Why You Should Upgrade to a Higher SEER HVAC System

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Why You Should Upgrade to a Higher SEER HVAC System

If your air conditioning system has been working consistently for years, its durability has been proven. However, despite the wonders of having a functional HVAC unit to rely on for such a long time, the reality is that your dated air conditioner uses a lot of energy to maintain comfortable temperatures throughout your home. The result? Increased, expensive energy consumption. 

Oftentimes, the reason for this pricer energy bill is your older unit has a lower SEER rating than newer air conditioning systems available in Baldwin County and the surrounding area today.

What does SEER mean?

You might wonder, what is SEER? SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. SEER is used when measuring a central air conditioning system’s efficiency. Essentially, a higher SEER rating means greater efficiency for that unit. For example, a system with a 20 SEER rating will be two times more efficient than a system with a 10 SEER rating. Newer systems have higher SEER ratings and better functionality than systems built just a few years ago, so you can save more money and be comfortable longer. 

Great advances have been made over the past decade in improving the efficiency of air conditioners and heat pumps. This is why Island Air urges you to seriously consider updating your comfort system to one with a higher SEER rating. Why? To reap the numerous benefits of higher SEER systems! Read on to learn more about the benefits of high SEER HVAC systems.

Benefits of Higher SEER HVAC Systems:

Energy Savings

One of the greatest benefits of investing in an HVAC system with a higher SEER rating is the decrease in your energy bills following the new system’s installation. The savings ultimately depend on the difference in SEER between your old unit and new system, but you can experience savings of up to 50%! The difference in energy use will be reflected as soon as you start using your new system.

Improved Moisture Removal

A well-functioning air conditioning system should be removing moisture from the air to create a more comfortable environment. In Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, we know this feature is particularly important. That’s another reason why we recommend higher SEER HVAC systems. They are particularly effective at removing humidity because they cycle longer at lower pressures. With longer cooling cycles, there will be far fewer opportunities for mold and other humidity-related issues to be active because moisture is consistently removed from the air inside your home.

Reduced Environmental Impact

Higher SEER HVAC systems are more energy-efficient, meaning having one installed in your home will help reduce your carbon footprint as well. Newer air conditioners use safer refrigerants, making the installation of a new, high SEER AC system not only a financially responsible decision but an environmentally conscious decision as well.

Future Buyers Will Desire A Higher SEER HVAC System

In a world where people are becoming more conscious about helping the environment, a higher SEER HVAC system in your home can become a unique selling point if and when the time comes to sell your home. Your high-efficiency comfort system will likely attract more potential buyers, and may even increase the value of your home.

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It is important to note the SEER rating is only one factor in determining the energy-efficiency of your AC system. Proper installation of your HVAC system is crucial, and so is regular maintenance

If you’re looking for a trusted HVAC dealer in the Baldwin County area, look no further than Island Air. Island Air is a fully licensed and insured heating and air conditioning contractor. For more information on our services, visit our website at https://callislandair.com/ or email us at islandair@callislandair.com.

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5 Tips for Pet Owners to Improve Indoor Air Quality

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5 Tips for Pet Owners to Improve Indoor Air Quality

Chances are, you love your pets, but you probably don’t love the pet hair, dander, and odors they leave behind in your home. With our comfort systems already working over time to keep our homes cool in hot, humid Baldwin County summers, the last thing you need is for it to work even harder to keep the air in your home clean. If your pet’s shedding is taking a toll on your home’s indoor air quality, or even your health, there are a few tasks you can incorporate into your daily, weekly, or monthly routine to improve indoor air quality. 

1. Regularly Change or Clean Your Air Filters

You have probably heard how beneficial it is to change the air filter in your home’s HVAC system often, but with pets, it is even more important. Most households are safe changing air filters every one to three months, depending on the system and filter. If you have pets, you should probably change your filter each month like clockwork, since pet hair and dander can circulate through your home and your HVAC system. pet owners indoor air quality

Depending on your system, you could also try upgrading to a thicker, more durable air filter that doesn’t need to be changed as often, or one that can be cleaned instead of changed. To find the perfect fit for your HVAC system and your family’s needs, call Island Air: (251) 943-4709

2. Vacuum Throughout The Week

A key step in preventing pet hair and dander from circulating through your home is to catch it before it reaches the HVAC system. We recommend vacuuming weekly for homes with one pet or a couple times a week if you have more than one pet. Even if your pet doesn’t visibly shed, their dander can still circulate throughout your home, hindering air quality. Be sure to get in the nooks and crannies where pet hair gathers and can’t be easily caught by your air purifier or filter. pet owners indoor air quality

3. Bathe & Brush Your Pet

Caring for your pet’s hygiene can also help prevent excessive shedding and reduce the amount of bacteria and allergens circulating throughout your home. The best way to keep your pet clean and prevent your HVAC system from circulating any unwanted airborne contaminants is to brush your pet daily and bathe your pet every few weeks. When you brush your pet, be sure to do it outside so you are not releasing additional allergens into your home. If taking your pet to the groomer is easier for you, that’s also a great option! pet owners indoor air quality

4. Have Your Air Ducts Cleaned

Over time, dust and dander that’s entered your system past the filter can settle in your air ducts. This can create a breeding ground for bacteria causing allergic reactions and odors. For this reason, it’s important to have your air ducts cleaned every 3-4 years. If you’re unsure whether you need a duct cleaning, a professional technician from Island Air will happily come out and inspect your ductwork for you!

5. Invest In An Air Purification System

If you’ve taken all of the steps above and still feel the need for better protection against harmful airborne contaminants in your home, investing in an air purification system is a great option. Island Air has multiple air quality solutions to eliminate up to 99.9% of dust, dirt, mold, allergens, and bacteria from your home’s air. Between our Reme HALO, i-Wave, and Aerus Air Scrubber, you’re sure to find a solution that fits the needs of your home, family, and budget. 

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If you need help managing your pet’s impact on your indoor air quality, contact us! Our highly trained technicians can help you keep your air clean and healthy for the safety of your family.

We’re an American Standard Customer Care Dealer serving Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Loxley, and other surrounding coastal communities in Alabama. If you have questions, feel free to call us at (251) 943-4709, and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram! pet owners indoor air quality