Air Conditioning or Windows For Thanksgiving

If the temperature allows, give your air conditioning a break this fall. If you’re hosting friends and family for a gathering, it may be beneficial to give your air conditioner a rest while bringing Florida breezes indoors.

It may also be time to reward your air conditioner or heat pump with well-deserved maintenance after a long season. Also, consider maintenance if you use a heat pump or other heating equipment in case a cold spell comes along.

Overnight temperatures, even in Florida, can dip into chilly territory. With proper maintenance, your heat pump or air conditioning will be ready regardless of what you need to be comfortable.   

Air Conditioning and Heat Pump Maintenance

Some Florida residents have an air conditioner and some have a heat pump. So what’s the difference? People who have an air conditioner may also have a furnace for heating. Homeowners with heat pumps have just the one piece of equipment.

Heat pumps work year round. They alternate between heating and cooling depending on the temperature. On the plus side, you have one piece of equipment to purchase and maintain. On the downside, a heat pump rarely gets a break because it’s used all year long. Maintenance for both is relatively the same.

Check your air filter regularly

Check your filter regularly, this is true regardless of air conditioning or heat pump unit. We recommend checking the filter monthly. Most find it’s ready to be changed or cleaned every two to three months.

If you have multiple pets, if you smoke or if you live with a chronic respiratory condition, you benefit from frequent filter changes. Clogged or dirty air filters make your air conditioning and heat pump equipment work harder.

This costs you in efficiency, in energy bills and in wear and tear on your HVAC equipment. Dirty air filters also impact your indoor air quality. At Mills Heating & Air, we take air quality seriously.

We specialize in several air quality products which can improve the air you breathe in your home.

Schedule routine maintenance

We recommend a tune-up twice a year. If you have an air conditioning unit, we suggest a tune-up in the spring and one for a furnace, if you use one, in the fall.

If you use a heat pump, we recommend a tune-up in the spring before the hottest weather and again in the fall before the transition to heating.

Monitor your air conditioning unit or heat pump

Look for unusual behavior or spikes in your utility bills, either can point to a malfunction. It’s better to call one of our NATE-certified technicians for an inspection to prevent an inconvenient breakdown.

Provide good airflow to your HVAC equipment

Regardless of whether you have an air conditioner or heat pump, they need unobstructed airflow. A clean air filter assists your air conditioning internally. Indoors, make sure vents are not blocked by curtains, furniture or toys.

Outdoors, make sure vegetation around your exterior equipment is cut back. We recommend plants, shrubs and leafy trees stay at least two to three feet from AC compressors and other exterior units.  

For Lower Air Conditioning Bills – Call Mills!

Residents and business owners in the Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Bay or Walton county area have trusted Mills Heating & Air for more than 30 years. If you need an HVAC contractor in northwestern Florida for air conditioning service, repair and installation needs, call us!

Mills Heating & Air offers multiple financing options to keep budgets stable. Enjoy greater comfort, efficiency and safety right away when you spread out payments.

In most cases, an upgraded air conditioning unit costs less to operate than an older one. Not ready to replace? Mills can repair and maintain any brand.

Contact Mills Heating & Air to discuss air conditioning and indoor air quality options. For lower bills, call Mills!

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