The Dangers of a Cracked Heat Exchanger in a Furnace

February 1st, 2016

Gas furnaces are not inherently dangerous devices to have in your home, no matter what alarmist things you may have heard or read elsewhere. But a gas furnace can pose some potential dangers from leaks of carbon monoxide if it doesn’t receive the right care and regular inspections. Keeping a gas furnace running at its safest is one of the reasons you should always schedule maintenance to inspect and tune-up the furnace each year. Fall is the best time for maintenance, but it’s never too late to arrange for it, especially since it helps prevents safety hazards such as a cracked heat exchanger. We’ll explain more about the issue below. Continue Reading

Reasons to Install an Energy Recovery Ventilator This Winter

January 25th, 2016

One of the major problems that homes face during the winter season is that they are so heavily insulated and closed off to the outside (in order to keep their heating systems energy efficient) that it permits stale air with a high concentration of contaminants to build up inside. There are some ways to get around this, such as installing air purifiers and air filters that remove the various particles trapped inside the house. But these methods don’t actually bring fresh air into the house. There’s a way to do that without having a major negative impact on the comfort in your household or your energy bills: an energy recovery ventilator, also known as an ERV. Continue Reading

Thermostat Settings for the Winter

January 18th, 2016

One of the best ways to save on your heating bills during the winter is actually right at your fingertips, and you may not even know it. It’s the thermostat. This device is more than just a way to raise or lower the temperature settings in your house. If you have a programmable thermostat, it provides you a method to regulate comfort while conserving energy and reducing the amount of work the heating system must perform. Continue Reading

Making Your Ceiling Fans Work for You in Winter

January 11th, 2016

If your home has ceiling fans, then you’re probably already aware of the great benefits they provide for comfort summer comfort. Ceiling fans circulate air around a room to create a current that makes it easier for the human body to keep cool. This movement of air takes away the envelope of heat around the body, which allows for the skin to release more heat. Basically, it’s wind-chill factor, except in this case you want to feel colder! Continue Reading

The Science of Improved Energy Efficiency in Gas Furnaces

January 4th, 2016

The technology of heating and cooling homes advances with the same speed as most technology today: each year sees significant improvements. If you have a gas furnace that is more than 15 years old, there have already been a number of major changes in the manufacture of furnaces that will have left your old unit far behind in terms of energy efficiency. For example, standard furnaces once had AFUE ratings (a measure of efficiency) between 60% and 80%. New furnaces usually score higher than 80%, and special high-efficiency models can score up to 97%. The higher the AFUE rating, the less energy goes to waste as the furnace generates heat. Continue Reading

Is Your Attic Adequately Insulated?

December 28th, 2015

Unless you have a finished attic in your home, your attic space is probably used for storage and that’s about it. Otherwise, it is a space that is easily forgotten. Unfortunately, your attic is a space that when not well insulated, can affect your entire home and especially your HVAC system. If you aren’t sure whether or not your attic space has enough insulation, it’s time to call the indoor air quality experts at Comfort Systems of York County, LLC. Continue Reading

How Does Geothermal Heating Work?

December 21st, 2015

If you efficiency is at the top of your list for a heating system, you are going to want to consider a geothermal system. This type of system is the most efficient available, but it does work very differently from traditional heating systems like furnaces and boilers. Why consider a geothermal system? First, let’s look at how the system works. Continue Reading

Using the Earth to Heat Your Home: Geothermal Heating

December 14th, 2015

Geothermal HVAC systems have come to the fore only the past few years, but the reality is that geothermal heating and cooling has been around since the 1940s. Better technology and design has made these systems far more accessible to homeowners, which is why you have heard more about them recently more than at any other time. If you are interested in possibly using a geothermal system to heat and cool your home, it is important to have a basic understanding of how these systems work. Even more important is that you hire experts to handle the installation and any future servicing, and that’s where the pros from Comfort Systems of York County, LLC, come in. We have years of experience working with geothermal systems, and we can help you with all of your geothermal HVAC needs in Matthews, SC. Continue Reading

Why Your Thermostat Should Match Your HVAC System

December 7th, 2015

You may not realize it, but you have a great tool at your disposal for managing your heating very well: your thermostat. However, if you are still using a dial or slide thermostat, you won’t be able to control your heating nearly as well as with an updated one. Additionally, using a slide or dial thermostat with an updated heating system short-changes your ability to maximize the potential your new heating system has. But the HVAC pros from Comfort Systems of York County, LLC, have a solution: call us for new thermostat installation! Continue Reading

Does Your Home Need More Insulation?

November 30th, 2015

If there’s a season that insulation is affiliated with, it’s winter. And as we inch closer to winter here in Tega Cay, SC, you’ll find it is very important to make sure that your home is well-insulated against the coming cold. Not sure if your home has the insulation it needs? Then it’s time to call the indoor air quality pros at Comfort Systems of York County, LLC. Continue Reading