Posts Tagged ‘fletcher’

The Sizing of an Air Conditioning System: Why It’s Important

Monday, July 11th, 2016

One of the most prevalent misunderstandings of air conditioning systems is that it isn’t really important what “size” of air conditioner you have installed in your house. Just get the biggest one you can afford, and everything will be fine. We understand why people might have this misunderstanding: it only seems natural that if a house has a large system, it can simply be “dialed down” as necessary—and there will always be enough cooling for even the hottest day. Nonetheless, it’s still a misunderstanding, as we’ll explain below. (more…)

Air Conditioner Short-Cycling: What It Is, What Causes It?

Monday, June 6th, 2016

One of the more common problems that air conditioning systems encounter is something called short-cycling. This is when the air conditioner starts up and runs for only a short time before shutting down, then turns on a brief time later, getting caught in a start-and-stop repetition. This is a serious problem for an air conditioner because it places immense strain on its components, particularly the compressor. The amount of energy that short-cycling drains will also result in a steep rise in bills. Because the AC won’t be able to complete its full cooling cycle, it will also result in a poor distribution of cold air through the rooms. (more…)

The Dangers of Low Refrigerant in an Air Conditioning System

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

People often misunderstand the role of refrigerant (a.k.a. “Freon”) in an air conditioner. Refrigerant is not a type of fuel: an AC doesn’t use up its refrigerant as it runs the way that a car uses gasoline or a cell phone drains its electrical charge. Refrigerant remains at the same level in an air conditioner as it moves between liquid and gaseous states, absorbing heating through evaporation and then releasing it through condensation.

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It’s Spring: Time to Schedule Air Conditioning Maintenance

Monday, March 28th, 2016

The official starting of spring doesn’t necessarily mean the beginning of permanent warm weather until the fall. But it’s a reminder that the hot weather is not much farther away and it’s time to get your house ready for the increase in heat. The best step you can take to see that your house is ready for spring and summer warmth is to schedule your AC’s annual maintenance visit from an HVAC professional. (more…)

What Does a “Squirrel Cage” Have to Do with My Comfort System?

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

If you ever listen to HVAC repair technicians talk about the work they do, you may overhear a strange bit of jargon: talking about “the squirrel cage.” You may immediately have the silly picture in your heat of a squirrel running around in a wheel as the source of the energy for your air conditioner, furnace, or heat pump. Of course, your home’s comfort system doesn’t rely on squirrel-power (or the power of any other animal aside from the humans who first built it), but you may be interested to learn exactly what your technicians are talking about and why it’s important. (more…)

Thinks It’s Too Late for Heating Maintenance? It’s Not!

Monday, January 18th, 2016

Winter is already well underway, and the year 2016 is here. You almost certainly have the heating system in your home already working to keep your family warm. But… did you remember to schedule a visit from a heating and air conditioning professional during fall to inspect and tune-up your heater? This is something you must make part of your annual routine, since it helps keep the household’s heating system working at its best and for the longest period of time. (more…)

How Long Will My Heating System Last?

Monday, December 21st, 2015

While we don’t use our heating systems here in Fletcher, NC, as much as other areas of the nation, it is necessary to have a reliable heater that delivers the warm air you need for the winter months. One question we hear often during an installation, replacement or annual maintenance appointment is, “how long can I expect my heater to last?” While there is no exact answer, we can give you average lifespans. However, it is important to note that average lifespans are based on properly maintaining your system and they aren’t set in stone. (more…)

Why Good Insulation Is Needed from Your Attic to Your Basement

Monday, November 16th, 2015

It’s getting cool in Fletcher, NC, and pretty soon it is going to be downright cold. At this time of year many homeowners are tightening their spending to accommodate for heating costs. However, if you are battling poor insulation, the only way you are going to be able to reduce your heating costs is to have your insulation checked and new insulation installed if it is found to be lacking. How do you get your home’s insulation checked? Call the indoor air quality professionals at Comfort Central, Inc. (more…)

Have Faulty Ductwork? It May Be Time for Professional Duct Sealing

Monday, October 12th, 2015

Faulty ductwork compromises your comfort, decreases your home’s energy efficiency and reduces the quality of your indoor air. While many homeowners may think this means that your ductwork needs replacing, this may not necessarily be true. If the ductwork isn’t too damaged, there’s an excellent chance you can regain the efficiency and better function of your ductwork system via professional duct sealing services. The indoor air quality specialists from Comfort Central, Inc., offer duct sealing services in Fletcher, NC and the surrounding areas. Let us see if duct sealing will help you and your duct system. Call at the first sign of trouble with your ductwork. (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…)