Touchstone Heating & Air Inc Blog

The Importance of Routine HVAC Maintenance This Time of Year

February 12th, 2018

time-service-clockIf you’re from another part of the country, you might mistake a Florida February for springtime (a very rainy spring season, that is). For the rest of us, these temperatures are just a delightful benefit of living in Lake City. This is a time when you don’t have to worry about much in terms of home comfort, aside from shutting the windows and keeping an umbrella by the door.

That doesn’t mean, though, that you should forget about your air conditioning system altogether. In fact, we think this is the best time of year for an appointment with a local technician. Even if your air conditioner appears to be working, you can benefit from maintenance in the off-season. Learn more in the guide below!

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Troubleshooting an Electric Furnace

January 29th, 2018

cold-man-thermostat-handsIn this part of the country, we don’t see a lot of gas heaters. Electric furnaces do a fine job of warming up Florida homes (although we do recommend a heat pump to the energy-conscious Floridian instead). A major benefit to electric furnaces is that they are so durable, which is why it may be surprising when you notice yours has run into trouble, or won’t start up at all.

The good news is that you may be able to fix the issue, or at least get to the bottom of the trouble, yourself. We’ve got your guide to doing so below, but be sure to call in qualified technicians when you need them!

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The Perfect Year-Round Comfort System for a Florida Home

January 15th, 2018

service-tools-air-conditionersThere’s nothing quite like central air conditioning if you live in Florida. We’re known for our humidity and our hot summers that last longer than in the rest of the country. But we get our share of cold days as well—especially in Northern Florida. That’s why we think there’s nothing quite like central air conditioning…except, perhaps, a heat pump.

If you’re looking for the perfect air conditioning and heating system for your home, consider a central heat pump or a ductless heat pump. For more information, contact our friendly team, and read on for an overview of what this system can do for your home.

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How Professional Maintenance Makes Your Home More Comfortable

January 1st, 2018

repairmen-two-door-ladderWhen is the last time you had a professional HVAC technician (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) in your home? If you’re like most people, you only call in an HVAC company when something goes wrong, or when you need a new system installed. This means it may have been years since your last visit, but we think this is a mistake.

As the years go by, it may take longer for your air conditioner to cool your home, or a heater to warm it up. It doesn’t have to be this way! Professional AC and heating maintenance makes your home more comfortable, and helps to prevent problems that leave you without any AC or heat when you need it. Call a local technician to inspect your HVAC equipment today!

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2 New Features of Air Conditioning Systems

December 18th, 2017

modern-thermostatYou may be excited to tell someone to check out the features on your new smartphone or the quality of your new TV. But when it comes to essentials in the home like an air conditioner, does it really matter whether you’ve got the latest and greatest technology? We think so.

Today, we want to highlight two features you may come across when installing or updating an air conditioning system. You might be surprised by how much more convenient the AC is to use and how much you save. You’ll be telling all your friends about the “coolest” new AC features!

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How to Get Healthy Air from Your Air Conditioning System

December 4th, 2017

woman-blowing-noseThere’s nothing better than central AC if you own a home in Florida. Those of us with it cannot imagine life without it. And yet, central air conditioning does have its flaws. One of the biggest flaws is only really evident to those of us with severe allergies, asthma, or any other immune disorder. But it can be a problem in any home.

As the air conditioner cycles, it sucks in air from around the home before cooling it. Some particulate will get filtered out by the air filter. But some contamination still tends to get through. Getting healthier air may require some work and an investment, but it’s worth it in the end.

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What You Should Know about Heat Pumps

November 20th, 2017

First, you should know the number one thing about heat pumps: it’s heating and cooling in one. One unit, that looks a lot like a conventional central air conditioner, can bring heat into a home and take heat out. In Florida, where we provide AC services, it doesn’t make much sense to have a separate furnace that to provide heat, but there are the occasional cold spells, making a central heater a convenient system to have—especially when it works with your AC. So what else should you know about this versatile comfort system?

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3 Surprising Things That Affect Air Conditioning Efficiency

November 7th, 2017

heat-pump-cashAir conditioning efficiency is something that’s a hot topic in Florida. You might think your high bills are normal, something you’re stuck with whenever the weather is warm simply because you live here. Then, a neighbor tells you they’re paying about half of what you do every month! This is an example of why many people call our technicians for help cutting down electricity bills.

It is possible. In some cases, a change in the way you use your air conditioner will help improve your bills to an extent. However, you might find out that your system needs repair. We’ll help you learn about some of the surprising things that affect AC efficiency in our area in today’s list.

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How Long Can You Expect to Keep Air Conditioning Equipment?

October 23rd, 2017

touchstone-new-ac-yorkWe know that it can be frustrating to find out your air conditioning system needs replacement. It feels like you haven’t had your system for that long, after all (although you may not remember the exact date). In our area, air conditioning systems fail even sooner than in other parts of the country. So when you set out to purchase a new air conditioner, you have one big question: how long will this one last?

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4 Things to Know about Humidity and Home Comfort

October 9th, 2017

man-fan-hat-chairIn Gainesville, we’ve all heard this time and time again… “It’s not the heat; it’s the humidity!” Humidity is responsible for a lot of our discomfort throughout much of the year here. It affects you out doors, but it also has an impact on indoor comfort. And yet, so few people actually make the effort to control humidity in the home. Usually, it takes more than just a good air conditioning system!

Today, we want to focus on four things we think every homeowner in Florida should know about humidity and home comfort. From how it affects your body to how it raises your bills to what you can do to lower your humidity without breaking the bank every month, we’ve got your guide to ultimate whole-house comfort.

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