How to Keep Your Furnace Running Efficiently

January 18, 2018

There are two times per year a furnace runs the most: winter and summer. Given that we are currently in the middle of winter it’s a great time to learn about keeping a furnace running. No one wants a furnace to break down. Let’s talk about how to keep a furnace healthy at all times. Dirty filters, holes in an air duct, lack of maintenance — these are some of the reasons a furnace becomes less effective. Let’s break down each reason to learn about how to keep a furnace running more efficiently. Replace Your Air Filter Dust, grime, and other particles build up in an air filter over time. At some point, it becomes harder for air to flow through the filter. Once this happens, the furnace cannot distribute air as it would be able to with a clean air filter. Therefore, these filters should be checked for buildup every few months. Air filters are inexpensive and a vital component to the health of a furnace. Check for Holes Air leakage happens when there are holes present in an air duct. Homes shift over time. Therefore, air leakage can happen even if the air duct was properly installed originally....

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What Are Pros and Cons of Ductless Systems?

December 29, 2017

“To duct or not to duct? That is the question.” Deciding whether or not to use a ductless system is simple when you have the correct information to aid in your choice. Read on to find out the pros and cons regarding ductless systems. Discover when ductless systems are beneficial, and when they are less effective here. Pros of Ductless Systems Ductless system installation requires only the drilling of a small hole at the site of installation, which prohibits air leaks, which contributes to energy savings, which brings us to point two. Ductless systems are incredibly energy efficient. According to Energy Star, “about 20 to 30 percent of the air that moves through the duct system is lost due to leaks, holes, and poorly connected ducts.” This translates to higher energy bills for the homeowner. Ductless systems avoid this issue altogether, making them much more efficient. Installation of ductless systems may result in receipt of a federal tax credit and/or a local utilities incentive bonus as well. Ducted systems require duct maintenance, which adds expenses. They also require repairs eventually. These problems are avoided with ductless systems. Cons of Ductless Systems Cost – Ductless systems cost more on installation than do traditional ducted...

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How to Troubleshoot Your Furnace in KY

November 27, 2017

It is time for a furnace tune-up, and if you don’t have one yet, then it is time for furnace installation. Here are some tasks you can perform for yourself before you call for a furnace repair assistance. Check the Thermostat and the Furnace to Ensure That They Are On Sometimes your furnace may not be blowing air since the thermostat is turned off. Before you call a furnace repair expert, make sure that the temperature is set correctly. If you are not sure whether the furnace is on, try setting the thermostat to 5oC higher than the temperature in your house and see if the heater comes on. Make sure that the thermostat’s temperature setting is in heat mode instead of the air conditioning mode. If this doesn’t work, then proceed to the other furnace tune-up steps outlined below. Check the Circuit Breaker If you still haven’t found the problem from the first step above, the next furnace troubleshooting step would be checking its circuit breakers. Go to your home’s breaker panel and identify the circuit that controls the furnace. Sometimes, the breaker could be in an “off” state. Some electricians tend to do a shoddy job when it...

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What Causes Uneven Home Heating in Hikes Point

October 24, 2017

Have you ever noticed that one room is ten degrees cooler than the room across the hall? Uneven home heating is a common issue. The cause could be an array problems. Register Blockage Many do not realize that a piece of furniture has covered a vent. Or, even laundry piled near a heating duct will cause home heating systems to be affected by blocked-off registers.  The easy remedy is to move furniture so heat can flow with ease. Duct Damage Heating maintenance is required as winter approaches. In some cases, you will find damage to the duct system of your heating unit.  In most cases, you will need to contact an air/heating technician to repair the duct damage. Caulking is a band-aid to a larger issue of air flow. Discarding Dirty Air Filters It is best practice to change air filters on a regular basis. When a filter clogs and becomes useless, it causes uneven home heating. Often, no heat at all.  Part of heating maintenance is replacing your air filter every month or two so you do not find yourself cold in the depths of winter. Undersized Heating Unit You have changed the filter, cleared debris, and checked your air...

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Are Annual Furnace Check-Ups Necessary?

September 5, 2017

If you’re wondering whether you should you have your furnace checked out once a year, the short answer is yes. Even if your heating system is fairly new, it’s a good idea to have routine maintenance performed and if your furnace is 10 years old or more, yearly maintenance is a must. Here’s why: Most if not all furnace manufacturers recommend annual professional maintenance on their products, and some warranties even state that damage from improper maintenance will not be covered. It’s smart to protect your heating system investment with a yearly checkup that costs much less than a serious repair.   A professional technician can check and adjust components that most homeowners are not familiar with. For example, a good furnace checkup includes a blower wheel check and cleaning which requires the part to be uninstalled, cleared of debris, and reinstalled. Also, the blower motor needs to undergo an amp-draw test, which should be conducted by one of our professionals here at Air Comfort.   Yearly inspections of the wiring, drainage system, blower access door, and the vent system are vital to the efficiency and longevity of your heating system and could help you save big on future repairs....

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Why Tune Up Your Air Conditioning?

June 17, 2017

With summer here in and temperatures starting to heat up, it’s time to make sure your AC is up to speed. The best way to do that is to get an AC tune up. This is important because cooling and heating can account for almost half of a typical homeowner’s energy costs. Energy Star says that investing in an annual AC system tune up can help improve your unit’s efficiency and reduce your energy costs. Build-up from not cleaning your unit can reduce efficiency by as much as 5% a year – and that can really add up. When temperatures rise, too many people just turn on their AC unit without even thinking about it, even though they haven’t thought about cool air in months. Not only can this damage your unit and make it inefficient, it can cost you big over the long run. Don’t be penny-wise and pound-foolish – the average cost of an AC tune up from a reputable AC repair company is only around $70. Here’s what an AC tune up and professional cleaning includes: -A thorough cleaning of condenser coils -Clean air filter -Inspect indoor coil if accessible -Check condenser coil and remove debris -A...

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The Importance of AC Maintenance

May 15, 2017

9 out of 10 cooling system failures are caused by dirt and dust. A light layer of dust on cooling coils can reduce your energy efficiency by 20%. This can be easily prevented with regular AC maintenance. Protect Your Investment The installation of your air conditioning and heating system is an investment, therefore you should do everything possible to minimize equipment breakdown. Planned maintenance not only assists in preventing unit breakdown to business-critical environments but also helps to improve energy efficiency. You will be rewarded with lower running costs, potentially a much longer lifespan for your unit, plus fewer carbon emissions. Two Maintenance Visits Annually AC unit, heat pump, and furnace equipment is not inexpensive and we always recommend that, following installation, you enter into a maintenance agreement with your installer. This normally involves two annual visits to your cooling and heating equipment by trained, certified technicians. A cooling system routinely maintained, provides a much higher performance and is much more energy efficient. Inspections During each technician visit, all functions of the systems are inspected, filters cleaned, operating pressures and controls checked and calibrated. Leak checks are carried out at least once per year and records are kept to show...

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5 Summer Prep Tips for AC

April 19, 2017

Summertime is here and the weather is set to warm up. Are you ready for those sunny days ahead of you? Your AC unit is going to be working overtime to keep you cool but it’s important that you make sure it’s running smoothly. Preparing for summer can make your air conditioning service experience much more pleasant and it’s pretty easy too. At , our top priority is your experience with your air conditioning unit and making sure you’re ready for a summer. We believe that proper air conditioning service is key in keeping your home comfortable. Below are 5 ways you can make sure your AC works to the best of its ability this summer. The first thing you can do to make sure your AC unit is in peak condition is to replace your air filters. Over time, filters can start to collect dust and grime which will lead to decreased airflow. Regular air filter replacements are a great way to make sure your air conditioning unit lasts longer and works better. Another tip is to keep your evaporator and condenser coils clean. After a period of time, dirt can start to overrun your air conditioning unit’s coils...

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Your Louisville Business Needs A HVAC Preventative Maintenance Agreement

January 20, 2016

Your business relies on a dependable HVAC system throughout the year. Regular maintenance is essential to keep it running smoothly and to correct potential costly breakdowns before they happen. A preventative maintenance agreement is a good investment because it not only protects and maintains the efficiency and effectiveness of your system, but also gives you peace of mind that your HVAC system is running smoothly at all times. A preventative maintenance agreement is more than just a service management plan. Consider these additional benefits: Preventative maintenance reduces annual upkeep and repair costs. This saves money by reducing the total cost of ownership for your HVAC system. There is never a good time for a HVAC breakdown. A maintenance agreement provides priority service and gets your business in contact with a qualified repair professional quickly. Preventative services prolong the lifespan of your HVAC system. Regular maintenance schedules keep the current system in good working order. This not only saves money, but also helps to preserve the high quality of the system. Temperature and humidity control are crucial for maintaining a productive and healthy interior atmosphere for employees. A preventative maintenance agreement will help to keep your system working well, and in...

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How Commercial Heating Repairs In Louisville Differ From Residential Repairs in Louisville

January 14, 2016

Making sure that you have a contractor that is fully versed in commercial heating repairs is an important part of your building maintenance. Not all HVAC contractors in Louisville have trained technicians on staff who are able to handle commercial systems. Though the principle behind residential and commercial systems is the same, namely to heat air and move it through a building, there are still differences between commercial and residential units. For one, it’s size. Commercial units are much bigger and more powerful than residential units. Whereas residential furnaces or heat pumps are located in a basement or tucked away in a utility room, commercial units can be the size of an entire room! Because of their size commercial furnaces are often placed on the roofs of buildings along with air conditioning units. Additionally, commercial heating systems are also subject to more stress and have many more mechanical parts than their residential counterparts. In other words, these systems are more complex. Commercial systems may be set up in such a way as to heat different parts of a building at different times and at different temperatures. These functions place different types of stress on the system causing different failures than...

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