10 Creative Ways to Save Money on Heating This Winter

December 2nd, 2014

Although most homeowners are relieved that they can reduce their air conditioner usage once the winter arrives, the utility bill can still be high due to the heater. With the snow falling outside and the temperatures dropping, it can feel cozy to bundle up and turn the heater on during the holiday season. To save money on heating this winter and reduce your energy bill, there are a few creative ways to cut the cost and still feel cozy while spending time indoors.


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1. Rely on a Fireplace

Instead of spending extra money by using your HVAC system to stay warm, rely on a fireplace to heat the room and reduce the chill in the air.

2. Use Heavy Window Treatments

By installing heavy window treatments in the most common rooms of the home, it will help to insulate the space and prevent heat from escaping through the windows.

3. Bake Meals in the Oven

Kill two birds with one stone by baking dinner in the oven each night for dinner, which will also release heat into the kitchen and surrounding rooms for an easy way to feel cozy while spending time indoors.

4. Add Extra Insulation

To minimize heat transfer that occurs in the attic, blow insulation in the space to control moisture and reduce heat that is lost for an easy way to reduce your energy bill by 20 to 30 percent.

5. Turn on Space Heaters

If only one or two people are home in the winter season, it’s important to rely on portable space heaters to stay warm instead of heating up the whole house.

6. Weatherstrip Windows and Doors

To prevent heat loss, seal windows and doors where leaks may be present and seal any openings where light fixtures or ceiling fans were installed.

7. Open the Blinds

The more sun that is let into your home, the more that each room will increase in temperature. Open the blinds during the mornings for an inexpensive way of heating the space. Close the blinds at dusk to trap the heat.

8. Adjust the Thermostat

When you’re away from the home or sleeping during the night, it’s important to adjust the thermostat by 10 degrees to shed an extra 20 percent off of your energy bill.

9. Add Shag Area Rugs

To warm up the floors and keep more heat in the room, rely on large shag rugs that will offer extra comfort on bare floors.

10. Change the Direction of Ceiling Fan Blades

Changing the direction of your ceiling fan blades can push the heat back down as it rises in the room during the winter season.

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How to Maintain your Home’s Furnace

September 23rd, 2013

It doesn’t take much knowledge to asses your home furnace. It is really much simpler than rocket science. Just a pair of open eyes and this article to guide you.
Always keep yourself updated on your home furnace’s warranty. If your warranty has gone out it probably means that you really need to call an HVAC Technicain. When your furnace exceeds it’s warraty date it is certain to begin to malfunction. You will want to look into repairs you can make or a replacement all together.
A huge key sign is a yellow flame in your furnace. The flame is supposed to be blue. If it is not this could mean that your home is being infected with carbon monoxide. You need to also keep an eye out for excess moisture on windows and walls, black soot,and rust on flue pipes and vents. If you experience any of these issues you need to immediately seek professional help.
If you hear any odd noises you could be in store for a malfunctioned furnace. Popping, squealing, and banging are key noises to listen for.
If you are starting to have to spend more and more money on repairs and bills, you may want to just look into getting a whole new furnace. It gets to a point where you spend so much on reapirs that it is almost cheaper and more of an investment to get a new furnace.
Keep your eyes and ears out for these key signs and you can be ahead of your game. You can avoid running into major issues if you stay updated and educated.

The Importance of Preventative Air Care

September 16th, 2013

It is ideal that your air conditioning system is sitting at a 70% preventative and 30% corrective maintenance level. When these percentages start to get out of whack you can be sure problems will be lying ahead. Keeping your air conditioning system properly maintenanced is just as important as the tender loving care you give your car. Your air conditioning and your car are two things in life that are just too difficult to live without. Your car goes out, you’ve got no transportation. your air conditioning goes out and you’ve just subjected yourself to the terrible brutality of the Tampa heat.
It is important to know that by taking responsibility of your air conditioners performance will help you from being forced into any future problems. There are things that should be taken care of every once in a while and things that only need to be taken care of annually. Things like the air filter need to be checked regularly and changed every 3 months. But there does come a time when you are going to have to extend your hand.
Every year you need to schedule a routine check up and tune up. During these you need to address your contractor of any areas that your are concerned about. At the same time you should go ahead and replace things like your coils.
Keeping up with your air conditioner can only lead to great quality for your home. If you are looking for a place to start, you should contact Air National. They are sure to point you in the right direction and help you hire one of their contractors, as well as, assist you with any guidance that you may be searching for.

The Mold Will Get’cha

September 9th, 2013

Many people don’t know that they should think anything of an oddly musty smell lingering in their air. But you should. If you begin to recognize that your daily air consumption has smelled a bit different; then you should start to assess the knocks and crannies of your home. Along with an odor you are sure to start seeing numerous are various types of growths. Once you have established an assurance that your home could be infected with mold an immediate response is required. I have a few tips for you that you can use to test your home for mold presence and advice on the steps to take to eliminate it from your home.
Mold thrives and strives in moisture. Water is molds source of life. Mold must be damp and humid. If such environments are being provided then mold is sure to be conducive to the situation. Mold is sure to be lurking throughout your home.
You should keep your eyes out for fuzzy, furry, crackled, flat, or smoothed growth on humidified surfaces of your home. If any of these observances are gray, green, yellow, white, brown, orange, or even black. Keep your nose perked as well. Mold comes in all shapes and smells. The odor will be what points you in the moldy direction. If you have determined you are experiencing both of these occurrences then you can be absolutely certain that your home is a breeding ground for mold.

You can usually use bleach and water to start the clean-up of mold. The bleach attacks the mold to inhibit it from causing anymore due harm. Just be sure to always keep as much humidity out of your home as possible. Keep a dehumidifier in your home and on at all times. Also, invest in utilizing your vent fans during showering and cooking. The less damp spaces for mold to thrive the better.
Mold is a problem that absolutely needs to be assessed. The moment you confirm that your home is infected with mold you should begin to clean everything up. If you have any type of respiratory problem such as asthma you should evacuate as soon as possible until your home is safe again. Call a professional to help you if necessary. But usually mild mold cases can be handled lightly.

Tampa Tricks: simple make your own air conditioner

September 6th, 2013

With the temperatures rising, the need for indoor air conditioning and air quality is more and more important. Dealing with the ridiculous heat can be gruesome at times. If you are not fortunate enough to be able to obtain pristine indoor air quality, you are left to have to suffer the heat on your own. If your home isn’t being cooled to the potential you’d like, there is an answer. You can create your own type of air conditioning to fight the heat waves.
To create your own air conditioner you will simply need a fan, twine, and cloth.
Invest in a simple table or box fan. These are much cheaper than a full air conditioning system. Once you have the fan of your liking you will need to attach a wet cloth to your air conditioner. You can use twine or string in order to tie the wet cloth to the fan.
The wet cloth provides moisture for the fan to use to circulate and cool your home.
Once you have created your personal air conditioner you will be able to finally relax in your home and enjoy the sweet summer season without breaking a sweat.

Your Air Conditioner’s Personal Qualifications

September 5th, 2013

This summer finding the right cooling system for your home is pertinent. Your air conditioner is your key component to defending yourself against the Florida rays. In order to ensure that your home is being fully and properly cooled you should invest in an air conditioner that is fit to your personal needs. In order to decide which cooling system is best for you, there are a few things you need to ask yourself first. By going through these series of questions you can know where to start in purchasing a new cooling system that will bring your home to its optimum comfortable temperature.
First you need to think about what it are your qualifications for you air conditioner.Are you looking for a system that will produce a light and steady breeze or a strong and powerful air flow?
Second, you should address the extremities of your area’s weather conditions.
Third, decide whether you want to fill your home with portable or fixed air conditioning accessories. Having portable cooling devices can be moved about. Fixed cooling devices are attached and in place and may not be moved about.
Fourth, do a quite bit of research on the different types of systems companies have to offer. You need to know if you would rather go with basic window and ceiling fans, Refrigerated-air conditioners, or Evaporated Coolers. Each of these are very different and you need to know the difference.
Fifth, determine the size of the areas you will need to be cooling.
Sixth, determine a price rage for what you are willing to spend.
Lastly, You should have a consultation with an Air National Tamp Air Specialist. They will be sure to help you find the perfect system for your home and get it installed as quickly as possible.
Knowing what you need to look for in an air conditioning system will help you stay comfortable in your home this summer.

Indoor Air Quality

August 30th, 2013

Pollution is at an all-time rise during this summer. Everyday our ecosystem takes a tough beating from the natural and human caused pollutants that prey on our source oxygen. Because our air is filled with smug and filth; having quality indoor air is ideal and important. In order to accomplish a healthy flow of air, you have to be sure that your homes air conditioning system is up to par.
Without having a proper air flow in your home; you are putting not only yourself, but your loved ones at high risk of unhealthy business. The pollutants and toxins that enter your home from the outdoors can be things like: carbon monoxide, lead, nitrogen dioxide, ozone, and sulfur dioxide. These harmful toxins have the power of causing respiratory illness, lung or heart disease, cancer, brain damage, and possibly even death.
There are protective measures you can take in order to protect the health of yourself and loved ones alike. You need to take an overall assessment of your air conditioning system. You see, your air conditioner has the ability to filter out the harmful debris that attempts to infect and destroy your health. You can provide a safe guard for your home and keep the air flow pollutant free by checking to see if your air conditioner is fully sealed. If it is not fully sealed, this means that extra air is being let in and out; this loose air is not being filtered and is ruining your home. You also need to be sure that you change your air filter regularly. Every three months is ideal. An air filter is the main component to trapping the toxins that threaten your indoor air quality.
If you are experiencing any worries about your homes air conditioning system it is best advised to seek immediate professional help from a licensed technician from Air National Tampa. Air National Tampa is dedicated to improving the quality of your everyday life, one breath of fresh air at a time.


Spring Cleaning and Your Tampa HVAC System

May 29th, 2012

If you are working on cleaning your home for spring, don’t forget your HVAC system. If you are turning your furnace off, you should change the air filter so it is ready to go next heating season. It is also important to check your air conditioner’s filter, which needs to be clean to ensure efficient operation. A dirty AC filter can reduce air flow, which can not only waste energy but possibly cause ice to build up on your coils.

While you are checking over your AC equipment, it’s a good idea to schedule an annual maintenance visit with your Tampa HVAC contractor. One of the many things they will do is clean your AC, including the evaporator and condenser coils, which will help your unit maintain its energy efficiency. Since you are cleaning the rest of your home anyway, it’s a good idea to get your air conditioner in peak shape at the same time. If you don’t know how to change your AC’s air filter, ask your maintenance technician to show you. You should also determine how often you should change your air filter, which can depend on the amount of dust in your home, the number of pets you have, and the type of air filter you use.

Other important spring cleaning tasks include changing the filter in your vacuum, which can help maintain indoor air quality, and changing your water filter. Whether you have a whole house water filter or a Brita pitcher, the filters need to be replaced on a regular basis to keep them working effectively. If you have an air cleaning system, it’s probably a good idea to replace those filters as well, and check to make sure you don’t need UV germicidal light bulb replacement. While each of these steps seems simple, it they can add up to a healthier, more efficient house.

To schedule an HVAC maintenance visit, call Air National today!

Programmable Thermostats and Your Tampa Air Conditioning System

May 21st, 2012

Air conditioning makes our home comfortable during a hot summer day. However, air conditioners need electricity to run, and most of us are trying to reduce our home’s energy consumption. There are a number of ways you can make your Tampa air conditioning system more efficient, including upgrading to an ENERGY STAR rated unit and scheduling regular maintenance, but one of the easiest steps to implement is installing a programmable thermostat.

Programmable thermostats automatically adjust the temperature in your home depending on the time of day. You can save up to 10 percent a year by turning down your thermostat back ten degrees for eight hours a day! Most models allow you to store multiple daily settings, so you can turn you air conditioner down during the day when you are at work and while you are sleeping, and still have the temperature cooler when you need it. You can also still manually adjust the temperature without affecting the normal settings, giving you complete control and helping you save energy.

Programmable thermostats are not all made the same, and there are many different makes and models. Your Tampa HVAC contractor will go over the different features available to you so you can decide which best fits your needs. Different thermostats work better with different systems, for instance some heat pumps need thermostats that have multi-stage functions, so it is best to consult with a professional before deciding what to purchase.

Programmable thermostats allow you to save energy without sacrificing comfort, which is something that all of us are looking for. If you are looking for a simple, affordable way to improve your HVAC system, a programmable thermostat is a great choice. Most are easy to read and easy to use, call Air National name today to learn more about having a programmable thermostat installed in your home!

Tampa AC Tip: Outdoor Air Conditioning Components

May 14th, 2012

As long as all the parts are working well, air conditioning in Tampa is a modern convenience we can easily take for granted and overlook. Cool air makes our lives simply better, but is a complicated process based on an old theory and modern technology.

No matter the size, in every unit, the basic purpose is one of extracting heat from the conditioned space and moving it to the outside, leaving cool air in its place. This process easily divides into indoor and outdoor components.

Air Conditioning 101

Utilizing the basic principal of thermal energy that heat gravitates toward cooler temperatures, compounds known as refrigerants travel through a closed looped system, repeatedly transforming between liquid and gas forms. Chosen for their ability to rapidly change at low temperatures, they alternately absorb and release heat along the way.

Having expanded to a vacuous state with plenty of room between molecules to absorb heat, the refrigerant is compressed tightly, condenses back into liquid form and releases the heat to the outdoors.

In the Box Outside

Placed on a small slab on the ground alongside many homes or on the roof of large buildings, air conditioning units contain the compressor and condensing coils that enable the main (and noisiest) function of the process.

The refrigerant is contained within a closed loop, entering the compressor as an expanded gas full of heat.  Under pressure, that heat is released when the molecules are squeezed so tightly together the refrigerant returns to its liquid state.

Then passing into the condensing coils, a series of delicate fins, the released heat is allowed to dissipate through the fins into the air where a small fan blows it away.  Water is also a by-product of the condensation and drains into a pan and eventually into the ground.

The condensing coil ends at the exchange valve where it is held to create just the right pressure for the evaporating coil indoors to operate at its maximum efficiency.

Refreshing Maintenance

When maintained on a regular basis, the system requires little attention and over sight beyond scheduled appointments with a Tampa air conditioning company like Air National.