There are many myths that can cause homeowners to make critical mistakes when managing their HVAC systems. The professionals at Comfort Air want to help set the record straight so that you can better understand your HVAC system. Common Myths Thermostat location does not matter– Actually, it does! If your thermostat is placed in the wrong spot, your unit may not provide steady comfortable temperatures in your home. Avoid placing your thermostat in direct sunlight, adjacent to windows, or near your appliances as the temperature in your home can fluctuate in these locations. A thermostat should always be placed on an interior wall. Proper thermostat placement ensures that your system gets an accurate read on the overall temperature of your home.Upgrading to a high efficiency HVAC system will always lower my energy bills– What makes this statement a myth is the word “always.” Although a high efficiency HVAC system will save money on your energy bills, your overall savings is contingent upon your HVAC usage. For example, if your family keeps your home set at 67 through the winter, your savings may be minimal in comparison to someone who keeps their home set at 78 through the winter. If your unit is running consistently to either keep your home cool or warm, an energy efficient model will provide significant savings. Replacing my HVAC system before selling my home will increase value–This is not always true. A home inspector will typically note whether or not a unit works, the brand being recognizable, and the likelihood of needing replacement soon. Having a brand-new unit can keep you from using your current unit as a negotiation point at a later time based upon age or condition. If your unit is still working, you are probably better off to leave it as it is when selling your home.Square footage is the only thing that matters when picking the right HVAC unit–Although square footage is an important factor when calculating your HVAC needs, there are also other important considerations when looking for the right unit for your home. How many windows you have, how many panes they have, and how they are positioned on your home can impact your HVAC needs. Additionally, your home’s insulation, door seals, and ceiling height can also be relevant factors. If a HVAC professional tries to recommend a unit to you based upon square footage alone, they are not following the national standards set by the Air Conditioning Contractors of America.Duct tape is a good solution for a leaking duct–Although it is called “duct tape,” trying to repair your leaking ducts with duct tape is a terrible idea. Duct tape can be a temporary fix for a lot of things, but cannot properly repair your ducts. While there are some types of foil tape that can be a serviceable solution for a leak,most homeowners will not have this lying around in their garage. Calling the professionals is the best course of action if you have a duct leak. We will make sure that the problem is resolved properly. There is no need to call for HVAC services if my system is not broken–Regular maintenance is essential for helping your unit reach its full lifespan. Also, a well-maintained system will be more effective and efficient, ensuring your family stays comfortable without sky-high utility bills. We recommend scheduling a maintenance visit at least once a year to make sure that your unit is still functioning properly. Our technicians may even catch a problem before it develops into a costly or inconvenient repair.A larger HVAC unit is always better–When it comes to HVAC systems, having the appropriate size is better than having the biggest size. An oversized unit will be more expensive upfront for power you do not need. Also, an overly powerful HVAC unit will be more likely to short-cycle, which means that the unit will turn on or off prematurely. Short-cycling can cause damage to your HVAC unit and impact the comfort of your home. If you determine that you need 2.5 tons of power to cool or heat your home, rounding up to a 3 ton unit would be fine, but there is no need to go any larger. A variable-speed unit with the proper ton capacity will ensure that your family stays comfortable without wasting energy or overspending on your unit. Whether you need repairs, replacement, or routine maintenance, the Comfort Air team is standing by to help keep your family comfortable.
It’s a scorching summer day in Georgia, and your home has rapidly increased in temperature. Unfortunately, when you turn on the air conditioner, the air conditioner is running, but your house is not cooling! There are many reasons why your air conditioning may not be blowing cold air. Knowing what some of these are can help you create a plan to fix the problem and ensure you’re able to cool down your home — particularly when temperatures are rising outside. If you’ve ever asked yourself: “why is my air conditioner running but not cooling the house?” We’ve got you covered! Here are some reasons why this could be happening to you. Your A/C Unit Could Have Lost Power A/C units pull a lot of energy, and for this reason, there could be an internal or external power problem. For example, the A/C unit could have blown a fuse or damaged the motor itself. We recommend checking your breaker box and the inside of the air conditioner unit to see if it has lost power. If this is indeed the case, it is a quick fix. Simply replacing the cooling element of your unit is all it will take to get your air conditioner back to work. Your Air Filter Is Dirty It’s easy to forget that your A/C unit has air filters that function to filter out dust and grime. Air filters are an essential part of your unit and, if not regularly cleaned, can contribute to the air conditioner not cooling your home. An unclean air filter can cause motor failure because it cannot pull the air it needs to cool your home. Therefore, it is vital to check the air filter to see if it’s brown or gray; and if so, it is time to replace it. Make Sure the Thermostat is Set to the Correct Setting Ensuring that your thermostat is in the right setting helps your air conditioner blow cold air. Sometimes, although one person has the thermostat set on the cool setting, it may get unintentionally changed to the fan setting instead. If that’s the case, your A/C is likely blowing warmer air. Again, this is a quick fix and won’t require any repairs. Your Compressor or Condensor is Blocked Your air filter is not the only part of your A/C unit with a blockage. Air compressors compress the refrigerant compound, while a condenser allows for the collection or release of heat (depending on the time of year). Debris like leaves or dirt could block these pivotal components of your A/C unit and contribute to it not cooling your home. Fixing these units could be as easy as clearing out debris. However, if removing debris does not solve the problem, a more complex issue is at hand. In that case, we recommend that you call an HVAC professional. Losing the functionality of your A/C unit is stressful — especially when you need it the most. If your air conditioner is not cooling your home, give our dedicated team a call today at (404) 296-6190 to allow us to assess the issue quickly.
An efficient HVAC system benefits you in two key ways. First, it can reduce the pollution you're contributing to the environment. Second, it can decrease the amount of money you're spending on energy costs each month. It's a win-win for the planet as well as for your pocket! You may have heard about the importance of investing in an energy-efficient air conditioner and that these systems could be some of the best air conditioning units to consider purchasing. However, it can be challenging to know what to look for if you're trying to determine if an HVAC system is energy efficient. Fortunately, a few qualities can help you understand whether you already have an energy-efficient HVAC system or what to look for if you're purchasing a new one. Therefore, here are a few tips on what makes an HVAC system efficient and what characteristics to consider: You Have a Newer System How old is your HVAC system? According to the United States Department of Energy, the typical HVAC system lasts 15 to 20 years. If you live in a climate where you have to use the system more than usual, needing to cool down your home during an extended summer could shorten its lifetime. If your HVAC system is approaching this age, its efficiency has likely decreased. Over time, like any other mechanical system, wear and tear can occur. Meaning even the best air conditioning units may fall in their effectiveness. If your system is less than ten years old, you likely have an energy-efficient air conditioner. The HVAC System Has Had Routine Maintenance If you've skipped quite a few air filter cleanouts or haven't replaced any worn parts, your air conditioner could be running on reduced efficiency. Old, worn-out parts make your HVAC system work harder, causing an uptick in energy use and your bill. A unit that has had routine maintenance and undergone necessary repairs is more likely to be energy-efficient than one that hasn't. An Excellent Air Conditioner Rating Did you know that HVAC systems receive ratings? Your unit was likely given a rating called the seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER); this number measures how efficiently an AC unit converts electricity into cooling power. The higher your number, the more efficient your AC unit is. According to the United States Department of Energy, your AC unit needs to have a rating of 13 or above. If it doesn't, you may want to invest in another option with a better rating. Renewable Energy Sources are Used for Cooling and Heating Heating and cooling materials can produce a lot of waste that negatively impacts the environment. Fortunately, some savvy and environmentally-conscious HVAC designers have figured out how to heat and cool homes without investing in toxic chemicals. For example, a system may leverage moisture from cool air to assist on hotter days. Not only is this protecting the planet, but these energy-efficient heating and cooling methods could also go easy on your wallet. Optimal Installation Is your HVAC system installed in a location that can adequately cool and warm your home without having to put the settings on the highest output? Placement can also be a contributor to an energy-efficient air conditioner. Optimal HVAC placement in your home will depend on many factors that a professional can help walk you through. At Comfort Air, we want to help you find the best HVAC system for your needs and ensure expert installation. Whether you're looking to leave a positive mark on the environment or save money on energy bills, our team is ready to help with all your HVAC needs. Give us a call at (404) 296-6190 to speak with us about how we can help.
In January of 2023, changes to energy efficiency standards will go into effect. Every six years, the Department of Energy (DOE) evaluates the energy efficiency of appliances and determines whether changes are necessary. The DOE determined that the minimum energy efficiency standards need to be increased for air conditioners and heat pumps and testing protocols will change as well. The good news is that you don't have to deal with this issue alone! The team at Comfort Air is here to help you understand these new regulations and how they will impact you. The New Regulations: The DOE separates the country out into three different regions–North, South, and Southwest. All of these regions will be impacted by the change, but the standards are different for each region. Across the board, all the regions will experience a 1 SEER increase. The SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating essentially is the ratio of the cooling/heat output and the energy used to accomplish the cooling/heating. A higher SEER rating means that the cooling/heat output is achieved with less energy consumption. The new regulation requires that all heat pumps have a 15 SEER rating. AC ratings vary based upon the region. The North region has to have a 14 SEER and the South and Southwest have to have a 15 SEER. FAQ about the Regulations: “Do I have to replace my existing unit?”--If your AC unit or heat pump are in good working order, you do not need to replace them just to meet the standard. Whenever you need to replace them because of age or failure, your new unit will have to follow the standards at that time. If you recently had an AC system or heat pump installed, you will not have to replace your unit before the DOE reevaluates energy efficiency again. Our technicians at Comfort Air will make sure to keep you up-to-date on the latest standards whenever you need a change. AC units and heat pumps have an average lifespan of 15 years, so choosing to upgrade to a current energy efficient model may be in your best interest if your unit is nearing that age. “How does greater energy efficiency impact me?”--The greatest impact for most homeowners or business owners is the cost for running their unit. An energy efficient unit will save money on your annual cooling and heating bills. Although models with greater efficiency can have a higher upfront cost, the long-term savings make up for the cost easily. “Do these regulations apply to both individuals and businesses?”--The new regulations apply to all new AC or heat pump systems, regardless of whether they are in an office building or home. Existing systems are not required to be replaced if they are functioning properly and installed prior to next January.“If I need to replace my system this year, should I go ahead and choose one that meets the new standard?”--Absolutely! We recommend going ahead and upgrading to a unit that meets the region’s new regulations. If you have any questions about the regulation coming in January, reach out to Comfort Air. We are standing by to help you understand your options for energy efficiency.
Replacing your HVAC system can be overwhelming. There are many elements to consider once it happens. If your system is broken when you need it most, it can add additional pressure as you determine the steps you need to take. Fortunately, you can ask questions to ensure you think about all aspects of HVAC replacement. These questions will help you adequately plan to find another HVAC system that fits your needs. Here are five questions you should ask yourself when replacing your HVAC system: What is the age of your HVAC system? According to the United States Department of Energy, the average HVAC's lifespan is 15 to 20 years. However, the lifespan could be shorter if you live in hotter climates that require the use of your heating and cooling system more than others. Therefore, understanding the age of your HVAC system can help you determine how often you should replace it. If you're approaching the higher end of that age range, it is time to start thinking about replacing your HVAC system. How large is your home? The size and layout of your home will impact the effectiveness of an HVAC system. If you have added square footage to your home, renovated an area, or plan to move to another location entirely, your HVAC needs have likely evolved. The impact of your current heating and cooling system will not be the same. Adding footage to your home will change the airflow and reach of an HVAC system. For this reason, it is crucial to take note of any changes and keep these in mind as you look for HVAC systems. Have you kept up with regular HVAC maintenance? Depending on the problem, your HVAC unit may not need a full-on replacement. For example, if you've routinely cleaned the filters, replaced any worn components such as belts, and cleaned condensers, then the issue that you're having with your HVAC system could be a simple repair. If you haven't done any routine maintenance on your HVAC system, then the issues could be advanced enough that it makes more economic sense to replace your HVAC system instead of trying to fix the problem. What is your budget for HVAC replacement? Depending on how large your home is and any features you need, it is worth thinking about your budget. If you are unsure whether it would be more affordable to repair your HVAC or purchase a new one, an HVAC professional can help you with your decision. What type of HVAC system do you need? There are a lot of different HVAC systems out there, and it is essential to understand the features that will benefit you and your family. For example, a central A/C unit can cool your entire home. In contrast, a ductless mini-split A/C unit may make more sense if you need to cool one room or have a smaller home. We recommend taking time to research different HVAC systems and determine which one best suits your needs. Replacing your HVAC system can be a daunting process. But, the good news is that you don't have to deal with this issue alone! The Comfort Air Atlanta team is both licensed, and EPA certified. We can help you answer these questions to find the best HVAC system for you. Give us a call at (404) 296-6190 to start the process.
Spring allergy season is coming soon. Whether you have seasonal allergies triggered by pollen overload or year-round allergies, they can dramatically impact your quality of life. If you are buried in piles of tissues and decongestants, consider looking at your indoor air quality. Whether they are indoor or outdoor allergens triggering your allergies, they can be present in your indoor air. Comfort Air wants to help you improve your air quality and your allergies this spring. Important Steps to Take for Allergy Sufferers: · Consistently Change Your Air Filters—Air filters should be changed at least every three months. We recommend changing your filter every month if you have pets and/or family members with allergies or respiratory issues. Changing an air filter is straightforward and usually done by a homeowner. If you need support with how to change it or what type to buy, our HVAC comfort professionals would be happy to help. · Consider Having a Professional Maintenance Visit—Maintenance visits are great for keeping your HVAC unit going, but they are also helpful for your air quality. For example, your air ducts can accumulate dust and particles over time, which then circulate throughout your home. · Purchase the Best Air Purifier for Allergies—Many homeowners ask, “do air purifiers work?” The short answer is that they work exceptionally well. Depending on the type of air purifier you choose and if it is fitted with a HEPA filter, you could be blocking 99.7% of all pollen, dust, and airborne particles exceeding .3 microns. For perspective, pet dander is about 2.5 microns on average. Reducing exposure to allergens can greatly improve the quality of life and health of your family members suffering from allergies. Air purifiers for allergies are designed to capture the most common allergy triggers, such as dust mites, pollen, pet dander, and mold. We have a variety of choices for air purification and cleaning available. Our team can help recommend the right measures to clear your air of allergens effectively. · Keep Following Your Doctor’s Medical Recommendations—Air purifiers help limit exposure to allergens, but they are not a cure. An air purifier can be used in conjunction with your allergy medicine, so you can feel your best. Even if you are feeling much better since the installation of your air purifier, keep using your inhalers, antihistamines, etc. unless your doctor approves a change in your medication. Whether you are preparing for allergy season or trying to combat year-round allergies, Comfort Air wants to help you find relief. Schedule a visit from one of our professional technicians to evaluate your air quality and find the right air purification and filtration additions for your home.
If you forget about your HVAC maintenance until a problem comes, your family’s comfort will be impacted. Whether hot or cold outside, your HVAC system keeps you comfortable inside your home. HVAC maintenance is intended to keep your system up and running, so you will not endure the expense and inconvenience of an unexpected breakdown. Comfort Air can help with your HVAC system maintenance to ensure your system is in proper condition. If you are questioning the importance of HVAC maintenance, consider the positive benefits of giving your system some TLC. · Avoid Uncomfortable Temperatures in your Home—Your HVAC system keeps your home at your preferred temperature. The system requires upkeep and cleaning to run as intended. Instead of waiting until your HVAC system breaks down and you are wrapping up in layers of blankets, schedule a visit from one of our technicians. · Maximize your HVAC System’s Lifespan—On average, HVAC systems can last between 15-25 years depending on the model and maintenance. Keeping up with your maintenance will help you avoid the expense of a premature failure. A dirty and unmaintained HVAC system will work much harder than it should and burn out early. Your family will be less comfortable because your system will not cool effectively. HVAC systems are an expensive investment for your home, so you should always get the full intended lifespan. A maintenance visit is far more affordable than purchasing and installing a new unit. · Save Money—In addition to avoiding the expense of premature failure, you can avoid the cost of replacing parts or calling for a repair. HVAC systems often fail outside of business hours, so you will have to pay at the emergency repair rate. Additionally, if your system is unmaintained, your system will likely become less efficient, and your utility costs will go up. Scheduling a simple maintenance visit is more cost-effective, and you avoid the inconvenience of being without temperature control. · Improve your Air Quality—If your system has not been cleaned and maintained, the air ducts may be filled with dust, mold, mildew, or other contaminants. The system is circulating these contaminants and allergens throughout your home. Having a professional air duct cleaning periodically is essential to ensure your family’s air is clean. If you are ready to schedule your HVAC maintenance, reach out to our team at Comfort Air. We are committed to keeping you comfortable year-round.
Since the average American spends 93% of their time indoors, indoor air quality is more important than ever. Poor indoor air quality can contribute to many illnesses, so taking steps to improve your air quality is important. Comfort Air is committed to helping you protect your family by managing your air quality and humidity. The Importance of Good Indoor Air Quality According to the EPA, indoor air quality can be 2-5 times more polluted than outdoor air quality. There are a variety of pollutants and irritants that could be present in your air without you being aware. For example, your home furnishings could be collecting mold, dust, and mildew, then releasing it into your breathing air. Also, some appliances can create chemical or smoke pollutants. There are several easy steps you can take to improve your air quality. · Change your Air Filters—Homeowners should change their air filters at least every three months. If you have pets or family members with allergies or respiratory conditions, we recommend changing your air filter every month. · Consider Air Purification Additions—The basic filter on your HVAC system is not good enough to improve your air quality. We offer a variety of air purification products that can help you reduce the contaminants and microbes present in your air. Our team would be happy to help you find the right ones for your home. · Manage your Humidity Levels—People often forget about humidity when it is not the summer. Too high of humidity in your home is unpleasant and harmful to your health, but too low humidity is equally problematic. The ideal home humidity is generally between 30-50%. During the winter season, too low of humidity could cause your family to have dry skin, especially on your lips, hands, and nose. Besides using way too much lip balm and lotion, you could also experience breathing issues, even more so if you already have respiratory issues. Too little humidity can also cause problems for your home and wooden furniture. Wood is more prone to cracking when the humidity is low. Too much humidity can cause health issues for your family as well by creating mold and mildew. If you are not sure about the humidity levels in your home, our team can evaluate them and let you know if the balance is ideal. We offer whole home humidifiers if your humidity levels are too low. If you have concerns about your humidity and indoor air quality, reach out to Comfort Air. We can evaluate your air quality and humidity to ensure your home is properly balanced. Your family’s health and comfort will be better when you make proper indoor air quality a priority.
Did you know your HVAC system needs regular maintenance? Your HVAC system needs ongoing care to operate at peak capacity and reach its intended lifespan. The team at Comfort Air wants to help make your HVAC maintenance as simple as possible with our Peace of Mind Protection Program. Reasons to Prioritize HVAC Maintenance · Save Money—If your HVAC system is not properly maintained, the unit will not operate efficiently. An inefficient system costs you in the short term because of higher utility costs. The long-term impact could be that your system fails prematurely because of being overworked by running inefficiently. · Ensure Reliable Comfort—HVAC systems are the unsung heroes of your home’s comfort. We may not think much about them until they stop working. Proper maintenance will help ensure that your system is functioning properly when you need it, like in the blazing hot summer or the freezing winter. Benefits of The Peace of Mind Protection Program · Preserve the Life of Your System—Two maintenance checks are included in your plan to ensure that your system runs properly. An efficient and clean HVAC system will be more likely to reach its intended lifespan. · Enjoy Exclusive Discounts—When you enroll in our program, you become a priority customer. This means that you get a 15% off discount on parts and labor when a repair is needed. · Receive 24-Hour Emergency Service Without an Upcharge—Typically, customers are charged an overtime fee if the service falls outside of our normal business hours. As a preferred customer, this charge will not apply to you if you have to call for emergency service. Since HVAC systems can fail just as easily on a holiday or weekend, being our first priority without an additional cost is valuable. · Experience Peace of Mind—Your family’s comfort is important to us. A reliable HVAC system ensures that your family is as cool or as toasty as they want to be. When your HVAC system is serviced by our professional team, you can feel confident that your system is in good hands. But if your system does have an issue, you can have the peace of mind that your family will be our top priority. If you are ready to sign up for our Peace of Mind Protection Program, give the Comfort Air team a call. We are standing by to help you become a priority customer today!
Energy Saving Tips from Our Savannah HVAC Specialists Keeping Your Consumption Low Throughout the Year With proper maintenance from a reliable Savannah HVAC specialist team like the one at Comfort Air Heating & Air Conditioning, your heating and cooling systems can remain at peak performance for a number of years. If you notice a dramatic increase on your utility bills, it might be best to give us a call. We can come and perform a thorough inspection to determine if you need any repairs or an upgraded system. We can also provide you with a variety of tips as to how you can maintain a low bill and reduce your overall energy usage. We offer an array of heating tips to help improve your energy usage in the colder months, including: Invest in a programmable thermostatKeep your thermostat at a low, but comfortable temperatureClean or replace furnace filters once a monthEnsure that any heating vents are not blocked by carpeting, drapes, or furnitureKeep blinds and draperies open when sunlight is hitting them to provide natural warmth to your home and close them at night to reduce the chill from cold windows Reach out to Comfort Air Heating & Air Conditioning at (912) 712-4800 to learn more about ways to save energy and money. Helping You Save During the Hotter Months You may be surprised to discover that investing in a larger AC system will not necessarily improve your level of comfort in Savannah. In fact, a smaller system is often more efficient. This is due to the fact that air conditioning units often function better when they run for long periods of time. They can also make you feel more comfortable by removing moisture in the air after running for so long, which can also have a positive impact on your health. Additionally, there are many other cooling tips we can provide to help you save energy, such as: Keep your thermostat as high as it is comfortable during the summerIf the weather is dry, set your fan speed on highIf the weather is humid, set your fan speed on lowCeiling fans are a great way to cool down a room at a low expenseDo not place lamps or TV sets near air conditioning ventsInvest in trees or shrubs to shade your AC unit without blocking the airflow We encourage you to call our Savannah heating and cooling experts with any further questions and inquiries. Feel free to contact us at (912) 712-4800.
Indoor Air Quality in Savannah, GA Providing Superior Indoor Health Solutions At Comfort Air Heating & Air Conditioning, we believe that you should not only be comfortable at home or at work, but you should also be healthy as well. One of the many ways you and your family or employees and can maintain good health is to improve the quality of your indoor air. This is why we take pride in providing indoor air quality services in Savannah, our own backyard. This small step can lead to more productivity, better well being, and overall health boost which is more critical than ever as the recent pandemic has shown us. Your overall health is very important, call (912) 712-4800 or contact us online for more information about how our Savannah indoor air quality team can help improve the air quality of your home or work. What are the Symptoms of Bad Air Quality in the Home? HeadacheAllergiesCoughingSneezingDizzinessUnexpected HeadachesDry eyes, throat, and noseFeeling TiredShortness of breath Can Indoor Air Make You Sick? The quality of air can indeed get you sick or worsen your condition. Pollution may occur without proper air flow in your home. If you have preexisting conditions, such as asthma or begin to notice you are not feeling well, you may want to contact your local indoor air quality company. In addition, furniture in your home may be the cause for bad quality air. When furniture becomes old and rusty, they at times give off harmful chemicals. Did you know that, according to the World Health Organization, at least 60% of problems with allergies can be due to the amount of mold particles that exist inside your residential or commercial space? Mold, mildew, and other allergens thrive in HVAC systems if they are not properly maintained, and those toxins are released into the air that you breathe every time you use your heating or cooling systems. Thankfully, our team of Savannah Indoor air quality specialists have a variety of solutions to offer to help improve the quality of your air and the health of your family or employees. Some of the many ways to improve your indoor air quality include: Use a humidifier in the winter and dehumidifier in the summerHave regular maintenance performed on your ventilation systemsVacuum frequently to remove allergens and other airborne particlesOpen windows every day to allow fresh air in and push stale air outGet an air filter for your home or, if equipped, give your home an air filter replacementInstall an air purifier to help remove indoor mold, mildew, and other contaminantsInvest in UVC technology that eliminates mold and mildew from your HVAC system Advantages of Humidifiers & Dehumidifiers There are many benefits that come with maintaining the proper level of humidity in your Savannah home or business. Not only do these appliances keep you healthy, but they also help protect your walls, floors, and furniture from damage that can be caused by too much moisture in the air. Airborne illnesses and allergens are more easily spread in stale and humid air. Maintaining the right level of humidity indoors is very important if you want to keep your family or employees from getting sick. Quick & Easy Flow-Through Humidifier Installations With the installation of a flow-through humidifier from our AC repair specialists, you will be able to provide the right level of humidity to your home or business while warding off mold and mildew. These humidifiers are very reliable because they do not rely on a reservoir of water where mold and mildew like to grow. This makes them easy to maintain, and many of our valued customers are quite satisfied with this new solution that we have provided them with. Contact our professional indoor air quality in Savannah today Why contact our Savannah Indoor Air Quality Experts? When you want to clean your home from harmful particles in the air, the best choice is to hire a professional indoor air quality specialist. Air quality is something we can not see directly, but can be the main contributor to illnesses that come up. This is especially crucial for people with respiratory problems. Without adequate quality air, difficulties in breathing may be common and chances of getting sick are more likely. The Savannah indoor air quality experts at Comfort Air Heating and Air Conditioning have seen the benefits it brings families first hand and are ready to help you next. Reach out to our experienced technicians to learn more about air quality and home air purifiers in Savannah. You can contact us at (912) 712-4800.
The Christmas season is in full swing. Before you begin decking the halls in your home, take a look at these holiday tips: Pick the safest spot for your tree Make sure your tree is not placed too close to a vent or other heating source. This presents a potential fire hazard making for a not-so-Merry Christmas. Care for Your Tree Real tree or artificial? If you are bringing home a real tree, make sure that it stays hydrated. Do the “Needle Test” before you bring it home. Needles should be flexible but not break. You should also be able to run your hands along the branch without needles falling off. If you have an artificial tree, dust it off before putting it up. Artificial trees that have been stored over a humid summer can develop mold causing poor indoor air quality. Get a Fresh Air Filter Changing your air filter is important all year-round but especially around the holidays. Change your filter before you decorate and check it weekly as long as your decorations are up. By changing your filter, you can maximize your unit’s life and hopefully avoid an HVAC installation this holiday season. Keep an Eye on Your Temperature If you have indoor plants or a real Christmas tree, turning up the heat can dry them out. This drying out process causes leaves and needles to fall right into your vents and affect your indoor air quality. Instead of constantly touching the thermostat, warm up by the fireplace or by baking some cookies for Santa. Get a Tune-up If you missed an Autumn tune-up, it is not too late! When you are looking for an “HVAC service near me,” call Comfort Air at (912) 712-4800. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Larry & Sandra White
How Furnaces Work Have you ever noticed that your furnace seems to stop working on the coldest day of the year? Thankfully, this is not the case for all furnaces. We are busy repairing and replacing furnaces throughout the cold season. Furnaces 101 There are two types of vents in your home. One set of vents is connected to the “intake” side of your furnace, which is where the furnace draws air in. The air is then blown across the heat sources of your furnace, and then distributed within the ducts to all of the other vents throughout your home. Choosing a new furnace can be an intimidating process. There are nearly 100 different brands and thousands of different models. They include budget models, mid-efficiency models, and high-efficiency models. Repairing and/or replacing a furnace is NOT a do-it-yourself job. HVAC installation should be completed by a fully qualified and licensed HVAC contractor, as the process involves handling high-voltage electricity, plumbing, and gas lines, and in some cases, venting combustible gases or refrigerants. Things to Consider Size - There is nothing more important than proper sizing when it comes to furnaces. One of the biggest mistakes other contractors make is assuming that your previous furnace was properly sized. Load calculations must be performed to determine the proper size. Any contractor who says “We’ll do it before we start the job” is not doing the load calculations. We do not give you a proposal until all the load calculations are done.Fuel Source - Electric, gas, propane, or oil are the possible options. Gas is the most popular. Oil and electric are typically the most expensive. They all have their benefits, so we are happy to discuss the options with you beforehand.Unit Type - High-efficiency units are typically more expensive up-front, but in the long run they cost less. Keep in mind that high-efficiency may mean higher complexity. Manufacturers offer discounts and rebates at certain times. We will definitely let you know if there are any available. Some units run quieter than others, so this could be a consideration for some homeowners. With more than 1,000 different models, we can find a furnace that matches your budget and your requirements. When you are looking for an “HVAC service near me,” look no further than Comfort Air.
Before your air conditioning technician arrives, start brainstorming about your needs in a home cooling system. Your needs for a home heating and cooling system will differ from your next-door neighbor and the neighbor at the other end of the block. Our expert technicians can help you find the best system for your needs. Begin thinking about your system by answering the following questions: How much longer do we plan on owning this home?How important is indoor air quality to us? Does anyone have allergies or smoke?If the air conditioner needs to be replaced, should we replace the furnace too (or vice versa)?Have we added onto our home since the last system was installed?Are we considering adding on anytime in the future?Are there any rooms that don’t heat/cool properly?Is our air conditioner/furnace noisy?Do we regularly and routinely replace our air filters?When is the last time anyone’s inspected our ducts and vents? Do we need an air duct cleaning?Do we routinely have semi-annual system check-ups?Would it be wise to consider an annual ac maintenance service program?Do we want to control the system from our smartphones?How important is the lowest possible utility bill to us?Do we want the ability to get service 24/7/365?How important are warranties? Do we want a standard warranty or an extended warranty? When you answer these questions, the team at Comfort Air will have a better idea of your needs and can make the best recommendation for you and your family. At Comfort Air, your comfort is what we value. Give us a call to speak with an expert about how we can help you stay comfortable all year long. Whether you need ac maintenance service or ac and heating repair, our team is standing by to help! Call our expert technicians at (912) 712-4800.
If you want to make your air conditioning or heating repairs and replacements successful, we recommend the following tips: Be Super Clear About Your Wants and Needs Do your research and write specifications of exactly what you want in a home comfort system. Read our article “5 Things to Look for in a Home Comfort System” to get you started. We will do our best to make the process as simple as possible. Ask Questions and Know We Are Here to Help Now that you have done your research and know your needs/wants in a home comfort system, ask one of our HVAC service professionals your questions. Ask us about which unit will be right for your specific needs and wants. Do not hesitate to discuss finances and budget with us too. We will work hard to find a solution that is right for your home comfort needs and your budget. Get Involved in Making Decisions Too many people put as much trust in their HVAC contractor as they do their family doctor. They allow contractors to make choices and decisions for them. View us as your experienced guide and advocate who can help you with decisions throughout the entire process. We are here to make our recommendations, but ultimately, it is your home, your comfort, and your decision on how to proceed. With over 40 years of experience with HVAC installation as well as AC and heat repair, we can provide the heating and air conditioning solutions you need. We truly care about each one of our customers. We promise to put the customer first, and we stand by that promise every day. If you are searching for a “air conditioning service near me,” Comfort Air is the wise choice in Savannah and beyond.
During and after a severe thunderstorm, tornado, hurricane, or any storm that brings with it water and lightning, homeowners need to be cautious about using their heating, air conditioning, and plumbing appliances. If you do not take proper precautions, you risk hurting yourself or causing permanent and expensive damage to your equipment. “It’s important to remember not to immediately restart heating and cooling equipment after a severe storm because it can be dangerous and could cause further damage,” said Larry White, President of Comfort Air. “The equipment may be severely damaged, its wiring may be damaged or it may have debris lodged in it. These are some of the many reasons why it’s best to have a qualified service technician inspect your heating and cooling equipment after a severe storm.” After a storm, it is natural to want to get things back up and running as soon as possible. Before you turn your air conditioner or heater back on, take the proper steps to reduce the risk of damaging your expensive equipment by assuring it is dry, clean, and otherwise safe to use: - If the storm caused flooding, check all equipment thoroughly before you start it. If you are not absolutely sure the inner components are dry, leave it off. - If there was any flooding, open your equipment and appliances. Let air circulate because this will help with drying. - It may be a good idea to have an electrician inspect your home’s wiring to make sure everything is dry and safe to use before you plug anything in or turn anything on. - Additionally, it may be wise to have your heating and cooling equipment inspected by a service company. When you are searching for a “air conditioning service near me” to help, make sure you choose someone reputable, since some businesses will seek out storm area victims just to make a quick buck. The above rules should also apply to any appliance related to your home’s plumbing. However, the major risk for damaging plumbing equipment and/or harming yourself comes primarily during a storm. Plumbing equipment uses water, which is the ideal conductor for lightning, so it is possible to be struck by lightning while inside your home if you are not careful. Using the shower, sink, or other plumbing appliances during a storm could cause an electric shock. If lightning strikes your home or anywhere near your home, you could end up getting electrocuted through the metal pipes and the water you are using. One way to reduce the risk of unwanted damage caused by lightning is to use PVC pipes in your home. Unlike metal pipes, PVC pipes will not conduct electricity, making it safer to use plumbing during a storm. Still, avoiding using plumbing fixtures until after the storm passes would be wise. During storms, avoid using electronic devices, plumbing equipment, and appliances if possible until the storm has passed and you have dealt with all the after effects. Your safety and the safety of your expensive equipment is worth a few extra minutes of inconvenience. After the storm, if you need AC or heat repair, Comfort Air is standing by to help!
When you purchased your new air conditioning system, you should have received a copy of the manufacturer’s warranty. That paperwork contains the manufacturer’s terms and conditions for your warranty. If you cannot find your paperwork, please do not hesitate to call our customer service department, and we will be happy to assist you. With greater regularity, manufacturers are beginning to enforce the terms and conditions within your paperwork. Being aware of the terms and conditions of your unit would be wise. • Most manufacturers allow you to transfer warranties to the new owner upon the sale of your property for a small fee if completed within 30 days of closing. • Manufacturers are now requiring the use of OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) parts. At the moment, there are thousands of possible OEM parts for any of the multiple manufacturers, which makes using and obtaining parts challenging. The effect is that we will no longer be able to use generic truck stock parts. Although these changes are difficult, we make it our priority to bring you comfort as quickly as possible. • Manufacturers only cover work performed during normal business hours. Comfort Air never charges for overtime or holiday hours. • Manufacturers now require yearly maintenance by an authorized dealer/ servicer in order to keep a warranty in good standing. If you are not currently having AC maintenance service done on your equipment at least once a year, contact an authorized servicer in your area as soon as possible. We want to thank you for choosing Comfort Air. If you have any questions related to your warranty, please do not hesitate to call us at (912) 712-4800.
In the 1970s, when Larry White was laid off from his position at a commercial air conditioning company, he needed to find a new path. After taking a couple of jobs in manufacturing, Larry missed the world of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC). He was always looking for an opportunity to get back into the business he spent 12 years in. At the time he did not know he would become the founder of Comfort Air, but when an opportunity to start his own business presented itself, he pursued it. His brother introduced him to geothermal heat pumps—a new heating and cooling technology at that time, and the most energy-efficient option on the market. “My brother worked for Georgia Power, and when he built his home in 1977, they put him on the trail of this water-sourced heat pump,” says Larry. “It was super efficient. And I started taking a look at it wondering if I wanted to pursue doing something with it. I was fascinated by the technology.” After a conversation with a manufacturer of this new product, Larry’s future seemed clear. Though he was making pretty good money at his union factory gig, the thought of getting back into the air conditioning industry on his own terms was too much to pass up. Thanks to a special connection to these new water-sourced pumps, Larry’s future company would have a unique place in the Savannah market that his potential competition simply would not have. After saving up some money and selling the house he built, Larry moved onto a smaller plot of land with an old metal maintenance shed in the back. Out of this metal shed, Comfort Air first opened their doors in the morning on Sept. 1, 1978, which was just over a year after Larry had discovered his love for heating pump technology. “I had to downsize before I could open the company. I built my house myself, so when I sold it and bought something smaller, I had a decent amount left over,” Larry says. “I then put that money in the bank so I wouldn’t have to draw a salary for two years. It was tough. You always lose money when you’re starting out, but I did it all right.” At that time, Larry had only one truck and one employee. Together, they handled all of the sales, HVAC installations, and repair tasks of their customers. Things grew very quickly, and by 1980 Comfort Air had hired more people and moved into a new rental location. By 1983, the company had 10 people on staff, multiple trucks on the road, and had moved to their present home on 9 Executive Circle in Savannah, GA—a building that Larry and the company built and own outright. “I got a small business loan in 1983 and I built the building,” says Larry. “We didn’t have a mortgage or any kind of debts, so getting a loan wasn’t too difficult. To this day, we have no debt—we have a line of credit, but no debt. We were finally getting out of those early days where you’re just making contacts and building clients, and we were becoming more prosperous.” While things were going smoothly for Comfort Air during the early years, changes in the market and exhausting work with commercial and new construction contractors were starting to take their toll on their bottom line. As commercial contractors dodged paydays and acted as middlemen between Comfort Air and the consumer, Larry’s business was starting to become stagnant. Determined to turn things around, he started toying with ways to change their model. “Contractors operate on your money, and after you invest, you have to chase them down just to get your cut of a job—it’s a nightmare,” recalls Larry. “In the 80s, we’d have some years where we’d make $100,000 and the very next year, we’d lose $200,000. So, in 1987 I said to myself ‘I’m either going to fix it or I’m going to give it up.’ I joined a franchise called Service America out of Ft. Meyers, Fla. ... that was like a major learning experience.” Larry borrowed $100,000 to keep the company going. Following the recommendations of Service America, Comfort Air changed its business operation to focus on residential maintenance. By working with customers directly without the buffer of a middle man, Comfort Air was able to serve their clients better and educate them about money-saving alternatives. When asked if he thinks a switch to direct customer service and providing energy-saving maintenance was what saved his business, Larry’s answer was simple and to the point: “I do.” After the hardships of the 80s, Comfort Air has steadily grown and developed a strong connection with loyal customers all over the Savannah, Pooler, Bloomingdale, Tybee Island, Rincon, and Landings areas. Larry says, “It’s amazing how much customers will begin to trust a company’s service once they see real savings on power bills.” For this reason, Comfort Air is able to call over 5,000 loyal customers as members of their extended family. While the offer to sell the company has appeared on his desk multiple times, Larry just brushes them into the garbage. Comfort Air is more than just his place of work—it’s the place he met his wife, Sandra, when she got a job as a dispatcher there in 1990. It’s also a place where his stepson Jason works in sales, and his grandson Jared drives out to tune-up the customers’ HVAC systems every day. “After I retire, I want this to continue; I’ve built something that’s lasting and we’ve weathered the test of time, you know? We’re going to keep this one in the family, and in the end that’s better for everyone—especially the customers.” As for what the future holds, Comfort Air will continue to grow steadily and focus primarily on residential customers in this part of Southeast Georgia. While there are over a hundred companies to compete with, Larry believes creating lasting bonds with the people they serve will help them gain word of mouth recognition. “In this business, word of mouth is everything. That’s how you get customers and keep them,” Larry says. “In the end, our continued success will come from our customers being happy. We can improve what we’re doing, but I see no reason to change our model again anytime soon.” If you have been searching for “HVAC service near me,” Comfort Air is the company you are looking for!
Proper maintenance is crucial in keeping your HVAC unit operating efficiently. At Comfort Air, we make AC maintenance service easy and affordable! For just $14 a month, you can be part of our Peace of Mind Protection program throughout the year. Benefits of our Peace of Mind Protection Program: Two Comprehensive Maintenance Checks Extend the life of your system by scheduling proper maintenance. Our Peace of Mind Protection Plan includes two maintenance checks throughout the year, keeping your system operating efficiently all year long. Priority Customer Discounts Our Peace of Mind Protection Plan grants you Priority Customer status. Our Priority Customers receive 15% off parts and labor if additional service or AC and heating repairs are needed. 24 Hour Emergency Service Without Overtime Rates Day or night, holidays and weekends – there is never a good time to have an HVAC emergency. Luckily, our team of expert technicians is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. With Peace of Mind Protection, we will not charge you overtime rates for an emergency heater or air conditioner repair. Peace of Mind We know that you value keeping a comfortable home at a reasonable price and our Peace of Mind Protection Plan offers both. We would love the opportunity to provide you with comfort all year round. Please visit our contact us page or call our office at (912) 712-4800 to learn more about our Peace of Mind Protection Program.
Comfort Air is a local American Dream come true. We offer opportunities for hardworking men and women to earn a living, and we consider our customers, colleagues, and business partners to be our friends and family. We have been in business for over 40 years and have the experience to handle your air conditioning and heating needs.The president of the company is readily accessible to accept your calls.We are committed to ongoing training and education. Our team participates in over 40 hours of training each year.We have a customer service representative and service tech on call making sure the customer does not get overlooked.We quote a price before we do the work out of a standardized pricing guide, so there are no surprises.You deal with us directly and we do not use sub-contractors to install our systems.Our company address is listed in the phone book and online, so you can easily find us.If we make a mistake, we acknowledge it and do everything we can to make it right.We treat our team members better than any other company, so they will treat our customers better than any other company.We protect your home while we are working. We use shoe covers and/or drop cloths and make sure we clean up after we finish the job. Thank you for allowing us to serve the Savannah community for over 40 years! We are proud to serve and keep you comfortable all year round! If you are searching for an HVAC installation, maintenance, or emergency “ac repair near me,” Comfort Air is here for you 24/7. Give us a call at (912) 712-4800.
When it’s time to replace your home comfort system, consider carefully what a new system can offer. Here are 5 factors to consider when purchasing an HVAC system: Protect What kind of protection is included within the unit? Water can cause your condenser to rust and wear out more quickly. Features that minimize water exposure will reduce the risk of corrosion. Maintain What kind of maintenance is required for your new unit? Removing debris, trimming grass, and tearing out any bushes that restrict airflow prior to new installation would be wise. This step will maximize the efficiency of your system and reduce the risk of it overheating. Operation Does your system offer a variable speed option? A system with varying speed options can conserve energy. Reducing your system’s output during milder weather will save you money on energy bills. Energy Is your thermostat programmable? A programmable thermostat gives you better control over output. When your unit is only on when needed, you will see smaller energy bills. Efficiency How will your unit manage humidity? Adding a de-humidistat could help to conserve energy. A de-humidistat will turn your unit on when the humidity rises above a certain level, giving you even more control over the operation of your system. If you are searching for an “air conditioning service near me” to replace your HVAC unit, give Comfort Air a call at (912) 712-4800. One of our certified installation specialists can recommend a home comfort system to suit your needs.
According to data from Statista, the price for residential electricity has grown steadily in the last decade and most notably in 2021. This is likely no shocker to homeowners throughout the country, especially during the summer when everyone is in need of air conditioning for long periods of time. Finding a nice balance between staying cool during summer and saving on the electricity bills can be a challenge. This is why our team has put together a list of tips to help. Here are 7 tips on help you save on your electric bill in the summer: Give Your System a Tune-Up Just like you need an annual checkup at the doctor’s office, your HVAC system needs a checkup too. Getting a tune-up twice a year (spring and fall) improves the life of your unit and protects your investment. These tune-ups can help prevent replacing the unit prematurely. Professional AC maintenance service keeps your unit running efficiently saving you money and energy. Invest in a Programmable Thermostat We offer programmable thermostats, which make it very convenient to help you control when to cool or heat your home. There is no need to cool your home normally while you are away. A programmable thermostat can be adjusted to cut off when you are away and cut back on in time to cool your home again before you return home. Use Fans in Conjunction with Air Conditioning A ceiling fan works wonders and can cut back on electricity by pushing air throughout your home. Angling your fan blades downward is the best way to circulate air during the summer. Placing box fans and oscillating fans throughout your home can also help keep cooling costs down. Open Your Windows – Especially at Night! Letting some fresh air into your home helps maximize cross-ventilation. Letting cool air in at night can keep you from running your air conditioning through the night as well. Create Shade – Inside and Out! What is the easiest way to avoid trapping excess heat? Block the heat straight from the source. Using shade to block the sun’s rays from entering your home or heating up your HVAC unit is a simple solution. Use window treatments inside to keep your home cool and save energy on your bill. Planting trees or bushes nearby to shade your air conditioning unit can raise the efficiency of the cooling system. Make sure to keep them two feet away from the unit though. Keep Your Roof a Light Color Believe it or not, but the color of your roof does more than just add curb appeal. Having a lighter-colored roof helps reflect heat from the sun’s rays. Just like a black car or a black shirt, a darker roof will absorb heat, bringing it into your home. This causes your system to work harder to maintain the set temperature. Next time you are in the market for a new roof, consider a light color. Cook Outside The warm temperatures are not the only reason grilling is so popular in the summer. Cooking outside can have an impact on your electric bill. Using the oven during peak times of the day can cause your system to work harder to cool your home. Using low-energy cooking appliances like a slow cooker or microwave are additional ways to keep the home cooler, minimizing the stress on your HVAC system. If you need an air conditioner repair this summer, our team is standing by to help!
5 Ways to Get your HVAC Ready for Summer Summer will be here before you know it and Savannah brings the heat! Now is the perfect time to get your unit ready for the heat of the summer. The best way to avoid a system failure in the mid-summer heat is to maintain your AC unit using an ac maintenance service. Comfort Air’s Peace of Mind Protection Program is the best way to keep your heating ventilation and air conditioning system running efficiently all year long. For just $14 per month, our certified technicians will provide you with two yearly precision tune-ups and professional cleanings. Your coverage also includes emergencies with 24-hour service without overtime rates. This program gives you peace of mind while keeping your HVAC unit running efficiently 365 days a year! In the meantime, here are some ways you can get ready for summer and keep your air conditioning unit from breaking down. 1. Maintain Your Filters Replacing your filter is one of the easiest ways you can protect your HVAC unit. Keeping your air filter clean helps your unit work smarter instead of harder, which will ultimately extend the life of your system. A clean filter also helps you maintain good indoor air quality trapping things like dust, pollen, and pet hair and dander. We recommend changing your filter every 90 days for a pet-free home and at least every 60 days for a home with pets. 2. Control Landscaping Around Your Unit Doing some spring or summer landscaping benefits more than just the look of your yard. This easy step saves money because your heating and air conditioning unit works best when nothing is restricting the airflow. Make sure your unit is clear of bushes, trees, or plants touching your HVAC unit. We recommend keeping a two-foot area around your system clear from any obstructions. 3. Clean Vents to Prevent Blockage Plants and branches are not the only obstructions your air conditioning system can encounter. Dust and debris collected in your vents and ducts can also cause your system to be overworked. Walk through your home and inspect your vents. You can clean these vents easily using a toothbrush or duster to get in between the grates. Scheduling a duct cleaning service will also help to get an even deeper clean of your system. 4. Upgrade Your Thermostat Updating your thermostat will save on your utility bills. Programmable thermostats use newer technologies that allow you to control the temperature even when you are not home. Running a climate-controlled schedule can prevent your HVAC system from working too hard to cool your home inside as temperatures outside increase. 5. Consider Updating Your Unit If your unit is not cooling properly, it may be time for ac replacement. Air conditioning units typically last about 10-15 years. With today’s technology, the newest HVAC units from Lennox, Bryant, and Tran are extremely energy-efficient and reduce utility bills. For a tune-up, service, or replacement, contact us to set up an appointment. To learn more about our Peace of Mind Protection Program or our HVAC services in Savannah, GA, Effingham County, Bryan County and the surrounding areas, call Comfort Air Heating & Air Conditioning at (912) 712-4800.
7 HVAC Myths There are a lot of common misconceptions when it comes to using your HVAC system effectively and saving energy costs.The Comfort Air team wants to provide clarity when it comes to what is true and what is simply a myth. Myth 1: Turning your AC off when you leave the house is a waste of energy. It is a common thought that leaving your air on a higher temperature during the day is more efficient than turning it off completely. In reality, it always saves more energy to shut your system off when you are not using it. Tip! New programmable thermostats save energy by automatically turning your AC off when you leave and on before you return. Myth 2: You only have to change the filter once a year. A dirty filter clogs the system and reduces airflow. Clean or change your filter every few months while the system is operating. If you smoke, have a pet, or have allergies, your filter will likely need to be changed once a month. Myth 3: The bigger the HVAC system, the better! If you get a system that is too large, it will keep cycling on and off, which costs more money to operate and shortens the lifespan of the unit. Choose an HVAC system appropriate for your home and needs. Myth 4: Close the vents in empty rooms to increase energy efficiency. Closing vents can increase air pressure in the ducts, causing leaks at the vent seams. Leave your vents open to allow for proper airflow. Myth 5: My thermostat’s location doesn’t affect heating and cooling. Putting a thermostat too close to vents, radiators, and windows may cause the system to shut down prematurely or keep it running too long. We can recommend the optimal place for your thermostat in your home. Myth 6: I don’t need routine maintenance. Like your car, your HVAC is a complex mechanical system that needs annual tune-ups. Checking it can save you from major problems down the line. We provide AC maintenance service to keep your system running smoothly. Myth 7: An energy-efficient unit will automatically reduce my bill. It’s a good start, but if you’ve got leaky window seals and poor insulation, the HVAC equipment won’t be very effective. Keeping your HVAC unit running efficiently is one of our top priorities. If you have been searching for “HVAC service near me, ” choose Comfort Air and schedule an appointment or tune-up today! Call us at (912) 712-4800.