In Florida, an AC is an almost year-round necessity, and your AC can also be one of the biggest contributors to your energy bill each month. We know how important it is to have a cool and comfortable home here in Tampa, Florida, but what are you to do when your electricity bills just seem to climb? Just turning off the AC is not an option, even if it seems like the only way to save on your bills. We have compiled the top three ways that you might inadvertently waste money while using your AC – and how you can save money on your air conditioning costs!

Your AC System is Outdated or the Wrong Size

If your AC system is old, it can lack efficiency and cause your bills to skyrocket. The good news is that today’s units are more efficient than ever, and it also makes it a perfect time to upgrade if you are dealing with an outdated unit. If you just can’t afford a new AC this year, a routine air conditioning maintenance service might give your AC a boost and enhance its efficiency this summer season.

Check out how Regular AC Maintenance Can Save You Money on our blog!

It is also important to have an AC unit that is the correct size for the square footage of your home. HVAC systems are not one size fits all and a unit that is either too small or too big can have a major impact on your energy consumption and bills.

Don’t suffer from a lack of efficiency or higher energy bills this summer! Call the pros at Super Heat & Air for all your AC installation needs! We offer great deals on the latest high-efficiency brand name AC systems, and employ some of the best air conditioner installation technicians the Greater Tampa Bay area has to offer! Call today 813-609-5015

There Are Leaks Around Windows or Doors

Fortunately, the issue isn’t always a problem with your AC system. Small leaks around windows and doors can add up and contribute to the heat and humidity in your home. It’s not always easy to visibly detect these leaks, so we recommend caulking all windows, and using weather strips on all doors. If you are still unsure whether your doors and windows are leaking, we are happy to do an energy audit of your home!

The Thermostat is Set Too Low

While we all like to relax in a cool home, many people set their thermostats too low when in turn cause higher energy bills, and can prematurely wear down the components of your AC system. Keep in mind that lowering the temperature won’t make your system any faster, it will only continue to run and use energy. We like to recommend 78 degrees Fahrenheit as the most efficient temperature.

If you would like to have a new AC system installed in your home, or would like an energy audit call Super Heat & Air! Trust our expert certified technicians to get the job done quickly! Get your free estimate today! 813-609-5015

Besides your mortgage, your utility bills are one of the highest costs of operating your household. Your HVAC system is a BIG part of those utility bills! The older your system gets, the less reliable it can become. If you are ready to update your HVAC system, or installing a system for the first time in your home, it’s important to get a quote and consultation from a trusted Air Conditioning company like Tampa, Florida based Super Heat & Air. We’ve compiled the top three questions that you should ask our AC experts during your consultation to ensure that you get the system that your house needs!

What size and capacity do I need for the square footage of my house?

To properly cool your home, you need an AC unit that is up to the job. Ask your AC technician how they determine what size of air conditioning unit is needed. Keep in mind that the term “load” refers to how much heating and cooling your house needs, and the “capacity” refers to how much heating and cooling your unit can supply. These are both measured in BTU units.

Our AC technicians will use professional measurements and calculations like the Manual J Load calculation which takes into account the square footage, number of people in the building, climate of the area, the number/placement of the windows, the type of insulation in the walls, lighting etc. This calculation allows our HVAC techs to know exactly what size unit to install in your house for optimum efficiency.

Are there new technologies that I should consider?

If you have an older unit, you might want to consider new technologies that have come out in recent years. This can include ductless systems, digital or remote-operated thermostats, energy efficient systems, etc.

Bottom line: efficiency is money. Today’s energy standards for air conditioning are based on a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) rating. This rating indicates the amount of energy that is needed for the AC unit to provide a specific cooling output. If you want to know if your AC unit is energy efficient, check for the ENERGY STAR® label. If your unit is several years old or doesn’t have the ENERGY STAR® label, it’s probably not that efficient! Your energy bills are most likely higher than what they would be with an energy efficient system.

What are the payment terms, and what kind of guarantee does your company make?

We know that here in Tampa Bay, your air conditioner unit is necessary for the comfort of you and your family. We strive to offer affordable AC financing so your AC installation or repair doesn’t’ break the bank!

The installation of a new AC unit can be a larger expense, but we have various options to help ease some of the cost concerns. With approved credit, we offer 0% interest options for qualified home buyers AND you can get monthly payments as low as $49 a month with approved credit.

All of our technicians are background checked and certified, and we offer 24 hour service without crazy overage charges. We guarantee all of our installations, maintenance work, and repairs, and have a money back guarantee if you aren’t happy with your service. (We know you will be though!)

And let’s now forget our Super Fast Guarantee! Once you’ve scheduled your consultation or service, we will be there in an hour!

Super Heat & Air is also proud to be recognized as a HomeAdvisor Top-Rated Professional HVAC Contractor, and Elite Service Professional. Additionally, our exceptional products and services have met top-level standards, distinguishing Super Heat & Air as a Rheem Pro Partner and Trane Comfort Specialist.

Make sure that you ask these important questions, and get rid of that clunky old AC unit! Say hello to a new energy efficient unit today!

A brand new energy efficient AC system is waiting for you. Trust one of the most reputable air conditioning companies in the Greater Tampa Bay Area to get you the right AC system at the right price. Call Super Heat & Air today! 813-609-5015

We are no strangers to spikes in humidity levels here in Tampa, Florida, and we know the reality that when it’s humid, it feels even hotter outside (and possibly inside)! What people don’t often realize is that humidity can have an effect on your HVAC system. When the humidity inside your home is too high, or even too low, achieving that perfect indoor temperature is easier said than done. Let’s take a look at how humidity affects your Tampa, Florida air conditioner and some ways to fix this common issue!

How Humidity Affects Air Conditioning

As we all know, air conditioners cool your home by removing the heat and moisture from the air. If your HVAC system doesn’t have sufficient cooling capacity, it will most likely be unable to cope with high humidity levels in your home. In this case, your home may never feel truly comfortable. Here are some common signs of high humidity levels in the home:

  • Moist air. If your skin feels clammy when you’re inside your home, high humidity might be the culprit!
  • Windows that fog up. Humidity is vaporized water in the air and when it becomes too much for your AC unit to handle, it might fog up your windows.
  • Must odors and smells. Excessive humidity in your home can cause dampness and lead to unpleasant odors.

Air Conditioning Systems and Humidity

In theory, your AC unit should be more than able to remove moisture from the air in your home. Here’s the kicker— humidity negatively affects air conditioning because it cancels out the coolant effect! When the humidity is too high in your home, your home will feel warmer than it actually is. You’ll keep turning your AC down with no effect. (Not to mention the higher energy costs!)

Air Conditioners & Cooling Capacity

It is often assumed that the larger and AC unit, the more effective it is in cooling your home. Sorry to say, this is not necessarily the case. If the AC unit is much larger than needed, it won’t be able to effectively remove the moisture in the air. So, the humidity levels in your home will remain high. Larger and more powerful AC units don’t need to run as much as smaller units, so they don’t get the chance to remove the moisture in the air before they shut off. It’s crucial to buy an air conditioner that suits your home size.

If you need help choosing an AC unit that is just right for your home, call Tampa air conditioning company Super Heat & Air at 813-609-5015 for a consultation!

Dehumidifiers

The best way to deal with humidity when trying to cool your home is to have a dehumidifier installed on your HVAC system. The best HVAC systems on the market include humidifiers and dehumidifiers that will keep the humidity levels in your home in check. A dehumidifier pulls moisture from the air before it is forced through the ducts of your home. These can be paired with AC systems and allow you to adjust the temperature and humidity in your home with the easy touch of a button.

Humidity levels can be adequately kept in check during the summer if your air conditioner is able to do their job more effectively. You will notice that your house feels colder and you’ll enjoy a nice drop in your energy bill! Your air conditioner won’t have to work as hard, but it will still be able to keep your home cool.

Humidifiers

You might notice low humidity in your home during the winter. (Yes, even in Florida!) In this case, a humidifier adds moisture to the air in your home, and can also be installed right on the HVAC system. This helps your home feel warmer in those chilly winter months.

If you are interested in adding a dehumidifier or humidifier to your HVAC system, turn to the Tampa air conditioning repair pros at Super Heat & Air! We offer great deals on the latest high efficiency brand name AC systems. And we employ some of the best air conditioner installation technicians the Greater Tampa Bay area has to offer! Call us today for a quote! 813-609-5015

Many people procrastinate when it comes to their AC maintenance, because they want to save some money, and there’s always tomorrow right? What they might not realize is that having consistent maintenance will help save money on large repairs, and is more cost effective in the long run. So how can regular AC maintenance save you money? Let’s talk about it!

Over its years of use, an air conditioner’s filters, coils, and fins require regular maintenance for the unit to function effectively and efficiently. Also, an AC service can help reduce allergens in the air of your home, especially if you have pets!

Related Topic: Learn Why You Shouldn’t Wait Till Summer For An AC Tune Up on the Super Heat & Air blog!

Consistent Maintenance

Neglected maintenance is a big factor in AC breakdowns. Often, a breakdown ( and costly repair) could have been avoided if the AC had been maintained throughout the year, not only during peak AC season.

By keeping the air filters in your unit clean, and having proper examinations and cleaning of fan blades, wires, outside units, etc. will keep your AC running smoothly during these hot summer months here in Tampa. Plus, your AC technician from Super Heat & Air will be able to troubleshoot/address any potential problems or concerns during your AC appointment, before they become a bigger issue.

Efficiency

We all love an AC that runs smoothly and produces cool air, but AC units that have not been properly maintained can actually run more frequently than needed making your energy bill skyrocket in the summer. A well-tuned AC unit will be more efficient, and cost effective! One simple way to help your air conditioner’s efficiency is to check and replace the air filter between routine maintenance appointments. Clogged, dirty filters block normal airflow and reduce a system’s efficiency significantly, and are often the culprit or part of common AC problems. Generally, we recommend replacing your air filter once a month. A dirty AC unit is a less efficient one!

Tip: For homes with central AC systems, the air filter is generally located somewhere near the return duct. You might find the filter in the wall, ceiling, furnace, or even in the air conditioner itself depending on the type of unit. Freestanding room air conditioners have a filter mounted in the grill that faces into the room.

Prolonged System Life

Even if you have a brand new AC unit, consistent maintenance is required to keep it operating efficiently. Seasonal or annual maintenance can prolong the life of your HVAC system, and is much cheaper than paying for an emergency repair! When a Tampa Bay AC pro from Super Heat & Air services your AC unit, you can rest assured that they will make note of any wear and tear or worn out parts that might be putting stress on your system.

During your seasonal/annual maintenance service, we might suggest minor improvements that you can implement throughout your home that could help you save money in the long run, such as having your ducts cleaned or repaired, or if you could benefit from a zoned AC system.

Check out our blog: Does Your Home Need a Second AC Unit?

What Do AC Technicians Service?

To ensure that your AC is running in tip top shape, we will generally:

  • Check for the correct amount of refrigerant
  • Test for refrigerant leaks using a leak detector
  • Check for leaks, and seal them if needed
  • Measure airflow through the evaporator coil
  • Examine and clean the evaporator coil
  • Make sure that the heating system and cooling system cannot operate at the same time
  • Inspect electric terminals, clean and tighten connections, etc.
  • Check motors and belts for tightness and wear, add oil if needed
  • Check the accuracy of the thermostat.

We offer an affordable Super Heat & Air Club Membership, which includes two free maintenance periods a year! And you can sign up today for our Air Conditioning Service Maintenance Economy Membership for just $14.95 per month!

Regular maintenance can save you thousands of dollars in energy costs, HVAC repairs, and replacements systems. For more information about how regular maintenance of your HVAC systems can save you money, be sure to give us a call at (813) 609-5015 and schedule a service today!