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A/C Service, Sales, and Installation
Appliance Repairs - all Makes and Models

Broward: 954.421.3680
Palm Beach: 561.274.6557

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A/C Service, Sales, and Installation
Appliance Repairs - all Makes and Models

Broward: 954.421.3680
Palm Beach: 561.274.6557

Can I Use Duct Tape to Seal My Ducts?

The product we now call “duct” tape was originally manufactured by Johnson & Johnson’s Permacel division during WWII.

The military needed a waterproof tape that would keep moisture out of ammunition cases. For this reason, the original “duct” tape was only available in army green.

Because it was green and shed water (like a duck), WWII soldiers began calling it “duck” tape and, due to its waterproof nature, strength and built-in adhesive, they soon began using it for all sorts of repairs - even using it to close wounds in a emergencies!

So how did it come to be associated with duct repairs and become predominantly silver?

The returning soldiers brought with them the green “duck” tape as well as a housing boom. This prompted savvy manufacturers to begin selling the miracle adhesive as a way of connecting heating and cooling ducts in many of the homes being built. To that end, they changed the color to silver and it quickly became known as “duct” tape.

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What Don't You Like About Your AC System?

Do you have questions about your AC System?

Are you still arguing with your spouse about whether to turn the thermostat up or off when you leave the house? Check out this impromptu video we shot with Stephanie Fortune of Fortune Business Consulting or give us call at 954-421-3680 with your specific questions.

Video Transcript:

Mike: Hello Everybody, my name is Mike Macdonald, I’m with M&S Air Conditioning & Appliance Service and today we have the luxury of having Stephanie Fortune from Fortune Marketing & Business Solutions with us and we just wanted to ask her a couple questions about her AC system.

Hello, Stephanie.

Stephanie: Hi. How are you?

Mike: Doing good.

Stephanie: Happy to be here.

Mike: So, what is it that you don’t like about your air conditioning system

Stephanie: So, I have a 3-story home. I have a garage on the first floor, a bedroom on the third floor, and then the living space, more or less, on the second floor, and my office. I find that sometimes it’s way colder in my office or in the bedroom and not so much in the living room so how could I manage the temperature in the different rooms?

Mike: Okay, so the newer technology thermostats, they actually have what we call a remote sensor so you can actually have a remote sensor in that room and you can set the thermostat for a certain temperature, but until that remote sensor reaches the temperature you desire the air conditioner would shut off at the point where the remote sensor reached the temperature so say you’re comfortable at 74 degrees.

Stephanie: Right.

Mike: You set the remote sensor for 74 degrees and then the unit will turn off as soon as that remote sensor is satisfied.

Stephanie: Okay. So that would be perfect because I have an office and I literally have to wear a jacket in my own home so that will definitely help there. Okay. So, I like that. I like that. What about knowing when to change my AC filter?

Mike: The industry standard is about 45 days. 45 to 60 days, give or take, it just depends. If you live in an area where there’s a lot of dust like construction, or maybe on a road, you might want to change it every 30 days, but they can go up to about 45, a month and a half, sometimes 90 days. It just depends.

Stephanie: I have a husky, she has a lot of fur, so I would say more so closer to the 30-day mark?

Mike: Yeah. A lot of fur, yeah, you definitely, definitely, 30-day mark.

Stephanie: Okay. Alright. Let me see here. The noise. So, I definitely know when the air conditioning system is on vs. when it’s off. Is there any way that I can combat that?

Mike: There’s some things that you have to kind of go to the house and look at. Most of the time, it’s ductwork related, static pressure, maybe like a restricted filter, dirty filter, dirty coil causing the motor to ramp up and produce more velocity, so every application is different from that standard. So, anything else?

Stephanie: Let me see here.

Mike: What about, what kind of thermostat do you have in your house?

Stephanie: I have no idea.

Mike: Okay.

Stephanie: I have no idea.

Mike: That’s usual.

Stephanie: (Laughs) But we only have one so I know it’s tough sometimes when I do want to change the temperature in one room or I want to adjust it in one place and I just can’t get to it. So, I know that’s usually a challenge too. And, again, I just don’t know.

Mike: Okay. What about when you are home vs. when you’re away, what do you keep your thermostat at?

Stephanie: So, traditionally, when I’m out of the house, I like to keep it at maybe at seventy… well, really, 78ish and then when I’m home closer to maybe 75 and when I sleep I like to be cold and cozy so maybe around like 73.

Mike: Okay. What we recommend is whenever you’re away from the house to keep it at say 78 then, when you’re at home, if you like it at 76, keep it within 2 degrees. The reason being is you don’t want the unit to run for more than like 30 minutes at a time because the longer that it runs, the hotter the compressor gets and it sometimes causes more breakdowns so we want to keep the thermostat within 2 degrees so that the unit is not running as much.

Stephanie: Okay. So, what about at nighttime?

Mike: So at night time, once the sun goes down, the real issue is just the humidity so if it’s 76 that you like to keep it at when the sun’s up and then you want to bring it down to 74, it will reach that temperature in an easy manner, but a lot of times, it’s when the sun is up is when the heat load is on the house and it keeps the thermostat running and running and running and the more it runs the more money is out of your pocket.

Stephanie: Maybe that’s my problem, I’m changing it all throughout the day. Okay, I can see it.

Mike: Yeah, you’ve got to keep it at least 2 degrees when you leave the house so like a lot of times it’s 78 and 76 when we’re home, sometimes it’s 77 and 75, it all depends, but the less that you go up, the less it will run when you come home.

Stephanie: Okay and this could help with my electrical bills, right?

Mike: Yes. Yes.

Stephanie: So, I’m newer to the AC world, right, so I’m just learning things. What other tips would you have for me or anybody out there that might have questions? Where to go? How could they find you if they do have questions specific for your company? How would they get in contact with you?

Mike: Our website is ac-florida.com. We have a list of maintenance plans, what’s included. The most important thing about a maintenance plan is that it keeps the unit running at operation standards and especially in South Florida a lot of leaf blowers out here and they blow all the dirt into the condenser coils outside and it restricts the amount of air going into the unit.

Stephanie: Gotcha.

Mike: And that can definitely make the unit malfunction prematurely so you definitely want to have maintenance done on your unit at least twice a year because of those issues because basically an air conditioner in South Florida is like running your car at 90 miles per hour in second gear, basically.

Stephanie: Gotcha.

Mike: It’s just nonstop, 100 miles an hour.

Stephanie: So, if you guys are getting your car checked out then you have maintenance on your vehicles you definitely want to get your maintenance on your AC units.

Mike: Yes. Definitely.

Stephanie: Okay. Awesome. I see some numbers here. Which one is yours? How can they call you if they have questions? Can they text?

Mike: Okay. This is our Broward number and this is our Palm Beach number, this is our license number, we’re licensed and insured. We’ve been in business for 30 years. Our Website.

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Money Saving Tips

Cooling Your Home

Cooling your home and living space to a temperature of 78 degrees or warmer with the fan switched to auto on your thermostat. You can save even more by raising your thermostat to 82 degrees when you’re not home. By watching your thermostat and not cooling your home when you’re not there, you can save a lot of money in the long run.

Water Heater Savings

Lower your water heater temperature to 120 degrees from 140 degrees. This is the recommended setting for water heater temperature according to the U.S. Department of Energy, which will have the average household about $7 a month.

A/C Filter Cleaning

To save even more on your monthly energy costs, clean or replace your A/C filter on a regular basis to help your air conditioner run more efficiently.

Ceiling Fans

Remember to turn off your ceiling fans when you leave a room. A ceiling fan is meant to cool a person, not a room! It costs about $7 a month to run a ceiling fan constantly.

Drying Your Clothes

Using the auto sensor function on your dryer will help you conserve energy by not over-drying your clothes. Over time, running your dryer for shorter periods of time will add up to significant cost savings.

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Regular Air Conditioning Preventive Maintenance

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Having your HVAC system professionally serviced twice a year will keep it running at peak efficiency, save you money by extending its lifespan and help you tackle small problems before they become big ones.

But, with so much on your plate, it’s easy to overlook “small” things like your AC maintenance.

By enrolling in a preventive maintenance program, you ensure that your HVAC system is regularly inspected and serviced so your it doesn’t fail you when you need it most.

What is a Preventive Maintenance Agreement?

When you sign a Preventive Maintenance Agreement, your HVAC system is serviced twice a year, typically in the spring and fall, and you get discounts on any parts, accessories or repairs you may require during the contract year.
A maintenance agreement costs less than the bi-annual maintenance visits would cost if scheduled individually and you get the added benefit of having your system serviced before the summer and winter rushes, when everyone else is trying to get an appointment.

Do I really need a Preventive Maintenance Agreement?

While a maintenance agreement is not essential for your HVAC system to function, committing to regularly scheduled appointments helps extend the life of your system and a clean, well-tuned system is more energy-efficient and safer, and discounts on parts, accessories and repairs allow you to do more than just the bare minimum required to keep your system limping along.

With this in mind, M&S Air Conditioning has come up two Preventive Maintenance Agreement options to fit your individual needs. Either way, you get two tune-ups per year, discounts on any parts, accessories or repairs you may need during the contract year, no overtime charges, and much more.

Plus, you don’t have to worry about remembering to schedule your next tune-up – we reach out to you!

If you have any questions about our Preventive Maintenance Agreement, give us a call at 954-421-3680.

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Should You repair Or Replace Your AC?

Deciding on whether you should repair or replace your air conditioner can be a difficult decision to make.

Consider the age of the unit. An air conditioner has a typical lifespan of around 10-15 years (According to the National Association of Home Builders – “Life Expectancy of Home Components”), so if your air conditioner is acting up, and it’s over 15-years-old, then it might be time to replace it.

Even if your central air conditioner is just eight to 10 years old, it may be using up to twice the electricity that a new one would use. Newer units have on average 30% lower cooling bills than equipment installed just a few years ago.

If you're in Broward or Palm Beach call M&S at 954-421-3680 or 561-274-6557. We can inspect your Air Conditioning system and give you the information you need to make an educated decision.

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Steel and Aluminum Tariffs may Have Immediate Impact on HVAC Industry

You've probably heard a lot of talk about steel and aluminum tariffs in recent months so it probably comes as no surprise that the cost of those big metal boxes that keep your home cool is about to go up. If your system is close to 15 years old, there's no time like the present to get a new Air Conditioning system!

If you're in Broward or Palm Beach call M&S at 954-421-3680 or 561-274-6557 for more information.

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The product we now call “duct” tape was originally manufactured by Johnson & Johnson’s Permacel division during WWII.The military needed a waterproof tape that would keep moisture out of ammunition cases. For this reason, the original “duct” tape...
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Emergency Service available after 7:00 and Sundays.

 

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