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Make Your Air Conditioner More Efficient

Right now, billions of people are using an AC unit across the globe. It’s used on all seven continents and not everyone is fully optimizing their units. This is not good for you or anyone who has a unit. With some easy and other requiring mechanical or electricity skills, you have six solutions that are able to improve the efficiency of your unit, improve your home and save money.

Change Filters Often

With central air conditioning units, it’s vital to keep air flowing through the system. One of the best ways to do this is to change filters about every six months to a year. Air ducts need to be flowing freely, without the buildup of excess dirt and dust. While you can buy air filters at local home improvement stores and superstores, AC Masters provides filters for life upon Preventative Maintenance Agreement*. This will make sure that your system is always in check and always running efficiently.

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Raising Your Thermostat Temperature

Raising your thermostat to 74-76 when you leave your home for work or school will cut down on usage of your system, therefore lowering the cost. When on vacation, put your system at about 78 degrees. If you leave it around those temperatures, you will have more relative cooling in your entire house due to the system not constantly changing to suit your comfort level and saving money by not constantly demanding your system to change temperature. The summer is an especially telling time of this. People want to stay cool, so they put their thermostat at climates like 72 or lower, taxing the system outside to cool you down. But, by getting a smart thermostat like Trane Nexia or Nest, it will automatically change temperatures when it detects when your are not home to save you money. At AC Masters, we offer both of these and are a Nest Pro installer. Contact us if you would like to get an estimate of one of these thermostats.

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Install A Ceiling Fan

Installing a ceiling fan in an area like your bedroom or living area is an inexpensive way to circulate air around the room when needed. While it will not directly add conditioned air to your room(s), it does help draw cooler air to the ceiling and moves the warmer air along the ceiling down into the bedroom where you can notice it. You can find them at your local home improvement store.

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Move Your AC Unit Out Of The Sun And Into The Shade

You may or may not be able to do this unless you have professional experience, but if you can, move your unit out of the sun and into the shade. Your unit needs cold air to run into your house and by placing in out of the direct sun, you can keep it at a moderate temperature and have it run more smoothly. If you would like to do this, look at other options first and then call a professional HVAC installer to get a quote.

Close Window Blinds During Summer Months

Many don’t realize how much air is lost during the summer due to the fact that the sun is coming into their house. Open doors and windows let cold air escape the house. Keep your blinds, curtains, windows, and doors closed during hot weather. This saves energy, keeps the cool air inside your home, and prevent further maintenance on your unit because the efficiency is being increased. Good insulation is another tip related to this.

Schedule Routine Maintenance Checks

With routine maintenance checks, professionals come up and check on your system, make sure it has good efficiency and with AC Masters, you get free filters for life upon Preventative Maintenance Agreement*. At $79 per charge, this is one of the most affordable options to keep your system efficient. Learn more about this offer by clicking here.

Keep in mind some of these options when thinking about your system and you are sure to save money and cut down on energy usage. It may take a while to get used to turning your thermostat down every time you leave and closing the blinds during the summer, but you may save yourself money by cutting down on your electric, heating, and air conditioning bill, making your unit run better, and creating a more comfortable environment for your home. For more options to make your home more efficient, contact us and we can provide you with many options that suit your needs. Call us at (904)-722-8995 or email us at office@acmastersjax.com.

XR17 Air Conditioner

The XR17 central air conditioning unit comes with the reliability you’ve come to expect from Trane and the energy efficiency you deserve. Designed with you in mind, this central air conditioner’s two-stage cooling technology helps provide even cooling to every room in your home.

Efficient performance

Trane’s XR17 A/C systems have Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratings (SEER) up to 18.00, making these central air conditioners an excellent choice for home comfort and for earning energy-efficiency tax credits.

Two-Stage cooling

Two stages of cooling (and heating, if applicable) meet any outdoor climate conditions and prevent interior temperature swings.

Durable and economical

Trane’s central air conditioners come with increased efficiency that may substantially lower your home cooling costs. Materials for all components are tested again and again for long-lasting performance and durability.

Cleaner, healthier indoor air

For a more comfortable home, add Trane CleanEffects™ to your central air conditioning unit for advanced air filtration that removes more dust, pollen and other irritants from conditioned air.

The XR14 air conditioner includes:

  • Two-Stage Climatuff® compressor
  • Spine Fin™ outdoor coil
  • Upgraded fan motor
  • Full-Side louvered panels protect your investment
  • Corrosion-resistant Weatherguard™ fasteners
  • Unique DuraTuff™ non-corrosive base pan
  • Quick-Sess cabinet with full coil protection
  • Sound insulator on the compressor (select models)

If you need help deciding which system you need, contact us for a consultation.


XR16 Air Conditioner

Working as part of your home HVAC system, the XR16 home air conditioning unit comes with the reliability you’ve come to expect from Trane and the energy efficiency you deserve. This central air system’s design ensures that your family has superior comfort year round.

Efficient performance

The XR16 home air conditioning system has a SEER rating of up to 17.00, making it an excellent choice for home comfort and for earning energy-efficiency tax credits.

Durable and economical

Increased efficiency may substantially lower your home cooling costs. Materials for all central air conditioning systems are tested again and again for long-lasting performance and durability.

Cleaner, healthier indoor air

Add Trane CleanEffects™ to your home air conditioning system for advanced air filtration that removes more dust, pollen and other irritants from conditioned air for a cleaner, healthier, more comfortable home.

The XR14 air conditioner includes:

  • Climatuff® compressor
  • Spine Fin™ outdoor coil
  • Upgraded fan motor
  • Full-side louvered panels protect your investment
  • Corrosion-resistant Weatherguard™ fasteners
  • Unique DuraTuff™ non-corrosive base pan
  • Quick-Sess cabinet with full coil protection
  • Sound insulator on the compressor (select models)

Hurricane Season Preparation

In Florida, hurricane season is right around the corner. This six month period can develop hurricanes that destroy lives. We’ve seen pictures and videos of the lengthy lines at the home improvement stores and grocery stores for plywood and batteries and the bumper-to-bumper traffic at the gas station just to find out that there’s no more gas. To save all of the hassle right before the storm, here’s a checklist to make sure you’re prepared for the next hurricane that hits our area.

Listen to Local News and Check Latest Weather Updates

When prepping for a hurricane, it’s crucial to see when a storm will hit the local area. Minutes can matter in this situation. That’s why keeping the TV on as long as possible to listen to updates or use a backup FM radio (some new phones have the ability to connect to FM radio) to ensure you and your family will be safe. Also check websites like weather.com to look at detailed paths and other important information.

Make Sure You and Your House Are Ready

If the storm is approaching within the next few days, take the necessary precautions to keep you safe. Bring in items that can easily be picked up with wind like patio furniture, umbrellas, and bicycles. Set your refrigerator and freezer to the coldest temperature setting and keep it closed as much as possible during the storm. Create an evacuation plan  and discuss it with your family if you live near an area prone to damage during extreme weather events. Board up windows if possible (duct tape has very little protection for windows) and keep your doors locked and closed as much as possible.

Have Supplies Ready

Essential goods are needed for storms in case electricity fails. Have enough water for three days (1 gal. per person per day) as well as food (non-perishable, easy to prepare foods are recommended). Have a flashlight, a battery-powered radio, extra batteries, first aid kit, personal hygiene items, portable batteries and chargers for smartphones, extra cash, pet and/or baby supplies, 7-day supply of medication, and any other essentials for a severe weather event. Generators are also handy for backup power but make sure to use it properly.

After The Storm, Inspect The Area For Any Damage

After the storm has passed entirely, check on neighbors, especially elderly ones, and your valuables. Stay alert for any additional rainfall or subsequent flooding even after the major storm has moved away. Take pictures of damage to show your insurance company and report any emergencies like washed out roads or downed power lines to local officials. If there is damage to your home AC system, call us and we’ll help you every step of the way.

Hopefully this 2019 hurricane season doesn’t bring any disastrous events to our local area but if it does, use this info to keep you and your family safe.

Trane XL824 Smart Thermostat

Take control of your home’s heating, cooling and energy usage with the Trane XL824 Thermostat. The intuitive interface and powerful features incorporated into the compact design of the color touch-screen control represent the latest in climate control technology from the industry’s leader in residential HVAC systems. And best of all, you can monitor and control your home’s climate from anywhere when connected with the Nexia smart home system.

The XL284 has these features:

  • Built-in Nexia Bridge, the hub for the Nexia system
  • 4.3” color touchscreen
  • Create up to six daily heating and cooling schedules
  • Indoor relative humidity display
  • Upgradable software
  • Wi-Fi or Ethernet connection
  • Energy Star Certified
  • 5-day weather forecast & weather radar
  • Nexia™ Diagnostics compatible

To learn more about this Trane thermostat and to schedule an appointment, call us at (904)-722-8995.