Are Your Ducts Sealed?

Are Your Ducts Sealed? Symbiont Service Corp professionals explain its importance 

Have you ever wondered, “are your ducts sealed?” Not many people do, but whether you live in the sunny climate of Florida or the chilly climate of New York you need to think about whether the ducts in your home are sealed. Why? Whether it’s a hot day or a cold day, if the ducts in your home aren’t properly sealed you are paying to heat or cool your home and that warm or cooled air is slipping out through unsealed ducts.

The next time you look at your heating or cooling bill and gasp in horror — especially if you’re never warm or cold enough — it’s time to call on the services of Symbiont and its technicians to inspect your home’s ductwork.

Are Your Ducts Sealed?

A leaking portion of ductwork can be miniscule — one so small that without a trained eye you wouldn’t even notice it. Even the smallest leak in the ductwork can mean you’re losing up to 25% of the air you have heated or cooled and that can certainly add up — as you’re well aware when you open your heating or cooling bill! The best way to determine whether your home is to have a home energy test or to hire a professional contractor to perform a ductwork inspection. A professional geothermal specialist from Symbiont Service Corp can locate and fix any leaks or cracks in the ductwork. Keep in mind that many of these leaking elements are nestled behind walls or in the ceiling.ductwork sealing

A professional contractor will locate and repair the leaking elements and you will be on your way to a cooled or heated home and a lower energy bill because you’ve had the leaking ductwork repaired.

Potential health hazard

Losing money on heated or cooled air is one of the concerns with leaking ductwork. Another concern is that gas appliances including the furnace and dryer can release harmful gases into the home. If the ductwork is not properly seaked, harmful fumes could be pulled into the ducts (that’s called a back-draft) and could push those fumes throughout the home. Breathing in those fumes are harmful and could lead to health issues.

If you have never had your ductwork inspected and aren’t certain whether you have any leaking ducts, give Symbiont Service Corp a call and we can schedule an onsite visit to help you determine the potential for any risks with leaking ductwork.

Our goal is to educate customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For information, click here and download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

Symbiont Service Corp. serves Englewood, Florida and the surrounding areas. To get started, check out our website.

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Should You Get A Programmable Thermostat?

Should You Get A Programmable Thermostat

Chances are you have heard about the advances in technology and have wondered should you get a programmable thermostat, we believe they are a great investment for homeowners in Florida. We have found that many homeowners that we work with are making a change to programmable thermostats and other high-tech home appliances and equipment.

A programmable thermostat works day and night, winter and summer and helps homeowners reduce their utility bills. How? Because many of us forget to turn the thermostat down when we leave the house or when we go to bed. A programmable thermostat relieves that burden of having to remember because it will turn down or up based on the times you have set. There are even “smart thermostats” on the market that will “learn” your habits and will turn up or down based on your lifestyle.

Should You Get A Programmable Thermostat?

Here are items to consider if you’re thinking of an upgrade to a programmable thermostat:programmable thermostat

  1. As mentioned newer programmable thermostats are sophisticated and will link to your smart phone. The thermostat will let you know how long it takes to reach the comfort level you’ve set for heating or cooling. After you’ve set the thermostat it will adjust based on your habits.
  2. Newer thermostats are digital. It may be an odd feeling when your thermostat will “determine” that your room or home is too hot or cold and will adjust accordingly back to the temperature you had preset.
  3. Digital thermostats will also update you — in the smart phone app — as to when the heater or air conditioner was on and for how long.

How can you save energy and save money with a programmable thermostat? 

If you’re not home during the day the programmable thermostats should be adjusted to reflect the fact that there is no need to heat or cool the home while you’re gone. If you reduce the setting on your thermostat by 10° to 15° for eight to ten hours per day (while you’re at work or school) you could potentially save up to 15% on your utility bill annually. The best part is that no one will be complaining they are too hot or too cold because no one is home!

When investing in a programmable thermostat do some research to determine what features you want in the system. You may just want one that is purely programmable, you may want one that sends you alerts, some of them will also tell you when to change the filters in the furnace or air conditioner. If you want your heating and air conditioning unit to operate at peak efficiency — and who doesn’t? — changing filters is a necessary task.

If you invest in a programmable thermostat you may spend upwards of $100 or more depending on the features you want, but you will see a return on your investment in the savings you reap on your utility bills.

The goal of the #GeoThermal experts at Symbiont Services is to educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For information, click here to download a free Home Comfort Resource guide.

Symbiont Service Corp. serves Englewood, Florida and the surrounding areas. To get started, check out our website.

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What Is A Home Energy Test?

What Is A Home Energy Test?

Chances are you have heard of home energy testing but may wonder, “what is a home energy test” and whether it makes sense for you to schedule one for your home. Florida homeowners certainly want their homes to be as efficient as possible especially in the hot, humid climate in which we live. The Florida weather means that your air conditioner will work harder than those in other parts of the country and because of that you will want to make certain your home is as energy efficeint as possible. You will also want to make certain your air conditioner is operating at peak efficiency before summer returns.

Scheduling a professional energy audit and evaluation is a way to help determine if your house is as efficient as possible. This means, for example, that your home doesn’t have any “leaks” from which the air you’re cooling is escaping or that outside air is making its way into your home.

Look for an energy evaluation professional who is trained in energy audits. The professionals at Symbiont services have many years energy auditexperience performing energy audits and assessments for Florida homeowners.  After the energy evaluator visits your home and performs the energy evaluation test, he or she will offer you a document that will highlight any areas of concern.

An energy evaluation test includes:

  1. A thermographic scanning. This scan shows differences in temperatures within the home and also shows where cooled air is seeping out of the home. The thermographic scanning also highlights where there isn’t enough insulation in the home or where insulation may be improperly installed. The test will highlight “spot leaks” and areas of infiltration. You should receive a document that highlights these areas with colored areas.
  2. A blower door test will likely be performed. With this test, a fan will be attached to an exterior door frame of your house. The fan will draw the air out of the house and lowers the air pressure inside. Because air will try to enter the house to equalize the internal pressure, the blower door test allows the auditor to track areas where air is coming into the home. This test will detect unsealed openings (like around window or door frames) or cracks in the walls or foundation.

Contact Symbiont Service to answer any questions you have about energy audits and to schedule yours. At Symbiont Services we want to educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For information, click here to download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

Symbiont Service Corp. serves Englewood, Florida and the surrounding areas. To get started, check out our website.

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Benefits Of An Air Conditioner Inspection

Benefits Of An Air Conditioner Inspection

Summer may be a distant memory, but as anyone who lives in Florida knows, it will be back and you will want to be certain your home is going to be cool throughout the heat and humidity of a Florida summer. The benefits of an air conditioner inspection are many and there is no reason not to schedule one right now. Scheduling an air conditioner inspection with the professionals from Symbiont Service Corp means you can get on their calendar now, have the unit inspected and have no worries when summer makes its way back into the area. Read More »

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Energy Saving Tips For Homeowners

Energy savings is part of what the geothermal professionals at Symbiont Service Corp have focused on and worked with customers to achieve. Symbiont Service Corp professionals work offer energy saving tips for homeowners based on federal Energy Star information.

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How To Benefit From Solar Power

How To Benefit From Solar Power

The sun shines so brightly and so frequently in Florida that it makes sense to consider solar power, right? If you’re wondering how to benefit from solar power, know that becoming ecologically aware is a hot topic for many swimming pool owners. Homeowners who run air conditioners in Florida (and any part of the country) also understand the benefits of solar technology for both heating and cooling.

There are solar energy-assisted air conditioners on the market for residential homeowners and the geothermal energy professionals from Symbiont Services Corp are your go-to source for this innovative technology.

What is a solar energy-assisted air conditioner? 

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These units employ a combination of solar power cells and traditional electricity to operate the air conditioning unit. When the sun is shining the solar power cells are charged and will then power the unit to cool your house. When the sun isn’t shining, or when the solar energy cells need to recharge, the unit switches back to traditional electricity to do the job. Many homeowners see a drastic decrease in home utility bills for cooling when using solar energy-assisted air conditioners.

You may not even have to replace your existing air conditioner in order to take advantage of solar energy assisted technologies. In many cases the specialized solar panels can be linked to your existing unit. You’ll find these units are less costly than whole-house air conditioning replacements. Solar energy-assisted air conditioners are quiet, reliable and as efficient as traditional electricity to cool your home. Read More »

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The Benefits Of GeoThermal Energy

The Benefits Of GeoThermal Energy 

At Symbiont Service Corp we certainly understand the benefits of GeoThermal Energy and we get asked by potential customers all of the time to explain the benefits so they can make an informed decision on heating and cooling for their swimming pool water. Geothermal systems are considered to be the most energy efficient and environmentally friendly heat pumps on the market today. Geothermal technology also provides years of reliable safe comfort.

The benefits of geothermal energy include:

  1. Quiet operation. There are no noisy units that will disturb the enjoyment you take out of your outside environment. Your neighbors will thank you!
  2. Geothermal is more efficient than ordinary heating and air conditioning units because the systems deliver more energy than they use.
  3. A geothermal system will offer a more precise distribution of cooled or heated air, year round. You will not have to deal with hot spots and cold spots and this is important for both pool owners and homeowners in Florida.
  4. Geothermal technology is more reliable than most air conditioning units and heat pumps. Geothermal typically require less maintenance than other heating and cooling units.
  5. Environmentally friendly systems. The Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency note that geothermal is the most “environmentally-friendly way to heat and cool your home” or your swimming pool or both! Geothermal systems don’t emit carbon dioxide or other greenhouse gases that are considered contributors to environmental air pollution.

If you’re in the process of a swimming pool upgrade or renovation and want to install a system that can both heat and cool your swimming pool water, give our geothermal system installation professionals a call for more information.

 

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Origins Of Symbiont Service And Its Geothermal Heating Device

Sandy KingOrigins Of Symbiont Service And Its Geothermal Heating Device

The origins of Symbiont and its geothermal heating device began when Sandy King, now owner and president of Symbiont Service Corp was in college pursuing an oceanographic engineering degree.

The first symbiont was build in 1983 by Sandy, with help from her father, Roy King founder of Symbiont Service Corp. “I needed a project for my degree and wanted to investigate geothermal state-of-the-art pool heating methods,” Sandy said.

“In 1983, as part of my project I built a prototype meter and used an aquaculture tank filled with tilapia.” Read More »

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What Is Geothermal Pool Heating CEU Course

What Is Geothermal Pool Heating? CEU Course. Call us to schedule your on-site CEU session 

Licensed Condominium Association Managers are required to take continuing education if they manage a condo in the State of Florida. Part of the credit they need to take is an elective on operational or facilities operations. Sandy King, who has 32-years of experience in teaching and in pool heating is an in-demand educator who will travel to your location to provide courses that qualify for continuing education credits for CAMs.

“We can go to your site or we can teach a group at a trade show,” she says. “There are times I’ve been invited into a management office to speak to multiple managers.”

Why hire Sandy and Symbiont Service Corp to provide your CEU training?

Sandy is a state-licensed contractor for air conditioning. She also is required to take continuing education courses every two years – 14 hours. Sandy and Symbiont Service Corp. completed the state-required paperwork to become a licensed provider of CEUs. “I wrote courses once I received my CEU provider number.” Sandy and Symbiont Service Corp can write and add new classes. “If we discover a need in the market and if we have the experience and knowledge to fill it, we will add more classes.” Read More »

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