Touchstone Heating & Air Inc Blog

Ways That Regular Air Conditioning Maintenance Saves Money

April 23rd, 2018

money-saving-piggy-bankOne of the most important services that we offer our customers is routine maintenance service for their cooling and heating systems. We strongly recommend homeowners arrange for a maintenance tune-up and inspection in spring for their air conditioning systems. The work we do on your AC, such as tightening electrical connections, lubricating moving parts, and checking for a drop in refrigerant pressure, will give the system the best chance of making it through another sweltering Florida summer without suffering a breakdown. That will give you peace of mind, one of the best rewards.

There are other reasons to have routine air conditioning maintenance in Lake City, FL each year. Many of those reasons are about saving money. The price you pay for regular maintenance will come back to you with interest through the many ways AC maintenance reduces various costs.

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Don’t Let Humidity Ruin Your Spring!

April 9th, 2018

woman-with-fanHumidity in homes is a problem that can occur almost any place in the country. Even in a desert climate. The reason is that homes generate water moisture inside them, from cooking and showering.

Here in Florida, however, humidity can be an extreme problem from inside and outside a home. As we move deeper into spring, humidity levels will skyrocket. We don’t want you to suffer through a dreadful, soggy, muggy spring—or summer, for that matter—because your home is dealing with high humidity. There are many ways we can help you out, but the best is with the installation of a whole-house dehumidifier in Lake City, FL or wherever you live in our service area.

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4 Things You Should Know About a Heat Pump

March 26th, 2018

sun-and-snowflake-badgeThe heat pump has become a popular home comfort installation in Florida because it’s a fantastic fit for our weather. A heat pump works as both an air conditioner and a heater: its cooling mode is powerful enough to overcome hot Florida summers, the heating mode is efficient and energy-saving for the mild winters. For many homeowners, having their year-round comfort taken care of with a single installation is a huge benefit!

Heat pumps are new to many people, so we’d like to share four important facts about them with you. If you want to know more, or you’re ready to schedule installation for a heat pump in Lake City, FL or elsewhere in North Central Florida, get in touch with a member of our team.

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To Repair or Replace That Older Furnace

March 12th, 2018

furnace-heating-maintenanceThe furnace may be the most common heating system in the country, but it’s still got its share of problems. In truth, furnaces only have a lifespan of about 10-15 years, at least if you expect it to run efficiently. Then again, heaters in Florida do not get as much of a workout as they do in other parts of the country, so it’s not too surprising to have heaters last longer than expected.

How do you know which is the right choice for your furnace? We want to help point you in the right direction. Think carefully about the condition of your furnace, and follow our advice in the guide below. When you’re ready to find out for certain, contact our team and we will give you an honest assessment of your home furnace.

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Common Problems with Heating Systems in Florida

February 26th, 2018

cold-woman-brrMany people end up in Florida because they hate the idea of too much cold weather. Most of us are quite glad that truly cold days are so few and far between. That does mean, though, that when it is chilly outside, we tend to want heaters to function properly so we can ignore the outdoor climate for a bit!

All in all, heating systems don’t get much of a workout in our area. Still, they run into problems just like any other heating system! Because of their setup and the amount of usage, though, these problems may be a bit different from what you’d expect in other climates. Here are some common problems that come up with heaters in our warm climate.

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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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