How To Protect Your Outdoor HVAC Unit From Your Dog

Furry friends bring joy to our lives but can also wreak havoc on our expensive HVAC systems. Here are a few recommendations from HVAC experts to keep your dog safe and your HVAC unit protected. Add a Physical Barrier Around Your AC Compressor A dog’s urine can significantly damage your AC compressor, your pet may lick refrigerant, causing detrimental health effects, or they may leave a toy inside the unit, leading to costly repairs. Adding a physical barrier around your AC compressor will save your pet from harmful chemicals and protect your HVAC unit from extensive damage. Some effective barriers...

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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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Recommended 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 Several factors 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. And vice versa...

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How To Know Your Home Needs New Ductwork

7 Signs You Need To Replace Your Home’s Air Ducts Air ducts may seem fairly insignificant 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 air quality and the performance of your HVAC system. To keep your home healthy and comfortable, consider replacing your air ducts if you notice any of these 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...

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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. 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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