Florida’s Top Rheem Contractor

AIR AROUND THE CLOCK AC & APPLIANCE NAMED RHEEM TEAM TOP 10 TOP CONTRACTOR IN 2007

May 22, 2008 – Air Around the Clock AC & Appliance, a locally owned and operated Rheem Team Top Contractor serving the Broward County area, has been nationally recognized for finishing in first place, among Rheem Team Top 10 Contractors. This is the first time a local Rheem Team Contractor debuted in first place, beating hundreds of Contractors nationwide for the honor.

Top Rheem Contractor“We congratulate

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for their stellar performance and introduction to the Top 10,” said Gary Wehunt, manager of contractor retention and development, Rheem Heating and Cooling Division. “We welcome them to this prestigious group, and look forward to seeing them on this list for years to come.”

“We are extremely proud of the efforts we received from our staff for their hard work and focus on customer service,” said Lenny Pereira, owner, Air Around the Clock AC & Appliance. “We are very excited to be in the Top 10, and owe much of this success to the support we receive from our distributor and business partner Gemaire Distributors. Without them, this success would not be possible.”

All Rheem Team Top Contractors receive an exclusive recognition and reward package that also includes national, local and trade publicity.

Air Around The Clock AC & Appliance can be reached toll free at 1-866-951-8872.

About Rheem Team Top Contractors

Rheem Team Top Contractors are a North American network of elite heating, ventilating and air conditioning contractors committed to high business standards and outstanding customer service. Rheem Team Top Contractors recommend Rheem products to their customers, but are able to service all heating and cooling brands. Qualifying Rheem Team Top Contractors can select from a customizable menu of business-building advantages, such as an Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) membership, new Web-based consumer lead programs, and other valuable products, programs and services all designed to keep them competitive in local markets. Other benefits include industry-leading training and educational resources.

About Rheem Manufacturing Company

Rheem Manufacturing Company (www.rheem.com) is a privately held company with headquarters in Atlanta, Ga. In its 81st year of operation, the company manufactures a full-line of high-quality residential and commercial heating and cooling systems, water heaters, swimming pool heaters and commercial boilers throughout North America and world markets. The premium brands of Rheem Manufacturing Company include Ruud, Raypak and Rheem. Rheem Manufacturing Company is the major associate sponsor of Richard Childress Racing and the No. 29 team driven by Kevin Harvick, 2007 Daytona 500 Champion, 2007 Craftsman Truck Series Champion and 2006 Busch Series Champion. Rheem is also the primary sponsor of Kevin Harvick Inc.’s No. 33 and No. 77 car for four high-profile Nationwide Series races in 2008.

Clean Air Vents

Clean Air Vents

Some homeowners aren’t aware that ducts and vents need regular care to function their best. Your air vents and ducts play the lead role in home heating and cooling by distributing temperature-controlled air to the rest of your home. A buildup of dirt inside vents and ducts can negatively affect your home’s indoor air quality. A lack of clean air vents can lead to poor indoor air quality. This has been known to contribute to certain health and respiratory issues. Knowing how to care for and clean your home’s vents and ducts may also help improve your home’s energy efficiency. But most importantly, keeping clean air vents and ducts will improve the health and comfort of your family.

Clean Air Vents

Cleaning Your Vents

Make sure all the air vents are accessible and avoid blocking them with furniture, draperies, or stored items. If you want to reduce heating or cooling a room that isn’t used as often, close the air registers in that room to reduce the amount of air it receives. When you clean your home, take a moment to use your vacuum’s hose attachment to clean air vents. Make sure to clean the grilles of your air registers; this will help to prevent dust buildup that affects their look and function.

Air conditioning duct cleaning is an important part of A/C maintenance and also good for the health and well being of your family. Clean Air Vents and Ducts today.

Proper duct cleaning throughout your home is a job for professionals. Call Air Around the Clock toll free at 1-866-951-8872 to schedule your annual furnace or air conditioner tune-up. During this time your ATC HVAC technician can also visually inspect the state of your ducts. Ducts do not typically need to be cleaned every year, but they should be cleaned periodically. When enough buildup has occurred that it can potentially affect the comfort and health of your home, it is time to call Air Around the Clock.

When was the last time you had your ducts inspected or cleaned? Contact us or call 1-866-951-8872 to schedule an appointment with an experienced technician.

Air Conditioner Blowing Hot Air?

Air conditioner blowing hot air?

Air conditioner blowing hot air? If you need professional help in South Florida, call Air Around the Clock toll free at 1-866-951-8872. Want to figure out what the problem is before calling an air conditioning professional? There are many reasons your air conditioner is blowing hot air. Here are some of the most common problems that might be responsible for your air conditioner blowing hot air.

The Thermostat is set Wrong — Often, a basic mistake in the AC settings could be the reason for a hot air blowout. You might have flicked the selector switch to “heat” instead of putting it on “cool”. If this is the case, the heat mode sets on and you automatically receive warm air from the AC. Just switch it back to “cool” mode again to resume proper functioning.

The Condenser and Compressor — If your settings are correct, inspect the condenser and the compressor. Check upon airflow restrictions and check if the condenser coils have been blocked with dirt and debris. This could create a serious problem with your cooling. In fact, cleaning condenser coils needs to be a regular activity during the summertime.

A Clogged Air Filter — A restriction in the airflow to and from your air conditioner often results in not enough air coming out of the vents to cool your home. A new air filter comes cheap and you can actually remove the old one and replace it quite easily. However, if you do not clean or replace your filters regularly, the dust that emanates from it can actually clog the condensing coils and be the cause of serious illnesses like colds, dust allergies, asthma and so on.

Refrigerant Problems — Problems in the compressor or leaks could cause refrigerant related problems that might lead to complete stopping of cool air. This would primarily occur on account of reduced refrigerant charge. You might also notice a deposition of ice on the condensers both in the exterior or interior unit.

If you’re having issues with your air conditioner blowing hot or warm air, it’s either a problem with the compressor/outside unit. Another possibility is that your air conditioner is low on refrigerant. You may also have a return duct that is broken or disconnected and is pulling in unconditioned air from outside. If these problems sound familiar, call Air Around the Clock toll free at 1-866-951-8872 to speak with a professional today.

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Humidity & Your Air-Conditioner

Humidity & Your Air-Conditioner

Humidity & Your Air-Conditioner is what really drove the invention of the air-conditioner. Most people can stand heat, but a hot and humid day is enough to cause medical problems, dehydration and uneasiness. Air conditioning has been the solution.

Humidity refers to the water vapor in air that is invisible because it is a gas. The higher the humidity is, the less effective the body is in cooling itself. Sweating is the body’s way of cooling down and humidity causes the body to sweat less because it decreases the rate of moisture evaporation from the skin.

In short, humidity is what makes you feel uncomfortable while indoors. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor humidity should be controlled because it can cause problems like growth of bacteria, molds, fungi, viruses, and dust mites. If the humidity level is low, you can get skin irritation, respiratory problems, nosebleeds, and static electricity. It also warps wood furniture, ruins collectibles like stamps, photos, and artwork, and causes the cork of wine bottles to crack allowing the wine to leak out.

The ideal level of humidity for indoor air is between 25 to 55% RH. You can install a hygrometer or temperature monitor to control the humidity levels.

The US Geological Survey has said that the planet has around 326 million cubic miles of water but only 3,100 cubic miles of water can be found in the air as water vapor or precipitation. This would explain why during rains, it feels cooler; the humidity level are less than 100%.

How Air-Conditioning Systems Help

With an efficient air-conditioning system in the house, you can dehumidify indoor as an incidental effect of the main job of an a/c unit to control indoor temperature. If you want an a/c system that can control both temperature and humidity, all you need to do is talk to your local professional.

There is new technology that makes it possible to enjoy enhanced dehumidification, or if you would rather keep your old system, you can refer to them about the best dehumidifier appliance for your indoor space.

Other Ways to Dehumidify

There are other ways to dehumidify that will not require major expense. For instance, you can try the following:

  • Avoid setting the thermostat to “fan” mode because it will suck out all the moisture from the room and then blow it back again into the room.
  • Keep windows closed when using the air-conditioner
  • Avoid using a separate cooling system like an electric fan when the humidity outside is high
  • Install exhaust fans in areas where you do a lot of washing, bathing, and drying of wet items on indoor clothes lines. If you have a dryer, make sure that its exhaust fan is positioned properly.

Finally, check your indoor plants and find out if they are the kind that need a lot of moisture to survive. These plants will help improve indoor air. A few examples are the peace lily, ficus benjamina, dragon tree, and the Chinese evergreen.

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When To Replace Your Air Conditioning Unit

When to Replace Your Air Conditioning Unit

You think your air-conditioning unit may be on its last gasp. We ask ourself is this When to replace your air conditioning unit? Well it comes down to this: If your a/c unit can’t cool down a room, you need to either have it repaired or replace it. And you don’t want to wait until you’re sweating in your house, desperate for a solution. So When To Replace Your Air Conditioning Unit?

The cost of buying a new unit could seem prohibitive, but repairing isn’t always an option, either. According to a/c professionals, it is recommended that if the cost of repairs is over 50% of the cost of a new unit, it would be better to replace the unit.

The main considerations to study before replacing and installing a new a/c unit include the age, repair costs, cost of a new unit, energy consumption, condition of the existing unit and its cooling capacity.

An air-conditioning unit should last up to 10 years minimum, and even longer if not used daily and maintenance is top notch. Also, if your current unit has been repaired more than twice since you bought it, you could be investing in a losing proposition. You should consider a new unit instead of trying to keep reviving your existing unit. With a new unit, you will enjoy the following:

  • Better technology
  • Improved energy efficiency
  • Lower power bills
  • Modern look
  • A new warranty
  • Possible rebates
  • Quieter unit

The Big Question: How Much is a New A/C Unit?

For most people, the idea of buying a new appliance is depressing, even irritating. It could cost you anywhere from $1,000 to $4,000 depending on your set-up and not including ductwork. It’s no small decision.

Replacing appliances are almost always never expected and thus not included in one’s monthly budget. It can create an emergency situation – and a cash flow issue – if you’re not careful. According to the financial experts in Moneycrashers, the best time to buy a large appliance is when you are not rushed because the old unit conked out.

This is why it is so important to know the estimated life span of an A/C unit. By the time the 9th year comes close, you should be ready to possibly spend on a new unit. You will get at least a year to plan your purchase and catch sales and enjoy huge discounts.

The best time to buy is when the appliances are considered “off season.” For air-conditioning units, these would be during the cooler months. If you buy towards the end of the year or beginning of a year, you also get the added advantage of deeper discounts from older models or introductory discounts on the latest models.

Finally, never forget to compare prices on air-conditioning units and not rely on published promo rates. You might even find better deals online if you take the time to research all your options.

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Smart Changes: Energy Efficient Air Conditioners

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You probably know that being energy efficient does not always mean buying new appliances. Sure, in better economic times, it was common for consumers to buy new and get Energy Efficient Air Conditioners. But with money tighter now, it can be wiser and cheaper to repair, even with the cost of labor, than buy a new appliance. Replacing your HVAC unit? That’s a last resort, although even that can be planned ahead of time to avoid an emergency purchase at a high price. You don’t need to go busting out a credit card just to be more energy efficient. Some smart, simple energy-efficient decisions in your home can make a noticeable difference.

Some of the practical energy-efficient ways you can cool down a room on a hot day are:

  • Install ceiling fans not just for decorative purpose but to help circulate the cool air. During hot months, you can even switch the ceiling fans to rotate counter clockwise for an artificial wind chill.
  • Install shade indoor (curtains, tint, or drapes) and outdoor (awnings) to block the sunlight. This will keep a steadier temperature and avoid your AC having to work overtime.
  • Buy 2 thermometers you can hang inside the house and outside the house to compare temperatures and get a better sense of ideal settings.
  • Plan your cooking so it is done early in the morning and late in the afternoon to prevent additional heat inside the home.
  • Get a programmable smart thermostat to help you save on electricity costs. This can reduce your bill as much as 10%.
  • Install additional bulk and reflective insulation and check for damages to your existing window and door insulation.
  • Have a professional check the electrical at least every 2 years and every year for the A/C unit

As far as your A/C is concerned, determine its age and current condition. It does not necessarily follow that an old unit is in poor condition compared to a relatively new unit. With proper maintenance and regular professional cleaning, you can extend the usual 10 year life span to 15 years.

Older units and ductwork do, however, tend to cost more to operate. Your chances of a lower energy bill, in general, is much higher with an energy-efficient, newer model and updated ductwork.

If you plan to buy a new A/C unit, here are a few tips to take into consideration:

  • Consider buying an air-conditioning system with the inverter technology because it can save you up to 40% in energy usage for standard units.
  • Talk to your local A/C professional (or call us at airaroundtheclock) about cooling load before you buy a unit. This will impact the performance of your new appliance because it will be based on the room where the unit will be installed. If you choose a small HP air-conditioner for a large room, you will be stressing the unit, not be able to enjoy cool air, and probably end up with a high electrical bill.

Finally, if you decide to buy a portable unit, don’t hesitate to ask the experts before you purchase your unit because outstanding marketing could cover up performance issues and you may end up with disappointment over unmet expectations.

Protect the Warranty of Your Central Air-Conditioning System

Avoid These Four Common Mistakes to Protect the Warranty of Your Central Air-Conditioning System

A newly installed central air-conditioning system always comes with a warranty from the supplier, but common mistakes can disqualify you from claiming on your warranty. You may not know it, but unintentional mistakes are not considered exemptions to voiding one’s warranty. Here are a few suggestions on how to take care of warranty and ensure a long and efficient run with your A/C system especially if you live in places where it can get pretty warm and uncomfortable.

Not signing and submitting warranty information

Many companies like to know who you are and have a record of your warranty. If the supplier of your central A/C system is different from the company that installed the system, make sure you comply with the warranty requirements. If you consider this a bothersome task, then it is recommended that you buy your central A/C system from the same professionals who will install it for you.

Forgetting to keep a file on all actions done on the system

From the official receipt for the system to the installation paperwork and anything you buy or have serviced, you should have an organized and detailed record. This will come in handy when you least expect it including if you ever decide to sell your home or part of the A/C system.

Replacing with non-original parts

It’s like a brand new car. You buy original parts while it’s new and under expensive insurance because you know that it’s worth the investment and protection. With a new central a/c system, you should also stick to original replacement part like the filters and stick to the same professional group who supplied and installed your system. This ensures a smooth flow in case you want to claim something during the warranty period. After the warranty period has expired, you should do research on alternative brands for replacement parts if you want. Just make sure they are of the same, if not better, quality than the original.

Skipping required maintenance

Just because a product is brand new does not mean you should be stingy with maintenance. On the contrary, be vigilant and calendar the cleaning and service inspection. This will ensure the warranty is kept intact and you save on higher energy bills by not running a struggling, dirty system.

Finally, follow these basic rules on maintaining your new central A/C system:

  1. Don’t dismiss sudden and unexpected changes in your electricity consumption bill. This could be a sign that your system is struggling and consuming more power than necessary.
  2. Even if extremely hot, do not rush the cooling down of your home. Lowering the temperature will not make your home cool down faster and will cost more to operate. It would be better to set your thermostat, preferably wireless, between 76 to 79 degrees F to avoid incurring high power consumption.
  3. Keep the space around the a/c system free from obstruction. This breathing space of about 18 inches minimum will help your system run more efficiently.
Avoid These Four Common Mistakes to Protect the Warranty of Your Central Air-Conditioning System

How to Analyze Air Conditioning Operating Costs

How to Analyze the Operating Cost of a Central A/C System in Warm Weather

Here’s a fun trivia fact: Willis Haviland Carrier was the first to design in 1902 something akin to what we now recognize as the air-conditioning unit. His design made it possible to set controls on temperature and humidity levels using the principles of refrigeration that removes moisture from an enclosed area while cooling the room at the same time.

How to Analyze Air Conditioning Operating Costs

Although over 80% of Americans use the air-conditioner in their homes in one form or another, many disregard the operating costs. This is tragic because it is entirely possible to lower costs and afford to run a/c units or systems in every room at any time of the year and not stress as much about electric bills.

That’s because air-conditioning of today, more than 100 years after Willis designed the first one, is far more advanced at controlling operating costs. Almost all of the new air-conditioning options on the market today have savings-friendly refrigerants, options for wireless thermostat and reduced cooling load while avoiding the ultimate complaint of ozone depletion.

How to Analyze Air Conditioning Operating Costs

You have to start with the space you need to cool down, the frequency that you will need to use the cooling system, and the number of rooms that will need cooling. If there’s just one room or a studio apartment, you will be saving if you stick to the mini-split, portable, or window-type. However, if the space is bigger than 550 square feet, the portable a/c is not going to do a good job and you will end up spending more energy cooling the space. That can outweigh the upside of portable a/c, since 1 it can be moved around and supplement other types of a/c.

You also have to take into consideration that some portable units tend to leak or drip on floors and a wood floor will not be able to take that kind of abuse. This will add to the cost of operating a portable. The window type a/c is good for one room with no dividers or walls unless you get the higher horsepower. Even so, it will struggle to be a good cooling system especially during the hot months if the room if divided.

For rooms that have dividers, the mini split air a/c works best but only up to 4 separate spaces. It is quieter than the window type because the cassette with the compressor is installed outside the house. You will need to make holes or opening on the wall for wiring and tubing. For bigger areas, the central a/c is more practical and with proper maintenance, plus it lasts up to 15 years. It also increases the value of the property which is an additional plus factor.

Cooling Capacity as an Operating Cost Factor

Another factor that affects your operating costs is the cooling capacity of the unit or system. Here is a general guideline on cooling capacity:

  • 1.055 kilojoules (kj), the International System of Measurement unit for energy, can cool up to 550 square feet or consumes about 0.29 watts
  • For areas over 1,000 square feet, you need over 24,270 kj and that consumes about 293.07 watts.
  • If you install a portable a/c unit that covers space larger than 550 square feet, it will run for longer period but still not be able to do its job properly.
  • Warm climates of over 90 degrees F increase joules by 32%
  • If your home is not insulated properly, joule requirement also increases by 32%
  • If the room has large glass windows that allows natural sunlight to come in, the kj requirement increases to slightly over 20%
  • For every person who occupies a room, add 633 kj
  • High ceilings (8 feet or higher) means 20% more kj
  • An air-conditionws kitchen will require an extra 4,220 kj

Finally, you can reduce the kj by installing shades or tint on windows, planting trees in strategic areas, or by finding ways to reduce the heat inside a kitchen.

Is Your Home Making You Sick?

You must know that cool or cold indoor air from your air-conditioning unit is not always clean air, right? In fact, this air could be making you sick.

Although people assume that indoor air must be much cleaner than outdoor air, indoor air quality can be severely hampered by your lifestyle and the condition of your air-conditioning system. Even a perfectly maintained A/C unit may not catch all pollutants. Some of the potential problems with poor indoor air quality like lung and nasal congestion are caused by stale air, dust, mold and mildew, Freon leaks, chemical leaks, and noxious fumes. In fact, a dirty filter is just one reason for poor indoor A/C air.

Assuming you do everything by the book on A/C maintenance and yet you still have reason to complain, don’t go rushing to your A/C pros to complain. Consider the following causes first:

• Do you ever open your windows?
• How long do you keep the windows open?
• At what time of the day are your windows open?
• Do you smoke? Do you empty out ashtrays right away?
• When was the last time you did spring cleaning?
• Do your neighbors smoke or barbeque often?

The Sick Building Syndrome

You may be living in what experts call a “sick house” that can cause sick building syndrome. This happens when you or any other person living in the house gets sick with no specific illness that can be diagnosed. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 30% of remodeled or new buildings can suffer from poor indoor air quality because of poor ventilation and contaminants left in the air and on construction materials. The figure for old houses and buildings is even higher, especially for those built more than 10 years ago and that have not undergone indoor air quality testing.

Test Your Indoor Air Quality

There are instruments that test indoor air quality. These tools measure carbon monoxide levels, carbon dioxide levels, nitrogen oxides, radon, temperature, humidity, asbestos, and sulfur dioxide. There are other instruments that can test the levels of petroleum hydrocarbons (crude oils), ozone, formaldehyde, amines, xylenes, and other toxic materials.

The signs of an indoor air problem aside from mold and mildew are:

• Condensation in your windows and glass
• Wood warping
• Paint peeling or discoloration of ceiling and walls
• A funky odor
• Sticky air
• Dry air

Work with your A/C Professionals

Talk to the experts. Aside from installing and maintaining your A/C system, we can help you with carbon monoxide alarms and fix your ventilation system so fumes or cooking smells are fanned outward. We can also check your humidity levels so the indoor air is comfortable and not excessively sticky or dry.
The worse course of action you can take with poor indoor air quality is to ignore it or to try to solve it with temporary spot solutions because, at the end of the day, it comes out more costly than trying to solve indoor air quality in some rooms only. Don’t let your own home make you sick!

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How To Fight Allergies Caused By Air-Conditioning Systems

“Can I be allergic to air-conditioning?”

Air-conditioning pros get that question all the time. It might cause you to snicker, but it’s a legitimate question, although the phrasing is off. There are factors to consider when someone claims to start sneezing or coughing upon entering and air-conditioned room. It is important to know how to fight allergies caused by air-conditioning systems.

Causes of Coughs in Air-Conditioned Rooms

Most often the cause for coughing or sneezing is a dirty filter. If a person has an allergic reaction to these allergens, it is guaranteed that he or she will have a reaction when facing an A/C with a dirty filter. On the other hand, many allergists recommend using A/C to people with allergies provided the filter is always clean and may even suggest a double filter to be used. Filters should be cleaned every 3 months for a central air-conditioning system or replaced if you are using one of those filters, even something like cheesecloth, as a second layer.

However, there are other reasons for coughing or sniffling assuming the filter is clean. For instance, some air-conditioning systems use propylene glycol (PG), which is a colorless, almost odorless mineral oil as the active ingredient in coolants and anti-freeze. Studies have proven that PG is non-carcinogenic but can cause allergic reaction. That’s why some women are allergic to certain cosmetic and food brands, too. An allergic reaction to PG can be remedied by installing an air filter since the A/C system can lead to dry indoor air.

Another solution would be to control the cold air flow, temperature and air flow speed. The air from the A/C should not be too cold or blow too much, especially if you are facing the vents.
However, you should also make sure that the air is not too warm or not blowing enough because it will also cause an allergic reaction. Experts recommend a temperature setting of about 23 degrees Celsius or 73 degrees Fahrenheit so you do not irritate your sinus or allergy. You should also not go into a cold room after being under the sun. Let your body cool down first for about 10 minutes because walking into the air-conditioned room.

Humidifiers or Dehumidifier?

When your A/C system is causing you problems with your health, you can expect to get a ton of conflicting suggestions about using a humidifier or dehumidifier. As a general rule, this is what you should do:

• If the air is too dry, use a humidifier. You can tell when the indoor air is too dry when there is static electricity in your curtains, carpet, or other fabric around the room.
• If the indoor air is too moist, use a dehumidifier. You will know when your indoor air has too much moisture when you experience mildew or mold, which is common in Florida where the weather can be almost tropical all year round.

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