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Sarasota Winter Home Heating Safety Tips

Posted by on Jan 17, 2019 in AC Service, HVAC, Sarasota, Tips | Comments Off on Sarasota Winter Home Heating Safety Tips

winter home heating Winter home heating comes with its own set of challenges. Unlike cooler air, heat has a tendency to encourage combustion when improperly used. The Centers for Disease Control estimate that on average 400 people die annually from unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning. A significant portion of these deaths occur during winter time from faulty home heating implementation. Modern Air & Refrigeration your local Sarasota HVAC experts has put together a set of tips for you to avoid winter home heating dangers such as carbon monoxide poisoning and fires.

Winter Home Heating Safety: Carbon Monoxide Safety

The two most prominent dangers to you and your home this winter will come in the form of fire and carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas that can cause sudden illness and death. It’s produced any time a fossil fuel is burned such as a grill, your heating system depending on the type, and your car.  Your first line of defense against carbon monoxide is a handy carbon monoxide detector. What are equally as important as the CO detector are your regular checks on its batteries. Additionally the CDC recommends yearly checks on your home HVAC system to catch any low-level leaks your detector might miss.

Winter Home Heating Safety: Preventing Fires

The U.S. Fire Administration estimates that 890 people die in winter home fires every year, accompanied by over $2 billion in property loss. Heating related fires were second only to fires caused by cooking. FEMA recommends yearly maintenance on HVAC units to catch any issues before they aggravate to the point of a fire. To prevent potential home fires from HVAC issues FEMA recommends at minimum yearly AC unit maintenance cleaning and checks. You should keep any flammable materials at least three feet away from all heat sources. And finally never use an oven to heat your home regardless of the situation.

Modern Air & Refrigeration Maintenance Deal

Sarasota’s premier HVAC contractor understands that with the heating bills pilling up AC maintenance might be put on the backburner. With this in mind we have a special HVAC performance inspection for only $49. The inspection includes drain service and air filter replacement if proper size is provided when calling. Our inspection includes full performance testing and evaluation accompanied by a written report.

Call Modern Air and Refrigeration’s 24/7 line at (941) 727-0330 or send us a quick message to schedule your discounted HVAC inspection.

How to Fix a Clogged AC Drain Line

Posted by on Jan 9, 2019 in AC Service, Air Conditioning, News, Sarasota | Comments Off on How to Fix a Clogged AC Drain Line

How to Fix a Clogged AC Drain Line

AC drain lineModern Air & Refrigeration celebrates the unsung heroes of your HVAC system. Today’s contestant comes to us in the form of your AC drain line. Your AC system is more than just a temperature regulator for your home. It also controls moisture levels by discharging excess water via the AC drain line. This is incredibly important here in our sunshine state otherwise known as the most humid state in the country. So just how does an AC drain line work? What happens when it gets clogged and how can you fix it? We will explore these topics in the following article.

What is an AC Drain Line?

Your HVAC system removes moisture from the air as it circulates in your home. The moisture makes its way to the evaporator coil as condensation. This condensation drips into the aptly named condensation pan that is connected to the AC drain line. Recent modern AC systems come equipped with a safety sensor in the drain pan that turns off your AC if the water levels rise too high. The line itself leads outside of your home where the excess water won’t damage your foundation. The process of draining this excess moisture is automatic and should require no interception from you as long as everything is working correctly.

Signs of a Clogged AC Drain Line

The most common sign of a clogged AC drain line is usually water where it’s not supposed to be. The most common place to find this runaway water is directly from the AC unit itself. Other areas you may find water leaking include exhaust fans, underneath cabinets, or any other adjacent areas to your AC unit. Pay close attention to water damage on your carpet or furniture around your AC. This could be indicative of a clogged AC drain line.

How to Fix Your Clogged AC Drain Line

To go about fixing a clogged AC drain line you will need the following materials:

  • Small towel or rag
  • Warm water
  • General cleaning solution such as dish soap or plain vinegar
  • Wet/dry vacuum
  • Funnel

First things first turn off your HVAC system. Next, find your condensate pan. It should be right underneath your internal AC unit or outside underneath the external component of your system. If the condensate pan is overflowing with water first vacuum the pan to get rid of the water. Next, clean the now empty pan with warm water and your preferred cleaning solution. To ensure the issue is properly fixed you may also want to clean your drain line. This is usually a small vent covered by PVC piping leading from the condensate pan. Remove the drain cap and flush the line with your cleaning solution. Let it sit for at least 30 minutes before clearing. Finally, turn on your AC unit to your new cleared AC drain line!

If you are still experiencing clogged AC drain line issues we recommend you get in touch with your trusted local Sarasota HVAC professional. Call Modern Air and Refrigeration’s 24/7 line at (941) 727-0330 or send us a quick message.


Optimizing Your AC: Best Insulation Types

Posted by on Dec 27, 2018 in HVAC, News, Tips | Comments Off on Optimizing Your AC: Best Insulation Types

Insulation TypesYour home’s HVAC unit is not an isolated system. It relies on several integral parts of your home in order to function at optimal levels. One of these systems is your home’s insulation. Insulation protects your home from heat loss or gains saving you as much as 35% or more in heating and cooling costs. Depending on your home’s construction, you may have one of the several insulation types that are common among residential homes. Faulty or old insulation may be one of the reasons why your electric bills might be climbing. Let’s explore your options when it comes to insulation and the right type for your home.

Insulation Types: Loose Fill

Let’s start with the superstar of insulation types: loose fill. By far the most popular insulation type, loose fill insulation is shredded cellulose that comes from the cell wall of plants. Most commercially available loose fill is made from cotton and treated with borates to protect against fire, mold, and vermin. Installation of loose fill insulation is done using a blowing machine and works best when used to insulate wall cavities and attics.

Insulation Types: Batt Insulation

The most cost-effective of our insulation types list is called batt insulation. Although not as easy to maneuver as loose fill, batt insulation can be cut into smaller pieces to fit custom sizes. A batt piece comes in the form of fiberglass and consists of a sheet of fibers. They are used in attics, walls, and crawlspaces and are excellent at insulating energy from passing through walls, ceilings, and floors. Although they can be cut into any size, the most common sizes are 2×4 and 2×6.

Insulation Types: Spray Foam

The last option on our insulation types list is more of a supplement to the previous two. Spray foam insulation is very popular for filling in small spaces that the previous two types can’t easily cover. It makes a great follow-up over time as you become familiar with your home’s various nooks and crannies that the builders might have missed. It is not, however, cost-effective to use as standalone insulation by itself.

Are you ready to talk to a trusted local Sarasota HVAC professional about your home’s insulation needs? Call Modern Air and Refrigeration’s 24/7 line at (941) 727-0330 or send us a quick message.

Thermostat Basics and Your HVAC System

Posted by on Dec 20, 2018 in AC Service, HVAC | Comments Off on Thermostat Basics and Your HVAC System

thermostat basicsThe typical homeowner interacts with their HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) system by one small but crucial part of the system; the thermostat. Besides the basics of turning the temperature up or down, today’s thermostats can do so much more. Modern Air & Refrigeration of Sarasota has put together a handy guide on thermostat basics to help you understand the options and features you now have at your fingertips. Thermostats can save you a bundle on your heating and cooling costs with proper use.

Thermostat Basics

Let’s start with your AC’s thermostat basics and how it functions. There are two types of thermostats prevalent today. There are newer electronic thermostats, and older electromechanical thermostats. Electronic thermostats are simple and use sensors to determine the temperature in your home. Electromechanical systems rely on either a bi-metal or metal strip that uses mercury to move either down or up signaling your HVAC to turn on or off. Either method of tracking and changing temperatures lose efficiency if adjusted too often. If your aim is to save energy, adjusting your thermostat sparingly will help regardless of the type of thermostat you have in your home.

Thermostat Basics of Saving Money

Modern Air & Refrigeration recommends that you use programmable thermostats to save money on your heating and cooling costs. Thermostat basics begin with keeping your home cooled or heated only when needed. Programmable electronic thermostats can be adjusted to lower or increase the temperature when you’re not home. Recent versions even allow remote access via website or your phone so you can adjust the temperature as needed from anywhere. If you’re inside your home remember our earlier tip, touch the thermostat as least as possible. Adjustments take energy to meet your new either lower or higher temperature.

Are you ready to talk to a trusted local Sarasota HVAC professional about your thermostat needs? Call Modern Air and Refrigeration’s 24/7 line at (941) 727-0330 or send us a quick message.

HVAC Duct Replacements: Is it Time?

Posted by on Dec 18, 2018 in Air Conditioning, HVAC, News, Sarasota | Comments Off on HVAC Duct Replacements: Is it Time?

HVAC Duct Replacements: Is it Time?

duct replacementsIf you are on the fence on whether your home HVAC needs duct replacements or just a cleaning you’ve come to the right place. Your HVAC’s ducts are an out of sight and easily forgotten about component of your home’s air conditioning. Indeed, a number of homeowners are not aware of the signs of dirty or malfunctioning air conditioner ducts. We will go over the signs that you may have an issue and the recommended methods to alleviate the problem.

HVAC Duct Replacements Signs

The easiest sign to spot a system that might be in dire need of duct replacements is dust. This symptom usually manifests itself in worsening allergies, stuffy rooms, and dust collecting on surfaces at an alarming rate. The second sign your home might need duct replacements comes in the form of mildew. Finally, leaky HVAC ducts have trouble heating or cooling your home leading to inconsistent temperatures across the home. If you walk into spots and suddenly get hit with a cold or warm area, dirty or imbalanced ducts might be the culprit.

Metal vs. Plastic HVAC Ducts

The type of ducts your HVAC uses directly affects whether you need duct replacements or just cleaning. Metal ductwork with no interior lining can typically be cleaned with ease. Plastic ductwork, however, is a lot more complicated. They consist of a small plastic wall wrapped in insulation with that signature foil backing for additional sealing. Plastic ducts can also be cleaned by professionals with the right tools. The only exception occurs in cases of extreme mold infection. You don’t want to trade your health for your HVAC.

Duct Replacements or Duct Cleaning?

So what’s the verdict? Should you go for the duct cleaning or opt for the complete duct replacements package? Truth is every HVAC unit’s needs are unique. Depending on the age of your system, your home, the ducts and type of ducts, an HVAC professional can determine which option will be suitable for you. Your role as the homeowner and eventual payer is to ask all the right questions to ensure your Sarasota HVAC contractor has done their due diligence. You should now be equipped with enough knowledge as to what type of ducts you have and the specific issue you face.

Are you ready to talk to a trusted local Sarasota HVAC professional about your duct replacements? Call Modern Air and Refrigeration’s 24/7 line at (941) 727-0330 or send us a quick message.