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Do You Have The Right A/C Unit For Your Home?

Have you ever wondered, “Do you have the right A/C unit for your home?” It’s a question our experienced HVAC contractors get asked all the time. Many Florida homeowners feel that “bigger is better” when it comes to the size of the air conditioning unit for their homes, but that isn’t necessariliy the case. In some instances “bigger” means it’s costing you more money to operate, but is not necessarily cooling your home any better than a smaller, fit-to-your house size would.

Do You Have The Right A/C Unit For Your Home?

The answer to the “correct size” air conditioning unit for your home isn’t as simple as it may seem. Homeowners, and even some HVAC contractors, use a rule of thumb calculation to determine what size A/C unit to install. This rule of thumb includes essentially calculating the square footage of the house then looking for a unit that shows it will cool a home of that square footage. It’s essentially guesswork and it’s guesswork that could cause your utility bills to be higher than they need to be. Read More »

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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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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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What are efficient ways to heat swimming pool water?

What are efficient ways to heat swimming pool water? Symbiont Service Corp. professionals answer 

There are many ways in which to heat the water in your swimming pool. The geothermal professionals from Symbiont Service Corp. regularly get asked, “what are efficient ways to heat swimming pool water?” One of the best ways is by using a heat pumps. This piece of equipment provides an energy-efficient way to keep the pool water warm. The way a pool water heat pump works is that it utilizes electricity to transfer heat from the area surrounding the pump aka the ambient air, through the device and then transfers it into the pool water. Rather than generating heat, as most other models do, the use of the ambient air to heat the pool water is a more energy efficient way to extend your pool swim season.

To maximize energy savings, you will want to work with your pool heating professional to make certain you are investing in the proper size equipment for your unique swimming pool. Read More »

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The GeoThermal System’s Indoor Portion: What It Involves

The GeoThermal System's Indoor Portion: What It InvolvesA geothermal heating and cooling system consists of an indoor and an outdoor portion, both of which are vital to the system’s function. The basic structure of a water-source geothermal system requires an outdoor system of pipes, often referred to as the water loop, placed in a well, aquifer, lake or other water source at a depth where the water retains a consistent year-round temperature. Ground-source heat pumps use a similar loop system buried at a distance beneath the surface where the temperature stays about 50 degrees all year long. Read More »

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Your Home’s Geothermal Heat Pump May Qualify For A Tax Credit

Your Home’s Geothermal Heat Pump May Qualify For A Tax CreditThere’s good news for homeowners installing a GeoThermal heat pump for heating and cooling their homes: Federal tax credits are available through the year 2016, and they’re generous. In fact, if you’re set to install a GeoThermal heat pump, you’d be foolish not to take advantage of them. Read More »

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The Expertise Of Your Geothermal Installer Will Dictate System Performance — And ROI

The Expertise Of Your Geothermal Installer Will Dictate System Performance -- And ROIIf you’re considering a geothermal air conditioning or pool heating system for your Florida home, it’s important you turn to a professional geothermal installer. A geothermal system is an extremely energy efficient, environmentally-friendly choice that will give you years of reliable service at an economical cost. They are technically complex, however, and should not be considered a project that can be undertaken without an in-depth knowledge of HVAC and geothermal principles.  Read More »

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How To Get The Most From Your Geothermal System

How To Get The Most From Your Geothermal SystemGeothermal systems are an ideal choice for heating and cooling your home or business. Across the country, the temperature below the ground hovers between 45 and 75 degrees, and geothermal systems take advantage of this untapped source of energy directly beneath your building. Read More »

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Geothermal Systems: Frequently Asked Questions

Geothermal Systems: Frequently Asked QuestionsGeothermal systems have been getting more and more attention in recent years as a boon for the environment, as well as providing a cost-effective way of heating and cooling your home. But many homeowners have questions about the technology that powers these systems, so if you are interested in geothermal heating and cooling, you should take the time to educate yourself.
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