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Indoor Air Quality Often Gets Worse in Winter

Monday, 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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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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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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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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How Air Purifiers Work in Your Home

Monday, March 19th, 2018

UV-air-purifier-lightThe air quality in many homes today is much lower than it should be. In fact, it can be three to four time worse than the air pollution outdoors—something that often surprises people. The trouble with air quality in a modern home is the lack of proper ventilation to allow air replacements; i.e. moving out stuffy air filled with pollutants from indoor sources and replacing it with air from outside. Opening up windows and doors can help—but this kills a home’s energy efficiency and doesn’t do much good for comfort either.

One of the best ways to enjoy better indoor air quality while keeping your house from drafts and hot spots is to have air filters and air purifiers installed into the HVAC system. A Chapel Hill, NC, HVAC contractor can help find the right type of air purifiers and air filters to help see that your house has the cleanest and healthiest air possible.

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Keep Repairing the Furnace? Or Replace It This Spring?

Monday, February 19th, 2018

old-basement-furnaceAs you count down the days until the end of winter—whether the official date in March or just the first day of wonderful warm weather—you should give some thought to the furnace that’s been providing you with indoor warmth. Has it struggled this winter to do its job? Have you needed to call for repairs to keep it running? Have you had it for longer than a decade—or for so long you can’t remember how old it is? If you said “yes” to any of these questions, we recommend you consider replacing the furnace when spring arrives and you no longer need its heat.

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