Archive for October, 2014

3 Reasons to Consider Radiant Floor Heating Installation

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Radiant flooring has been around since the 1960s, but advances in technology have made the options for radiant heating more affordable and workable; as such, radiant floor heating has become a popular option with homeowners. There are a few choices when it comes to radiant heating, but as with any heating system installation in Asheville, it’s always best to hire professionals to perform the work. The experts at Comfort Central, Inc., have been installing every kind of heating system for a number of years, and we can help you with your radiant heat installation. Call us today!

Types of Radiant Heating

There are 2 main types of radiant floor heating:

  • Electric floor radiant heating – there are two ways electric radiant heating can be installed: as a “wet” installation, in which small electrical cables are embedded into concrete, where they can dry and form a concrete radiant slab, or electrical mats can be installed onto a subfloor.
  • Hydronic floor radiant heating – durable, flexible tubing is used with hydronic floor radiant heating. The tubing is installed onto a subfloor, and heated water or steam flows through the tubing, providing the heating.

Benefits of Radiant Systems

Here are 3 reasons to consider using a radiant heating system in your home:

  • Even heating – the heat from a radiant system works by convection – heat that flows through gases, namely air.  This type of heat transfer makes radiant heating even and gradual, which can be more comfortable.
  • Piping system allows for easy zoning – the piping system that a hydronic system uses can make it easier to designate different heating zones inside your home.
  • No blowing dust – radiant systems do not operate with blowing air, so there is no need to worry about blowing dust. This can be very helpful for any allergy sufferers in your home.

Fall offers a great window of time for a new heating system installation in Asheville. If you are in need of a new heating system, call Comfort Central, Inc., today and schedule an appointment with one of our installation experts.

Ways to Save Energy with Your Furnace This Winter

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Energy efficiency is always a priority, especially when it comes to heating. As we head into the heating season, there are a few things that can be done that can help you be more energy efficient this winter. Helping your furnace in Brevard is good for your heating system and your wallet, and most of our suggestions don’t take too much time to implement. Have questions about improving energy efficiency this winter? Call Comfort Central, Inc., and speak to one of our trained experts about the benefits of installing a new furnace for your home in Brevard.

Energy Tips

Here are a few tips that can help you save energy this winter:

  • Conduct an energy audit – energy audits pinpoint exactly where you are losing energy. There are several tests that can be conducted, and you’ll be given a full report of the findings and recommended solutions for any problems that are found.
  • Increase insulation – if your insulation isn’t adequate, consider having more installed. There are several kinds of insulation available, and some are very good for retro-fitting.
  • Install ceiling fans – ceiling fans help circulate the air and can keep heat from rising too high in a room – just make sure the fan is rotating in a clockwise direction.
  • Use a humidifier – humidity holds heat, so adding some extra moisture to the air can help it feel warmer; it’s also good for your skin and health.
  • Use a programmable thermostat – a programmable thermostat allows you to control the amount of heating you use, which can go a long way toward saving energy. With a programmable thermostat, you can turn down heating during the day and have it cycle back up in the evenings for comfort.
  • Let the sun in – daytime heat gain can account for up to 10 more degrees of heat, so if you have shades or drapes, open them during the daytime to allow the sun’s natural heat inside.
  • Follow recommended thermostat settings – Energy.gov recommends that you set your thermostat no higher than 68 degrees when you are at home, and 10-15 lower when your home is unoccupied and at night.

Increasing your energy efficiency can help take some operating stress off of your furnace in Brevard, as well as your wallet. If you have questions about any of the above suggestions, call Comfort Central, Inc., and make an appointment with one of our specialists.

What Is the Exhaust Flue in a Furnace For?

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Most people don’t ever think about their furnace’s exhaust flue. They check the pilot light, occasionally the air filter, but the flue is often forgotten. Whether or not you realize it, however, the exhaust flue fills a vital role in the operation of the furnace. Let’s look more closely at what the exhaust flue does. First, we’ll examine why it’s necessary in the first place.

Combustion Gases

No matter what kind of fuel your furnace burns, be it wood, oil, natural gas, propane, or something else entirely, it will produce more than just heat from the fuel it burns. There are several common fuel combustion byproducts produced by normal furnace operations. Virtually all of these byproducts are toxic, but some are far more dangerous than others. One of the most deadly is carbon monoxide. This gas is odorless, tasteless, and completely invisible to human senses. The side effects of heavy exposure to carbon monoxide include nausea, dizziness, unconsciousness, and death. All furnaces produce these combustion gases. If not for the exhaust flue, these deadly byproducts would become trapped in your home.

Exhaust Flue Operation

When a furnace burns fuel, the combustion byproducts rise through the heat exchanger to the exhaust flue. The flue then vents the gases outside where they can safely disperse. Occasionally, the flue may connect to a chimney. In most cases, however, the flue simply exits out the side of the house. Despite the simplicity of the flue, there are a number of things that could compromise its effectiveness.

Issues

The first issue you’re going to want to keep an eye out for is any kind of crack or leak in the flue. This can cause combustion gases to leak into your home. Next, make sure that your flue is inspected every year for blockages. Birds will occasionally build their nests in exhaust flues, especially if they are connected to chimneys. This will trap most of the combustion gases from your furnace in your home.

If you haven’t had your furnace inspected yet this year, call Comfort Central, Inc. We provide heating repair service throughout the entire Hendersonville area.

Why Consider a Heat Pump in Black Mountains this Fall

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

We’re right in the middle of the fall season, and that means it’s time to schedule your annual heating maintenance. For some of you, however, this is a time for shopping around for a new heating system. If your old heating system is dying or otherwise failing you, consider installing a heat pump to replace it. Read on to discover the advantages of installing a heat pump in your home this fall.

Anatomy of a Heat Pump

A heat pump system contains two separate units, an indoor unit and an outdoor unit. These two units are what move heat from one space to another. There are other parts, but these two are the most important. When the heat is turned on, the outdoor unit absorbs thermal energy from the surrounding air. This energy is then sent to the indoor unit, where it is used to warm the air before circulation.

Advantages

The first advantage to having a heat pump is its energy efficiency. The ability to absorb and direct thermal energy relieves the heat pump from having to generate the energy itself. This results in lower heating bills, as the heat pump doesn’t have to work as hard as other systems to achieve similar results. Be aware, however, that prolonged sub-freezing temperatures can decrease the efficiency of the heat pump. Many heat pumps are supplemented by other systems in cold climates for this reason.

The second advantage is that of versatility. A heat pump system includes a valve that reverses the flow of refrigerant between the indoor and outdoor units. This reversing valve allows the heat pump to act as an air conditioner, as well as a heater. This not only saves you the space of installing a second forced air unit, it also saves you a sizeable amount of money. With the combined savings from both heating and air conditioning bills, the heat pump will eventually pay for itself.

If you are considering upgrading to a heat pump this fall, call Comfort Central, Inc. We install heat pumps throughout the Black Mountain region.

What are the Benefits of a Boiler in Arden, NC

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

As forced air systems have become more popular, radiant systems using boilers have fallen out of fashion. However, this does not mean that boilers are any less effective in heating your home. A boiler system actually possesses a number of advantages over forced air systems. Let’s take a look at the qualities of a boiler system, so that you can make an informed decision regarding the best system for your home.

Water vs. Air

Boilers and furnaces serve the same purpose: to distribute heat throughout the house. The difference is in how they accomplish this purpose. The furnace heats air and circulates it throughout the house using a system of ducts and vents. Meanwhile, the boiler heats water and then distributes it through pipes in the walls and floor. Copper pipe baseboard heaters and radiators are also used to accomplish the same effect.

Forced air systems have their advantages, but they also have a number of distinct disadvantages. Because of the way they circulate air into a room, the warm air will quickly rise to the ceiling and fall as it cools. This creates an uncomfortable striation, where a person’s upper body might be warm while the rest remains cold. Forced air systems can also circulate allergens and bacteria throughout the house through the ducts.

Boiler systems avoid both of these issues through their delivery systems. The heat from the water then radiates through the surface of the walls, floor, baseboards, or radiators to warm the surrounding area. Because the heat is transmitted through solid objects instead of the air, it won’t immediately rise to the ceiling where it becomes useless. Since it doesn’t circulate air, it also avoids the problem of spreading allergens and bacteria.

Boiler heating systems are a great choice if you want a more efficient heating system that improves your indoor air quality. It is important that you make room in the budget for an upgrade, as the new system will have to be installed in each room. For those who want a new system that will warm their home all winter long, though, it is will work the investment.

If you are thinking about installing a boiler system, call Comfort Central, Inc. Our professional technicians to answer all of your question about all of our available heating services in Arden, NC.