Comfort Zone Heating & Cooling Blog

Let’s Find Some Ways to Save on Cooling Costs in Late Summer

August 7th, 2017

air-conditioning-plastic-grillAs we move into the last part of summer (wow, August already?), it’s a good time to make sure that we don’t slip into bad habits with air conditioning. We know it’s easy to start leaving the AC running more than it should because we’re simply sick of the heat. But late summer is an important time to be vigilant about air conditioning use: not only will this help keep utility bills under control, but it can prevent unnecessary repair calls and help extend the cooling system’s service life.

Here are some tips for reining in the high costs of air conditioning in Dunwoody, GA during the late summer season:

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Ductwork Problems? Go Ductless for Your Air Conditioning!

July 24th, 2017

ductless-wall-unit-blowing-airDucts are such as standard part of central air conditioning (as well as heating) that people take it for granted that they have to be there. If someone asks you to picture a central air conditioning system in a home, what do you see? Chances are high it’s a network of metal and flexible plastic ducts branching out from an indoor evaporator unit and reaching out to each room.

There’s no question that using ducts to distribute cool air around a home is effective. But it isn’t the only option for central cooling. If the only alternative to a ductwork system that you can think of is using ugly and inferior AC window units, we have good news for you: the ductless mini split system. We’ve talked before about the reasons to install a ductless AC, but we’d like to go into more detail here. Specially, we want to look at how ducts really can be a serious problem for an air conditioner—and why taking them out of the equation is helpful in many ways.

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Air Conditioning Tonnage: What It Means

July 10th, 2017

question-mark-badgeIf you have an old air conditioning system that just isn’t handling our Georgia summer weather the way it should, it’s time for a new air conditioning installation. The way to do this is to contact our team of HVAC professionals. You not only want our skill to put the new system in place, you want us to select a system with the right tonnage for your house.

Wait, what does tonnage mean?

This is a question people often ask when they hear about the type of AC their home needs. It’s a confusing term because it doesn’t have anything to do with how much the air conditioner weighs. If our technicians tell you that your house requires a 4 ton air conditioning system, we’re talking about the cooling power of the new unit, not its gross weight.

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Condensate Drain Troubles with Your Air Conditioner

June 26th, 2017

condenser-units-behind-fenceIf you’ve lived for any period of time in Atlanta, you know how humid it gets here—especially in the summers. This can cause some troubles for air conditioners, particularly with the condensate drain. This is a part of an AC that often runs into malfunctions over our humid summers, and our technicians are skilled at handling air conditioning repairs in Marietta, GA to fix drain troubles.

What Does the Condensate Drain Do?

If you stop to listen to the operation of your air conditioning system, you’ll occasionally hear the sound of water dripping inside the unit. This is water condensing inside the air conditioner as part of the cooling process—and the reason an air conditioning system must have a condensate drain.

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Ice on the AC Coil: Is That Normal?

June 12th, 2017

frost-on-windowCustomers trust our HVAC technicians to give them expert advice when it comes to their air conditioning equipment. A question we sometimes hear is whether it’s normal for ice to form on the indoor coil of an air conditioning system while it’s running during summer.

We understand why people might believe a frosty AC is normal. They feel chilled air coming from the vents, and what’s more natural than to have ice involved in the process? One of the ways to rig up a simple cooling system is to place a bowl of ice in front of a fan; wouldn’t it make sense for an air conditioner to work in a similar fashion?

The answer is: no it isn’t. Ice on an air conditioner coil is a symptom of a problem with an air conditioner—possibly a major one—that requires air conditioning repair.

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3 Common HVAC Myths—Busted!

May 29th, 2017

women-in-front-of-fanThe Internet is a chaotic place, and there isn’t anything that will change that. Sometimes that’s a wonderful thing about it. But that chaos also creates serious problems when it comes to false information. You can type in a question about any appliance in your home and receive a barrage of helpful “tips” and “hacks” and “pointers” from all across the web, many coming from bloggers with no more qualification than “has a blog and an opinion.” This is one of the reasons myths about air conditioning and heating systems have spread widely to homeowners. Most of these myths existed long before the Internet, but the rapid access to information—true and false—has given them new life.

We’re here to bust up 3 major myths about air conditioning systems we still see and hear all too frequently. Always remember, when in doubt, call on the professionals! We’re the experts on heating and air conditioning in Dunwoody, GA and the surrounding North Atlanta area who can care take of you.

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How High Humidity Affects Your Air Conditioner

May 15th, 2017

condensers-raised-on-slabsWarm weather is here, and hotter weather is on the way. Not only hotter weather, but humid weather. If you’ve spent at least one summer in Georgia, you’ll know that half the battle when it comes to stay cool is finding a way to deal with the intense humidity. Once relative humidity rises above 60%, it becomes harder for the human body to release heat. With more heat trapped in your body, the temperature will feel hotter than it is. An 80°F day will feel like it’s 90°F, or worse.

But humidity isn’t only tough on people. It’s tough on air conditioners. Cooling systems in this area can suffer from specific problems due to the high humidity levels. Below are a few of the issues that might occur in your AC because of our Georgia humidity.

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Don’t Let Time Run Out on Getting Your AC Tuned-Up for Summer

May 1st, 2017

service-clock-reminder“Never leave your comfort zone. Not on our watch!” That’s our company slogan, and we stand by it with complete air conditioning services in Cartersville, GA and the surrounding North Atlanta areas. Perhaps the most important part of keeping you in your comfort zone is seeing that your home’s cooling system is properly maintained with a spring inspection and tune-up. There’s no better service you can provide for your AC than to have one of our professionals visit it during the spring to see that all its parts are working and handle adjustments and cleanings so it has the best start on the summer.

But you don’t want to wait much longer to arrange for air conditioning maintenance. Atlanta weather is already growing warm, and with the regular rain storms the humidity is also rising. It won’t be long before we’re dealing with temperatures in the 90s and relative humidity well above the comfort of 50%. You want your air conditioning system already cleaned, tuned-up, and with any necessary repairs taken care of by then.

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Customer Question: What’s The Difference between EER and SEER?

April 17th, 2017

air-conditioner-money-saverWe’re fortunate in maintaining great communications with our many air conditioning customers. Few other HVAC contractors can say they have customers writing to them regularly to thank them for their hard work on an air conditioning repair or installation. But this is a routine occurrence for us. We want to be a hero to our customers, and usually succeed.

Of course, excellent communication with a customer allows us to help them better. We often receive questions from customers about how HVAC equipment operates and what’s important for them to know about them. We want to pass on some of this knowledge to you, such as the difference between the two efficiency ratings found on air conditioning systems, EER and SEER. Almost all AC units have these two ratings listed, but what do they mean and what separates the two, aside from the letter S?

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Some Signs That, Yes, You Ought to Replace Your Air Conditioner

April 3rd, 2017

air-conditioning-tool-bagSpring is the time of the year to look over your current home air conditioning system and decide if it’s ready to be replaced. This often isn’t an easy choice to make, which is why we strongly recommend you consult with one of our professionals about it. It’s easy to have a technician analyze your AC during regular maintenance and then provide a rundown on whether it’s beneficial to schedule a new air conditioning installation in Roswell, GA.

However, there are warning signs from an air conditioner that will give you the heads-up about a replacement even before regular maintenance. We’ve listed a few of the more common ones below to help you know when AC replacement should be on your priority list for the spring.

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