Proficient Answers to Florida Residential and Commercial Air Conditioning FAQs

Residents and business owners in Florida are compelled to use some form of air conditioning in our hot, humid, salty climate. The majority utilize central air conditioning systems for better energy efficiency and comfort.

Because central air conditioning units in Tampa are heavily burdened, we often get inquiries pertaining to air conditioning maintenance and repairs. We welcome these questions, and do our best to provide honest, proficient answers.

Considering the importance of maintaining central air conditioning in Florida for our families’ comfort and safety, we thought it relevant to address the most frequently asked questions, or FAQs, we consistently receive about air conditioning maintenance and repairs in Tampa.

Residential Air Conditioning FAQs

Will a larger air conditioning unit be more effective in cooling my home? 

It depends.  If the unit you currently have is not large enough to efficiently cool your home, a larger system may be more effective. However, if the air conditioning unit you have is the proper size for your ventilated residential space, there may be an issue with a system requiring attention. Additionally, a larger system may cool your house faster, but it may not run long enough to effectively remove the moisture from the air making it feel uncomfortable.

What is the normal lifespan of a new air conditioning system?

The life of a new air conditioner unit depends primarily on how well it is maintained.  In Florida, air conditioners are heavily-burdened by the heat and elements. By understanding the importance of air conditioning maintenance in Tampa, and adhering to your recommended maintenance schedule, your central air conditioning investment will pay itself off in well under its lifespan, allowing it to operate at optimum energy-efficiency for years to come. Keep in mind, when an air conditioning unit has to work harder against the elements, it may require a/c system service or replacement more frequently.

What is SEER, and why does it matter?

If energy efficiency is important to you, SEER matters. SEER, or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, is a calculation of the seasonal amount of BTU’s required for cooling, divided by the seasonal watt-hours utilized. The higher the SEER rating, the more energy-efficient the air conditioner will be. Governmental standards require a SEER rating of 14. However, to be considered an Energy Star product, the SEER rating must be 15 or higher.

Are certain HVAC brands superior to others?

Various factors must be taken into consideration, such as the size of your residence and your budget. The expert installation technicians at Proficient Air proudly install and provide quality maintenance services for air conditioning units from the industry’s leading residential and commercial air conditioner manufacturers. If you require a new air conditioner installation in Tampa, a one-year workmanship warranty is included as a courtesy to our customers. We are happy to discuss your current HVAC needs and your options for a new air conditioning system.

Why is air conditioning maintenance so important?

Much like your automobile, you want to protect your air conditioning investment with proper preventative maintenance, so it lasts as long as possible. Changing the oil and air filters in your car is just as important as changing the air filter in your air handler. Experienced air conditioning service technicians inspect the vital components to ensure they are functioning properly and provide maintenance services to keep it that way!

How often should my residential air conditioning system be scheduled for maintenance?

The fact that residential central air conditioners in Florida generally operate year-round, it is recommended they be serviced or scheduled for maintenance at least once a year, or even better, twice a year: in the spring before it gets hot and in the fall before it gets cool.  Keep in mind that commercial air conditioners should be maintained quarterly (every 3 months.)  Proficient Air in Tampa Bay offers preventative maintenance contracts that are tailored to your needs.

Do you offer products to improve indoor air quality?

Our We Care program was established because at Proficient Air…we care! There are a variety of products we offer to improve the air quality in your home, especially when health conditions like allergies and asthma are a concern.

  • The Whole House Media Filtration System is a 4” pleated air filter that is installed before the air handler for maximum filtration of airborne particulates: dander, dirt, and debris.
  • The Ultraviolet Coil Irradiation UV Lamp Kit is installed in the blower area of the air handler to prevent mold growth on surfaces throughout the air handler and eliminate the circulation of mold spores in the home.
  • The Whole House Air Purification System installs into the units the main supply air trunk dispersing Hydrogen Peroxide into the entire home’s ventilation system treating every room and surface it encounters. It destroys Mold Spores, Bacteria, Viruses, Fungi, VOC’s, Odors, Smoke, etc. If you own a dog and are tired of smelling that dog odor when you walk into your home than this is the solution for you. 

Commercial Air Conditioning FAQs

To what types of businesses do you provide commercial air conditioning installation, maintenance or repairs?

We serve practically any business in the Tampa Bay area. Specifically, our current clients include office buildings, educational institutions, industrial facilities, golf courses, restaurants and more. The experts at Proficient Air are experienced with all levels of commercial air conditioning systems in Tampa, be they large or small.

What should the lifespan be of a commercial air conditioning unit?

On average, a commercial air conditioning unit can last anywhere from 10-15 years if properly maintained. That said, air filters should be checked monthly and changed when dirty. If your business produces more airborne particulates, that may need to occur weekly, or more frequently. Regular preventative maintenance of commercial air conditioning systems will identify minor issues before they become major, which can prevent untimely breakdowns, costing you and your business time and money.

Does it make sense to invest in a more energy-efficient air conditioning system?

It makes sense, and it makes “cents” to have an energy-efficient air conditioning system in place in a commercial property. Although it is a substantial investment, the savings in energy costs alone will pay for the unit during its lifespan. Again, it is critical preventative maintenance occurs to protect your investment and make sure it performs at its optimum for maximum savings.

How often should preventative maintenance be performed at my business?

Your business is your livelihood, and you should always be mindful of the safety and comfort of your employees and customers. Your commercial air conditioner is a sizeable investment and should be treated as such. Preventative maintenance is recommended annually, and even more frequently in most Florida businesses. Keep your investment sound and your people safe and comfortable by scheduling preventative maintenance for your commercial a/c system in the Tampa Bay area quarterly (every 3 months.)

Proficient Air preventative maintenance contracts include:

  • Discounted labor rates
  • 15% off parts
  • Trip charges waived *within a 25-mile radius
  • An option to add filter service
  • Guaranteed Same Day Service

With proper commercial HVAC maintenance, your business’ air systems can operate more efficiently year-round, saving energy costs and overhead expenses, and reducing the need for costly repairs.

For more proficient answers for your residential or commercial HVAC questions, or to schedule a FREE ESTIMATE for air conditioning service or installation, contact Proficient Air Palm Harbor. We provide superior residential and commercial air conditioning installation, service and repairs in Tampa, FL, and throughout Tampa Bay. 727.386.2732