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Discover the Secrets Hiding in Your AC Unit

We’ve finally reached that time of year where we can give our air conditioning systems a much-needed break while we open windows and enjoy the snowbird-friendly temperatures. However, that doesn’t mean you can ignore your AC unit.

Instead, this is the ideal time to schedule an appointment to have ASAP Heating & Cooling take a good look at your system. You see, there’s a good chance that your unit is hiding some unpleasant secrets behind the walls and in the ductwork; rather than have those issues grow and grow until they cause significant damage, you can address them now and nip any future problems in the bud.

Microbes: A Growing Concern

Microbial growth can significantly reduce your system’s efficiency while also contaminating the air you breathe. True, our hot, humid environment encourages such growth. Still, it’s important to note that mold and other organisms find that a cold, dark, wet atmosphere – like that find in your HVAC system – is perfectly suited to their ongoing development.

Clearly, this isn’t the ideal air quality you or your family want. Musty odors are unpleasant, but you’re at risk of developing potentially severe health and immune system problems that range from throat irritation to nasal stuffiness to asthma. If the growth is allowed to go unchecked for too long, it’s not unheard of for some people to develop lung infections.

There’s also the simple fact that these growths prevent your unit from running as efficiently as possible, which can lead to excessive energy bills in the full heat of summer. AC units that don’t run at peak efficiency are also prone to failing sooner, as the extra wear and tear shorten their viable lifespan.

We’re Here to Help

Fortunately, residents of Lee, Charlotte, Collier, and Sarasota counties can call on ASAP Heating & Cooling. We recommend having your system maintained twice a year, as we’ve found that allows us to properly service your system to keep it free of microbial growth and running in peak condition. Call us to schedule your convenient appointment and let us protect your home or business from bacteria, mold, and other hidden threats.

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Our Top Tips for Preventing Water Damage

Spend enough time here in Southwest Florida, and you’ll hear plenty of tales of woe when it comes to water damage and the havoc it causes to your home, your finances, and your peace of mind.

While leaking roofs, flooding, and faulty plumbing are the things we’ve been trained to look out for, there’s another hidden culprit that can create catastrophic damage to your house or condo: your air conditioning and heating system.

Whether it’s a clogged drain, incorrectly-connected pipes, or frozen evaporator coils, the simple fact is that an improperly-maintained HVAC system can be nothing short of catastrophic. That’s why it’s important to have your system checked at least once a year – preferably twice – by a licensed air conditioner professional such as the team here at ASAP Heating & Cooling.

The Significant Costs of Water Damage

Even the best of systems can wind up with clogged drain lines due to algae build-up. Then there’s the simple fact of our climate. Both storms and humidity create excess atmospheric moisture, which produces more condensation from your hard-working unit. 

These higher water levels can result in clogs. Those then create leaks that damage your unit or – even worse – promote mold growth in your home. Mold remediation can cost in the tens of thousands of dollars and that doesn’t include the expenses involved with finding alternative housing and moving out for the duration of the project. 

Of course, we hardly need to tell you that it’s incredibly unhealthy to be living in an environment with mold present.

Even if your leak is caught before black mold develops, you may still have the expense associated with drywall repairs and mildew removal. Worse, you may find that your cherished memories of home have been irreparably tarnished by this intrusion.

The Five Cs of Preventing Air Conditioning Water Damage

Fortunately, simple, routine bi-annual maintenance and proper care can go a long way when it comes to avoiding these problems. Here are just a few things you can do to ease your mind:

  • Change your air filter on a set schedule
    Clean the condenser at least once a year, removing any obstacles that may have accumulated
  • Clear at least two feet of space between your HVAC unit and any plants in your yard  
  • Check your condensation line regularly to ensure that it’s draining properly 
  • Call us for a professional inspection

At ASAP Heating & Cooling, we’re proud to preserve homes for our customers from throughout the Southwest Florida area. Feel free to contact us and learn how we can help protect you and your home.

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Why Won’t Your AC Cool?

Air Conditioning Service in Cape Coral & Port CharlotteSummer is close to being officially here and that means the heat is on and your air conditioner is going to get a “big workout”

There is nothing worse than during this time that you start feeling air coming from your vents but hot air, not cool air. You look at your thermostat and see the number beginning to rise.

There could be a few reasons why this is happening.

One could be a refrigerant leak. Check your outdoor air unit and see if there is a puddle near the unit. If there is, it could mean a small refrigerant leak, which is causing your home to emit low airflow.

Your AC maybe not the right size for your home. If you notice that your home is struggling to stay cool, or starting to blow warm air, it may mean it doesn’t have the strength to cover and cool the entire home. It will also cause your electric bill to skyrocket.

Everything may appear to look good with AC but you still aren’t feeling cool? It could be that your ductwork is leaky. You will want to hire a professional to precisely pinpoint where the leak is so the problem can be fixed.

Now is not the time to risk a hot house. With temperatures in the 90s there is nothing worse than living in a home with no AC.

Call ASAP Heating and Cooling as soon as possible so we can check your unit and make sure all maintenance is up to date.

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Prepping for Hurricane Season

Direct Heating and CoolingHurricane season is literally around the corner (June 1st) and while we are all preparing for life post COVID-19, we also need to prepare our home should a storm hit. That includes your AC unit as it could for sure help you “weather” a storm more comfortably if it’s working properly.

So what are a few things you should consider when it comes to your AC during hurricane season? Here are a few tips:

Watch the thermostat

If you know a storm is approaching, turn the temperature down a few extra degrees to get your home as cool as possible should you lose power.

Turn your unit off

Right before the storm hits turn your unit off. This will protect it from electrical surges during the storm. Hopefully by cooling the home a little more ahead of time should keep you and your family much more comfortable. Once the storm passes and you inspect your unit for damage should you turn it back on.

Keep up with your maintenance

By having regular maintenance of your unit will make sure not only that your unit is working properly but also if it potentially had any damage to it from previous storms that could be made worse should a new storm approach.

ASAP Heating and Cooling is here for our neighbors during these stressful times. We are now offering free service calls and offer valuable maintenance specials and agreements.

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Your HVAC System and COVID-19

While everyone is social distancing and staying home to avoid the COVID-19 pandemic, what about the air circulating throughout your home?

With the average American spending about 90% of their time in buildings during normal times, now all of that time and more are spent at home. So, if you are looking to filter the air in your home, the first thing you want to look at the size of the particles that are transmitting the COVID-19 virus and the amount of time they are active and contagious.

A lot of droplets are expelled when a person sneezes, coughs or even breathes. Since they fall out of the air quickly though, your HVAC system will almost never have a chance to pick it up.

That’s where high-energy filtration comes in. By having a minimum MERV-13 filter in your home can help improve air quality and filter out particles that carry viruses. That doesn’t necessarily mean it will kill off the Native Coronavirus or COVID-19.

While there are rumors out there that you shouldn’t run your air conditioner during the pandemic, those rumors have been completely de-bunked.

We at ASAP Heating and Cooling hope you and your family stay safe during this challenging time and for any questions you may have please contact 239-567-9661.

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The Main Reasons Why Your AC Breaks Down

Just like any other appliance in your home, the life span of an air conditioner unit isn’t forever. It eventually can and will slow down. That’s why you want to maximize its life span by keeping it in top shape all year round.

So what are a few reasons why your AC maybe operating poorly?

1) Filter is Dirty
This is probably the most obvious one but often neglected. For your unit to work properly you need to keep its filter clean. By having a clean filter means lets dirt and dust you and your family breathe in everyday. It will also help your system work much more efficiently which means less of a spike in your electric/utilities bill.

2) Broken Thermostat
Your thermostat is the brain of your AC unit. If it’s malfunctioning your entire unit more than likely is malfunctioning. By letting a faulty thermostat stay like that will just lead to temperatures that are not going to be comfortable and perhaps not working at all.

3) Improper Installation
Did you know you could up spending up to 30% more in cooling your home if you system wasn’t installed properly? There could be leaks in the ducts or not enough refrigerant. One or all of these things can eventually hurt your unit and have it work less than its full potential.

An AC unit is an investment like anything else. It needs care for it to work to its greatest potential. That’s why regular maintenance by a reputable company is ideal.

ASAP Heating and Cooling can do just that. We can provide regular maintenance and check all of the above so your unit can have the longest life possible.

Call us today to learn more.

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The Importance of Getting a Permit When Hiring an HVAC Company

Did you know that it is against the law not to get a permit when replacing your air conditioner? It is also true that you as the consumer can also be held liable should you not get a permit and may even have to remove your equipment at your own expense.

Basically, permits are important, very important. They will also save you money in the long run on your electric bill. That is because by having a permit ensures that the system has been installed correctly and not using excess energy to operate. These permit inspections aren’t performed by the contractor you employed for the install but by the city of where you live.

When the city inspects your unit they will check for carbon monoxide hazards, electrical hazards and workmanship. All are important safety items for you and your family living in the home.

While the cost of a permit can be a few hundred dollars, it is well worth it, as you will not want safety issues in the future or legal ones.

To learn more on how the process works contact a representative at ASAP Heating and Air Conditioning. They will go through the entire process with you so everyone is on the same page and everything is correct.

Don’t try to cut corners. It will backfire on you and potentially cost you a lot of money.

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Back to Basics – Quick Tips To Keep Your AC in Order for the New Year

It’s 2020. Not just a new year but also a new decade. There is a lot to be excited about and a lot of new years resolutions to keep too.

It’s also a good time to check in on your AC unit to make sure it is working up to par going into the warm spring and summer seasons that are sure to heat up your home in the Sunshine State.

So here are a few quick reminders and tips to keep your AC working top notch for you and your family:

Replace That Old Filter

A common sense type of thing but you would be surprised how many people neglect this simple task. An air conditioner unit that is in constant use should have its filter replaced close to once a month.  Once you replaced it, make sure to test it so that you know the system is working properly. You can achieve this by turning the unit on and switching to cool mode and then lowering the temperature to the point where the air starts to become cool. Should the unit not turn on check your home’s circuit breaker as you may have blown a fuse?

Upgrade To A Programmable Thermostat

By having a programmable thermostat will allow you to automatically switch the AC from on to off throughout the day when a specific temperature is set. This way it cools properly when you are home but doesn’t when your not. This will save energy, which will save on wear and tear of your unit and ultimately save you money on your electric bill.

Examine The Ducts

Air vents have a lot to do with effectively cooling your home. For one, they must not be obstructed and if they are, they need to be repositioned.  If still not correct you may want to look into getting your duct system cleaned by a professional.

ASAP Cooling can assist with all these reminders and tips. Call today for an estimate or visit https://asapheatingcoo.wpengine.com/.  Happy New Year!

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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://asapheatingcoo.wpengine.com/.

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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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