Comfort Zone Heating & Cooling Blog

Steps for Moving from the Furnace to the Air Conditioner

February 20th, 2017

cooling-to-heating-homesWe enjoy a short winter season in Atlanta. Yes, we get our fair share of cold days, but the spring weather arrives early. Right now the weather is rising into the 70s, and although we can expect rainy days as well, we’re almost at the point of the year when the hum of air conditioning will be nearly constant—and furnaces will shut down for a long spring and summer nap.

However, making the transition from using the furnace to exclusively using the air conditioner doesn’t simply involve stopping the use of the furnace. There are some steps we recommend that you take during the coming weeks that will help you make the change over to the air conditioning system so that you have energy efficiency and safety for the coming months.

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Start Planning to Save on Air Conditioning Bills

February 6th, 2017

piggy-bank-ac-savingsA large amount of the energy your home uses each year goes to running the air conditioner. This probably won’t come as a shock to you if you’ve already lived in Georgia for at least a year. Our winters are short, and the summer seasons can become brutally hot and humid. Seeing high electricity bills during the middle of the year isn’t a surprise.

But do those bills need to be so high? Chances are they’re higher than they need to be. We have some advice on how you can get started with saving money on those air conditioning bills as our weather becomes warmer.

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Cooling Emergency! What to Do When Your AC Dies

January 23rd, 2017

desk-fanOur winter in Georgia is short, and it doesn’t take long for the hot weather to arrive and air conditioners to get back to work. Right now is an excellent time to plan for running your AC. It’s not too early to arrange for air conditioning maintenance, which is the best way to see that a cooling system will work at its best all the way through the summer.

There’s another bit of planning for the upcoming warm weather, which is to consider what to do if your air conditioning system should abruptly break down during a hot day. (And yes, even with regular maintenance, there’s still a chance the AC will fail.) A broken air conditioner can be a serious emergency if there are elderly people or infants in your home. You’ll need the system working fast—and it won’t just fix itself.

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Tips for Preparing Your AC for the Warmer Weather

January 16th, 2017

The winter seasons here in Georgia don’t last long. We’ll have a few cold spells, but already the weather is routinely cresting into the 60s during the day. Before we know it, we’’l be enjoying the spring weather…

…and we’ll be putting our air conditioning systems back to use.

Right now is a good time to consider what to do to help prepare your air conditioner for the hot weather ahead. You never want it to go back into full operation without some important checks and maintenance tasks. Let’s look at what you can do to see that your AC is ready for the heat.

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Reasons to Pick a Ductless AC for a New Air Conditioner Installation

January 9th, 2017

With such a short cold season here in Georgia, it’s really never too early to start thinking about installing a new air conditioning system if your current one is old or not working as well as it once did. In fact, this is one of the best times of the year to have installation scheduled, since it’s easier to arrange a convenient time without the big rush to beat out the big heat of the year.

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When Should I Start Thinking about Air Conditioning Maintenance?

January 2nd, 2017

The New Year has just started, and it’s still winter—and will “officially” remain winter until March. However, we have a short winter season in Georgia, and warm temperatures always seem to arrive sooner than expected. We’re already experiencing days in the high 60s. This early arrival of warmth is good in most ways—but it can be a problem if a home’s air conditioning system isn’t ready to get back to work.

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Why You Don’t Want the Heat Up Too High This Winter

December 26th, 2016

During the winter months, how do you set your thermostat for comfort? It’s tempting to turn it up high, maybe around 85°F (often the highest setting on a thermostat) to get the home warmed up as fast as possible, and then turn it back down when things start to seem too stuffy. This is how many people operate and program their thermostats during the season. Unfortunately, it’s wasteful and places extra strain on the heater.

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Take Advantage of the Winter and Install a New AC!

December 19th, 2016

Winter is the season for… air conditioning replacement!

Okay, that’s probably not the first thing that comes to mind when you hear “Winter is the season for…” But believe us, it’s what a lot of HVAC technicians think regarding this time of the year. We keep busy over the winter handling repairs for furnaces and other heating systems. But it’s also a time we recommend that people give thought to having a new air conditioner installed.

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Steps for Changing Your Furnace Filter over the Winter

December 12th, 2016

One of the essential tasks that you need to do to make sure that your furnace works its best over the winter is to regularly change out its air filter. This filter protects the internal components of the furnace from debris that comes in through the return air ducts. But the debris caught in the filter’s mesh will gradually build up until at some point it blocks airflow. This will cut down the furnace’s energy efficiency, and the stress on the filter can begin to allow dust and other contamination to slip in around the edges.

Changing the filter isn’t tough, however. We’ll guide you through it!

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What’s That Burning Smell Coming from the Furnace?

December 5th, 2016

When people first turn on their furnaces for the beginning of the cold season, it’s not unusual for them to notice a sharp, acrid smell coming from the vents. You’ll probably run into this when you fire up your furnace for the first true day of the winter chill. Is it a reason for you to be worried, and should you call for our technicians to come and look into it? We’ll look a bit deeper into this common occurrence below.

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