Archive for March, 2015

What Happens to My Yard During Geothermal Installation?

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

Geothermal heating and cooling is a renewable technology that you can install at your home to reduce your overall impact on the environment and save a lot of money on heating and cooling costs over the years. While geothermal systems do use some electricity, this amount is minimal when compared to the amount of electricity used by conventional heating and cooling systems. Geothermal units rely on the stable temperature underground to start a thermodynamic reaction that brings warm or cool air into the home.

That means that a technician will need to do some digging. Just how much digging needs to be done will depend on the size of your property, among other factors. You will need to contact an expert, such as the friendly technicians at Comfort Central, Inc. to find out how much space you’ll need for installation. Every home has different needs, but in general there are two ways to install the loop field through which water or refrigerant runs in order to help cool or heat a home: vertical or horizontal.

A vertical loop field is the most common type of installation for geothermal systems. Vertical installations take up less space than horizontal installations, as vertical installation involves digging deep holes rather than wide trenches. Horizontal installations take up a lot more room, as these are laid out only a few underground in a long loop configuration. However, if you have the space, this installation may be ideal despite the damage to your yard because it is usually less expensive. In any case, the loop field connects to the air handler which brings air through the ducts.

Your yard will certainly suffer some damage during geothermal installation. However, if you work with quality contractors, they will listen to your concerns and attempt to make the install using as little space as possible. The installer is largely responsible for deciding which area is most ideal for installation, but remember that you can have some input as well.

Geothermal energy is one of the most efficient ways to cool or heat a home. Call Comfort Central, Inc. to learn more about geothermal systems in Brevard.

3 Furnace Safety Switches That Protect Home and Health

Friday, March 20th, 2015

Some people have concerns over running a gas heater, as any gas installation comes with the risk of overheating, natural gas leaks, and carbon monoxide poisoning. However, today’s furnaces not only burn fuel more efficiently than ever before, they also have advanced safety features that make these safety issues very rare. At Comfort Central, Inc. we want to answer your questions about installing a furnace in Arden, so we’ve put together this guide to some of the key safety features of a modern gas furnace.

  • Flame Sensor: This is the component that is perhaps most important in preventing gas leaks. The flame sensor detects when there is no longer a flame at your burner, and shuts off the gas after a set amount of time. In older furnaces where the pilot light stayed on at all times, this was called a thermocouple. It is simply a probe that sends a signal to the control board if there is nothing present. It is possible for the thermocouple or flame sensor to get a faulty reading, particularly if it is dirty or out of a place. You should leave it up to an expert to determine whether the part is faulty or not.
  • Limit Switch: The limit switch is programmed to switch off the furnace if the furnace plenum is at risk of overheating. Long ago, this would have meant an explosion, but today, limit switches keep this from ever becoming a fear. Some modern limit switches are combined with the fan switch, which is the part that delays the fan a bit until the unit heats up. If the plenum is overheating, it’s most likely because the fan failed to turn on or to power to the extent needed to move heat out of the plenum.
  • Air Pressure Switch: In modern furnaces, an additional blower helps to vent the byproducts of combustion, such as carbon monoxide, away from the home and through the flue. If there is not enough are pressure moving through the flue, a modern unit will shut down as the air pressure switch signals to the control board to do so.

Call the experts at Comfort Central, Inc. to get more information about your furnace in Arden. We offer professional installation, maintenance, and repairs.

How Air Sealing Benefits You

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

When you run your air conditioning or heating system, you most likely close all of your windows and doors in order to save some energy. When air leaks out of your home, your air conditioning and heating system must run a little bit longer to compensate. While you may believe that closing up all of the entryways to the house solves this problem, there may be more issues of which you are unaware.

Often, small holes in cracks in the home allow air to leak out or move into the house. This may be around windows and doors, or there may be minor cracks in the walls or ceilings that need caulking. These can be tough to see, but even the smallest cracks can really add up, contributing to quite a bit of energy loss. A technician can locate the most common areas in which leaks occur during an energy audit. After a proper air sealing service is complete, here are just some of the benefits homeowners notice.

  • Greater Energy Efficiency: Air sealing can lower your energy bills more than you might expect. Enough leaks in a home can add up to the equivalent of an open window, which means you’re paying more for heating or cooling air that only goes right back outside.
  • Better Performance: When there are air leaks in the home, you probably notice hot or cold spots in various rooms. Your HVAC system performs better when air and heat cannot move in or out of the home easily, making everyone in the home more comfortable. It may also reduce the chances of repairs as it eases the strain on your HVAC unit.
  • Better Air Quality: The air quality may improve in your home after air sealing, as contaminants and allergens cannot infiltrate the indoor air.

During an energy audit, technicians perform a series of tests to discover where you’re losing the most energy. This includes a blower door system and pressure tests which most homeowners do not have access to. Choose the experts at Comfort Central, Inc. to perform an energy audit in your home in order to cut monthly energy spending and improve indoor air quality with air sealing in Cedar Mountain, NC. Give us a call today.

Signs That You Need Commercial HVAC Installation

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

One of the most important things that you can do for the people on your commercial property is to keep it as comfortable as possible for the clients, customers, employees, and/or tenants therein. Scheduling commercial HVAC services with a professional helps to keep your unit running as smoothly as possible. But eventually, the entire system will need replacement. This is a tough fact to face, unless you keep in mind that your new unit will work better, run more efficiently, and require fewer repairs than an older unit in most cases.

And when you seek the services of the friendly professionals at Comfort Central, Inc., we’ll help you to select the most efficient system available and the one that best suits the needs of your property. Call our team today to find out whether you need new commercial HVAC installation in Hendersonville.

  • You’ve heard complaints from the people on your property. One of the best indicators of trouble on your commercial property is the word of you clientele and employees. If something is amiss with your heating and air conditioning system, you’re most likely to hear from it from your employees. Be sure to take even the smallest of complaints seriously since you never know whether this indicates a failing unit. It’s best to let a technician make the final call.
  • You notice high energy bills and slow heating or cooling power. Perhaps you’ve done everything you can to take care of your air conditioning and heating system, such as scheduling annual maintenance, but eventually any system will begin to fall into a state of decline. If you notice slowed performance and high energy bills, these may be signs that your AC’s time is up.
  • Your commercial HVAC system is nearing the end of its expected lifespan. Your manufacturer’s expected lifespan may be printed in the unit’s manual or you may be able to gather this information from the installer. While this is only an estimate, a commercial HVAC system has a much better chance of breaking down suddenly the older it gets, so it’s often better to replace it early on.

Call the experts at Comfort Central, Inc. for commercial HVAC installation or repairs in Hendersonville.