Posts made in December 2018

Keep Cool for Better Sleep

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Do you feel like your quality of sleep could be better? You may be able to improve it with some HVAC solutions:

– Keep cool: The ideal bedroom temperature for sleep is between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit. During the colder months, adjusting your thermostat to this temperature can help you save money, but in the warmer months a zone-control air conditioning system that you use to adjust the temperature just in your bedroom might be ideal.

– Balance the humidity: When the humidity is too high in a room, it can make the air feel thick and muggy which could impact your ability to breathe. When the air in a room is too dry, you could experience a dry throat and nasal passages, which is also not ideal. A hygrometer will allow you to monitor your room’s humidity, and a standalone humidifier or dehumidifier can assist you in getting it just right.

– Create a breeze: A ceiling fan or standalone fan will not only help to cool you down, but the white noise that it creates can also help you get better sleep.

Keeping cool is a great way to get better sleep! If you find that your air conditioning unit is not quite doing the job, contact Sun Air Conditioning for air conditioning maintenance, repairs, or replacements.

Steps to Improve Air Quality in Your Home During Winter

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When the temperatures drop, opening your windows to circulate fresh air throughout your home may not be an option. So how can you keep your indoor air quality from diminishing during the winter months? Here are a few tips:

1. Clean your registers and vents: Use a flexible duster or the wand attachment on your vacuum to clean HVAC registers and vents and to cut down on the amount of dust that is circulating in your home.

2. Clean ceiling fan blades: Dusty fan blades can move additional dust through your home. Make sure they are clean before running the fan clockwise to circulate warm air throughout the room.

3. Have your ducts cleaned: Schedule a professional air duct cleaning in Tampa to reach deep into your ductwork to clear out the accumulation of dust and allergens.

4. Replace your filters: This is one of the easiest proactive steps you can take to ensure good air quality in your home. Make sure you are regularly changing your HVAC unit’s air filters.

Avoid winter allergies by taking steps to improve your home’s air quality. Visit SunAirTampa.com for additional information and to contact us to schedule a professional air duct cleaning service.

The Effects of Not Changing Your Air Filter

We all know that it is important to change our HVAC unit’s air filter regularly, but may not realize all the reasons why. Here is what can happen if your air filter is not changed on a regular basis:

– The blower fan will have to work harder: A dirty air filter will force the blower fan to work harder to push air, which will not only lead to higher energy bills, but could cause it to wear out due to the strain.

– The difficulty in blowing air will lead to rooms not being effectively heated or cooled: An air filter that needs to be replaced will cause your HVAC unit to work less effectively, which will impact your home comfort.

– Mold or bacteria can develop: Additional material on the air filter provides a place for moisture to gather which can lead to the growth of mold or bacteria colonies. This creates yet another barrier against circulating air, and could introduce pollutants into your home.

– Your system will be at risk of overheating or freezing: When heated or cooled air can’t travel out of the system, the system runs the risk of overheating or freezing up. You’ll pay the same amount for operating the system, but the unit will not change your indoor temperature.

It is best to change your air filter every month or two. Visit SunAirTampa.com to contact Sun Air Services for air conditioning service in Tampa if your unit is still not operating at its best even after changing your filter.

Cost-Efficient Ways to Keep Your Home Warm

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Florida winters can be fairly mild, without many days where we feel the need to turn our heating units on. But when those times come, there are ways to reduce how much energy we are using:

1. Use the sun: The sun is the ultimate source of free heat! Open curtains on your south-facing windows during the day to bring heat into the home, and close curtains in the evening to keep the heat in.

2. Bundle up: Instead of turning the heat up, add some layers. Cozy socks, soft hoodies, and plush blankets are all great ways to warm yourself up without turning up the heat.

3. Adjust the thermostat at night: You can save around 10% per year on heating by turning the thermostat down 10 to 15 degrees for 8 hours. To keep warm while sleeping, consider flannel sheets and a warm comforter.

4. Only heat the rooms you use: Guest rooms or large storage rooms that are seldom used don’t need to be heated, so close and seal off the vents in those rooms. This will direct the flow of warm air to the rooms you use.

5. Insulate: Heat that escapes from the home can result in hundreds of dollars in energy costs. Invest in inexpensive insulation from the home improvement store to cover areas where heat can escape.

6. Check your filters: Keeping your HVAC system properly maintained is crucial for it to operate efficiently, so make sure you are changing your filters regularly.

There are plenty of no-cost ways to reduce the amount of energy you use to heat your home. To ensure that your heating system is operating efficiently, contact our Tampa, FL HVAC company for maintenance and repairs.