Baker and Sons | Air Condition Repair Sarasota and Bradenton Florida HVAC Sarasota | Heating and Air Conditioning Sarasota and Manatee County | AC Repair Near Me | Baker and Sons AC What on earth is a Gas Line, and where is it? Fri, 29 Dec 2017 13:25:21 -0800 <h3><p>Where is my Gas Line....</p></h3><p>What relationship does that simple copper pipe have to the comfort control if you are a homeowner in Sarasota or Bradenton, Florida. It depends largely on the scope of your HVAC system and what time of the year you lose gas, but the answer is almost always that it will have a pretty big impact.</p><h3><p>What Uses Gas in Your Home?</p></h3><p>There are a number of components that use gas in your home. The first and most common is your furnace, but you will find that your water heater may also use a gas line and some packaged air conditioning systems use gas for heating components.</p><ul><li>Heating – If you have a gas line, it’s very likely that your heating system uses gas as an energy source. It’s the least expensive of the three major energy sources (oil, gas and electricity) and gas furnaces are extremely efficient. In terms of how much gas you will use, one cubic foot of gas contains 1040 BTUs of heating energy per hour. So, if your furnace offers 100,000 BTUs of heating capacity, it would use 96.15 cubic feet of natural gas when running at full capacity. Keep in mind, though, that a gas furnace is rated with an AFUE rating. This is the percentage of the fuel consumed that is actually converted to heat. So, if your AFUE rating is 90%, your actual BTU production would be 90,000 for the same 96.15 cubic feet of gas. The cost of natural gas varies by location, but is generally around $1 per cubic foot.</li><li>Water Heating – For a water heater, gas rates are charged by kWh. Your water heater should have a placard or sheet that lists its maximum production per hour so you can determine how much gas it uses per hour when your hot water is in high demand.</li></ul><p>Gas is a highly volatile substance and while there are a number of safety measures implemented for Sarasota homeowners for protection. It’s important to ensure the gas lines are well maintained. Annual maintenance is a must to keep the gas working properly....<a href=>Read More</a> "Honey, the ac repair guy is using all these big vocabulary words again" Tue, 26 Dec 2017 13:39:09 -0800 <h3><p>What on earth are those obscure technical definitions that AC companies use?</p></h3><p>We as residents of Sarasota are bombarded with technical terms concerning repair and service of our HVAC systems from the area <a href="">professional HVAC companies</a>. One of those premier companies, Baker & Sons Air Conditioning, Inc., in this article we will provide technical definitions for some of the more obscure terms used in the HVAC industry.</p><p><strong>AFUE: </strong> The ratio of annual output energy compared to annual input energy. The higher the</p><p>AFUE percentage is, the more efficient the furnace. Annualized Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) is a measure of your furnace’s heating efficiency.</p><p><strong>Btu/h: </strong> British thermal units per hour. A unit of the rate of energy consumption or delivery.</p><p><strong>Certified Matched System: </strong> A heating and cooling system comprised of equipment that has been certified to perform at certified efficiency levels when used together, and used according to design and engineering specifications. The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) puts heating and cooling equipment through rigorous certification processes to ensure systems deliver the efficiency performance at certain test conditions.</p><p><strong>Combustion:</strong> Combustion takes place when gaseous, liquid or solid fuels react at an elevated temperature with oxygen by burning, thus releasing heat. For good combustion, an adequate supply of oxygen must be available, and all the carbon in the fuel will be converted to carbon dioxide and all the hydrogen to water vapor.</p><p><strong>Damper: </strong> When used in ductwork, the damper is a movable plate that regulates airflow. Dampers are used to direct air to the areas that need it most. Typically used in zoning applications.</p><p><strong>dB:</strong> A decibel is a unit used to measure the relative intensity of...<a href=>Read More</a> Why it Is Important to Examine Your Ducts Sun, 24 Dec 2017 03:33:29 -0800 <p>For most Bradenton homeowners, the day a new air conditioner gets installed is a great one. It means you can look forward to plenty of days of cool comfort, sheltered from the blistering summer heat that would otherwise make you feel sticky and sluggish.</p><p>Before that installation can take place, however, there are many smaller tasks that must be performed. You have to do some research, shop around, consult with a Bradenton HVAC contractor and finally decide on the best system for your home. Finally, you should have your ducts examined.</p><p>Your ducts are the pathway by which cooled air will be distributed through your home. Without regular maintenance, ducts are less efficient in transferring air and can cost you money, not only in electricity but in air quality control. Like any major component of your HVAC system, they need to be properly maintained to work properly.</p><p>So, you want your ducts to be in tip top shape for your new AC system. Having a professional inspect them thoroughly prior to installation will identify any damage, dirt, debris, leaks, corrosion or other trouble spots that could impede your air conditioning.</p><p>This gives you the opportunity to get any of those problems fixed before the new system is installed. Plus, a professional inspection is an important part of routine duct maintenance anyway. Having it done at this juncture is easier and ensures you know will have a smooth running air conditioner for some time to come.</p><p>Having ductwork in good repair is vital to the operation of your HVAC system, including the new AC system you want to install. If you are contemplating having a new air conditioning system installed or even if you are not, now is the time to call Baker & Sons Air Conditioning, Inc. for full inspection of your ductwork at <a href="tel:9413773602">941-377-3602</a>, especially if you have a forced air heating system and those ducts are used year round, you want to know for a fact that they will work...<a href=>Read More</a> Put a filter on it, and its not your mouth. Fri, 22 Dec 2017 13:42:39 -0800 <h3><p>Changing Your AC Filter</p></h3><p>When you are a homeowner, you will from time to time need air conditioning service in Sarasota. It is a must to stay on top of maintenance throughout your home to ensure that all of the systems around your home are running as efficiently as possible and one of the most important systems to keep tuned up and maintained is your air conditioner. Not only does your air conditioner improve the air quality in your home, it also makes your home a more comfortable place to live. To extend the life of your air conditioner and increase efficiency, every homeowner should set aside time to change the filter within their system on a regular basis. Dirty filters cause a unit to work in overdrive and increase electric bills, and they can lead to system breakdowns that over time can require expensive air conditioning repair. Here is your basic guide to determining how often to change your air filter</p><ul></ul><h3><p>Factors That Can Affect How Often You Need to Clean or Change Your Filter</p></h3><p>Air filters are not one-size-fits all. Not only do air filters come in a variety of different sizes and brands, the air quality in your home may be far different from the air quality in a home across the country. In a very general sense, it is best to clean air filters once every 1 to 6 months, but this is a very large range, and understanding which factors can shorten or extend the duration of your AC air filter is important. If you have a standard 1-inch air filter, you may need to change your filters once every month. If you suffer from allergies, you may need to change a higher-quality filter more often than the manufacturer recommends. Here is a list of factors that could affect your filters or air quality in the home:</p><ul><li> The grade, size, and brand of air filter you are using</li><li> Occupancy of the home</li><li> The air quality in your home due to surrounding elements</li><li> Whether or not you and family members are...<a href=>Read More</a> What Is Involved in Replacing an Old System? Thu, 30 Nov 2017 03:32:36 -0800 <h3><p>What Is Involved in Replacing an Old System?</p></h3><p>When your Sarasota or Manatee County home’s HVAC system starts to fail — or if it already has — your options essentially come down to two: replace or repair. There are a lot of factors that go into making such a decision, but in general, if it is a newer system with a small problem and you haven’t had much trouble with it, then a simple repair clearly makes sense.</p><p>For older systems, or ones that have been repaired all too often lately, or ones that seem to be on their last legs, repair may be the only reasonable course of action.</p><p>Surely you know that a total system replacement would be a big job, but have you ever thought about just how big? Sure, you know you will have to swap out the failing furnace, and you may as well replace the air conditioning unit while you’re in there, but that’s it, right?</p><p>Actually, there is a lot more to an HVAC system than just those two machines. Think about all the behind-the-scenes components and the little components that are often overlooked, such as:</p><ul><li><strong>Ducts</strong> – Keep in mind that your ducts are probably as old as that furnace you are replacing, and that a new, efficient unit cannot operate at nearly its full potential with faulty duct work.</li><li><strong>Thermostats</strong> – Your old ones may not even be compatible with a new furnace or air conditioner.</li><li><strong>Wiring</strong> – For the thermostat, among other things.</li><li><strong>Insulation</strong> – Many homeowners forget that insulation is part of an HVAC system, too. Just like we said about duct work, old insulation does not help a new system achieve maximum performance.</li><li><strong>Piping</strong> – Such as refrigerant piping on a geothermal system or a ductless air conditioning system.</li></ul><h3><p style="font-size: 60%;">You can see that the job starts to get pretty complex pretty fast. This doesn’t mean you should shy away from a necessary...<a href=>Read More</a> Boyette Heat Pump Repair Tip: Thu, 30 Nov 2017 03:27:54 -0800 <p>The decision to replace major equipment can be a difficult one. How do you know when to call it quits on a part of your Boyette heating and cooling system that is as important as the heat pump?<br>Here are some signs that you should replace your heat pump:</p><ul><li>If your heat pump is making significantly more noise than it used to, it can be sign of major mechanical distress. Many times, replacement is the best solution.</li><li>Some components of a heat pump cost as much or more to repair as the whole unit does to replace. These components may include the compressor, the outdoor coil, the accumulator and the reversing valve. Once one of these goes, you are often better off replacing the heat pump than the broken component. Additionally, when repairs become so frequent that it is no longer be cost effective, it’s a good time to replace the equipment.</li><li>A malfunctioning heat pump can cause problems with the humidity in your home. This is not a definitive indicator, but if you notice the humidity level rising in your home, you may need a heat pump replacement.</li><li>Any time your energy bill rises without a significant increase in usage, faulty or failing equipment is one of the top suspects. Your heat pump could very well be the culprit.</li><li>If you notice a cooling imbalance, such as rooms being too warm while others are too cool, your heat pump may be close to breaking.</li><li>Finally, if your heat pump is ten or more years old, replacing it is a good idea, even if it seems to be working fine. A new model will be much more efficient and chances are that the old one is headed for a major breakdown soon.</li></ul><p>Keep in mind that these are not always definitive signs that your heat pump is done for good. Also, some of these may occur in combination. For example, you may have an old heat pump that is making a lot of noise and causing humidity problems.</p><p>Consult with Baker & Sons Air Conditioning, Inc for full diagnostics before making...<a href=>Read More</a> Sarasota HVAC Tip: Wed, 29 Nov 2017 12:52:08 -0800 <h3><p>Most Energy Efficient Upgrades for Sarasota Home Owners</p></h3><p>Before you decide which upgrades will make your Sarasota home more efficient, it would be best to get a home energy audit. You can do this yourself with a few simple tests, or you can hire a professional auditor. The auditor will use advanced equipment and techniques, such as blower doors and infrared cameras, to detect air leaks and places that need more insulation.</p><p>When your home is properly insulated and sealed, here are some upgrades you’ll want to think about to make your home more efficient.</p><h3><p>High-Efficiency Furnaces & Heat Pumps</p></h3><p>If you have an old single-stage furnace, it is time to upgrade. These furnaces were designed to run on two settings—either off or on, and when they are on, they run at full speed. Not only do they lose heat this way, but they also take longer to warm up your home. The new two-speed and multispeed models run at lower speeds to maintain a constant temperature. You can also buy ones with variable-speed blowers that operate on various speeds, which are the most efficient. Heat pumps are a good option if you need both heat and A/C in your home. While most heat pumps are manufactured to be efficient by design, the newer models are the most efficient way to heat and cool your home. If you have a heat pump older than 15 years, talk to an HVAC technician about a heat pump replacement.</p><h3><p>Solar Water Heater</p></h3><p>When you’ve upgraded your heating system, it may be time to install a more efficient water heater. Solar water heaters are gaining popularity, and they are the most efficient way to save hot water if certain factors are in place, such as sunlight exposure and high fuel costs.</p><h3><p>Water-Saving Toilets & Low-flow Plumbing Fixtures</p></h3><p>Duel flush, or water-saving toilets are an excellent choice for an upgrade if you want to save water. These toilets use less water overall, and you have the option of using more or...<a href=>Read More</a> Sarasota Air Conditioning Repair Tip: Wed, 29 Nov 2017 12:49:37 -0800 <h3><p>Sarasota Air Conditioning Repair Tip:</p></h3><h3><p style="font-size: 80%;">Common Air Conditioner Problems</p></h3><p>Air conditioners are an important part of our lives in Sarasota. They keep us comfortable despite overbearing heat and humidity outside all summer, but because they run constantly for months and because they are such complicated pieces of machinery, they are prone to a number of problems. Here are some of the most common problems you’re likely to run into with an air conditioner and how to solve them:</p><h3><p>Leaks</p></h3><p>A common problem that many people ignore or are unaware of is refrigerant leakage. It is possible that when the system was installed, it wasn’t properly charged, but most of the time if your system is low on refrigerant, it is because of a leak. You can’t just pour more refrigerant in and call it good, though.</p><p>The leak needs to be fixed, both for health and environmental reasons. If you notice that your system is low on refrigerant or you smell something off – often like acetone, call Baker & Sons Air Conditioning, Inc immediately for inspection and repair.</p><h3><p>Sensors</p></h3><p>An air conditioner doesn’t do you any good if the sensors don’t work properly. Improperly working sensors will fail to properly read the temperature in the home or from your thermostat. So, it might be 80+ degrees in your home but if the thermostat reads it as 72, the system won’t turn on. The air conditioner itself probably still works fine, but unless it can successfully read the temperature, you won’t get the cooling you need to stay comfortable.</p><p>Check first to see if the sensor was moved or knocked toward the evaporator coil (which will keep the temperature reading low).</p><h3><p>Drainage problems</p></h3><p> </p><p>Your air conditioner acts as a dehumidifier as well, producing a liquid known as condensate. This liquid usually drains from the air conditioner into a designated area away from your Bayshore Gardens...<a href=>Read More</a> Sarasota Indoor Air Quality Question: Wed, 29 Nov 2017 12:47:26 -0800 <p>More and more products and solutions are available to us these days to help seal our Sarasota homes off from the outside world. The idea is that by keeping outside air out, our homes are more energy efficient and healthier, because all pollutants and pathogens are barred from entry.</p><p>This is a good idea in theory, but it can have its drawbacks. Most notably, sealing your home up too much can be bad for your family’s health. If your home is sealed too tightly such that there is not enough air flow from within the home to the outside and vice versa, then the indoor air just…stays indoors.</p><p>That means that all the sneezes, coughs, dust, dander, smoke and carbon dioxide stay inside with it. All that stuff can make you sick, completely flying in the face of your efforts to stay healthy by sealing your home.<br>Now, that’s not to say that sealing your home is a bad thing. Using LEED glass in your windows does keep heat in and increase heating efficiency. Air filters do help eliminate pollutants and pathogens from the outside than can make you sick. Good insulation and intact ductwork do help keep your home comfortable and efficient in both the cold and hot months.</p><p>So, sealing your home is not a bad idea. The trick is to not go overboard and seal it up so tightly that you are crossing the threshold from having a healthy home to having a giant Petri dish. You want to have a home that is insulated, but not vacuum sealed. You want a home with filtered air, but still plenty of air exchange with the outside world. Thankfully, mechanical ventilation is a way to both keep your home energy efficient and keep your indoor air from getting stale.</p><p>To help you with this endeavor, there are guides available online, such as at the ENERGY STAR website. In addition, it is a good idea to consult with Baker & Sons Air Conditioning, Inc and ask plenty of questions when building a new home or making improvements to your current one. A qualified Lido Key technician...<a href=>Read More</a> Sarasota HVAC Tip: Wed, 29 Nov 2017 12:45:43 -0800 <p>Ultraviolet germicidal lights improves the indoor air quality in your Sar