Comfort Master Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. Blog : Archive for the ‘Air Conditioning’ Category

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

Monday, 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?

Monday, 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

Monday, 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

Monday, 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!

Monday, 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?

Monday, 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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AC Warranties: You Need Them! (And Need to Keep Them!)

Monday, June 24th, 2019

warranty-badgesThis is one of the misconceptions we run into the most often as technicians in the HVAC industry: “equipment warranties aren’t important.”

We aren’t sure where this myth comes from. Perhaps people are wary of being tricked into purchasing something they don’t need along with a major piece of equipment. But warranties for devices like central air conditioning systems are important. You not only want a good 10-year warranty on a new AC installation, you want to make sure the warranty isn’t voided during that period.

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Why Are My Cooling Bills Already So Steep?

Monday, June 10th, 2019

air-conditioner-money-saverAs warmer weather starts, the ACs all through the Triangle will start coming on. When that happens, electrical bills will begin to rise and more power goes to run the air conditioning systems’ compressors—the big workhorses of any air conditioner.

You’re probably used to seeing this uptick in your electrical bills once the cooling season starts, the same way you expect to see your gas bills rise during the winter when you have your furnace running. (Or, if you use an electric furnace or a heat pump, your electrical bills.) But if you’ve noticed the rise in electrical costs is far more than in the past, something may be up. Unless you’re running the air conditioner much more than usual or the cost of electricity has risen steeply, you may need to have air conditioning repair in Chapel Hill, NC to get those bills back down.

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Rule of 5,000: Knowing When AC Repairs Aren’t Enough

Monday, April 29th, 2019

air-conditioning-recyclingThe Rule of 5,000. Sounds a bit intimidating, almost like something out of a science-fiction future. But it’s really a simple mathematical rule of thumb to help people determine when they should replace their air conditioning system. At a certain point, an air conditioner will be so old that continuing to pay to have it repaired each time it breaks down is throwing away money.

Although the “Rule of 5,000” isn’t always 100% accurate, it’s a good place to start thinking about whether you need to keep up with air conditioning repair in Apex, NC or arrange for a new AC system.

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How HVAC Experts Know What AC to Install for a Home

Monday, April 15th, 2019

air-conditioning-collageReplacing an old air conditioning system is something you can schedule for any part of the year. But the spring is the best season for it, since the hot weather hasn’t arrived yet but is just around the corner.

Choosing a new AC for a replacement isn’t a simple process of just looking over various models and picking the one that best fits your budget. To ensure you get the right unit and that it’s installed correctly, look to a licensed professional HVAC company in Garner, NC or elsewhere in the Triangle Area. An expert will find out what air conditioning system to install to keep your house cool for many summers to come.

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