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Attic Ventilation Can Reduce Wear and Tear on an HVAC System

Properly-ventilated attics provide cooler homes in the summer and early fall and lessen strain on your HVAC system. When proper ventilation is not in place, your HVAC system runs longer and harder. It’s fair to assume your energy bills are higher as a result. Your system usually needs more maintenance and even replaced under these conditions.

How Does Attic Ventilation Help Your HVAC System?

An HVAC system depends on effective air circulation. When an attic is properly ventilated, the air circulates well. Without good ventilation, the hot air is trapped within the home.

Your air conditioner attempts to keep pace with the overall heat in the home. It’s best to vent the excess hot air. This partially alleviates the burden on your heating and cooling system.

A ventilated attic reduces the temperature difference between the rest of your home and the attic. This creates greater efficiency for your air conditioner and HVAC system. Greater efficiency translates into lower energy costs, more comfort and less wear and tear on your HVAC system.

Why Is Wear and Tear on Your HVAC System Important?

Think of wear and tear on your HVAC system as miles on your car. Recall how city driving is regarded differently than highway miles. City driving, with its inconsistent speeds and stops and starts, puts your car through more stress.

By contrast, highway driving at a consistent speed does not impact the car’s system as much. Your HVAC system is similar. More wear and tear takes months or years off its lifespan.

Second, wear and tear creates a stronger likelihood of parts wearing out or needing maintenance more often. Finally, it increases the chances of an expensive repair or worst case, a complete breakdown.

How Can Floridians Reduce HVAC System Wear and Tear?

Our goal for your system is for it to operate as designed and to eliminate obstructions to the goal. The best method is regular maintenance. When our licensed and industry-certified technicians visit, they perform a comprehensive inspection of your heating and air system.

He or she will clean, lubricate and test all relevant components. This helps your HVAC perform as well as it can mechanically. If there are circumstances which prevent your HVAC from optimal efficiency, our technician will note it and review different options with you.

If a repair or usage change is identified, our technician will work with you to find the best possible solution

Trust Mills Heating & Air to Keep Your HVAC System in Top Shape

Mills Heating & Air has served customers for more than 30 years in northwestern Florida with HVAC system service, repair and installation needs.

For the greatest convenience, we offer a maintenance agreement. This helps customers in the Okaloosa, Bay, Walton or Santa Rosa area with preventative service needs which offer convenience and the best value. If you have concerns about your indoor air quality – we can help there too!

Whenever your HVAC system needs an upgrade or replacement, one of our Comfort Consultants will address your needs and provide options. Our Comfort Consultants provide estimates on additional equipment needs such as dehumidifiers, air purifiers and more.

Concerned about finances? Don’t be – Mills Heating & Air offers multiple financing options. Not ready to replace? Mills can service and repair any brand. Contact Mills Heating & Air to discuss HVAC needs of all kinds. For lower bills, call Mills!

Wi-Fi Thermostat Comes in Handy During Football Season

Football season is back, and with a Wi-Fi thermostat you don’t have to leave the couch when the “heat is on.” With the game on the line, you can grab your phone, turn down the thermostat and be comfortable without missing a play. How is this possible? Let’s explain how this advancement in thermostat technology benefits many home and business owners.  

Early Thermostat History

The first recorded evidence of a temperature-control device credits Cornelius van Drebbel, born in 16th century Netherlands. His mechanism controlled the temperature of ovens and chicken incubators.

Four centuries later, people in this country regulated warmth using manually-operated furnaces. Usually located in a basement, these furnaces required the coal to be stoked and valves adjusted by hand.

In Wisconsin, a professor named Warren S. Johnson taught in a school with a similar situation. When he felt a chill, he was required to hunt for the janitor to make the adjustments to the basement furnace.

Annoyed by this inconvenience and discomfort, Johnson flexed his “inventor muscle” and created and patented the first electric thermostat in 1883. Johnson’s device essentially was a bell to alert the janitor he wished for a furnace damper adjustment. We’ll never know how the janitor felt about it, but Johnson’s device paved the way for the Johnson Electric Service Company.

In 1885, they began to manufacture, install and repair Johnson’s new invention. The product continued to evolve, and the company became Johnson Controls.

Not to be outdone, Albert Butz developed a regulator in 1885 to control air into a furnace. This “damper flapper” allowed control of the heat output. Butz’s company, the Electric Heat Regulator Co., became Honeywell, Inc.

In 1906 Honeywell introduced the first thermostat model using a clock to turn the temperature down in the evening and up in the morning. If you have an original Honeywell Round thermostat, you’ve got an antique. These models were introduced in 1953.

Modern Thermostat Technology Driven by Regulations, Consumer Demand

As the world changed, so did thermostat technology. During the oil crisis of 1973, energy codes emerged which eventually required clock or setback thermostat models in new homes. In 1988, push buttons began to replace the manual dial controls in response to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

In 1995, the EPA included programmable models in its ENERGY STAR program. Today, we continue to see thermostat technology evolve in response to consumer demand and advances in wireless communication.

Join the Future with a Wi-Fi-enabled Thermostat

Want to adjust your home environment remotely? You can with an internet connection and a Wi-Fi-enabled thermostat. Using an app on a smartphone or tablet, a home or business owner can change settings from anywhere with an internet connection.

In addition to user convenience, a Wi-Fi-enabled thermostat communicates effectively with your heating and air equipment. Often, faulty readings or poor communication with the thermostat create issues with uneven temperatures or short cycling.

Furthermore, advances in technology lessen the chance of these malfunctions. At Mills Heating & Air, we’re happy to consult with you on the cost saving benefits of a thermostat upgrade. Based on our decades of experience, we’ve seen certain models work with certain HVAC equipment better than others.

We caution you against purchasing something at a big box store because it may not align with your heating and cooling equipment as well as it could. Call us, and we’ll review your current equipment and needs.

We are happy to provide you with a professional recommendation to improve your efficiency, comfort and energy costs. We will install your new thermostat and teach you how to use it effectively. Our goal is to help you feel comfortable with all the features so you can get the most value from it.

Our team is available for any heating and cooling service, repair or installation needs. We’re also indoor air quality experts. Financing options are available for new equipment. So if you have heating or cooling needs in northwestern Florida, call us today. For Lower Bills – call Mills!

Air Conditioners Pushed to Keep Up with Florida Temps

When summer temps rise and air conditioners in the South are pushed to their limit, they need regular maintenance. Here are some DIY tips and a list of things you should leave to the pros.

Maintenance for Air Conditioners You Can Easily Do

Change Air Filters in Air Conditioners

The most basic thing we tell customers we serve in Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Walton and Bay counties is to change your air filter. It’s simple and can greatly improve the performance of air conditioners. It also improves your indoor air quality. How? Let’s review.

Air filters in air conditioners trap airborne particulates, dust and other debris. This prevents pet dander, pollen and other contaminants from continuously moving through your HVAC system. Otherwise, they circulate dirty air from room to room and continue to negatively impact your air quality.

Air filters eventually fill and need to be changed or cleaned. Whether yours is a disposable model or one which can be cleaned and reused depends on the model of your HVAC unit.

We encourage homeowners to check their air filter monthly. Most find the filter needs to be changed every two or three months. We caution homeowners, however, if you smoke or have multiple pets, your filter may be clogged after only one month.

Additionally, if you or a family member live with allergies, asthma, COPD or other respiratory or immune-related conditions, a monthly change is highly recommended.

Air filters in air conditioners help maintain good airflow. Your AC unit depends on strong airflow to perform well. If airflow is compromised due to a dirty filter or blocked vents, air conditioners work harder. This strains the equipment and can trigger expensive repair needs or over time or even a premature breakdown.   

Clear Clutter from Outdoor Air Conditioners

The external equipment of air conditioners can easily become an afterthought. Don’t let it! When you’re landscaping or performing yard work, keep these tips in mind.

  1. First, when cutting grass, keep clippings away from the AC compressor. If the AC unit is running while you’re cutting grass, the clippings can get sucked in and clog it or get stuck on the blades.
  2. Be sure external air conditioners are placed on a concrete platform or surrounded by grass or gravel. Some homeowners mistakenly make it part of a flower bed or try to camouflage it with leafy plants. First, mulch can find its way into the AC compressor and can cause problems. Sometimes a hard rain causes the mulch to “bounce” into the vents.
  3. Do not plant flowers or shrubs within two to three feet of your external equipment. It’s vital for your AC unit to have good airflow and leafy vegetation can obstruct it. In addition, storm activity can bring leaves, twigs and other yard waste to clutter external air conditioners and cause a clog or malfunction.

Mills Heating & Air Handles Heavy Maintenance for Air Conditioners

For more than 30 years Mills Heating & Air has helped Florida residents and business owners care for air conditioning equipment. We’re prepared to be here for 30 more! Call us if you need assistance with seasonal tune-ups.

They are one of the best steps you can take with air conditioners! Regular service from HVAC professionals like our team at Mills Heating & Air improves the performance and lifespan of air conditioners.

Finally, if you think your AC unit needs an upgrade or replacement, our Comfort Consultants address your needs and provide options. In addition, our Comfort Consultants provide estimates on IAQ equipment needs such as dehumidifiers, air purifiers and more.

Need to replace or upgrade and have concerns about finances? Don’t be – Mills Heating & Air offers multiple financing options. Not ready to replace? Mills can repair and service any brand. Contact Mills Heating & Air to discuss air conditioners and indoor air quality options. For lower bills, call Mills!

 

Don’t Ignore HVAC Repair

Take steps to protect your family and budget

Tune up the air conditioner? Repair your heat pump? What a chore! It doesn’t have to be when you have an HVAC contractor you trust. For Florida residents in Okaloosa, Bay, Walton and Santa Rosa counties, call Mills Heating and Air for quick, comprehensive service. Taking care now is an easy way to reduce the chance of an expensive HVAC repair or breakdown. Don’t put off making this appointment!

Steps to Take Today to Prevent HVAC Repair Needs

  1. Check your air filter. If necessary, change it or clean it. This is the quickest and easiest way to improve the function and efficiency of your HVAC system.
  2. Upgrade your thermostat. If you still have a manual dial model, consider a programmable thermostat. There are several options. Be sure to consult with a trusted and licensed HVAC contractor like Mills Heating and Air. They can advise you on the model best suited to your cooling system. Mills’ HVAC technicians will install it and teach you how to get the most use of it.
  3. Clear away clutter. Outdoors, make sure leaves and other yard clutter are not an obstruction. Your outdoor cooling unit needs good airflow and any vegetation should be kept two to three feet away. Indoors, move furniture, toys or other items away from vents.
  4. Do not close vents or keep doors shut in unused rooms. Closing off these areas does not save money. It’s a myth. Closing off rooms or vents disrupts the pressure and temperature balance in the house. This causes your air conditioner to work harder. Eventually, this may cause it to suffer overuse.
  5. Schedule regular service visits twice a year. For the most convenience, invest in a service plan with a quality HVAC contractor like Mills Heating and Air in northwest Florida.

Avoid HVAC Repair with Preventative Maintenance Plans

There are many positives in using preventative maintenance plans. These benefits include greater efficiency, lower bills and more reliable service. When your licensed HVAC contractor sends a technician, he or she will inspect your HVAC from top to bottom.

In addition to cleaning, testing and lubricating components, your HVAC technician will look for signs of excess wear and tear. These signs indicate a possible malfunction or a misuse of the equipment. Catching these situations early can prevent an unnecessary expense.

Ignore HVAC Repair and Risk a Breakdown

This careful inspection will reveal most red flags before an HVAC repair is needed, or worst case, a full breakdown. If your service technician recommends a repair – please don’t put it off. The longer you do, the more likely a breakdown becomes.

At Mills Heating and Air, we care about your comfort and safety. Our Florida heat can sometimes present a real threat, so please take the necessary precautions to avoid it.

Trust Mills Heating and Air with HVAC Repairs for All Manufacturers

Mills Heating and Air has served customers for more than 30 years in northwestern Florida with air conditioner service, repair and installation needs. Concerned about indoor air quality? We can help there too!

If you’re in the Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Bay or Walton county area – we are just a phone call away. We’re happy to send a technician to address any HVAC repair concerns you may have.

Ask for one of our Comfort Consultants if you suspect your AC unit needs an upgrade or replacement. He or she will listen to your needs, perform the calculations and provide recommendations for review. Our Comfort Consultants can provide estimates on additional equipment needs like dehumidifiers, air purifiers and more.

Need to replace or upgrade and are concerned about finances? Don’t be – Mills Heating and Air offers multiple financing options. 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!

Gift Yourself Peace of Mind with Air Conditioning Service Plans

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As Florida residents, we enjoy many recreational activity opportunities. Florida and its climate provide us with numerous outlets for our free time. Why spend it sweating over a broken air conditioner? Instead, invest in your peace of mind with air conditioning service plans.

Air Conditioning Service Plans Provide Consistency

We have routines we enjoy and some out of necessity. Regardless of the type of routine, however, no one enjoys the disruption of a broken air conditioner. Needed HVAC repairs or breakdowns seem to coincide with hosting guests or during record heat waves.

When you subscribe to air conditioning service plans you prevent most repairs and breakdowns. Trusted local HVAC contractor Mills Heating and Air, for example, offers a Preventative Maintenance Program. The service includes a comprehensive inspection.

The HVAC technician will also test, clean and lubricate all relevant components. They will also look for red flags, suggesting a repair or replacement is needed.

Like to Save Money? Invest in Air Conditioning Service Plans

When your system is running at peak efficiency, you save money. How? When your air conditioner is running at a higher speed than necessary or it’s short cycling, it’s inefficient. Overheating or fighting debris buildup also causes inefficient use.

Anything to prevent the air conditioner or heat pump for optimal condition and performance, affects its efficiency. When efficiency is optimized and the AC unit runs as it was designed, it is efficient. Efficient equals less operating cost. In other words, you save money on your monthly energy bill.

Finally, air conditioning service plans alert you to small issues before they become big repairs or breakdowns. This saves money. Regular service preserves most manufacturer warranties. This also saves money if you need a repair or replacement.

Air Conditioning Service Plans Show You Care

Not a traditional gift, but air conditioning service plans show someone you care about their comfort and safety. Perhaps you know someone settling into a new home or newlyweds. Why not gift them a plan and take away a worry?

Know someone expecting a new member of the family? New parents are often overwhelmed. Air conditioning service plans improve the air quality by reducing contaminants in the HVAC system and the air. Reduce the risk for allergies and respiratory illnesses with improved indoor air quality.

Do you have an elderly relative who could benefit? Increase the reliability of their cooling system and reduce the need for repair expenses for them. If they have asthma, COPD or other respiratory illnesses, regular care for the “lungs” of their home could help.

Trust Mills Heating and Air with Air Conditioning Service Plans

Mills Heating and Air has served customers for more than 30 years in northwestern Florida with air conditioner service, repair and installation needs. We are also experts in indoor air quality!

If you’re in the Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Bay or Walton county area – we are just a phone call away. We’re happy to send an HVAC technician to address any concerns you may have. If you suspect your AC unit needs an upgrade or replacement, one of our Comfort Consultants will address your needs and provide options. Our Comfort Consultants can provide estimates on additional equipment needs such as dehumidifiers, air purifiers and more.

Need to replace or upgrade and are concerned about finances? Don’t be – Mills Heating and Air offers multiple financing options. 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!

3 Reasons to Book Air Conditioner Service

Summer’s not over yet

Lucky us! We enjoy wonderful weather here in Florida. “Summer” lasts a lot longer for us in the Sunshine State. As a result, we heavily depend on our air conditioning systems. If you haven’t completed a tune-up of your AC unit, it’s not too late! Here are three reasons to book an air conditioner service appointment now. After all, you’ll be needing it!

1. Air Conditioner Service Increases Efficiency

When you book air conditioner service with a trusted local contractor like Mills Heating and Air, you get top service! You get superior customer service from your HVAC technician. Therefore, as a result, you have an AC unit providing top service. As part of the service, your Mills Heating and Air technician performs multiple steps.

First, they inspect your air conditioning unit from front to end. Then a test of all switches and electrical components is completed. Next, your technician cleans and lubricates the applicable parts. When you remove debris from the filtration, lubricate to avoid friction and test electricals, you can achieve peak performance.

2. Regular Air Conditioner Service Saves Money

A machine running in peak condition costs less to run. When your air conditioning system is running at the appropriate speed, temperature and cycle, it works as designed. This costs less than if it was struggling or overcompensating due to mechanical failure. Your air conditioner may also cost more to run if the temperature or pressure in your home is imbalanced.

During your air conditioner service visit, your HVAC technician will look for any signs of excessive wear and tear. They will also note any areas vulnerable to repairs or breakage. Avoid surprise repairs and inconvenient breakdowns when a licensed professional provides a regular and thorough review.

3. Air Conditioner Service Provides Peace of Mind

Your HVAC system is a huge investment in your home. Whether you have an air conditioner, heat pump or whole-home dehumidifier, these home mechanicals are critical. They are responsible for your comfort and in many ways, your safety.

Imagine buying a brand new car. Imagine driving it for 20,000 miles and never changing the oil. Sounds crazy, right? What would you expect to happen to the car’s performance?

Everyone gets busy, we understand. To provide convenience, we offer a preventative maintenance program. This makes it easy to schedule and stay in front of any major issues. It also comes with priority scheduling and discounts if repairs are needed.

Trust Mills Heating and Air for Air Conditioner Service

Mills Heating and Air has served customers for more than 30 years in Northwest Florida with air conditioner service, repair and installation needs.

Need to replace or upgrade and are concerned about finances? Don’t be – Mills Heating and Air offers multiple financing options. 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!

Better Indoor Air Quality for Your Baby

September is Baby Safety Month

Indoor air quality is important for everyone, especially babies and children. Their lungs are more vulnerable to pollutants including airborne spores and virus particulates. Because September is Baby Safety Month, Mills Heating and Air wants everyone to consider the cleanliness of the air in their homes.

Did you know your air conditioning system can improve indoor air quality? With products such as air purifiers, you can actually clean the air.

Why Care About Indoor Air Quality?

Air is not an option. We need to care about it just like clean water. Every day we take contaminants into our lungs while our bodies do the best they can to defend us. Babies, the elderly and anyone with a compromised immune system need the most protection.

If your bundle of joy came prematurely, you probably know the risk is even greater. Vulnerable populations are more susceptible to respiratory complications from allergies, asthma or even extreme examples like Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV).

Pediatricians frequently advise parents to stay home during the more contagious seasons for RSV and flu. What if your home is a box of unhealthy air?

Why is Indoor Air Quality Compromised?

To make our homes more energy efficient, we have sealed them tight. The upside is less energy loss and lower energy bills. The downside is less ventilation in our homes. Depending on the Florida weather, opening the windows may not be an option. The humidity, heat or exposure to allergens often make this impossible.

Every day we bring contaminants indoors with us. Have a smoker in your home? Pollen, dirt, bacteria and other particulates travel inside on our shoes, our clothes, our hair and on pets. Many find their way into our home’s HVAC system and circulate throughout the house.

How to Improve Indoor Air Quality

  1. Check your HVAC air filter every month. Most require a change or cleaning every one to three months. If, however, you live in a high pollen count area or have pets, monthly is more likely. Your air filter is your first line of defense and an immediate DIY option.

    Need help to remember? Many people use the arrival of their energy bill as a reminder to check the filter.
  2. Schedule service for your air conditioner or heat pump. An ideal schedule is spring and fall, or before the hottest time of the year and after. Spring is great because HVAC contractors have more availability.

    Tuning up in spring prepares your air conditioning unit to reduce the chance of a repair or breakdown during the summer heat. Fall tune-ups make sure your AC unit survived the summer and is ready to go next year.

  3. Invest in indoor air quality products. Mills Heating and Air Comfort Consultants will examine your current air conditioning system, listen to your concerns and recommend the most appropriate options for you.

    Mills is an official dealer for Guardian Air / REME Advantage products. These are installed in the ventilation system and aggressively seek pollutants in your home’s air.

    Generally, you have to wait for contaminants to reach the air handler for UV treatment or filtration. With RGF Guardian Air Phi Cell air purifier uses light, water and oxygen to produce hydro-peroxides.

    These cleaners travel through the conditioned air in your household to kill airborne and surface viruses, mold, odors, bacteria and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) before they spread.

How Does HVAC Service Help Indoor Air Quality?

Regular maintenance for your air conditioner or heat pump is important for many reasons. Routine service helps your cooling system work efficiently and reduces the chance of surprise repairs or problems. Taking good care of your HVAC system generally preserves most manufacturer warranties as well.

When a technician from a trusted local provider like Mills Heating and Air visits, he or she will first inspect the unit and the thermostat. Second, they will test electrical and other relevant components. Third, a technician will clean and lubricate where needed. Finally, your technician will consult with you regarding anything found, such as signs of excess wear and tear.

If repairs are recommended, he or she will provide you with options. Your HVAC technician can also answer questions about smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. These safety devices are important for everyone all year round!   

Trust Mills Heating and Air

For over 30 years, Mills Heating and Air has served customers in northwestern Florida with air conditioning service, repair and installation needs. We are also experts in indoor air quality! Call us to prepare for Baby Safety Month or anytime!  

Need to replace or upgrade and are concerned about finances? Don’t be – Mills Heating and Air offers multiple financing options. 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!

Time Lasts Forever When You Need Air Conditioner Repair

Cool off when grilling out

If you’re like most people, you have a lot on your mind. If you’re hosting a group of any size for the Labor Day holiday, you have a lot more. Before heading to the market for food and beverages, schedule any air conditioner repair or maintenance. Make sure your guests have a cool place to relax when the grill heats up.  

How to Know You Need Air Conditioner Repair

There are several ways your cooling system can tell you it needs help. Call Mills Heating and Air if you notice any of the following.

Weird smells. If bacteria grows on your AC coil, or if it’s been too long between maintenance visits, you may notice an odor from your AC system. If you have excess humidity or moisture in your unit, you may notice a musty odor, which could indicate mold. We experience a lot of humidity in Florida, and we must be extra-careful about moisture in our HVAC systems.

Leakage. Moisture leaking could be a simple problem, like a broken or blocked drain tube. It could also be the more serious problem of a refrigerant leak. You may also observe frozen condensation on the coils. If there is a refrigerant leak, it must be handled quickly.

Terrible Noises. If a noise from your AC system causes you to stop and listen, it’s probably a cry for help. These noises are often described as a grinding, squealing or clicking sound. The outcome varies, and it’s best to call a pro. It’s possible bearings are broken, components need lubrication or a belt has slipped. Avoid a potentially expensive air conditioner repair and call.

Wrong Air Temperature. If your system is blowing hot air, it could mean a small fix or a refrigerant leak. Best to call before it gets worse.

Delay Air Conditioner Repair with Proper Care

Your air conditioner isn’t just about comfort. For many, it’s about safety. We live in a part of the country where heat and humidity can dramatically affect our health. Excess heat and humidity are hard on people with respiratory illnesses, for example. A dirty or clogged HVAC system can circulate pollutants throughout a home, triggering allergies and “recycling” viruses.

We’ve tightly wrapped our homes to prevent energy loss. Unfortunately, the reduction in ventilation means contaminants in your system stay in your home. This includes everything from dust and pet dander to bacteria and mold spores.

Schedule regular service with a trusted local HVAC expert like Mills Heating and Air. They’ll send a NATE-certified technician to inspect, test, clean and lubricate all air conditioning components. He or she will look for signs of AC stress and note if an air conditioner repair is needed.

Routine maintenance is your best defense against an inconvenient air conditioner repair. Call to schedule your visit today, and ask about the Mills service plan!  

Need Air Conditioner Repair? Calls Mills Heating and Air!

Since 1984, Mills Heating and Air has helped customers with various install, service, and air conditioner repair needs. Our technicians constantly train on new technology and can fix or service any brand.

Current unit costing too much in air conditioner repair? Mills represents quality products from Carrier and Mitsubishi, to meet all your cooling needs. Contact Mills Heating & Air to discuss air conditioner and indoor air quality options.

Concerned about finances? Don’t be – Mills Heating and Air offers multiple financing options. By spreading out payments, your household budget stays intact. We want you to enjoy increased comfort, better air quality and lower energy bills today. Don’t put it off, put it first!

When You Need to Replace Air Conditioners

A buyers’ guide

Has your energy bill spiked, or has it steadily grown beyond normal? Does your house feel cool in some areas, and hot in others? Does the AC unit make a noise it shouldn’t? When it’s time to replace air conditioners, it’s easy to become confused. Choices surround you. How can you make the best decision? Relax. Mills Heating and Air is here to make it easy for you.

As Florida residents, we depend on our air conditioners. Our “summer” lasts most of the year. Although the AC unit is hidden away in a closet or in the garage, it’s one of our most important appliances. It also represents a significant investment in our home. We don’t want to replace air conditioners if it’s unnecessary. If you’re unsure about replacement, read on.

Replace Air Conditioners with These Tips in Mind

First, call Mills Heating and Air. We are a local leader in air conditioning, and we replace air conditioners every day! Second, schedule a visit with a NATE-certified technician. He or she will listen to your concerns and calculate the load needed.

Load? It means the correct size of the air conditioning unit required. At Mills Heating and Air, your Comfort Consultant will perform the equation based on the square footage of the home, the anticipated occupancy and the geography.

For instance, does your home get a lot of direct sun during the day? Are the main areas south-facing? Are there exterior elements absorbing heat? A home meeting these criteria may require more cooling than one surrounded by shady trees or positioned to receive cross-breezes.

After the math is done, the Mills consultant will listen to your concerns. You know your home best. In which rooms do you spend most of your time? Are you a year-round resident? Are there architectural or modernizing concerns?

If you desire to replace air conditioners in the windows with ductless technology – congratulations! There are many benefits. Ductless air conditioners also address problems in many homes with hot spots.

If your central air conditioning just can’t reach every corner, ductless may be your answer. They’re quiet, efficient and easily controlled with a remote.

Finally, consider a new unit if you plan to sell your home in the near future. Buyers in a competitive market won’t want to replace air conditioners. A newer, high-efficiency model will help your house stand out!

Replace Air Conditioners Less Often with Proper Care

Different air conditioners have different warranties. Some are longer and more comprehensive than others. Regardless, the best way to ensure compliance is to properly maintain your unit.

Schedule a tune-up for your air conditioner twice a year with a local trusted provider like Mills Heating and Air. For the most convenience, take advantage of our service agreement. It makes maintenance easy, and it’s a great value.

Change or clean your filter as recommended. You should check your filter monthly, perhaps when your energy bill arrives as a regular reminder. Most filters need to be changed or cleaned every one to three months.

If you have pets, you smoke inside the home or you live in a high-pollen-count area, you may need to change or clean your filter monthly. Make sure the filter is easily accessible to you, especially if you expect a need to change it often.

Use your air conditioning unit appropriately. Don’t overwork it. If you have blinds or curtains in sunny rooms, close them during the hottest times of the day. Use the microwave or a crock pot, instead of the oven. Use ceiling fans if you have them. They can share the “cooling burden.”

Let Mills Guide You When It’s Time to Replace Air Conditioners

SInce 1984, Mills Heating and Air has helped customers with various HVAC service, repair and installation needs. We know Florida weather, and we are ready to advise Floridians who are ready to replace air conditioners.

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!

Call us when you need service, repair or any HVAC product, such as dehumidifiers or air purifiers. Concerned about finances? Don’t be – Mills Heating and Air offers multiple financing options. By spreading out payments, your household budget stays intact. We want you to enjoy increased comfort, better air quality and lower energy bills today.

When To Adjust Your Air Conditioning Temperatures

Modify for household routines

If you have kiddos heading back to school for example, your household routine may change over time. Whenever you have fewer people home during the day, for any reason, it’s best to adjust your thermostat. Increasing your air conditioning temperatures could save you money!

In northwestern Florida, we at Mills Heating and Air know summer weather doesn’t end when the school bus arrives. We have another few months of “summer.” Did you know, if you raise the temperature on your thermostat from 70 to 76 degrees, you can practically reduce your operating costs by half!

Fans Benefit Air Conditioning Temperatures

Another method of reducing wear and tear on your air conditioner is to use a ceiling fan. You can run a ceiling fan with the air conditioner, and set the air conditioning temperatures a few degrees above normal.

For example, if you set your thermostat to 76 or 75 degrees, the breeze from the fan will create the feeling of 74-73 degrees. You’ll reduce your fuel costs around 15 to 20 percent.

Service Your AC Unit for Best Air Conditioning Temperatures

To work at peak efficiency, it’s critical to provide routine maintenance for your air conditioner and other HVAC equipment. Ideally, appointments happen in the spring, prior to the hottest weather.

A second tune-up or service visit should take place in the fall, after the hottest weather. This identifies any areas of concern, due to wear and tear or external factors. External circumstances could include severe weather damage, salt air corrosion or fallout from a power surge.

By servicing your AC unit in the late summer or early fall, you’re catching issues before they become repair needs or worse, breakdowns. If you haven’t serviced yours, don’t worry! It’s not too late!

Regular service is an ideal situation and typically preserves manufacturer warranties. At Mills Heating and Air, we’re not here to judge! We want to help you any way we can, when it comes to comfortable air conditioning temperatures.

Control Air Conditioning Temperatures with a Programmable Thermostat

HVAC technology continues to advance. One of the more recent changes marketed to homeowners is programmable thermostats. If you have an older model with a dial, call Mills Heating and Air. We’d love to share with you the options for a modern thermostat.

A programmable thermostat allows you to identify patterns for weekday and weekend living. For example, if there’s no one home during the day, the air conditioning temperatures can be set higher.

Programming allows you to turn the temperature down around 4 p.m., when kids or homeowners are arriving home. You can program it to adjust to a different level overnight. A weekend setting could look different from the weekday.

Some models include a “vacation mode”, so you’re not losing money while you’re away. Various models include a variety of other features, of course. Schedule a visit with a Mills technician to learn more.

Let Mills Tackle Air Conditioning Temperatures

Since 1984, Mills Heating and Air has helped customers in northwestern Florida with various air conditioning service, repair and installation needs.

We know Florida weather, and we can help control air conditioning temperatures in your home. Call us when you need service, repair or if you need an air conditioner.

Concerned about finances? Don’t be – Mills Heating and Air offers multiple financing options. By spreading out payments, your household budget stays intact. We want you to enjoy increased comfort, less humidity and lower energy bills today.

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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