Archive for June, 2012

AC Replacement: Learn When it’s time to Replace your AC Unit

When should I replace my unit?

This is a question the customers of Total Comfort often ask us. One of the most direct reasons someone should consider replacing their AC unit is the age of the system.  If you have a system that is over 10 years it’s time to consider a new one.  Just like computers and vehicles, the physical life of a unit will catch up to it and cause you more expenses in the long run.

The most important cost factor is the SEER rating of a new unit in comparison to units that were installed ten years ago.  SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio ) is the cooling output of the unit, the higher the SEER rating the more energy efficient the unit is.  In 2006, new government standards stipulated that all newly manufactured air conditioners were required to have a SEER rating of 13 or higher.

Units that are over 10 years or older typically have a SEER range from 6-10. 10 SEER was considered “High Efficiency” ten years ago!  Because of corrosion and other factors, that 10 SEER system is probably now only a 6 SEER system. With all the focus on energy savings and conservation, the ratings from 10 years ago are growing obsolete and costing you more money on electricity bills each month.   For example, if your AC unit has a SEER rating of 6.0 and you installed a new unit with a SEER rating of 12 or 13, you would cut your power consumption for cooling and heating in half and those monthly savings on utilities will go along way!  

Total Comfort is an authorized installer of Carrier AC and we carry a full line of AC units that offer SEER ratings of 13.0 to 21.

Visit our website to learn more about SEER ratings and when to replace your AC Unit >

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HURRICANE SEASON: How to Prepare for the Hurricanes in Florida

Summer has arrived and most families are already starting to plan their summer vacation, BBQ’s with friends, outdoor home projects, or even that much needed rest and relaxation on the Florida beaches.   As you start planning those FUN activities that rejuvenate you; Total Comfort Heat and Air Conditioning wants to remind you that as the temperatures rise so does the risk of Hurricanes, Tropical Storms, and Power Outages.

Florida has been marked by several devastating hurricanes and tropical storms that have left devastation, flooding, damage, and power-outages.  Every homeowner should begin Hurricane season with a plan.  When it comes to protecting your home and family, preparation is key.  Total Comfort recommends an evacuation plan, boarding of windows, ample water and canned food, and appliance preparation.

Hurricane and Storm Preparation: AC UNIT, Surge Protectors, and Generators.

As your local Air Conditioning and Heating expert we wanted to share our helpful hints to ensure you stay protected during a storm.  First turn off the AC unit prior to the storm, if you have a window unit – unplug it completely.  Don’t forget to turn off the electrical breaker for your AC unit and cover the AC unit with tarp.   Once the storm passes and it’s safe to go outside, Do NOT turn the AC unit on until you have inspected the unit and ground area first.  If the area is flooded, for your safety have a Professional AC Technician check the unit.

Storms not only create strong winds but they come with intense lighting strikes that can cause expensive and damaging effects on your electronics.   The only way to protect your electrical devices from “surges” is with a surge protection system.

Learn more about power surges and how they can damage your home >

The simplest advice we can recommend for the aftermath of a storm; which often leaves us without power for days or weeks, is to purchase a generator.  Generators provide a steady supply of power and since everything we rely on in our daily lives–requires a steady supply of power, purchasing a generator is one way to relieve the stress and frustration after the storm passes.

Don’t be left in the dark or without A/C this hurricane season, view  Total Comfort’s generators today >

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