Have you considered your home’s thermostat lately? Are you interested in upgrading your home thermostat to a new one but aren’t sure where to start looking? The Lennox iComfort S30 Smart Thermostat is a great place to begin. The iComfort S30 thermostat was just released so you know you’re getting the latest in thermostat technology and it’s manufactured by Lennox so you know you’re getting a quality product. Some of the features seperating the S30 thermostat from the pack include: Smart Away Mode- With a traditional programmable thermostat, you have to set your schedule based upon your best guess for your upcoming agenda. With the iComfort S30’s smart mode, second guessing your thermostat’s programmed comfort schedule is a thing of the past. Using GPS location technologies, the iComfort S30 will detect when you come and go and adjust your comfort system accordingly. This feature alone can save you a lot of money on your heating and cooling bill. Schedule IQ Technology- In conjunction with Smart Away Mode, Schedule IQ Technology works to improve heating and cooling usage based on your family’s sleep & wake times and various other routine parameters. Feels Like Temperature- Most people would agree that 100 degrees...View Article
Traditional heat pumps have been conditioning homes in our area for quite some time with mixed levels of user satisfaction. Heat pump systems normally use electric resistance heaters as the secondary source of comfort and can be rather costly when temperatures reach below freezing, as the heat pump unit itself becomes far less efficient as the outdoor temperature decreases. A dual fuel or hybrid system gives the user the best option to keep their home comfortable at far lower operating costs and gives greater peace of mind when opening your monthly utility statements. Install a dual fuel heat pump to your existing furnace and it will act like a high efficiency air conditioner during the summer months and also provide an inexpensive primary source of heat during the fall and winter months. Once temperatures reach below freezing, the dual fuel heat pump will tell the furnace to turn on and the heat pump will turn off so you will stay comfortable and save money no matter what time of year it is. Installing a dual fuel heat pump might be a little more expensive than installing a new Air Conditioner but a dual fuel heat pump will can pay for...View Article
Cold weather has arrived and at this point you have undoubtedly turned on your furnace to heat your home. It is important to remember that your furnace needs be checked and maintained at least once a year to make sure it is heating properly, efficiently, and safely. As temperatures continue to steadily decline in and around the Charlotte Metropolitan area, your furnace may be struggling to keep you warm. It isn’t uncommon for our trained NATE certified technicians to inspect a furnace and find clogged furnace filters, loose electrical connections, insects, rodent nests, or even safety concerns such as the rusted and cracked heat exchanger pictured above which was recently replaced. Our biggest concern we have for you and your family is your safety. When a Charlotte Comfort Systems technician inspects your furnace, we make sure there are no carbon monoxide leaks present at the time of inspection. Carbon Monoxide is often referred to as the silent killer and is the number one cause of poisoning deaths in The United States. Mild exposure to carbon monoxide includes headaches, fatigue, vomiting, and nausea. If you think your heating system may unsafe, please call Charlotte Comfort Systems as soon as possible to...View Article
There is a lot of hype out there regarding solar HVAC systems and rightfully so! Excellent federal and state tax incentives are available and you can find up to date information on both at DSIRE Solar’s website which is maintained by N.C. State’s Solar Center at N.C. State University and the U.S. Department of Energy. Regardless of the numerous tax incentives currently available, solar HVAC units will pay for themselves overtime by drastically reducing your utility bills. You can find more in depth information about the solar solutions we offer by clicking the Solar Home Energy link under the resources tab above. Charlotte Comfort Systems is proud to offer a variety of clean energy solar solutions to fit your needs. If you are interested in a solar HVAC solution tailored for you, please feel free to call Charlotte Comfort Systems at 704-366-1661 or contact us to schedule a consultation.
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Preparing your Furnace for Winter It’s still warm here in Charlotte, NC but temperatures will soon begin to fall and winter will be here before you know it! By tuning up your furnace before winter arrives, you can help ensure you and your loved ones remain comfortable this winter. If you’re like most people, it’s been awhile since you last turned your furnace on. There’s a lot that can happen to your furnace during Spring and Summer so it is imperative that you don’t wait until that first cold snap to turn the heat on in your house. To make life easy Charlotte Comfort Systems offers a furnace tune-up valued at $130 for only $89. The furnace tune-up process includes the following: Check thermostat calibration Clean and adjust furnace burner assembly Clean and adjust furnace burner assembly Clean furnace ignition assembly Check combustion air Test furnace starting capabilities Examine heat exchanger for damage and corrosion Monitor flue draft Test furnace safety controls Inspect gas piping Measure for correct air flow Tighten electrical connections Measure volts and amps Lubricate all moving furnace parts Clean condensate drains Measure temperature difference between supply air and return air Adjust gas pressure Adjust pilot Monitor heating cycle In place, clean and adjustment of...View Article
By PAMELA SAMPSON Associated Press By PAMELA SAMPSON The Associated Press ATLANTA-As the U.S. tries to phase out a polluting refrigerant that is used in millions of air conditioners across the country, unapproved coolant is popping up on the market — with potentially dangerous consequences. The FBI is warning people to be on alert for refrigerant substitutes that have not been approved by the Environmental Protection Agency. Some contain propane, which is flammable and can explode or catch fire if, for example, a technician servicing an air conditioner gets too close to the coolant while soldering. So far, the explosions have been rare. The problem has cropped up as the U.S. phases out R-22, a chemical used for decades as a refrigerant in air conditioners and refrigerators. Because R-22 destroys the ozone layer, it is being banned globally under an international treaty. The EPA is guiding the switch over to ozone-friendlier refrigerants, and has listed approved ones on its website. The phaseout caused prices of R-22 to skyrocket, increasing the demand for cheaper, unapproved replacements, many of which are made in China and sold on the black market. Products like “Super Freeze 22a” have been selling mostly online or over...View Article
Switching from R-22 to R-410A Refrigerant Today, almost every modern air conditioning system purchased in the United States is outfitted with R-410A refrigerant. For those of you who aren’t aware, R-22 was used in most A/C systems worldwide for decades until an international agreement was reached through The Montreal Protocol. The approved replacement refrigerant for R-22 is R-410A. Beginning on January 1, 2004 the systematic removal of R-22 began in the United States. By 2020 chemical manufacturers must completely stop the production of the R-22 refrigerant and the U.S. must decrease its use of R-22 type refrigerant by 99.5%. What you should know: R-22 was found to be hazardous to the earth’s ozone layer because of environmentally unfriendly hydrochlorofluorocarbons. Every new home air conditioner sold in the United States is designed to handle the R-410A type of refrigerant. Air conditioning systems that utilize the new R-410A refrigerant operate at a significantly higher pressure than those that operate with the intent of using R-22. This means units currently operating with R-22 will not be able to be charged with R-410a. Once an R-22 system reaches the end of its service life, it must be replaced with a new R-410A system. Newer...View Article
Despite our long winter here in Charlotte, we are beginning to see the early signs of Spring. We wanted to share a few tips with you that will help to make sure you have uninterrupted comfort during the upcoming air conditioning season. First and foremost- make sure your air conditioner will turn on. Switch your thermostat to the cooling setting and lower the temperature to create a call for cooling. If your air conditioning system didn’t start at all, some common problems people have are faulty thermostats, improper thermostat settings, blown fuses, and tripped circuit breakers. If you replace the fuse or reset the circuit breaker and your system stops working again shortly thereafter, we recommend you call a technician immediately as you may have a problem that should be handled by a trained technician. If you turn on your air conditioner and cold air is coming from the vents but you feel like the air flow is weaker than normal, you might have debris in or around the air conditioning evaporator or condenser coils. It’s a good idea to go ahead and move any objects surrounding the outside A/C unit to another location for optimal air flow. If you feel the...View Article
As the Charlotte Knights begin play in their new Uptown facility, BB&T Ballpark, Charlotte Comfort Systems and Lennox are excited to be proud partners of the team. Get to the ballpark and be on the lookout for special promotions and offers.