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.

The Composition of Snowflakes: Are No Two Alike?

December 25th, 2014

“No two snowflakes are alike.” This is a statement nearly every schoolchild has heard at least once, either while crafting unique snowflakes with a sheet of folded paper and some scissors or while learning a lesson on the science of snow. While even most scientists don’t quite understand what causes a snowflake to form such complex and beautiful columns and points and branches, one thing is for certain, the composition of snowflakes guarantees that no two will ever be identical.  However, it is possible for two snowflakes to appear to be nearly exactly alike.

A snowflake begins to form when a piece of dust catches water vapor out of the air. Water is created when two hydrogen molecules attach to an oxygen molecule. The two hydrogen molecules are angled from one another in such a way that they form a hexagonal shape when they come together during the freezing process; thus, a snowflake begins as a simple hexagonal shape or as layers of hexagons called diamond dust. The emergent properties that follow from the original hexagon are what differentiate one snowflake from another, as the humidity, the temperature in the air, and many other factors (some of which remain unclear to scientists) allow each snowflake to form in an entirely unique way with a seemingly endless variety of shapes.

However, in 1988, a scientist named Nancy Knight claimed to have located two that were the same while studying snowflakes as part of an atmospheric research project. And it appeared to be so; when put under a microscope, the emergent properties looked nearly identical. But while it is feasible that two snowflakes can appear to be exactly alike on the outside, they are never identical on an atomic level. Deuterium is an atom that appears attached to about one in every 3000 hydrogen molecules in the air. Because there are millions of atoms that make up a snowflake, the random assortment of deuterium in any two snowflakes—even in two that so very closely resemble one another—simply cannot be the same.

Here at Comfort Systems of York County, LLC, we’d like to remind you to grab a cup of cocoa and relax with your family this holiday, perhaps by crafting some unique snowflake creations of your own. We wish you a very happy holiday season, from our family to yours!

Signs That You Need Air Conditioning Repair in York County, SC

December 18th, 2014

During the long, humid summer season, you are going to run your air conditioning system with considerable regularity. All of that use can take a toll on your air conditioner over time. Today’s air conditioning systems are more durable and reliable than ever before. They are not perfect, though, and your air conditioner is likely going to encounter operational issues of some kind eventually. When it does, you need to schedule air conditioning repair in York County, SC at the very first sign of trouble. The longer you wait to do so, the more likely it becomes that your system will suffer serious damages. Call Comfort Systems of York County, LLC today to learn more.

In order to schedule your needed air conditioning repairs as promptly as possible, you must first recognize the fact that repairs are needed to begin with. Understanding some basic warning signs that your air conditioner is in trouble greatly benefits you in doing so. One common indicator that you need professional air conditioning repair in York County, SC is an unexplained spike in your cooling costs. If you are not using your air conditioner any more than usual, but you see a sudden rise in how much you pay to cool your home, there is likely a problem require professional repair services.

You may also notice that different areas of your home are not as cool and comfortable as others. A properly operating air conditioner ought to cool your home pretty evenly. If hot spots develop throughout your living space, it may be the result of any number of air conditioning problems. From damaged ductwork to refrigerant leaks, any such problems require the repair services of a pro.

The long and short of it is that any problem with your air conditioner, no matter how minor it may seem, is reason enough to call upon the York County, SC air conditioning repair professionals at Comfort Systems of York County, LLC.

We have the knowledge, tools and experience to diagnose your cooling problems expertly, and to repair them completely. Give us a call to schedule any AC repairs that you may need.

Why Schedule a Professional Air Conditioning Installation in York County, SC?

December 11th, 2014

At Comfort Systems of York County, LLC, we understand that many homeowners like to take care of jobs around the house on their own. We can relate to, and admire, this DIY attitude. However, there are many tasks that you simply cannot hope to complete successfully on your own, and which must be left to trained professionals. The installation of a whole house air conditioning system is one such project. There is far too much to consider, and way too much room for error, to put your comfort and your cooling system at risk with an amateur installation. If you need an air conditioning installation in York County, SC, make the smart choice: put down your toolbox, and pick up the phone. Our team is waiting for your call.

One of the reasons why a professional air conditioning installation in York County, SC is so necessary is that you must know for certain that your AC is of the right size for your home. If your system is too small, it is going to struggle in order to cool your home effectively. It will run too long, costing too much money for too little cooling output. An oversized system is no better, though. If your system is too big for your home, you are never going to use it to its full capacity. It will also short cycle frequently, shutting on and off, wasting energy and suffering unnecessary wear and tear.

Installing a central air conditioning system of any kind is far more complex than simply plugging a unit in, too. There is likely going to be ductwork to consider, for instance, and compromised ductwork can wreak havoc on efficiency levels. Indoor and outdoor components must be connected properly, and your system must have the proper amount of refrigerant added. None of these steps lend themselves to amateur installation attempts.

Your comfort is far too important to take any risks with. We will make sure that you are able to cool your home with confidence this summer.

Schedule your air conditioning installation in York County, SC with a member of the Comfort Systems of York County, LLC team.

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November 24th, 2014

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