Category: AC Repair

Defend Your Home Against Zika

Keeping Mosquitoes out of Your South Florida Home

Zika has become a concern for many Miami area homeowners.  The good news is, you probably already have some secret weapons in your home to keep the mosquitoes out and your family safe.

 

Make Use your AC is Serviced

 

Zika carrying mosquitoes like to bite during the day time.  This is no time to have an AC emergency.  Make sure car and home air conditioners are  to reduce your exposure to mosquitoes and the Zika virus.

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Keeping indoor air cool to keep mosquitoes out

Replace or Install Window Screens

Window screens and screened rooms help mosquitoes from making contact with humans and will help to reduce the spread of Zika.

Check screens for punctures.  Ensure window screens are properly fitted and installed and replace anything that isn’t.

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Screened windows, doors and rooms help keep mosquitoes out of Florida homes

 

Use Plants to Keep Zika Carrying Mosquitoes Away

Plants naturally detract or attract different species of insects and other pests.  Strategically placing plants that repel mosquitoes is a good way to help keep them out. You can freshen up your home in the process. The good news is some of these are easy to keep on hand in a Florida kitchen or patio.

BASIL

Try making a natural mosquito repellent!Basil helps to keep mosquitoes away

Start with seeping basil and hot water as if you were making tea.

  • 1 cup of dried basil
  • 1/2 cup boiling water

If you have a tea ball on hand that can make it easier.

Then Add

  • a few drops of basil essential oil
  • 1/2 cup of some sort of alcohol (anything that is safe for the skin will work.)

Basil is easy to grow in a Florida garden, patio or even kitchen window with enough sunlight.  Just make sure you keep it well harvested.


GARLIC

Crushing or chopping a fresh garlic bulb produces a medicinal compound called allicin that works as a natural mosquito repellent.

Try this:Blended garlic helps to ward off mosquitoes and keep Zika away..

  • Blend garlic bulbs with water.
  • Use the garlic water to water plants to repel mosquitoes.

You can use this garlic water anywhere that you want.  The finer that you chop or blend the garlic the more allicin you will produce.

 

 

LAVENDER

Lavender grows well in Miami.  It does well in the heat and humidity and is easy to grow in pots on a patio.  It is also a great mosquitoLavender is a natural mosquito repellent. repellent.

 

If growing your own isn’t your thing, you can purchase lavender products that will work just was well.  Lavender lotions and essential oils can work for mosquito repellent.

 

Plants are not just good for keeping pests away.  They also help improve indoor air quality.

Let us know if we can help you with your AC Repair or if you have any other strategies that you and your family are using to keep those pesky mosquitoes away.

 

5 Best Plants For Improving Indoor Air Quality

Using Plants to Enhance Indoor Air Quality

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The scientist at NASA discovered in the 1980s that there are several houseplants that can help to purify indoor air.  They began studying houseplants as a way to provide clean pure air to astronauts on the space stations.

House plants provide health benefits to our homes and work place by filtering out compounds in the air that could be dangerous to humans making it much healthier to breathe.  Indoor air compounds can build up, clog ducts and be a strain on HVAC systems. 

Here are a list of 5 of the top houseplants to improve your indoor air quality. These plants are inexpensive and widely available in South Florida.  The plants will filter out harmful chemicals like formaldehyde and benzene and provide you with oxygen at the same time.

Aloe Vera

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Aloe Vera is popular because of its healing properties like helping to heal sun burns and cuts. Aloe Vera however, is also a great plant to improve your indoor air quality. It is easy to grow and hard to kill for those who don’t have a green thumb. It helps to keep your home free from benzene which is a common agent in household chemical cleaners and paint.

Peace Lily

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The Peace Lily reduces level of mold circulating through indoor air.  The Peace Lilly absorbs mold through it’s big leaves and then processes it as food. It is an ideal bathroom plant where it

The Peace Lilly is a beautiful plant and can improve your indoor air quality by as much as 60%.

 

English Ivy

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The English Ivy plant can reduce the amount of airborne fecal matter. It can also absorb formaldehyde, commonly found in some household cleaning products, furniture or carpeting treatments. Studies show that keeping an English Ivy plant on your desk will help to give you better focus because it can also absorb trace amounts of benzene which is a chemical commonly found in office equipment.

Spider Plant

Spider Plant improve indoor air quality

This amazing plant can remove up to 90% of the toxins in your indoor air in just two days.  The leaves grow quickly and help to absorb harmful substances like mold and other allergens so it is the perfect plant if you have common dust allergies. It also helps to absorb small traces of formaldehyde and carbon monoxide.  The spider plant is a very popular house plant because it is easy to grow and maintain.

 

Boston Fern

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Ferns are readily available in South Florida and the Boston Fern offers both beauty and health benefits. These plants act as humidifiers and can help to restore moisture in the air so they are perfect for those who suffer from dry skin and other cold weather problems. They can also help to eliminate traces of formaldehyde. Remember to keep them in direct sunlight and mist the leaves with water regularly.

House plants can also help to keep pests away like mosquitoes.

To find out how to improve the air conditioning service of your home or business contact a 40 Degrees Air  indoor air quality expert Today at 305.733.2501.

 

 

Indoor Humidity: How to Lower it Naturally

humidityHigh humidity can be one of the most unpleasant climate variables in South Florida.  Humidity is the amount of water vapor in the air.  Outside it indicates the likelihood of rain or fog.  The higher the temperature of the air the more moisture it can hold. This makes our sweltering air quite humid.

What Happens When the Humidity Comes Inside Your Home?

High humidity creates idea conditions for pest growth including mold and moths and can rot the structures of your home.  Many people have allergies to the organisms that thrive in moist conditions.   Reactions include rashes, sneezing or chronic allergies.   People often start looking into their indoor humidity when they notice a musty smell or wake up feeling stuffy every day.

 

Air Conditioning Systems by design reduce humidity in the air.  When moist outside air comes in, it passes through a cold evaporator coil.  This creates a lower dew point, or temperature that the air will sustain a given amount of water.  The excess moisture is released into condensation and colder, dryer air comes into your home.

Even with modern HVAC Systems working at full speed we can find that indoor humidity is a problem.  This can surprisingly be more prominent in the winter when the air conditioner is running less.

Here are some things that you can do to reduce indoor humidity.

Keep the air fresh.

Circulate fresh air.  Stagnant air creates conditions that lead to mold and other problems.  Try to create an environment of good air flow in your home.  Turn on some fans to keep air moving throughout your home.  Try opening a couple of windows to create a cross breeze.

Check Your Ventilation.  Make sure your dryer and oven hood are properly ventilating outside.   Clothes dryers can send the moisture from your laundry back into your house if they are not properly ventilated.   Check the ventilation above your stove and make sure you are always using the exhaust fan when cooking.  Some over-the-range microwaves don’t properly ventilate. They could be installed on the wrong setting to be effective at removing the moisture coming off of the boiling pot on your stove.  The best kitchen ventilation is a hood that is installed to take the exhaust out of the house.

Watch the moisture you are adding to the air.

Trim down the long hot showers.  Long, hot showers are relaxing but they raise the humidity in your house.  If you are trying to control indoor moisture, try shorting your shower, lowering the water temperature or at least keeping the exhaust fan on until your bathroom is completely dry.

 

Get a dehumidifier. A dehumidifier is a great air treatment solution for removing excess moisture from your indoor environment and restoring a healthy humidity level. Dehumidifiers run quietly and can reduce your energy cost by making your air conditioner run more efficiently.  They can even make your bread, fruits and vegetables last longer without getting stale.

Check for standing water.

Don’t over water house plants.  Standing water in the bottom of planters evaporates back into the air leading to indoor humility.  Consider moving plants that need to consume a lot of water outside.

Check the perimeter of your house.  Make sure air conditioning drain lines and drip pans are clear and free of debris.   Check gutters and downspouts to ensure they are draining properly and not obstructed.  Make Sure that rain water is not pooling and sitting around your foundation.

Ask your 40 Degrees Air & Refrigeration Conditioning expert during your next service or installation visit how you could benefit from reducing the humidity in your space or call 954.613.5155 for more information.

5 Tips To Spring Check Your HVAC System

Spring Cleaning for HVAC systems

Florida weather is quickly changing from winter to spring.  Which means it is the perfect time to Spring Check your HVAC system. Winter storms can wreak havoc on HVAC Systems leaving outdoor components full of debris and indoor components in need of a cleaning. Thankfully, there are a few easy steps that you can take to prepare for spring, prevent breakdowns and improve the energy efficiency of your HVAC system.

Here are Some Things Your Can Do to Spring Clean Your HVAC System.

  1. Replace The Air Filter

Your HVAC system’s air filter is the first line of defense for cleaning the air that circulates throughout your home or business. A dirty filter decreases the airflow to HVAC components, reducing their efficiency and decreases the overall indoor air quality. This can affect your health and those you love. Get your filter size and run down to your local home store and pick up a replacement. If you are unsure of your filter size or need custom size filters we can help. Simply give us a call at 305-733-2501 or fill out the contact form on our website.

2. Clean The Coils

Winter storms often leave dirt and debris in and around your outdoor Air Conditioning components.  This is an easy do-it-yourself project.  First, turn the system to the “off’ position.  Second, carefully remove any debris that has accumulated around the system or in the metal cage that surrounds the components.  Then, use a garden hose to gently wash away any dirt, dust and debris that are on the coils. Keep in mind, if your coils are extremely dirty or if the system is really old and in need of replacement a DIY coil clean may not be recommended and one of our expert technicians can help.

3. Schedule  Preventative Maintenance Service

Preventative Maintenance Service is one of the most inexpensive ways to keep your HVAC system running efficiently and in proper working order. For a few dollars a year your system will get a checkup twice per year and the comfort technician will advise you of any issues. Additionally, having a quality, HVAC professional inspect your HVAC components allows small problems to be addressed and repair before they become a serious, and costly issue.

4. Check Your Central Air Conditioner’s Refrigerant Level

Spring is a good time to have the Freon level of your HVAC system checked and adjust if necessary. Too much or too little refrigerant will make your system less efficient increasing energy costs and reducing the life of the equipment.  A HVAC expert can ensure that your system’s level is within factory specifications.

5. Check The Condensate Drain

A blocked  drain can cause water damage in the house and affect indoor humidity levels. A HVAC expert can check the condensate drain pan for proper drainage and clear any blockage.

For more tips and answers to your air conditioning & refrigeration questions our cooling experts are available to assist you right now! Call 305-733-2501 or online.

 

 

 

 

 

AC Repair Miami Florida – Call Today for Fast Service

Need AC Repair in Miami?  The professionals at 40 Degrees Air & Refrigeration are available to help with all of your air conditioning repair needs. Miami is a beautiful city but the weather is hot and humid. When your air conditioner breaks down, you need help fast and that is where we come in. All you have to do is contact us for fast, quality HVAC repair. We also offer installation and duct or vent cleaning for the Miami Florida area.

AC Repair in Miami

When you need air conditioning repair call 40 Degrees Air & Refrigeration and we’ll come out right away to take care of your problem. Our goal is to repair your system as quickly as possible, so you can get back to taking care of other important issues. We always provide excellent, quality work. If for any reason you have a problem after our technicians leave, we will return to check out the unit and find out what the problem is right away.

Duct Cleaning Company in Miami

Duct and vent cleaning will help your air conditioning system work properly. When dirt and debris settles in the ducts, it affects the way your unit performs. It works harder, uses more energy and it doesn’t cool as well as it should. We offer HVAC vent and duct cleaning to keep your system functioning properly and it will help to extend the life of your unit.

Miami Air Conditioner Installation Expert

There comes a time when you simply need to replace your old outdated air conditioner and when that time comes, we are here to help. The professional technicians at 40 Degrees Air & Refrigeration can help you determine which type of unit would provide your home or office with the best service by giving you a variety of options and prices to choose from. Once you decide which option fits your budget and needs the best, we will install the system for you. Save big with our new air conditioner installation specials

Emergency 24 Hour AC Repair Service in Miami

When your system breaks down in the middle of the night or on a weekend, you shouldn’t have to wait and suffer in the heat and when you call 40 Degrees Air & Refrigeration, you won’t have to. We offer emergency HVAC repair anytime day or night. We take our job very seriously and are committed to providing the very best customer service and quality work in Miami. We can also come out and service your unit to help reduce the risks of your air conditioning breaking down when it’s needed the most.

Call Us

When you call 40 Degrees Air & Refrigeration 305.733.2501, you can expect outstanding quality service from certified HVAC technicians. We can service your system, install a new one or take care of any air conditioning emergency you have with just one phone call. We believe in providing friendly, quality service to all our customers by taking care of all your HVAC needs fast and efficiently.

Fort Lauderdale AC Repair

Do you need your air conditioner serviced? Whether you need routine maintenance, service or an emergency repair on your HVAC system, 40 Degrees Air & Refrigeration will meet your needs! Offering quality HVAC service and repair in Fort Lauderdale and surrounding areas, 40 Degrees Air & Refrigeration offers services such as air conditioner repair, duct cleaning, air conditioner installation and more. We will provide quality service to meet all of your air conditioning needs.

40 Degrees Air & Refrigeration is among the best HVAC companies in Fort Lauderdale and is committed to providing quality service to meet your needs.

Air Conditioning Installation and Repair

Do you need a new air conditioning unit? We will provide prompt service on new air conditioning unit installations. If you need your HVAC system replace in Fort Lauderdale, call us for an estimate. We will evaluate your needs and offer an estimate on upgrading your system to better meet your needs. We will provide you with an HVAC replacement cost and offer you a variety of options as you make your decision.

If you need a repair on your existing system, 40 Degrees Air & Refrigeration provides quality Fort Lauderdale air conditioning repair in a timely manner. If your unit stops working, give us a call and we will get you back into cold, comfortable conditions as quickly as possible. We provide top-notch work to keep your unit functioning properly.

If a repair is needed, we will come to your home or office to determine the exact problem and offer a solution. Once we have determined the issue with your unit, we will give you an estimate for repairs. After the repairs have been completed, we will assist you if there are any further problems.

Fort Lauderdale Duct Cleaning

Perhaps your unit doesn’t need an actual repair. We can determine that also. For HVAC duct cleaning or vent cleaning in Fort Lauderdale and surrounding areas, 40 Degrees Air & Refrigeration is the company to choose. We will keep your ducts clean to keep your unit working at greatest efficiency.

24 Hour Emergency Air Conditioning Repair Service

For emergency HVAC repair in Fort Lauderdale, 40 Degrees Air & Refrigeration offers certified technicians trained to provide the quality work. We are available for emergency repairs day or night.

Contact 40 Degrees Air & Refrigeration

Whether it is an emergency or simply general maintenance on your air conditioning unit, call us for all your HVAC needs . Our goal is to provide quality service to our customers. We will serve you with a friendly smile and put you and your needs first.