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Dec 20 2016

How Long Will My Furnace and Air Conditioner Last?

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Has your air conditioner been making more noise lately? Or perhaps the furnace is having more difficulty turning on and off as expected. Do you know how old the systems are? These units are often taken for granted, silently keeping our home comfortable while blocking out the worst of the heat and cold. However, they do have a limited lifespan and you may have to face the reality that they might need replacement rather than repair.

Air Conditioners Are Good for At Least 10 Years

Central air conditioning systems should last at least 10 years before needing expensive repairs or replacement. With proper maintenance, you should be able to extend that number up to 15 years. The key to ensuring your unit lasts as long as possible is ensuring that the filter is changed on a regular basis and that the coils, vents and compressor are cleaned up any dust build-up at least twice a year. Outside, keep the exterior unit clear of leaves and debris for best possible air flow. When the unit does not receive maintenance it will become clogged resulting in the compressor working too hard and failing earlier than it should.

Furnaces Last Longer

Once again, it's all about the maintenance, but your furnace should be able to provide heat for about 20 years before the cost of repair outweighs the cost for replacement. Many parts such as pumps, electronic ignition and valves can be replaced repeatedly before the main burner or heat exchanger fails. If the unit is ill-sized for the home it is servicing, it will have to turn on and off more often which can shorten its lifespan. Let Comfort Services maintain your unit with regular maintenance check-ups before the heating season begins to help extend the life of this expensive part of your home.
Comfort Services in Columbia, SC can provide the regular maintenance and repairs for your air conditioning and heating systems to help you extend the life of the units as long as possible, reducing the cost of owning your home. Contact us today!

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Dec 13 2016

How is New Insulation Installed in an Older Home?

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You love your old home with its beautiful woodwork, quirky floor plan, and graceful aging oak trees. But it does seem to trap heat, especially upstairs. All the home improvement shows tout the benefits of insulation and cheerfully demonstrate insulating a house with foam while the studs are exposed. You know you don't want to remove your plaster walls. So, is it possible to insulate your drafty hot house without ripping it apart? Absolutely.

Insulating the Attic

First you will want to not only increase insulation in your attic, but increase the efficiency of the insulation. The attic is where the majority of temperature loss occurs in the home, so it's the place to start. Your contractor will spray foam insulation into the underside of the roof structure and then put down batting or blown cellulose on the floor of the attic.

Exterior Walls

If you have traditional wood, vinyl, or even aluminum siding, your home can still be insulated. The contractor will remove a course of siding and drill holes approximately 2 inches in diameter in between the studs. They then blow cellulose insulation into the cavity. The corks are replaced and then the siding rehung. There is usually little if any damage done to the exterior, while a relatively inexpensive insulation job has been completed. You do not need to remove anything from the walls inside the home.

Basement

To finish the job, a vapor barrier should be applied to your dirt floor basement. Spray foam is easily applied to the rafters, further sealing in the living areas that are air conditioned upstairs. Also, adding the foam around the sill helps to keep the heat from building up underneath your home.

When we think of insulation projects the picture we see in our minds involves ripping out all the walls of our home. It isn't necessary. Insulating the home is a quick and worthwhile investment in the comfort and efficiency of your house. Contact Comfort Services today to set up an appointment to add insulation to your home today.

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Dec 06 2016

4 Heating Inefficiencies That Could be Causing Your Bills to Skyrocket

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Heating inefficiencies within your system can really cause a drastic jump in the price it costs to keep your home or business warm in the winter. Approximately 50% of your energy cost is from keeping your home warm in the winter.

Thermostat Check

Your thermostat should be checked to ensure it is working properly. It should start the heating system when turned on and shut off when it reaches the temperature you set it on. Each degree that you set on the thermostat higher in the winter uses about 3 to 5 percent more energy. A good alternative is a smart thermostat. Making the upgrade to a programmable thermostat saves you the trouble of adjusting your HVAC system every time you leave your home or go to bed at night.

Lubricating Parts

All moving parts should be properly lubricated before actually starting your heating system for the first time in the fall. Parts that are not adequately oiled cause friction. Friction makes your heating system work harder, increases your energy usage and also leads to premature aging of your heating components.

Cleaning your Heating System

In order to work efficiently, a heating system needs to be clean and free of debris or blockages in the sealed system. All heat exchangers, return air vents and air registers should be clean and not have anything blocking the airflow into your home.

Air Duct Inspections

All of the air ducts should be fastened together without any loose areas between sections. Any small leak or tear allows the warm air to go outside rather than inside your home or business to provide warmth. This results in much higher inefficiency of a heating system.

The best rule of thumb is to have a fall heating checkup before you turn on your unit. We can examine your system in depth to make certain it is operating properly and is safe for you and your family. We can install a programmable thermostat to save you a considerable amount of money in your heating system. Our checkup includes examination of the motors, electrical connections and all equipment for proper function.

Contact Comfort Services today and let us do a full maintenance check on your unit to ensure it is ready for the cold winter ahead.

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Nov 23 2016

My furnace comes on and goes right back off. Why?

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An average furnace will turn on and off at least a few times every hour. If a furnace, however, turns on and then back off in a relatively short amount of time this is referred to as short cycling. This is normally a symptom of a bigger problem. There are several things to consider when a furnace comes on and goes right back off.

Flame Sensor Corrosion

A flame sensor is a safety feature that sometimes can become corroded. A buildup can develop so that the sensor doesn't get a signal that the flame is lit. If the signal isn't working properly the furnace may turn on and off several times.

A Thermostat That's Not Working

A faulty thermostat may cause a furnace to work improperly. Sometimes the thermostat can be placed too close to another source of heat or is affected by direct sunlight which may cause the furnace to turn on and off.

Problems with the Air Filter

The problem might be something as simple as a dirty air filter. Besides an air filter there may be other items in a furnace that need replaced or adjusted. It's recommended to have a furnace inspection in the fall to make sure it's in top condition for the winter season.

Whether you need an inspection or have a specific item on the furnace that needs to be repaired, Comfort Services can take care of all your HVAC needs. They provide a variety of HVAC services including installation and repair for air conditioners, heat pumps, and furnaces. They also provide quality products such as smart thermostats and air purification systems. Contact the experts at Comfort Services for all your HVAC needs.

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