Posts made in June 2019

How to Extend the Life of Your Air Conditioning Unit, Part II


In part I of this blog we talked about how making sure your air filters are clean and setting your fan to the “auto” setting can help prolong the life of your air conditioning unit. In this part, our Boyette air conditioning repair company will give you a few more tips:

Schedule regular tune-ups: We recommend AC tune-ups twice a year to ensure your unit is in optimal condition and to prolong its lifespan. Just like you wouldn’t drive your car for an entire year without having it checked out, you also shouldn’t run your air conditioning unit without getting regular checkups and maintenance for it!

Upgrade your insulation: A home that efficiently traps cold air inside will not need to be cooled as much as one that is leaking cold air, and as a result your air conditioning unit will not have to work as hard. Ensure that your home is sufficiently insulated, especially in your attic. A professional energy audit is the best way to accurately evaluate your home’s insulation weak spots.

Check on your condenser: Located outside your home is your air conditioning unit’s condenser. This component of your AC system is designed to withstand the elements, but it should still be routinely checked, especially after a severe storm. Also clear away any debris or overgrown vegetation from around the condenser so that it can breathe.

We hope that you find these tips for extending the life of your air conditioning unit helpful, and be sure to call our Boyette air conditioning repair company for tune-ups, repairs, and replacements.

How to Extend the Life of Your Air Conditioning Unit, Part I

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We’re all looking for ways to save money, and making sure our appliances are properly maintained is one way to avoid needless spending. With help from our air conditioning service in Tampa, along with some things you can do yourself, you can make sure your air conditioning unit continues to work efficiently. Here are a few steps you can take:

Change the filter regularly: Most air filters are either 30-day fiberglass filters or three-month pleated filters, but filters should be checked regularly and changed ahead of schedule if they are extremely dirty. A dirty filter forces your unit to work harder, especially the fan, but can be very taxing on the entire system.

Use the “auto” fan setting: Most HVAC units have two fan settings, “auto” and “on.” The “auto” setting instructs the fan to run only when the system is actively cooling or heating, and the “on” setting instructs the fan to run constantly. While using the “on” setting has the benefit of trapping more dust, it forces the HVAC unit to work harder, which shortens its life. Keeping the fan always on also causes your filter to get dirty faster, so if you aren’t diligent about changing it, this could also be detrimental to the entire system.

These are just a couple of the steps you can take to prolong the life of your HVAC unit. Check back for part II of this blog for more tips from Sun Air Services, providing reliable air conditioning service in Tampa.

Indoor Activities for When it’s Way Too Hot Outside

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With temperatures reaching the 90s in Tampa and the surrounding areas this summer, spending time outside isn’t always ideal. Here are some indoor activity ideas from our Riverview, FL heating and cooling company:

Make No-Bake Treats: Baking is a great way to pass the time and relax, but turning on the oven will make your house warmer. Look up no-bake recipes and make the one that sounds most appealing, or even have a bake off at home and make a few recipes!

Make a Dent in Your Reading List: The best thing for keeping cool and not raising your body temperature is staying still, and reading is an activity that lets you do just that. Whether it’s the latest issue of your favorite magazine or a book you keep meaning to finish, grab a cool beverage and start turning pages.

Visit a Local Museum or Aquarium: If your community is home to a museum or aquarium, this is a great way to support your local economy, learn something new, and an opportunity to get out of the house. Many museums even offer summer programming or exhibitions for kids!

While spending time outdoors is lots of fun during the summer, sometimes it gets too hot or you just need a break from the elements. Try one of these ideas for a fun indoor activity, and call our Riverview, FL heating and cooling company if your air conditioning unit is in need of repairs or replacement.

Creative Ways to Keep Cool When It’s Hot Outside

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The summer of 2019 may have just begun, but it is already an extremely hot one here in Florida. Times like these we are grateful for the modern technology that is air conditioning, but we may want to try to minimize our energy usage or find other ways to keep cool when we don’t have the shelter of the indoors. Here are some tips from our Brandon, FL air conditioning repair company for keeping cool without blasting your air conditioner:

Chill Out: Give yourself a flash cool-down by running cold water or ice cubes over your wrists for a few seconds to cool your pulse points, or place a cold cloth on the back of your neck. Frozen water bottles (wrapped in a towel to avoid freeze burn) can also be placed under ankles or behind knees, and placing a frozen water bottle at your feet when you go to sleep can help you stay cool overnight.

Cool Your Core: Your body’s temperature rises while digesting large meals, so eat smaller meals throughout the day to keep your core temperature from having to increase as much.

Unplug It: Anything that is plugged into an electrical outlet will use some amount of electricity and will produce some heat, even if it’s not turned on. Unplug anything that isn’t being used for the double benefit of reducing heat being produced in your home and costly energy being used.

Beating the heat can be tricky, but tiny little tricks can add up over time. Make sure you’re staying cool and hydrated during this hot summer, and call the Brandon, FL air conditioning repair team at Sun Air Services if you find that your unit isn’t cooling your home properly.