What Is R-Value?

  Combatting the Palm Beach heat and humidity starts by ensuring your home has the right insulation and understanding how R-value contributes to it! R-value is the measure of a material’s thermal resistance. The higher the R-value, the more slowly heat will pass through the material. This is an important consideration when choosing insulation for your home. Hopkins Air Conditioning offers blown-in insulation for homes throughout the Palm Beach area, including West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, and Delray Beach. Our product helps reduce your cooling costs during hot weather while keeping you warmer through cold spells in winter. R-Value and...

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Is Attic Insulation Important in Florida?

“Should I insulate my attic in Florida?” The short answer is yes. Adding insulation to your Palm Beach home’s attic is one of the most effective ways to save money on utility bills and make it as energy-efficient as possible. While Palm Beach doesn’t have freezing winters, it does have hot summers. Adding attic insulation is a terrific way to keep your home comfortable all year long. Reasons You Need Attic Insulation in Florida When thinking of Florida, most people rightfully picture palm trees and sunshine, but building codes in the state require insulation for framed walls, raised floors, and...

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How to Troubleshoot Your AC Issues

With Florida’s intense heat and humidity, there is never a good time to have an air conditioner break down. Even a short wait for AC repairs can leave your home hot, sticky, and uncomfortable. To possibly save some time and money, consider doing a bit of AC troubleshooting yourself. Here are a few tips that can help: Check your thermostat settings: Thermostats can easily be reset, or they may lose their settings if their batteries die. Ensure the thermostat has power, change the batteries if necessary, and verify that it is set to “cooling” mode with the fan set to...

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Give Your AC a Helping Hand: Tips to Keep Your Home Cool

When summer strikes, there isn’t much that offers more relief than a cool, comfortable home. To achieve this, it’s important to keep a range of tips and tricks in mind that will play a crucial role in the temperature and feel of your home throughout the season, all the while implementing eco-friendly and money-saving practices anyone can benefit from. Below, we’ve laid out a few tips and tricks that we encourage you to practice each summer. Close Your Blinds One of the easiest steps you can take to create a cool environment during the summer is reducing the heat that...

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Boost Your Home’s Equity with HVAC Upgrades

People renovate their homes for all sorts of reasons. Additions, refurbishments, and restorations are just some of the ways homeowners increase space, avoid moving, and maximize property value. Did you know, though, that upgrading your HVAC system is also a terrific way to add valuable equity to your West Palm Beach home? Energy-efficient HVAC upgrades have up to an 85% return on investment. Only two other projects, complete kitchen renovations and kitchen upgrades, see a higher ROI. If you want to add value to your home by improving its heating and cooling system, though, it’s important to understand precisely which...

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8 Air Conditioner Myths That Could Be Losing You Money

Even if you enjoy West Palm Beach’s steamy climate, there’s just nothing like a cold, high-performing air conditioner on a hot summer day. When the temperatures start to rise this summer, many homeowners will be searching for ways to lower their energy bills. But before you make any changes around the home, let’s dismantle a few air conditioning myths that are costing you time and money ― and uncover the truth so that you can save energy and money. Myth #1: Turning Off Your AC When You Leave Home Will Save You Money With over 45 years of experience in...

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Why You Should Have Your Ducts Cleaned Before Summer

Air ducts can collect dirt and spread it through your home each time you turn on your air conditioner. Living in Florida, you most likely run your AC a lot, meaning a greater chance of contaminants spreading through your home’s air. We recommend regular duct cleaning to remove all the filth and help improve your indoor air quality while extending the useful life of your cooling system. Even better, you can have your ducts cleaned before the really hot summer months hit and you start increasing your AC use. Having clean ducts, especially before the summer when you use your AC the...

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Benefits of WiFi Thermostats

Without a thermostat, an HVAC system can’t operate as intended. Someone has to set the thermostat, so the furnace or air conditioning does its magic. However, it isn’t magic that runs things. Basic Science and engineering allow all the components to work well together. Today, homeowners can take advantage of many incredible innovations in HVAC systems. Among those innovations is the arrival of the Wi-Fi thermostat. If you still use an “old-time” thermostat, perhaps changing things to the newer Wi-Fi version is best. These thermostats come with many advanced features that integrate modern internet capabilities. What Is a Wi-Fi Thermostat?...

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Signs Your AC is Malfunctioning or Needs Service

When buying an air conditioner, be sure to purchase a top brand manufactured by a company with a stellar reputation. And this same advice extends to choosing an HVAC company for the installation. You don’t want to experience any unnecessary problems with the system, and the right installation team could contribute to fewer maintenance issues. That said, even the best systems installed by the best companies run into problems. Nothing mechanical lasts forever without showing eventual signs of maintenance trouble. Can you recognize the symptoms? Knowing when the air conditioner needs work allows you to act without delay. A regular...

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Benefits of Seasonal Tune-Ups

At , it is our mission to help the residents of West Palm Beach keep their homes comfortable in every season. You can trust our NATE-certified technicians to handle any issues with your cooling and heating system. After working with hundreds of home comfort systems in the Palm Beach area, we have come to the conclusion that seasonal tune-ups are one of the most valuable services we provide. Preparing for a Cool Summer The spring tune-up is a critical maintenance opportunity. Your air conditioner works hard in the Florida sun. Over time, regular operation can take its toll on your...

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