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Midwinter Blues? It May Be Time for a New Heating System

January 18th, 2021

setting-thermostatA Florida winter may not be a bone-chiller, but it can get damp and drafty—especially for a home that doesn’t have a proper heating system in place. 

But let’s say that you do have a good heating system installed. Professionals put it in and it’s provided reliable heat for you through several winter seasons. Now you’re starting to feel the pinch of cold. You just aren’t feeling comfortable indoors. You check the thermostat, and it’s set where you usually have it. You start to push it up further to see if that will help… 

Whoa, stop right there! If you are having to raise the thermostat from the setting you usually find comfortable, something is not working with the heater (or possibly the thermostat). If you’ve had your heating system for more than a decade, it may be time to consider getting a new one.

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Why You Aren’t Getting Even Heating in Your House

January 4th, 2021

airflow-diagramAlthough Florida doesn’t suffer from rough winter weather, proper heating for a home can still be a challenge. A problem that people often run into—and a problem you’re apparently having because you ended up at this blog post—is when the heating system runs, but it sends the heat around the house unevenly. Some rooms may be getting too hot, while others won’t warm up enough. Due to our mild winters, this can sometimes go undetected until the heating system is in serious trouble.

We’ll take a look at some of the reasons your house may be having this uneven heating trouble and see if you’ll need to schedule heating repair in Clearwater, FL, or maybe even a new heater installation. 

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What’s the Best Heating Choice If I Want to Save Money?

December 21st, 2020

piles-of-billsIf you want to save money on heating during the winter, you’ve already made a great choice: you live in a state that has warm winters!

But a climate like Florida’s does present a specific challenge during winter: we still experience cool weather, enough that we need to have home heating systems, and finding a heating system that works at the best energy-efficiency for the short period it runs can be tricky. For a place where winters are often below freezing, putting in a powerful gas furnace is the easy choice. But a powerful heating system may be a wasteful heating system for Florida. 

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The Off-Season Maintenance Steps for Your AC

November 23rd, 2020

air-conditioning-with-flowersAlthough we’re going to call winter the “off-season” for your air conditioning system, we know that this means something different in Florida than it does in, say, Minnesota. The AC won’t shut down and stay off for months. Rather, it will simply see less work. The hot days will still come around and your air conditioning in Wesley Chapel, FL must be ready for them.

This is why taking steps to maintain your air conditioner during the off-season is important. These are basic precautions to ensure the best performance from the system whenever you need it during the coming months. When spring arrives, you can arrange for the professional maintenance the AC requires to handle yet another hot and humid Florida summer.

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Does the Switch From the AC to Heater Create Problems?

November 9th, 2020

sun-and-snowflake-badgeThe weather conditions in Florida can be tricky during the fall and winter. We often deal with weather that doesn’t know exactly what it wants to do, and for a beleaguered homeowner like yourself that can mean not knowing what to do about setting temperatures and turning either the heater or air conditioner on and off. We know this is a problem people in the upper Midwest envy. But this switch back and forth between systems can get bewildering, and it raises some questions.

Here’s one we often hear: “Will I damage my HVAC system if I have to switch it often between heating and cooling?”

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You Had AC Maintenance, Do You Need Heating Maintenance? (Yes!)

October 26th, 2020

cold-house-warm-houseWe already answered the question right in the title. That’s because we don’t want there to be any misunderstanding about the importance of routine heating maintenance for a residential central heating system—even in a warm climate like what we experience in Tampa Bay. Taking your heater for granted year after year can leave you stuck with a major problem one day, and we want you to avoid that.

We find it’s not difficult to convince people to have AC maintenance in Wesley Chapel, FL each spring, although we still have to stress reminders. (We understand how easy it is to put off important “chores” like this, but they do need to be done.) It takes more work with heating maintenance, and we’re here to put in that work in this post. Below are your reminders of why heating maintenance is essential each year.

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Rating Your AC’s Performance Over the Summer

October 12th, 2020

hand-drawing-checkboxAlthough Florida air conditioning systems never get extended breaks, even during winter, the end of the year is the best time to consider making significant changes to a home’s central AC. The weather cools down a bit and you’ll have more time to arrange for a convenient replacement for an aging air conditioner—if that’s what you need.

Is this the fall season when you stop with air conditioning repair in St. Petersburg, FL, and instead opt to have our technicians install a new air conditioner? A big question, and we’d like to help you address it with a thought exercise: give your air conditioning system a rating for how well it performed over the summer. This will help you think about its future and what work, if any, it requires before the next heatwave arrives. (And there’s no guarantee that won’t occur before the end of the year!)

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What to Know About Fall AC Installation

September 28th, 2020

air-conditioner-units-near-grassWhen is the best time to arrange for an AC installation in Wesley Chapel, FL? We can tell you the worst time: it’s whenever you need your current air conditioning system working the most and it abruptly fails on you. An emergency air conditioning replacement is a big deal, and it can mean going without vital household cooling while technicians get a new one in place.

So any time other than when you need an emergency summer replacement is a better time to get a new AC. And the fall is up there with the best time. If you think your AC has gone through its last summer of effective and efficient operation, fall is ideal for calling our technicians to schedule installing a new system. We don’t recommend waiting for the spring, since this is Florida and we never know when we’ll need our air conditioners working hard for us again.

A few things we’d like you to know about a fall AC installation:

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My AC Is Making Rattling Sounds—What Does That Mean?

September 14th, 2020

woman-listening-300x200Odd noises from an air conditioner are rarely anything good. You can expect certain sounds from your AC’s indoor and outdoor components when it’s running:

  • The whir of the motors powering the fans and the compressor.
  • Occasional clicking sounds at startup.
  • The drip of water in the condensate drainage system.
  • The whoosh of air passing through the ductwork.

Sounds aside from this are warning you that’s something is wrong with the air conditioner. One of the most common of these warning sounds is rattling. There are several potential sources for this noise, and if you have any doubts about what’s causing it, it’s time to call for AC repair in Wesley Chapel, FL from our team. We offer 24-hour emergency service—we don’t want you to get trapped with a non-working AC during the Florida heat.

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Ductless Systems Can Work for Homes With Ducts: Here’s How

August 31st, 2020

ductless-acCentral ducted heating and air conditioning systems only started to become common parts of home construction during the 1970s, which was when central AC became standard for homes. Older homes have often had to get by with window AC units. However, the spread of ductless heating and air conditioning systems, a.k.a. ductless mini split heat pumps, made it possible for older homes without ducts to enjoy excellent comfort throughout the house without adding any ducts. These ductless mini splits also permitted home construction without surrendering any space to putting in a ventilation system.

But when it comes to ductless heating and air conditioning in Tampa, FL, there are more uses than just to accommodate homes that have no ductwork. If you live in a house with a standard central AC and heating system, there are still ways a ductless installation can benefit you.

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