Posts Tagged ‘Air Conditioning’

New AC? Consider a Heat Pump!

Monday, June 24th, 2019

cooling-and-heating-house-symbolsNow that we’re approaching the end of June, we sincerely hope that you’ve got a great air conditioner up and running already. If this is not the case, though, and you find yourself facing an AC replacement—or if you’ve got a new home going up and you’re exploring your AC installation options—we urge you to consider the use of a heat pump. Heat pumps are great air conditioners, with some added benefits thrown in!

As is the case with any other HVAC system in Hendersonville, NC, of course, heat pumps are only going to function at maximum capacity if they are expertly installed and serviced. That’s where we come in. When you schedule your HVAC services with a member of our team, you know for certain that any job we do is a job done right! So read on, consider the benefits, and let us know if you think that a heat pump is the right choice for your next AC. (more…)

Do Your Ducts Need to Be Sealed?

Monday, February 18th, 2019

sealing-ductsMany homeowners that use central air conditioning systems also use forced air heaters like furnaces in order to heat their homes. If you use a heat pump, of course, you’re using that system throughout the entire year. In either case, this also means that you are using your air ducts all year long to ensure that you are able to live in the comfort that you deserve. Here’s a question that you may not have considered yet, though:

What kind of shape are those air ducts in?

If your ductwork is not in great working condition, then you really cannot expect a great overall performance from your home comfort systems. In fact, damaged and leaking ductwork can negatively affect the condition and performance of your forced air heating and air conditioning systems in a number of ways. Don’t believe us? Then read on, and you’ll likely be scheduling any necessary duct sealing in Brevard, NC, as soon as possible.  (more…)

Where Did Air Conditioning Come From?

Monday, August 31st, 2015

We’ve grown so accustomed to having air conditioned spaces that it can be hard to imagine not having access to the cool, dry air that keeps so many of us comfortable during the summer months. However, if it weren’t for the steadfast work of a young engineer in the early 1900s, who knows when people would have been able to enjoy whole home cooling? Following is an overview of how air conditioning first came into being. (more…)

Why Good Dehumidification in Your Home Is Important

Monday, August 17th, 2015

You may not realize this, but part of the reason air conditioning feels as good as it does is because your air conditioner removes both heat and humidity. If the humidity isn’t removed, you’ll end up with a home that is cold but clammy, and no one wants to feel like that. But comfort isn’t the only reason dehumidification is important, as the AC experts at Comfort Central, Inc., can tell you more about below. (more…)

Uneven Cooling: Yes, You Can Fix It

Monday, July 20th, 2015

It’s a familiar problem to a lot of homeowners: uneven cooling. Your bedrooms may be warmer than your living room and so on. It’s an annoying problem, and one that can compromise your indoor comfort, yet a lot of homeowners ignore it. However, when you call the cooling specialists at Comfort Central, Inc., you won’t have to keeping living with this kind of discomfort in your Brevard, NC home. (more…)

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…)

Coming Efficiency Changes for Air Conditioning Systems to Take Effect in 2015

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

One of the most important specifications on an air conditioner is its “seasonal energy efficiency ratio,” or SEER. This number indicates how well the air conditioner converts electrical power into cooling power. The higher the SEER number, the less the air conditioner will cost to run over a cooling season.

However, higher SEER air conditioning systems tend to cost more upfront to install, so when you are considering having new installation of air conditioning in Asheville, NC, you may wish to have a lower SEER rating to match your current budget needs. Consult with HVAC professionals, like the people at Comfort Central, Inc., to help you make the best choice for your comfort and financial needs.

The New Regional Efficiency Standards

Effective January 1, 2015, the Department of Energy and the American Public Gas Associating will implement new Federal Regional Efficiency Standards. These standards will affect both air conditioners and heat pumps—both split and packaged systems—and are designed to ensure that more energy-efficient units are installed to help reduce the U.S. reliance on fossil fuels.

The standards differ depending on region; for North Carolina, the standard requires that all split system air conditioners (the standard central ACs for most homes) have SEER of 14 or greater. All ACs manufactured after December 31, 2014, must meet or exceed this new standard. However, manufacturers, distributors, and contractors have until June 30, 2016 (and 18-month period) to ship and install systems that do not meet the new standards, specifically the 13 SEER units that are still common. However, all these system must be manufactured before January 31, 2015.

What does this mean for you as a customer? If you already have an air conditioner with less than 14 SEER installed in your house, you won’t need to worry. The new standards do not restrict repair and maintenance work done for existing systems. You can still expect to receive the same quality service for your air conditioner that you always have, using the same refrigerant blend.

However, if you are planning a new installation for air conditioning in Asheville, NC, you will have to make some choices about how soon you wish to have the work done. Some customers prefer the lower cost of 13 SEER units, which can make an ideal match with their budget plans. If you think that you may wish to have a 13 SEER air conditioning system installed, then you should consider scheduling the work soon. You can take advantage of the new units that the Regional Efficiency Standards will still permit manufacturers to produce until January 1. Contact Comfort Central, Inc. today and ask us about taking care of your installation; we will identify the air conditioner that will work the best for you, and if a 13 SEER is the right choice, we can have it installed long before the new efficiency standards go into effect. We aim to deliver you the best comfort available.

How a Thermostat Affects Your Air Conditioning

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

It doesn’t take special training to know your thermostat is the instrument that tells your air conditioner to turn on and off. But, with recent technological advancements, today’s thermostats do much more than start or stop the cycling of your AC. Comfort Central, Inc. specializes in the installment, repair and replacement of thermostats, and we’ve seen first-hand how a new thermostat can positively affect air conditioning systems in Black Mountain, NC.

How Can a New Thermostat Affect Your AC?

A new thermostat has several benefits:

  • Energy efficiency – the precision of digital thermostats and the ability to program them make today’s thermostats much more energy efficient than thermostats from just a decade ago. Digital thermostats are precise, as opposed to slide or dial thermostats, and when you use a digital thermostat that is also programmable, you gain tremendous control over how, when and to what temperature you cool your home. Many times, this equates to the need for less operation of your AC and more efficient cooling, which can reduce your energy usage.
  • Ease of use – digital thermostats are easy to read and operate, and don’t need to be calibrated like mercury thermostats do.
  • Convenience – programmable thermostats allow you to set the cooling for a 7 day program you can loop, freeing you from the constant need to adjust it.

Reasons to Consider Upgrading Your Thermostat

  • Age – if your thermostat is more than 10 years old, you could be missing out on significant energy efficiency savings.
  • Malfunction – is your thermostat constantly malfunctioning? This can cause your air conditioner to cycle on and off inconsistently, which contributes to wear and tear.
  • Constant need for repair – have you needed multiple repairs on your thermostat? At some point, your repair costs may be equal to the cost of a new thermostat.

Why Use a Professional?

Your thermostat is the control center for your air conditioner. If a new thermostat is installed improperly, it can wreak havoc on your air conditioning system in Black Mountain. If you are ready to upgrade your thermostat, call Comfort Central, Inc., today and schedule an appointment with one of our installation experts.

What Does the Energy Star Sticker Mean?

Friday, June 13th, 2014

If you’re in the market for a new air conditioner, you may have noticed a little sticker on the side of certain models reading “Energy Star.” Clearly, it’s a selling point, but what does the Energy Star sticker mean? The short answer is that it’s a mark of quality courtesy of the EPA, denoting models that are more energy efficient and cost-effective than normal. For people looking into new air conditioning in Arden, NC, there are HVAC companies that can help you with the specifics of a decision. The Energy Star sticker is a quick “cheat sheet” to guide you in the right direction.

The Energy Star system was established by the EPA as a way of encouraging companies and consumers to invest in more efficient technology. In terms of air conditioners, that applies mostly to the SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating. This rating is roughly derived from the amount of energy the air conditioner consumes versus the amount of energy it actually uses to cool your home. The higher the rating, the more energy goes into the air conditioner’s job instead of being wasted on inefficiency. The U.S. government mandated that all air conditioners produced in 2006 or later needed to have a SEER rating of at least 13, though units built before then that are still in operation don’t need to have a SEER rating that high.

For units with the Energy Star sticker, that number needs to be even higher. For single package systems, the unit needs a SEER rating of at least 14. For split systems, the number needs to be at least 14.5. You may be able to find a cheaper unit that doesn’t have the Energy Star sticker, but chances are it will end up costing you more in the long term due to higher monthly energy costs.

If you’re installing a new air conditioning in Arden, NC, we have the experts you need at Comfort Central, Inc. We can talk to you about what the Energy Star sticker means, and how that will factor into your decision to purchase a new unit. We have the skills and experience you need, so give us a call today!

Condenser Problems with Your Air Conditioner

Friday, May 16th, 2014

Central air conditioners are called “split systems” because they consist of two separate units, one housed indoors and the other outdoors. The outdoor unit of an AC is called the condenser because it is where the condensation stage of heat exchange happens: condensation occurs along the refrigerant coil and heat is released. The condenser also contains the compressor—the core of an air conditioner’s operation—where refrigerant is heated and put under pressure so it will move through the system.

When your AC’s condenser begins to experience trouble, you need to call for professional repairs as soon as you can. Don’t open up the cabinet and try to figure out the problem on your own: condensers are too intricate for amateur work. Instead, call our air conditioning repair technicians at Comfort Central, Inc. in Hendersonville, NC and let us put our experience to work for you.

Some common condenser problems you may encounter

Because the condenser is located outside, it can sometimes suffer from contamination due to debris that enters the cabinet. Gravel, leaves, even small branches from trees can become lodged in the condenser and damage the fan or other components. To help prevent this, make sure you keep the area around the condenser’s cabinet clear for at least a foot in all directions.

The blower fan in the condenser performs the important function of drawing outside air across the condenser coil and then exhausting the released heat out the top of the cabinet. The fan can encounter repair needs because of mechanical malfunctions, trouble with its motor, or electrical faults, leading to poor air circulation and a drop in the AC’s cooling power. Technicians will find what has caused the fan to lose power and repair it.

The compressor is the most vital component inside the condenser: if it stops working, the air conditioner cannot provide any cooling. A common problem that compressors encounter is stressful operation because of lack of lubrication or an excessive amount of dust.

If you start to notice a reduction in cooling power in your home, hear loud sounds from the condenser, or spot ice developing along the unit, don’t hesitate to call for repairs. Contact Comfort Central, Inc. and we will send one of our repair technicians out to you to solve the trouble with your air conditioning in Hendersonville, NC.