Is It Time to Replace Your Commercial AC?

April 28th, 2015

It may not be summer, but it’s getting warm outside, and you’ve probably already had to rely on your commercial air conditioner to cool your business space. Is it performing as needed? If not, it may be time to consider replacing it, but there are some factors to consider before making this decision. Working with a trained expert can help you determine if replacement is really your best option, and the AC experts at Comfort Zone Heating & Air are here to help you every step of the way – just give us a call! Continue Reading

The Effects of Low Refrigerant Levels on your Air Conditioner

April 27th, 2015

The South is known for its hot and humid summers, and with April giving way to May, residents of Canton, GA may want to schedule a maintenance session to ensure that their air conditioners are functioning at peak capacity when the weather gets warm. One of the most important steps in any maintenance session is recharging your unit’s refrigerant levels when they get low. The refrigerant is the lynchpin of the air conditioning process: the component that allows it to cool the air in your home. The system depends on set levels of refrigerant to work, and the effects of low refrigerant levels on your air conditioner can cause some serious problems. Continue Reading

Is Your Air Conditioner Ready for Summer?

April 21st, 2015

We already have temperatures in the 70s, and we all know that it’s just going to get hotter – is your air conditioner ready to provide you with the cool comfort you need? One of the best ways to ensure that your AC is ready is to schedule annual maintenance with one of our experts. Why maintenance? We’ll explain more about this below, but know that when you hire a professional from Comfort Zone Heating & Air, you are in great hands. Don’t wait to schedule – call us today, and get ahead of the hot summer weather! Continue Reading

Spring Maintenance for Your AC: What It Is and Why It’s Important

April 20th, 2015

Spring. It’s the time of renewal, of laundry hanging outside again, and a time for major cleaning and maintenance of your Alpharetta, GA, home. One item that should never be left off the spring cleaning list is your whole home air conditioner. There can be a lot of misconceptions about what maintenance is, which can lead to homeowners skipping over it season after season. The experts at Comfort Zone Heating & Air know how important maintenance is for your AC, so call us today and let our pros keep your air conditioner running smoothly this summer! Continue Reading

Some of Your Heating Installation Choices for the Coming Winter

September 24th, 2014

Fall is here, offering the perfect time to replace your heating system. There are a lot of choices when it comes to whole-home heating systems, and it can be difficult trying to decide which one will best fit you and your home. At Comfort Zone Heating & Air, we carry several types of heating systems that we’ll outline below. One thing to remember in regard to any heating installation in Canton, GA is that it’s important to always use professionals. If you are ready for a new heating system, call us today!

Some Heating Installation Choices

Here are some of the heating installation choices available from Comfort Zone Heating & Air:

Heat Pumps

Heat pumps are very versatile and can be used in several types of systems, including ductless. The big benefit of installing a heat pump is that it offers both heating and cooling. It also uses no fossil fuels, but just small amount of electricity, and is very energy efficient. Heat pumps can struggle to heat homes when the temperature goes below 32 degrees, so this should be a consideration when reviewing heat pumps as a heating option.

Furnaces

Comfort Zone Heating & Air carries two types of furnaces:

  • Gas
  • Electric

Gas furnaces offer strong heat no matter what the weather, and you can also use the gas for other appliances, including dryers, stoves and hot water heaters. Gas is piped into your home, making it very convenient to use, and the energy efficiency of gas furnaces is quite high – they average an 89% AFUE rating.

Electric furnaces also offer some important benefits. First, you don’t need a gas line. Some homes are not connected to a gas line, and connecting to one may not be an option. Second, electric furnaces may have lower initial costs than a gas furnace does. Third, you don’t have to worry about the hazards typically associated with gas furnaces, such as carbon monoxide leaks. The cost of electricity is typically higher than gas, but today’s electric furnaces are very energy efficient, and may not use as much electricity as you think.

Still aren’t sure what type of heating system you need? Call Comfort Zone Heating & Air today, and schedule an appointment to discuss your heating installation in Canton, GA.

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.