December 2nd, 2013
We often recommend our clients consider installing a heat pump to take care of their year-round comfort needs. Heat pumps have many advantages that make them ideal for Atlanta homes and Georgia’s climate. We’ll go through a few of reasons in this post.
If you are interested in having heat pump installation in Atlanta, GA, you should give us a call at Comfort Zone Heating & Air. We can guide you through the process of selecting a unit and then installing it so it will give you the best quality heating and cooling for many years to come.
Heat pump advantages
- Heating and cooling in one package: Heat pumps solve two comfort problems. They work as air conditioners in the summer and heaters during the winter. Although heat pumps can struggle with extremely low temperatures that fall below freezing, the mild winters in Atlanta make them ideal.
- Decreased humidity in the summer: Because the heat pump in air conditioning mode works just like any other central AC, it also removes excess moisture from your indoor air as it cools. This is a huge advantage for our muggy summers.
- Decreased heating bills in the winter: Because heat pumps move heat from the outdoors to the indoors, instead of burning fuel to create heat, they use significantly less power than furnaces or boilers.
Make sure a heat pump will work for you
We stand by the heat pump as a great choice for Atlanta home. However, no HVAC system will work ideally for every home; you will need the opinion of experts who will survey your house and take into account your budget and available fuel. Once they’ve determined if a heat pump is ideal, they can take care of properly sizing it (you don’t a heat pump that’s too small or too large) and then installing it so it will work properly and give you many years of warmth and cooling.
Contact Comfort Zone Heating & Air for heat pump installation in Atlanta, GA. Our heat pump experts will make sure the process goes smoothly.
November 25th, 2013
Thanksgiving is upon us: a time to get together with relatives, eat some great food, watch a little football or the parade, and stop to appreciate the good things we have in life. Beyond all that, however, there’s a fascinating history to the holiday and its traditions.
The first Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621 in the Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts. Records are spotty at the time, but indicate that the harvest was particularly good that year due to help from the local Native Americans. The meal was probably much different than the one we’re used to, with venison and fish more likely than turkey, but the general principle was unchanged.
It wasn’t a few centuries later, however, that Thanksgiving became an annual tradition. George Washington called for a “national day of Thanksgiving” in 1789, and again in 1795, but they were both “one shot” declarations, rather than a call for an annual tradition. Individual cities and states picked up the ball, but it wasn’t until 1863 that Thanksgiving became a national once-a-year event. President Lincoln declared the last Thursday in November to be a Thanksgiving “to heal the wounds of the nation and restore it.”
From there, it remained a tradition until Franklin Roosevelt signed a law in December of 1941 making it a federal holiday. The law also changed the date from the last Thursday in November to the fourth Thursday in November, making it a little earlier in some cases (which Roosevelt hoped would give the country an economic boost).
Wherever you celebrate the holiday and whoever you choose to celebrate it with, we wish you nothing but happiness and joy this Thanksgiving.
November 21st, 2013
Comfort Zone Heating & Air would like to congratulate Jason Westbrook on receiving the Tommy Hembree Endowed Scholarship. The scholarship gives Jason $500 to use towards further schooling specifically for the heating and air industry and is presented by the Cobb County Heating and Air Association.
Jason has been a service technician with us for 5 months and is a valued member of the Comfort Zone team. He graduates from Chattahoochee Technical College this fall and is one of only 30 individuals in his class to graduate with a scholarship. We support the ongoing education and training of our team and take pride in their personal achievements. Help us congratulate Jason on his wonderful achievement!
November 18th, 2013
Furnaces have used an astonishing array of different fuel sources in their long history of providing people with heat during the chilly season. Eventually, the furnace entered the electrical age, and many of the most popular models today use the power channeled right into your home to provide an alternative to burning fuels like propane, gas, or oil.
Electric furnaces do come with their own specific set of repair issues, however. We’re going to discuss one in this post: the faulty relay. If you encounter this kind of trouble with your electric furnace, call up the Atlanta, GA furnace repair experts at Comfort Zone Heating & Air.
The troubles with faulty relays
The electric relay in a furnace is responsible for relaying electrical power to the heating elements and the blower motor inside the furnace cabinet. The heating elements provide the heat to warm the air, and the blower motor sends this warmed air through the ductwork. The thermostat switches the relay to “closed” position when heat is called for, sending electrical power, and then to “open” position when the furnace reaches the indoor target temperature, cutting off the power. The relay is therefore crucial for the furnace’s operation.
You might at first imagine that a faulty relay will cause the furnace’s heating elements and fans to fail to turn on. That is definitely one possibility. But another problem that occurs just as frequently from a faulty relay is that the heating elements and the blower fan will refuse to shut off. The reason for this is that the relay could become “welded” into the closed position and continues to allow power through to the heating elements and the fans. Over time—and without proper maintenance—the amps passing through the relay can cause it to heat up so much that its contacts will stick.
Caution: don’t try to fix this yourself
Electric furnaces do not have the danger of exposure to toxic or explosive gas that natural gas furnaces do; however, that doesn’t mean it’s safe for you to fiddle around inside the cabinet trying to perform haphazard repairs without the proper training. A high voltage shock is always a possibility, and you could easily damage other parts inside the cabinet. Call in an electrical repair specialist with solid HVAC credentials to investigate the problems with your furnace and apply safe and effective repairs.
Comfort Zone Heating & Air provides quality furnace repair to Atlanta, GA, and our 24/7 emergency service means you never have to wait too long to get your home warm again. Call us whenever your electric furnace misbehaves, and whether it’s a faulty relay or another malfunction, we can fix it!
November 14th, 2013
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November 12th, 2013
You have more options today for getting hot water in your home than ever before—but that can only mean more confusion when it comes time to have one installed. With the arrival of the tankless water heater as a frequent choice for residential installation, more and more customers want to know about the advantages and disadvantages of the various water heaters that are available.
We will give you some help understanding the two main types of water heater on the market today. However, this only scratches the surface, since numerous variables apply to each of these broad types, such as sizing and fuel source. And your hot water needs won’t be the same as everyone else’s. To get the best option for your home, make sure to have professionals with experience choosing and installing water heaters in Atlanta, GA helping you. Turn to a trusted name: Comfort Zone Heating & Air.
Tank water heaters
This is the “standard” water heater that most people think of. Water is stored in a large tank and kept continually heated until it is needed.
- Advantages: Water heaters with tanks have low installation costs. The amount of hot water they supply is usually sufficient for most home’s needs; if you have a properly sized tank, you should be able to provide hot water for many different appliances and applications at once.
- Disadvantages: Because these heaters must maintain the heat inside the tank at all times, whether you need hot water or not, they use up more energy than a tankless system. If you don’t maintain your water heater, the tank can have sediment build up over time, decreasing efficiency and causing other issues.
Tankless water heaters
Sometimes known as “demand heaters” because they supply hot water on demand—only when it is needed. Water from the house’s supply runs through a heat exchanger that raises the water temperature only when a fixture in the house requires hot water.
- Advantages: Without the limited supply available in a tank, a tankless water heater means you will never run out of hot water because your tank is not large enough. They don’t have any standby energy loss because they don’t need to keep a tank of water hot for when you need it, they only heat water on demand.
- Disadvantages: They usually have a smaller capacity than tank water heaters, and you may need to install more than one depending on your hot water needs. They may not be able to heat up water fast enough for when multiple fixtures will require hot water at one time. Sizing is very important for tankless water heaters to ensure you have sufficient hot water at all times.
It isn’t wise to guess which type of water heater will do the best job for your home. Many factors are involved: the amount of hot water you use, the available energy supply, the number of people in your household, and your energy saving plans. Have our experts on waters heaters in Atlanta, GA give you the guidance you need to pick the type of water heater that will keep you satisfied. Contact Comfort Zone Heating & Air today to schedule an appointment.
November 4th, 2013
You should pay close attention on those early days when you first start using your heating system again after a long summer respite. Signs of potential trouble can crop up then, and if you spot them, you can call in the cavalry before the days get too cold. For example, you may notice that your furnace keeps turning on and off. It may not sound like much, but it could indicate a serious problem. Here’s a few of the reasons your furnace keeps cycling on and off.
- Too big. A furnace that is too powerful for the space you occupy is going to warm you home too quickly, leading to it cycling on and off rapidly. That isn’t a good thing. In addition to increasing the overall strain on your system, it spends unnecessary energy starting up and shutting down, which translates to a higher monthly energy bill. Unfortunately, the only real solution to the situation is to replace the furnace with one that fits your space a little better.
- The heat anticipator is faulty. The anticipator is a component in your thermostat which determines the point at which the furnace turns off. If it is broken or damaged, it may turn the thermostat off and on very quickly. A professional can fix the adjustor or replace the thermostat in order to address the problem.
- Other thermostat issues. Similarly, the thermostat may be misreading the temperature in your home due to poor placement or a faulty thermometer. This can be fixed by moving the thermostat to a location that more accurately reflects the temperature, or replacing the thermostat completely.
For heating repair in Atlanta, you can count on the professionals at Comfort Zone Heating & Air. We can determine the reasons your furnace keeps cycling on and off, then conduct appropriate repairs and/or installation procedures. We’re dedicated to your satisfaction, so don’t hesitate to give us a call today.
October 29th, 2013
In the question of heating installation, Atlanta GA residents need to take care. A good, reliable installation will help your new furnace perform at peak efficiency. One that uses shoddier parts, with a technician that rushes through the installation process, or which otherwise isn’t up to standard will cause problems that could reverberate throughout the life of your heater. How exactly? Here’s a brief list of how installation affects performance.
- Efficiency. Loose fittings, poor bolts and inadequately tightened components can increase the amount of wear and tear on the system. More specifically, they cost extra energy as the system labors to make up that difference. Your monthly bills go up and the chances of more substantial repairs increases as well. Proper installation can avoid all of that, ensuring that every part is fitted and tightened the way it needs to be.
- Sizing. Heaters need to be properly sized for your home: little ones won’t do the job properly, while big ones will cycle on and off too rapidly, costing you money in wasted energy. Installing a unit means ensuring that the heater is properly sized – neither too large nor too small – to do its job as effectively.
- Placement. Depending on where you place your new heater, it could perform as efficiently as you wish, or cost you and arm and a leg in lost energy. A good installation ensures that your heater is in the optimum location to warm your home, without leaving any cold spots or otherwise wasting its energy.
For matters of heating installation, Atlanta, GA has a company of experts at Comfort Zone Heating & Air. We know how installation affects performance, and are dedicated to doing the job right. We can also establish a good maintenance schedule to keep your heater running at its peak once you’ve put it in. Our experts are fully licensed and we take pride in your complete satisfaction. That’s why our work earns such customer satisfaction and why our clients speak about us in such strong terms. Contact us today, and let us show you what a quality furnace installation looks like.
October 25th, 2013
Here at Comfort Zone Heating & Air, we go out of our way to offer our customers exceptional service. But that wouldn’t be possible without the help of our wonderful team of staff and technicians. Continuing to grow and advance our team through trainings is a top priority, but we know that team building and learning happens outside a formal setting too. We recently held a team building exercise at our local bowling alley. Here we learned that not only are we more successful as a team and as a company when we work together, but we learned that Comfort Zone Heating & Air has some really great bowlers too!
We are proud to service the northern Atlanta metro area and exceed our customers’ expectations with great service, friendly staff, and knowledgeable technicians who get the job done right. Call today to let us know how we can best serve you!
October 21st, 2013
Insulation forms a thermal barrier in every location where it’s installed in your home. Life in Georgia would be far less pleasant without it, because during our long summer season the insulation keeps heat out, and during the short but stormy winter season, it keeps heat in.
For heating in Atlanta, GA, you need effective insulation. The most advanced heater ever devised will do little good if paired with weak insulation that lets the heat the system sends into your house immediately escape to the outdoors. Worse, your heater will attempt to compensate for this loss and strain to reach the target temperature on the thermostat. This means additional stress, which in turn means higher power bills and faster wear on the heater’s components. Your bank account will lose on two fronts: inflated monthly bills, and the cost of purchasing an early replacement heating system.
At Comfort Zone Heating & Air, we do more than install, maintain, and repair heaters—we also work with insulation. You need professionals like the people on our staff to analyze your home’s insulation needs. We’ll locate the weak spots in your house’s insulation defense, and zero in on places where your current insulation has started to deteriorate. Our professionals know where to place new insulation, and they use modern equipment to lay down insulation in difficult spots like corners and oddly-shaped spaces.
Your ducts should also receive professional insulation. If you use forced-air for heating, your ducts need sufficient insulation to prevent heat loss as air moves through them.
Heating your home is about more than how powerful and well-maintained your furnace or heat pump is. Your entire house contributes to the effort to keep you warm; you can make the most important contribution of all by making certain your home has the insulation it needs. Contact Comfort Zone Heating & Air to get the best you can from heating your Atlanta, GA home.