The A/C Guy of Tampa Bay Inc Blog: Archive for the ‘Air Conditioning’ Category

“Fan Only” vs. “Air Conditioning”: What’s the Difference?

Monday, April 19th, 2021
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In our last post, we explored a topic that’s always popular with homeowners: ways to save money. Specifically, how to lower the cost of cooling a home in the summer. It’s not hard to find ways to reduce how much you use your AC, and our technicians can help out with installations like dehumidifiers and high-efficiency ACs.

We didn’t touch on one way to lower AC costs in the last post, which is “fan only” mode. We’re going to address it here because it’s not exactly a way to save money, but it’s something important to know about.

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Beating the High Cost of Staying Cool: Our AC Tips!

Monday, April 5th, 2021
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The cost of heating a home in Florida during the year can be steep. Not only do we have intensely hot summers, we also have high humidity that makes it even hard for people to stay cool. Our summers are also long, with hot weather stretching through both spring and fall. 

We can’t work any magic that will make cooling your home free. But we can offer some advice about lowering how much it costs to get through a summer with your air conditioning in Tampa, FL. You may not have realized the way energy goes to waste and what you can do to turn it around.

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Is This the Year You Get a High-Efficiency AC?

Monday, March 22nd, 2021
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We can’t answer this question for you, not in a blog post. But if you are in the position of considering replacing your current mid-efficiency air conditioner with a high-efficiency one, we can help you with the decision. When it comes to an AC installation, you always want the assistance of professionals from early in the process. You must have pros to put the system in place and connect it so it works its best (as well as dispose of the previous unit). But you also need them to help you pick the ideal new AC for your needs and see that it’s correctly sized. 

So let’s talk a bit about high-efficiency air conditioners. When you’re ready to take the next step, call our team for air conditioning service in Oldsmar, FL and we’ll get you headed in the right direction.

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Good News: It’s About Time to Prep Your AC for Warm Weather!

Monday, March 8th, 2021
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It’s true that warm weather could always be around the corner in Tampa Bay, even in January. We never experience deep cold winters. But we do have seasonal changes, and we’re coming to the point where we’ll start to enjoy warm weather almost every day. That’s great for those of us who love living in the Sunshine State.

And what better way to celebrate the coming of warm weather than to have your AC maintained!

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Ways to Improve Your AC In Fall

Monday, October 19th, 2020
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Florida is definitely an “air conditioning state,” since we use our ACs around the year. We use them less during winter, but it’s never long before we have to switch them back on. So while fall may be a time when people in northern states stop thinking about their air conditioning systems altogether, we still need to give some thought to helping our cooling systems make it to April and their next scheduled regular maintenance. 

In this post, we’ll examine some ways you can make your air conditioning system better in the fall so it’s prepared for any surprises.

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Is an Air Conditioning System Done When It’s Older Than 15 Years?

Monday, October 5th, 2020
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We know you want to get the most work from your home’s air conditioning in Tampa, FL, and that means getting the longest service life from it. But you don’t want to continue to run an air conditioner into the ground—keeping a system running year after year until it finally breaks down isn’t wise. For one thing, it means having to schedule an emergency replacement that can leave you trapped in the heat until the new system is in place. You want to have a new air conditioning system installed on your schedule, not the air conditioner’s. For another, an AC that is past its prime will waste large amounts of power, sometimes costing 25% more to run than it once did, and rack up repair bills.

So it’s best to have an AC replaced when it’s on the cusp of starting to decline, and 15 years is often a good point to have this done.

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Can I Size My Own Air Conditioning System for Installation?

Monday, September 21st, 2020
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Sizing an air conditioner means finding how powerful an AC is necessary to provide the specific amount of comfort for an interior space. If you are looking for a new central air conditioner for your house, you need to have the system sized so it provides your household with the comfort level it needs during even the hottest weather. Sizing is about more than ensuring a new AC system is powerful enough; it also ensures the system isn’t too powerful. A properly sized air conditioner falls between the extremes of oversized and undersized.

How is sizing done, and is it something you can handle on your own before?

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Are Heat Pumps as Good at Cooling as Air Conditioners?

Monday, September 7th, 2020

Heat pumps are common installations in Tampa Bay because they are a wonderful fit for our climate. Heat pumps are both heating and cooling systems, which is good for almost any part of the country, but there are features that make them particularly suited to Florida. One of them is their heating ability. We don’t rely as much on heating systems as much as air conditioning systems in the warm climate of Florida, and heat pumps are able to provide electric heating that doesn’t drain enormous amounts of energy (a problem with electric furnaces). Heat pumps can have trouble with extreme cold weather, but we don’t have that issue, so as heating systems, heat pumps are exactly right for us.

But … what about air conditioning? What about cooling? Is a heat pump at the same level of cooling as a standard air conditioner? This is important to know because hot weather is what we deal with the most in Florida.

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Why Do I Hear Running Water in My AC?

Monday, August 24th, 2020
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A common sound of a hot summer day is the occasional drip of water coming from a running air conditioning system. This sound is normal. As normal as the whirr of the fan blades and the hum of the compressor turning on and off. Your air conditioner doesn’t use water to cool the crisp and relaxing air sent around your house, but water is a byproduct of how the AC does its vital job.

In this post we’ll explain why the air conditioner is dripping water, which also explains some of the basic functions of the AC, as well as when dripping water may turn into a problem. If you do have troubles with a leaking air conditioner and need fast AC repairs in Tampa, FL, our skilled and speedy technicians are the people to call.

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How Long Can I Delay Getting a New AC?

Monday, August 10th, 2020
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If you’re asking the question about how long you can delay scheduling a new air conditioning installation in Tampa, FL, then you should probably ask yourself some additional questions. Such as, why you’re asking the question in the first place. “Delays” are rarely positive, and if the “delay” you’re talking about is actually procrastination, then we have to tell you that this puts the comfort of your house in jeopardy. Late summer in Florida is a rough time for heat and humidity, and procrastinating about replacing an AC in bad condition can lead to you being trapped with a busted AC while you wait for a replacement.

Yes, our team of air conditioning pros will get on the job of replacing a failed system as soon as possible. But we know you’d rather skip an emergency replacement. So let’s go into some details to see if you’re delay is too long.

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