here and for a free estimate call 239-567-9661

Start breathing better with better indoor air quality!

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Why cleaning your air ducts is worth the investment in the long run

While most consumers think the air handler, thermostat and filter are the most important parts of your air conditioning unit, as they are parts of your air conditioning unit you can physically see, they aren’t the only important components. Your air ducts are also an extremely important part of the system.

These networks of hidden tubes that live in the walls and attic attract dust, dirt and other debris from both inside and outside the home. This dirt and debris is able to enter the ducts via floor registers in the home, which then attracts rodents that decide to move in.

To avoid those rodents that most families would like to avoid, it’s important to clean your air ducts. This will prevent an infestation of bugs and critters, which can become a total nightmare.

In addition, when you clean your air ducts you are also cleaning your cooling coils, heat exchangers and fans in your HVAC system. By having all these items clean will help with HVAC efficiency, as the system doesn’t have to work as hard to pump out cool air.  Plus, with clean coils the motor will have less wear and tear meaning your overall system will get a longer life span.

A cleaner system will also help with your electric bill as less energy is being consumed if the system doesn’t have to work as hard. That means more money in your pocket and less to the electric company.

Lastly, by cleaning your air ducts on a regular basis will help remove odors that are captured in the home. Odors from such things as cooking, smoking, chemicals and pets can get trapped in air ducts and create a foul odor that can last a long time in the home. With clean air ducts you will help improve your indoor air quality.

ASAP Heating and Cooling can provide your household with affordable duct cleaning so everyone in your family can literally breathe easier! Learn more by clicking here and for a free estimate call 239-567-9661

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Energy Saving Tips

Duct Cleaning in Cape Coral & Port Charlotte, FLSaving energy is good for our planet and good for our wallet. So how can you become more energy efficient at home?

You can start by monitoring your energy use at home. Did you know that heating and cooling account for nearly half of your home’s energy costs? It’s true. And if you can cut the cost of heating and cooling your home, you’ll make a big difference in your bottom line.

Here are a few things that you can do to help you save energy.

Clean or Replace Your AC Filters Regularly

A dirty or clogged filter will make your air conditioning unit work harder, using more energy. Over time, the stress of clogged filters can result in increased costs for repair or replacement of your HVAC unit.

Clean Your Air Ducts

Dust, mold and other contaminants can build up in your air ducts, making the system work harder (and lowering the air quality in your home). Have your ducts cleaned annually to keep your HVAC unit running in peak condition.

Get a Programmable Thermostat

A programmable or smart thermostat can save you up to 10 percent on heating and cooling costs.

Other Ways to Save Energy at Home

  • Change your light bulbs to LED
  • Wash your clothes in cold water
  • Use your window shades to keep out the sun in summer and to let the sun in during winter months
  • Turn off lights, appliances and electronics when not in use
  • Don’t leave your computer on all day long
  • Seal all cracks and leaks in your home
  • Use your microwave instead of your stove
  • Don’t place appliances that give off heat near a thermostat
  • Set your thermostat as high as comfortably possible in summer and as low as comfortably possible in winter
  • Use your ceiling fans
  • Turn off heated dry in your dishwasher and use air dry instead
  • Set your refrigerator temperature to the manufacturer’s recommendation to avoid wasting energy
  • Use your dishwasher and clothes washer/dryer at night to help keep the house cooler
  • If your home has single-pane windows, consider replacing them with more energy efficient windows. Also, think about adding solar shades or tinting film.

Call the experts at ASAP Heating an Cooling for more information or to schedule an appointment. ASAP Heating and Cooling provides quality heating and cooling services to homes and businesses in Port Charlotte, Cape Coral, Naples, Southwest Florida and surrounding service areas.

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Everybody Needs Love Including Your Air Conditioner! This Valentine’s Day we are giving you 4 Special Ways to show Your Home and your HVAC you Care!

Everybody Needs Love Including Your Air Conditioner!When we love something, we show it the highest level of respect, care and attention. So why would you think any different about your HVAC system? It needs love too!

In fact, most of us are pretty good at showing our air conditioners, heaters and refrigerators a whole lot of tender loving care but in between your scheduled maintenance plan, there are a few things you can do to give your HVAC that little something extra.

So, we have put together our top 4 tips for your HVAC we think you will love.

Love is in the Air ...

Love is in the Air … instead of Nasty Dust clogging your Air Conditioner!

Nothing says I love you more than keeping out the “gook” in your air conditioner. So, we love high-efficiency pleated air filters! For the most part they are an inexpensive proactive product that will make a huge difference in your air conditioner/heaters overall health.These filers offer up to 95 percent efficiency. Most importantly they help to eliminate airborne particles including dust, mold and pollen. And who doesn’t love that! This type of filter helps to prolong the life of you’re A/C or Heater saving you money in the long run so you can buy your Valentine roses instead of daisy’s!

Love your HVAC from the Inside Out!

You know the old saying, out of sight out of mind? Well, when it comes to the ductwork in your home, you’ll need to take off the blinders. Leaky ductwork can add hundreds of dollars to your heating and air-conditioning bill if they are not sealed correctly. If you don’t love crawling into small spaces but want to improve the life of your HVAC, then hire a professional but get up in your attic or down in your basement and make sure your ductwork is properly sealed.Some people make the mistake of thinking because their ductwork is insulated it doesn’t need to be sealed. Remember, air escapes from anything that is not sealed air tight. Once you’ve taken care of this … you and your Valentine can have sexy-time in a perfectly tempered home!

There’s More Than One Way to Show your HVAC Love!

We gave you important tips on taking care of your HVAC from the inside out, but you can’t neglect the outside either. Here are some specific things you can do to help the outdoor health of your HVAC:

• Clear all debris (dirt, leaves & twigs) from around your outdoor unit.
• Gently clean the coils in your outside A/C unit (avoid high pressure hose setting so the coil so doesn’t get bent)
• Cut back tree branches and prune shrubs 18” to 36” away from the unit
• Make sure nothing is laying on top of the outdoor unit. This includes garden hoses!

Set it and Forget it!

There is very little argument technology has made out lives a whole lot easier. When it comes to your HVAC, if you haven’t already, you should consider getting a programable thermostat The Department of Energy says some states still give tax credits for upgrading to programable thermostats. You can check your state here DOE and the benefits don’t stop there. Besides saving you money on your electric bill, most of these devices can be programmed for certain temperatures for certain times of day like:

• Wake up time
• Sleep time
• Leave for work time
• Return home time

This Valentine’s Day make sure you don’t only show the love of your life a little extra commitment, include your HVAC too. You’ll be rewarded in the long the run.

Visit www.asapheatingandcooling.biz to learn more.

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What Is Air “Quality”?

Air Quality in Cape Coral & Port Charlotte, FLWhat’s the big deal about indoor air quality? Well, it can affect your health, your comfort and your wallet. That’s why it’s so important to have good indoor air quality.

Indoor air quality has become a major health issue compared to the hazards of outdoor air. In fact, the air inside your home can be more dangerous to your health than the air outside. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that indoor air is two to five times as polluted as the air outside – and sometimes, it is even worse than that.

Is the air in your home making you sick?

Indoor air quality is determined by a number of factors. Not only does it pertain to the cleanliness of the air (which means no dust or pollen), it also pertains to the humidity, temperature control and odor. Understanding and controlling common pollutants indoors can help reduce your risk of indoor health concerns. Poor indoor air quality has been tied to symptoms like  headaches, fatigue, trouble concentrating and irritation of the eyes, nose, throat and lungs.

Here are some things you can do to help keep your indoor air fresh, clean and healthy.

Keep Floors and Surfaces Clean

Allergens and dust don’t stay suspended in the air. They float and settle on different surfaces throughout your home, and they will build up if they are not dealt with on a regular basis. It’s important to dust and to clean floors to help improve your indoor air quality. Vacuum, mop and dust frequently. Keeping the house free from dust and allergens will also help to keep your HVAC system clean longer between maintenance calls.

Clean or Replace AC Filters

To help improve the quality of your indoor air, you should replace or clean your AC filter regularly – about once a month.

Schedule Annual HVAC Service

Routine HVAC maintenance is very important when it comes to improving the quality of your indoor air. Over time dirt, dust, debris, pollens and allergens accumulate within your air conditioning unit and in the ductwork. These contaminants are circulated into your home through your HVAC system.

Not only will seasonal maintenance help to improve the quality of your indoor air, it will also help to lower your energy bills. That’s because a dirty air conditioning unit is forced to work harder to maintain ideal temperatures throughout your home.

Call the experts at ASAP Heating and Cooling for more information or to schedule an appointment. ASAP Heating and Cooling provides quality heating and cooling services to homes and businesses in Port Charlotte, Cape Coral, Naples, Southwest Florida and surrounding service areas.

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