Geothermal vs. Traditional Heat Pump

December 8, 2017

Having the right heat pump is important during every season. It makes the difference in having a comfortable home. Geothermal and traditional heat pumps are two common choices. Each type of heat pump has different advantages to keep in mind when deciding how to warm and cool your home. Geothermal Heat Pump Geothermal heat pumps have been heating and cooling homes for centuries. The system relies on the consistent temperatures underground. It takes advantage of warmer temperatures in the winter and cooler summer temperatures. This type has all the capabilities of a normal heat pump to heat or cool home and provide warm water. They are more expensive than traditional heat pumps, but save energy and last longer Traditional Heat Pump The major difference with traditional heat pumps is their heating and cooling source. Also known as air-source heat pumps, they use a transporting system. Depending on whether you want the home warmer or colder, the heat pump brings heat in or sends it out. Traditional heat pumps use electricity. They can be an energy and money saving alternative to air conditioners and furnaces. Which Heat Pump is Best? Deciding between a geothermal or traditional heat pump depends on several factors. Your...

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Testing Indoor Air Quality

November 15, 2017

It is said that your home is your castle.  But something Is wrong, and it has happened gradually.  You wake up with your eyes watering and itching, and noise irritation. Like your summer hay fever but these effects are year round and only when you are in your house or apartment.  Of course, that latter observation was not your first choice but your last pick of the reason why you feel uncomfortable. It is said that the health effects indoor air quality (IAQ) or the effects of indoor pollution may be immediate, showing the symptoms as described, or these symptoms may take a long time to appear. Types of Pollutants  The pollutants include, but are not limited to: Oil, gas, kerosene, coal, pressed wood Tobacco Building materials and furnishings Damp carpet deteriorating asbestos  heating unit or Ac unit, humidification devices Radon, Formaldehyde, pesticides, and outdoor air pollution Air Filter Air filters remove contaminants from the air to improve the quality of air in your home.  Air filters are rated according to a porousness scale,  from 1 to 16, which is called the Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV).   Most home air filters have a 4 to 13 MERV rating.  The higher the MERV...

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Raising the Humidity in Your Charlotte Home

October 9, 2017

The humidifiers we grew up with are remnants of old, clunky technology. Instead, there are DIY ways to increase the humidity in your home.  The noisy machine and smell of menthol is no longer the only option we have. Hang Dry Your Clothes Clothes’ dryers are rarely energy efficient. Besides, the heat wrinkles your clothes, and if you do not change them over from the washing machine, the mildew smell wafts obviously. If you have extra space, you can hang your clothes up to dry. You are saving energy and releasing moisture into the air. Drying Does It The space of a clothes’ line may be impossible. Perhaps, you would rather vent your dryer indoors. Kits are available to draw the moist air indoors, increasing indoor air quality as well as humidity. It also cuts down on heating bills in the depths of a cold winter without having to use a humidifier. Humidity Blasting Bowls Metal or ceramic bowls over a register will add humidity to your home.  It may seem strange to place bowls of water over vents. However, the water evaporates and improves indoor air quality and adds the needed humidity. Placing the dishes on windowsills garners the...

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Furnace Check-Ups in Charlotte – Why is it Necessary?

September 26, 2017

When purchasing a new furnace, it is likely that the technician will recommend annual check-ups for the unit. With appointments costing anywhere from $30 to more than $200, many homeowners feel overwhelmed about the cost and where to start and end up skipping the service altogether. This could be dangerous for a few different reasons. First and foremost, skipping your seasonal furnace check-up can void your furnace warranty. This means that if something goes wrong with your furnace, the repair will most likely come out of your pocket rather than the service company’s, and this can get expensive! Secondly, seasonal furnace checkups can help find small problems before they become big ones. During your seasonal check-up, a professional technician will inspect the various components of your heating system. He/she should check the vents for: · any blockages in the vent system · inspect the blower and its parts · check the drainage system for any blocks or leaks · check to make sure the igniter and pilot light are working properly · test the blower motor and compare it to the specifications for your model furnace · check the wiring for any corrosion · check and clean the burner wheel...

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The Benefits of an AC Replacement in Charlotte

September 12, 2017

If your air conditioner is more than 10-15 years old, it’s likely time for a new system. The thought of installing a brand new air conditioner may be stressful – however, it’s best to keep in mind that a newer, more efficient model can cost less than a few major repairs on an old system. Also, you will likely see a reduction in utility bills with a new install as more modern air conditioning systems are a lot more efficient than older models. Newer systems mean newer technologies, including energy efficiency improvements and eco-friendly capabilities. At Charlotte Comfort Systems, we can make an AC installation Charlotte efficient and painless. Take a look at these benefits of choosing an AC replacement: Fewer repairs If your older AC system needs routine repairs to keep it going, your unit is not performing at optimal efficiency. A newer model generally needs fewer repairs and today’s air conditioning systems are known to be more reliable than ever. Money savings Air conditioners are assigned a “Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio,” or SEER. The higher the SEER, the more efficient the AC unit is. All air conditioners must have a SEER rating of 13 or higher, and when...

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Are Expensive Air Filters Worth It?

August 20, 2017

A clogged, gunky air filter can cut your air flow down to a dribble. An air filter is a small thing, and decidedly not an exciting part of home improvement, but it keeps your entire HVAC system humming right along. A filthy filter can restrict airflow, preventing the system from working like it’s supposed to and that can eventually lead to a breakdown. Your air filter traps small air particles like dust, pollen, and pet particles from the air. Because of this, there’ll be an accumulation of dust and dirt in your living quarters. Should you splurge for the more expensive air filter? Are they worth it? To improve indoor air quality with a new air filter, it’s wise to do your research or contact your local professional AC maintenance and repair company directly. in is a great resource. Also, get to know MERV! This is the Minimum Efficiency Reporting Values which scales AC filter efficiency on a scale of 1-20. Below are some typical choices: Fiberglass 1” spun fiberglass. It keeps big particles of debris out, but does little to clean the air. MERV 2-3, $1-5 Pleated Polyester or Cotton Removes tiny spores, but must be changed frequently or...

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Importance of AC Maintenance

July 17, 2017

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

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Reasons to Get an AC Check Up

June 13, 2017

For most of us, getting our car serviced (oil changes, tune ups, safety inspections) on a regular basis is second nature. We know that preventative maintenance is one of the smartest, most cost-effective ways to get the most miles out of your vehicle at the lowest cost. Here at , we think regular maintenance on your HVAC unit is just as important. After all, you rely on your HVAC every day, especially in the summer months, to keep your house comfortable for you and your family. That’s why it’s so important to get an AC unit check up. Here are just a few reasons why we feel this is important. You’ll save money over the long run. Buying a house is a big financial commitment – most likely the largest you’ll ever make – and getting an AC check up from a certified technician with a reputable company (like will help you protect that investment. Since cooling and heating can account for almost half of a typical homeowner’s energy costs, getting an AC check up can have a real impact on your bottom line. It can improve your unit’s efficiency and reduce your energy costs – build-up from not cleaning...

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The Benefits of Replacing Your Air Conditioner

May 17, 2017

How old is your current air conditioning system? If you’ve been using it to cool your home for more than 10-15 years, it’s time to consider an upgrade. You may be concerned about the initial cost of a new system, but once you learn the benefits of upgrading, you may be surprised about how worthwhile it is. Some of the primary benefits of upgrading are: Energy Efficiency – New air conditioning systems have higher energy efficiency standards than those of years past. Savings – The more energy efficient a system is, the less energy it consumes to do its job. When a system is energy efficient, it costs less to run, saving you every month on your cooling bills. In Arizona, this has huge implications since we rely so heavily on our AC units and have long summers. Air Quality – Newer systems cool more evenly, produce cleaner indoor air, and will be more responsive when the temperature is changed. A big part of getting the most out of a new cooling system is making sure it’s properly sized. Our technicians will evaluate every aspect of your home to make sure we recommend the correct size air conditioner so you...

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Winter Humidity Control

December 15, 2016

  Winter is just around the corner! Cold air = dry air which means low humidity. The humidity level in your home can greatly affect your quality of life. A healthy humidity level in your home can prevent colds, dry/cracked skin, help avoid damage to wood floors, and lower the cost of your energy bills.   Low humidity in the winter can cause physical discomfort because it dries out the eyes, throat, skin, and can potentially lead to a variety of other health related issues such as nose bleeds. In addition, the dry air accompanied with the decrease in humidity substantially increases the static electricity in the air. An increase in static electricity can produce those annoying static shocks when you touch objects in your home like door knobs, chairs, light switches, etc.   In order to protect your home against sudden or expected drops in humidity levels, we recommend installing a humidifier. Keeping humidity levels between 30-60% is recommended to help manage certain health ailments and provide general comfort. Another great benefit of controlling the humidity in your home is that it helps ease the workload on your furnace. When you raise the humidity levels during the winter in...

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