Archive for August, 2013

What is a Matched AC System?

Monday, August 26th, 2013

With modern air conditioning systems, both the indoor and outdoor unit are matched together. We wanted to explain a little bit about what that means and why it’s important for your home. If you need any services for your air conditioning in Brevard, NC, make user that you call the experts at Comfort Central.

Air conditioning systems are given a particular SEER rating which stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. It describes how much cooling the system produces during a season and how much energy it uses to do so. The higher the SEER rating, the more efficient the system is. Many manufacturers submit their equipment to a third party, independent testing organization called the Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigerant Institute (AHRI) so that their customers know that their claims about the SEER rating are valid.

Central air conditioning systems are often referred to as “split” because they use an indoor evaporator unit and an outdoor condensing unit. Many of these units receive their SEER rating based on the operation of both the indoor and outdoor unit. These systems are called “matched” because they are designed to work with each other and not with any other brand or type of unit.

If you want to know if your particular air conditioning system is matched, you can ask your air conditioning contractor for the AHRI certificate which will have the Certified Reference Number. AHRI keeps a database and the number can be used to find your unit there.

Deciding on a new AC system is a huge decision—one that you have to live with for many years. If you are thinking about replacing part of your AC system, make sure you talk to a professional contractor about matching systems and what solution makes the most sense for your home.

Call Comfort Central if you have any questions!

Asheville, NC Air Conditioning Repair Tip: 3 Signs of Trouble

Monday, August 19th, 2013

This summer when you’re running your air conditioning system a lot you may run into some trouble. Here at Comfort Central, we are dedicated to our customers’ complete satisfaction and to their comfort. That’s why we wanted to put together 3 of the most common issues to watch out for. If you need Asheville, NC air conditioning repair, make sure that you give us a call today.

Keep an eye and an ear out this summer for the following issues that you might be having with your air conditioning system.

  • Not enough cooling – Probably the most common call for AC repair that we get is for an AC system that is blowing warm air or that isn’t producing enough cooling. This issue can leave homeowners frustrated and uncomfortable. This problem has a number of different cause including low refrigerant, broken compressor, clogged air filter or a broken fan motor.
  • AC making strange noises – If your air conditioning system has started to produce a new or unusual noise, make sure that you call for professional repair. While your AC should make some noise while it operates, any new noises like means that something has gone wrong. If you hear a hissing noise it likely means that you have a refrigerant leak somewhere. A squealing sound indicates that the fan belt is likely old and in need of replacement. If you hear gurgling, it likely indicates that there is low refrigerant in the system.
  • AC won’t turn on – If your air conditioning system won’t even turn on at all then you definitely have a serious problem. This issue could be caused by a faulty thermostat but it could also be that one of your air conditioner’s fan motors is broken, or that the motors’ capacitors are broken.

For all your Asheville, NC air conditioning repair needs, make sure that you call the experts at Comfort Central.

Asheville, NC Air Conditioning Installation Question: What is a Two Stage Air Conditioning System?

Monday, August 12th, 2013

Consumers looking for a new air conditioning system may hear the term “two stage air conditioning” when comparing the different models available. But what is a two stage air conditioning system exactly? And more importantly, what benefits does it provide to homeowners in the Asheville, NC area? As the name implies, two stage air conditioning systems have two modes of operation. During hot days, the air conditioning works at full capacity to keep your home cool and comfortable. Then when temperatures drop, the system switches to a lower capacity: fine for maintaining cool temperatures when the weather outside is more temperate. The cooling cycle lasts longer in the lower stage, and generally creates a more even temperature within the household.

What does all that mean? For the homeowner, it usually translates to lower bills. Air conditioners spend a lot of energy turning on and off, especially when temperatures aren’t so warm and the system needs to cycle on and off to keep your home from getting too cold. A two stage air conditioning system maintains longer, more even cycles… using less energy and keeping those electric bills in check.

Two-stage air conditioners also are a great way to deal with humidity, which Asheville, NC residents are all-too familiar with in the summer months. The longer cycles pull moisture out of the air more efficiently, making the air drier and more comfortable without expending any additional energy.

The exact type of technology used depends on the model of air conditioner. Some two-stage air conditioners use multiple compressors; one compressor turns on when temperatures are mild, with more kicking in as the mercury starts to rise. Other systems uses a single multi-speed compressor which shifts between modes and works harder during the hottest days of the year.

Air conditioning installation costs for a two-stage system may be a little higher than older one-stage systems, but you can often see the pay-off in lower bills and increased comfort. When the time comes to consider your Asheville, NC  air conditioning installation options, call the technicians at Comfort Central for a consultation. We’ll discuss the specifics with you and help you determine if a two-stage air conditioning system is right for you. Comfort Central is dedicated to prompt and professional service, whether it be air conditioning installation, repair, or maintenance services. Set up a meeting with us today; we can show you the advantages that a two-stage air conditioning system provides.

Asheville, NC Ductless Split Guide: Benefits of Going Ductless

Monday, August 5th, 2013

Are you in the market for a new heating and air conditioning system in Asheville, NC? If so, be sure to call Comfort Central to explore your options. Central, forced air cooling systems are very popular, but the ductwork that they require to disperse air throughout your home can be problematic. If you are interested in effective heating and air conditioning performance without the potential problems posed by ductwork, consider the installation of a ductless mini split system.

Ductless mini splits are great for homes that cannot accommodate bulky ductwork systems. A compressor unit is installed outside. Wall mounted air handlers are installed in your home, and these air handlers are connected to the outdoor unit by a simple conduit. This connection allows the air handlers to disperse air directly into the rooms in which they are installed, eliminating the need for ductwork altogether.

Heating and cooling your home more efficiently and with better control is easy with a ductless mini split system. By using multiple thermostats and controlling the air handlers individually you can create different temperature zones in your home. This allows you to heat or cool only those rooms that are in use, saving energy and money. You won’t have any more disagreements among family members about how the thermostat is set. Temperature zones keep everyone happy and comfortable while reducing your energy use.

The installation process for ductless mini splits is simple. All that is needed to connect the inner and outer components is the conduit, meaning that a 3” hole will be drilled in your wall. There is no duct installation or renovation necessary. When it comes to simple installation ductless mini splits are a great option.

Ductwork is a common point of energy loss. Poor installation, design or insulation and leaks allow energy to be lost while air is being distributed. Because ductless mini splits allow the blowers to disperse air directly there is no way for energy to be lost in transit.

If you’re interested in learning more about ductless split systems or would like to schedule an installation, contact the professionals at Comfort Central today. We have all the information and answers you need to make the right decision about heating and cooling yourAsheville, NC home. Call today to schedule service.