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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.

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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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Ways to Stay Connected When You Are Not Home

Air Conditioning Service in Cape Coral & Port CharlotteDo you have a smart thermostat? If not, this is something you should definitely consider. Heating and cooling account for nearly half of your home’s energy costs. Smart thermostats are the next generation of temperature control. They offer automation and more control over your home’s temperature and climate, which can save you money on your energy bill.

Your smart thermostat’s Wi-Fi connection enables so much more than just temperature automation. Here are some of the advantages to owning a smart thermostat.

Take the Guesswork Out of Temperature Control

A smart thermostat makes it easy to be energy efficient. Smart thermostats learn your schedule and your preferences, so they can handle the dropping and raising of your home’s temperature while you come and go.

Your smart thermostat can also save you money by making you more energy efficient. Letting your smart thermostat manage your home’s climate automatically will push you toward energy-saving settings and help save you money.

With some smart thermostats, you can get a monthly report that can help you to analyze your energy use. The report can tell you how much energy you used that month. It can compare your usage to that of other users and reward you for using energy-efficient settings.

Stay Connected No Matter Where You Are

When you’re away from home, your smart thermostat can help keep you connected. Check the companion app while you’re away from home to see if the air conditioner is running and to check the temperature in your home. It’s a great way to make sure that your home is running smoothly while you’re away.

With a smart thermostat, you can adjust the temperature in your home from anywhere. If you’ve got a mobile device, you’ve got control of your home thermostat. Some smart thermostats will even send email alerts if your home’s temperature rises or falls outside of your pre-determined range. It can also notify you if your thermostat is disconnected from its network, which can happen during a power outage.

Smart thermostats are also great for vacations. They make it easy to set the temperature while you’re away without messing up your existing settings.

Easy to Use

Most smart thermostats are very easy to use. They have modern screen designs and great companion apps. If you’ve had issues dealing with programmable thermostats in the past, you’ll appreciate this new generation’s easy-to-use design.

No matter what kind of thermostat you have, keep your air conditioning unit running in tip-top condition. Call the experts at ASAP Heating and Cooling 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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What to Do in an HVAC Emergency

Air Conditioning Service in Cape Coral & Port CharlotteWhat constitutes an HVAC emergency? If you experience an HVAC system that fails to cool or heat, you’ve got an HVAC emergency on your hands, especially in unusually hot or cold temperatures. You may notice unwanted sounds or strange odors. This is also a problem that should be addressed immediately.

Unfortunately, HVAC problems can occur at all hours of the day or night. When your air conditioning system breaks or malfunctions, you should know what to do to ensure the well being of yourself and your family. Here are some tips to follow when you need emergency HVAC repair.

Troubleshoot the Problem

Before calling for a professional service company, it’s best to understand the problem. Check for any small problems you can fix on your own.

Your first step should be to check the breakers and make sure that your power hasn’t been cut off. If it has, all you have to do is to restore the power and see if that fixes the problem. Some other common problems that could be causing your HVAC issues include:

  • Improperly programmed thermostat
  • Dirty filter reducing the airflow
  • Outdoor debris congesting your condenser

Make Yourself as Comfortable as Possible

If troubleshooting has not fixed the problem, it’s time to call in the professionals. Do not attempt to fix your HVAC unit by yourself. Trying to fix the problem yourself can lead to much bigger problems – and what begins as a small repair bill can turn into a much higher cost.

If it is extremely hot or cold outside, you will want to fix the problem as soon as possible. Call for a professional HVAC technician – and if it’s after hours, make sure they have 24/7 emergency service. While you wait for the technician to arrive, make yourself as comfortable as possible. In hot weather, use fans to help cool the area and wear light clothing. In cold weather, use layering to keep heat in and use blankets to stay warm. If available, a space heater will help to keep a small area warm.

24/7 Emergency Services

At ASAP Heating and Cooling, we are happy to provide emergency services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you’ve got an HVAC emergency, our helpful technicians will have your system up and running again in no time.

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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The Importance of Keeping Your Coils Clean

Air Conditioner Coil Cleaning in Cape Coral & Port Charlotte, FLThe air conditioning coils are one of the most critical components of your air conditioning system. These AC coils are very delicate, and they need to be properly handled to preserve their cooling power. With regular maintenance, well-preserved AC coils will help keep indoor air quality higher and utility bills lower.

Understanding Your Air Conditioner’s Coils

Your air conditioning system has two sets of coils – evaporator coils and condenser coils.

The evaporator coils are located on the indoor portion of your AC system. They are responsible for absorbing heat from your home’s air and transferring it to the refrigerant that carries it out of your home.

The condenser coils are located in the outdoor portion of your air conditioning system. They are responsible for transferring heat from the refrigerant to the air outside your home or building.

Over time, both your evaporator coils and your condenser coils can suffer from dirt buildup, which can have a big impact on the performance and efficiency of your air conditioner. With dirt buildup on the coils, it is harder for the system to transfer and absorb heat. So your air conditioner will have to work harder, and it will have to run more often, which means it will use a lot more energy to keep your home cool.

Cleaning Air Conditioner Coils

Here’s what you should know about air conditioner coil cleaning. Much of your air conditioner’s coils are tucked away inside the system, making it difficult to effectively clean them on your own. Also, the coil fins are delicate and extremely sensitive. Improper handling could potentially lead to a very costly repair. That’s why it’s best to have a professional air conditioning company do the job. At ASAP Heating and Cooling, we’ll give you a free estimate for your system.

Two primary benefits of a proper AC coil cleaning are an increased system efficiency and cooling power, plus improved indoor air quality. This maintenance should be done annually, before summer.

Call the experts at ASAP Heating and Cooling for more information or to schedule an appointment for coil cleaning. 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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