What to Do When a Flood or Hail Damages Your Office Building’s Air Conditioning System

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Mother nature vs. air conditioning: Dealing with the damage

Weather can be a fickle thing, and you’d be hard pressed to find another force on earth that compares to the power of Mother Nature. She can be wonderful and incredible, but we often have to deal with the her wrath and the destruction it brings – and dealing with the aftermath isn’t always fun.

Air conditioning systems are made to withstand the elements, but sometimes you can’t avoid significant damage. A flood might put your AC system under a foot of water, causing damage to the electrical components and system gears. And hail could physically damage the outside of your air conditioner, which could cause a restriction of air flow that you’re not even (immediately) aware of.

As a South Florida resident, you’re probably well aware of the terrors that come along with broken AC: sweltering heat, irritable staff, and an overwhelming desire to sit in a freezer. So what do you do if Mother Nature gets the best of your building’s air conditioning system?

Let’s go through the steps:

Flooding damage

Imagine walking into work on an already tough Monday morning to find out that last night’s storm was more severe than you had thought and it had quite the effect on your office – it flooded it. After a few much-needed minutes of utter frustration, it’s time to make simple moves to fix the problem:

1. Immediately deactivate the electrical controls to the system

2. Clear out the standing water and any debris in the area

3. Call a professional to get an inspection

Hail hits the HVAC

Many of us have seem the physical impact of hail, but what you may not realize is that it can cause unseen damage to your AC. While you were hiding inside to avoid the pellets of frozen rain pouring down from the sky, your office building’s air conditioning system may have been suffering from the brunt of the attack.

If you can see that hail has caused physical damage to the exterior of your air conditioning system, or the unit seems to function poorly after a hail storm, it’s time to call a professional to check it out. Your AC service man may be able to fix the unit by doing something as simple as replacing the coil, but systems with significant damage caused by hail or other flying debris often have to be replaced completely.

Help keep your office safe and cool during storm season. Make sure to get regular maintenance check-ups to ensure that your system is working properly, and call a professional you can trust if you have to deal with issues caused by the elements. Want to learn more? Click here to see how Signature Air Conditioning can help you when floods or debris damage your air conditioning system.

Morning Sneeze Attacks? Have You Checked Your AC System?

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Avoid the tissue aisle and follow these helpful tips to clean up your air

Here we go again. It’s 6:00 am and your alarm goes off (why does it always happen so early?) – it’s time to start your day. Unfortunately, it’s also time to reach for the tissues and anti-histamine, because here comes your daily morning sneeze attack … achoo!

There are better ways to start your day

Fortunately, it is possible to reduce or even eliminate this part of your daily ritual. It begins with understanding why we sneeze. In short, sneezing is an important part of your immune system and a way your body protects itself by clearing your nose of bacteria and viruses.

Bacteria? Viruses? In your house? In the morning? Yes. EPA studies have found that our indoor air quality can be two to five times more polluted than outdoor air. So what can you do to eliminate some of these pollutants?

Here are some helpful ideas to clean the air in your home:

  • Add plants to your décor. Not only are they pleasing to the eye but according to the NASA Clean Air Study, house plants act as natural air filters, removing pollutants and toxic chemicals in the air.
  • Check your roof, foundation, and basement once a year for cracks or leaks that may harbor dampness or bring moisture indoors.
  • Have your HVAC system professionally tuned up at least once per season. This will detect any problems early and eliminate additional repair costs later.
  • Ask your HVAC professional about having your ducts cleaned. Dust and pollutants that make it past the unit’s filters can linger in the ducts and be distributed through the system from the inside.
  • Remember to replace your air filters at least once every 30 to 45 days! This is critical in ensuring optimum performance when it comes to catching dust, pet dander, contaminants, and particulates in the air before they’re allowed to enter the HVAC system and spread throughout the house. And remember, proper AC filter fit is imperative.

When you say “achoo!” we say “gesundheit!”

On a side note, here’s a quick trivia tidbit for you: “gesundheit” is actually borrowed from German, meaning “good health.” It is a combination of “gesund” (healthy), and “–heit “(-hood). It was traditionally believed that wishing a person good health after a sneeze would help ward off any pending illness.

Signature Air provides top of the line HVAC services to residents and commercial customers in South Florida. When you need HVAC installation, maintenance or repair, contact us at 954.457.4560 or through our online contact form and request the best team in the area.

5 “Cool” Ways to Beat the Heat in South Florida

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Don’t even try to survive a summer in South Florida without reading these tips.

When it comes to summer in this area, the temperature is no joke. In fact, South Florida is known for being one of the hottest places in the country year round. So it goes without saying that everyone living here is constantly looking for ways to beat the heat all summer long. Here are some fun and practical ways to stay cool:

1. Take a dip in the cool pool

Taking a quick dip in a swimming pool is a classic option for avoiding the heat. And since many area homes have pools in their backyard, it’s easy to hit the water all summer long.

If you have kids, make the pool even more fun for them. Host contests where they can compete with their friends. Whether it’s synchronized swimming, a quick race from end to end, or a diving competition, there are tons of ways to have family fun while keeping cool this season!

2. Get to the beach

What is South Florida without the beach? Most people living down here will look for any excuse to get there—especially when temperatures are topping the high 90s and the humidity is through the roof! The white, sandy beaches, the blue waters, and the wonderful people enjoying them are a beautiful combination you won’t want to miss out on.

3. Grab an icy, cold treat

When you were a kid, the ice cream man was the most popular guy in the neighborhood — and with good reason! An ice pop is a classic treat, while ice cream is a rich and creamy delight you can enjoy on-the-go, thanks to the ice cream truck! Or you can host a build-your-own sundae party for your family and friends. Trust us, you’ll soon earn the title of most popular person on the street with that idea.

4. Set up extra fans

Adding fans is one way to keep cool. They’ll help you avoid getting stuck with stale, hot air hanging around the house. Fans do a good job, but…

5. Getting Your AC Fixed is best

Because South Florida is hot, hot, hot, it’s time to enjoy something that’s not. Nothing beats the heat like the fresh, cold air blowing in from your well-serviced AC unit. Signature Air Conditioning specializes in:

  • Residential and commercial air conditioning service and replacement
  • Commercial HVAC construction
  • Commercial and residential maintenance plans

Don’t rely on your old, rusty unit in the high heat of the summer. If you’re ready to beat the heat, there’s no better way that quality AC. Contact us today to learn more about our services or for a quote — we’d love to discuss your needs!

SignatureAir and Science Agree: Drink Hot and Stay Cool

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Hot drinks in hot weather can actually keep you cooler.

Have you ever been outside, feeling like you’re dying of heat, and gone to grab a cold drink to help cool you down. We’ve all been there, but research has shown that there may be something you should grab instead of that cold drink and what it is might surprise you.

The answer is a hot drink. You’re probably thinking ‘huh?’ It seems counter-intuitive, but the truth is that having a hot drink on a hot day actually can cool you down. You’ve probably noticed that your mouth is pretty sensitive but what you may not know is that our tongues have nerves which have TRPV1 receptors that respond to heat. When these receptors detect heat, they send a signal to the brain to let it know. And what does the brain do when it hears about the heat? It responds in the best way it knows how: by starting the sweat.

When your body starts sweating, it starts to cool down. So while it may seem like drinking a hot drink on a hot day might make you warmer (and it does) being warmer actually helps let your body know that it needs to be cooled down. Is your brain spinning yet? The amount that you increase your sweating by can compensate for the heat you’re adding to the body because when you drink a hot drink, there is a disproportionate increase in how you sweat. This only works in certain circumstances, like on a hot, dry day when the sweat can evaporate.

So, if it’s hot enough out for your sweat to evaporate off your body, think about grabbing a hot drink instead of a cold one. On some days, that glass of ice water is going to be just what you need but it’s not always the case.

Of course, when it comes to staying cool inside, having an efficient AC system is the way to go, especially when you live in South Florida. When was the last time you go your AC system checked? Click here to find out how Signature Air can help you stay cool in the hot, hot, heat.

The Heat Is On

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Signs of heat exhaustion and how to recognize them.

If you live in South Florida, you’re no stranger to heat. As beautiful as it is, you’ve definitely experienced some times that make you wonder why you live here and there is no doubt that air conditioning is more of a necessity than a luxury. We’ve all expressed our feelings of “dying of heat” in jest, but the reality is that heat exhaustion is a real thing and it’s something you need to be aware of.

It’s also probably something you’ve experienced before while hanging around outside or doing some work in the garden. You may already know how to treat it but it’s important to recognize the signs of heat exhaustion so that it doesn’t lead to something worse.

If you’ve been exposed to high temperatures and are experiencing any of the following, you may be suffering from heat exhaustion

  • Confusion
  • Headache
  • Fainting
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Rapid Heartbeat
  • Dark Urine
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal Cramps

Heat exhaustion is important to treat so that it doesn’t turn into heat stroke which can be very dangerous. If you feel as though you may be experiencing heat exhaustion, find a place with air conditioning and drink water. Take a cool bath or shower and try to lower your body temperature. Find some shade if you can’t get inside and try to cool yourself down with water. If your symptoms worsen or don’t improve in an hour, call your doctor.

One way to protect yourself from heat exhaustion is to make sure your AC is up to par. There is nothing like the feeling of coming in from a long, hot period of being outside and knowing that you can count on your AC to cool you down efficiently and cost effectively. When was the last time you replaced your system? It could be time for a check up. Click here to schedule an appointment today.