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

What Are the Normal Sounds From an AC?

Monday, July 4th, 2022

relaxed-womanAir conditioning systems don’t yet have a way to self-diagnose malfunctions and clearly communicate them to homeowners. (Although we have no doubt this technology will emerge in the future.) Instead, homeowners have to know the various warning signs of an AC that’s struggling. One of the most common warnings is an odd noise. We’ve written before about some of these AC strange sounds to listen for

You can approach warning sounds from the other side as well: what sounds should you expect to hear from your AC when it’s running in good condition? In this post we’ll go over the standard noises an AC makes to give you a better sense of when something sounds wrong so you can act on it and call us for air conditioning repair in Tampa, FL!

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The Benefits of Ductless Air Conditioning

Monday, April 11th, 2022

air-conditioning-ductlessThere are several notable benefits that come with the use of a ductless AC system. With many years of experience in ductless air conditioning in Tampa, FL, we have a firm understanding of what sets such systems apart from traditional HVAC systems.

In this article, we cover a few of those benefits.

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Where Does a Heat Pump Draw Its Heat From on Cold Days?

Monday, December 6th, 2021

cold-house-warm-houseA heat pump is like an air conditioner, except it can run in reverse. On a hot day, a heat pump does the exact same job you expect from an AC. It removes heat from inside the house and then exhausts it outside. If you’ve ever stood beside the condenser unit of your air conditioner when it’s running, you’ll know the feeling of hot air blowing from it. The same thing happens with a heat pump when in cooling mode. On a cold day, a heat pump switches the way the process works: it removes heat from outside and then blows it into the house. 

“Hey, wait a minute…” We can hear the gears in your mind working. Something about this process doesn’t make sense. A heat pump in heating mode is drawing its heat energy from outdoors. But … you only need to run the heat pump in heating mode when it’s cold outside. Where is that heat coming from?

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

Monday, 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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The Fan in Your AC Isn’t Working? Let’s See Why …

Monday, June 8th, 2020

Spinning-fan-closeup.Your air conditioning system contains two fans, both of which are essential for it to provide your home with cool comfort during a Florida summer. The first fan is the indoor fan, the one you hear whirring through most of the day. This fan is responsible for circulating air through the rooms of the house. It also pushes warm air from the return air ducts over the evaporator coil so the air is cooled down. The outdoor fan does the job of exhausting the heat released through the condenser coil to the outside; if it doesn’t work, the AC can’t remove heat from the indoor air.

Because these fans are busy mechanical devices, they can wear down and fail at some point. Regular maintenance can help to head off this problem, but it can’t stop all malfunctions. At some point, you may discover one of the fans isn’t running and your house is rapidly getting hot. Usually, you will need air conditioning repair in Tampa, FL to get the fan working again.

Below are some of the reasons you may have failed AC fans.

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Ways Your Local HVAC Pros Can Help With Better Cooling This Year

Monday, March 30th, 2020

air-conditioning-collageIf you spent the last summer feeling you weren’t getting the cooling you deserved in your house, we are glad you stopped by. We’re an HVAC company in Tampa, FL that’s dedicated to quality, integrity, and professionalism in all we do. It’s our goal to help you enjoy better indoor comfort for your entire household. We treat every customer like family.

So … how can we help improve your cooling this year? We have plenty of ways! Below are a few. Please call our office to find out more.

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Spring Into Warmer Weather With Our Premiere Service Agreement

Monday, March 2nd, 2020

It’s March, and that means it’s the season of air conditioning maintenance in Tampa, FL. In colder parts of the country, homeowners can delay a bit deeper into the spring before they start thinking about tuning-up their ACs to take on the heat. We have to be more on our toes in Florida since warm weather never really goes away for long. Technically, it’s not even Spring yet, but March is the ideal time to put AC maintenance on your calendar. It’s one of the best things you can have done for your household comfort during the year.

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Planning for a New AC This Coming Spring? Let Us Help

Monday, February 17th, 2020

air-conditioner-on-leavesIf you’re considering an AC installation this approaching summer to replace your old system, now is a good time to plan for it. Our local warm weather means intense heat can arrive early, and February and March are good months to get started on planning for future cooling needs.

But you can’t install a central air conditioning system on your own as a do-it-yourself project. The work is too complicated and even selecting the right unit must be left to professionals. As soon as you think you’re ready to move with a new air conditioning installation in Tampa, FL, call our team and we’ll arrange to provide you all the help you need.

But first, a few things to consider when it comes to a new AC:

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How a Heat Pump Gets Heat From Outside

Monday, November 11th, 2019

cold-house-warm-houseWe recommend heat pump installations to many of our customers because they are an excellent option for comfort in the Tampa Bay climate. For those who aren’t familiar with this HVAC system, they are refrigerant-based cooling and heating systems that operate similar to air conditioners. The difference is that a heat pump can work in both directions when it comes to moving heat. An AC moves heat outside of the house to cool the air. A heat pump can also do that, but with only a basic adjustment, it can move heat from outside the house and release it indoors, warming the space.

This is usually where people who don’t know about heat pumps raise their hand with a question: “Since I’ll only use the heat pump in heating mode when it’s cold outside, how is the heat pump getting any heat from the outside air?”

It does seem strange, but the explanation is a simple one.

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Fall HVAC Maintenance: Now’s the Time to Schedule It

Monday, October 28th, 2019

furnace-repair-technicianYou may not think of winter as a “rough” time for weather in the Tampa Bay Area. The mild winters here are one of the reasons we’re a major vacation destination. But mild doesn’t mean we never run into chilly days. Our homes need to have effective heating systems we can trust to come on when we need them, and not to waste money when they run.

This is why we recommend you schedule HVAC maintenance in the fall to prepare your heating system and to ensure the ventilation system is also in good shape. If you have a heat pump, this is especially important: a heat pump works all year round, and after a summer of handling the heat in your home, it might not be in the best shape to handle cool weather. A heat pump must have bi-annual maintenance service to keep it in great shape.

There are other reasons why staying current with annual fall HVAC maintenance is essential:

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