Archive for June, 2014

Commercial HVAC Repair Procedures

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Although it’s important to have a working air conditioner and heater in your home to live comfortably in North Carolina throughout the year, it is essential to have them for your commercial business. It is important for your employee’s productivity and the comfort of your clients/customers/tenants. In other words, it’s crucial for a successful business. Whenever your workspace’s comfort comes under threat due to a malfunctioning HVAC system, you need to contact professionals with experience in commercial repairs to restore it.

Comfort Central, Inc. is available to handle issues with your commercial HVAC in Hendersonville, NC whenever you require it. The comfort of your employees and clients is our #1 concern.

The Commercial HVAC Repair Procedure

After the repair technicians receive your call (please provide as much detail as possible so they can plan to efficiently and speedily complete the work) and arrive at your business, they will first check over the thermostats. If you are experiencing fluctuating levels of comfort, hot and cold spots, or a system that will not come on at all, the issue may emanate from miscalibrations in the thermostats or a loss of connection. If the technicians find the thermostats are operating fine, they will make a check of all registers to make sure they are unblocked and have adequate airflow. Low airflow will help the technicians narrow down what the problem is and where it is coming from.

Now the technicians will check out the actual HVAC unit, which is probably a rooftop package unit. The location and the compact nature of these units (all the components are housed inside a single cabinet) makes it quicker for technicians to perform the repairs and also limits the disruptions in the workspace. The technicians will search for refrigerant leaks with pressure sensors, run necessary electrical tests, and perform any cleaning and adjusting to deal with the repair problem. In most cases, the technicians should be able to fix the system during that visit; but there will be times when they will need to order a specific part.

Once the repair job is complete, the technicians will run tests on airflow and temperature to see that the system is working again and responding to the thermostat controls. They won’t leave you with your HVAC system until they know they have either fixed the problem completely or have laid out plans for more extensive repairs.

To help reduce the chances that you will need repairs for your commercial HVAC system in Hendersonville, NC, contact Comfort Central, Inc. and arrange for regular maintenance. Only a short visit twice a year (once for heating, once for cooling) will prevent 85% of repair issues in the future.

What’s Involved in Duct Sealing Services?

Friday, June 20th, 2014

Leaky and faulty ductwork can account for air losses of up to 30% of the air moving through the system – a big loss of cool air for which your air conditioner works hard to compensate. One way to help decrease air loss through your ductwork is to schedule professional duct sealing service.

Ducts develop cracks and disconnections via regular wear-and-tear; by sealing ducts and joints, you can not only decrease the incidence of these issues, you can help your system operate more efficiently. But your duct sealing in Brevard shouldn’t be done by just anyone – it’s important to use trusted professionals like Comfort Central, Inc.

An Overview of a Duct Sealing Appointment

Your duct sealing appointment will cover a lot of ground:

  • Thorough inspection of the ductwork for all leaks, cracks and disconnections
  • Inspection and evaluation of the supply and return air balance
  • Reconnection of disconnected sections and tightening of sections that are loose
  • Checking of connections at registers, vents and to the air conditioning system
  • Professional sealing of all connections with sealant; mechanical sealing (where needed) with sheet-metal grade screws and/or fasteners
  • Testing of system to ensure all leaks have been repaired and no carbon monoxide is entering the system

What Are the Benefits of Duct Sealing?

As we mentioned above, duct sealing can help prevent serious air loss in your air conditioning system. But it can also do a number of other positive things for you and your property:

  • Improved comfort – faulty ductwork can create hot and cold spots that decrease indoor comfort levels in addition to lessening air flow. With sealed ductwork, you will experience improved air delivery that helps to eliminate the hot and cold spots, as well as bring more conditioned air into your home.
  • Better energy efficiency – reducing the air loss in your system means your AC can use less energy to achieve the set temperature in your home, making it more efficient.
  • Decrease in energy costs – as above, by reducing the amount of energy used, you’ll spend less money on monthly utility bills.
  • Safer air – leaky ductwork can develop a problem known as “backdrafting” in which the exhaust fumes from other large household appliances like your furnace, dryer or water heater are pulled into the ductwork through the leaks; sealing your ductwork helps prevent this.
  • Better indoor air quality – sealing the ducts helps your indoor air quality by preventing additional pollutants from getting into your ductwork, such as extra dust and dirt, and other irritating particles.

Hire a Professional for Your Duct Sealing

Duct sealing is not a DIY kind of job. Duct leaks can be difficult to find; in addition, a trained technician will have the tools and ability to run tests on your duct system that you most likely won’t have.

Duct sealing in Brevard can make a big difference in your home and your utility bills. Call Comfort Central, Inc., today and schedule an appointment for your professional duct sealing.

What Does the Energy Star Sticker Mean?

Friday, June 13th, 2014

If you’re in the market for a new air conditioner, you may have noticed a little sticker on the side of certain models reading “Energy Star.” Clearly, it’s a selling point, but what does the Energy Star sticker mean? The short answer is that it’s a mark of quality courtesy of the EPA, denoting models that are more energy efficient and cost-effective than normal. For people looking into new air conditioning in Arden, NC, there are HVAC companies that can help you with the specifics of a decision. The Energy Star sticker is a quick “cheat sheet” to guide you in the right direction.

The Energy Star system was established by the EPA as a way of encouraging companies and consumers to invest in more efficient technology. In terms of air conditioners, that applies mostly to the SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating. This rating is roughly derived from the amount of energy the air conditioner consumes versus the amount of energy it actually uses to cool your home. The higher the rating, the more energy goes into the air conditioner’s job instead of being wasted on inefficiency. The U.S. government mandated that all air conditioners produced in 2006 or later needed to have a SEER rating of at least 13, though units built before then that are still in operation don’t need to have a SEER rating that high.

For units with the Energy Star sticker, that number needs to be even higher. For single package systems, the unit needs a SEER rating of at least 14. For split systems, the number needs to be at least 14.5. You may be able to find a cheaper unit that doesn’t have the Energy Star sticker, but chances are it will end up costing you more in the long term due to higher monthly energy costs.

If you’re installing a new air conditioning in Arden, NC, we have the experts you need at Comfort Central, Inc. We can talk to you about what the Energy Star sticker means, and how that will factor into your decision to purchase a new unit. We have the skills and experience you need, so give us a call today!

Treat Commercial HVAC Repairs Quickly

Friday, June 6th, 2014

When homeowners encounter problems with their heating or cooling system, they should always call for repairs as soon as possible to alleviate the discomfort of a malfunctioning heater or air conditioner. However, the only thing that’s at risk is personal comfort for the family. The situation is far different and more urgent when it comes to a place of business.

When you encounter any problems with your commercial HVAC system, hesitation or “waiting to see if it’s really that bad” isn’t an option. You need to get on the phone immediately and contact a company that specializes in handling commercial HVAC in Cedar Mountain, NC. Look no farther in the directory than Comfort Central, Inc. We offer experienced and professional services and NATE-certified technicians for commercial HVAC systems that will get your work place cooled (or heated) again.

Why You Need to Act Fast on Repairs

Think of how much you depend on the heating or cooling in your business on a daily basis. Whether you run an office space, a retail space, or any combination, you will have employees and or customers who depend on a comfortable environment. Workers are more productive in a cooled down space in summer. Shoppers are more likely to stay indoors when a space is more pleasant than what’s outside. No matter the time of year, you need to have an environment that is comfortable and suitable for productivity. This is especially true during our summers in North Carolina, where humidity can turn into a major nuisance.

When an HVAC problem starts, such as a drop in cooling power, an uneven distribution of temperatures (a common early warning sign), strange noises from the vents, or malfunctioning thermostats, the trouble will not somehow fix itself. In fact, it will almost certainly grow worse since it will mean extra stress on the system, causing further malfunctions. The faster you move on repairs, the faster they will be fixed—and also the less expensive they will be. Don’t allow the problems to compound through procrastination.

Fast repairs are better for your bottom line all around. You will have productive workers again, draw in customers easier, and provide a pleasing environment for your clients so they connect your business with positivity. Those fast repairs mean averting larger repairs or, worst case scenario, a full break down of the system.

You Need Commercial Specialists

Repairs for commercial HVAC systems are unlike those for residential systems, so make sure you contact a company with the experience to handle your needs. Comfort Central, Inc. can take care of the necessary repairs for your light commercial HVAC in Cedar Mountain, NC. Our technicians are only a phone call away, so don’t wait for the trouble to worsen. Give us a call today!