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A Little Effort Goes A Long Way … When You Change Your Air Filters Regularly

Interested in improving the efficiency of your HVAC system? A little effort goes a long way, and routinely checking your air filters can give your system the efficiency boost it needs to improve comfort at home and reduce energy costs.

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Air Handlers With Variable-Speed Features Give Efficiency A Big Boost

Looking for year-round HVAC efficiency? Have you considered the benefits of variable-speed air handlers? Traditional air handlers only turn on and off, but variable-speed models give you the option of running your system at a lower capacity — one that is much more suited to the comfort demands of the day. Benefits include:

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Troubleshoot Common Air Conditioning Problems Before You Call In The Pros

Under the relentless Florida sunshine, many homeowners eventually notice performance issues with their air conditioning systems. Some of these problems may be due to system malfunction, some due to normal wear and tear and others are the result of simple operational mistakes. With that in mind, here are a few troubleshooting ideas for common air conditioning problems.

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Geothermal: An Excellent System That Requires Expert Installation

Geothermal heat pump technology has been around since 1853, and commercially available since the 1940s. With more than 1 million units in use today, they have proven to be among the most reliable and energy-efficient HVAC systems available.

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UV Lights — A Key Player In Your Clean-Air Strategy

Some air purifiers use ultraviolet light to complement traditional filtration methods. UV radiation in certain doses is a potent weapon against airborne bacteria, molds and viruses. Using this light in air purifiers is meant to not only filter this organic matter from the air, but to kill it.

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How A Well-Designed Landscape Can Boost Your Home’s Insulation

Floridians who want to lower their utility bills should always consider turning to Mother Nature for some help. A well-landscaped yard that acts as natural insulation can make all the difference in your energy usage — and add curb appeal.

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Degree Days: HVAC Contractors Use Them In Their Calculations, And You Can Too

Figuring “degree days” is helpful in tracking energy consumption in your home. The concept helps keep track of how many degrees you cool down or warm up your home and can be averaged over a month, allowing comparisons to other months or other years.

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Seal The Leaks In Your Ductwork, And You Can Plug A Drain On Your Pocketbook

Cool, clean, well-circulated air is a basic need in Florida. Surviving a typically oppressive summer here without it would be unimaginable.

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When You Have Multiple People To Keep Happy, A Zoning System Lets You Set More Than One Temperature

With the heat and humidity in Florida, the question isn’t whether to run the A/C, but what temperature to set it at. You might like it at a warm 74 degrees, but your spouse might want it at 62 degrees. This can make for an unhappy situation. It only gets worse if there are more people in the home, each with her own preference. If this is your predicament, a zoning system could be the answer. A zoning system can keep everyone happy in the following ways:

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Planning A Last-Minute Getaway This Summer? Program Your Thermostat Before You Leave

If you’re planning a last-minute getaway before summer ends, don’t forget to deal with your thermostat. If your home is going to be empty while you are away, you don’t need to maintain your regular temperature settings. Adjusting your thermostat settings can reduce your energy consumption and save you money while you’re having fun in the sun.

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