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Knowing When to Repair Your AC Unit vs. When to Replace It

In the heat of summer, especially in the south, few things are more essential than a fully functioning air conditioning unit. Yet, like all appliances, AC systems are prone to wear and tear over time. The dilemma often faced by homeowners is determining whether to repair their existing unit or invest in a new one altogether. This decision can impact both comfort and finances significantly. Here’s a guide to help…

Beat the Heat: Get Your Air Conditioner Tune-up in the Spring!

The official start of spring is almost here, and temperatures are warming up. You’re probably looking forward to the change in the weather—but you also need to make sure your home’s cooling system is prepared as well.

How Often Should You Schedule Preventive Maintenance for a Heat Pump?

Heat pumps are 2-in-1 devices, offering your home both heating and cooling. There are a few attributes of a heat pump system that make it different from more traditional and separate, and one of these is scheduling bi-annual maintenance.

HVAC Myth: Low Indoor Humidity Is Not a Problem in Georgia Homes

Georgia is certainly known for its humidity during the summer months, but if you have a forced air system that heats your home during the winter months, you may experience the opposite problem: air that is too dry. When your air doesn’t have enough humidity, it isn’t just uncomfortable.

Furnace or Heat Pump: What’s the Right Heating System for Your Atlanta, Georgia Home?

If you find yourself juggling the decision about which heating system is right for your home, a furnace or a heat pump, you need all the information possible to decide which will work best. The reversing heat pump, which operates as both a heater an air conditioner…

Is It Time to Swap Out Your Programmable Thermostat for a Nest?

There are thermostats, and then there is the Nest thermostat. The Nest thermostat is a smart thermostat, but it is far more than that – it actually learns. It learns your habits and your heating and cooling patterns so that it can manage your HVAC system on its own. And now the power of Nest has been added to Daikin heating and cooling products, of which Comfort Zone Heating & Air are proud purveyors.

Four Signs It’s Time to Call for Air Conditioner Repair

It’s pretty clear that if your whole home air conditioner isn’t working at all that it’s time to call an expert for help, but what about those unsure times when your AC is still running but something is off? The thing to remember that just because your air conditioner may be running doesn’t mean it’s running well or as it should.

Atlanta AC Tips: 5 Low-Tech Ways to Save Energy this Summer

Everyone wants to make their home more energy efficient, it not only saves you money but it also makes your home more environmentally friendly. Upgrading your Atlanta HVAC equipment is a great place to start, but it can be hard to decide what to do first.

Air Conditioner Tonnage: What It Means and Why It Matters

Tonnage is a confusing term because it doesn’t have anything to do with how much the air conditioner weighs.

A Whole-House Dehumidifier Makes Your Atlanta Home Healthier and More Comfortable

The whole point of installing a whole home air conditioning system is to feel cool and dry in your indoor living spaces. If you are feeling excess moisture in the air, your AC may need some help, and one of the best tools available is a whole home dehumidifier. Room dehumidifiers can help a little bit with dehumidifying a certain space, but to truly relieve your home of excess moisture, it’s best to install a whole house option.

Considering a Heat Pump for Your North Atlanta Home? Look for the Energy Star Logo.

You are almost certainly familiar with EnergyStar ratings. They are those little stars you see on a lot of common household appliances, consumer electronics and other products. EnergyStar is a government program run by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy…

Atlanta HVAC Efficiency: The IRA Makes Heat Pumps Affordable for All Homeowners

In a society with an increasing an eye on reducing waste and creating energy-efficient spaces, it might not be as surprising to know that the green building market has been steadily increasing over the past few years, and in years to come…

Atlanta Heat Pump Tip: Emergency Heat and What to Expect After a Power Outage

One of the advantages of heat pumps is that they operate on electricity, so you don’t need to worry about having maintaining a supply of fuel to keep yours running. Where a furnace or boiler might call for you to purchase supplies of oil or natural gas…

Atlanta Air Conditioning Installation: 4 Reasons to Consider the Ductless Mini-Split

If you’re in the market for a new air conditioning system, whether as a replacement or for your new home, you might want to consider going ductless. Even people with central air will be interested to know about their high energy efficiency…

How to Keep Your Business Up and Running During Commercial HVAC Service

Do you dread having to schedule repairs for your company’s HVAC system because of the disruption it will cause, both from the work involved and from the time that the important cooling/heating for your workspace will need to shut down?

Atlanta Indoor Air-Quality Tip: How to Improve Allergy Symptoms by Enhancing Your HVAC System

While most homeowners are often concerned about the temperature inside their homes, many do not always think of the quality of their indoor air. For those who suffer from allergies in the spring and summer months, indoor air quality…

Atlanta Heating Guide: Troubleshooting 4 Common Heat Pump Problems + Our Military Discount on Repairs

Heat pumps are great pieces of machinery, but they are not perfect. They come with their own problems and issues. Usually these can be fixed pretty easily, but it’s good to know what you are looking for.

Poor Indoor Air Quality Can Be a Problem Even for Healthy People

The EPA has said that indoor air quality is one of the leading risks to respiratory health. Removing indoor air contaminants from your home’s air supply is a great way to potentially increase the quality of air in your home. Comfort Zone Heating & Air…

Top 5 Reasons to Always Replace Your Split AC System As a Whole

Do you need to replace one of the main components of your split AC system? If so, you are probably tempted to just replace whichever unit is failing in order to fix the problem quickly and cheaply. This is not always the best way to go, however.

Atlanta Heating & Cooling Savvy: Understanding the Heat Pump Reversing Valve

A growing number of Atlanta homes use a heat pump for year-round heating and cooling, instead of the conventional furnace and air conditioner we’re all familiar with. Yet, some people still consider using separate heating and cooling systems to be their only option. In part, this may be due to skepticism that a single system can both heat and cool your home. So, how is a heat pump able to provide…

Atlanta HVAC Guide: What Exactly Is an Electronic Air Filter and Is It Right for You?

For a long time, the most frequently used kind of air filter has been the mechanical variety. This is the kind you probably think of when you hear the terms air filter, air cleaner or air purifier. They use pleated fibrous filters in-line with an air handler…

North Atlanta HVAC Tip: Why Routine HVAC Maintenance Improves Indoor Air Quality

Furnaces and air conditioners in north Atlanta are by far the most common way to circulate air throughout homes, offices and institutions, heating in the winter months and cooling in the summer. Adjust the thermostat and controlled air…

Are Heat Pumps Right for Atlanta?

We often recommend our clients consider installing a heat pump to take care of their year-round comfort needs. Heat pumps have many advantages that make them ideal for Atlanta homes and Georgia’s climate. We’ll go through a few of reasons in this post.

Atlanta AC Tip: Why You Need AC Preventive Maintenance

Besides the cool air, what we like most about air conditioning in Atlanta is that we don’t have to do anything to still live in a cool climate when it’s boiling outside. With programmed thermostats adjusting the temperatures automatically…

In Atlanta, It’s Both the Heat and the Humidity

Along with the high temperatures of summer in Georgia, high humidity can also be a problem. If you are concerned about high levels of humidity in your Atlanta home, especially about the possibility of mold growth, you may want to consider a whole-house dehumidifier.

Is Your AC Blowing Mold into Your Home?

Is Your AC Blowing Mold and Bacteria into Your Home? You probably don’t realize it, but the inside of your air conditioner is a pretty wet place. Along with heat, air conditioners remove excess moisture from the air. The moist air condenses into water as it passes over the evaporator coil and collects in the AC drip pan. The condensate pump then pumps the water outside or into a drain…

4 Signs There’s a Problem with Your Home’s Ductwork

There’s more to maintaining indoor comfort than a home’s furnace and air conditioner. In a forced-air HVAC system, even the best, most efficient heating and cooling units can’t do the job well if there’s a problem with the air ducts. Leaks, physical damage, and improper ductwork sizing can all have a negative impact on the air quality and indoor comfort of your home. Here are four signs your ductwork may…

What should I ask my service technician during a maintenance visit?

You should schedule maintenance visits twice a year. HVAC units that receive regular maintenance have been shown to operate up to 40% more efficiently than systems that don’t, as well as being 90% less likely to develop problems in the future. It is absolutely in your best interest to schedule preventative maintenance. These visits also present great opportunities for you to bring up any concerns you might have. Asking the…

How to Keep Your AC in Its Best Shape This Summer

In the middle of a Georgia summer, few things are as pleasant as walking into a cool, refreshing home after being outside in the hot sun. We know how important it is to keep your AC running smoothly when the temperatures become stifling. Here are some simple tips that will help ensure your unit stays in its best shape this summer.  Clean your outdoor unit. The harder your system has…

Tackling Winter Humidity

Tackling Winter Humidity While summertime is the season most often associated with humidity, wet winters like this one can bring their own difficulties. At this time of year, we frequently see trouble with indoor humidity levels in homes. If you’ve ever noticed foggy windows in your home during the winter months, you’ve probably dealt with high winter humidity levels. Since high humidity can be uncomfortable and potentially damaging, it’s important…

The Effects of Dirty Air Filters

We recommend changing your filter every four to six weeks to maintain healthy indoor air quality. Understandably, this task is easily forgotten, but it’s important to keep in mind that, when your filter’s dirty, so is the air you’re breathing inside your home. And that’s not all. A dirty air filter can cause other problems, including: Reduced air flow – Air conditioners require a certain volume of air flow to…

HRV and ERV Systems: Improve Indoor Air Quality While Saving Energy and Money

With an increasing effort to make homes more energy-efficient, homes are becoming more insulated and weatherproof, making air quality and air circulation a major concern. To maintain indoor air quality, a home requires a mechanical ventilation system. There are four basic types – exhaust, supply, balanced, and energy recovery. Here, we take a look at Heat Recovery Ventilation (HVR) and Energy Recovery Ventilation (EVR), the less familiar of the four….

Understanding MERV Ratings

As the allergy season approaches, your air filter can make a big difference in your indoor air quality. Homeowners should change their air filters every four to six weeks. If air filters aren’t changed regularly, contaminants may be circulated directly into your home’s living spaces, significantly decreasing air quality. Additionally, homeowners should make sure they install filters with the MERV rating recommended for their HVAC systems. The Minimum Efficiency Reporting…

Keep Your Air Conditioner in Good Shape With These Tips

If you want to prevent your air conditioner from developing serious problems, follow these tips.

How Leaky Ducts Can Ruin Your Heating Efficiency

Make sure that your ducts serve your heating system as well as possible this season.

Low Air Conditioner Output, and What Causes it

Low air conditioner output is a sure sign that your system is in trouble. Read on to find out more.

Common Air Conditioning Problems to Watch for

If your air conditioner is displaying these symptoms, it’s a good idea to call for repairs.

Ice on the AC Coil: Is That Normal?

Ice on an air conditioner coil is a symptom of a problem with an air conditioner—possibly a major one—that requires air conditioning repair.

3 Common HVAC Myths—Busted!

We’re here to bust up 3 major myths about air conditioning systems we still see and hear all too frequently.

Cooling Emergency! What to Do When Your AC Dies

Consider what to do if your air conditioning system should abruptly break down during a hot day. You’ll need the system working fast—it won’t just fix itself.

Reasons to Pick a Ductless AC for a New Air Conditioner Installation

With such a short cold season here in Georgia, it’s really never too early to start thinking about installing a new air conditioning system if your current one is old or not working as well as it once did. In fact, this is one of the best times of the year to have installation scheduled, since it’s easier to arrange a convenient time without the big rush to beat out the big heat of the year.

What’s That Burning Smell Coming from the Furnace?

When people first turn on their furnaces for the beginning of the cold season, it’s not unusual for them to notice a sharp, acrid smell coming from the vents. You’ll probably run into this when you fire up your furnace for the first true day of the winter chill.

Yes, Your Heat Pump Needs Maintenance in Fall!

Our major concern for comfort during the year is keeping our homes cooled down in the Georgia heat and humidity. The winters aren’t as rough, and that’s a reason why many homeowners choose to use a heat pump for indoor comfort.

Is It Finally Time to Replace Your Old Air Conditioning System?

As soon as the temperatures start to cool off a bit when we move deeper into the fall, there’ll be an opportunity to replace aging parts of your HVAC system. Start off with a heating maintenance visit from professionals so you’ll know if your heater is going to make it through the winter.

Summer’s Almost Over, So Should I Bother with Scheduling AC Repairs Now?

We understand that as the end of the season approaches, you might feel that it’s not worth the investment in arranging to repair troubles with your air conditioner. You can worry about these problems later, after all, and if the issue seems minor, why should you rush?

Have an Old AC? Now Is a Great Time to Install a Daikin Air Conditioner!

We’re expecting weather up in the 90s for a long stretch. We hope you’ve already arranged for maintenance for you air conditioner so it has the best chance to make it through the hot weather without suffering a breakdown.

Do You Have an Attic Air Conditioner That’s Leaking Water?

Many homes in the area have their air conditioning systems housed in the attic. There’s nothing wrong with that location, unless the air conditioner starts to leak water.

Refer Customers to Us and Save!

We provide comfort at its best to all of our customers—and of course we’re always looking for new customers who will benefit from our immense experience, skill, and range of services. This is why we have a referral program: we want to reward you for referring other customers to us!

What Sets Daikin Apart: The Comfort Promise and 12-Year Warranty Plan

As a professional HVAC company, we are focused on providing the finest service for our customers. That means not only offering highly skilled and experienced technicians on every job, but also installing the best comfort products possible.

How to Keep Your Heat Pump Efficient Through the Winter

Heat pumps have come a long way since the earliest models, which often struggled at heating a home efficiently when temperatures dipped below freezing. Today, if you rely on professionals to size and install a heat pump for your house, you should be able to enjoy energy-efficient heating throughout the winter—and great cooling during the summer.

The Heater Isn’t Working: What Can You Do before Calling for Help?

A broken heater during a cold winter day is one of the major emergencies a homeowner might encounter during the season. If your heater suddenly stops providing your household with warmth on a chilly day, you’ll probably feel pulled toward two different instincts.

Is It Too Late to Schedule Heating Maintenance?

Professional heating maintenance is a job that you should arrange to have done each fall. This is one of the best ways to see that the heater that keeps your family comfortable during the winter works in peak condition for the longest time possible.

Get into the Zone with Zone Control for Your Heating

We’ve had quite a mild fall and beginning of winter, but make no mistake: winter is here, and it will get cold. If you have a ducted heating system and use a single thermostat to manage your household heating, you probably know that this can be a challenge.

Why Consider an Electric Furnace?

If you are in the position of choosing a new heating system for your home, one of your options is an electric furnace. Many homeowners initially balk at the idea of an electric furnace as they garnered a bad reputation not too long ago.

Is Your Commercial HVAC System Ready to Heat?

It’s still pretty warm here in Marietta, GA, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get ahead of the coming cold weather. One of the best ways to make sure your commercial building is ready for chilly temperatures is to schedule a maintenance appointment for your commercial heating system.

What Are the Benefits of a Commercial Rooftop AC?

Business owners have a lot of options when it comes to choosing a cooling system for their commercial space. Size and capacity factor into these decisions in a big way, but so does functionality.

The 20 Degree Spread: What It Means for You

We are in the thick of summer here in Canton, GA, and it’s time to pay attention to how you are setting your thermostat so you don’t overextend your air conditioning system and your energy usage. Many homeowners struggle with what their indoor temperatures should be, so the experts at Comfort Zone HVAC want to share a good tip: use the 20 degree spread.

3 Common Repair Issues with Your Air Conditioner

While we would love to help you install an air conditioner that will never break down, this type of machine unfortunately doesn’t exist. So we do the next best thing: offer excellent air conditioning repair services. A number of things can go wrong with your air conditioner, but there are some repairs that are quite common.

What Are My Options with a Ductless System?

Once popular mostly in commercial spaces like restaurants, ductless systems have become a go-to type of whole home system for many homeowners. Ductless systems can be great for older homes that that can’t easily accommodate ductwork, and they can also be great for additions and home expansions. But when it comes to ductless systems, you have two choices: going with a heat pump or using your ductless system just for air conditioning.

Is It Time to Replace Your Commercial AC?

It may not be summer, but it’s getting warm outside, and you’ve probably already had to rely on your commercial air conditioner to cool your business space. Is it performing as needed? If not, it may be time to consider replacing it, but there are some factors to consider before making this decision.

The Effects of Low Refrigerant Levels on your Air Conditioner

The South is known for its hot and humid summers, and with April giving way to May, residents of Canton, GA may want to schedule a maintenance session to ensure that their air conditioners are functioning at peak capacity when the weather gets warm.

How Do I Know If My New Air Conditioner Is Energy Efficient?

Homeowners today are always on the hunt for way to save money with energy conservation. High-efficiency washers and dryers and LED light bulbs are among the most popular ways to reduce daily energy consumption in a home. But what about air conditioners?

Is Ductless Split Air Conditioning Right for My Home?

Ductless mini-split air conditioners are a popular choice for homeowners, but to determine whether or not it’s the right option for you depends on a few factors. Comfort Zone Heating & Air has been installing ductless mini-split air conditioning in North Atlanta for a long time, and our technicians have seen the benefits our customers have gained from ductless systems.

How to Tell You Need Commercial HVAC Repair

Your company depends on controlled temperatures inside the work place to keep your employees, customers, and/or clients content. Especially during a humid late summer in Georgia, you must have an HVAC system operating at peak performance so that nobody in your commercial building ever needs to give a second thought to their personal comfort.

The Advantages of Commercial Packaged Air Conditioning Units

Making it through a summer in Atlanta requires the steady services of an air conditioner—and that goes double for businesses, which have to look after the comfort needs of staff, customers, and clients in areas much larger than most homes.

Qualities of Ductless Split Air Conditioning

If you are adding air conditioning to your home, but you do not have any ductwork installed, you may think your options are limited. Window air conditioners lack the performance and efficiency of central air conditioners, but what choice do you have?

Common Tools Used in Duct Repair

To protect the integrity of the ductwork in your home, you will occasionally need to schedule repair work on the ventilation system. Leaking ducts will cause a drop in air pressure, leading to a loss of heating and cooling and a drain on power, and will also result in the infiltration of dust, dirt, and other contaminants into the ventilation system.

Are Zone Control Systems the Same as Ductless Mini Split Systems?

Zone control systems refer to a way to divide a home up into different “zones” (often individual rooms, but sometimes as large as the upstairs and downstairs) that can have their temperatures set independently. This distinguishes them from most central heating and cooling systems, which provide the same temperature to all rooms whenever they turn on.

Common Causes of AC Short Cycling

“Short-cycling” is a condition in an air conditioner (as well as other comfort systems) where the unit does not complete its normal cooling cycle and instead shuts off early. You can usually detect short-cycling in an AC because the system will continually turn on and off…

Common Ductless Heating System Repairs

Ductless heating and cooling systems have started to make the leap from the commercial world—where they have long been popular in businesses such as restaurants—over to the residential world. Ductless mini split heat pumps give homeowners the advantages of a heat pump…

Which Heating System Is the Easiest to Install?

If you’re looking into a new heating system, the question is extremely important: what heating system is the easiest to install? In point of fact it depends on your particular circumstances. Here in Atlanta, heating installation services can inspect your home…

Why You Shouldn’t Wait for a Breakdown Before Calling for Heating Repair

For small appliances around our home, such as toasters and microwaves, we are accustomed to waiting for the device to break down before we consider repairs for it… and in most cases, we won’t repair it, just purchase a replacement.

SEER and HSPF: How Heating Pump Efficiency Is Measured

Trying to understand the technical specifications of complex machines can turn bewildering. Heat pumps are no exception. Don’t worry: with a skilled technician helping you either with selecting a heat pump or repairing one, you’ll have a guide through the technical maze.

Heating Problems Caused by a Faulty Thermostat

Modern heating systems are intricate and complex devices designed to provide you with maximum comfort in conjunction with energy savings and safety. Among all the workings of furnaces and heat pumps…

Why Does My Heating Shut Off When My Home Is Still Cold?

Although we don’t need to rely on our heating systems for many months during the year in Georgia, they are still important for those stretches of cool days and chilly nights that come along during the winter. You want to make sure that your heater…

How a Faulty Relay Affects Your Electric Furnace

Furnaces have used an astonishing array of different fuel sources in their long history of providing people with heat during the chilly season. Eventually, the furnace entered the electrical age, and many of the most popular models today…

How Can Heating Maintenance in Atlanta Protect My Comfort?

Our mild climate is one of the benefits of living here, and your heating system tends to get an easier workload as a result. Ironically, that actually makes routine maintenance from a qualified expert even more important than it might be elsewhere in the country.

Commercial HVAC Installation in Atlanta, GA: Rooftop Units

Commercial HVAC units perform the same duties as HVAC systems in private homes: providing heated and cooled air to an entire building safely and efficiently. Businesses and other large building have unique needs, however…

Loud Fan Noises: An Atlanta Air Conditioning Repair Tip

Does your AC make a loud noise during operation? If so, then you should not hesitate to get it looked at by a professional technician. Your AC is a complex system with many different components, all of which cooperate to keep you comfortable during the spring and summer months.

Atlanta Heating Question: What Really Happens During Heating System Maintenance?

At Comfort Zone Heating & Air, we often get asked if there is actually any benefit to getting regular maintenance on your heating system. We thought it would be helpful for our customers if we put together a summary of all of the tasks that get performed…

Atlanta AC Tip: Air Duct Components and Controls

By way of various types of systems, cool air is distributed through a series of passages called ducts to create comfort and a feeling of luxury so common today we could easily take it for granted. While the purpose of air conditioning in Atlanta…