4 Tips to Give You Peace of Mind While You Vacation

As the holiday season approaches, it’s time to consider some basic tips to help ensure that you have peace of mind while on your next vacation.

Let’s face it, when you’re dining with friends and family or enjoying a cup of lemonade whilst basking in the rays just off the coastline, you shouldn’t have to worry about home security.

Here are some useful tips to help keep your home safe and secure while you’re away. Continue reading

Why is The Price of R-22 Phase-out Plan R-22 Freon/Refrigerant So High?

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Allocation Slashed by 5 Million Pounds in 2017

Since early January 2012 the price of R-22 Freon/Refrigerant which is used in most Air Conditioning systems, has risen over 800% — and we don’t know how high and how fast it will continue to rise. Currently the market price for R-22 Freon is right around $100 per pound. For Example: An Air Conditioner holds approximately (4 Ibs.) of Freon per ton. As an example: a 3 ton Air Conditioner holds approximately 12 lbs. of R-22 Freon or approximately $1,200 in R-22 Freon to fill it up.

Here’s Why
Freon R-22 is harmful to our ozone. The US EPA controls the production and import of R-22 Freon. In 2012 to speed up the Phase-Out of R-22 Freon the EPA set new, lower limits on how much Freon could be produced in the USA. In early 2016 the EPA banned all imports of Freon R-22 into the US. This naturally created a panic in the industry along with shortages that drove the price to over $100 per pound to consumers.

What’s Next in 2017?
In 2016 the manufacturers were given a production quota of 18 million pounds, and we ended up with shortages by years end. However, in 2017 the quota is reduced to only 13 million pounds, which is a drastic reduction of 5 million pounds of R-22 Freon. Major shortages are unavoidable and R-22 Freon will be grossly overpriced and not affordable. We have purchased all the R-22 Freon that was available, however our current inventory will not last more than four months.

R-22 Supplies Very Limited in 2017
Suppliers and Distributors are already prepping for the industries limited Freon R-22 supply. Suppliers will soon limit the amount of Freon that any contractor may purchase thus creating a supply and demand scenario that will fuel major price increases. Prices are sure to skyrocket and consumers will have a hard time paying for a commodity that will easily reach $100 per pound in the coming year. We anticipate that this aggressive reduction ruling by the EPA will result in existing inventory to be drawn down at an accelerated rate as A/C contractors attempt to build their stock and hold on to their inventory in anticipation of limited supplies.

Consumers Must Replace Old R-22 Equipment Soon!
Based on current pricing of Freon R-22 and limited availability consumers have little recourse but to start the process of replacing their old inefficient air conditioners before the Mad Rush Begins! Consumers that choose to wait it out will be paying higher prices and may find themselves on a waiting list for their much needed installation. Time has run out for Freon R-22 and replacing your old Air Conditioner is no longer an option but a simple necessity that you cannot live without!

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Why is Your A/C Frozen? Find Out Here!

Preparing Your Coral Springs Home for a Scorching Spring!

Our technicians here at East Coast Mechanical Inc. suggest that in the spring and fall of each calendar year, Coral Springs homeowners have preventative maintenance performed on their HVAC units. During this necessary session, the technician will look for things that could cause mechanical failures during the upcoming seasons.

Things like worn out belts, blower motors in bad repair and clogged filters are on the top of the list. Many people don’t realize that their units need to be serviced. Think of it as a car. A vehicle that is never maintained will eventually fail to run. What if you never changed the oil in your car? The same philosophy is used for the units and their need for maintenance.

When the heat is sweltering outside, you want your unit to keep your home and your family cool and comfortable. Unfortunately, when AC season is in full swing, East Coast Mechanical Inc. often receives calls that a unit has frozen, or developed ice on the outside. A frozen unit can cause a lot of problems, and there is a danger of messing up the condenser and other parts. When you see ice on the outside of your unit, turn it off and call for help. Here are some of the most common reasons why your AC unit will freeze up.

Coral Springs, FL Spring Home MaintenanceDirty Evaporator Coils

The evaporator coils are imperative for the operation of your HVAC unit. If you haven’t had a preventative maintenance session, the dirt will collect on these coils and cause major headaches. A dirty evaporator can happen for several reasons.

First, if the unit has run without a filter, it can cause a great deal of dirt to get past the filter area and onto the evaporator. If the filter is dirty and hasn’t been changed in a while, unfiltered air can get by the filter and get into the system. This also can be the case if the filter is inexpensive; they need to be changed more often and don’t hold up well beyond 30 days.

When unfiltered air gets into the system, the evaporator coil takes on the job as the filter. The problem is that an HVAC technician can only remove the surface dirt from the coils when cleaning them. If it is clogged inwardly, the unit will need to be replaced.

Some have tried to hose the out and it causes pin dot holes to form. They simply must be replaced. Using a good pleated filter should prevent issues of this nature in the future; never skimp on the air filters. A dirty evaporator coil will cause the unit to freeze up and will also increase utility bills, as it loses energy efficiency. It’s a problem that can be prevented by changing the filter and using quality replacements.

Low Refrigerant Levels

The refrigerant is vital to keeping the unit running and blowing cold air. It really baffles some customers how it can be 100 degrees outside but their unit is a block of ice. The refrigerant is governed by pressure. When the pressure on the inside drops, the temperature also drops. When you have low pressure inside a unit, you also have ice. The ice typically starts on the evaporator coil and then works its way to the inside. Don’t be confused thinking that if you have ice on the outside the inside is okay. Ice starts from the inside out. Turn the system off immediately if you see ice on the unit.

Think of your refrigerant as the blood in your body. You shouldn’t have to add any blood to your system unless you are bleeding out somewhere. You shouldn’t need to put Freon in your unit every year. If you are continuously filling your unit, there is a leak somewhere. Don’t keep throwing your money away. Refilling your refrigerant isn’t as inexpensive as it used to be. In 2010, R-22 was banned leaving few options. Rather than keep wasting money refilling the tank, have a leak detection performed to see where the leak is and have it fixed. It will cost more upfront, but it will save money in the long run.

Faulty Blower Motor

The blower motor is very important for keeping the air circulating within a unit. Often when this is the problem, the outside system will be working but the inside isn’t kicking on. Additionally, if there are any strange noises coming from the unit, it could be a faulty blower motor. In this situation, call immediately for an evaluation.

Bad Contactor

One reason for an iced over unit could be a stuck contactor. It’s a tiny part that can be accessed from the outside. An easy way to identify this problem is to turn the unit off at the thermostat. If the unit outside keeps running, then it’s most certainly a contactor. When you turn the thermostat off, it is not shutting the unit off due to this faulty part. Unit the breaker is turned off to the unit, it will continue to ice over.

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Some people have unrealistic expectations for their units. This is often the case where ice is forming on the outside of the unit. If the ambient temperature outside if 89 degrees, the HVAC unit should be able to cool the home to about 69 degrees, or 20 degrees cooler than outside. However, when the temperatures reach the high 90’s and even into the 100-degree category, the unit can only do so much. If it is 100 degrees outside; turning your unit down to 60 degrees is not going to get your home any cooler. In fact, what it will do is cause the unit to run nonstop.

Since the unit will never be able to get the home to the temperature set on the thermostat, it will continue to run. The constant running will cause the unit to freeze up. If a technician has identified that there is no other reason for the unit to freeze, the only thing left to do is allow the unit time to thaw.

The temperature should never be set below 70 degrees inside the home, especially not with our hot and humid Coral Springs weather. Not only is it bad for the unit, but it is devastating on the utility bills.

Your HVAC unit is one of the most important systems in your home. You depend on it for your comfort all year long.

When you have a unit with an issue, call East Coast Mechanical Inc. for A/C repair. We are available 24/7 for your HVAC service needs. For quality services in your Coral Springs, FL home, call East Coast Mechanical Inc. at (561) 585-9850 .

Feeling Ill? Don’t Get Anyone Else Sick!

5 Ways to Combat the Spread of the Flu in Your Home

Every year the flu season impacts many homes by infecting members of the household with the flu. While the flu is a serious illness that people should seek medical attention for to ensure that the flu does not cause a medical emergency, many people avoid medical assistance. They tend to treat the flu like a common cold.

Deerfield Beach, FL | Sanitation StrategiesThis is a mistake that can result in people having to go to the emergency room or be admitted to the hospital. In particular, older people and children are at risk concerning the flu and extreme caution should be taken with these age groups.

In many homes, the flu spreads from person to person. The reason is because the flu spreads with germs. Therefore, actions such as sneezing and coughing can place flu germs in the air. This puts everyone in the home at risk related to catching the flu.

With the possibility of the flu spreading inside homes, the best defense is to improve the air quality within your Deerfield Beach homes. This will reduce the flu germs in the air, and this can reduce the possibility of the flu spreading from person to person in homes.

5 Ways To Reduce The Spread of The Flu Inside The Home

There are a variety of ways that people can improve air quality in the home and as a result reduce the spread of the flu inside the home. Some of the most popular ways include:

  1. Cleaning system air ducts
  2. Using an air purifier
  3. Using a dehumidifier
  4. Using quality air filters
  5. Opening a window at various times during the year to let in fresh air

HVAC Technician

For people looking to improve the air quality inside their home, they should make sure that their HVAC system is operating properly. A professionally trained HVAC technician can inspect the system to ensure that everything is operating properly.

During this inspection, the technician can offer recommendations regarding the HVAC system along with additional ways to improve the air quality inside the home.

Flu Germs

The flu is contagious. It can spread quickly and cause serious health problems. One of the primary ways that the flu spreads is through airborne germs. While the germs are airborne, people inside the home can be exposed to the flu. One of the best ways that people can reduce their chance of catching the flu is to improve the air quality within their Deerfield Beach home.

For quality HVAC services in your Deerfield Beach, FL home, call East Coast Mechanical Services at (561) 586-3739.

When it Comes to HVAC Technology, Updating Regularly is Key

The Latest HVAC Technologies

Technology has changed the business world. Also, technology has changed the way millions of people go about their daily lives. In many ways, the world has become a digital world. Many tasks done today, in your Boca Raton home and in other settings, are completed with the use of technology. From self-check out at the grocery store to ordering products on the Internet, technology has made an impact on almost every area in modern society.

An area that has been slower than many to embrace technology is the heating and air industry. While the industry as a whole has been slower to embrace technology, the industry has made major moves in recent years to utilize technology. Many of the newer heating and cooling systems have technology based at the core of system operations. This use of technology has allowed for different system designs and better operational performance.

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The equipment used by the heating and air industry has changed over the years. In recent years, the names for the equipment and the operations of the equipment have moved beyond the traditional equipment used for many decades. Today, the heating and air industry frequently refers to its heating and cooling equipment as HVAC systems. The systems have technology as a major aspect of system operations, which is very different than a few decades ago.

HVAC Technology

The technology utilized by current HVAC systems allow the systems to do tasks that were unthinkable a few decades ago. Some of the newest HVAC technology includes:

  1. HVAC software applications.
  2. Smart technology.
  3. Ultraviolet-light technology.
  4. Nonpolluting refrigerants.
  5. The ability to use computers to control heating and air features.
  6. Decrease in system noise.
  7. Multiple zones for personalized system control.

Embracing Technology

Technology has changed many aspects of modern society. As a result, many people are used to using technology to complete daily tasks. The heating and air industry has embraced technology in a manner that makes using HVAC systems more user friendly in any setting, whether it’s in your business or in your Boca Raton home. Numerous technology innovations concerning newer HVAC systems have a central focus on making the systems easier to operate.

In addition, newer HVAC systems perform better and are more efficient because the systems utilize technology to improve system features and functions.

For professional HVAC services in your Boca Raton, FL home, call East Coast Mechanical Services at (561) 586-3739.

SAVE BIG on Energy With These Tips

Are you Losing Cool Air AND Money? Make Your HVAC System More Efficient Before Summer Hits

Most homeowners are unaware that they are losing cool air and money. Don’t be like most homeowners! If you pay attention to your HVAC system, you will save money, have greater comfort and ease of mind over the long haul. Live in comfort all year long, no matter your climate.

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The average Boynton Beach homeowner knows generally about HVAC systems, but does nothing other than manipulate the thermostat for personal comfort. If you learn these few simple tricks and apply them daily, you and your loved ones will have comfort throughout the year.

First of all, where is your thermostat? Is it in a centrally located room? Do you have multiple thermostats? Is there a vent blowing heat or cool air in the direction of the thermostat? Does the room with the thermostat received heat from the sun? These are massively important regulators of the overall climate of the living space.

Pay Attention to the Sun

If the sun naturally heats the room with the thermostat, pay attention to how often the HVAC unit turns on or off. In the winter, a room with much sunlight tends to heat faster. This will make the rest of the house colder as the thermostat is satisfied. In this instance, turn the thermostat higher than normal. This will keep other spaces comfortable. Another trick is to partially or completely close air vents near the thermostat. This enables the HVAC system to run for a longer period of time before meeting the temperature requirements and shutting off. The same trick works in the warmer months of the year.

Improve Your Evening Routine

During the evening, take two minutes and do a walk-through of your home. Close vents to rooms that are not occupied in the evening. Open the vents in the bedrooms. This forces either heat or air-conditioning into the rooms where people are sleeping. Close vents and doors to empty rooms. This process will take less than two minutes in the evening. Remember to reverse the airflow vents in the morning for day comfort.

Routed heat or air-conditioning has a greater capacity to fill a room with your desired comfort. Once the room has reached your desired comfort level, you will likely need to regulate your thermostat in the direction of money savings. If you spend a few days learning your venting system and comfort levels, you will be on your way to saving big!

Are you taking full advantage of energy saving options for your Boynton Beach, FL home? Call East Coast Mechanical Services at (561) 586-3739 to make your system more efficient!

One Room too Hot, the Other too Cold?

How to Keep the Temperature Consistent from Room to Room

Numerous Delray Beach homeowners experience problems with uneven heating or cooling. This is more likely to happen in a long, narrow house or a building with multiple stories. Room temperature differences tend to become more noticeable during the summer and winter months. The good news is that you can find several ways to address this problem and achieve more consistent temperatures.

Delray Beach, FL Ventilation ServicesZoned Systems

One solution is to retrofit an existing HVAC system or install new equipment with zoned thermostats. This means that separate thermostats will control the heating and/or cooling registers in different portions of your home. By measuring the temperatures in each zone, the system compensates for differences in shading or sun exposure.

Second System

Another option is to purchase a second, completely separate heating or cooling system. It will only serve the portion of your home that tends to deviate from the main thermostat setting. A less costly alternative is to install a split ductless heat pump or central air conditioner. These units feature separate thermostats in every room of the house.

Sealing Leaks

Many homes have drafty doors, windows and other components. This can lead to higher or lower temperatures in certain rooms along the outer walls. Consider hiring a professional to thoroughly seal these cracks and gaps. This will also protect your home from pests. Additionally, thick curtains may be necessary to maintain consistent heat levels in rooms with numerous windows.

Fan Switch

A simple and sometimes effective solution involves looking for a switch on your thermostat. If your system has this control, it should be labeled “fan.” Move it to the “on” position. This will continuously activate a fan that enhances air circulation. It may help you evenly heat or cool rooms far away from the HVAC equipment.

Duct Problems

If your HVAC system uses ducts, air flow problems could prevent enough hot or cold air from reaching certain rooms. Ask a contractor to examine your ductwork. Your ducts may need sealing or cleaning to maximize their efficiency. The vents that release air into separate rooms could require cleaning or repair as well.

It’s also possible that your system isn’t powerful enough to consistently heat or cool the entire house. The best course of action depends on several factors, such as your home’s exposure to sunlight and the types of equipment you currently own. Be sure to talk to a knowledgeable HVAC professional who can help you identify the right steps to take for your Delray Beach home.

With the help of East Coast Mechanical Services, you can keep the ideal temperature in your Delray Beach home. Just call (561) 585-9850 !

The Birth of Modern Air Conditioning

HVAC History: Who Invented the Air Conditioner?

Air conditioning can be an incredible blessing on sweltering hot West Palm Beach days, but when we adjust our thermostat or break out our giant window air conditioning unit, we don’t often think about where air conditioning came from or who invented it. The idea of air conditioning actually dates back all the way to the ancient Egyptians, but modern air conditioning wasn’t formally developed until many, many years later.

West Palm Beach, FL HVAC HistoryAncient Egyptians and Romans

Some of the first known cooling techniques came from the ancient Egyptians. They often hung damp floor mats in their doorways in order to lower the temperature in their homes. The water that evaporated from the mats cooled the temperature indoors.

In ancient Rome, people also developed a technique to reduce indoor temperatures. They used aqueducts to move fresh, cold water through pipes in their homes.

Experiments with Air Conditioning

In 1758, air conditioning practices developed even more when Benjamin Franklin and John Hadley started to experiment with the refrigerating effects of specific liquids. Franklin figured out that the rate at which liquids are refrigerated is very closely related to how quickly they can evaporate.

Then, in 1820, Michael Faraday discovered that if ammonia was liquidized and then evaporated, it would cool his entire laboratory.

Modern Air Conditioning

In 1851, shortly after Faraday’s discovery, John Gorrie invented the first ever cooling machine. His machine was manufactured to keep those suffering from yellow fever cool. It used compressed water and air in order to create a cooling effect, and it was the first patented invention of its kind.

In 1902, what we know as air conditioning today began to develop. During this year, Willis Carrier, who was an engineer at the time, was asked to create something that would treat the air in a New York based printing company. Apparently, the humidity that was present in the building was creating a negative effect on the printing process.

In 1903, Carrier had nearly completed his task by creating a system of cold coils that helped regulate the humidity throughout the building. The machine successfully kept the humidity within the printing company at about 55 percent, and this is the same system we use for modern air conditioners.

But the term air conditioning was not coined until a man named Stuart Cramer created a similar device and referred to his invention as an air conditioner. Air conditioning took off from there and continued to be installed in businesses across the globe. Then, in 1914, it was installed in the  first home, and the invention continued to become the staple for hot summer days that we know it to be today. We probably wouldn’t be living in West Palm Beach without it!

With the help of East Coast Mechanical Services, you can keep your West Palm Beach home cool and comfortable. Just call: (561) 585-9850 !

Dealing with Electrical Safety Issues in Your Home

Top 3 Electrical Hazards in Your Home

We like to think of our Boynton Beach home as our safe haven. And it can be if attention is paid to maintaining integral areas. Electrical hazards are threats that can literally be a matter of life or death if ignored. Always have a qualified electrician inspect and repair your wiring.

Boynton Beach, FL Air QualityOld Wiring

Rehabbing homes is the big trend right now. Whether for yourself or for resale, care must be taken when you come across older wiring. Any wiring over twenty years old was not constructed to support the increased electrical demands of today. Computers, HDTVs, cell phone chargers, microwaves and video games all are a drain on circuitry that wasn’t designed to support it.

In addition to overloaded capacity, older wiring also can begin to deteriorate. Wires used t be coated with a rubberized material which dries out and crumbles over time. This can leave exposed wires posing fire hazards. Today, wires are covered with PVC which is less prone to deterioration

Frayed Cords

And don’t forget the wiring that is part of older appliances. These, too, can wear. Inspect cords and internal wiring, if possible. Replace appliances with newer energy efficient models when wear occurs.

Never run cords under carpets or rugs. The constant rubbing of carpet backing can cause the coating to wear and the wire to be exposed. And because the cord is not exposed to inspection, this can be happening without you knowing it. Frayed cords are a major source of fires in the home and electrocution.

Water and Electricity

It may be known that water and electricity do not mix, yet that fact gets forgotten in everyday life. It is said that water is a great conductor of electricity. More specifically, the particles found in the water are the conductors. The contaminants in water work to pass the electricity from the water into a human causing electrical shock.

Never touch a plug or switch with wet hands. Never operate any electrical device around water. Never have an electrical device where it may fall into water, such as a bathtub. Do not run extension cords through water, such as puddles or damp ground.

New building codes require the use of GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) outlets to be used around any type of water. GFCI shuts down the current when it identifies a problem with the circuit, thus shielding anyone who is in contact with the switch or device. Be sure to replace outlets, especially in your Boynton Beach home’s bathrooms and kitchens, if around water sources.

Any hold ups regarding your Boynton Beach, FL air quality? Call East Coast Mechanical Services at (561) 475-1889 today to care for the health of your home.

Purify Your Home’s Air With These Tips

Air Quality Control: 3 Ways To Make Your Indoor Air Safer

Indoor Air Quality Is Important

Those with asthma or other breathing problems know how important it is to have good quality air indoors. Did you know that it’s possible for the air inside your West Palm Beach home to be more dangerous and toxic than the air outside of your home? How is it possible that a home, especially if it’s clean, can have dirty air? A lot of the dust and other particles that come inside a home may end up staying inside, especially once the windows are closed. Mold can also grow in a home, which can also be released into the air.

West Palm Beach Radiant Heating ServicesCarpets and Surfaces

The carpets inside a home also do a good job of trapping particles that tend to flow back into the air if the vacuum cleaner doesn’t have a good filter. There are certain things you can do to keep the air quality in your home clean, so you’ll have better air to breathe indoors. Vacuum Often It’s important to vacuum carpeted floors as much as possible, or at least once a week.

Vacuum Surfaces Regularly

If you vacuum weekly and have a good filter in your vacuum, then you’ll be able to get rid of the dust and other nasty particles that stick around the home and can ultimately make you sick. Vacuuming is a good line of defense against toxins in a home, especially if it’s done on a regular basis. Clean The Carpets You need to get your carpets cleaned once in a while, and don’t think that vacuuming alone will help.

Change Your HVAC Filter

Sometimes, particles can get deep into the roots of the carpet, and a good carpet cleaning will help to get rid of those particles. The less dust and other particles that are in the carpet, the less likely it is to go back into the air in the home. Change Your Air Filter Those who have central air need to ensure that their HVAC unit has a clean filter.

Having a clean filter can make all the difference between having clean air and dirty air in the home. The filter in an HVAC unit can help to catch dust, bacteria, germs, and other particles that can eventually make you sick. This filter needs to be changed periodically, and your West Palm Beach HVAC unit should be well-maintained. An HVAC maintenance person can make sure your unit is working properly and change the filter when it’s necessary.

Find out more about air filtration and it’s benefits for your West Palm Beach, FL home. Call East Coast Mechanical Services at (561) 586-3739 today.