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Enormous Cooling Costs? Let’s Find Out What’s Wrong

June 21st, 2021

money-up-the-chimneyLiving in Florida means you can expect to see bigger electrical costs during the summer months. Air conditioning systems consume enormous amounts of electricity compared to most other appliances in a house, and there isn’t any way to get around using an air conditioner during our summers. Not if you don’t want to be absolutely miserable.

You probably already have a general idea of what the electric cost increase in summer will be. If your monthly utility bills arrive and you see that you’re paying significantly more than you expect, it’s likely that the air conditioner is the cause—and it’s something more than the standard electric usage for the AC. You may need air conditioning repair in St. Petersburg, FL, and below we’ll look into some of the possibilities behind a cooling system that has turned into an energy hog.

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How to Detect Refrigerant Leaks in Your AC

June 7th, 2021

air-conditioner-condenser-3D-renderIn our last post, we discussed water leaking from an air conditioning system. This is an easy problem to detect: you only have to notice water dripping from the AC cabinet. But there’s another type of leak that can affect an air conditioner, and it’s both more damaging for the air conditioner and more difficult to detect until it becomes a major problem, and that’s refrigerant leaks. 

Your AC is designed to run on a specific amount of refrigerant (known as its charge). Any loss in that amount will cause the air conditioner to malfunction and eventually lead to the compressor burning out. When that happens, the system usually must be replaced. So leaking refrigerant is an AC repair you want to get done as soon as you can. Below we’ve listed the signs that will help you know when to call us for AC repair in Spring Hill, FL because of a possible refrigerant leak.

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Does My AC Dehumidify My Home’s Air?

May 24th, 2021

humidity-on-windowIn our local climate, humidity is as much an enemy to summer comfort as the temperature. We all know that humid days feel much hotter and less pleasant. This isn’t because humidity makes the air hotter. High humidity makes it harder for our bodies to release heat through perspiration. With more heat trapped in our bodies, the temperature of the air around us feels hotter. 

For example, on an 85°F day with a relative humidity of around 40%, the air will feel like it’s 85° or 86°F. But if the relative humidity is 75%—a common occurrence in Florida—that 85° will feel like it’s 95°. A huge difference!

But you have an air conditioner in your home, so that should take care of it, right? Well, not exactly. Your AC does dehumidify the air … but not enough that it could be considered a “dehumidifier.”

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How Water Can Leak from Your AC

May 10th, 2021

water-dropletsWhen you listen to your air conditioning system running during the summer, you’ll occasionally hear the sound of dripping water. Your air conditioner doesn’t use water to cool the house (there’s a separate type of cooling system called an evaporative cooler that uses water, but these are rare in Florida); the sound you’re hearing is moisture drawn from the air as the AC goes through its cooling cycle. 

For the most part, you don’t need to think about this water—an air conditioning system is designed to remove moisture from the unit and either allow it to drip outside or enter into the wastewater system. But like any component in an air conditioner, the parts designed to remove water can malfunction, and this is why you might see water dripping from your AC.

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Is a High-Efficiency AC a Way to Guarantee Lower Bills?

April 19th, 2021

air-conditioner-money-saverThis is a question that HVAC installers frequently get. The word efficiency is thrown about often when it comes to major appliances today, and sometimes exactly what it means for a specific piece of equipment can be lost. However, when most people think of an appliance as “efficient,” they connect that to “saving money by lowering bills.” And this can be the case. But not necessarily. 

High-efficiency air conditioning systems can be excellent new installations for homes, and we often recommend them for customers who are hunting for replacement air conditioning in Spring Hill, FL, or elsewhere in our service area. But no AC can be a guarantee of lower bills, because other factors come into play. If you work with professionals for your AC installation, your chance of getting a new system that will save you money is much higher.

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Don’t Let AC Maintenance Slip Past This Spring

April 12th, 2021

AC-maintenanceSummer is on the way! You can feel it in the air—and maybe you’re even feeling it from your air conditioning system.

If so … hold on there a minute! Are you running your AC already but haven’t scheduled AC maintenance in Clearwater, FL? There’s nothing that says you can’t start running your air conditioner as soon as it’s warm enough, but we don’t recommend you go for much longer without arranging spring maintenance for the AC. This is the most important step you can take to ensure your air conditioning system runs smoothly for the summer and doesn’t leave you with unexpected bills for repairs or low system energy efficiency. 

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Allergy Season Can Be Much Better With Our IAQ Services

March 29th, 2021

Many people love spring, and it’s not hard to see why. The weather starts to warm up but doesn’t get too hot, the days get longer, and flowers start to bloom. 

Unfortunately, that last part also brings one of the “bad” parts of the season: a rise in allergy and asthma problems. Yes, spring means it’s also allergy season, and for many that means some unpleasant times. 

Even in a place like Florida, where warm weather is never far away, the seasonal cycles cause an increase in the pollen count of the air when spring starts. Allergy season problems don’t just stay outside—they become trouble for the indoor air quality in many homes. 

You have several medical options to decrease the hay fever problems of allergy season, but you may not have realized you have indoor air quality solutions as well. We can help you with the IAQ services to make allergy season easier for everyone in your household.

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Forecasting the Future of Your Home’s Heating

March 15th, 2021

analog-clockWe’re not here to show you how to use crystal balls or perform magic tricks or anything like that. We want to help you forecast the future the same way the weather forecaster forecasts the weather—using current facts and predictive models.

It’s easier than it sounds, and we hope that by the end of this post you’ll have a better understanding of where you need to go with your household heating in Land O’ Lakes, FL. You will still need to rely on professional services when it comes to realizing that future, but since you’re already on our website, you know the people to call for that part!

Let’s forecast by asking a few basic questions: 

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Last Chance for Heating Repairs? (Well, If You Need Them, Don’t Ignore Them!)

March 1st, 2021

outdoors-winterWe know the title makes it sound as if this is the last chance you’ll ever have for heating repairs. Of course it’s not. Nor do we mean you should schedule heating repair in Clearwater, FL if your heating system is working fine and showing no signs of anything going wrong. (If there is, we’ll catch it during heating maintenance in the fall.) We just wanted to startle you a bit with a reminder that you should never ignore a heater in trouble, even if it’s late in the winter season. And yes, that includes a warm place like Tampa Bay. 

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Can My Gas Furnace Become Dangerous?

February 15th, 2021

natural-gas-furnaceBurning natural gas in any appliance produces byproducts that can potentially be harmful to people. This is the basic way that combusting fuel works—after all, a fireplace can be dangerous if the smoke from the fire isn’t allowed to vent up the chimney and instead gets pushed into the home.

This is a way of saying that, yes, a gas furnace can become dangerous the same way that combustion of any kind in a home can create dangers. That doesn’t mean that it’s common, or that you should feel afraid that your gas furnace is always on the verge of becoming a danger for your family. The modern gas furnace is built to extremely high standards and must pass numerous government requirements before one can be allowed into a house. 

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