Archive for March, 2014

Causes for Your Heating Running Inefficiently

Monday, March 31st, 2014

It’s almost time to turn off the heat and turn your AC, and with that time comes a chance to address an inefficient heating system. Inefficiency can be easy to ignore in some cases, since your heating system will still work, but need more fuel to do its job. That means you can keep running your heater and paying the cost of your monthly bills, even though that cost may skyrocket throughout the winter. When the temperatures are cold, it can be very inconvenient to schedule a repair to handle such inefficiency. But now that spring is here, you shouldn’t have to waste any more money on a less than optimum heater.

Here are some of the causes for your heater running inefficiently, which a good repair technician can help you with:

A fair amount comes from simple dust and dirt building up over the course of time. Dust can increase friction on moving parts and force your heater to work harder than it should. Similarly, the burners can get clogged with gunk, preventing them from working or forcing them to work at a lower capacity than normal. All of that can interfere with your heater’s ability to do its job, costing it precious energy and increasing your bills in the bargain.

Reduced air flow forces the heater to work harder as well. In some cases, this can come from blockages in the system, particularly from a clogged air filter or something in the duct system. It can also come from problems with the fan motor, from bent or damage fan blades. Indeed, any loose component can be the cause of inefficient heating.

Repair services need to treat the causes of your heater running inefficiently, not just the symptoms. A regular maintenance visit can help do that: cleaning dirty parts, tightening loos components and generally helping the heater run as well as it can. For heating service in Asheville, NC, contact the experts at Comfort Central. Inc. We’ll get to the heart of the matter and help you cut those heating bills down next winter. Call us today to make an appointment. You’ll be glad you did!

3 Reasons to Replace Your Furnace with a Heat Pump

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Forced-air furnaces are a staple of many homes in the area, relying on burning gas pushed through a heat exchanger to warm your home. However, there are many different heating system options available, and you needn’t be bound to it if another type of heater will work better for you. Heat pumps, for instance, are an extremely popular choice, combining the functions of a heater and an air conditioner by using the same basic system of cycling refrigerant that normal air conditioners use.

Here are 3 reasons to replace your furnace with a heat pump:

  • Improved efficiency. Heat pumps don’t actually generate heat. They simply exchange it with the cycling refrigerant. Because of that, they don’t cost nearly as much to run as electric furnaces do, which can save you a great deal of money in monthly costs.
  • Versatility. Heat pumps work as both heaters and air conditioners, which means you can use them in the summer just as readily as you do in the winter. That saves you space and time, making for a more convenient way to keep your house comfortable no matter what the time of year.
  • Ease of service. Because you only have one system for heating and cooling, you should have it tuned up twice a year. However, having only one system means you will probably have fewer repair costs than if you had a separate furnace and air conditioner. You also will only need to do the same things to maintain your system year round, like changing the air filter and keeping the outdoor unit clear of debris. No need to learn how to maintain two separate systems!

Here in Hendersonville, NC, heating installation and repair issues can be handled by the professionals at Comfort Central Inc. We can give you plenty of reasons to replace your furnace with a heat pump, but we won’t do so unless the fit is right for you and your household will benefit from the switch. We have years of experience and our trained staff won’t rest until you are completely satisfied. Call us today to schedule a consultation. You’ll be glad you did!

3 Reason to Consider a Boiler in Waynesville, NC

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Furnaces are the most common type of heating found in homes, although increasingly homeowners have turned toward heat pumps with their dual function of heating and cooling. But there’s another option: the hot water boiler. If you haven’t considered an installation of a boiler in Waynesville, NC for your new heating system, we think you should put it on your list and consider its advantages. It may turn out that a boiler will bring you the comfort and savings you want.

At Comfort Central, Inc., we take pride in the services we deliver to customers when it comes to installing, repairing, and maintaining heating systems. Our technicians can help you make the choice about whether you should have a boiler installed. Whatever system you end up choosing, you can trust our technicians to give you the best installation possible.

Why a boiler? Here are 3 good reasons:

  1. Efficiency: Boilers tend to have superior heating efficiency than furnaces. The reason for this is that they do not need to use ductwork, but instead send heated water through pipes to terminal points (either cast iron radiators or baseboard heaters). They lose much less heat this way, unlike furnaces which have plenty of space along their ductwork where heat can leak away, making them less efficient.
  2. Cleaner air: Boilers use radiant heat to send warmth into your home (plus convection currents from baseboard heaters) that does not require the use of ducts. Since ducts start to gather dust, no matter how often they receive cleaning, forced-air systems can blow dusty and dirty air into your home and continue to circulate it, dropping your indoor air quality. With a boiler, you get clean air, which is especially helpful if you have pets or people with allergies in your home.
  3. Durability: Boilers last longer than most other heating systems. They have few moving parts to wear down, and that means you won’t have to schedule as many repairs for them. With regular maintenance, your boiler should last a generation, providing great savings.

Make certain a boiler is the best choice

Despite these great advantages, a boiler isn’t always the optimal choice for heating. It depends on your home and your budget plans. You should consult with HVAC professionals to determine the best course to take, and then have them perform the installation.

Comfort Central, Inc. has the training and equipment to give you a great installation of a boiler in Waynesville, NC… if it’s the right system for you. Our technicians will make sure that it is—and they can install the right system if it isn’t.

Why Heating System Size Matters

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Installing a new heating system in Asheville is no smaller undertaking. Our North Carolina climate can undergo a number of extremes, and while we’re not as cold as some cities further north, you still need a heating system that can handle anything our winters can throw at you. That means you need to choose your unit carefully, with help from a trained professional and an eye on the best unit for you. The size of the heater plays a huge role in this, not so much the physical size as the amount of power it generates.

The reason sizing is so important is that a badly sized heater will cause a number of problems. If the power is too low, it won’t heat your home the way it should. If it the power is too high, it will heat the home too quickly, leading to rapid cycling on and off throughout the day. Heating systems use exponentially more energy when they turn on and off than they do while running. Rapid cycling only wastes unnecessary energy while increasing wear and tear on your unit. A heating unit should thus meet what we like to call the Goldilocks Rule: neither too small nor too large, but just right.

So how does one determine the right size? Part of it comes down to a straight measurement of square footage in your home. But other factors enter into the equation as well. For example, if you have a lot of insulation in your home, your heater won’t need to be as powerful as it would if you didn’t have as much insulation. Similarly, if you have large windows that face the west, you’re likely to get a lot of ambient sunlight in the afternoon, which will raise the temperature of the home accordingly. In that case, your heater won’t need to be quite as powerful as it would be otherwise. A professional contractor can do a heating load calculation of your home to determine what size heater will work for you.

Needless to say, such calculations can get quite complicated. That’s why you need a reliable heating company like Comfort Central, Inc. to help you find the right size heating system. We handle all kinds of issues with heating in Asheville, including installation, so give us a call today.