As we prepare for the arrival of Hurricane Matthew in South Florida, there are a few things that we can do to help safeguard our families and property against the effects of the storm. While mother nature is always in control, being prepared is always better than not preparing at all.
Here are a few steps that you can take to help minimize the effects of an hurricane on your air conditioner:
1. Where applicable, ensure that the outside unit is properly anchored/secured with hurricane straps/anchor straps so that your unit will be there after the storm.
2. Clear debris and any potential projectiles from around your home and business. These can go flying during the heavy winds that come with the storm.
3. If you are unsure about what to do to prepare your A/C system for the storm or after the storm has passed, our 40 Degrees Air technicians can provide you with the proper information.
We know that this can be a stressful time with making sure that we have enough food and supplies for our families, but getting ready ahead of a hurricane can help to make this process a little easier on everyone before and after the storm.
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.
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.
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.
Try making a natural mosquito repellent!
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.
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.
Crushing or chopping a fresh garlic bulb produces a medicinal compound called allicin that works as a natural mosquito repellent.
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 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 mosquito 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.
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.
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.