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Why Does My AC Cost So Much to Run?

July 17th, 2017

ac-cost-so-much-to-run-whySummer is here! Alright, so we probably didn’t need to tell you that. But this is the time of year for fun, for sun, and for—oh yeah, bills. It’s estimated that your HVAC systems account for about half of all your energy use, which means they contribute pretty heavily to your utility costs. And air conditioners, which we use the majority of the year here in Florida, are complex machines with a lot of moving components—components which, if working ineffectively, can increase your utility bills even more.

If you’ve discovered that your cooling costs are higher than last year’s, or if they are higher than your neighbor’s cooling bills despite comparable use, then the best thing to do is call in our professionals to assess the situation and determine the air conditioning services in Lutz, FL that would be best for you. If you haven’t had your air conditioner tune-up in the last year (or last 6 months, if you’re utilizing a heat pump) then the first step we’re going to recommend is scheduling professional AC maintenance. In the meantime, we’re happy to share with you some reasons that your cooling system may be costing you too much to run this year:

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It’s Never Too Late to Tune-Up Your AC!

July 3rd, 2017

tune-up-ac-never-too-lateIf you’ve followed our blog in the past, then you’ve seen us discuss maintenance, a few times. And you likely have heard that the best time to schedule a maintenance tune-up for your cooling system is in the early spring, to prepare it for the demand to be placed on it through our very long summers. After all, once that daily temperature rises to the point that you’re using your AC for 24 hours straight, you’ll want to know that no damage will occur due to neglect.

But what if you haven’t scheduled your Tampa, FL air conditioning maintenance appointment yet? Is it too late—should you just wait until next year? Doing so is a lot like gambling—you never know what’s going to happen. You may be just fine, or you might find yourself stuck without any cooling during one of the hottest days of the year. Not only is this of course uncomfortable, but it can be unhealthy—particularly if you have young kids or anyone elderly in your household.

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Preventing a Common Post-Flood Problem

June 19th, 2017

preventing-common-post-flood-problemWe mentioned in our last blog post that forecasters are predicting a less active hurricane season than in years prior, this summer. However, it’s important to remember that there is no fool-proof way to predict what we will and won’t see in terms of tropical storm activity. And unfortunately, even the most minor hurricane can bring major flooding into your home—even with preventive measures in place.

A flood is messy and inconvenient enough without thinking about its future implications—but even so, it’s important to remember what can develop as a result—mold. Mold can be a result of plumbing or storm damage of course, but it can also be the cause of poor indoor air quality in Wesley Chapel, FL, and impending illness. Whichever the case, the point is that you don’t want mold in your home! So, how do you prevent this post-flood?

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Consider Your Comfort This Hurricane Season

June 5th, 2017

hurricane-season-consider-comfortForecasters are predicting that this year’s hurricane season will bring fewer storms than normal, which is something we all definitely hope is the case! Still though, while we may see slightly less wind activity—and of course, your safety is top priority this time of year—there are still some factors that remain unchanged year-to-year. For example, with the excess moisture in the air, comes excess indoor humidity.

When the relative humidity in your home reaches about 50% (30-50% is the range of comfort) it means there is too much moisture, and it will be harder for you to cool down, as your sweat will not evaporate as easily. Excess humidity also causes problems for your property and your cooling system. Fortunately, there is a solution—a Land O’ Lakes, FL dehumidifier installation.

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6 Ways One Water Treatment Product Can Help Your Home

May 22nd, 2017

water-treatment-helps-homeThrough your municipal water company, your water supply goes through a high level of filtration and conditioning before it reaches your faucets and appliances. Even if you utilize well water from a natural source, it’s likely that you have your own water treatment system installed. But whatever source you get your water from, there is still one threat to the quality of your water—hard water.

This is the name for water that has a high concentration of minerals in it—namely, calcium and magnesium. These aren’t inherently harmful to the human body, but they certainly can and do impact quality of life. Additionally, they cause damage to your plumbing system. What you need to help your home is professional Carrollwood, FL water softener services. But how exactly does a water softener help your home?

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Why Can’t I Stop My Under-Sink Plumbing Leak?

May 8th, 2017

under-sink-plumbing-leakPlumbing leaks are easily one of the most frustrating and annoying home comfort problems to deal with, particularly when it seems like something that should be an easy fix that you can handle on your own. Leaks waste water and create messes, and they can happen for a multitude of different reasons.

With the right Lutz, FL professional plumbing services, you’ll have a team who is not only able to discover the exact location of the leak, but determine the cause and reduce the chance of it happening again.

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7 Negative Effects of Hard Water

April 24th, 2017

hard-water-negative-effectsHard water is likely something you’ve heard about before, but do you know exactly what it is? Hard water occurs when there is magnesium and calcium present in your plumbing system—these minerals cause a number of issues that while not necessarily unhealthy, can have a negative impact on your quality of life, as well as the health of your plumbing system.

The right Tampa, FL water treatment system—specifically, a water softener—can make all the difference. Keep reading to learn about 7 negative effects that hard water can have, and how a water softener can help.

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Here’s Why Your AC System May be Struggling

April 10th, 2017

ac-system-struggling-whyTemperatures may have cooled off to some extent this past week, but you know as well as we do that you’re going to need your air conditioner to function as efficiently and effectively as its meant to for the coming months. That means that if your air conditioner is struggling at all to do its job, now is the best time to call for Wesley Chapel, FL AC services.

What can you expect when your service professional comes out? Well, it depends on what sort of trouble you’re having with your cooling unit. For example, if it’s blowing out air but it doesn’t feel as cold as you think it should, you may have a refrigerant leak. Or if it’s making a loud and unfamiliar noise, there could be a loose part within it. Keep reading to learn about some of the common reasons an air conditioner may malfunction.

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Air Conditioning Maintenance: What Is It, Exactly?

March 27th, 2017

what-is-air-conditioning-maintenanceIt never really cooled down too much during our “heating” season. And with spring officially here, it’s only a matter of time until we begin using our air conditioners on a daily basis—if you aren’t already. As such, it’s imperative that you ensure that it is properly cared for, with routine Land O’ Lakes, FL air conditioning maintenance.

You’ll often hear us tout the benefits of routine air conditioner maintenance—improved energy efficiency, reduced repairs, longer lifespan, and financial savings. But perhaps you’re more concerned with the process and how disruptive it may be. We’d like to help you understand exactly what happens during an air conditioner tune-up so you know what to expect when you schedule your next appointment with us.

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Stop Bathroom Plumbing Troubles before They Start

March 13th, 2017

bathroom-plumbing-issues-stopThis may be an obvious statement, but the best way to solve common bathroom plumbing issues is to prevent them from happening in the first place. Of course, some plumbing problems are unavoidable—such as if you weren’t aware you had older, corroded piping and it springs a leak.

However, there are a number of steps you can take to protect your Carrollwood, FL bathroom plumbing, some of which we’ve outlined below. And when you do have a plumbing issue that you can’t resolve on your own—most of the time you shouldn’t try—you have our team on your side!

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