How Insulation Saves You Money in the Summer

April 27th, 2015

Insulation in your walls and attic serves to slow the transfer of heat into and out of your home. The process works by slowing conductive heat flow, or heat that passes directly through materials (like a metal spoon that gets hot when you put it in a cup of coffee). The insulating material slows the convective heat, keeping it in your house longer in the winter. But insulation isn’t only useful when temperatures drop. Here in York County, SC, our summers come in the hot and humid variety, but good insulation can help you fight that. Here’s how insulation saves you money in the summer while allowing you to keep cool. Continue Reading

Do I Need to Size My Water Softener?

April 20th, 2015

If you live in an area where your water comes from a well or spring, then you have what is known as “hard water.” Hard water isn’t bad for you, but it can contain a high level of minerals that can cause scaling in your pipes and fixtures. The best way to reduce the effects of hard water is by installing a whole home water softener, but like an air conditioner or hot water heater, it’s important to correctly size your water softener to make sure you are getting the full benefits the device has to offer. The experts at Comfort Systems of York County, LLC, offer comprehensive water softener services, and we can help you determine what size water softener you need and install it. If you are tired of the effects hard water is having on your home, call us today and schedule an appointment. Continue Reading

Comfort Systems of York County, LLC Voted Best Heating & Air Conditioning 2014 in The Herald Buzzies!

April 13th, 2015

Nothing makes a company and its staff feel better about their products and services than being recognized by the community, and we are once again humbled and honored to be the 2014 Buzzie recipient in the Heating & Air Conditioning category of The Herald. This is now our 5th consecutive year winning this award, and we hope it encourages all to always seek the help of licensed, trained professionals whenever you need HVAC and water treatment services. With the speed of technology and the ability to access help in a matter of seconds via computer search engines and smart devices, it can be easy to fall prey to fly-by-night companies or individuals who may not be as expert as they seem. What should you look for in a professional HVAC company? Here are some things to keep in mind: Continue Reading

How Does a Geothermal System Cool?

April 6th, 2015

Cooling from the ground? Really?

Well, not exactly. One of the biggest questions regarding geothermal systems is, ‘how do they work?’ It may seem like a futuristic idea to heat and cool your home using a system that harnesses latent heat from the Earth to warm your home and serve as a heat sink for cooling, but geothermal heating and cooling has been around since the 1940s. With the advent of better products and technology, however, these systems have become more accessible for homeowners that ever before. If you’ve been looking for a durable, highly-energy efficient way to cool and heat your home in York County, SC, it may be time to see what a geothermal system can do for you.

How Does It Work?

It’s best to start with how these systems heat, so we’ll begin there. Geothermal systems are comprised of a ground loop, a ground-source heat pump and a delivery system for the air, which can be ducted or ductless. The ground loop is buried below the frost line in your yard in either a horizontal or vertical manner and is filled with an environmentally-friendly antifreeze that absorbs heat or releases it, depending on whether the system is heating or cooling. In heating mode, the antifreeze absorbs the latent heat in the ground surrounding the loop. The antifreeze brings this heat to the heat pump where it is concentrated and then distributed to your home’s living spaces. When the system is in cooling mode, the opposite occurs: the heat inside your home is absorbed and transferred to the ground loop via the antifreeze; the heat is released into the surrounding soil, making the ground a heat sink.

Why Consider This Type of System?

Geothermal systems have an efficiency rating of 300-400%. This means that for every unit of energy expended to heat or cool your home, you are getting 3-4 units in return; as such, geothermal systems are the most energy efficient type of heating and cooling system currently available. A second reason to consider using a geothermal system is that these systems use zero fossil fuels and only a small amount of electricity to operate. This makes them very environmentally friendly as helps to significantly reduce your carbon footprint.

Interested to see what a geothermal system can do for your home? Call the experts at Comfort Systems of York County, LLC, today and schedule an appointment with one of our installation specialists.

Common AC Repairs You Should Look Out for

March 27th, 2015

As hot humid weather comes our way, we run our air conditioning systems more and more. Air conditioners don’t just cool down a home; they also remove excess moisture from the air, an important feature when humidity levels outside leave you sweating. But as your system runs for longer, it’s more likely that you’ll run into some trouble.

Look out for some of the most common signs that your air conditioning system is in trouble, including noisy operation, low cooling levels, and short run times. And call Comfort Systems of York County, LLC for quality AC repair in Rock Hill, SC.

Keep an eye on these common problems

It’s important to fix an air conditioning issue ASAP to prevent any other parts from wearing down.

  • Low Refrigerant – When refrigerant is low, you may not get the level of cooling you need from your air conditioner. Many homeowners wait until this problem becomes unbearable before calling for AC repairs. But it’s important to note that refrigerant does not dissipate on its own. Refrigerant is most likely leaking from the system, and as it continues to leak, your compressor may run into some trouble as well.
  • Frozen Coil – Yes, even on the hottest of days, the evaporator coil of your air conditioning system can freeze. This often happens because there is not enough air flow over the coil. A clogged filter could be the culprit, so be sure to change the filter regularly. It could also indicate trouble with the fan motor, or even dirt on the coils.
  • Clogged Condensate Line – Humidity in the air is eased as condensation collects on the indoor coil. This condensation then drains away from the unit, but if the condensate pipe is clogged, water may back up and leak onto the ceiling or damage your air conditioner.

Pay attention to any signs that your air conditioner is struggling, and call a repair technician at the first sign of trouble. If you want to prevent air conditioning problems from occurring, or find out about them early on, air conditioning maintenance is the service for you.

No matter what your HVAC needs, the experts at Comfort Systems of York County, LLC are the people to call for AC repair and more in Rock Hill, SC.

What’s the Best Method for Air Purification?

March 20th, 2015

How much do you really know about the air you breathe in your home every day? When the weather outside is not ideal, you seal up the windows and doors and turn on the air conditioner. Unfortunately, this means that you continue to circulate air that may have a lot of unhealthy particles moving with it. In fact, the air inside may be more polluted than the air outside, especially if there is a lot of moisture in the air. And stale, dry air can make everybody in the home feel less comfortable.

When you need to make sure that the people in your home can breathe easily, call on the indoor air quality experts at Comfort Systems of York County, LLC. For more on air purification and comfort systems, consult our list below.

  • Air Purifier – The air filter that comes with your heating and cooling system may not filter out some of the smaller contaminants that cause the most trouble for people with severe allergies or asthma. An electronic air purifier can take care of more of these smaller particles so that you don’t have to worry about the impact on your health.
  • UV Air Purifier – A UV air purifier specifically targets biological contaminants such as bacteria and viruses. That’s because UV light can kill and sterilize microorganisms instantly, so they are no longer a threat to your respiratory and immune system.
  • Dehumidifier – Though it is not necessarily an air purification system, a dehumidifier can actually help to prevent mold spores from collecting in the air of your home. Moisture in the air leads to mold and mildew developing on the walls or ceilings, and breathing in the spores can be dangerous. Dehumidifiers accumulate moisture so that it cannot cause trouble for your home.
  • Humidifier – A humidifier adds moisture to the air, because extreme dryness can be just as problematic as excessive moisture. This can alleviate dry skin and help you get over a cold faster.

When you put your trust in the friendly professionals at Comfort Systems of York County, LLC for air purification services in Charlotte, NC, we’ll go over all of your options with you to make sure you get exactly what you need. Give us a call today!

What Are the Steps of Air Conditioning Maintenance?

March 13th, 2015

When you make a large investment in something, it’s important to take care of it in order to make sure it lasts as long as possible. Many people schedule regular maintenance for their cars. Why not do the same for other big investments such as your air conditioning and heating systems? Now is the perfect time of year for air conditioning maintenance—before the cooling season is in full swing.

Arrange an appointment with the friendly technicians at Comfort Systems of York County in order to make sure that your AC is in top shape for the warmer weather ahead. Our technicians thoroughly inspect, clean, and adjust some of the most important components of your unit.

  • Inspection – Do you think your air conditioner is fit to run another year? It may not be as sufficient as you may think. After last year’s heat, you air conditioner most likely took a beating. Some minor wear and tear is to be expected, but if a part is in need of repair, your air conditioner will run poorly and may break down at any time. After a maintenance inspection, a technician will let you know of any faulty parts so that you can schedule repairs.
  • Cleaning – If the air conditioning condensing coil is dirty, refrigerant cannot effectively give off heat as part of the cooling process. This can cause the inside coil to freeze and force the other parts to become overworked. Technicians clean this and other parts that could interfere with efficiency.
  • Adjustments – Some adjustments can be made on the spot. This includes lubricating motors, tightening electrical connections, screwing in loose parts, straightening bent coils and fan blades, and more. All of these adjustments can help to make your unit operate smoothly and prevent problems from occurring later on.

We offer air conditioning maintenance in Fort Mill, SC as well as many additional benefits when you enroll in our maintenance program. Call today!

For a complete maintenance check as well as some key services to restore the state of your heating system, put your trust in the friendly people at Comfort Systems of York County, LLC.

What Is Hard Water?

March 6th, 2015

The majority of plumbing systems in the United States are affected, to some degree, by hard water. The hardness of water refers to the amount of minerals in the water supply. These minerals, mainly calcium and magnesium, can cause a number of problems for your plumbing system. Thankfully, there are usually no negative health results for most people, but many people also complain that hard water has an impact on their daily beauty and cleaning routines.

If you are at all concerned about the way hard water affects your daily life and the various components of your plumbing system, call the friendly technicians at Comfort Systems of York County, LLC. We install water softeners in Lake Wylie, SC that can help to eliminate some of the contaminants most common to your area.

Hard water is most detrimental to the pipes and appliances in your home. As hard water travels through your pipes, mineral deposits are left behind, clinging to the lining of the pipes and building up very slowly. This begins to restrict the flow of water to your home, as the opening in the pipe continues to get smaller and smaller. In your home, you’ll notice that the water pressure is not quite up to your liking. When this becomes too much of a problem, you may need to replace the pipes altogether.

These minerals can have the same effect on your appliances, such as your clothes washing machine and your dishwasher, and you may end up discovering you need to replace them far sooner than you had hoped to. Hard water can even affect the cleanliness of your dishes and laundry. Soap cannot dissolve as easily when these minerals are present, so you may notice soap scum or water spots on dishes.

Water softeners prevent all of these problems by replacing magnesium and calcium with a very small amount of sodium. A professional can install it at your water supply rather than at a particular point-of-use, so it protects the pipes and fixtures throughout your home.

Count on the friendly experts at Comfort Systems of York County, LLC to install and service quality water softeners in Lake Wylie, SC.

When Is the Best Time for AC Maintenance?

February 27th, 2015

Your air conditioner loses a little bit of quality as the years go on. After a few years, it probably doesn’t cool a room to the desired temperature as quickly, and you may even notice that your energy bills have gone up over time. This doesn’t necessarily mean that a part is in need of some major repairs or replacement. But it also doesn’t mean that the problem cannot be alleviated. Your air conditioner may decline in performance over the years simply because parts become dirty or because they need a few adjustments.

Professional AC maintenance is a service during which the components of your AC get the tune up they need to perform at their best. When you schedule air conditioning maintenance with a trained professional, you’ll notice improved efficiency and advanced comfort, and you can learn about the state of your AC unit and whether any repairs are necessary.

But when is the best time for air conditioning maintenance in Mecklenburg County, NC? Here at Comfort Systems of York County, LLC, we believe the best time for a tune up is now. After you schedule a tune up with a member of our team, you may notice the benefits almost immediately.

Most technicians recommend AC maintenance right before the cooling season. This is certainly the ideal time for a tune up. Before you put any additional stress on your unit, it gets a complete inspection, adjustment, and cleaning, so that you can gain peace of mind knowing that it’s unlikely that your system will break down as the season progresses.

However, if you’ve already passed this timeline for inspection, scheduling a tune up now is still a good idea. Even in the middle of the cooling season, you can benefit from a tune up, since you’re most likely paying more for air conditioning now than you have to be. And a sudden breakdown in the middle of the cooling season could be disastrous. Additionally, it’s never too early for maintenance, even in the winter, as you cannot be certain of when a sudden heat wave will strike.

Schedule spring, summer, fall, or winter AC maintenance in Mecklenburg County, NC, today with Comfort Systems of York County, LLC.

Common Repairs a Heater May Need

February 20th, 2015

Heating systems can vary wildly in both construction and operation, and that’s a good thing for homeowners. The more variation that is present in heaters, the more options people have to choose from. Despite that variation, however, there are still a number of problems that are common to most or all heating systems. Let’s take a look at some of the common repairs a heater may need.

Air Handler Issues

Any forced air system includes an air handler, whose role it is to circulate air throughout the system and the house. The air handler is put under a lot of stress during this process, and though it is designed to handle this stress problems can occur because of it. The most common type of air handler problem is a burned out motor, caused by the lubricated bearings inside it wearing out. The bearings are designed to lessen the friction on the motor as much as possible. When they wear out, the friction on the motor gradually increases until it overheats and burns out. Other issues include the air handler fan coming loose, and the fan belt snapping on older systems.

Ignition Failure

In most combustion based systems, there are two main parts that work together to power the system. The ignition system serves to light the flow of fuel to the system, and the burner assembly continues burning fuel to keep the system running. When the ignition system experiences problems, it is unable to light the fuel and start the burners. This prevents the entire system from working. The specific problems with ignition systems depend on the type of system itself. Standing gas pilot lights often have issues with their flames blowing out, or with faulty thermocouples that smother the flames by depriving them of fuel. Electronic ignition systems, on the other hand, often suffer from heating elements and electrodes burning out and needing replacement.

These are just a couple of the problems that affect a wide range of heating systems.

If you’re in need of heating repair, call Comfort Systems of York County, LLC. We provide heating repair services throughout the Rock Hill area.