Is Your Air Conditioner Florida-Friendly?

Coastal models and dehumidifiers help

Florida is a wonderful place to live. Enjoying the access to the beaches and the ocean are something we can easily take for granted. If you’re lucky enough to live within 10 miles of the coastline, however, do not take your air conditioner for granted!

The proximity to the salt air can be a harsh enemy to air conditioners. Also, installing a dehumidifier to keep your home as comfortable is a very helpful option, based on location.

Florida-Friendly Air Conditioner Protection

To help residents of Okaloosa, Walton, Santa Rosa and Bay counties who live closer to the coast, quality manufacturers, such as Carrier Corporation, have developed a special protection for their “Carrier Coastal” units.

Known as WeatherShield,™ it features ArmorPlate™ coil coating, 100 percent paint coverage and WeatherArmor Ultra™ protection for superior seacoast corrosive resistance. WeatherShield is available on air conditioners and heat pumps, depending on your needs.

The Infinity(R) Coastal Air Conditioner, for example, offers two-stage compressor comfort, functioning mostly in a low stage for optimum energy efficiency and the best dehumidification. This dual-stage system lets you increase the cool as needed, while generally operating at a lower decibel level. It also offers a 5-year coastal corrosion parts limited warranty.

See your local Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer, such as Mills Heating and Air, for details. For over three decades Emerald Coast residents have come to Mills Heating and Air for air conditioner service, repair and replacement. Whether your needs range from traditional air conditioning units, ductless air conditioning or indoor air filtration, you can trust the professionals at Mills Heating and Air.

Dehumidifiers Increase Comfort During Hot Weather

If you’re unfamiliar, part of the job of an air conditioner is to remove humidity from the air as it conditions it. Excess humidity or moisture makes the air feel warmer than it is. Therefore, removing extra humidity helps the air feel cooler and more comfortable. Have you ever heard the phrase, “it’s not the heat, it’s the humidity?” That’s what it means!

Sometimes, an air conditioner cannot keep up with excessive humidity, such as in coastal areas like northwest Florida. To lessen the load and increase your comfort, you should consider adding a dehumidifier. When a dehumidifier is incorporated into your HVAC system, your air conditioner can avoid excess wear and tear.

Humidity inside a typical home can range between 30 and 60 percent. In Florida, because the relative humidity outdoors is generally high, 50-60 percent indoors is considered appropriate and realistic.

Humidity should be monitored, however, or addressed with a dehumidifier. Excessive humidity can cause your home to fall victim to mold and mildew growth and an increase in dust mites, in addition to the discomfort. An overabundance of humidity also aggravates some respiratory conditions, such as asthma.   

You can also keep your air conditioner and dehumidifier in great shape by investing in a Preventative Maintenance Program Agreement, like those available through Mills Heating and Air.

Your “Florida-Resistant” Air Conditioner is a Call Away

Mills Heating and Air has served customers in northwestern Florida since 1984 with various air conditioning service, repair and installation needs. Concerned about finances? Don’t be – Mills Heating and Air offers multiple financing options. By spreading out payments, you keep expenses predictable while enjoying lower utility costs and increased comfort today.

Mills can install a new Carrier or Mitsubishi air conditioner ready for the long-lasting Florida summer. Not ready to replace? Mills can service and repair any brand. Contact Mills Heating & Air to discuss air conditioner and indoor air quality options. For lower bills, call Mills!

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