June 22nd, 2020
We’ve talked about air conditioning efficiency ratings before because they’re one of the first things people look for when considering the purchase and installation of a new air conditioning system. When you think of “energy efficiency,” you usually think of “money savings,” and you may be willing to pay for a more expensive air conditioning system if it rewards you with many years of lower-cost cooling performance.
But choosing an air conditioner based on the energy efficiency rating is trickier than it looks. The most efficient system may not be a cost-effective purchase. It may not even be the right system for your home. The efficiency of a cooling system only matters if the system can work at peak performance, and this is why we strongly recommend the you call our professionals when you plan for new air conditioning in Rolesville, NC.
June 8th, 2020
There are many parts of an air conditioning system that are essential for it to work. If the compressor dies, the AC won’t run, for example. Today we’re going to look at one part—that is actually two parts—that can often fail during a summer season and leave a home without cooling: the fan(s). Specifically, we’re going to see why your fans might stop working and trap you in a boiling home.
May 25th, 2020
The compressor is the part of your home cooling system that allows it to actually cool. Without the compressor, the refrigerant in the AC wouldn’t be able to change between liquid and gas form, releasing and absorbing heat as it does so. It also wouldn’t be put under pressure so it would circulate. If you don’t have a working compressor in an AC, you don’t have an AC.
There are other vital parts of an air conditioning system, but a failed compressor is perhaps the most expensive to fix. So much so that people often find it more cost-effective to replace the air conditioner entirely rather than pay to replace only the compressor.
May 11th, 2020
If you’ve experienced at least one year living in the Triangle, you know that high humidity makes heat much harder to cope with. You can expect to run your home’s air conditioning system longer and harder to overcome the additional heat.
Well … the feeling of additional heat. High humidity doesn’t raise the temperature of the air: an 85°F day is still an 85°F day no matter if the relative humidity is 15% or 90%. What happens when humidity levels are too high (over 60%) is that more heat becomes trapped inside your body. The increased moisture in the air slows down your ability to release heat through perspiration, so you end up feeling hotter than if you were able to shed most of that internal heat.
Basic science lesson over. What does this have to do with your air conditioner? Plenty. If you feel your air conditioner isn’t doing much to combat the high humidity in your house each summer, that’s because it wasn’t designed to.
April 27th, 2020
Once upon a time, the window air conditioning unit was a great miracle for comfort. Central air conditioners were incredibly expensive, available only to the ultra-rich, and most homes had no ductwork for them. Window ACs were an affordable way to beat the heat.
But that was long ago—central air conditioning has become common for homes since the 1970s. Window units may make sense for a small apartment, but for a home there are many reasons to get rid of window air conditioners and seek alternatives. Below are the major drawbacks of still using window ACs.
April 13th, 2020
The weather is warming up and air conditioners are starting to turn on throughout the Triangle. We recommend that when you first have your air conditioning system running during the season that you take a tour of all the rooms in your house. Keep the AC on for about an hour, and check on the temperatures around the house.
What you’re looking for is any large discrepancies. Are there some rooms that feel hotter than they should be, and others that seem overly cold? If you discover either one or the other (or both), you may need to schedule air conditioning repair in Zebulon, NC with our technicians.
March 30th, 2020
We often stress the importance of regular heating and air conditioning maintenance in Raleigh, NC, and for good reasons. There are few better services you can have done for your HVAC system, and therefore for the comfort and health of your family. Maintenance does so much for your AC and heating: it improves performance, lowers the chance of a surprise breakdown, keeps utility bills under control, extends equipment life, and protects the warranty.
We understand you have a lot on your mind right now. But spring is the best time to schedule the first maintenance visit of the year, the one for the AC system. We may end up having a rush toward the beginning of the summer this year when it comes to maintenance services, as well as general air conditioning work, so we advise scheduling it now … and you can do that by joining the Comfort Master Comfort Club.
March 16th, 2020
Warm weather is a treat when is starts to settle in during the spring. True, it can bring troubles with allergies, but for the most part, the warmer season is one of the best times of the year.
But if your air conditioning system isn’t living up to expectations, early spring can be significantly less enjoyable.
When you first turn your air conditioning on for the season after it’s winter hibernation, watch for indications it is off to a wobbly beginning and may need air conditioning repair in Clayton, NC.
March 2nd, 2020
If the seasons worked on a basic calendar schedule, with three months allotted to each, the first day of March would bring with it warmer spring weather that would remain through May. Of course, that’s not how the weather works, and March is an unpredictable time for temperatures.
There is a steady aspect to this month, however: it’s one of the best times to schedule maintenance for your home’s heat pump. It isn’t too early to think about cooling your house down in summer weather, and arranging for a maintenance tune-up and inspection for your heat pump is straightforward during a time when HVAC technicians are not as occupied.
February 17th, 2020
When the lights in your house suddenly shut off, what’s the first thing you do? Check the electrical panel to see if a circuit breaker has tripped. You’ve probably had to reset a few circuit breakers to deal with lights going out like this. But have you recently started resetting breakers because the heating system has tripped them? Having to do it once during the winter is not a big deal. When it becomes a routine job because the heater keeps tripping the breaker over and over, it may be time for a heating repair in Clayton, NC from our pros.