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I Can’t Get My Heat Pump to, Well, Heat!

December 10th, 2018

man-keping-warmThe Tampa Bay winters are mild and often wonderful. But we can’t guarantee you’ll go through the whole season without needing to switch your heat pump over from cooling mode to heating mode. The reason to have a heat pump in the first place is to easily handle the occasional cool days without having to install a separate comfort system. You’ve got air conditioning and heating packed together in a single unit!

But what if you finally switch the heat pump into it’s heating mode, and the only air coming from the vents is either room temperature or cool? Something’s wrong, and we’re here to guide you through what it might be.

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Wrangle Higher Heating Bills With These Tips

November 26th, 2018

pile-of-moneyWinters in Florida aren’t harsh, but homeowners often spend more on heating their homes during this time than they should. With mild cold temperatures, it’s easy to develop home comfort habits that just aren’t “best practices.” If you look at your energy bills during the winter months and think they should be lower than they are, you may have fallen into a few heating traps that are draining money.

In this post, we’re going to look at a few ways you can take control over heating costs during one of our winters.

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Figuring Out AC and Heat Pump Efficiency Ratings

November 12th, 2018

air-conditioner-units-near-grassIt’s another warm fall here in the Tampa Bay area, and air conditioners are still doing steady work. You can expect to have your air conditioner whirring away at least a few times during the coming winter as well. So there’s never a “bad” time for replacing central air conditioning in Clearwater, FL. If your AC is falling down on the job, older than 15 years, or driving your electrical bills into the stratosphere, then now is when to call us to arrange for a new air conditioner (or heat pump if you use one).

There are many factors to consider when purchasing a new AC/heat pump. Our technicians will help you with all the steps so you end up with the ideal new system for comfort. In this post, we’re going to look at a part of air conditioner and heat pump performance that often confuses homeowners, and that’s the efficiency rating. Understanding how efficiency is rated on ACs and heat pumps will make the selection process easier.

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A Reminder About Heat Pump Maintenance: Do It Twice a Year!

October 29th, 2018

cold-house-warm-houseWe love heat pumps here in the Tampa Bay Area. There are few comfort systems more suited to the Florida climate: powerful air conditioning for the long summers, and energy efficient heating to handle the short cold periods. A heat pump is the comfort you want, when you want it, without paying too much.

But if a heat pump doesn’t receive regular maintenance from professionals during the year, it can soon become expensive to run and will turn unreliable. It may even fail years before it’s time. Unlike a standard air conditioner, which needs annual maintenance, a heat pump needs bi-annual maintenance. Yes, that means you need to schedule maintenance service for it in the fall as well as the spring.

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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
old-air-conditioner

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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