The Benefits of an AC Replacement in Charlotte

September 12, 2017

If your air conditioner is more than 10-15 years old, it’s likely time for a new system. The thought of installing a brand new air conditioner may be stressful – however, it’s best to keep in mind that a newer, more efficient model can cost less than a few major repairs on an old system. Also, you will likely see a reduction in utility bills with a new install as more modern air conditioning systems are a lot more efficient than older models. Newer systems mean newer technologies, including energy efficiency improvements and eco-friendly capabilities. At Charlotte Comfort Systems, we can make an AC installation Charlotte efficient and painless. Take a look at these benefits of choosing an AC replacement: Fewer repairs If your older AC system needs routine repairs to keep it going, your unit is not performing at optimal efficiency. A newer model generally needs fewer repairs and today’s air conditioning systems are known to be more reliable than ever. Money savings Air conditioners are assigned a “Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio,” or SEER. The higher the SEER, the more efficient the AC unit is. All air conditioners must have a SEER rating of 13 or higher, and when...

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Are Expensive Air Filters Worth It?

August 20, 2017

A clogged, gunky air filter can cut your air flow down to a dribble. An air filter is a small thing, and decidedly not an exciting part of home improvement, but it keeps your entire HVAC system humming right along. A filthy filter can restrict airflow, preventing the system from working like it’s supposed to and that can eventually lead to a breakdown. Your air filter traps small air particles like dust, pollen, and pet particles from the air. Because of this, there’ll be an accumulation of dust and dirt in your living quarters. Should you splurge for the more expensive air filter? Are they worth it? To improve indoor air quality with a new air filter, it’s wise to do your research or contact your local professional AC maintenance and repair company directly. in is a great resource. Also, get to know MERV! This is the Minimum Efficiency Reporting Values which scales AC filter efficiency on a scale of 1-20. Below are some typical choices: Fiberglass 1” spun fiberglass. It keeps big particles of debris out, but does little to clean the air. MERV 2-3, $1-5 Pleated Polyester or Cotton Removes tiny spores, but must be changed frequently or...

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Importance of AC Maintenance

July 17, 2017

9 out of 10 cooling system failures are caused by dirt and dust. A light layer of dust on cooling coils can reduce your energy efficiency by 20%. This can be easily prevented with regular AC maintenance. Protect Your Investment The installation of your air conditioning and heating system is an investment, therefore you should do everything possible to minimize equipment breakdown. Planned maintenance not only assists in preventing unit breakdown to business-critical environments, but also helps to improve energy efficiency. You will be rewarded with lower running costs, potentially a much longer lifespan for your unit, plus fewer carbon emissions. Two Maintenance Visits Annually AC unit, heat pump, and furnace equipment is not inexpensive and we always recommend that, following installation, you enter into a maintenance agreement with your installer. This normally involves two annual visits to your cooling and heating equipment by trained, certified technicians. A cooling system routinely maintained, provides a much higher performance and is much more energy efficient. Inspections During each technician visit, all functions of the systems are inspected, filters cleaned, and operating pressures and controls are checked and calibrated. Leak checks are carried out at least once per year and records are kept...

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Reasons to Get an AC Check Up

June 13, 2017

For most of us, getting our car serviced (oil changes, tune ups, safety inspections) on a regular basis is second nature. We know that preventative maintenance is one of the smartest, most cost-effective ways to get the most miles out of your vehicle at the lowest cost. Here at , we think regular maintenance on your HVAC unit is just as important. After all, you rely on your HVAC every day, especially in the summer months, to keep your house comfortable for you and your family. That’s why it’s so important to get an AC unit check up. Here are just a few reasons why we feel this is important. You’ll save money over the long run. Buying a house is a big financial commitment – most likely the largest you’ll ever make – and getting an AC check up from a certified technician with a reputable company (like will help you protect that investment. Since cooling and heating can account for almost half of a typical homeowner’s energy costs, getting an AC check up can have a real impact on your bottom line. It can improve your unit’s efficiency and reduce your energy costs – build-up from not cleaning...

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The Benefits of Replacing Your Air Conditioner

May 17, 2017

How old is your current air conditioning system? If you’ve been using it to cool your home for more than 10-15 years, it’s time to consider an upgrade. You may be concerned about the initial cost of a new system, but once you learn the benefits of upgrading, you may be surprised about how worthwhile it is. Some of the primary benefits of upgrading are: Energy Efficiency – New air conditioning systems have higher energy efficiency standards than those of years past. Savings – The more energy efficient a system is, the less energy it consumes to do its job. When a system is energy efficient, it costs less to run, saving you every month on your cooling bills. In Arizona, this has huge implications since we rely so heavily on our AC units and have long summers. Air Quality – Newer systems cool more evenly, produce cleaner indoor air, and will be more responsive when the temperature is changed. A big part of getting the most out of a new cooling system is making sure it’s properly sized. Our technicians will evaluate every aspect of your home to make sure we recommend the correct size air conditioner so you...

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Winter Humidity Control

December 15, 2016

  Winter is just around the corner! Cold air = dry air which means low humidity. The humidity level in your home can greatly affect your quality of life. A healthy humidity level in your home can prevent colds, dry/cracked skin, help avoid damage to wood floors, and lower the cost of your energy bills.   Low humidity in the winter can cause physical discomfort because it dries out the eyes, throat, skin, and can potentially lead to a variety of other health related issues such as nose bleeds. In addition, the dry air accompanied with the decrease in humidity substantially increases the static electricity in the air. An increase in static electricity can produce those annoying static shocks when you touch objects in your home like door knobs, chairs, light switches, etc.   In order to protect your home against sudden or expected drops in humidity levels, we recommend installing a humidifier. Keeping humidity levels between 30-60% is recommended to help manage certain health ailments and provide general comfort. Another great benefit of controlling the humidity in your home is that it helps ease the workload on your furnace. When you raise the humidity levels during the winter in...

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Oil Furnace vs. Gas Furnace

November 3, 2016

Oil furnaces cost less than gas furnaces and also provide more heat per BTU. Oil is not explosive, unlike gas, and the chance of carbon monoxide entering your home is next to zero. With proper maintenance, oil furnaces can last up to 30 years. With today’s technology, oil furnaces have reduced overall emissions to almost nothing. Some of the cons with oil-fired furnaces include: – More maintenance due to soot and dirt buildup. – Oil must be delivered and an onsite storage tank is required. – Oil furnaces are less efficient than gas furnaces. At Charlotte Comfort Systems, we carry and install oil furnaces like the LENNOX ELO183 Gas furnaces may cost more, but they have higher energy efficiency ratings (up to 98 percent AFUE). As time goes by, you can make up for the higher costs with energy savings. Gas furnaces are easy to maintain and have an average life of 25 years with proper maintenance. Gas is also a clean-burning fuel. The boom in natural gas drilling has kept natural gas prices stable and low. Over 50 percent of American homes use natural gas for their primary heating source. At Charlotte Comfort Systems, we are proud to carry...

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KOHLER HOME GENERATORS

October 19, 2016

A standby home generator keeps your power on during a power outage. It is installed outside of your home, just like an AC unit, and turns on automatically if you’re home or away within seconds of a power outage. Home generators run on natural gas or propane, so there’s no need to refuel. Severe weather is the leading cause of power outages in the United States. The amount of these outages has risen dramatically over the past few years, causing physical, emotional and economic damage for many Americans. With cooler weather right around the corner, now is the perfect time to look into installing a Kohler home generator for your home. Kohler home generators provide a reliable source of power to your home in the event of an emergency. A Kohler home generator will operate quietly, efficiently, and hands free. When the power goes out, the automatic transfer switch will have your house back up and running in as little as 10 seconds! The Kohler whole home generators installed by Charlotte Comfort Systems go through hundreds of tests before they reach your home. The end result is complete reliability. With PowerBoost Technology, Kohler generators can handle big starting loads like...

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REBATE AND FINANCE OFFER FROM LENNOX

September 14, 2016

With summer coming to an end and cooler temperatures quickly approaching, now is the perfect time to save big with a new system from Lennox. Get up to a $1,600 rebate AND low monthly payment financing when you purchase and install a qualifying Lennox home comfort system between September 5, 2016 and November 25, 2016. Receive up to a $1,300 rebate on a complete home comfort system that includes: – A qualifying air conditioner or heat pump – A qualifying high-efficiency gas furnace or handler – A qualifying thermostat Then, you can add up to an additional $300 in other rebates when you add an iComfort S30, PureAir, and iHarmony Zoning System to your package. But wait, there’s more! You can get an additional $500 in tax credits! Visit www.energystar.gov/taxcredits for full details and minimum requirements, or contact us at Charlotte Comfort Systems for more details. For any additional questions or details, please contact Charlotte Comfort Systems at 704-366-1661. Don’t forget, you must make your qualifying purchases before November 25th.

Choosing The Right Size Room Air Conditioner

August 23, 2016

The most important thing to consider when purchasing an air conditioner for a single room is the size of the unit. If the unit is too small, it will struggle to keep the room at the desired temperature. If the unit is too big, it will use up valuable energy and put out excess humidity. The perfect-sized air conditioner will leave you comfortable and save you money! Single room air conditioners normally have cooling capacities ranging from 5,000 to 12,500 British Thermal Units (BTUs). Typically, an air conditioner needs 20BTU for each square foot of space. However, there are some considerations you need to take into place when making your decision. First, you need to determine the room’s exact square footage. For square and rectangular rooms: – Multiply the full length of the room by its width For triangular rooms: – Multiply the length of the area by the width and divide by two For complex-shaped rooms: – Divide the room into squares, rectangles and triangles. Then use the formulas above to determine the total square footage. Next, you can use the chart below to determine the general capacity your unit should be rated for: Area to be cooled (square feet)...

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