Comfort Zone Heating & Cooling Blog

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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Understanding Air Conditioning System Energy Efficiency

March 20th, 2017

The warm weather starts early in Georgia, and it stays for a long time. Homes have to begin planning for hot weather during the late winter, which is why we encourage you to schedule your air conditioning maintenance as early as possible during the year. If you haven’t already done so, sign up for our Comfort Club program, which will get you started with the spring maintenance necessary for dependable and energy efficient AC performance all through summer.

Another reason to have maintenance done now is to check if your air conditioner needs to be replaced. You want to have time to consider your new system options so the professionals can have the best new unit installed before the heavy heat hits. One important consideration in choosing a new system is its energy efficiency.

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The Lambs and Lions of March Weather: Be Ready with Your AC!

March 6th, 2017

sun-and-snowflake-badgeYou’ve probably heard the old proverb, “March comes in like a lion and leaves like a lamb.” You might have heard it in reverse as well. This is an adage that’s been part of farmers’ almanacs since the 18th century, serving as a reminder that when March starts it’s the winter, and when it ends it’s the spring.

But there’s a good reason the proverb goes both ways: it’s not always true. March is unpredictable when it comes to weather. And here in Georgia, March often comes in like a lamb and leaves like a bigger lamb—it’s already air conditioning weather all the way!

Because of this, we encourage homeowners to make the most of March to prepare for the hotter weather. It’s already warming up, and the serious heat will be here before we know it. Making sure that your AC is ready for the challenge of another hot and humid Georgia summer is an essential part of the spring.

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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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