Archive for February, 2015

3 Important Boiler Components

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

Boilers remain a very popular home heating choice for people across the country. They’re sturdy, energy efficient, and provide excellent heat output. Despite their popularity, however, most people are still unaware of how boilers actually work. The more you know about your home heating system, the better equipped you’ll be to take care of it. With that in mind, let’s take a look at 3 of a boiler’s most important components.

The Heat Exchanger

In a furnace, the heat exchanger is a tube that allows heat to pass through it and into the air, while simultaneously venting toxic combustion gases out of the house. In a boiler system, things are a bit different. A boiler’s heat exchanger is a pipe that runs through the main chamber and into the circulator pump. The boiler’s burner assembly is positioned under the heat exchanger, heating the water as it flows through the pipe. The heat exchanger is one of the most important parts of the entire boiler system.

The Circulator Pump

The circulator pump fills the same role in a boiler system that an air handler does in a furnace. Once the boiler finishes heating the water that will warm the house, it needs a way to distribute it throughout the system. The circulator pump is responsible for pumping water through the pipe networks installed in each room of the house. Without a working circulator pump, the boiler is incapable of actually heating the house.

The Vent

Most boilers are natural gas burning systems, meaning they produce combustion gases just like gas furnaces. While furnaces use heat exchangers to prevent the toxic combustion gases from mixing with the home’s air, however, boilers don’t use air to distribute heat. This makes venting combustion gases much simpler. Instead of a heat exchanger, boilers have a vent extending from their main chamber directly to the exhaust flue. During operation, the combustion gases simply rise through the chamber, into the vent, through the exhaust flue, and out of the house.

If you’d like to know more about how a boiler works, call Comfort Central, Inc. We provide quality boiler installation and replacement services throughout the Arden area.

How Preventive Heating Maintenance Reduces Heating Repair Needs

Monday, February 16th, 2015

People today hear a lot about preventative care in many arenas: our own healthcare, our cars and our homes. A big part of preventative care for your home is scheduling annual heating maintenance. Contrary to certain perceptions, an annual maintenance visit for your heating system isn’t a quick inspection; it’s a comprehensive appointment that features a number of tasks that add up to a full tune-up for your heating system. If you’ve been looking for a way to help reduce the incidence of repair your heating system may develop, call the professionals at Comfort Central, Inc. today in Asheville and schedule a maintenance appointment.

Ways Heating Maintenance Helps Prevent Repair

There are a number of benefits heating maintenance can provide for you and your home, but one of the most important is helping to prevent repair. Here are some of the ways maintenance achieves this:

Cleaning and Adjusting

Your heating system is a mechanical device, and like most mechanical devices, there are a number of parts and components that help the system do its job. To do the job optimally, these parts need to be clean and positioned correctly, and there are three culprits that can inhibit the components at any time: dirt, dust and wear. How? Dirt and dust coat everything, creating a layer of filth that interferes with operation; wear and tear can cause components to tire or even shift position, requiring an adjustment. During a regular maintenance appointment, the technician will clean and adjust all the components of your system so that they work as they should.

Lubrication

All the moving parts of your heating system need lubrication in order to move freely; without proper lubrication, they can grind, which is very bad for the component. Lubrication can get gunked up with dirt and dust, or just simply wear off from usage; during a maintenance appointment, lubrication is applied to all the moving parts, so you won’t have to worry about these kinds of problems.

Inspection

Before any work is started during a maintenance appointment, your technician will thoroughly inspect your entire system. This inspection allows the technician to detect any existing or developing problems. If the problems are small in nature, they may be remedied during the appointment; if the problem(s) requires a full appointment, you’ll be notified.

If you’ve been looking for a way to reduce heating repair for your heating system, schedule an appointment for preventative maintenance today with our HVAC team in Asheville!

Some of the Unusual Movies Released for Valentine’s Day

Saturday, February 14th, 2015

Hollywood has always tried to match movies up to the seasons to draw droves of viewers to the theaters: October is packed with fright-offerings, while the winter holidays skew toward warm and pleasing family films (as well as Oscar hopefuls). Valentine’s Day falls in an odd spot when it comes to the movie release calendar, however, since February tends to be a slower time for the film industry. The studios are as likely to slot strange movies that don’t fit anywhere else in their annual schedules into the Valentine’s Day weekend as they are films with powerful romantic appeal.

So, while the second weekend of February has featured hugely successful romantic comedies like Hitch, The Wedding Singer, and (of course) Valentine’s Day, some truly weird choices have debuted in this weekend as well. And a few have even gone on to tremendous success despite the bizarre match with the holiday. Here are a couple of the odder Valentine’s Day movie releases:

  • Dracula (1931): Yes, this Halloween perennial and the start of Universal Studio’s Classic Monsters actually came out on Valentine’s Day! But perhaps this makes some sense, as the Dracula legend has often received a “doomed lover” approach in the many years since Bela Lugosi made the aristocratic vampire a screen icon.
  • The Silence of the Lambs (1991): Does any film seem less appropriate for Valentine’s Day than this unnerving and sometimes very violent psychological thriller? What’s even more astonishing than the film’s release date is that The Silence of the Lambs eventually nabbed the Oscar for Best Picture, an almost unheard of occurrence for a movie released so early in the year.
  • Daredevil (2003): This Marvel comic adaptation featuring Ben Affleck as a blind superhero does contain a romantic subplot, but the stronger connection to Valentine’s Day may just be that Daredevil wears a bright red costume.
  • A Good Day to Die Hard (2013): The least successful of the Die Hard film franchise, this is an excellent example of a studio dropping a film into a weekend where it doesn’t fit in the hopes that it works as counter-programming. (It didn’t.)
  • Wayne’s World (1992): Now here is an example of counter-programming that clicked with audiences. This comedy based on a Saturday Night Live sketch turned into one of that year’s biggest hits and spawned a sequel.

Whether you celebrate Valentine’s Day with a trip to the movie theater, or you have your own special plans, everyone here at Comfort Central hopes you and your loved ones have a wonderful weekend.

How Geothermal Systems Benefit the Environment

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

We could tell you about how much money you can potentially save every month when you install a geothermal heat pump for home heating and air conditioning, but recent studies show that many homeowners are more concerned about the environment when it comes to alternative energy sources than they are about money. Of course, it’s useful to know that you may save 30-80% of monthly heating and cooling costs and that most geothermal systems should run into very few costly repairs over the course of their lifespan. And you may be interested to hear that government incentives often offer a return on your initial investment. But today, for those of us who are especially environmentally conscious, we’re going to look at how these systems benefit the earth.

Whether you’re most concerned about the environment, monthly bills, or the noise level of your AC and heating system, geothermal may be right for you. Call Comfort Central, Inc. for more information on installing geothermal systems in Waynesville.

How Geothermal Heat Pumps Save Energy

Geothermal systems benefit the environment because geothermal energy requires no burning of fossil fuels and very little energy from the utility company. Geothermal energy has been put to use in a few different ways, but one of the most popular purposes is for heating and cooling homes or businesses. The reliable warmth from just below the surface of the earth is brought into the home via an underground loop system and a liquid such as water or refrigerant. In the summer, heat is transferred out of the home and deposited back into the cooler ground.

Moving heat from place to place is far safer and more efficient than generating heat, like a furnace, electric heater, or boiler must do. In heating mode, environmental impact is cut back because CO2 and other combustion gases do not make it back into the air. In either heating or air conditioning mode, the system uses very little energy. While it will need some energy to pump refrigerant from place to place, the amount used is significantly less than with a traditional air conditioner or furnace.

Calling the technicians at Comfort Central, Inc. allows you the opportunity to get to know more about the benefits of installing geothermal systems in Waynesville, as you’ll speak with professionals who have installed them for years. Call our team today!