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Tampa air conditioning business a family affair

Special correspondent
Published:   |   Updated: March 13, 2013 at 09:25 AM

TAMPA Logan Winston is destined to take over his family's business, but he isn't even in his teens.

That's the kind of company A/C Specialists is. Although the family-owned air conditioning and heating business operates in the entire Tampa area, it spends most of its time in the Northwest area in places like Odessa and Lutz. It's a family affair that goes back a long way.

A/C Specialists is a team of trained service technicians and technician crews that are all certified. When Dave Winston purchased the business in 1994, and then turned it over to his son, Tim, he was committed to quality, even if it meant cutting back on a few opportunities so that he could give the quality service that customers expect.

Those aren't just words, Winston said, they are fact.

"We spend extra time showing them proper maintenance techniques,'' Dave Winston said. "We can save them hundreds, if not, thousands of dollars by taking the extra time.''

Winston takes pride in being available around the clock. He doesn't have surcharges for service calls on weekends or off-business hours.

"We never want to penalize our customers because their service went out at an inconvenient time,'' Winston said.

To make the service even more complete, Winston follows up with phone calls to his clients to remind them it's time for preventative maintenance.

It's not just the quality of the air conditioning and heating that concerns Winston. He's also interested in doing his part to improve the quality of air. According to an EPA study that he cites, air inside a home is 10 times more polluted than the air outside the home.

"Since most modern homes are built to be airtight,'' Winston said, stale odors, contaminants, and tiny insects can be trapped inside. That only leads to polluted air that can lead to all kinds of illnesses.

Even if the homeowner doesn't need a new air-conditioning system, Winston said he is more than happy to simply offer advice.

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