2023 SEER2 Rating Regulations in Florida

It’s important in Palm Beach County to have an air conditioning system that works effectively to keep your home cool while using as little energy as possible. SEER ratings are a way to gauge the performance of different AC units. As 2023 approaches, you should familiarize yourself with the upcoming changes to SEER requirements that may affect future upgrades to the air conditioning system in your Florida home. What’s a SEER Rating & How Does It Affect My HVAC Equipment? The SEER rating, or seasonal energy efficiency ratio, describes the average performance of an air conditioner over a cooling season....

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How To Improve Your AC’s Efficiency: Tips To Stay Cool in Florida

Florida is known for its warm temperatures and uncomfortable humidity. Residents rely on their AC units to stay cool and escape the heat. Here are some tips and tricks to improve the efficiency of your AC unit and help regulate your home’s temperature throughout the summer. Close Your Blinds To Stay Cool One simple step you can take is to keep your blinds closed. By closing your blinds, you limit the amount of sun and heat that comes into your home. Another option is to invest in blackout curtains that significantly prohibit heat from entering. Lastly, consider window coverings such...

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How Often Should I Have My AC Coils Cleaned?

AC coils are a crucial component of air conditioners; they’re responsible for pushing hot air outside for your unit to produce cool, crisp air. It’s essential to keep the coils thoroughly cleaned to keep your unit operating at its best. Here, we discuss the importance of cleaning your AC coils and the most effective methods. Hopkins Air Conditioning has provided Palm Beach County residents with exceptional AC services since 1988. Ready to schedule AC maintenance with us? Call (561) 656-4870 or contact us online. Is Cleaning Your AC Coils Really Necessary? Yes, cleaning your AC coils is vital for your...

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How the Florida Climate Affects Your AC Unit

The weather outside your Florida home significantly affects how your HVAC system will run. On humid days, your system works harder to eliminate water vapor from the air. This puts extra stress on the system and can wear out your AC prematurely. When there’s excess humidity in your home’s air, your indoor space can feel warmer despite the thermostat temperature, and you may notice condensation on your windows. Treating your air conditioner properly and ensuring you have the right size system for your house can help improve its function and keep it running well. In this article, we’ll discuss how...

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5 Common AC Compressor Issues

If you have an air conditioning system, you have an AC compressor. This important part of the cooling system must do its job, or your air conditioner won’t cool the home. Thankfully, there are often signs that the compressor may have problems, and there are steps you can take to prevent this issue from causing a system breakdown and costly repair bill. What Does an AC Compressor Do & How Does It Work? Air conditioners work because the unit squeezes refrigerant in its gas form. It sends this pressurized, hot gas to the condenser, where it cools into a liquid,...

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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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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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Repair vs Replace: At What Point Should You Replace Your System?

Even the best-engineered air conditioning system will only last between 15 and 25 years. How will you know when it’s time to repair or replace your system? Here are some signs to look out for. 1. Unusual Sounds Clunking, squealing or grinding sounds are a sign that something’s seriously amiss with your motor, your fan or your blower. Those types of repairs can be very expensive. If the cost of those repairs comes to more than half the cost of a new AC and your current system is more than a decade old, it’s probably wise to think about getting...

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Warning Signs You Need an AC Replacement

The time may be coming up for an AC replacement. Below are a few signs that would indicate that such a time has come. If you respond by having a professional come over and inspect the system, then you’re bound to get an honest recommendation about your next course of action. 1. The Age of the System Packaged units and heat pumps have a life span of 10 to 15 years. This will vary, of course, based on the level of care that, up until then, the unit has received. If you never had yearly tune-ups done, then its life...

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Changing Air Filters: Simple But Crucial to Your AC

Although you can’t complete all of the necessary AC maintenance tasks on your own, you can change your air filters. How often the air filter needs replaced depends on what make and model you have. However, you should stay on top of air filter changes because it helps maintain proper airflow, keeps air cold, prevents high energy bills and removes pollutants from the air. Maintain Proper Airflow You can prevent AC airflow problems by changing the air filter as needed, even if you don’t think it’s dirty when it comes time for a replacement. The cooling unit will struggle to...

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