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What Are The Real Benefits of a Variable AC?

Last week we touched on the benefits of switching over to a Variable Speed Air Conditioner Handler and why you may want to consider using it instead of a standard ac unit. On the surface, air quality, comfort and efficiency are buzzwords that are tossed around pretty casually when describing the benefits of many ac products, but in fact the details illuminate the true meaning of what a variable speed air handler can do for your monthly bills and home life. Angie’s List goes into great detail of what a variable speed unit means for you:

Peak efficiency: Remember that low-speed operation throughout the day? By some estimates, bypassing the full-speed operation of standard units equates to an approximate 80 percent savings in electricity, which you can confirm with a home energy audit. The air handler plays this unique role regardless of whether it’s winter or summer, which will help you lower your energy costs by reaching peak efficiency.

Lower noise levels: Standard handlers operating at full speed generate a lot of noise, but equipment with variable speed options doesn’t. This system is less noisy, and often cycles on so quietly you won’t even notice when it comes on.

Improved comfort: Near-continuous operation delivers more than just energy savings: Comfort levels get a boost, too. When an HVAC system starts and stops, the temperature variation in the average home can differ drastically when the system is running, compared to when it’s not. With a variable speed handler driving your HVAC system, the temperature in your home will hardly vary because it can keep a fairly consistent, uniform temperature throughout the home.

Better air quality: The more the air in your home passes through the HVAC system, and its air filter, the cleaner your air will be. You’ll have to keep an eye on the filter, and perhaps change it more often, but the net result is improved air quality inside your home.

Humidity control: In the summer, you rely on your air conditioner to dehumidify the air, a process that works more efficiently when the air conditioning system runs longer cycles. And that’s exactly what a variable speed handler does, creating a more comfortable home, with less humidity.

So what variable speed units do we recommend? Next week we’ll walk you through the  options we recommend when you’re considering purchasing upgrading your AC unit!

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A Special Christmas Wish from the Air Doctor

As we roll into the Christmas and the end of 2016, we want to extend our warm wishes & many thanks for continuing to work with Air Doctor on your HVAC & Air Conditioning needs. We pride ourselves on providing the best service in the Tampa Bay area & providing the most expertise and advice to help keep your AC system running smoothly all year round, and we are grateful for the opportunity to serve you.

We extend to all of our customers a happy and safe Christmas with your friends, family & loved ones, and we look forward to helping you keep your cool in 2016!

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R-22

Why Is The Cost of Freon So High?

The cost of Freon for your central air conditioning system is going through the roof and will continue to cost more.

The US Environmental Protection Agency has been tasked with phase out the use of R-22 refrigerant in the United States. According to the EPA, R-22:

“…has been the refrigerant of choice for residential heat pump and air-conditioning systems for more than four decades. Unfortunately for the environment, releases of R-22, such as those from leaks, contribute to ozone depletion”.

This has led to quotas being placed on refrigerant suppliers allowing less and less of the refrigerant to be imported or produced. The EPA reviewed the effectiveness of their program in August of last year and decided that the quotas needed to be tightened to meet their goals. This has led to uncertainty in the industry and a price increase of 250% since the first of the year.

R-22 refrigerant is a thing of the past. Any system replacements must use R-410a (the new environmentally safe refrigerant). Some contractors are installing dry charged condensors which are a way around the EPA’s efforts. These units come without refrigerant and are charged with R-22. This solution only leads to higher costs in the long run.

Homeowners should keep an active maintenance contract with a local contractor. This will ensure that their existing equipment is kept operating efficiently, that they obtain the preferred pricing for freon when necessary and that any problems with the equipment are caught early before they become big problems.

While the EPA expects the pricing of R-22 to stabilize by the middle of this summer it will never again reach the low prices we have had in the past. At the same time R-410a refrigerant is dropping in price and becoming more available. Many dealers and power companies are now offering rebates as incentives to homeowners to upgrade to newer more efficient units that utilize R-410a refrigerant.

Air Doctor of Tampa Bay offers a one year preventative maintenance agreement for your Air Conditioning Unit  as well as seasonal AC tune ups.

Call 813-891-9444 for an appointment today!

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What’s New in Air Conditioning?

A%20Platinum%20ZV%20Air%20Conditioners%20Heat%20Pumps%20Beauty%20ColorSince the earliest days of air conditioning systems were limited to 2 speeds, on and off. This is equivalent to your car having the gas pedal to the floor or the brakes fully applied. The ride is uncomfortable and it’s hard to control the speed. In air conditioner’s this results in uncomfortable and loud units that cost a lot to operate.

Imagine now an air conditioning system that senses the heat load and humidity in your home, and runs at just the right speed to meet a comfortable condition. This system would start up slowly making very little noise and run long enough to reduce the temperature and humidity. It would also result in a more consistent temperature throughout your home by running longer at lower speeds to circulate air throughout the home.

Over the past few years these systems have become available and are changing the definition of comfort and efficiency. No more loud bangs as the unit starts up and no more blasts of cold air as the unit comes on for a short period of time. Power bills are significantly lower due to the unit running at lower speeds.

The American Standard Variable Speed condenser is the recipient of the 2015 ADEX award for design excellence. This unit was installed in American Standards Technical Representatives homes 2 to 3 years ago and checked for quality and reliability. The results were excellent.

With the American Standard systems you can control your home heating and cooling even when you are not home. American Standard Connected Controls and Nexia Home Intelligence gives you the ability to manage your system through any smartphone or tablet.

Ask Air Doctor Air Conditioning and Heating about this technology and how it could improve the comfort of your home.

Air Doctor Voted 2014 Best of Oldsmar!

What a great way to start off the New Year-Air Doctor was voted the 2014 Best of Oldsmar for Indoor Air Quality Equipment Supplies category by the Oldsmar Award Program!

oldsmar_awardAir Doctor Heating and Air Conditioning has been selected for the 2014 Best of Oldsmar Award in the Indoor Air Quality Equipment & Supplies category by the Oldsmar Award Program.

Each year, the Oldsmar Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in the local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Oldsmar are a great place to work, live and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2014 Oldsmar Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winner are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Oldsmar Award Program and data provided by third parties.

Air Doctor Featured in the Westchase Neighborhood News!

Air Doctor was recently featured in the WestChase edition this month’s Neighborhood News:

Call the Air Doctor to Stay Cool This Summer!

If the heat gets to be too hot for you this summer, give the Air Doctor a call. They have been helping Hillsborough and Pinellas County residents solve their A/C emergencies since 1998. From repairs to the complete installation of a new unit, you can count on Air Doctor Air Conditioning & Heating to keep your house cool and comfortable all summer and warm and cozy during those rare Florida cold snaps.

“We have been using the Air Doctor to service our A/C and heating systems for almost 10 years,” testify long-time customers Mark and Bonnie. “We have been impressed with the professionalism and knowledge of their technicians and customer service employees. The Air Doctor is always looking for the best way to help its customers. In our case, our systems stopped cooling and we feared that we would need a new system. Instead, they recommended a minor repair to our system rather than replacing the entire system. We were impressed with their integrity and trustworthiness and have recommended them to family, friends, and anyone who will listen. Everyone that we have recommended the Air Doctor to for their A/C repairs and service has been satisfied.”

Air Doctor owner Jim Lucker says that Air Doctors’ technicians and customer service employees make it a great company. “Our employees are very professional and have the most up-to-date technical skills and knowledge about air conditioning units and repairs. We always give our customers options to fit their needs. We are a customer care dealer for American Standard, one of the most reliable A/C units in the industry. In addition to all that, Air Doctor is rated A+ with the Better Business Bureau and toprated on Angie’s List.”

Jim says that your Air Doctor technician will not rest until you are completely satisfied with their work and your house is once again cool and comfortable. Air Doctor’s services are backed by a strong company philosophy of 100% customer satisfaction guaranteed. No matter what your A/C needs, from simple or complex repairs to full system replacement, the Air Doctor can help. Whether you need a small unit for a condominium or are interested in the latest technology in high efficiency units, Air Doctor’s technicians have the knowledge to find the right solution for you.

“It was such a pleasure to have Air Doctor work on my daughter’s central A/C unit yesterday,” says Jean. “Our technician was courteous and professional, and, he solved the problem. She had spaghetti for wiring to the thermostat and something wasn’t speaking to something. He solved the problem and now it’s all good.”

One of the ways Air Doctor’s technicians stay current about the changes in A/C options and repairs is through weekly trainings on the latest advancements in the field.

YES, You Can Stay Cool and Lower Your Electric Bill!

Jim says that many of their clients are interested in energy efficient units and that Air Doctor technicians are experts in helping their customers decide which type of air conditioning unit will work best for their home.

“We have high efficiency solutions that have a SEER rating of 15. These units will use half the electricity of your current unit and you could see a savings of several hundred dollars a month on your electricity bill.”

Whether your unit needs a tuneup, repair, or replacement, Air Doctor can help you. And because they know that breakdowns don’t always occur during the day, you can call them 24 hours a day, no matter when you have a problem. Air Doctor is happy to give you a free estimate or second opinion on A/C system replacement or upgrades. And if you do need a new unit, Air Doctor offers 12-month financing with approved credit to help you stay cool while your budget doesn’t break a sweat.

If the summer heat (or your electrical bill) is starting to get to you, give Air Doctor a call today. In Pinellas County, call 727-821- 1961. In Hillsborough County, call 813-891-9444. You can also visit them on the web for more information, including tips on how you can reduce your electricity bill, or visit online at www.airdctr.com to check out current specials.

Watch American Standard AccuClean™ Take On A Cloud Of Smoke

Sometimes it’s hard to demonstrate the effectiveness of some of the products we carry with actually showing how it works, but we came across this video for the American Standard AccuClean taking on a cloud of smoke & thought this was a great example of how effective it is at air filtration:

  • Removes up to 99.98 percent of allergens from the filtered air
  • Catches particles down to .1 micron in size
  • Eight times more effective than the best HEPA room appliance
  • 100 times more effective than a standard one-inch throwaway filter or ionic-type room appliance
  • Delivers cleaner air and more of it
  • Reusable filter can be cleaned by vacuuming

Air Doctor Carries American Standard products including the AccuClean. Learn more about our full selection of products here!