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Best of the West: Jacob Heating & Air Conditioning

Posted on: November 18, 2013

Jacob Heating & Air Conditioning, founded in 1921, serves all communities in West Volusia County, Florida, including DeLand, Deltona, Lake Helen and Orange City. Our long history is based on customer satisfaction and doing a job right. Our Best of the West services include:

• Factory-authorized representatives for Carrier and Trane
• Installation, maintenance and repair of all major brands and models of furnaces, air conditioners and heat pumps
• All technicians certified by North American Technician Excellence (NATE), the industry leader in technician training and certification
• Rated A+ by the Central Florida Better Business Bureau
• Licensed and insured
• Voted Best of the West for 11 consecutive years by our customers

Best of the West

Energy Efficiency

We help a homeowner or business select the Best of the West equipment that is best suited to the site of operation and that meets the budget. Products are sized appropriately for the space to be heated and cooled. To do that, we look at your site to evaluate the environmental conditions that affect sizing and placement of heating and cooling equipment. We evaluate whether the building is shaded or in full sun, has more than one story, the number of windows and the exposure to wind and afternoon sun. Improperly sized equipment is a common reason for breakdowns and an uncomfortable indoor environment. Our background in sheet metal construction allows us to custom design products for your space.

With increasing importance on energy conservation and the environment, new technology in both heating and air conditioning has resulted in more efficient equipment that uses less energy to operate. We can recommend products that are Energy Star rated and use environmentally friendly coolants. The Energy Star label indicates that the product is within the top 25 percent of energy-efficient equipment on the market.

Maintenance and Tune-Ups

Our Best of the West technicians also help customers understand the importance of maintenance and upkeep. Regular tune-ups help keep equipment operating efficiently and reduce the incidence of breakdowns. We recommend tune-ups twice a year, once in the spring for the air conditioner and once in the fall for the furnace. Tune-ups include:

• Clean or replacing the air filter
• Check refrigerant
• Inspect and clean drain pan and drain
• Inspect all electrical components including wiring, connections and voltage
• Inspect and clean thermostat
• Lubricate all moving parts
• Inspect and clean coils
• Ensure that the unit turns on, runs and cycles off correctly

For gas furnaces, tune-ups also include:

• Inspect flue and housing
• Check ignition system
• Inspect and clean burners and nozzles
• Adjust burner
• Inspect thermocouple
• Check for gas leaks

A well-maintained system reduces energy usage, saving both fuel and money. It also helps to preserve the life of the equipment. The most common reason for breakdowns is a dirty air filter. Cleaning the filter regularly ensures adequate airflow throughout the system, a requirement for efficient heat exchange. A clean filter also means that clean air circulates through the system and into your living space.

Our Best of the West service agreements include:

• Two annual tune-ups
• Priority service
• 10 percent discount on emergency service calls
• No overtime rates until after 9 p.m.

Upgrades and New Installations From The Best of the West

If your equipment is more than 10 years old or experiences frequent breakdowns, it may be time to replace it with a new model. Equipment manufacturers say the average life of a system is 12-15 years.  New equipment is more energy efficient; many use 50 percent less energy than older models. The cost of replacement is often quickly recovered in savings on electricity and fuel.

If you don’t already have a Best of the West central heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system, we will evaluate your building to determine the size needed, the best way to install ducts and where to site the outdoor and indoor components. If it is not possible to install a ducted system, mini-split ductless zoned systems provide an efficient way to upgrade without major disturbance to a residence or business.

Mini-split ductless units deliver conditioned air to between one and four rooms using one compressor. Each room has separate temperature controls and a cassette blower that delivers air. Unlike a whole-house ducted system that provides the same temperature of air to all rooms on the system, each zoned unit can be turned off when not in use and the temperature adjusted as desired.

A compressor cabinet is located outside, connected to the indoor cassettes by refrigerant tubing and electrical wiring. A small hole is drilled through the wall for the tubing. Units are available as straight cool or heat pump. Inverter compressors use variable speeds to regulate temperatures even at times of peak load. Multiple fan speeds help to control humidity. Each indoor cassette has its own air filter, so airborne particulates are not transferred from room to room. Because the compressor is outside, the unit inside operates with almost no sound.

When it comes to choosing the Best of the West for HVAC, trust the experts at Jacob Heating & Air Conditioning.  They have been serving West Volusia County for over 90 years.  A 3rd generation, family owned business you can trust.