Common Air Conditioning FAQ
Affordable Air & Heat
Affordable Air & Heat are your local air conditioning experts in Cape Coral, Florida. Our service technicians are reliable, prompt, and well-prepared to handle your AC repair and replacement needs. Weíre also here to handle any heating and energy concerns that arise in your home or business. Our services are thorough, and our prices are transparent, so we never stick our customers with hidden fees. When it comes to heating, cooling, and energy in your Lee County home or business, trust the team at Affordable Air & Heat.
We know you might have concerns about your AC and heating, so weíve compiled a list of common questions we hear. If you have any other concerns or more specific questions to ask, donít hesitate to reach out to one of our qualified technicians.
What AC services does affordable Air & Heat offer?
Our team of AC and heating specialists provides residential and commercial properties throughout the Florida Gulf Coast with AC repairs, replacements, installation, and standard maintenance. Each member of our team uses top-rated equipment and industry expertise to service your air conditioner.
Weíre proud to provide a variety of air conditioning services, including:
If youíre unsure of whatís going on with your air conditioner, donít hesitate to call our team. We offer same-day appointments, so we can be at your home or business lickity-split.
What heating services does Affordable Air & Heat offer?
Our team doesnít just cool your home, we help it stay warm, too! While there are plenty of toasty days in the Florida Gulf Coast, we know the temperature still drops in the winter. We help home and business owners keep their properties well-heated during the cooler months so residents can live comfortably.
Our heating services include:
Ensure your homeís heating system is running in tip-top shape by relying on your local HVAC team to take care of it.
What areas does Affordable Air & Heat serve?
Our technicians are proud to serve the Florida Gulf Coast with affordable HVAC solutions. Our services extend to a variety of areas, including:
If youíre unsure if Affordable Air & Heat can reach you, give us a call! Weíll do our best to service your property and take care of all of your HVAC needs.
How do I know if my air conditioner Is broken?
There are tell-tale signs of a broken air conditioner that every home and business owner should be aware of. If your ACís digital thermostat display is blank, your air conditioner requires repairs. If you hear unusual noises erupting from your unit, a technician should take a look. If your unit is running, but your house still feels hot, there is quite possibly an issue with your AC system, call Affordable Air & Heat right away to avoid severe water damage. We offer same-day AC appointments so our team can make repairs as quickly as possible.
How do I know my AC filter needs to be changed?
Your AC filter affects the air quality coming out of your unit. The dirtier the filter, the dirtier the air circulating around your home. Dusty air filters clog AC units and prevent them from keeping your home at a comfortable temperature. If your house is looking grimy, your HVAC system is cycling longer than normal, or your filter appears gray, then change it. If your energy bills have increased for an unknown reason, your filter might need swapping. If youíre unsure, give our team a call. Weíll teach you how to inspect your AC filter and advise you on when to replace it.
How often should I change my AC filter?
How often you change your AC filter depends on the manufacturer and time of the year. Filters typically last anywhere from one to six months. If youíre constantly running your air conditioning, we recommend changing your filter at least once a month. During off seasons where your AC isnít being used as often, you may be able to go three months between swapping out the filter.
How often should I replace my air conditioner?
As a general rule of thumb, you can expect your air conditioner to last 10 to 15 years. This depends largely on how often you run and how well you maintain your AC unit. Homeowners who regularly change their AC filters and schedule regular cleanings find their AC units last longer. If your air conditioner is over ten years old and requires repairs, it may be cheaper to replace the unit with a new one. At Affordable Air & Heat, our technicians are trained to evaluate AC units and determine if they need to be renewed.
What are signs that my AC unit needs to be replaced?
Any AC unit over 10 years old may need to be replaced instead of repaired. The lower your SEER rating, the higher your electric bills. A SEER rating under 13 means your unit isnít running efficiently and it might be time for a new one. If youíre consistently repairing your unit or suffering from breakdowns, it may be more cost-effective to replace the whole thing. If your home isnít comfortable, it could mean your AC unit has hit its limit. Affordable Air & Heat offers same-day AC replacements so you can get a brand new unit installed before you go to bed.
Why is my AC unit leaking?
There are a few reasons your AC unit is leaking:
There could be many explanations behind your AC water leakage, but Affordable Air & Heat can diagnose your air conditioner and determine the exact cause. Once we know the problem, our techs repair and replace the malfunctioning areas, so your AC unit gets back to running smoothly.
What size air conditioner does my home need?
Air conditioners are measured by tons of air. One ton of air is ideal for cooling a 200 to 400 square foot area. Larger homes and businesses need bigger air conditioners to keep their property cool. Determining the right air conditioner size is tricky, but the experts at Affordable Air & Heat have plenty of AC experience to ensure yours is the right fit.
What is a SEER rating?
The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) is the performance and rating process used by manufacturers, energy stars, and the government. Itís designed to give consumers an easy-to-understand energy class. Itís the ratio of cooling output of an air conditioning unit over a typical cooling season, divided by the amount of energy used. The minimum SEER rating for Florida is 14, with 21 to 25 SEER ratings being the highest. The higher your SEER rating, the more energy efficient your AC unit will be. This means itís better for the environment as well as your pocketbook.
How can I decrease my energy bill?
During the hot summer months, your energy bills might be through the roof. We provide home energy audits to identify areas throughout your property that could be improved and save homeowners significant amounts of money.
To keep costs down, make sure your AC unit is in good health. The cleaner your unit, the more efficient it will run, and the lower your energy bill will be. If you have dirty air filters and a low SEER rating, your AC unit will have to work harder to keep your home cool. This means higher energy bills.
To keep energy bills under control, raise your AC temperatures when youíre away during the day. If no one is home, let your house be a little warmer. When you and your family return, lower the temperature and enjoy the cool air. This can save you plenty on your next energy bill. Other tips for keeping the energy bill under control include refraining from cooking with your oven during hot months and planting more trees around your home for increased shade.
What types of water filtration systems should I get?
Affordable Air & Heat installs two types of water purification systems for home and business owners. The Point of Use System (POU) is designed for bathrooms and kitchens. Theyíre easy to install and produce clean water for residents. Point of Entry Systems (POE) are used for an entire home or business, not just specific rooms. The type of water purification system you need is based on your propertyís size as well as the number of residents using water. The technicians at Affordable Air & Heat can help you determine which water filtration system best fits your needs and install it for you.
What do I do when I donít have hot water?
A cold shower isnít fun! No hot water in your home is likely due to a malfunctioning water heater. When your systemís heating parts fail, it results in cold water, puddles, and foul odors throughout your home. Regular water heater maintenance is needed to prevent damage and keep your water hot and steamy. If youíre experiencing lukewarm or cold water, call Affordable Air & Heat to take a look at your system. Weíll implement the necessary repairs and replacements to get your water piping hot once again.
How often should I flush my hot water tank?
Water Heater maintenance is necessary for long-lasting equipment. As a homeowner, you must drain and flush your water heater from time-to-time. Flushing your system washes away sediment, minerals, and mud that accumulate in your tank. After a thorough flush, your water heater should operate better than ever. Affordable Air & Heat provides regularly scheduled water heater checks as well as emergency flushes for residents along the Florida Gulf Coast. We recommend flushing your hot water tank every one to three years.
What is the difference between central air and a ductless mini split?
A central air system keeps an entire home cool. Ductless mini splits can moderate specific room temperatures at one time. They allow you to pick and choose which areas of your house should be cooled so you can save energy and money. Central air systems are not as efficient and cost homeowners more when it comes to their energy bills.
Does Affordable Air Conditioning run specials for customers?
Absolutely, we do! Affordable is in our name, so weíre always offering different HVAC specials for home and business owners around the Cape Coral area. From free duct cleanings to $20 off coupons, we offer the most competitive pricing along the Gulf Coast. Check out our specials page here to learn more.
Let Affordable Air & Heat Take Care of Your Cape Coral Property
Our team is here and ready to take on your heating and cooling concerns. Allow the professional technicians at Affordable Air & Heat to provide fast services at the most affordable prices in Florida. We understand no one likes to sit in a hot house, which is why our specialists repair and replace AC units within the same day. Weíre your local Cape Coral HVAC team and are ready to tackle any home or business concerns youíre experiencing. Give us a call to learn more about our services or to speak with one of our trusted technicians.
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