Florida’s hot and humid summer will soon be here, along with the threat of power outages due to thunderstorms and hurricanes. It is smart to be prepared before the heat and storms, and May is a great time to look at updating or replacing you’re A/C system, and installing a generator.
“The only thing worse than having you’re A/C go out on the hottest day of the year, is it going out during a hurricane, and not coming back on when your power is restored,” said Dana Spears, president and owner of Cornerstone Pros in Land O’ Lakes.
Many families decide to upgrade their A/C system, either because their existing unit is unreliable and costs too much to maintain, or it is so inefficient that it uses an increasing amount of energy that results in hundreds of dollars in utility bills.
A new A/C system that Cornerstone Pros offers exclusively in this area is the Daikin Fit series, which features exceptionally cool comfort, a small footprint and high energy efficiency ratings.
“The Daikin Fit has many advantages that families value,” said Spears. “Here are the top three that our customers rave about.”
- Half The Size — The outdoor unit is half the size of a traditional condenser, which makes it perfect for pool and patio areas. It is also great for homes with narrow lot lines.
- Exceptionally Quiet — It’s so quiet that it can be installed outside a bedroom window and not be heard inside, which means you don’t hear a compressor kicking on and off during the night.
- Energy Efficient — It has an energy efficiency rating of 16 SEER that lowers your power bill, because it takes less energy to cool your home.
The Daikin Fit series also has Wi-Fi connectivity and thermostat controls that are accessible from a phone, pad and laptop. Plus, Cornerstone offers great financing terms and rebates, and works with local utility companies to qualify customers for additional rebates. Finally, the Daikin Fit has one of the best warranties in the industry, with a 12-year parts and labor warranty included in the price of the unit.
Many families purchase a home generator to keep their family comfortable and safe when the power goes out.
“Families of all sizes and incomes are installing home generators, especially if a family member has medical issues that require treatments needing power,” said Miguel Silva, plumbing manager for Cornerstone Pros.
Cornerstone installs Generac generators, the country’s largest and most advanced manufacturer of backup generators that run on natural gas or liquid propane, and automatically activate when there is a power outage.
“Choosing the right size generator for your home is just as important as the quality of the generator. Our technicians do a full load calculation on every home we quote, and specify a generator that best meets a family’s needs and budget,” said Silva.
Cornerstone Pros offers permanent and portable generators, and has low-interest financing available to make monthly payments affordable.
“We want to encourage everyone who wants to protect their family’s health, comfort and safety to give us call,” said Silva. “We do everything possible to make a generator fit their budget.”
Today’s generators are compact, quiet and able to power some or all of a home’s electrical appliances. A generator prevents almost all of the problems associated with power loss, including spoiled food, extreme temperatures, sickening mold, and no running water if a home is on a well.
The American Red Cross recommends permanently installed backup generators because they are a safer way to provide backup power to a home than a portable generator. Plus, a portable generator can be dangerous if not properly installed.
“A new transfer switch is usually needed for a portable generator, so a home’s electrical panel is not blown up when the utility turns the power back on,” said Silva.
“Generators provide protection 24/7, whether you’re home or away, and turn themselves off when utility power returns, so there is no need to monitor the unit during an outage,” said Silva.
Cornerstone Pros offers 24-hour heating and cooling assistance. Its phones are answered 24/7, and technicians are available weekends and holidays. Call 813-990-0561 anytime, day or night.
Published April 28, 2021