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.
November 28th, 2016
Right now is when people are getting their heating systems ready for the winter. If you haven’t scheduled maintenance for your heater—whether it’s a furnace or heat pump—now is definitely the time to give us a call and get on the schedule. The serious cold weather is coming up!
But there are also some preparations you’ll need to make for your air conditioning system. You probably won’t need to use it during the coming months, but the outdoor unit of the system requires some special protection, otherwise it can suffer damage from the weather and even develop rust and other kinds of corrosion. Below are some steps to take that will winterize your air conditioner so it has the best chance of working the way it should when spring comes around again:
- First, turn off the air conditioner’s circuit. This is located outside near the cabinet, and usually has a plastic or metal lid over it. Lift the lid and place the switch in the “off” position. This prevents the AC from accidentally turning on during a brief warm spell in winter, which may cause it to draw in water that will freeze or create corrosion.
- Second, clean off the exterior unit. This doesn’t have to be a major job, simply use a garden hose. You want the dirt and debris (like bird droppings) cleaned off. Remove any brush, pinecones, branches, and grass clippings from off the unit as well. Then let it dry completely.
- Third, cover the unit with a plastic or vinyl cover—make sure it’s waterproof. You can purchase specially designed HVAC covers from stores or online, although any piece of plastic or vinyl capable of covering the unit will work.
- Fourth, secure the unit in place. Bungee cords are good for this; wrap them around the unit and the cover. This will prevent the cover from getting torn off in a high wind.
- Last, make periodic checks on the unit during the winter. We recommend going out once a week to see that the cover is still in place. After a snowfall, brush as much of the snow off as you can.
Comfort Zone Heating & Cooling serves Alpharetta, GA. Call our customer service specialists at 770-213-COOL (2665) and let us know how we can help you with your home heating needs this winter.
November 21st, 2016
Unless you have a ductless mini split air conditioning system or you are still relying on window units, your AC sends its cooled air around your house through a network of ducts. Unfortunately, ductwork is prone to air leaks that can result from moisture, animal infiltration, and high pressure because of poor design. This is why we strongly recommend that you contact us to arrange for ductwork testing; this service will find out if you have leaky air ducts—and then we can take care of the necessary repairs.
November 14th, 2016
We can’t always make the best choices, and this applies to installing a new heating system as much as anything else. Often in our work we’re asked by customers to replace a furnace that never seemed to work right. The original installer may have been an amateur, or lacked the appropriate training to do the work correctly. Whatever the reason, the furnace simply has a bad install—and there’s often nothing that can be done to rectify this kind of situation.
November 7th, 2016
We handle an enormous amount of air conditioning services each year. Even during the fall and winter, we’re on call to help people with installing new ACs, upgrading them, or helping homes make plans for future hot weather. The mild winters here in Georgia mean that air conditioning concerns pop up at unexpected times. After all, look at the current weather for November… we’re still experiencing highs during the day in the 70s.
At this time of the year, we thought you might appreciate a story about the early days of air conditioning. It’s one most people don’t know much about… the car cooler.
October 31st, 2016
Although temperatures can reach unpleasantly cool levels in Georgia during the winter, most of our focus here when it comes to temperatures during the year is on staying cool. Our air conditioning systems do much more work than our furnaces.
Because of this interest in air conditioner over than heating, it’s too easy to put off installing a heating system year after year—even when a home desperately needs a replacement. Our advice is to make your heating installation into an air conditioning installation. How do you do that?
October 24th, 2016
One of the difficulties of living in a place where warm weather continues deep into the fall is that air conditioning systems must put in much more work than normally expected. Fall is the period when homeowners arrange to have maintenance done on their heating systems. (If you haven’t done this yet, we strongly urge you to get it done sooner rather than later.) Air conditioning systems, however, have their maintenance done in spring, and so they have a long stretch to go before their next tune-up and inspection. Late fall is a time when the stress accumulated since the last tune-up can take a heavy toll on an AC.
October 17th, 2016
During the last few weeks, we’ve focused on helping homeowners get ready for the cold with heating maintenance services. (Get started with yours by signing up for our Comfort Club!) There are other steps you can take to help your HVAC system with the approaching winter, such as having a whole-house humidifier installed—and that’s another job that we’re glad to do for homeowners in the area.
October 10th, 2016
Here in Georgia we’re still basking in sunny, pleasant weather at the beginning of October. We can’t expect it to stay this way for long, however, and we hope that you’ve already started your home planning for the winter.
Here’s something important to consider when it comes to the furnace that will keep you warm over the coming cold season: was it experiencing trouble when you shut it down for the last time in spring? You don’t want repair problems to linger over a season and then come back to haunt you when you need the furnace working again at the end of the year!
October 3rd, 2016
Our major concern for comfort during the year is keeping our homes cooled down in the Georgia heat and humidity. The winters aren’t as rough, and that’s a reason why many homeowners choose to use a heat pump for indoor comfort. A heat pump makes for a powerful cooling system during the summer, and then an efficient heating system that can deliver sufficient warmth to deal with the mild winter.