Archive for September, 2014

How Do I Know When I Need to Schedule Heating Repair?

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Just as your car will turn on a sensor light when something is wrong, your heating system will also signal to you that it needs repair. It is always better to attend to repairs right away rather than wait, even if your system is still operational. Fall offers a great time of year to test your heating system, and if needed, schedule heating repair in Asheville. Comfort Central, Inc. has NATE-certified technicians available to help you with any and all heating repair needs; if you are experiencing problems, call us today.

Signs It May Be Time for Repair

There are a few signs it may be time to repair your heating system:

  • No heat – clearly, this is the most obvious sign that something is wrong with your heating system. It may be tempting to dig around and see what the problem is, but it’s best to leave that to your technician.
  • Strange sounds – clanging, banging and booming are not typical sounds of a heating system. As the homeowner, you will know better than anyone what a ‘normal’ sound is for your heating system and what isn’t, so if you do hear something odd, don’t ignore it.
  • Strange odors – do you smell an odor coming from your system that isn’t typical of the heating cycle? Again, don’t ignore it – call for a technician.
  • High energy bills – are you seeing high energy bills, even though your system usage hasn’t changed? This can be indicative of a struggling system, because struggling systems need more energy to work.
  • Poor performance – is your system having a hard time reaching your desired temperature? Are there hot and cold spots in your home? Poor performance can be an indicator that something is taxing your system.

No one enjoys scheduling repair for their heating system, but allowing a malfunctioning system to operate may cost you more time and money than originally planned. Take advantage of the fall and schedule needed heating repair in Asheville with Comfort Central, Inc. today!

How to Prepare Your Furnace for the Heating Season

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

If you own a furnace, you need to keep it in top shape to ensure you stay warm throughout the heating season. Your air conditioning system has been running all summer long, so it may seem as though no new problems should have developed with your heating system. However, your furnace may be inefficient due to dirty components or minor problems that could lead to further damages later on. Your best bet is to take care of maintenance tasks now before they become major repair needs. Here are some of the ways you can help get your furnace ready for the heating season.

  • Change the Furnace Filter: One of the best things you can do for your heating system is changing the furnace filter. This should be done about once a month, but the frequency may depend on how often you use your unit. A dirty filter allows dirt and contaminants to move into your ductwork. Furthermore, a clogged filter keeps your furnace from drawing the necessary amount of air into the furnace. This means your motor must work harder and run longer, using more energy and wearing out your unit.
  • Remove Any Obstructions from Vents: The thermostat in your home lets your unit know when to turn on and off. But if household obstructions block the vents, it will take longer to reach the desired temperature, meaning your furnace cannot efficiently heat your home. Be sure that all vents are open and that nothing blocks your vents from drawing in or distributing air.
  • Schedule Maintenance: The most important step you can take towards a more efficient and better performing furnace is by scheduling heating maintenance with an experienced technician. Heating maintenance involves cleaning and inspecting your system, as well as tightening connections, checking the thermostat, and making any adjustments that may be done without major repairs. The technician will let you know whether you need to schedule additional services.

If you need to schedule professional furnace maintenance, or if you have any other questions about maintaining your furnace in Waynesville, give us a call today and talk to one of the friendly technicians at Comfort Central, Inc.!

Where Is My Home Losing Energy Efficiency?

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

We’ve all experienced them: the cold spot in the kitchen, the draft coming in from that one window in the living room. They are the areas where your home just can’t seem to get warm (or cool), and it can drive you crazy wondering where else in your home you may be losing cooling or heating. As we head into the fall, now is a perfect time to schedule an energy audit in Waynesville to see exactly where you are losing energy efficiency. And with the help of Comfort Central, Inc., trained professionals, you can have a custom plan created to help you save energy this fall and winter.

What Is an Energy Audit?

A home energy audit is an assessment in which the energy efficiency of your home is evaluated using professional equipment, testing and analysis. At the end of the audit, you’ll be given a list of recommendations designed to help make your home as energy efficient as possible.

What Happens During an Energy Audit?

Here is an overview of what happens during a Comfort Central, Inc., energy audit:

Inspection

A technician will inspect your home utilizing a comprehensive check list. He/she will also ask you a series of questions to identify any significant areas of concern.  The technician will inspect your heating and cooling equipment, water heater, ductwork, insulation, windows, check for gas leaks and perform a Combustion Analysis.

Testing

The technician will conduct a series of highly advanced tests using state-of-the-art technology, such as thermal imaging, a blower door system, static pressure tests and/or flow hood.

Analysis and Recommendations

Utilizing the data collected during the inspection and testing phase, your technician will prioritize ways you can save on your energy costs. This information will be organized in a simple plan designed to help you efficiently manage the energy systems in your home.

We may still be enjoying warm weather, but that will soon be coming to an end. If making your home more energy efficient is a priority now and year-round, call Comfort Central, Inc., today and schedule an appointment for a professional energy audit for your Waynesville home.

The Fashion of Wearing White and Labor Day

Monday, September 1st, 2014

You may have heard about the fashion faux pas of wearing white after Labor Day. In the present, this tradition is usually treated as old fashioned and a joke. Few people will criticize you for wearing white articles of clothing after the first Monday in September, or even take notice of it except to wonder why it was ever a major concern at all.

Where did this tradition of white clothing going out of fashion after Labor Day come from, and why did it fade away like colorful fabric washed in a hot load in the washing machine?

In general, white makes sense for the heat of summer. Light-colored clothing reflects away the radiant heat of the sun, instead of absorbing it the way dark colors do, so for thousands of years of human history people have preferred to wear white clothing during the hotter months.

However, the idea of white as strictly fashionable during the summer season only emerged in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries—the time when the very concept of “fashion” began to spread across the Western Hemisphere.

It was only the highest level of post-Civil War society in the U.S. that strict and often bizarre rules for fashion controlled whether someone was in with the “in” crowd. Compared to our ideas of what’s fashionable today, the Czars of Style in the 1880s were true despots. Things as trivial as sleeve length could determine whether a woman in high society—no matter her level of wealth—was fashionable or a pariah.

Wearing white during the only summer, when it was common for weddings and outdoor parties, was only of these restrictive society rules. When the U.S. government made Labor Day a federal holiday in 1894, the Fashion Czars gained a definite cut-off point for when wearing white was no longer “acceptable” in the upper echelons of wealthy society.

For many decades, this rule only applied to a small number of millionaire socialites in a few big cities, but in the 1950s it reached general fashion magazines that were read around the country and started to affect more people.

But time eventually broke apart this odd rule, and during the 1970s fashion became more individual. Some fashion legends, like Coco Chanel, also purposely rejected the restriction and wore white throughout the year. Today, the “no white after Labor Day rule” is little more than an amusing gag to tease friends, and almost nobody takes it seriously.

Whatever you choose to wear after Labor Day (and if it’s white, we won’t tease!), everyone here at Comfort Central, Inc. hopes you have a happy end of the summer and great plans for the fall!