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As Fall Gets Underway, How You Can Save on Cooling Bills

October 15th, 2018

air-conditioner-money-saverIt’s storm season in Florida, and thankfully we’re going to escape the damage from Hurricane Michael. But this is a good warning to everybody about how important it is to be prepared for the change in the weather. And that change in the weather means—well, it’s still going to be warm most of the time. This is Tampa Bay, after all.

Although we recommend you have heating maintenance done during the fall in case of cooler weather periods, we want to make sure you pay attention to your central air conditioning in Clearwater, FL, because you’ll still need to rely on it during the coming months.

We have some tips to help you keep from paying too much through the fall on home cooling.

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5 Ways a Ductless AC Can Benefit a Home

October 1st, 2018

ductless-system-with-technicianFall is a good time to make plans for the future of your air conditioning system. When the most intense heat of the summer season eases up, you won’t need the AC running on a regular basis. This makes it easier to schedule a big job like replacing the system—or putting in an entirely new kind of cooling system.

That’s what we want to talk to you about today: changing from an old AC central system—or possibly just a bunch of window units—to a ductless mini split system. A ductless AC works through a series of wall-mounted air handlers placed in rooms around the house, each which connects to a single outdoor unit.

Why would you make this change? Here are 5 benefits to consider:

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Why You Only Want a Professional HVAC Contractor to Fix Your AC

September 17th, 2018

tools-on-ac-unitThe end of the summer can bring with it the worst heat of the whole season. Here in Tampa Bay, we can expect to have hot weather strike any time of the year, including winter. This makes air conditioning systems essential parts of our homes—and it also makes keeping them in good repair a vital part of living in our climate.

If you notice your AC isn’t working as well as it should, or maybe isn’t working at all, you may feel tempted to open up the HVAC cabinet and tinker around. How hard can it be to make a few adjustments to get an air conditioner working again?

Well … plenty hard! Air conditioners aren’t just big fans. They’re complex refrigeration equipment. To repair an air conditioning system, you must have licensed professional HVAC technicians do the work. Here are a few reasons professionals are the only people to turn to in your hour of AC need:

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Is a Heat Pump a Good Option for Our Climate?

September 3rd, 2018

air-conditioner-cabinetsIf you’ve heard any word about heat pumps—beyond the basics of how they work—it may be a warning they don’t work ideally in all climates, causing them to struggle with energy efficiency in extreme weather conditions. This often holds back homeowners from choosing a heat pump for a new HVAC installation when they’re ready to change out their old AC and furnace.

It’s not a myth that heat pumps can run into efficiency troubles in certain climates. But the certain climate you’re worried about is our climate here in the Tampa Bay Area. What’s the word on heat pumps ‘round about these parts?

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Is This the Last Summer for Your Air Conditioning System?

August 20th, 2018
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This one is ready to go…

You expect your home’s air conditioning system to put in hard work during a typical Florida summer. The heat and the humidity place a significant strain on it each year. Even if you keep up with regular maintenance for the AC each spring, the time will come when all the stress, the wear and tear, will catch up and overwhelm the cooling system. And that means … replacement time.

If reading that made you start to doubt the future of your air conditioning system, right now is a good time to start giving serious thought to putting in a new one once the summer heat subsides. We’ll give you some help below for making this decision about what to do with your air conditioning in Clearwater, FL to ensure you have a system that works its best for the years to come.

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Do I Need to Put More Refrigerant Into My AC at Some Point?

August 6th, 2018

air-conditioner-unit-being-repairedThis is a question homeowners often have about their air conditioning systems. They know that refrigerant (aka “Freon,” which is a brand name) is an important part of how an air conditioner runs. Without refrigerant, there’s no way for an AC system to cool down a house. But what happens if the refrigerant runs out? And when will it start to run out?

The simple answer: You shouldn’t need to put more refrigerant in an air conditioning system because the AC doesn’t consume refrigerant.

A longer answer is necessary, because it helps explain how air conditioners operate and the times when refrigerant will need to be added.

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Why Humidity Makes Summer Worse (And How You Can Stop It)

July 23rd, 2018

fan-in-the-faceFlorida is known for its hot summers. Make that hot and humid summers. It’s one thing to have a hot day. It’s quite another when the humidity level is high. An 80°F day can feel like it’s 10° hotter—or maybe it is 10° hotter?

We’re going to explain exactly why humidity can make summer heat much less pleasant. But we’re going to go farther, however, and tell you how you can fix high humidity levels in your home so you can have an easier time keeping cooling through any humid day.

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Why Is There Ice on My Air Conditioner?

July 9th, 2018

frozen-acIf you’ve noticed the indoor coils for your air conditioning system have ice or frost on them, you’re right to be concerned. Often, homeowners ignore the appearance of ice on parts of an AC because they imagine that it’s part of the normal cooling cycle.

Cool air comes from an AC, so it probably has ice somewhere in it. This, however, is wrong. An air conditioner is a type of refrigerant system, and just your refrigerator, you don’t want frost developing on it. Ice is a sign of a problem and a reason to call for service for your air conditioning in Clearwater, FL from our team.

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Have You Considered a Ductless System for Home Cooling?

June 25th, 2018

air-conditioning-ductlessHow do you provide cooling for your Florida home? We know you must be using some type of AC, because our summer weather is too hot and humid to get through in comfort otherwise. But if your answer is that you use window AC units placed in different rooms around the house, then we think you need to know about ductless mini split systems. You don’t need to have ducts added to your home to enjoy powerful cooling around the house: ductless is a great way to have superior cooling at an affordable price and without disruptive construction.

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Early Warning Signs You’ve Got AC Trouble

June 11th, 2018

air-conditioning-systemWhen the hot Florida weather really settles in, you can expect steady work from your home’s air conditioner. If you’ve already had HVAC professionals inspect and tune it up, you can expect it to work with few problems over the season. However, you shouldn’t let indications that something might be wrong slip past you just because you were diligent about maintenance. Problems can afflict even the best cared-for air conditioning system, and the sooner you hop on getting the system repaired, the better off you—and the AC—will be.

Below are some of those early warnings that it’s time to call for professional air conditioning repair in Clearwater, FL with our team.

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