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Tank vs. Tankless: Finding the Right Water Heater for You

September 11th, 2017

tankless water heater unit on floor inside homeWhen it comes to finding the right Trinity, FL water heater, many homeowners opt to go with the traditional storage tank water heater. This is suitable for many homes, and might be the best fit for yours. However, we urge you to consider a tankless system when the time comes. The reason for this is that tankless systems offer a number of benefits to household, including an unlimited supply of hot water, a longer lifespan, and a reduction in energy bills.

With any new technology, however, come some misconceptions. Unfortunately, these misconceptions can lead you to make the wrong choice for your home. While forgoing the more recent tankless system for a conventional storage tank water heater isn’t a bad idea, you could be paying more than necessary to heat your water. Keep reading for additional benefits to tankless water heaters, and see how we bust some common myths about these systems.

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HURRICANE TIPS FOR YOUR A/C

September 6th, 2017

 

Getting your home ready for a hurricane is a major undertaking. One of the items you should consider is your home’s central air conditioning system. Here are some things to consider when prepping your home for any major storm.

Before the Storm…

  • Check the hurricane straps which hold the outside condenser unit to the concrete hurricane pad; insure they are in good condition.Hurricane Strap
  • Remove any surrounding objects and debris from around the outdoor units.
    • ex: Patio furniture, yard equipment and lawn ornaments should be moved into a storage shed or inside the house and trim trees or shrubs to avoid damage.
  • Lower the temperature several degrees cooler than your usual preferred indoor temperature. This pre-cools your home and helps to keep your home cooler during and after the storm passes.

As the Storm Arrives…

  • TURN YOUR AIR CONDITIONER OFF both at the thermostat and the circuit breaker.
  • KEEP YOUR SYSTEM OFF DURING THE STORM. Power surges are a concern with any Florida storm. The constant power interruptions associated with major storms can cause your system to suffer serious damage.
  • Cover the outside unit with a heavy tarp or wooden cage, secured to the concrete hurricane slab; this helps to prevent flying debris from puncturing the coil or compressor.

After the Storm Passes…

  • When it is safe to go outside, remove any covering and inspect your air conditioner.
    • Was the A/C unit underwater at any point?
    • Are all refrigerant and electrical lines intact?
    • Is the condenser fan and the coil free of debris?
    • Do you hear a hissing noise like something is leaking air?
  • If anything looks damaged, like it has been submerged or out of the ordinary DO NOT START UP. Call for an Emergency Service Appointment.
  • If all seems ok after your inspection, turn your A/C back on as soon as possible, first at the circuit breaker then at the thermostat.
    • Leaving your a/c off for too long can give mold an opportunity to establish a foothold in your system and ducts.
  • Make sure to continually inspect your A/C system after starting it up. If you detect any evidence of electrical smoke…turn the system off. The storm may have damaged your system and operating it can make things worse.

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Improve Your Quality of Life with the Right Water Treatment

August 28th, 2017

water softener salt tankWhen you think about your Riverview, FL plumbing system and the things that can go wrong with it, you probably envision drain clogs, massive leaks, or maybe even broken sewer lines due to tree roots. But how often do you think about the quality of the water making its way through all of those pipes in your home?

It’s true, the Hillsborough County water & sewer municipality does an effective job of supplying us with clean and reliable drinking and potable water. But even the best municipal supply cannot always prevent the presence of hard water. Hard water is a description given to water that has high levels of minerals in it, namely magnesium and calcium.

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Never Ignore the Need for Air Conditioning Maintenance

August 14th, 2017

two hvac professionals inspecting the outside unit of an air conditionerWhichever type of air conditioning system you use to achieve home comfort—central air conditioner, ductless system, heat pump—you’ll want to make sure that it’s really able to combat the longstanding heat that we are all very well acquainted with.

With temperatures consistently high, and humidity making it worse, your air conditioner will need all the help you can give it. So if you haven’t yet scheduled an air conditioning tune-up in Oldsmar, FL this year, then there is no time like the present to do so.

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4 Common Midsummer AC Repair Needs

July 31st, 2017

outdoor-ac-unitAir conditioning repair needs seem to crop up at the most unexpected times for homeowners—particularly if you skip out on your routine maintenance appointment. Maintenance is the number one way to ensure that your cooling system runs as effectively and efficiently as it should for as long as it should. Otherwise, you could find yourself on one of the hottest days in midsummer with a malfunctioning system.

Of course, even if you do invest in maintenance as often as you should (once a year, or twice a year if you have a heat pump), there is still a chance that you will need air conditioning repairs in Carrollwood, FL. Fortunately, the majority of these are minor, so long as they are taken care of right away! Delaying air conditioner repairs can cause them to turn into emergencies, and potentially even a full system breakdown. So what are 4 common midsummer AC repair needs you may run into?

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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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