Best Thermostat Settings for Florida Weather

As a Florida resident, you know the weather here can be pretty unpredictable. One day it’s hot and humid, and the next day it might be cool and breezy. So, how do you set your thermostat to keep your home comfortable all year? Read on to learn what energy experts recommend for the best thermostat settings in Florida. Factors That Influence Thermostat Settings There are several factors that impact how a homeowner should set their thermostat throughout the year. These include: The outdoor temperature: Of course, if it’s hot outside, you’ll want to set your thermostat to a cooler temperature....

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How To Know Your Home Needs New Ductwork

7 Signs You Need to Replace Your Home’s Ductwork Air ducts may seem fairly inconsequential to your comfort, but they carry all the conditioned air in your Palm Beach home. If they’re dirty, damaged, or contaminated with pests, mold, or allergens, they can significantly impact your comfort and the performance of your HVAC system. To keep your home healthy and comfortable, consider replacing your air ducts if you notice any of the following signs of major ductwork problems. Inefficient Cooling or Heating If your air ducts lack insulation in areas like attics or crawl spaces, or if the ducts are...

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How Ductwork Affects HVAC Performance

Air ducts are an essential part of a conventional HVAC system, carrying the heated or cooled air throughout the home and into each room. A properly designed and installed duct system keeps the home comfortable while minimizing utility costs and energy losses. If the ductwork is poorly installed, it can have a huge impact on the performance of the HVAC system and the comfort of the home. How Do Air Ducts Work? An air conditioner, heat pump, or furnace draws in air from the return ducts using a large blower fan, and then the air is cooled or heated, depending...

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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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