Is It Time for Commercial HVAC Replacement?

September 17th, 2014

Georgia weather requires that a commercial space—restaurant, office, retail, etc.—have year-round comfort from an HVAC system that handles heating and cooling. Your business can suffer from a loss of employee productivity and a drop in business due to uncomfortable customers and/or clients if you have a commercial HVAC system that is no longer up to the task.

No mechanical device will last forever, and eventually you will need to consider replacing your business’ HVAC system with a new one. If you are unsure about whether you should continue with repairs or opt for new installation, contact the commercial specialists at Comfort Zone Heating & Air. We will answer all your questions regarding commercial HVAC in Canton, GA and help with any repairs or replacements you will need.

Signs that it is time to replace the HVAC system

The best way to know for certain that you should replace your company’s heating and cooling system is by consulting with professionals. However, there are a few warning signs to look for that will help you know it’s time to contact the experts:

  • Climbing utility bills: You keep a close watch on the budget for your company, so you know what you can expect to pay each season to maintain a comfortable environment. When the utility bills begin to climb for no discernible reason, it may be due to a malfunctioning HVAC system. If you have scheduled regular maintenance for the unit every year, and repairs are not changing the upward trend in costs, the system is likely too old to work efficiently and should have replacement scheduled.
  • Numerous repair needs: For younger HVAC systems, a few professional targeted repairs to take care of faults should keep the unit working. But if repairs for an older system start to come frequently, you should investigate to see if continuing with repairs is worthwhile. If you are paying half the cost of installing a new system on repairs for the current one, then you should arrange to replace it.
  • Ineffective performance: Does your commercial space contain hot or cold spots that simply will not go away, no matter how you set the thermostat or which repairs you schedule? Are workers and visitors always complaining about the temperatures? Call for HVAC technicians right away, since you may need to have a new comfort system installed.

We understand that choosing to replace a commercial heating and cooling system is a large step, and not one you wish to take lightly. Our team at Comfort Zone Heating & Air will help you make the best decision for the future of your workplace and budget. We handle commercial HVAC in Canton, GA and throughout the Northern Counties of Georgia, and are happy to assist with your needs for HVAC replacement. Call us today to schedule service.

The Advantages of Tankless Water Heaters in Canton, GA

September 10th, 2014

If you’ve ever run out of hot water when you need it most, tankless water heaters may be the best choice for your home. The most common form of water heater found in homes is the storage tank water heater, which stores hot water in a large tank. As water enters the bottom of the tank, it is heated by a gas burner or electric heating element. The water rises to the top so it may be used whenever a tap turns on.

However, a common complaint with these water heaters is that the tank may refill faster than water can be heated. So if several family members have showered before you, the hot water may have already run out. Tankless water heaters activate as soon as a hot water tap is turned on, so water flows from the water supply through your unit and heats up instantaneously. While these units may struggle if several people use the hot water at once, multiple tankless units may be installed, virtually eliminating the problem of running out of hot water altogether. While some homeowners may find this to be the biggest advantage of tankless units, we’ve listed a few more below.

  • Save Space: Tankless water heaters are smaller than storage tank heaters, so you won’t need much space for installation. Often, the heater is located in a discreet location or near the tap that controls it.
  • No Standby Energy Loss: The heating element of a storage tank water heater runs at all times to keep the tank hot, consuming a lot of energy. A tankless unit, however, only turns on when you need it and shuts off as soon as your shower, dishwasher/washing machine cycle, or faucet is turned off.
  • Longer Lifespan: While tankless water heaters may cost more to install than traditional water heaters, they tend to last much longer. Storage tanks are vulnerable to corrosion from rust because water is stored in the tank at all times, while tankless units just don’t have this problem/

Tankless water heater installation is not a do-it-yourself project. You should count on a professional technician to make sure your unit is protected from leaks, high water pressure, and inaccurate temperatures. Furthermore, a professional technician can determine whether your home would benefit from multiple water heaters to meet high hot water demands. For more information about tankless water heaters in Canton, GA, call Comfort Zone Heating & Air today!

 

The Fashion of Wearing White and Labor Day

September 1st, 2014

You may have heard about the fashion faux pas of wearing white after Labor Day. In the present, this tradition is usually treated as old fashioned and a joke. Few people will criticize you for wearing white articles of clothing after the first Monday in September, or even take notice of it except to wonder why it was ever a major concern at all.

Where did this tradition of white clothing going out of fashion after Labor Day come from, and why did it fade away like colorful fabric washed in a hot load in the washing machine?

In general, white makes sense for the heat of summer. Light-colored clothing reflects away the radiant heat of the sun, instead of absorbing it the way dark colors do, so for thousands of years of human history people have preferred to wear white clothing during the hotter months.

However, the idea of white as strictly fashionable during the summer season only emerged in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries—the time when the very concept of “fashion” began to spread across the Western Hemisphere.

It was only the highest level of post-Civil War society in the U.S. that strict and often bizarre rules for fashion controlled whether someone was in with the “in” crowd. Compared to our ideas of what’s fashionable today, the Czars of Style in the 1880s were true despots. Things as trivial as sleeve length could determine whether a woman in high society—no matter her level of wealth—was fashionable or a pariah.

Wearing white during the only summer, when it was common for weddings and outdoor parties, was only of these restrictive society rules. When the U.S. government made Labor Day a federal holiday in 1894, the Fashion Czars gained a definite cut-off point for when wearing white was no longer “acceptable” in the upper echelons of wealthy society.

For many decades, this rule only applied to a small number of millionaire socialites in a few big cities, but in the 1950s it reached general fashion magazines that were read around the country and started to affect more people.

But time eventually broke apart this odd rule, and during the 1970s fashion became more individual. Some fashion legends, like Coco Chanel, also purposely rejected the restriction and wore white throughout the year. Today, the “no white after Labor Day rule” is little more than an amusing gag to tease friends, and almost nobody takes it seriously.

Whatever you choose to wear after Labor Day (and if it’s white, we won’t tease!), everyone here at Comfort Zone Heating & Air hopes you have a happy end of the summer and great plans for the fall!

Some of the Different Types of Insulation

August 27th, 2014

Insulation helps keep your home comfortable and energy efficient. Without proper insulation, you can lose cooling during the summer and heat during winter. These days there are a number of choices when it comes to insulation in Smyrna, GA, and they can be used in combination with one another. However, you won’t gain the benefits of insulation if it’s installed improperly, which is why it’s important to hire professionals to install your insulation. Comfort Zone Heating & Air brings over 100 years of combined experience to every job, so you can trust us with your insulation needs.

Types of Insulation

Here are the most common types of insulation currently on the market:

  • Blanket and batt insulation – when people think of insulation, this type is usually the kind that springs to mind. Blanket and batt insulation come in large rolls that can be laid down in layers. They are made of flexible fibers, most commonly fiberglass. Blanket insulation can come with or without facing, which acts an air or vapor barrier.
  • Foam boards – foam boards are rigid panels of insulation that can be used to insulate your home from attic to basement. Due to their rigid construction, they are best used in walls, ceilings and floors. Foam boards provide good thermal resistance, and reduce heat conduction through structural elements.  The most common types of materials used in making foam board include polystyrene, polyisocyanurate (polyiso), and polyurethane.
  • Loose-fill (blown-in) – Loose-fill insulation, also known as blown-in, consists of many small particles, including fiberglass, cellulose and mineral wool, all which have been recycled. Loose-fill is excellent for retro-fitting and insulating difficult spots.
  • Spray foam – spray foam is a liquid adhesive that expands when it hits oxygen and becomes an air-tight insulator. Spray foam conforms to any area where it is applied, making it an excellent choice for hard-to-insulate places. Because it is an adhesive, once it cures, it creates an airtight bond.

Proper insulation can help reduce your energy costs, increase your comfort levels and help your indoor air quality. If you think you may need some help with your insulation, call the experts you can trust: Comfort Zone Heating & Air.

How Do I Know if My New Air Conditioner Is Energy Efficient?

August 20th, 2014

Homeowners today are always on the hunt for way to save money with energy conservation. High-efficiency washers and dryers and LED light bulbs are among the most popular ways to reduce daily energy consumption in a home.

But what about air conditioners? An AC uses more energy during the summer than many other appliances will during the entire year—especially in a warm and humid place like Georgia. Reducing power consumption through the installation of a high-efficiency AC is one of the best ways to reduce utility bills.

We’ll show you how you can determine if the air conditioning in your house is energy-efficient…and what you can do if it isn’t. If you need new air conditioning installation in Canton, GA to upgrade to superior energy efficiency, contact the professionals at Comfort Zone Heating & Air today.

SEER and Energy Efficiency

First, find out the SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) of your air conditioning system: you’ll either find this specification on the AC’s cabinet or in its manual. SEER measures how well an AC converts electricity into cooling power, and the higher the number the better. In order to meet the U.S. Department of Energy’s ENERGY STAR requirements, an AC must maintain a minimum of 14.5 SEER. If you have an air conditioner with lower SEER, you should consider replacing it for an ENERGY STAR qualifying unit.

However, just because a unit has higher than 14.5 SEER doesn’t mean it’s working at its most efficient, especially if it is more than a decade old. Age, lack of maintenance, and the need for repairs will reduce the system’s effective SEER. Check on your utility bills over the past few years (we hope you’ve kept a record of them). Do you notice a steady rise in summer electrical costs over the years, discounting any rise in costs for electricity? That’s a sign the AC is losing efficiency from aging. If you are keeping up with regular maintenance, this decline is usually a strong sign that it’s time to replace the system. Call for a technician to see first if there are any repairs that may help. The technician can also perform airflow tests and check on the motor draw to see if the AC is losing its energy-efficient performance. The technician can then recommend whether you should have a replacement system put it.

Even if you have an air conditioner with around 15 SEER that doesn’t seem to be declining, if it is over 10 years old you should consider upgrading to a high-efficiency unit (some ACs can score 20 SEER or greater) to save energy in the long run.

Your local professionals in air conditioning installation in Canton, GA can assist with your options for a replacement that will make your home more energy-efficient. Comfort Zone Heating & Air can take care of keeping your home cool and your bills low.

Is Ductless Split Air Conditioning Right for My Home?

August 13th, 2014

Ductless mini-split air conditioners are a popular choice for homeowners, but to determine whether or not it’s the right option for you depends on a few factors. Comfort Zone Heating & Air has been installing ductless mini-split air conditioning in North Atlanta for a long time, and our technicians have seen the benefits our customers have gained from ductless systems. If you are thinking about choosing a ductless mini-split, following are some factors to consider.

What Is a Ductless System?

A ductless air conditioning system is similar to a traditional split-system AC in that it has an outdoor unit that houses a compressor and condenser, but instead of using ductwork to deliver the cool air, it uses individual blowers. Blowers can be mounted in many places, including above doors and windows, or flush against ceilings; they just need to be connected to the outside unit through a conduit. A single outdoor unit can support up to 4 blowers.

What Are the Benefits of a Ductless System?

There are several benefits to installing a ductless air conditioner:

  • Energy efficiency – the blowers of a ductless system are each individually operated, allowing you to cool only what you need to. Less cooling means less operation for your air conditioner, which can save you both energy and money.
  • No need for expensive ductwork – a ductless system eliminates the need for the installation of expensive ductwork, or the repair of old ductwork.
  • Customized comfort – each blower works independently, allowing for different temperature settings per room or area.
  • Easy expansion – if you wish to expand your cooling to any part of your home, all you need is another blower.
  • Quiet – the indoor blowers on a ductless system are made to be quiet, eliminating the noise a window unit or traditional split-system may make.

Ductless air conditioning in North Atlanta may provide you with the cooling solution you’ve been looking for. If you still have questions, or want to discuss further how a ductless AC might be a good choice for you, call Comfort Zone Heating & Air today and schedule an appointment with one of our experts.

Signs You Need New Water Heater Installation in North Atlanta

August 7th, 2014

A quality water heater, properly installed and given regular maintenance and necessary repairs, should last 15 years or more (varying on the model). An aging water heater will eventually reach a point where it will begin to lose efficiency and heating power, and no amount of repairs will be able to restore it to its best working condition. When this time comes for your hot water system, you will need to schedule new water heater installation in North Atlanta, GA.

Below are some of the emerging warning signs that will tell you the time for replacing the water heater is approaching. Take action sooner rather than later: you don’t want to find out that you need a new water heater only when the old one fails completely! Pay attention to these warnings and schedule the new installation at your earliest convenience.

You can always receive a professional opinion about water heater replacement from the technicians at Comfort Zone Heating & Air. We can help determine if a new water heater is a good idea; if it is, rely on our expertise to locate the ideal new system for you and set it up so it will perform its best for your home for many years.

Watch for These Warning Signs of Water Heater Failure

  • Reduced hot water volume: If you’ve had your current water heater long enough, you will know how much hot water to expect from it—especially during the morning when people in your household are taking showers. When the warm water starts to run out earlier than it should (and people complain about lukewarm or cold showers) then you should look into the possibility that the heater is no longer up to its job.
  • Reduced water temperature: As a water heater ages, it will begin to struggle to transfer sufficient heat levels from its energy source (usually natural gas) to the water in the tank. If the water from the taps no longer gets as hot as it used to, it may be the fault of an ailing water heater that should be retired.
  • Corrosion: Corrosion across a water heater is usually a sign that it needs to be replaced. If you see rust developing along the bottom of the tank, or if reddish-brown discoloration appears in the water coming from the hot water taps, call for a technician immediately to look into it.

A new water heat will give you superior performance and lower energy use. You can also opt for a tankless water heater, which has additional advantages like never running out of hot water. Call Comfort Zone Heating & Air for the advice and service you need for water heater installation in North Atlanta, GA.

Don’t Miss Our End of Season Sale

August 6th, 2014

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Don’t miss out on these end of season savings! You can receive $1,000 off the purchase and installation of a new heating and cooling system. We know how hot and humid summers are in the Atlanta area, and your air conditioner has been working overtime keeping your family and your home comfortable and cool. Why wait until next year to replace your system once the weather is already hot? Our air conditioning experts will help you find the perfect system to meet your family’s needs, and you can trust our highly trained technicians to do a quality job installing your system and answering any questions. Give us a call or schedule an estimate online today!

 

 

How to Tell You Need Commercial HVAC Repair

July 30th, 2014

Your company depends on controlled temperatures inside the work place to keep your employees, customers, and/or clients content. Especially during a humid late summer in Georgia, you must have an HVAC system operating at peak performance so that nobody in your commercial building ever needs to give a second thought to their personal comfort.

That’s why you need to move quickly when you suspect your commercial HVAC system requires repair work. And you should contact a contractor in Ball Ground, GA for commercial work who can get to you fast, any time of the day or night, to take care of the job.

Comfort Zone Heating & Air has a trained staff ready to handle any issues with your business’ heating and cooling. We offer fast and reliable work, the sort you expect as a professional business owner.

Watch for these warnings signs you need HVAC repairs

  • Uneven temperatures: Most commercial HVAC systems are modular, run from a series of packaged rooftop units. If one of these units malfunctions, the others will still continue to run, but parts of the building may begin to receive reduced heating or cooling. If people in the building begin to notice rooms or spots that are uncommonly cold or warm, it could mean one of the rooftop units is failing or has already failed. Uneven temperatures could also originate from faults in the thermostat controls.
  • Odd smells from the vents: To keep down noise levels from the air conditioners and heaters, they are usually removed from the work areas, so people are unlikely to hear warning sounds of mechanical failures. However, these mechanical problems such as overheating motors can produce acrid odors that will drift through the vents. At the first detection of burning or unpleasant smells coming from the ventilation system, call for repairs.
  • Skyrocketing utility bills: Because you keep a close eye on the finances for your company, you will have a solid idea how much it costs during each season to keep the building comfortable. Should those costs take a sudden upswing for which you cannot account, it probably means there is a repair issue in the HVAC system that is putting excess strain on it. Repair technicians will get to the bottom of the problem and fix it.

You shouldn’t allow a poorly-performing air conditioner or heater to jeopardize the smooth operation of your business. Make the call immediately for professional repairs when you suspect that the HVAC system requires the attention of commercial repair specialists.

Our technicians at Comfort Zone Heating & Air have the necessary skill and experience with Ball Ground, GA commercial HVAC repairs to make certain that your building’s comfort is restored fast. Give us a call whenever you need us, 24/7.

The Advantages of Commercial Packaged Air Conditioning Units

July 21st, 2014

Making it through a summer in Atlanta requires the steady services of an air conditioner—and that goes double for businesses, which have to look after the comfort needs of staff, customers, and clients in areas much larger than most homes.

You have a number of different options for commercial HVAC installation in North Atlanta, GA, so make sure that you make the best choice possible with the assistance of specialists. Since you will need to have professional installers involved eventually, call up Comfort Zone Heating & Air and speak to our commercial experts for guidance as soon as you know you need new installation. Our technicians will help you pick out the right air conditioning unit for your company that will keep you and all your employees and customers comfortable.

Packaged AC Units and How They Can Benefit You

One of the most popular types of commercial air conditioning units is the packaged AC. What makes these different from the standard “split” ACs you often see in homes is that the packaged AC doesn’t have a separate outdoor and indoor cabinet with different components contained in each. All the components are housed in a single outdoor cabinet, which is usually installed on the roof of a business.

Here are some of the major benefits of a packaged air conditioner:

  • Powerful cooling loads: Packaged air conditioners have some of the largest cooling capacities available in single units. Even if there isn’t a solo unit that can handle the full cooling needs of your business, you can easily add on additional units since these systems are designed to be modular.
  • Easy access for repairs and maintenance: Packaged units are among the easiest of systems to repair and maintain because technicians only need to access the single cabinet to perform most of the work. This also reduces the amount of disruption to your business that repair visits can cause—almost all of the repairs will occur on the roof.
  • Space saving: Without the need for an indoor unit, and with the units placed up on the roof, you’ll have valuable space freed up for your business. This arrangement is also much more visually appealing, and it removes clutter from the outdoor areas at ground level.

Keep in mind that a packaged air conditioning system is only as good as its installation. Make sure that you only hire experienced contractors with a history of working on commercial HVAC installation in North Atlanta, GA. Call Comfort Zone Heating & Air and find out more about our commercial services and the possibilities for packaged air conditioning units for your business.