November 7th, 2016
Winter preparations are now under way as temperatures cool. Soon, you can expect to have your residential heating system working regularly through the days and nights. Before that time starts, it’s a wise idea to review the warning signs that may crop up during the early days of operation that something is wrong with the heater. The sooner you call for repairs, the easier they will be to get done, and the less likely you’ll run into a busted heater when you need it the most.
This post is for those of you who use a heat pump for winter comfort. You might see ice developing along the outdoor unit when it runs… and that’s not a good sign!
October 31st, 2016
A household furnace puts in steady service through the winter. As it runs, its blower fan pulls in air from the rooms via a return air vent. Plenty of dust, furniture and carpet lint, dander, and other debris can enter the furnace along with this air, but the furnace has a defense against it: an air filter located along the cabinet at the point where the return duct connects with it. (In some homes, the filter is located behind the grill of the return vent in the house.)
October 24th, 2016
Most homes have a ventilation system with ductwork to circulate air—both heated and cooled—throughout the rooms. Because the ductwork is hidden from sight in walls and ceilings and closed-off spaces like the attic, it’s easy for homeowners not to give them much thought. But ducts often develop air leaks in them over time, and unless these leaks are professionally sealed, it will have a negative effect on home comfort and energy performance.
October 17th, 2016
The most important step for prepping your home for the coming winter weather is to arrange for maintenance for the heating system. (Sign up for our Comfort Club and you can get started right away!) But there are some other steps to take as well, including making upgrades to the HVAC system. One that we recommend for many homes is putting in a whole-house humidifier. The installation work is a job professionals must do, but you’ll receive numerous benefits from the system during the winter—and the winters to come. Below are a few of the ways a humidifier will help during cold weather:
A warmer-feeling house
A humidifier doesn’t raise the indoor temperature when it’s running, even though it feels like it does. What’s actually occurring is that the moisture levels in the air make it easier for the human body to retain heat. When the humidity levels are too low, heat escapes rapidly through the skin by perspiration. Proper humidity balance thanks to a whole-house humidifier takes an unpleasant edge off the cold.
Lower energy bills
Dry air forces you to keep your heater running more often in order to overcome the effects mentioned above. With a humidifier working, you can reduce the amount of money you spend running the heater, often by 25% over the winter.
Extremely dry conditions weaken the immune system. When sinus membranes dry up, colds and flus can spread quickly from person to person. A humidifier will help lower the incidences of illness in your house over the winter.
Protection for wood and painted surfaces
Low moisture can cause wood to crack and painted surfaces to peel. This can be especially serious for precision musical instruments, but almost any home will benefit with a humidifier to protect its building material.
Comfort Master Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. offers indoor air quality and heating services to Cary, NC.
October 10th, 2016
When you are in the market for a new furnace installation in your house, one of the major factors to look at in any model you may purchase is its energy efficiency. This is the measure of how well the furnace takes its energy source (natural gas in most cases) and turns it into the actual heat you feel in the house. An energy-efficient furnace will waste little of its fuel source and convert most of it to heating. This usually means you will pay less to run the system than a furnace with worse energy efficiency.
October 3rd, 2016
One of our priorities as professional HVAC technicians is keeping our customers safe in their homes. We want you to enjoy comfort during the winter without worries that the gas furnace you have installed might become hazardous.
Gas furnaces are built today with safety uppermost in mind; we don’t want you to think that a natural gas furnace is automatically dangerous. If you make sure to always schedule annual maintenance in the fall to inspect and tune-up your gas furnace, you can enjoy many winters of comfort without concern.
September 26th, 2016
This is the time of year when we place a big emphasis on regular maintenance for residential heating systems. It’s the reason we have our Comfort Club: our customers only need to sign up, and they’ll have their concerns for heating maintenance taken care of year after year. (And they’ll have air conditioning maintenance as well!)
Previously, we’ve written about the benefits that you receive from scheduling a fall maintenance visit for your heating system. We’re going to turn to the other side in this post and look at what can go wrong with a heater if it begins to miss these important inspections and tune-ups:
September 19th, 2016
Last week we talked about arranging for heating maintenance during the fall to get prepared for the winter. This will help your heater work in the best condition and save you money through energy efficiency and a reduced need for repairs. Best of all, it protects you against a sudden heating system breakdown on the coldest day of the year.
September 12th, 2016
The change in seasons between summer and fall is often a gradual one. Right now we’re still experiencing some high temperatures during the day, even though we’re only about a week away from the official start of fall (September 22). But even with the warm weather still hanging around, September is a time when you should begin making preparations for the winter weather.
September 5th, 2016
The transition between summer and fall is an excellent time to have a new air conditioning system installed. This is a slower period of the year for HVAC technicians because they have fewer emergency repair calls to handle, so it’s easier to arrange a time to replace your old air conditioner. They’ll be able to offer you great advice about your options, and you’ll have enough time to weigh the possibilities and then have the best new system put in.