Touchstone Heating & Air Inc Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Lake City’

How Leaky Air Ducts Can Be Making Winter Worse

Monday, December 31st, 2018

duct-sealing-with-caulkingWinters here in North Central Florida are mostly pleasant, but we do have stretches of days when the temperature drops to the point where heating systems have to come on. Most people have heaters that use ductwork to move heat to the various rooms, such as furnaces (electric or gas) and heat pumps. Unfortunately, no matter how well your home’s heater works, you’ll run into trouble if the ductwork is leaky.

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Summer Winds Down: Time to Think About Your AC’s Future

Monday, September 24th, 2018

woman-surprised-glassesSummer never truly ends in Florida. We move through rainier, cooler periods, but the work of an air conditioning system in a Florida home is never fully done for the year.

But the official calendar end of the summer is a good time to take stock of a residential air conditioning system and pretend that it’s come to the end of its annual service. We encourage you to take a moment to think about your AC’s performance and age so you can make important choices about its future—such as if you need a new air conditioning system installation in Lake City, FL before the next long stretch of heat arrives.

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When an AC Is Too Old to Keep Around

Monday, August 27th, 2018

old-acNo air conditioning system is “the last AC you’ll ever need to buy.” No matter how well you maintain your home’s cooling system, it will need to be replaced at some time. It’s a matter of knowing when: If it be not now, ‘tis to come. If it be not to come, it will be now. If it be not now, yet it will come. The readiness is all.

Now Let’s See If Your AC Is Ready

How can you know your aging air conditioner is at the replacement stage? Thankfully, ACs give off several signs they’re in decline, and there are a few other factors to consider when you’re debating about putting a new air conditioner.

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Water Dripping from the AC: Here’s What’s Happening

Monday, July 30th, 2018

air-conditioner-units-near-grassWhen your home’s air conditioning system is running during the hot and humid Florida summers, you’ll occasionally hear a sound of water dripping inside it. This is a normal part of the AC’s operation: it’s the sound of water falling from the evaporator coil and going down a condensate drain.

So hearing water in the AC is no big deal. But if you see water dripping out of the AC in your house, something’s wrong and you may need to have professionals repair the system.

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A Short-Cycling Air Conditioner—Why It’s Bad News

Monday, June 18th, 2018

spinning-fan-cuIs your AC turning on and off again? It’s definitely not normal.

Short-cycling occurs when your AC turns on and off, over and over, without going through a proper cooling cycle. In the short-term, short-cycling will stop your home from getting cooler. In the long-term, you’re looking at costly repairs and possibly even replacement.

The bad news is that short-cycling can have a profound effect on your next energy bill. The good news, though, is that the earlier you take care of the problem, the better off you’ll be.

Keep reading to find out why short-cycling is more than just an annoyance.

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Times When Ductless Mini Splits Are Great for a New AC

Monday, June 4th, 2018

ductless-acYou may have heard of ductless mini splits. Ductless heating and cooling is popular in Europe and Japan, and is now making inroads here in the US. If you’re thinking of installing a new cooling system before the major summer heat arrives, going ductless might be a good option. But ductless mini split heat pumps (that’s another term for them) are not ideal for every home.

The best way to find out if ductless cooling is ideal for your situation is to call our professionals. But we can give you some help right here to help you start thinking about whether you should get a ductless or standard split system air conditioner.

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Summer Cooling Tips to Lower Your AC Bills

Monday, May 21st, 2018

stack-of-billsTemperatures are rising in Florida, but the rain is also falling, so we aren’t quite into the full heat of summer yet. Your utility bills won’t show the price spike you expect when your air conditioning system starts running on a regular basis.

When the price spike comes, we’d like to help you keep it from being quite so steep. Here are a few simple tips to help lower air conditioning bills over the summer without having to make big sacrifices in comfort. Some you can do on your own. Others require the assistance of AC professionals—but they’re definitely worth it.

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Ways That Regular Air Conditioning Maintenance Saves Money

Monday, 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!

Monday, 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

Monday, 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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