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.

Some of the Unusual Movies Released for Valentine’s Day

February 14th, 2015

Hollywood has always tried to match movies up to the seasons to draw droves of viewers to the theaters: October is packed with fright-offerings, while the winter holidays skew toward warm and pleasing family films (as well as Oscar hopefuls). Valentine’s Day falls in an odd spot when it comes to the movie release calendar, however, since February tends to be a slower time for the film industry. The studios are as likely to slot strange movies that don’t fit anywhere else in their annual schedules into the Valentine’s Day weekend as they are films with powerful romantic appeal.

So, while the second weekend of February has featured hugely successful romantic comedies like Hitch, The Wedding Singer, and (of course) Valentine’s Day, some truly weird choices have debuted in this weekend as well. And a few have even gone on to tremendous success despite the bizarre match with the holiday. Here are a couple of the odder Valentine’s Day movie releases:

  • Dracula (1931): Yes, this Halloween perennial and the start of Universal Studio’s Classic Monsters actually came out on Valentine’s Day! But perhaps this makes some sense, as the Dracula legend has often received a “doomed lover” approach in the many years since Bela Lugosi made the aristocratic vampire a screen icon.
  • The Silence of the Lambs (1991): Does any film seem less appropriate for Valentine’s Day than this unnerving and sometimes very violent psychological thriller? What’s even more astonishing than the film’s release date is that The Silence of the Lambs eventually nabbed the Oscar for Best Picture, an almost unheard of occurrence for a movie released so early in the year.
  • Daredevil (2003): This Marvel comic adaptation featuring Ben Affleck as a blind superhero does contain a romantic subplot, but the stronger connection to Valentine’s Day may just be that Daredevil wears a bright red costume.
  • A Good Day to Die Hard (2013): The least successful of the Die Hard film franchise, this is an excellent example of a studio dropping a film into a weekend where it doesn’t fit in the hopes that it works as counter-programming. (It didn’t.)
  • Wayne’s World (1992): Now here is an example of counter-programming that clicked with audiences. This comedy based on a Saturday Night Live sketch turned into one of that year’s biggest hits and spawned a sequel.

Whether you celebrate Valentine’s Day with a trip to the movie theater, or you have your own special plans, everyone here at Comfort Systems of York County hopes you and your loved ones have a wonderful weekend.

Types of Water Treatment Systems to Consider in York County, SC

January 29th, 2015

At [(site_name)], we believe that everyone deserves to enjoy high quality, clean potable water in their homes. There are a lot of ways in which your water quality may suffer, though. Rest assured in knowing that the technicians on our team have the training and experience that they need to help you improve upon matters, though. With the right water treatment system in York County, SC, you can count on high quality water coming from your plumbing fixtures. Skip the point of use water filters, and give the technicians on the Comfort Systems of York County, LLC team a call. We’ll assess the situation and set you up with the water treatment system you need.

Water Filtration Systems

A water filtration system in York County, SC is a great way in which to improve the quality of the water that you use for so many purposes throughout the house. It’s not all about taste, remember. After all, you don’t want discolored water in the washing machine staining your clothing. There are a number of water filtration systems available, and all whole-house water filtration systems require professional service. We’ll install yours properly in order to remove pollutants from the water in your home.

Water Purification Systems

In some instances, water filtration is not the appropriate course of action. You may have a more specific issue at hand, and using the right water purification system in your home is the best way in which to resolve such issues. If you are struggling with high concentrations of certain pollutants in your water, we’ll make sure that you have the water purification system that you need on hand.

Reverse Osmosis Systems

A reverse osmosis system forces water through a very fine membrane, trapping pollutants and leaving your water pure when it reaches the other side. Reverse osmosis systems are incredibly effective. They are also quite expensive, though, so make sure you get the most for your money by scheduling your reverse osmosis system services with us.

Water Softeners

With a water softener, you can eliminate the issues in your plumbing system stemming from hard water. Don’t let deposits build up in your pipes or on your fixtures.

When it comes to water treatment systems in York County, SC, you can always count on the pros at Comfort Systems of York County, LLC.

Get to Know Your Water Heaters in York County, SC

January 22nd, 2015

Assuming that you do not heat your water in a bucket over an over flame, we’re guessing that you use a water heater in your home. If you need a new water heater, whether for a new house or to replace your old water heater in York County, SC, you may be taken aback by the sheer number of options available to you. We’ve put together some basic information to help you to determine which water heater is the best fit for your home, needs, and personal preferences. Give a member of the Comfort Systems of York County, LLC team a call today. Whichever water heater you may choose, we’ll make sure that it is installed and serviced properly.

Tank Water Heater – Tank water heaters are tried and true, and remain a favorite among many homeowners throughout the area. A tank water heater uses a storage tank in which it maintains a reservoir of heated water. These systems are quite reliable and provide plentiful hot water.

Tankless Water Heater – A tankless water heater does not need a storage tank. Such water heaters heat water in an “on-demand” fashion, meaning that water passes through the device and is heated en route to the point of use calling for it. This eliminates the risk of standby energy loss, which can affect tank water heaters.

Hybrid Water Heater – a hybrid water heater combines elements of both tank and tankless water heaters. These systems are a great option for the homeowner seeking outstanding efficiency without wanting to risk running out of hot water at any point. Give us a call if you think that a hybrid water heater in York County, SC is right for your home.

Heat Pump Water Heater – a heat pump uses ambient heat in the air outside in order to heat a home. A heat pump water heater uses the same operational methodology, but applies that heat to water. By using the heat in the air surrounding your water heater, a heat pump water heater can heat water with great efficiency.

Solar Water Heater – Why not put the energy of the sun to use in your home? You can with a solar water heater in York County, SC.

A solar water heater is one of the most efficient and eco-friendly ways in which to heat water for use in your home. Call Comfort Systems of York County, LLC for more details today.

Signs of Poor Indoor Air Quality in York County, SC

January 15th, 2015

It takes more than a dependable heater and an effective air conditioner in order to keep your home as comfortable as possible throughout the year. The quality of the air in your residence has a major impact on your overall comfort, as well as very real implications for your health. Let the York County, SC indoor air quality pros at Comfort Systems of York County, LLC ensure that your air quality is as high as possible. There are a number of different problems that may develop with your indoor air quality, and they may not be as simple to diagnose as uncomfortable temperatures. Here are a few signs which may indicate the need to boost the quality of the air surrounding you at home.

One of the most common signs of poor indoor air quality is aggravated allergy or asthma symptoms. Airborne pollutants can really drag down the quality of the air in your home. There are a lot of different ways in which pollutants can make their way into your system, and they can have many detrimental effects. If you use a ducted HVAC system, damaged ductwork can let pollutants into the system and then distribute them throughout your household. If you find that the air filter in your HVAC system gets very dirty very quickly, this may be the case.

Another sign that your indoor air quality is suffering is increased heating and cooling costs, often accompanied by reduced comfort levels. The buildup of dirt, dust, and other pollutants in your HVAC system can negatively impact components therein, such as evaporator coils. This buildup impedes the effectiveness of your HVAC system, and may cause it to work harder in order to maintain comfortable temperatures. This can lead to it using more energy, and costing you more money even as your comfort suffers.

You may simply notice that it is impossible to keep up with the sweeping and dusting in your home. A clogged air filter, the result of high airborne pollutant concentrations, can allow pollutants to bypass the filter altogether. This is one reason why you must change your air filter regularly. However, if you find that you cannot stay on top of it, you may need an additional air filtration or air purification system.

To improve your indoor air quality in York County, SC, just call the pros at Comfort Systems of York County, LLC.

Why Use a Heat Pump in York County, SC?

January 8th, 2015

One of the great benefits that modern homeowners enjoy is the ability to maintain comfortable temperatures in their homes throughout the entire year. Another is the number of options they have for doing so. There is truly a home comfort system out there for everyone, regardless of your home’s design and your personal preferences. Determining which HVAC system is the right fit for your home can be more difficult than it sounds, though, especially considering the aforementioned array of options. That is why the advice of a trained professional is so indispensable. One system well worth your consideration is the heat pump. Here is some information from the Comfort Systems of York County, LLC team about why you may want to use a heat pump in York County, SC.

First of all, you must have some basic understanding of how a heat pump operates in order to fully understand the benefits that such systems offer. Heat pumps rely on the heat transfer process in order to both heat and cool your home. A reversing valve allows them to reverse the flow of refrigerant throughout the system, and their function follows suit. During the summer, heat is removed from the air in your home and vented outside. In the winter, though, a heat pump culls ambient heat from the air outside, using it to warm your home.

Because our winter season is relatively mild, the heat pump is a great option for year round comfort. The utilization of existing heat in heating your home also allows for you to keep comfortable during the winter season with outstanding energy efficiency. If you want an eco-friendly HVAC system that you can use all year long, a heat pump in York County, SC may be just what you are looking for.

Like any other HVAC system, of course, your heat pump in York County, SC must be professionally installed, maintained, and, when necessary, repaired. You cannot afford to take any risks with a system that you rely on to keep you and your family comfortable all year long.

For outstanding heat pump services throughout the area, just call upon the pros at Comfort Systems of York County, LLC.

Why Schedule Commercial Duct Cleaning in York County, SC?

January 1st, 2015

Keeping your patrons, employees, tenants, and any other visitors to your commercial property comfortable throughout the year requires a great commercial HVAC system. If you want to get the most from a ducted HVAC system, though, you must also ensure that your air ducts are in great working condition. This means more than preventing them from falling apart and developing air leaks. You must also know that your ductwork is clean within. There is no way in which you can hope to guarantee that this is the case on your own. You must hire a professional to do so. If you suspect that you may need professional commercial duct cleaning in York County, SC, give the pros at Comfort Systems of York County, LLC a call today. Here are some signs to look for.

If you find that your heating and cooling costs are on the rise, there are a lot of different problems which may be to blame. Dirty ductwork is likely not the first that jumps to mind, but it is a very real possibility. You see, dirty ductwork can lead to the buildup of pollutants in other areas of your HVAC system, such as evaporator coils. This buildup can impede the operation of your HVAC system, leading to icing or other problems. Any such issues can lead your system to work harder than it should have to, resulting in increased heating and cooling costs.

You should also pay attention to your indoor air quality. If you find that airborne pollutants are increasingly problematic, or if your commercial space just seems dusty and dirty despite regular cleanings, dirty ductwork may be to blame. The very air ducts that you depend upon to circulate heated and cooled air throughout your building can distribute pollutants throughout the property as well.

Only professional HVAC technicians have the tools, training, and experience necessary to ensure that your air ducts are cleaned thoroughly and properly.

Don’t risk damaging your system by attempting to access ductwork on your own. You won’t be able to do much anyway. Instead, schedule professional commercial duct cleaning in York County, SC.

12 Grapes for 12 Months: An Unusual New Year’s Tradition

January 1st, 2015

Across the world, many cultures have specific traditions to celebrate the transition from the old year to the new. In the U.S. and Canada, we associate New Year’s with the ball in Times Square, kissing at the stroke of midnight, resolutions, and singing “Old Lang Syne.” But for many Spanish-speaking countries, one of the key traditions has to do with eating grapes as fast as possible.

The “twelve grapes” tradition comes from Spain, where it is called las doce uvas de la suerte (“The Twelve Lucky Grapes”). To ensure good luck for the next year, people eat one green grape for each of the upcoming twelve months. However, you cannot just eat the grapes during the first day of the new year any time you feel like it. You must eat the twelve grapes starting at the first stroke of midnight on Nochevieja (“Old Night,” New Year’s Eve) as one year changes to another. And you have to keep eating: with each toll of midnight, you must eat another grape, giving you about twelve seconds to consume all of them. If you can finish all dozen grapes—you can’t still be chewing on them!—before the last bell toll fades, you will have a luck-filled new year.

Where did this tradition come from? No one is certain, although it appears to be more than a century old. One story about the Twelve Lucky Grapes is that a large crop of grapes in 1909 in Alicante, Spain led to the growers seeking out a creative way to eliminate their surplus. But recent research through old newspapers shows that perhaps the tradition goes back almost thirty years earlier to the 1880s, where eating grapes was meant to mock the upper classes who were imitating the French tradition of dining on grapes and drinking champagne on New Year’s Eve.

It can be difficult to consume grapes this fast, and the lucky grapes of New Year’s Eve have seeds in them, making the job even trickier. (Seedless grapes are not common in Spain the way they are over here.) For people to manage eating all the grapes before the last stroke of midnight requires swallowing the seeds as well and only taking a single bite of each grape.

Oh, there is one more twist to the tradition: you have to be wearing red undergarments, and they have to be given to you as a gift. The origins of this part of the tradition are even more mysterious, and it’s anybody’s guess why this started.

Whether you go for the grape challenge or find another way to ring in New Year’s, all of us at Comfort Systems of York County, LLC hope you have a great start to the year and a fruitful 2015.

Why Use an Air Purifier in York County, SC?

December 25th, 2014

You know that you need a great heating and air conditioning system if you want to live comfortably throughout the year. However, you must also remember that the quality of the air in your home is every bit as important as its temperature in terms of overall comfort. Poor indoor air quality can have a number of negative effects on both your comfort and your health, as well as on your property itself. To learn more about the indoor air quality products and services that we offer, contact the professionals at Comfort Systems of York County, LLC today. A great place to start improving your indoor air quality is with the installation of a whole house air purifier in York County, SC. To discuss available makes and models, just give us a call.

Air purifiers vary from model to model. For many homeowners, airborne pollutants are first and foremost among the problems facing indoor air quality. You likely know that your HVAC system has an air filter built into it. The main purpose of this air filter, though, is to protect the condition of your HVAC system, not to boost indoor air quality. If you find that your allergies are acting up, that your home is dusty all the time, or that you can see pollutants floating around in the air in your home, you may want to consider investing in an air purifier in York County, SC.

Electronic air purifiers work by pulling air into an ionization chamber, wherein the pollutants in that air are given an electric charge. They are then collected on plates in the air purifier, which must be removed and cleaned regularly. Some models simply allow the charged pollutants to adhere to surfaces in your home, removing them from the air and allowing for easy cleanup.

Biological pollutants, such as viruses, mold, and bacteria are not suitable for such air purifiers, though. They must be destroyed and rendered incapable of reproducing. If you have problems with or concerns about such pollutants in your home, then a UV air purifier in York County, SC is a better option. By using small, safe amounts of UV radiation, UV germicidal lights can protect you from the ill-effects of biological pollutants.

Contact Comfort Systems of York County, LLC today to learn more about available air purifiers and more signs that you may need one.