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How times have changed

In 1896, great-grandpa Antonio came to Ybor City from Sicily following the American dream. He started working in a cigar factory and eventually saved enough to acquire some land and some cows and start his own little dairy farm. In between, he met and married another Italian transplant, Theresa. In 1916, their daughter Mary...

Crazy stories from the A/C Business

Believe it or not, you can see some pretty crazy things when you specialize in air conditioning like we do. While most A/C places here in Tampa are qualified and can install units properly, I have personally seen cases that got me wondering what the installers were thinking. I was just thinking about two...

New cooling technology!

Some Tampa Bay schools are experimenting with a new, cost-effective cooling technology known as thermal energy storage. Thermal energy storage systems use massive amounts of water and glycol (think 17,000 gallons) set inside giant ice tanks to cool large structures. Originally used to keep ice skating rinks frozen, thermal energy storage is now being...

Staying cool and saving money

As the owner of an air conditioning business in Tampa Bay, I hear frustrations over energy costs every day. The cruel reality is that we live in a sub-tropical location that, despite its many advantages, requires us to use more air conditioning than other locations. Air conditioning is, unfortunately, the number one energy user...

Watch out for leaking coils

Summer is winding down, but we still have a couple months of high heat and humidity here in Tampa Bay. You do not want your air conditioning unit to stop working and leave you with no relief from this heat, so make sure you are taking care of any refrigerant leaks you may have....

Don’t ignore your a/c unit

Let’s think about routine maintenance: You probably get oil changes, and haircuts. You may mow the lawn. Our schedules are full of scheduled service appointments. Well, did you know that the most important thing you can do for your A/C is to also service it regularly? Many people don’t realize the importance of scheduling...

Duct work can have big effects

A/C units need air ducts to be able to properly distribute cool air and run efficiently. Yet, many people ignore their duct work! They’ll replace their air conditioning system and assume that they will automatically have much better efficiency. While it’s true that units are obviously more efficient when they come right out of...

Are your ducts dirty?

Ducts can get dirty, although how rapidly this happens is highly variable. Do you have pets or do you live in a high-traffic area? Do you have carpeting? A lot of factors contribute to the soot, pollen, dander, and dust content in the air—all of which can clog your ducts over time. Clogged ducts...

Why I love the air conditioning industry

Do you ever sit back and just think about how lucky you are to have the job you have here in Tampa? I sincerely wish that everyone could love their job because I know from experience that it is an amazing feeling. I actually wake up excited to go to work every day. Even...