The A/C Guy of Tampa Bay Inc Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Tampa’

How You Can Add Central AC to Your Older Home

Monday, November 18th, 2019
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Are you sick of using window air conditioners to provide cooling to your house? We don’t blame you. Although a window air conditioner can cool down a medium-sized room, it can struggle with larger areas—unless you add extra window units. Window ACs also block up light entering your house, look ugly on the outside of the house, create too much noise, and have poor energy efficiency.

But if you’ve never had central air conditioning in your home, how can you have a new AC system installed in Tampa, FL that will provide cooling throughout the rooms? Are window ACs the only affordable choice?

The answer is no. You may be surprised at how easy and affordable making the conversion to central cooling is.

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Give Your Air Conditioning a Summer “Report Card”

Monday, September 9th, 2019

Children are heading back to school, and in a few months they’ll start bringing home report cards. But you can hand out a report card before school starts: a report card for your air conditioning system. How did it perform its job this summer? Did it sail through the season and keep those electrical bills steady? Or did it hit a few bumps along the way?

Here’s a guide to help you grade your AC:

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What Low Refrigerant Can Do to An Air Conditioner

Monday, August 26th, 2019

air-conditioning-manometer-pressure-refrigerantAn air conditioning system is manufactured to use a specific amount of chemical refrigerant. This is known as an air conditioner’s charge. People often make the mistake of thinking refrigerant is an energy source for an air conditioner. It isn’t. The energy source of an air conditioner is electricity. Refrigerant is the heat transference medium that allows the air conditioner to move thermal energy outside of the house (cooling the indoor air) and exhausting it. The refrigerant evaporates and condenses in a cycle and never dissipates—so it will never get “used up.”

That doesn’t mean it can’t have a low charge, however! An amateur may have put the wrong charge in the AC when it was installed. The refrigerant lines can also corrode and develop leaks. Whatever the cause of an undercharged air conditioner, it means a range of problems and eventually a broken down AC.

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Why You Must Have Professionals for an AC Installation

Monday, August 12th, 2019

hand-holding-wrenchThe best way to ensure a great AC installation is to work with licensed HVAC professionals. In fact, this is the only way to do it—unless you are an HVAC professional yourself. Trying to take on the installation job on your own or allowing an amateur to do it is a big “nope.”

We understand the urge to save money with household jobs. It makes good sense to find places where you can trim annual spending. But it also makes good sense to know where trimming isn’t useful—where it can be harmful and end up costing you more in the long run. Allowing non-professional AC installation is one of those cases!

Below are reasons why you must never turn this task over to yourself or anyone else who lacks proper licensing.

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When a Ductless System Installation Makes Sense

Monday, July 29th, 2019

ductless-mini-splitUsing ductless air conditioning in Tampa, FL is a popular choice for many homeowners. Ductless systems are common in Europe and Japan—in fact, more common than standard split system air conditioners—and over the last decade have made a major impact in the US for both homes and businesses. They aren’t universal yet, however, so we’re going to go over times when installing a ductless heating and cooling system is a sensible move. You can speak to our HVAC experts for more information about ductless mini splits and when they can be the best benefit to a home.

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Troubleshooting a Failed Air Conditioning System

Monday, July 15th, 2019

wrenchesWhen it’s one of the hottest days of the summer in Tampa Bay, what’s the last appliance in your home you want to break down? We can’t imagine you’d answer anything other than “the air conditioning system.” We need our household air conditioners running at peak reliability through the season, and often long past it. This is why we always stress the importance of scheduling annual maintenance in spring for ACs; it’s the best “insurance policy” against a system suffering an abrupt shutdown during the heat.

But no amount of planning can stop all AC breakdowns. If you find yourself trapped in a boiling hot home with a failed cooling system, you’ll want fast AC repair in Tampa, FL. We can provide this work for you—but we also want to help you find out if there’s a simple problem behind the AC shutdown you can remedy yourself.

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Can a Heat Pump Keep Up With Florida Summers?

Monday, July 1st, 2019

woman-in-front-of-fan-hand-on-headHeat pumps are becoming more and more popular for home comfort, especially here in Florida. But even with heat pumps popping up in a larger number of houses than ever before, the general public has many misunderstandings about what they are how they operate—and that makes it more difficult to know if a heat pump might be a good installation for home comfort.

The question in the title comes from one of these misunderstandings. Heat pumps are comfort systems that both heat and cool, leading to people thinking that they can’t do either job as well as a standalone air conditioner or heater. Here in Florida, where heating isn’t the main comfort concern, homeowners want to know if a heat pump in cooling mode can manage the intense summer weather as well as an air conditioner.

The answer is yes! But there is a caveat.

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If My AC’s Compressor Breaks, Do I Need a New System?

Monday, June 17th, 2019

compressor-in-ac-unitThe compressor is the literal heart of a central air conditioning system: it’s what causes refrigerant to move through the rest of the system and transfer heat from the inside to the outside. When a compressor fails, the AC fails. The fans may still run, but no cool air will come from the vents.

Because the compressor is such a vital component, and an expensive one to replace, a homeowner must face a big choice about what to do next.

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The Power of UV Lights for Cleaning Your Air

Monday, June 3rd, 2019

UV-air-purifier-lightHomes across the US frequently have issues with indoor air quality. Because modern houses are designed to prevent loss or gain of heat through open areas, there’s little chance for fresh air circulation to clean out the concentration of indoor contaminants.

Here in Tampa Bay, one of the biggest indoor air quality challenges we face is organic pollutants. Our high humidity makes it easy for mold to develop in parts of our homes, and it also creates a fertile environment for microbes and viruses. Proper humidity control can help alleviate the source of the problem, but when it comes to cleaning these harmful spores and microbes from the air, the best solution is UV lights, a.k.a. UV air purifiers.

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The Benefits of a Central Air Conditioner

Monday, May 20th, 2019

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Electro-mechanical air conditioning was invented at the start of the 20th century, but it wasn’t until the 1950s that it entered homes in a big way because of the availability of window AC units. Even today, many homes still use window units to provide cooling in their home. But central air conditioning systems are a better option, for a variety of reasons.

Below we’ve listed the major benefits of using central air conditioning in Tampa, FL rather than window units for a house.

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