With Spring Approaching, Is It Time to Get a New Heating System?

March 7th, 2022
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It’s almost spring, and warm weather always arrives early in Florida—in fact, it never truly goes away. You probably needed to rely on your heating system at some points during this winter, but soon you’ll have the heater shut down for most of the middle of the year.

Spring is a good time to assess your home’s heating in Dunedin, FL—specifically, whether it’s the right time to replace the heater with a new one. You can think over how well the heater worked for you in the past few months, and if you do decide that you want to replace it, you’ll have an excellent opportunity during the slower months of spring to arrange with our HVAC technicians to do the job.

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Dealing With Allergy Season in Your Home

February 21st, 2022
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What does allergy season mean? You’ve probably experienced what it feels like—sneezing, congestion, eye and nose irritation. But why does it happen when it does? The reason is that as the weather begins warming up in spring, it increases the bloom of several plants that send pollen into the air, most notably ragweed. Allergy season can be extremely serious in Florida, and it often strikes early because our winter season is short. 

What are the best ways to deal with allergy season in your home? Believe it or not, your local HVAC pros here at the A/C Guy of Tampa Bay have ways to ease your allergy season burdens. We’ll get into more details below.

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Troubleshooting a Heater That Won’t Turn On

February 7th, 2022
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We’re getting more cold weather this season than usual for Florida, so we hope you remembered to have annual heater service in Clearwater, FL through our maintenance plan. (If you haven’t, it’s not too late to sign up!) Maintenance can stop the majority of heater malfunctions, but not all of them. You may run into that most dreaded of all heating problems: a heater that won’t turn on.

When this happens, you don’t need to panic. If your furnace or heat pump needs professional repairs, all you have to do is call The A/C Guy of Tampa Bay and we’ll see the problem is fixed. Before you call us, however, you can go through several troubleshooting steps. The heating system may not have as big a problem as it at first seems, and going through these checks may get the system working again. 

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What Are Those Odd Odors From the Furnace?

January 24th, 2022
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Your furnace shouldn’t smell like … well, much of anything. Neither the system itself nor the heated air it sends into your home. Basically, it should smell like your home usually does during our short winters. 

So when you notice an unusual smell—moldy, dusty, acrid, sulfurous, etc.—coming from your furnace, it may indicate a malfunction that requires professional furnace service in Tampa, FL. Please don’t hesitate when it comes to weird odors from your HVAC system, as they can sometimes alert you to a safety hazard. Even if the situation isn’t as serious as that, these odors often warn that a furnace needs repairs before it stops working.

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The New Year Is Not Too Late for Heating Maintenance!

January 10th, 2022
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The New Year is here and our weather is … nice! Pleasant days in the 70s. This is why Tampa is such a popular spot for winter vacations. And during weather like this, it’s easy to forget that you have a heating system in your home that needs regular service to keep it in prime condition. The winter isn’t always sunny days for us—the cold snaps and storms will make an effective home heater a necessity.

So we want to talk to you about maintenance for your heater. Have you had it done already? If you have, great. If you haven’t, we don’t want you to believe that the start of a new year means the opportunity has passed and you might as well forget about it until fall. This isn’t the case at all! Since our winter weather tends to arrive late, you may be right on time with scheduling heating maintenance now.

But is there any harm in skipping it for a year? Well, yes. The benefits of heating maintenance are tremendous, and we want to remind you what you can avoid when you stay current with it for each winter.

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Understanding Air Filter Strength

December 27th, 2021
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We offer several ways to help local homes enjoy cleaner, healthier indoor air, such as installing a powerful air purifier in St. Petersburg, FL. But when most homeowners get started with indoor air quality improvements, they first look at air filtration systems. These are the baseline for healthier air: they physically trap particles trying to circulate through the HVAC system. Professionals only have to find the right types of filters and integrate them into the ductwork and they’ll start doing their job.

Let’s go back to that last sentence: the right types of filters. This is a key part of air filtration installation, and one of the reasons it’s necessary to have professionals handle the job. The strength of an air filter can make or break an indoor air quality installation. In this post, we’ll examine in more detail air filter strength and its impact.

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Questions to Ask Yourself When Getting a New Central AC

December 13th, 2021
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A new AC installation in St. Petersburg, FL can be a big deal for your house. We live in a warm and humid climate where air conditioners are essential almost year-round. When you’re planning on getting a new air conditioner, either to replace an older one or as the first AC for a house, you don’t want to rush into grabbing just anything. We recommend you start working early with our technicians so we can assist you with selecting the unit to meet your needs. We’re here to do more than just put the new AC in place—we want to see you have the right cooling that will last for years and help you lower energy costs.

As you start the process of getting a new air conditioner, ask yourself the following questions. They’ll help you focus on what you need the most from your new cooling system.

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How Your Home’s Ducts Can Suffer Damage

November 15th, 2021
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Indoor air quality is a major concern for many homeowners, and helping people to improve their indoor air quality is one of our major concerns as well. We offer numerous ways to help improve a home’s air, such as installing a dehumidifier or air purifier in Dunedin, FL

But often the biggest opponent of enjoying fresh, healthy, and humidity-balanced air is damaged ductwork. Leaky ducts are tricky because they hide out of sight, creating problems people may attribute to other sources. In fact, people are often unaware of the many ways their ducts can become damaged. As you’ll find out below, your ducts have several enemies that can harm them and end up affecting your HVAC system and indoor air quality…

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How You Can Help a Struggling Air Conditioner

November 1st, 2021
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One of the difficulties we face with air conditioners in Florida is that they don’t get lengthy breaks. The standard for air conditioners in most of the country is a steady summer of use, shorter periods of use in spring and fall, and then a winter where they may not turn on at all. But we need to have our ACs ready to work all through the year, and this means they take on a lot more stress. 

As winter gets nearer, you may run into an air conditioner that’s starting to struggle to keep the house cool on warm days. This might be the result of the strain on the air conditioner, or it could be a malfunction. We’ll look at what you can do when you have an AC that isn’t living up to expectations.

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Your Heat Pump Needs Maintenance in Fall as Well as Spring

October 18th, 2021
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A Florida winter isn’t as intimidating a prospect as, say, a Wisconsin winter. We experience mild cool weather and rain, and the occasional days when people need jackets. Our climate is one of the reasons that heat pumps are such popular options for local home comfort: a heat pump operates as a powerful air conditioning system during much of the year, but it can also manage heating without much trouble when the outdoor temperatures aren’t too low. A heat pump is a great all-seasons comfort system for Florida.

If you use a heat pump for your house, we have an important reminder: schedule maintenance for the heat pump this fall. People often forget to have this done because they assume a heat pump only needs maintenance once a year in spring. After all, air conditioning systems only need maintenance in spring. But even though heat pumps resemble air conditioners in how they run, they have different maintenance requirements.

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