Tampa Bay — the place Super Heat & Air calls home — has experienced extended periods of freezing temperatures over the years, most notably in 2010. According to an article from the Tampa Bay Times, “Tampa and St. Petersburg recorded the coldest start to December, besting records that stood for more than 75 years.” The 2010 article also notes that “the cold sent energy bills soaring and prompted strawberry farmers to spray billions of gallons of water to protect their plants.”
The author of this blog post remembers a very chilly 2007, when temperatures dropped to the 20s in Clearwater, FL and he had icicles in his back yard. And even as late into winter as February 3, 2007, very light snow flurries were reported in the northeastern panhandle.
While these types of extreme Florida freezes happened many years ago, the weather in Tampa Bay and in the entire state is very unpredictable. And (believe it or not northerners) it sometimes gets very cold (to us, anyway) in Florida. So while a post like this one titled "Heating Tampa Bay in the Cold" might sound ridiculous to our friends up north, having a working heater matters here too, dammit!
When the cold weather hits again, what will you do, Tampa Bay, when it sneaks up on you? If you have a broken or malfunctioning heater when it happens, will you be prepared? People wonder if repairing or replacing a heating unit will be costly, and if it’s worth the price. If it gets cold and you have an old or malfunctioning heater, the price you pay will be high in electricity bills.
Running an old heater that isn't working properly can significantly jack up your electric bill. And the cost of installing and operating a heating system depends largely on what is called a “heat load.” The heat load refers to the total space to be heated inside your home and how much energy will be needed to heat the area. Also, the initial cost of the unit needs to be taken into consideration if a new one is being installed.
Smaller homes obviously require less heat, while larger homes require a heating system with greater capabilities. And regular maintenance is also required to keep your heating system operating at full capacity. If you haven't used your heater in a while and you haven't had regular maintenance performed on your air conditioning and heating system, you could be looking at some very costly repairs.