UV Lights for HVAC Systems: Are They Worth It?

If the air in your Palm Beach home feels musty or smells moldy, consider a UV light for your HVAC system. These innovative devices use the power of ultraviolet (UV) light to kill bacteria, fungi, and viruses. But do they actually work, and are they worth the investment? Let the experts at Hopkins Air Conditioning explain the ins and outs of UV lights for HVAC systems. What Are UV Lights in HVAC Units? UV lights are a powerful tool in the fight against indoor air pollution. These lights emit UVC rays, a type of UV light powerful enough to kill...

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How to Tell if Your AC Fuse Is Blown

With average temperatures of 90º F and high humidity, summers in West Palm Beach can be sweltering without a functioning air conditioner system. A working air conditioner is essential for maintaining comfort and avoiding health hazards like dehydration or heat stroke. The fuses in your AC unit play a pivotal role in protecting it from electrical surges and damage. Knowing how to identify a blown fuse can save you from unnecessary discomfort and costly repair services. In this blog post, the experts at Hopkins Air Conditioning discuss how to tell if your AC fuse is blown and what steps to...

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Best Time To Book an Air Conditioning Service Appointment

Keeping your AC system in tiptop shape is important for maintaining a comfortable indoor environment and an energy-efficient home. The best way for a homeowner to keep their air conditioning operating 100% year-round (especially in the sweltering hot summer) is with regular professional AC maintenance and repairs. But when is the best time to have your AC unit serviced? And how can you know when it’s time for an AC repair? In this blog, the experts at Hopkins Air Conditioning will answer these questions and more.   The Best Time of Year for AC Maintenance While you can schedule AC...

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What Do “Hold” & “Run” Mean on a Thermostat?

Programmable thermostats allow you to create schedules for temperature changes that fit your air conditioning and heating needs. These units come with many different settings and buttons, including ones you may need to become more familiar with. Many programmable thermostats have “Hold” and “Run,” but what exactly are these buttons? What do they do? In this article, we’ll take a look at the “Hold” and “Run” options on programmable thermostats and discuss how they can be helpful for a homeowner.   What Is a Programmable Thermostat? As the name implies, a programmable thermostat allows you to take control of your HVAC system, more than...

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2024 SEER Ratings: What To Know About the New HVAC Efficiency Standards

Rising utility bills are a common problem throughout Florida, and many homeowners are shocked to discover just how much more it costs to cool their homes this year than last. While you can’t control utility rates, you can invest in an energy-efficient cooling system to reduce utility usage. To that end, it’s important to understand SEER ratings and the latest requirements to select a suitable air conditioning system for your home, condo, or apartment. There were some significant changes this past year, and the team at Hopkins Air Conditioning can help you navigate your options to find the right one.   What...

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Why Is My AC Dripping Water? Causes & Solutions

Leaking air conditioners are a common problem homeowners face, especially during the heat of summer when the system is working overtime to keep your home cool. Understanding the causes of an AC leak can help you prevent the problem or correct it quickly. 5 Common Causes of Your AC Dripping Water There are several reasons your air conditioner may start leaking water and subsequently break down. These are the five most common: A Clogged Condensate Line The condensate drain line is used along with a condensate drain pan to remove excess moisture produced by your air conditioner as it cools...

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What Are the Signs of AC Contactor Failure?

For West Palm Beach homeowners, understanding the condition of your AC system is important for maintaining a comfortable and efficient home environment, especially with our hot, humid weather. A key part of an AC system is the contactor. It needs to work properly to keep your HVAC system running smoothly. But when it fails, it can lead to several problems affecting your comfort and the system’s efficiency.   What Is an AC Contactor? An AC contactor is an electrical component in your AC system that controls the flow of electricity to the air conditioning unit. It’s like a switch, engaging...

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What Should the Indoor Humidity Level Be in Florida Homes?

Florida is known for its warm climate and, more notably, its humidity. For homeowners, learning how to handle the moisture in the air can be a challenge, especially when it comes to maintaining comfort and health in your home. Understanding the ideal indoor humidity level is important for creating a comfortable space and ensuring your HVAC system operates efficiently. At Hopkins Air Conditioning, we know how important the humidity levels are in your home. Here’s information on what your indoor humidity level should be. How Humidity Levels Affect Your HVAC System & Home Excess humidity can make your Florida home...

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Do You Need To Clean Your Air Ducts?

How important are clean air ducts? Well, when it comes to maintaining a healthy and comfortable living environment, clean air ducts are more important than you may realize. At Hopkins Air Conditioning, we believe keeping your air ducts clean and in good condition is important no matter where you live. But in Palm Beach County, FL, it’s a critical part of home maintenance. Our climate can lower your indoor air quality and have a negative impact on your air ducts. But do you really need to clean your air ducts? Here’s what you need to know.   How Dirty Air...

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Is Heat More Expensive Than AC?

Between winter temperatures and humid, hot summers, your air conditioning and heating systems see a lot of use. With a significant portion of energy consumption tied to HVAC systems, homeowners often wonder why heating their households costs more than cooling them. In this blog, we’ll discuss how energy usage and outdoor climate contribute to these cost disparities and how you can keep your systems efficient and utility bills low. Why Does Heat Take More Energy? The temperature difference between indoor and outdoor environments plays a crucial role in the cost of heating and cooling your home. The colder it is...

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