Keeping your home cool in the summer months, and warm in the winter months is important, which is why you want your HVAC unit to run efficiently for as long as possible. Many homeowners don’t realize that much of their HVAC unit’s performance is within their control. So, how do you improve the longevity and efficiency of your AC system? The pros at Super Heat & Air discuss two of the things that you can do that will have a HUGE impact on the efficiency and longevity of your system.

If you want to make the biggest difference in your HVAC system’s longevity and efficiency, start with these two things:

Set The Thermostat A Few Degrees Warmer

We know you want to be as cool as possible, especially in those brutal summers here in Tampa, Florida, so why would you want to set the thermostat a few degrees warmer? Well, the reality is that you might be keeping your house too cold! Setting your thermostat just a few degrees warmer won’t make you uncomfortable, but it will reduce the amount of work that your AC system has to do. Just making this small adjustment will make a big impact on the efficiency of your unit, not to mention lower energy costs!

Perform Preventative Maintenance On Your HVAC System At Least Twice A Year

While AC maintenance is reckoned at least once a year throughout the nation, we recommend getting your HVAC system serviced twice a year here in Tampa. Why? Your AC is in use much of the year here in sunny Florida, so a thorough cleaning of the inside elements, an inspection of all the moving parts in your system, and a tune-up will keep your air conditioning system running at peak efficiency. An efficient unit will have a longer life span, and fewer break-downs too!

Related: How Long Do AC Units Last?

7 Tips To Improve HVAC Lifespan & Efficiency

Here are some small steps you can take that will prolong your system’s life and allow it to run at its peak efficiency:

  • Keep your vents clear of furniture, toys, boxes, etc.
  • Change your AC filter once a month
  • Trim and remove any debris from your outside unit.
  • Keep your blinds or curtains closed during the hottest part of the day.
  • Put your AC on a timer, and keep it set at a warmer temperature while you are at work.
  • Have your ductwork checked for leaks, or add more insulation.
  • Take steps towards making your entire home more energy-efficient.

Tampa, Florida HVAC Maintenance & Repair

If you want to make your HVAC systems last as long as possible, and run more efficiently, Super Heat & Air can help! From AC maintenance and repair to duct cleaning, and AC installation, our Super Fast Guarantee means that we will be there to help, whenever you need us! Here in Tampa, your AC is a necessity, not a luxury, so don’t wait for your investment to break down! We can help you prevent future costly repairs and excessive heating and cooling bills with preventative HVAC maintenance services. Call the pros at 813-322-6823 or request service online today!

Buying a new air conditioning unit can be a stressful experience, especially if your old AC has just stopped working and you need a new one quickly. While the best air conditioning units are expensive, they are also quiet and efficient. You get what you pay for, so don’t skimp when deciding what AC to purchase! How do you choose the right AC unit? What should you look for? Our guide will help you decide what AC unit is right for you, and if you have any questions, the pros at Super Heat & Air are just a phone call away!

Here’s what to keep in mind when buying a new AC unit:

Understand SEER Rating

The efficiency of air conditioners is measured using a rating called the SEER rating, or “seasonal energy efficiency rating.” Federal regulations require that all new AC units have a SEER rating of at least 13. If you want your AC to run quietly and at peak efficiency, look out for a unit with a higher SEER rating. The higher the SEER rating, the lower your energy costs will be. Be aware though, a higher SEER rating means that you will pay a higher up-front price for the unit and installation. If a higher-cost unit is out of the question, choose a unit with a SEER of 14 or 16 which will meet federal requirements, but without the prohibitive up-front cost.

Related Reading: How Long Do AC Units Last?

Know What Tonnage You Need

In terms of AC units, tonnage doesn’t refer to the weight of the unit, but rather the amount of heat that the unit will remove from your home within one hour. For example, A one-ton unit will remove around 12,000 BTUs of heat from your home in one hour.

It is very important to choose the right sized unit for your home because a unit that is too small won’t cool your space efficiently, and one that is too large will cycle on and off too often, which will wear out your unit faster. Also, a unit that is too large for your space won’t efficiently remove humidity from the air in your home either. Undersized and oversized units will both cause your energy costs to be higher.

So what tonnage is best for your home? Well, it depends on your local climate, the size of your home, the orientation of your home to the sun, how many windows your home has, and even the amount of insulation in your attic! To accurately evaluate the tonnage needs of your home, a technician from Super Heat & Air will examine every room in your home including your attic, basement, and crawl spaces.

Have a Budget In Mind

A new air conditioning unit can cost between 3,700-7,000 depending on many factors including the type and size of the unit, your local market, whether you need to replace the furnace at the same time, etc. Having a budget in mind will help you decide what kind of unit will be best for your needs. We recommend doing some research to get an idea of what the cost of a new air conditioner and installation is in your area. If you decide to move forward with a new AC unit, a home warranty can help cover the costs of AC repairs or breakdowns.

Have peace of mind: 3 Questions to Ask Our AC Experts During Your Consultation

New Year New AC

If you are tired of getting your AC repaired or have noticed a steady increase in your utility bills due to an inefficient unit, it’s time to replace your air conditioner! When it’s time to replace your air conditioning unit, make sure you call Super Heat & Air for an installation quote. Our experts will ensure that you have the right-sized unit for your space to provide ongoing comfort for you and your family. Give us a call at 813-322-6823 or schedule a consultation today!

Wasting energy, whether it is when we are heating or cooling our homes, is something that we want to avoid, as it racks up energy costs! Believe it or not, there are common areas in your home where heating or cooling is being wasted while in use. Surprised? Let’s discuss the most common areas where this waste occurs, and what you can do to prevent it!

Leaky Doors + Windows

Small cracks or gaps around the windows, doors, and vents in your home can waste A LOT of energy. Check your windows, doors, and walls annually for air leaks, and seal the leaks with caulking or weatherstripping to reduce energy costs.

Poorly designed or old windows can also leak air and lose energy. Replacing these windows, or fixing any leaks that you find with caulking can increase the efficiency of your home.

Easy way to check for leaks: Use a lighting candle to check for drafts. The light of the candle will flicker when air is present!

Insulation

Home insulation that has been torn, is retaining moisture, or is missing, can create an opportunity for energy to leak out of your home. Upgrading your insulation or getting it fixed can result in energy savings of around 30 percent!

Tip: You should have at least 10-14 inches of insulation in your attic to properly insulate your home.

Dirty Air Filters

Dirty air filters can have a huge impact on the energy efficiency of your home and can cause your HVAC system to waste energy trying to keep your home cool or warm. Dirty air filters are the number one cause of HVAC failures. Why? Because dirty filters restrict the airflow into the air handler, which puts a strain on the entire HVAC system. Not good. This has an easy fix: change your air filters at least once per month in the cooling and heating months.

P.S. While you are changing or cleaning your filters, take a look at the coils and vacuum or clean those parts if needed to ensure that your unit runs at peak efficiency year-round.

Related: 3 Ways You May Be Wasting Money On Your AC

Ductwork

Leaks in your ductwork can let air and energy escape. This will force your HVAC system to work harder and reduce efficiency. Leaks in ducting can also cause drafts or warm areas in your home. Ductwork should be inspected and cleaned at least every two to three years by a professional from Super Heat & Air. Not only can leaky or dirty ductwork waste energy, but it can also spread allergens throughout your home. If you notice a lot of dust or musty smells in your house, it is a good time to schedule a duct inspection with Super Heat & Air!

Malfunctioning Thermostat

If your thermostat is not working properly, it will prevent your HVAC system from running efficiently. Check your battery and the settings if you believe it is malfunctioning. You might just need to switch the settings around. If this doesn’t fix the issue of a too warm or too cold house, a professional should come out to diagnose the issue and check its wiring. To really optimize your HVAC efficiency, installing a programmable thermostat can be beneficial and will save energy and money.

HVAC Maintenace With Super Heat Air

Stop the energy waste, and call in the pros from Super Heat & Air! From duct cleaning and repair to HVAC maintenance, we will ensure that your system is running at peak efficiency. Regular AC maintenance is vital to keeping your system performing efficiently year-round. Don’t let a break-down keep you in the heat or cold! Call Super Heat & Air at 813-322-6823 to schedule routine maintenance or duct cleaning today. Save energy and keep money in your pocket this year! P.S. Don’t forget about our Super Fast Guarantee!

The holidays are here! This year, health-conscious gifts are at the top of the most gifted gifts, and we can see why. If you want to give a gift that will really change your loved one’s day-to-day life, give the gift of healthy air! You might not realize it, but the air you breathe inside your home is the most polluted air that you breathe all day. With the amount of time that we have all been spending inside this year, it’s no wonder that so many people are suffering from allergies and asthma! So, this year, give the gift of health air with the help of our gift guide from Super Heat & Air:

Air Purifiers

An air purifier is a great gift! Air purifiers reduce airborne pollutants, allergens, dust, pet dander, and more. These are often installed as part of your home’s HVAC system, although there are freestanding movable air purifiers available. An air purifier will clean the air you and your loved ones breathe throughout your home. This is a gift of clean air every single day!

Houseplants

Having living plants in your home can not only boost your mood but help purify your air as well. Plants act as natural air purifiers and can help balance the humidity( and even mold spores) in your air. Plants absorb carbon dioxide and create oxygen, outputting fresh air into your living space.

Humidifiers & Dehumidifiers

Not only does humidity have an effect on your HVAC system and its efficiency, but it also plays a large role in your health. Here in Tampa Bay, Florida, we are no strangers to humidity, and having a humidifier or dehumidifier to help regulate humidity levels in your home can be beneficial to your health, allow for more energy efficiency, and help mitigate the risk of mold growing in your home.

HVAC Filters

Now, this might not be a gift you want to give to a friend or family member, but it is one that you might want to give to yourself! High-quality air filters help reduce dust and dust mites, pet dander, pollen mold spores, chemicals, smoke, etc. from making it to the clean air that you breathe. Help prevent the spread of airborne pollutants in your home this holiday season, and make sure to make a New Year’s resolution to change them regularly!

HVAC Maintenance or Duct Cleaning from Super Heat & Air

Give the gift of year-round HVAC maintenance or duct cleaning services from Super Heat & Air! This is a gift that will keep on giving! A Super Heat & Air Club Membership is a great gift and includes 2 free maintenance jobs a year, up to 1lb of refrigerant, free service calls, and 20% off parts, labor, and services! Call us at 813-322-6823 to gift a Super Heat & Air Club Membership to your friends or family today! ( Or to yourself, we won’t judge!) Happy Holidays!