Anyone who lives in Florida knows that having a cool home is a MUST, especially in the summer months. But what do you do when you go away for vacation though? Should you shut off the AC completely or leave it running while you are away? Our HVAC pros at Super Heat & Air discuss how to manage your AC while on vacation, and save some money in the process! Scroll down to learn more…

Be Smart: Use a Programmable Thermostat

Although it might seem like you would save money by shutting your AC down while you are away on vacation, it can actually cost you more! Instead of turning your air conditioner off completely when you leave for vacation, consider using a programmable or smart thermostat, and set the temperature higher. If your smart thermostat has an app, you can easily check on the temperature and make any adjustments from your phone wherever you are!

Plus, using a programmable thermostat allows you to set your thermostat for energy efficiency, and many also come with vacation programming modes.

Read more: The Benefits of Using a Smart Thermostat

Humidity and Heat

If no one is at home, why would you need to keep your AC on anyways? Here are some great reasons why you shouldn’t shut it off completely:

  • Your AC manages the humidity levels in your home, and if you turn the AC off, the high heat and higher humidity can foster mold growth.
  • Your home will be uncomfortably hot when you return from vacation.
  • It will take longer and more energy to restore comfortable temperatures when you get back, making your air conditioner work overdrive to cool your home.
  • Being inside when it’s hot and stuffy can make you feel sick. Who wants to experience that when arriving back from a vacation?

Save Money

Weigh the pros and cons of turning off your AC unit to make sure that you are comfortable with your decision. Of course, it would be wasteful and expensive to keep your air conditioner at its normal temperature while you are away. Since the house will be tightly sealed with closed windows and locked doors, we recommend leaving the AC unit on, but setting the temperature higher to avoid constant cycling while you are away.

Ideal “Away” Temperature

While you are away on vacation, we recommend setting your AC to around 85 degrees, which will keep the air circulating in your home, and prevent high humidity. If you have a programmable thermostat, you can easily set the temperature a little cooler during the heat of the day, and warmer at night when the outside temperature drops. If there are any weather changes, such as a rainy or cloudy day, you can use the app for your smart thermostat to control the temperature to match the fluctuations in weather.

Energy Saving Tips

To save money on your energy bill while you are away, follow these tips:

  • Clean or change your air filters before leaving
  • Schedule a maintenance visit from Super Heat & Air
  • Unplug appliances and electronics
  • Close all blinds, curtains, and storm shutters to help keep the home cool

Stay Cool with Super Heat & Air

Are you getting ready to go on vacation? Call Super Heat & Air before you leave for maintenance to ensure there are no problems while you are away. We can also discuss how you can save more energy with a programmable or smart thermostat.

We will help you protect your home so you can enjoy a worry-free vacation. Give us a call today at (813) 981-7631 or schedule an appointment online!

While we are in the midst of pollen season here in Tampa Bay, you might be looking for ways to make the air that you breathe while indoors healthier. Air purifiers use internal fans to pull the air in your home through filters that remove allergens such as dust, pollen, and bacteria from the air. This is repeated several times throughout the day, keeping the air that you and your family breathe cleaner and healthier.

Scroll down to learn more about how air purifiers work in your home.

Do I Need an Air Purifier?

The EPA estimates that indoor air is two to five times dirtier than outdoor air — and sometimes can even up to 100 times dirtier! A good air purifier keeps you healthy. Although the choice is up to you whether you want to use an air purifier in your home, there are some pretty good reasons why you might consider one!

Air purifier benefits include:

  • Air purifiers don’t just clean the air, they also help get rid of unpleasant food odors!
  • We all love our furry friends, but pet dander, fur, and other airborne allergens are released into the air of your home from your pet! Air purifiers help combat these allergens before they have a chance to settle into your home.
  • The truth is smoke stinks. If you have a family member who smokes in the home, or you light your fireplace when it’s chilly, an air purifier can trap the smoke before it ends up in your furniture.
  • There will always be dust in your home. It’s a fact. But an air purifier helps trap dust before it has time to settle which reduces build-up and less cleanup time!
  • Air purifiers can remove up to 99 percent of airborne bacteria in the home such as pollen, mold spores, viruses, and other bacteria.
  • HEPA air purifiers with UV bulbs can neutralize up to 99.97 percent of airborne germs and allergens so your family can stay healthy year-round!
  • Air purifiers come in a variety of sizes and different features that will keep the air healthy in every room of your house.

Related Reading: Fighting Seasonal Allergies in Your Home

Which Air Filter Should I Get for My Air Purifier?

If you want to create an allergen-free space for you and your family, these four types of air purifiers are most recommended:

True HEPA/UV-C Air Purifiers

These are the best air purifiers that you can buy. While typically more expensive than others, they are worth it for those who live in high allergen areas, or those who have lung issues, and are more susceptible to pollen allergies. HEPA/UV-C air purifiers combine HEPA filters with UV germicidal light to trap 99.97 percent of airborne allergens, and 99 percent of airborne germs and bacteria.

True HEPA Air Purifiers

True HEPA air purifiers are the minimum level of protection you should look for, especially if you or a family member has an allergy problem. They rid your home of pollen, dust mites, and mold spores to keep allergies at bay and keep your home smelling fresh. True HEPA filters and HEPA/UV-C air purification filters should be replaced at least every three months.

HEPA-Type Air Purifiers

These types of air purifiers are the less-effective cousin to True HEPA purifiers. If pollen or dust mites aren’t a problem in your home, then this air purifier might be a good option for you. They still trap 99 percent of small airborne particles such as dust, smoke, and pet dander, but they don’t get rid of smaller allergy-causing particles like pollen or dust mites.

Permanent HEPA-Type Air Purifiers

These air purifiers work just like HEPA-Type air purifiers except their filters DO NOT need to be replaced. The reusable filters DO require occasional cleaning though!

Other Types of Air Purifiers

When it comes to air purifiers and filters, there are plenty of other options to choose from. Some can even be incorporated into the choices that we discussed above! Here are some other air purification options to look out for:

  • Activated carbon filters use small absorbent pores to capture air pollutants as they pass through the carbon filters. The pores chemically react to the pollutants in the air, so they are great at removing odors, chemicals, and smoke, but they do not remove dust or allergens. If you have an odor problem in your home, look for HEPA filters with activated carbon to help remove these odors from the air.
  • UV purifiers remove bacteria and viruses from the air with ultraviolet germicidal light. These are rarely used alone and work best when combined with HEPA air purifiers.
  • Ionic air purifiers don’t actually purify the air in your home. They send streams of negative ions into the air that attach to airborne particles making them too heavy to remain airborne. These negatively charged particles are attracted to the surfaces in your home and settle there. So these particles might be removed from the air, but they still need to be cleaned from the surfaces of your home.

Remember the air in your home can be just as polluted — or more polluted — than the air outside. Indoor air purifiers can remove pollutants and allergens from the air in your home, making it healthier for everyone in your family.

Related Reading: Why Clean Your Home’s Air Ducts

Purify Your Air with Super Heat & Air

Ready to purify the air and prevent allergens and pollutants from being circulated throughout the home? Call on the pros at Super Heat & Air for duct cleaning services to remove allergens with antimicrobial sanitizing to give your air ducts a hospital-grade clean! Plus, we can recommend HEPA air purification systems and install them in your home.

Give us a call at (813) 981-7631 or Contact us on our website to schedule a duct cleaning or an air quality audit and start breathing better at home today!

Let’s face it, your AC never breaks down at a convenient time. Often it’s on an extremely hot Tampa day that pushes an old or faulty AC system to break down. Don’t suffer in the heat! The best way to avoid a breakdown is to make sure that your HVAC system is well maintained. Super Heat & Air provides regular maintenance service to prevent problems and breakdowns with your AC system.

There are also often several signs to look out for that might be letting you know that there might be an issue with your AC system. If you see any of the following warning signs, your air conditioner may need a repair:

Warm Air

If you feel warm air blowing out of the vents in your home, the first thing to do is to check the thermostat. Make sure that it is switched to “cooling” mode, and set it lower than the current temperature in your home. If your vents are still blowing warm air, restricted airflow, or an issue with a compressor may be to blame.

At Super Heat & Air, we recommend leaving your HVAC repairs and maintenance to the pros rather than attempting to fix something yourself. After all, your HVAC system is complex and requires careful calibration!

Insufficient Airflow

Poor airflow is one of the most common signs that your AC isn’t working efficiently and that there might be a blockage preventing air from moving throughout your home’s ductwork. While it could be a serious problem, a clogged air filter or a broken motor could be to blame.

High Humidity

During the spring and summer, we all know that you can expect humidity outdoors, but that doesn’t mean that you want this humidity inside your house! Your AC system automatically adjusts humidity levels in your home, but if it can’t keep moisture levels within a comfortable range, you probably need an AC repair. Super Heat & Air can diagnose the issue quickly and let you know whether your AC needs a simple re-calibration, or if you might need to consider a whole-house dehumidifier instead.

Frequent Cycles

No matter what the weather is, your air conditioner should go through routine cooling cycles. While your system will turn on more often during the hottest days of summer, it shouldn’t cycle on and off constantly. If you notice frequent cycles, contact Super Heat & Air’s cooling experts for an air conditioner tune-up. But be aware, an issue like this might also be a signal that you need to install a new air conditioner as well.

Bad Odors

If you smell any unpleasant odors coming from your HVAC system, you’ll want to deal with the issue as soon as possible. Musty smells could be a sign of mold either in the AC unit or the ductwork. A quick diagnostic visit from Super Heat & Air can tell you if you need a tune-up, cleaning, and maintenance, or a more high-tech solution. Duct cleaning services can address odors that might have accumulated in the ductwork, and also remove allergens from the air.

Bonus: Weird Noises

Most air conditioners make low-level noise as they cycle on and off. But if you hear loud, or unusual noises, this could signal a BIG problem with your air conditioning system. Rattling or buzzing could indicate a loose part, while whistling or grinding could be a signal of a more serious issue. Noises like these won’t just go away on their own, so a tune-up by a professional is essential.

Tampa Bay Air Conditioner Maintenance and Repair

Keep your family cool and comfortable all season long and avoid breakdowns and repairs with Super Heat & Air! We provide 24 hour AC repair services in the Greater Tampa Bay area, and maintenance services to prevent high energy costs and future expensive AC repairs. Experiencing any of the above issues with your AC? Don’t hesitate! Give Super Heat & Air a call today! (813) 981-7631

Indoor air quality is essential to maintaining a healthy home for you and your family. The most basic thing that contributes to this air quality, is you guessed it: an air filter. When your HVAC system cools or heats the air, it sucks the air through the air filter. Dirty or clogged filters are never good for your system, and if you choose to use an expensive air filter over a less expensive one, it can get quite expensive. Is it worth it to buy expensive air filters? Our heating and cooling experts at Super Heat & Air weigh in…

What Do Air Filters Do?

Essentially, any air filter will filter out the particles from the air before it flows throughout your HVAC system. These particles can include dirt particles, mold spores, pet dander, allergens, and dust, which can all clog up your AC system and decrease its efficiency. As a result, your AC’s airflow will be decreased, it will run more to keep up, and ultimately, energy costs will increase.

Higher quality AC filters, ( which have a higher MERV value) are more expensive but can filter out more particles than their less expensive counterparts.

What is MERV?

MERV, or “Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value,” is a rating that was developed by the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers. This scale rates air conditioning filters from 1 to 16 on their ability to trap particulates from the air. Most air filters have a value from 1 to 13, but HEPA filters, which are often used in hospitals, have a MERV rating of 13+.

Different Types of Air Conditioning Filters

Here is a short list of the air conditioning filters that are on the market today:

  • Spun fiberglass is the cheapest type of filter, but provides only minimal protection with a MERV rating of 1-4.
  • Disposable filters made from pleated paper or polyester provide an increased surface area for filtering. These often have a MERV rating of 5 to 7.
  • High-Efficiency Particulate Arrestance ( HEPA) filters will filter fine particles from the air, up to 0.3 microns, and have a MERV rating of 13+. These remove 99.97% of airborne particles.

Are Expensive Air Conditioning Filters Worth It?

If you have a family member who suffers from respiratory issues or allergies, then more expensive air filters could be a good idea. More expensive air filters such as Pleated Residential filters will filter out dust mites, pollen, pet dander, mold, and even bacteria, which can be worth the extra money, especially for those with severe allergies.

HEPA filters will filter out bacteria and viruses and are worth it for those with severe respiratory conditions such as emphysema.

Call Us for Your Air Quality Needs

Call the pros at Super Heat & Air for all your HVAC needs including general maintenance, emergency repairs, installation, duct cleaning, and air quality audits. We offer 24/7 emergency services, and always stand by our Super Fast Guarantee! Call us today at (813) 981-7631 to schedule an appointment!