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Keep Your Ductless Mini Split Maintained for Maximum EfficiencyThe advantages of a ductless mini split have made it one of the most popular cooling and heating alternatives for homes where installing or extending ductwork to condition a single room isn’t feasible. The system is built around a high-efficiency heat pump for year-round cooling and heating (or may be an A/C only). The downsized outdoor unit incorporates the outdoor coil and the compressor while the indoor unit(s) are usually compact wall- or ceiling-mounted air handlers. These two components are linked by a conduit that conveys refrigerant. A ductless mini split offers the power of central air with the efficiency of a heat pump, all without the expense of ducts. Read the rest of this entry

Common A/C Problems Florida Homeowners Might FaceDuring the heat of the South Florida summer, the last thing you want is for your home air conditioner to stop working. While preventive maintenance is important in keeping your air conditioner in good working order, some common A/C problems may pop up that need to be addressed either by you or a reliable professional. Read the rest of this entry

Controlling Energy Costs in Your Florida Home Isn't as Difficult as You ThinkControlling your residential energy costs in South Florida means doing a few simple things, some of them regularly.

Up to 50 percent of your residential energy goes to keeping you cool in the summer and warm in the winter (well, mainly cool in the summer). Simple things you can do with your HVAC system include: Read the rest of this entry

Before Investing in HVAC Upgrades, Do the Load CalculationsBefore you upgrade your HVAC system, it’s vital that your contractor does the proper load calculations first, so you purchase cooling or heating equipment that’s matched to your particular home. Professional heating and cooling specialists must do the math on your behalf for the very best installation.

The U.S. Department of Energy stresses that ducts and HVAC systems should conform to Manuals J and D for economy and efficiency. These are load calculation protocols developed by the Air Conditioning Contractors of America that heat gain and loss in your residence or business, as well as duct design and size. The results are translated by computer software so your structure is properly cooled (or heated) and so you don’t buy oversized or undersized equipment. Manual calculations are a thing of the past and are frequently wrong. Both Manuals J and D formulate the appropriate load calculations and ductwork compatibility to create a comfortable and energy-saving climate in your home:

  • Manual J measures every room in your house, calculating the heat gain under the most severe heat and humidity. Your contractor cannot provide you with the properly sized equipment without these numbers. An A/C unit that’s too big wastes energy and your money; one that’s too small can’t handle the load and will compromise your level of comfort.
  • Manual J provides calculations that take into consideration our Florida climate. Its tables let your contractor measure your installed insulation, window-glass area and orientation, the energy load from your large appliances, and the air-leakage rate of your building. It even considers the number of people in your family and the energy demand of your lighting. These numbers – along with the cubic footage of your home and its number of levels – will determine the correct size of your A/C or heat pump installation.
  • Manual D gauges the design and size of your duct system, including the diameter of your ducts, how many returns and registers you require, and how to configure the duct runs and how they enter your A/C equipment and your rooms. These results are directly based on those from Manual J. If your ductwork isn’t right, it will compromise the efficiency and performance of your HVAC upgrade.

Robert R. McGill Air Conditioning, Inc. serves eastern Palm Beach, northern Broward and southern Martin counties; contact us online, or call 561-588-2630 for more information.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Palm Beach County, Florida about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). 

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HEPA Filtration: Understand How It Can Improve Your Indoor Air QualityThe air quality of your home is of the highest importance when you consider the effect our environment has on our bodies. Small particles such as dust, mold, pollen and other tiny bits of airborne debris are constantly floating in the air around us. HEPA filtration systems remove the tiniest particles, cleaning up our air and making it safer to breathe.

HEPA, chief architect x6 cheap or high-efficiency particulate air, filters use a three-fold process to pull tiny particles from the atmosphere inside buildings. HEPA filtration systems are designed to intercept small particles, impact them within the fibers of the filter, and “bounce” the air around inside the filter until the great majority of airborne particulates can be removed. While the system may seem complex, it basically catches the particles and confines them amid a maze of fibers and materials so air moving through the filter cannot dislodge them.

A HEPA filter does have its limitations, however. Although it can remove minute particles from the air, it cannot filter out dangerous gases. HEPA filtration systems also have no effect on radon gas, carbon monoxide and natural gas fumes in your indoor air.

If you’re interested in having a HEPA filtration system installed in your home, contact a certified HVAC technician. While HEPA systems are mainly found in hospitals and research facilities, people who have severe allergies or upper respiratory conditions can benefit from their residential use.

To have a HEPA system installed, professional modifications probably will need to be made to your existing HVAC system. Some HEPA filters can be retrofitted to an existing central air system, and others are available as a separate, stand-alone air cleaner.

If you have questions concerning HEPA filters and how they can vastly improve your home’s air quality, please call us at Robert R. McGill Air Conditioning, Inc. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year to fulfill your air quality needs. If you live in northern Broward, southern Martin or east Palm Beach counties, we’re here to serve you.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Palm Beach County, Florida about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). 

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Your New Air Conditioner: These 4 Factors Can Make or Break a High SEER RatingThis time of year, when temperatures are beginning to climb in South Florida, is the perfect time to invest in a new central air conditioner or your home. If it's been a while since you've been in the market for one, you might be surprised at the high efficiency ratings (SEER – Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) of the latest generation of A/Cs. If you want to make sure that your new system will operate as efficiently as its SEER rating, though, it's important that four factors are handled correctly during installation and operation. Otherwise, you may get SEER 10 performance from a SEER 16 air conditioner.

  • Airflow – If you expect your new air conditioner to reach its peak performance level, proper airflow is essential. Without it, your unit's SEER rating will drop. This is typically caused by too-small ducts, restrictive duct layout, restrictive or improper grilles, a mismatched air handler, or a malfunction in the blower motor or fan.
  • Charge – Many homeowners take the importance of their refrigerant charge for granted. However, if your A/C doesn't have enough refrigerant, its efficiency will drop, it won't cool your home as well as it should, and eventually, it will break down. A qualified HVAC technician will check the refrigerant charge, and if it's low, add refrigerant and check for leaks.
  • Ducts – If your home's air ducts aren't tightly connected and sealed, your air distribution system will leak conditioned air before it reaches its destination. This can cause a drop in performance that has been rated as high as 35 percent in field studies, which will clearly add to your home's overall energy usage. Plus, leaks in your return ducts can allow unfiltered air to infiltrate your ducts and indoor air.
  • Size – This can be a tricky matter. Many home HVAC systems are either undersized or oversized, and either issue will result in efficiency and performance problems. In order to make sure that you size your new air conditioner properly, elicit a professional opinion. The technician will conduct a load calculation on your home to determine the size A/C that will deliver optimum cooling.

If you need more shopping advice for your new air conditioner, or for any questions related to home comfort, please contact us at Robert R. McGill Air Conditioning, Inc. We have been serving the HVAC needs of eastern Palm Beach, northern Broward, and southern Martin counties since 1959.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Palm Beach County, Florida about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). 
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The Ductless Mini-Split: The Neat Little System That Keeps Getting Better and BetterAdvances in ductless mini-split performance and design clearly places these neat little systems ahead of the pack for a practical cooling (and heating) solution. Find out how going ductless may be the best solution for your room addition, retrofit, home office and more.

Heat pump power, and better

A ductless mini-split is a redesigned air-source heat pump (or A/C) with the cooling coil installed in the immediate room or space that needs to be cooled. Bulky ductwork isn't needed, which provides homeowners new options for cooling areas with limited space, room additions, home offices, garages, sun rooms or the whole home.

A thin conduit accommodates the refrigerant line, drainage and power. The conduit connects the outside compressor/condenser unit to one or more indoor air handlers, which afford homeowners a plethora of installation locations. The sleek, space-saving indoor air handlers are typically installed high on walls, in drop ceilings and even inside walls with the air-supply outlet flush as in a conventional central cooling system.

Advanced performance, practical solution

With the latest technological advances in ductless mini-split design, such as the variable-speed inverter compressor, new ductless systems can reach 26 SEER (cooling efficiency), surpassing high-efficiency heat pumps and A/C systems. Inverter compressors supply the precise amount of refrigerant required at any given moment for efficient cooling.

Moreover, if using more than one inside air handler, you get a zoning system, which delivers independent cooling exactly when and where you need it. With South Florida’s hot and humid cooling months, this itself has the potential to save substantial energy dollars.

Other advances in ductless mini-split technology include the following:

  • Advanced dehumidification mode for more comfort
  • Inverter compressor technology delivers whisper-quiet operation
  • Up to five airflow speeds for enhanced comfort
  • Coil-freeze technology extends system life
  • Comfortable cooling with outside temperatures reaching 115 degrees
  • Wireless system controls
  • Washable air filter

If you’re in need of a practical cooling solution for your home-improvement project, call your HVAC professional to find out if a ductless mini-split is the most sensible solution for you. Please contact us at Robert R. McGill Air Conditioning today. We serve homeowners throughout eastern Palm Beach, northern Broward and southern Martin counties.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Palm Beach County, Florida about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). 

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What the Lennox Premier Dealer Seal Means When You Choose Robert R. McGillHow do you know whether the HVAC specialist you’re choosing for an installation, repair or maintenance will offer you reliable and competent service? In most cases, you don’t. That’s why Lennox, a leading manufacturer of heating, cooling and air-cleaning equipment, started its Lennox Premier Dealer program. Read the rest of this entry

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Your Split Air-Conditioning System: Why the Right Match MattersA split air-conditioning system employs two parts working together – the indoor evaporator/air handling unit and the outdoor condensing unit, which also contains the compressor. These components work as a team to provide optimal comfort and energy efficiency for your home. Should you decide to replace one of these components for whatever reason, but not the other, numerous problems can result.  Read the rest of this entry

Evaluating an Air Conditioner Replacement? 7 Significant Benefits You Stand to GainIs your air conditioner more than 10 years old? Do you feel like your A/C repair costs have been higher than normal the last few years? If you answer yes to these questions, you’re probably ready for an air conditioner replacement. In most cases, A/C experts recommend you replace your air conditioner if: Read the rest of this entry

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