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The Importance of Air Duct Cleaning

spores – ductwork cleaning Gloucester vaWhen it comes to your HVAC system, your only concern is most likely whether or not it is cooling or heating your home properly. But did you know that your HVAC system can affect the quality of the air you breathe? When the ductwork is dirty, it can cause all kinds of issues for your HVAC system and your health.

Allergies and Health Issues

You would be surprised by how must dust, dander, mold, mildew, and other pollutants can build up inside your air ducts over time. If your air ducts aren’t properly cleaned, these pollutants are being constantly recirculated through your home and entering your body. This can lead to allergy symptoms and other respiratory health issues.

When you keep your ductwork clean, you may also notice a reduction in your normal indoor allergy symptoms as well.

Costly Repairs

When you don’t have your ducts cleaned regular, the buildup of debris inside of them can cause your HVAC system to work harder, which can put a major strain on the system. This means you will need to get your system repaired more often, resulting in costly repair bills.

Increased Energy Bills

Speaking of costly bills – because your system has to work harder, you energy bills will also increase. Keeping your air ducts cleaned can help your HVAC system work efficiently, which can save you a lot of money on your energy bills in the long run.

When Should I get My Ducts Cleaned?

Because your air ducts are housed within your walls, you may not know when it is time to get them cleaned. Your vents can be a good indicator of this, however. If your vents are dirty, chances are that your air ducts also need to be cleaned out. When you need ductwork cleaning in Gloucester, VA, contact Comfortable Climate Heating & Air Conditioning.

Get Your HVAC System Ready for Summer

vacuum air conditioner filter – ccairandheat.comNow that the weather is starting to warm up, it’s time to get your HVAC system ready for summer. Don’t wait until the hot Virginia summer sets in to get essential air conditioner maintenance taken care of – do it while it’s still comfortable enough outside to go without it.

Maintenance Checklist

When you’re in spring cleaning mode, take some time to make sure your air conditioner is working properly.

  • Clean and drain the evaporator coils and ensure they are working properly.
  • Change or clean filters.
  • Take a look at the wiring to see if anything looks out of place.
  • Check to see if the refrigerant is properly charged.

While cleaning and changing the filters is something that you can easily do on your own, if you are unsure of how to properly perform these maintenance tasks, don’t worry. Comfortable Climate Heating and Air Conditioning is available to perform routine maintenance on your HVAC system, as well as provide AC repair in Williamsburg, VA. Our professional contractors have the skills and experience to ensure that your unit is always running properly, so you don’t get stuck without air conditioning in the summer heat.

Taking action to ensure that your air conditioner is working in the spring can save you a lot of discomfort in the summer. Contact Comfortable Climate Heating & Air Conditioning to schedule a free estimate.

Essential Heat Pump Maintenance Tips for Winter, pt. 2

uitkuryjIn our last post, we talked about two essential maintenance tasks that need to be completed to prepare your heat pump for the winter months. Our HVAC contractor in Yorktown, VA also performs two additional tasks to make sure that your heat pump will work efficiently through the coldest time of the year – ensuring optimum comfort for you and your family.

Thermostat

The thermostat is the main control for your heat pump, and an essential part of the maintenance process. Make sure all the wiring connections are tight and that the thermostat is level. Even if your heat pump is working properly, a failed thermostat could cause big problems.

General

There are also a few additional tasks that your HVAC contractor will perform during winter preparation maintenance, including:

  • Ensuring that the system is turned on at the thermostat and the gauges on the condensing unit are hooked up.
  • Troubleshooting issues with the refrigeration system, and ensure that the refrigerant is not low.
  • Checking the charge in the system
  • Initiating the defrost cycle
  • Checking that the supplemental heat is working properly

Preventative maintenance can give you peace of mind and save you money on costly repairs in the future. The last thing you want is for you heat pump to break in the middle of wintertime, so contact Comfortable Climate Heating & Air Conditioning today to schedule a free estimate for your winter heat pump maintenance.

Essential Heat Pump Maintenance Tips for Winter, pt. 1

iytkuryoulNow that colder weather is upon us, you have a ton of things to do. Preparing your home for winter is important in order to keep you and your family comfortable and safe. Making sure that your heat pump receives proper maintenance for winter is one of the most important steps of the winterizing process. You depend on your heat pump for providing comfortable temperatures in both summer and winter – it does a ton of work. This can mean that parts of your heat pump may wear out faster than other, more seasonal, equipment.  Here are some quick tips for performing preventative maintenance on your heat pump.

Indoor Unit

A full inspection of the indoor unit on your heat pump should be performed in preparation for winter. During this inspection you should make sure the air filter, indoor coil, and drain pan are clean. The professional HVAC contractor at Comfortable Climate Heating & Air Conditioning will also flash and clean the drain line and perform a variety of other maintenance tasks to ensure that your indoor unit is running properly.

Outdoor Unit

Heat pumps consist of two units, one outside and one inside. It is essential that you perform Maintenance on both units to ensure that your heat pump is working efficiently. Your HVAC contractor will check the wiring connections and insulation as well as the fan blade, base pan drain holes, and condensing fan motor.

Comfortable Climate Heating & Air Conditioning is available to perform heat pump maintenance in Newport News, VA and the surrounding areas. Contact us today to schedule a free estimate.

What is a Heat Pump and How Does It Work?

septb2A heat pump is an essential part of any HVAC system, because it functions in both the winter and the summer. Your heat pump is what makes your central air and heat function. The heat pump consists of two parts: an outdoor unit, which is referred to as the air handler, and an inside unit, which is the heat pump itself. The heat pump uses a compressor to circulate refrigerant between the two unites, which acts as the carrier to transfer heat in and out of the home.

You may think that your HVAC system creates heat, but it is actually just moving it, constantly, from area to another. In the summer, the compressor runs one way, transferring heat from inside your home to the outside unit – essentially removing heat from your home rather than pumping cool air in. When the weather turns cold, like it is now, the pump will reverse direction and start moving heat from outside to your inside unit. Even if it is below freezing outside, there is still heat energy there for the heat pump to grab and bring into your home.

One benefit of using a heat pump instead of a system that generates heat is the energy efficiency. Moving something back and forth requires a lot less energy than it does to actively create the same thing.

The changing of seasons is the perfect time to check that your HVAC system is in perfect working order. Contact Comfortable Climate Heating and Air Conditioning for heat pump maintenance in Newport News, VA and the surrounding area, today.

How a Bad Compressor can Compromise Your HVAC System

septb1Your HVAC system is an important part of your home – it keeps your indoor climate comfortable and consistent all year round. But what happens if the compressor in your heat pump doesn’t work properly? When you’re compressor fails, the entire system will fail to function, which means that it will not provide the heating and cooling that you need. Here are some systems of what can go wrong with your heat pump.

The Motor

The compressor is run by a motor. If the motor is not running, the refrigerant will not circulate, which means that heat will not be moving between the indoor and outdoor components. If you hear screeching or groaning noises, the motor is likely about to fail. If you do not hear the compressor at all, it means the motor is no longer working.

Leaking Refrigerant

Loose or broken connections in the system can cause refrigerant to leak, which can mean a drop in power.

Worn Down

If your system is poorly maintained or dirty, the pump can wear down. You may hear the fans working, but the heat pump may not be on.

If you suspect that there may be a problem with your HVAC system, contact Comfortable Climate Heating and Air Conditioning any time day or night for heat pump repair in Yorktown, VA and the surrounding area.

When Should You Replace Your Water Heater?

augblog2Most people don’t think about their water heater until it breaks. There are some telltale signs that your water heater needs to be replaced, but since your unit is hidden away in your basement, you probably never look. Out of sight, out of mind. Here are four signs you should look out for that can help you avoid a disaster.

Age

How old is your water heater? The life span of a typical water heater is about 10 years, so the best course of action is simply to replace a heater that is 10 years old or older before it starts to cause problems.

Don’t know the age of your water heater? Check the serial number on the manufacturers’ sticker, particularly the first three digits. The first letter corresponds to the month. The letter A will stand for January, B is for February and so on. The second two digits are the year. For example, the serial number “C061052638” tells us that the water heater was installed in March of 2006.

Strange Noises

If you start to hear a rumbling noise coming from your water heater, it’s a sign that sediment buildup has begun to harden. This means that your heater is less efficient and more likely to start leaking.

Rusty Water

If rusty water begins coming out of your faucet from the hot water piping only, it is a sign that the inside of your hot water heater tank is rusting away from the inside. To ensure that it’s not just rusty pipes causing the problem, drain a few buckets of water from your heater. If it still comes out rusty after a few buckets, you probably need a new heater.

Leaking

Check for moisture or pools of water around the tank. A leaky tank is a definite sign that you need to replace your water heater right away.

For water heater installation in Yorktown, VA and the surrounding areas, contact Comfortable Climate Heating & Air Conditioning at CCAirAndHeat.com, today.

3 Energy Saving Ways to Prepare Your Home for Fall and Winter

augb1As summer draws to a close, you may already be thinking of how you can get your home ready for the colder months. Here are three ways that you can prep your home for fall and winter that will save you money in the process.

Run Fans in Reverse

This seems like an odd tip for cold weather, but trust us – it makes a big impact. Most people believe that fans are only useful when it’s hot, but what you may not know is that most ceiling fans also come with a reverse switch. When the fan spins in the opposite direction, it grabs warm air that has pooled against the ceiling and circulates it back down into the house, actually making the air warmer. This quick fix can save you up to 10% on your heating costs.

Insulate Your Windows

You can easily and inexpensively get a window insulation kit from any hardware store and install it yourself. These kits consist of thin sheets of plastic film that go over your windows, and when properly installed are nearly invisible. The film provides a buffer against drafts, which will lower your heating costs.

Turn Down Your Water Heater

This may seem counter-intuitive, but lowering your water heaters’ temperature from 140 degrees F (the temperature that installers typically set) to 120 degrees F can save you a ton on water heating costs without sacrificing your hot showers.

Another thing you should do before the weather turns cold is to make sure your HVAC system is working properly. For water heater repair in Gloucester, VA and the surrounding areas, contact Comfortable Climate Heating & Air Conditioning at CCAirAndHeat.com

Is there a Weird Smell Coming from Your Air Conditioner?

julyb2Gross! What is that musty smell coming from your air conditioner? If you’ve had your air conditioner for a while, you may be trapped in a catch 22 situation this summer. The smell is unbearable, but it’s too hot to turn your air conditioner off. This can become a major issue if you live in a hotter area, especially as we move into the most brutally hot part of summer.

Your air conditioner could be producing weird smells for any number of reasons. It’s possible that your vents haven’t been cleaned in a while. Dust and other kinds of debris can get sucked up into the vents. The tainted air then gets recirculated through your home over and over again.

Depending on the age of your air conditioner, it may be time for a full replacement. If your air conditioner is ten years old or older, call in an HVAC contractor you can trust, like Comfortable Climate Heating and Air Conditioning. Our team is experienced and proficient in air conditioning installation as well as air conditioning repair in Yorktown, VA and the surrounding area. Don’t let a smelly air conditioner ruin your summer, visit CCAirAndHeat.com and get a free estimate on air conditioning repair or replacement.

3 Ways to Lower Humidity in Your Home

julyb1Having excess humidity in your home can be uncomfortable, but it can also cause problems with your home. The excess moisture in the air can cause mold spores to reproduce like crazy, fabric can develop mildew, your wooden doors can swell and become hard to open and close, and any pet smells in your home can get worse. Here are three ways that you can reduce the humidity in your home.

Line Dry Clothing

Running the dryer can increase moisture in your home. When you dry your clothing outside on a line, you won’t add to humidity levels.

Use a Dehumidifier

You can get one of these online, or in many stores that sell home goods. A dehumidifier sucks water out of the air and stores it in a collection unit. When the container is full, just empty it outside to make sure the removed moisture doesn’t wind up back in your house. The best part is that they’re pretty affordable and effective. The only problem with dehumidifiers is that they really only target a small space, but it is possible to get a whole house dehumidifier from Comfortable Climate Heating and Air Conditioning. You won’t have to worry about emptying out the water tank, and your whole home can be humidity-free without multiple dehumidifiers running.

Air Conditioning

Setting your air conditioner to high fan will help increase air flow in your home, making it much more comfortable.

Don’t have an air conditioner? Comfortable Climate Heating and Air Conditioning provides air conditioning installation in Yorktown, VA as well as Gloucester, Middlesex, James City, and Newport News. Visit CCAirAndHeat.com today for details and schedule a free estimate.