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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.