Benefits of a Brown Out Contractor

October 1, 2019

Most people look forward to rising outdoor temperatures and fun in the sun during the spring and summer months. Rising temperatures outside also create uncomfortable heat inside. Along with seemingly ever-present heat and humidity, warm weather months also correlate with an increase in energy consumption to cool homes, offices, and other inhabited spaces. This increase in energy consumption increases the likelihood of a “brown out” or a decrease in voltage in an area’s power supply system. Brown Outs Can Be Costly A partial power outage or temporary dimming of the lights often seems like

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The Ins and Outs of Variable-Speed Air Handlers

September 19, 2019

An air handler is the part of your cooling or heating system that moves the air throughout your home. Air handlers have traditionally operated at one speed. Due to a relatively recent innovation, air handlers can now operate at more ideal speeds. Operates at Different Speeds Based on Need McGowan's Heating & Air Conditioning is a family-owned and -operated company serving the HVAC needs of residents throughout Jacksonville for more than 40 years. We often recommend variable-speed air handlers to customers installing new equipment. These different speeds are favorable depending on factors like outside temperatures and air filter

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Changing Your Air Conditioner’s Filter

September 9, 2019

When an HVAC system is working, the dust, dirt, and debris will naturally move throughout the home with the air. An air conditioner filter is there to help prevent all of these allergens from spreading even more. The AC filters in your home’s HVAC system are vital to its overall health and longevity, so they should be changed regularly. Most air conditioning experts recommend that you change your filters at the beginning of each winter and summer, at the very least. Others advise you do it every three months. Without properly functioning filters, air

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Hurricane Safety Tips & What We’ve Learned Since Florence and Michael

August 1, 2019

The year 2018 had 15 named storms, two of which wound up being some of the biggest and most damaging ever to hit the U.S. Hurricane Florence was a Category 1 when it made landfall in the Carolinas. Many people didn’t believe it would be too bad, but between feet of rain and the storm surge, catastrophic flooding destroyed everything in its path. Hurricane Michael hit the Florida panhandle as one of the strongest storms on record and decimated areas in its direct path. With massive hurricanes becoming the norm, it is more imperative than ever that we look at

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The Dangers of Not Getting Your AC Repaired

July 22, 2019

Similar to other types of appliances in the home, the air conditioner will need attention from time to time, whether it requires maintenance or repairs. When issues occur, it can be easy for homeowners to procrastinate when it comes to calling a professional to visit the property. Unfortunately, this can lead to more severe problems that develop when waiting too long. Here are a few reasons to get your air conditioner repaired as soon as possible. 1.Rust and Corrosion Rust and corrosion are prone to developing on the air conditioner if it’s not fixed

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Guide to Choosing the Right AC System

July 5, 2019

The AC system you choose will significantly influence the comfort level of your building. Without the right air conditioner, certain rooms may not become cool, or you may spend more than necessary to operate the equipment. There are a few guidelines to follow when looking for a new AC system. Think About Size It’s important to find a unit that’s the right size for your building. Air conditioners that are too large will be more expensive to operate. On the other hand, AC systems that are too small will work too hard to cool

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Benefits of Great Indoor Air Quality

June 24, 2019

When you think of McGowan's Heating & Air Conditioning, you probably think about us as a company that can keep the air in your home at the right temperature. For most of the year in the Jacksonville area, this means working with air conditioners. But, when it comes to your indoor climate, there’s more to it than just keeping things cool. You also want to think about the purity of the air you breathe. This is especially important if someone in your house has issues with allergies or asthma. Common Household Impurities There are all sorts of potential

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The Difference Between Old and New Air Conditioners

June 1, 2019

If you’ve wondered about the difference between older air conditioning systems and new units, we would like to share some information. Regarding both efficiency and utility costs, there are factors that you should know about when thinking of replacing an older model. Here at McGowan's Heating & Air Conditioning in Jacksonville, FL, we know that you want your air conditioning to keep your home cool and comfortable during the warm months. Older Units are Less Energy Efficient Aside from the fact that you may be repairing an older unit, you want it to work at maximum efficiency. Older

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Three Reasons Why Every Home Needs a Humidifier

May 12, 2019

Cold winter weather can sap the moisture out of the air and cause your home to feel uncomfortably dry. Dry air contributes to unpleasant issues like static electricity, dry skin, throat irritation and more. Humidifiers are an excellent way to add valuable moisture back into your home. Take a look at three benefits of having a humidifier, according to our expert technicians here at McGowan's Heating & Air Conditioning: 1. Warm Your Home Did you know a humidifier can make your home feel warmer? Humidity helps retain heat while dry air feels chillier. Running a

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Fixing Uneven Cooling in Your Home

May 2, 2019

Keeping your home cool in the summer is always important. However, many issues can lead to uneven cooling in a building. This can create an uncomfortable situation as you move from room to room. Uneven cooling can also cause increased energy bills because of inefficiencies in the system. Causes of Uneven Cooling The two main causes of uneven cooling are inefficient air circulation and a poorly functioning HVAC system. Air circulation can be impeded by a wide variety of issues, ranging from dirty air filters to blocked vents. Ductwork with holes can cause air

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