Balanced Air, Inc. Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Clearwater’

Evaporator Coil Freeze: Why It’s a Problem and How to Solve It

Monday, August 2nd, 2021

ice-cubesOne of the problems that can trouble an air conditioner is when the evaporator coil—the indoor coil of the system—freezes over with ice. When people see this happen to their air conditioners, they may assume it means the ACs are working too hard and creating excess cool air. But coil freeze isn’t a sign of an AC that’s working too hard. Usually, it means the evaporator coil isn’t able to cool enough.

We know that sounds confusing, but we’ll explain below. Evaporator coil freeze is a major problem that will likely require you to call for professional AC repair in Clearwater, FL, and we want to help you understand what may be going on.

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Does My AC Dehumidify My Home’s Air?

Monday, 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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Don’t Let AC Maintenance Slip Past This Spring

Monday, 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

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

Monday, 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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Why You Aren’t Getting Even Heating in Your House

Monday, 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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Problems With Broken Ductless Heating Units

Monday, December 23rd, 2019

ductless-mini-splitUsing a ductless mini split heat pump for your winter warmth is one of the best methods available—especially in Florida, where the energy efficiency of a heat pump is an ideal match for our mild winters. Ductless systems take away the hassles of ducts and allow more flexible comfort options for both older homes and new home construction. Without ducts, an HVAC system will need fewer repairs. Ducts can be the source of several heating and AC problems, and with a ductless mini split, they simply vanish.

But not all problems leading to heating repair in Clearwater, FL vanish along with the ducts. During the winter, you may encounter broken ductless heating units. We’re going to take a look into some of these problems, how they happen, and what can be done about them.

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Your AC Has Cooling Limits: Here’s What They Are

Monday, September 30th, 2019

heat-wave-with-fanHave you ever wondered just how cold the central air conditioning system can make your home? You probably already know what the lowest setting on the thermostat is. For most models, it’s 60°F, which is plenty cool. Too cool for most. But in case of an extremely hot day, how much power can you force from the AC? How much cool air can you blast into the home to keep you as comfortable as you want?

We’re glad you’re asking these questions, regardless of whether you’re in a bind with the heat or you’re just curious. Understanding the limits of a central air conditioning system can help you operate it better, give it a longer service life, lower the cost to run it, and reduce the number of repairs it needs.

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Is a Heat Pump Less Powerful at Cooling Than an AC?

Monday, April 15th, 2019

sun-and-snowflake-badgeHeat pumps are a popular option for home comfort in Tampa Bay because they provide air conditioning and heating in one unit. A big benefit of a heat pump in this climate is the energy efficiency of heating mode, which drains less power than a standard electric furnace. A heat pump spends most of the year in cooling mode, but on the few days when it needs to turn to heating mode, it won’t place an enormous demand for electrical power.

Unfortunately, the dual-function of heat pumps—heating and cooling—often leads to a misunderstanding about how they work. People sometimes believe that a heat pump will not be as powerful a cooling system as a stand-alone air conditioner, which can dedicate all its power to cooling. Thankfully, this isn’t true.

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A Few Misunderstandings About Heat Pumps

Monday, January 7th, 2019

air-conditioning-tool-bagWe’re big on heat pumps for home comfort! There are few options for cooling and heating a house in Wesley Chapel that are better than installing a heat pump. There are numerous great benefits from heat pumps, and here are just a few:

  • Heating and cooling in one unit
  • Reduced cost for heating compared to other electric heaters
  • Safe operation

But whether you already have a heat pump, or you are considering one for your next installation, we’d like you to know about some common misconceptions about them and clear them up. Our team is available to answer any questions you may have, and we can schedule fast service to repair a heat pump or schedule an installation. We always give honest answers and won’t try to upsell you on anything you don’t need.

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