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May 24 2017

How to Prepare Your AC for the Summer Months

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As summer approaches and temperatures rise, your heating and air conditioning unit works harder than it does at any other time of the year. To ensure it runs efficiently, follow these tips before it gets any hotter.

Tips for Preparing Your AC for Summer

Hiring someone to perform inspections of both the indoor and outdoor units is the first step. The pros can prevent small problems from turning into big ones and can catch issues before they cause a breakdown of your HVAC unit during the hottest summer days. After performing the inspection, they will repair or replace any wires, tubing, lines, pipe insulation or anything else necessary.

In the meantime, you can do the following:

  • Clean your outdoor unit, including the coils. It needs to be clear of dust and debris to work efficiently. Ensure the area around the unit doesn't get overrun with weeds or grass.
  • Change the air filter in your indoor unit. By changing the filter regularly, you can make sure your HVAC system runs at optimal performance.
  • Clean the return grills and supply vents in your home for optimal air flow.
  • If there is a cover or coil blanket on the unit, remove it.
  • Do a test of your system to make sure it runs and successfully brings your home temperature down to a comfortable level.

Let the Professionals Help You Prepare for Summer

A professional heating and air conditioning technician can help you take care of all your pre-summer preparation and troubleshooting. The time is right to schedule your inspection with our experts at Comfort Services and keep your HVAC unit running smoothly when you need it most.

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May 10 2017

3 Reasons Your HVAC Is the Cause of Your Bad Energy Habits

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Have you ever wondered if your HVAC is the cause of your bad energy habits? The answer is yes. We depend on our HVAC systems for comfort and convenience in our homes. Because it's such an integral part of how comfortable our homes are, it is easy to forget about the system until it isn't working right. In some cases, the many days when your system is functioning optimally are the days you actually have the worst energy habits.

Knowing More about Your Bad HVAC Energy Habits Helps You Do Better

By not using a programmable thermostat, you are likely using your AC more often than necessary. A programmable thermostat allows you to have a cool, comfortable house when you are at home and awake but prevents you from cooling the space when it is not necessary.

Though it might be tempting to let some fresh air in, opening the windows when your system is running is a waste of money. Essentially, you are attempting to air condition the outside, and you're wasting a great deal of energy.

Allowing your HVAC system to work at sub-par capacity due to dirty air filters, a dusty outdoor unit, or other issues that an HVAC technician could easily remedy can lead to wasted energy.

Save Energy and Money with Better Energy Habits

Let Comfort Services be the solution to your energy habits. Take one of our energy audits to find out just what you are doing and how you can improve. Get in touch with us today to schedule an appointment with professional energy services and transform your energy habits from poor to great!

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Apr 25 2017

What to Do When Your AC Starts Blowing Hot Air

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When your AC starts blowing hot air, it’s usually time to bring in a heating and air conditioning professional. Many issues can cause your AC to blow hot air, but fixing most of them requires a professional. 

Try These Quick Troubleshooting Tips First!

There are a few things that may cause your AC to blow hot air that you can fix yourself. So before you make the call to your HVAC service providers, check on these things to avoid embarrassment:

Make sure your thermostat is set correctly. It may on the "heat" setting or the fan may be on, even though the "air" is not on.

Your unit may have blocked airflow. Common sources of restricted air include a dirty filter that is overdue for a change or the coils on your system in need of cleaning.

Is your external unit getting electricity? Check the circuit breaker/fuse to see if that's your problem.

Time to Call in the Pros

If you've checked the homeowner's troubleshooting list above and your AC is still blowing hot air, the next call is to your HVAC provider. They will check both the indoor and outdoor units of your system, as well as verify a working compressor, good refrigerant levels, open ducts, no electrical issues and more. And if the professional team you call is ours, there is even 24-hour emergency service available!

Contact our friendly team of experts at Comfort Services today for the heating and air conditioning solutions you need for your home.

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Apr 11 2017

Beat the Famous Columbia SC Heat with a Geothermal System

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If you are looking for the best way to beat the famous Columbia SC heat, we have options in energy services that will keep you comfortable. The geothermal system we offer brings you the comfort you want while minimizing your carbon footprint and saving you money on operating costs.

Geothermal systems are becoming quite popular in Columbia. While the upfront cost is higher than that of a traditional HVAC unit, you recoup the cost over time in savings on your monthly energy bills. In fact, homeowners have reported savings of up to 60% on heating and up to 50% on cooling.

Geothermal Is Superior to Traditional Units

Geothermal systems are quieter than traditional systems. They last significantly longer than other units – up to an additional ten years - making geothermal a wise investment. They also require less maintenance, as there are fewer moving parts. The only downside? Installation is more time-consuming and hiring a professional is a must.

Whether you are building a new home or retrofitting your existing abode, a geothermal system is an excellent choice, especially for those concerned with energy costs or the environment. Numerous incentives, in the form of rebates, grants, tax credits and loans, might entice South Carolina residents by helping them with the upfront costs. 

A geothermal system is the ideal energy efficient, long-term solution to the Columbia SC heat. Want to learn more about the environmentally-friendly energy services we offer at Comfort Services? Visit us online today to ask your questions and get answers from our team of energy services experts.

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