Archive for April, 2015

Is a Zone Control System Right for My Home?

Monday, April 27th, 2015

Homeowners interested in air conditioning options may have heard the term “zone control system” without quite realizing what it means. It’s an option for your air conditioner, designed to provide more control over the temperature of your home and lower your monthly bills in the process. Zone controls offer a lot of benefits, but they don’t fit every situation. Many Asheville, NC residents could do well with one, but before pulling the trigger on an installation, you need to ask “is a zone control system right for my home?” (more…)

How Can an Energy Recovery Ventilator Help My AC?

Monday, April 20th, 2015

We are in that time of year when it’s perfect to open the windows and let the warm breezes of spring in. Of course, not far behind this weather is the hot and humid air of summer, and when that hits, we’ll be closing our windows again to keep cool and comfortable while indoors. If you are like a lot of homeowners, you’ve made your home in Asheville, NC, as air-tight as possible, with insulated windows and doors good insulation throughout your home. While being air-tight is great for your energy efficiency and maintaining the indoor temperatures you want, it can be hard on ventilation. What if we told you there is a device we can add seamlessly to your HVAC system that not only greatly improves your indoor ventilation, but that also improves your energy efficiency? There is, and it’s called an energy recovery ventilator, also known as an ERV. (more…)

Air Conditioning Guide: What Is a High Velocity Air Conditioner?

Monday, April 13th, 2015

It wasn’t too long ago that homes without ductwork didn’t have any options for whole home cooling. But with the advent of better technologies and newer, more flexible products, homeowners without ductwork have several choices where they didn’t have any before. One of these choices is a high velocity system. As you can divine from the name, high volume air output is part of this system, but this is just one aspect to consider. However, before moving forward with this, or any type, of air conditioning system, it’s critical to work with trained experts. The specialists at Comfort Central, Inc., have the expertise to install a wide variety of air conditioning systems, including high velocity systems, so give us a call today! (more…)

Why Consider the Installation of a Whole Home Dehumidifier?

Monday, April 6th, 2015

Heat and humidity are a part of North Carolina summers, but when you add a whole home dehumidifier to your existing air conditioner, you help both yourself and your AC. Spring is a great time of year to add upgrades to your AC system, and when you hire the trained specialists at Comfort Central, Inc., to perform any kind of work to your system, you can rest assured that the work will be done correctly and efficiently the first time around. Call us today and schedule an appointment for your home in Asheville, NC.

How Dehumidifiers Help

The EPA states that healthy levels of humidity range from 30-55%. Humidity levels below 30% are too dry and levels over 55% make things too moist. Humidity isn’t just wet, though – it holds heat. This is why a humid day of 70 degrees will feel hotter and more uncomfortable than a dry day at 70 degrees. Some of the problems that can develop in your home from excessive humidity are:

  • Mold, mildew and fungi development
  • Warping of wood products, including flooring
  • Rot
  • Increased allergy issues
  • Destruction of paper products, including photographs, and fabrics

Whole home dehumidifiers remove the excess moisture from the air before it can circulate within your AC system and through your home. As such, one of the most important ways a dehumidifier helps your AC is by taking the extra work load off your AC system. In turn, this allows your AC to operate at normal levels instead of stressed ones. A dehumidifier also helps reduce energy usage. Again, it takes work to remove humidity from your home, and if your AC has to remove it all, the AC will have to work harder, thereby using more energy. Problems with discomfort are always an issue when it comes to excess humidity, and achieving a better comfort level indoors is another benefit of whole home dehumidifier usage. Excess moisture combined with air conditioning can make your indoors feel cold and clammy instead of cool and dry; a dehumidifier helps you avoid this kind of discomfort.

If you’ve been looking for a way to beat the heat without breaking your budget, it may be time to consider installing a dehumidifier. Our professionals can help you with all your air conditioning needs, so call us today!

Should You Replace Your AC with a Heat Pump?

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

When an air conditioning system breaks down, it can be tough to pick a new system for replacement. Today, there are so many different styles, options, and features to choose from. Each air conditioning system is labeled with an efficiency rating that helps you to determine whether you’ll save on cooling costs each month. While you can replace your existing heat with another highly-rated efficient and traditional air conditioning system, you also have another option: the heat pump.

What makes heat pumps so appealing to homeowners? The most attractive feature is that heat pumps are efficient for both heating and cooling. And there are many other benefits to these units as well. Contact the friendly people at Comfort Central, Inc. for heat pump installation in Cedar Mountain, or to find out more about how a heat pump can benefit you.

The Benefits of a Heat Pump

Heat pumps are rated quite well for efficiency in both cooling and heating. This is because heat pumps are able to bring heat into your home (or out of your home) without actually generating any heat. Instead, these move heat from one area to the next (to the outdoors in the summer and inside in the cooler months), which is a more efficient process than combusting fuels. Heat pumps are designed to run using as little energy as possible with only the latest parts and technologies.

You may also notice that your new heat pump is just as effective as any other heating and cooling system. Heat pumps are high-performance cooling and heating systems which run effectively and efficiently for most of the year (though they may need a backup heating source in the winter). You don’t have to sacrifice performance for energy efficiency when you choose a heat pump for AC replacement.

However, you should keep in mind that a heat pump is not for everybody. If you have a functional and efficient heating system, you may want to keep this as is and add in a new air conditioner instead, which is often a less expensive option. To discuss your options with a professional and schedule installation in Cedar Mountain and the surrounding area, call the experts at Comfort Central, Inc. today.