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Indoor Air Quality Often Gets Worse in Winter

November 11th, 2019

woman-with-allergiesThe outdoor temperature isn’t the only part of winter that becomes more difficult. Winter is also a season when indoor air quality for homes suffers steep drops. Poor IAQ can strike at any time of the year (spring brings serious allergy problems), but the issue is most consistent and predictable during the coldest months of the year.

Why Indoor Air Quality Drops in Winter

You probably think of winter as a time when colds and cases of flu are more common. This is true, and you would still have to face various illnesses during the season no matter the quality of your home’s air. But there are specific reasons for the negative impact on household air at this time—lack of fresh air circulation and unhealthy contaminants trapped indoors.

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The Most Urgent Heater Repairs You May Need

October 28th, 2019

furnace-repair-technicianDuring the deepest cold weather of winter, the worst event that can strike your house is a heating system that either isn’t warming up the house enough or isn’t providing any warmth. These heating emergencies require a fast response from 24/7 HVAC technicians. You can put your trust in our team of professionals whenever you need to schedule heater repairs in Raleigh, NC. We’re ready around the clock, every day of the week, to restore your heater and your family’s comfort.

Any heating repair is urgent when it means your house becomes essentially unlivable. We are going to narrow the focus in this post to examine the most urgent types of repairs. You don’t need to use this list to help you decide when you have a heating emergency—if it feels like an emergency, call us right away. Caution pays off.

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Ventilate Your Home (And Save Money) With an ERV System

October 14th, 2019

airflow-diagramFall is an excellent time to have upgrades made to your home’s HVAC system. This can mean installing a new heater to get ready for the winter or putting in a new Wi-Fi thermostat system. One of the Cary, NC, HVAC services our professionals offer that can help a home tremendously during all seasons of the year is adding an ERV system. If you’re interested in enjoying better air quality in your house without wasting money on extra heating power, an ERV system is one of the finest options available.

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Don’t Push Your AC Too Hard at the End of Cooling Season

September 30th, 2019

thermometer-going-redIt can be tough reading all the conversations and seeing all the photos that focus on the fall weather when your home AC is still running all day. The hot summer days don’t seem to have gotten the memo that autumn is in town and we might also like to enjoy wearing a sweater.

We suggest you resist the occasional urge to make your home frigid to simulate the cool weather in other states though! While it can be tempting to push your air conditioner to new levels, this could cause some major issues.

If this warning came too late and you are in need of air conditioning repair in Chapel Hill, NC, the professionals at Comfort Master Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc. are here to help. Our NATE-certified technicians will help you find a cost-effective solution to any AC trouble you might encounter.

In the interest of saving you the pain that comes with pushing your cooling system too hard again, let’s delve into why pushing your AC beyond its set limits spells trouble.

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What Rating Do You Give Your AC for Its Summer Report Card?

September 16th, 2019

checkmark-greenOh no, report cards already? And you may not even be enrolled in school currently! Don’t worry, you’re the one giving the report card, and you don’t need to be a credentialed teacher. You only have to be the owner of a central air conditioning system who has paid attention to the AC’s performance over the summer.

We recommend taking time at the end of summer to give a grade to your air conditioning system. This gives you an opportunity to think about whether you’ll need to replace the air conditioner in the near future or if it requires repairs before it shuts down for the winter. Repairs are always a priority for an AC, no matter the time of the year. It pays to stay on top of repairs, because leaving the air conditioner to sit for the winter with a lingering problem often means running into a worse problem later.

Anyway, on to the grading.

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Ways Our AC Techs Can Help You at the End of Summer

September 2nd, 2019

Air-conditioner-repairman-maintenanceSeeing summer go isn’t a fun time, although you may welcome cooler temperatures outside and a chance to ease up on using your air conditioning system. As you look ahead to the fall and the plans you have, it’s also an opportunity to make improvements to your air conditioning system. Or last-minute repairs.

Our team of air conditioning experts offer many types of HVAC services in Wilson, NC that can help you out during the waning summer days. Below we’ve listed some of the ways you can put them to work before fall starts and you have to start thinking about your home heating.

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The Packaged AC Unit—What It Is, When It’s a Good Idea

August 19th, 2019

technician-with-packaged-unitThere are several types of central air conditioning systems available for homes, but the most common one is the split system. This is what most people think of when they think of residential air conditioners. There are also mini split systems, a.k.a. ductless air conditioning, which have increased in popularity over the past decade and are often installed into older homes that lack ducts.

In this post, we’re going to look at a third type of residential air conditioning system, the packaged AC unit, which is the dominant type of cooling system for commercial buildings but can also work for a home. If you want to know fuller details about packaged air conditioning systems, feel free to call our experts at Comfort Master. They can answer all your questions and schedule an air conditioning replacement in Raleigh, NC.

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Help! The Second Floor of My House Is Too Hot!

August 5th, 2019

thermometer-going-redHeat rises. That’s a basic science fact you learn in elementary school. It’s also a fact you experience almost daily in a two-story house. Whether it’s winter or summer, the upper floor will be warmer than the other parts of the house when there’s no air circulation and no heating or cooling system running. An effective central air system is supposed to evenly spread comfort around the rooms so that the upper parts of the house aren’t warmer then the rest of the house.

If you’ve noticed this summer that the upper floor of your house is much hotter than it normally is when the AC is running, you may need air conditioning repair in Chapel Hill, NC to fix it. Or it may be time to make some upgrades and changes to the current HVAC system.

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What Do the Efficiency Ratings on an AC Mean?

July 22nd, 2019

ENERGY-STARThe simple answer to this question: The efficiency ratings found on air conditioning systems indicate how well the unit converts its electrical power into cooling output. The higher the rating number, the less energy goes to waste—and, usually, the less it costs to run.

You may have figured out this much on your own. What you really want to know is what the specific efficiency ratings mean for air conditioners: EER and SEER. This is also basic to understand without bringing in the hard math. However, as we’ll explain later, you’ll still require the assistance of an air conditioning service company in Raleigh, NC when the time comes to pick a new unit to install. An efficient air conditioning system that’s not the right fit for a home, or which was installed poorly, will end up wasting energy anyway.

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How a UV Air Purifier Can Help Your Home

July 8th, 2019

UV-lightIn terms of comfortable living, most homeowners are going to think first and foremost about temperature. This is totally understandable. Without an effective air conditioner in the summer and a reliable heater in our relatively mild winter season, it is very difficult to live in anything even remotely resembling “comfort”. If you think that temperature is the only factor to consider when it comes to your comfort or to your overall quality of life in your home, however, think again.

You should be equally concerned with the indoor air quality in your home, if not more so. Why? Because subpar indoor air quality can actually have pretty serious implications for your health. Your comfort is very important, of course, but your health needs to be protected at all costs. That is why you may need to use a UV air purifier in your home. If you are curious about UV air purifiers, this is the post for you, courtesy of your trusted HVAC company in Durham, NC.

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