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Ready to Replace Your Air Conditioner? Let Our Comfort Specialists Help

Are you ready to replace your air conditioner? We can help! With summer is on the way you will want to be prepared with a way to cool down once those sweltering days arrive. Depending on the brand, an HVAC system will last about fifteen years but there are several other telltale signs that indicate a replacement could be needed.

Frequent Repairs

If you are needing repairs every year, then it could be a sign that your unit is breaking down due to age. While it may be tempting to just keep doing the repairs, they could add up over time making an investment in a new unit the smarter choice. Experts recommended multiplying the age of the unit by the repair cost and if that’s more than $5,000, it’s time to consider a new one.

Humidity Issues

A humid home can contribute to all sorts of physical discomfort including worsening allergies and contributing to dangerous mold growth in your home. With recent advances in A/C technology, you can ensure that an Energy Star unit will help alleviate this issue. The size of the unit in comparison to your home plays a big role in keeping humidity levels down, so that’s a key factor to consider when choosing your new air conditioner.

Noisy System

If it sounds like Frankenstein is banging around near your HVAC system, it is a sign that the system components including the compressor and fan motor could be feeling their age. Newer systems are dramatically quieter than older ones, and their higher efficiency ratings can also save you money.

Uneven Cooling and Heating

It’s no fun walking into a warm room even though the air conditioner is on full blast. A number of issues could be contributing to this issue including air leaks in your duct work, incorrect unit settings, not enough insulation in your attic and older units that don’t put out enough cool air anymore. If your system is over 10-12 years old, then it could be losing its efficiency. Try installing a new air conditioner with a zoning system so that you can be sure each room in your home will be at the temperature you set it to be.

We offer a wide variety of air conditioning units that are highly rated for their efficiency. We also offer Trane zoning systems that keep each room in your home at the temperature you want it. Get in touch with any questions you have. We are happy to help you choose the perfect HVAC system for your home.

When To Get a New Air Conditioner

Are you having trouble cooling down your home? Are your energy bills rising while you struggle with rooms that stay too hot? It may be time for a new air conditioner unit. Here are the top signs that you are ready for a replacement.

The AC Never Seems to Stop

Is your AC running – and never seems to take a break? If it feels like your air conditioner is always on, check to make sure your thermostat settings are correct. If they are, it’s time to take a harder looking at the system and see if it’s ready for a replacement. Older air conditioners have a lot of wear and tear that decreases efficiency. Eventually, they have to run for a long time to reach target temperatures, and may struggle to hold those temperatures for long periods of time. That can cost a lot of money in the summer, and despite the initial costs it’s a smart idea to consider a new AC unit that will solve the problem and lower your monthly bills.

You Recently Renovated

Did you just add new spaces to your house that need to be cooled down? Your old air conditioner probably isn’t ready for them. Air conditioners are rated not only on efficiency, but on how many cubic feet of air they can handle. Usually AC units are fitted to the house (if installed properly), but if you change how much space needs to be cooled down, the AC won’t be able to handle it well. This will loop right around to the first warning sigh, where the AC runs too long and uses up too much energy trying to cool down the house. Think about upgrading to a larger model!

There’s a Lot of Noise

Noise isn’t always a problem. Sometimes rumbling and shaking from your AC can be caused by loose screws or fan belts, which is an easy fix. But long-term, growing noise is a more serious problem that could indicate motor trouble and general age. It’s a good idea to get your AC unit inspected to see if there is any problem that needs to be addressed. This could be a warning sign that you need to replace your AC unit before major components start failing and costing you a lot of money in repairs.

The 10 Year Mark

Your air conditioner won’t automatically stop working after 10 years, but it’s common advice to take a look and think about a new model if you have had yours for around a decade. That’s because advances in AC and cooling technology are always happening, and a new model is likely to be faster and save a lot more energy than a model that’s 10 years. This is also around the time when AC units start showing their age and needing more repairs.

Have questions about your Vancouver WA air conditioning system? Contact Comfort Air and ask about an inspection! An installation contractor can help you go over pricing, estimates, and whether a new AC unit is the right solution for your home or business!

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Choosing the Right HVAC for Your New Home Build or Remodel

Several factors come into play when choosing the right HVAC system for your new home build or remodel. As every home has unique requirements depending on its size and usage, you will want to consider all the angles to make sure you are making the right choice.

Size

You will keep comfort levels high and energy costs low by installing the right size HVAC system. For example, if you install a system that is too large for your home, the unit will constantly be cycling on and off in order to adjust air quality, which would put undue strain on the system and could lead to more repairs. Our team of experts can take accurate measurements of your home and recommend the correct size to ensure maximum efficiency.

Comfort Level

If it’s important to keep your loved ones comfortable in any type of weather, then installing a system that includes cooling as well as heating functions could be your best bet. Here in the Pacific Northwest, temperatures get pretty hot in the summer months, and if you have pets or sensitive family members like children or the elderly, then having the ability to cool off the house when necessary could be a great option.

Price

The cost of installing an HVAC system depends on several things including how big your home is, whether you plan on utilizing technologies like zoning and programmable thermostats, whether you want a combination air conditioner plus furnace, and if you need ductwork replacement or installation.

Technology

Comfort Air offers Trane ComfortLink Zoning systems that allow for consistent temperature settings based on your preferences for each individual room in your home. We also offer home automation that allows you to remotely control your HVAC system while you are on the go. If you require modern convenience with reliable technology, we have you covered.

Our experts can tailor recommendations for which system would be best for your home depending on these factors. If you would like a consultation on choosing the right HVAC for your new home build or remodel, or if you have any questions on the products we offer, please get in touch. We’d love to hear from you!

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The Benefits of an HVAC Tune Up

If you’re like most people, you won’t think about HVAC maintenance until there’s a problem. But scheduling an annual HVAC tune up can save you a lot of hassle in the long run by ensuring everything is in working order now. Here are some of the big benefits of scheduling HVAC preventative maintenance.

Extend the Life of Your HVAC System

Having a HVAC certified professional inspect all of the components of your system will help ensure that no parts of your unit are enduring unnecessary strain. For example, the compressor and drainage pipes might need special attention as your system ages.

Improve System Performance

One of the best things you can do to keep your system running strong is changing the filter on a regular basis. But our experts can check for less obvious issues like high humidity levels and carbon monoxide leaks. Malfunctions due to seasonal wear and tear are less likely to occur if things are optimized ahead of time.

Increase Level of Air Quality

Your HVAC will work harder in the winter and summer months, so getting regular maintenance will ensure that the air in your home is being filtered satisfactorily. The heat exchanger and filter can get bogged down with dust and allergens that make it tough for the unit to circulate air properly. Those with seasonal allergies or asthma especially will notice the positive effects of cleaner air.

Now that warmer weather is on the way, you’ll want to make sure your unit is operating as efficiently as possible, and there’s no better way than to schedule an HVAC tune up. Give us a call to schedule your maintenance today. We are here to help you.

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Elevate Your Comfort Level with a Trane ComfortLink™ II Zoning System

Comfort Air proudly offers award-winning Trane ComfortLink™ II Zoning Systems, an innovative technology that allows you to achieve consistent temperature settings based on your specific needs and preferences for each room in your home. Before this smart technology was available, it was nearly impossible to make sure that you could maintain a comfortable environment throughout your house. Perhaps the rooms in your home that are facing the sun never get quite cool enough, or maybe the basement is always chilly. With a Trane zoning system, you can finally achieve consistent air quality throughout your home no matter what the circumstances, and this can translate to big energy savings for you.

Zoning works by directing heated or cooled air where it’s needed and less where it’s not. This is done via the use of special sensors placed throughout your home that relay temperature data to your thermostat, and adjusts it based on programmable inputs.

You might want to consider installing a zoning system if any of these situations apply to your home environment:

1. You have a large home where many rooms are not in use, or used infrequently
2. Natural comfort challenges such as multi-storied homes
3. Home offices where a lot of time during the day is spent is a specific room, or maybe a certain part of the home is used to see clients where their comfort is extremely important
4. A medical situation where one member of the household has significantly different temperature requirements than the rest of the family
5. A large master bedroom that needs to be kept cooler in order to improve sleeping

Trane zoning systems also come with remote control access that allows you to monitor and control your home’s climate remotely via a web-enabled device or smartphone. Please see our Trane ComfortLink II Zoning brochure if you would like more information, or just give us a call. We’d be happy to help.

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Air Duct Cleaning For Your Home

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Before Duct Cleaning!

Comfort Air offers air duct cleaning services for your home. If you suffer from allergies, asthma or trouble breathing no matter what the season is, it may be that you need to get your air ducts cleaned. Particles, mold and dust can accumulate in your vents over time and compromise your home’s air quality. It is recommended that you have your ducts cleaned at least every 3-5 years to ensure that you aren’t exposing your family to potentially toxic debris. It is also a good idea to have your ducts cleaned if you have had recent remodeling, or if you have just purchased a new home.

Our trained technicians have the skills and equipment necessary to make sure the job is done right. You may have heard of some companies that offer super low pricing on air duct cleaning. Unfortunately, these are all too often scammers who come in to clean with the equivalent of a shop-vac, which does nothing to effectively clean the vents, and could also potentially harm sensitive components of your HVAC system.

At Comfort Air, we use the HyperVac Technologies Revolution Hybrid Duct Vacuum, which is specifically designed for air duct cleaning and features HEPA filtration and double the suction power of most other portable duct cleaners. Our proven track record of HVAC maintenance, repair and installation ensures that our customers will receive the highest quality of service available. If you need your ducts cleaned, you can count on us to get the job done right. Call for an appointment today!

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You Can’t Stop a Trane | Superior HVAC Systems

At Comfort Air, we feature Trane products because they go through rigorous testing for durability and reliability that ensures a superior quality of workmanship. Trane sets itself apart from other HVAC manufacturers because each component that makes up their products has been custom built to stand up to even the most extreme conditions.

Here are some of the primary factors that really set Trane apart.

1. At the Trane SEET testing (System Extreme Environmental Test) lab, outdoor units (heat pumps and air conditioners) are put through thousands of hours of the most strenuous testing in the industry, where conditions range from extreme hot to extreme cold temperatures. These tests are repeated by lab experts dozens of times over to ensure maximum reliability of the units.

2. Most manufacturers use a 3rd party compressor where they have no quality control. The Trane Climatuff compressor on the other hand, must pass a series of tests ranging from running continuously in a flooded state (the leading cause of product failure), to operating at double the rate of normal temperatures, to being tested at 5 times the rated current amperage to protect against electrical surges.

3. Vortica blower motors-operate with lower fan power, saving energy and reducing sound levels.

4. Trane’s exclusive Spine Fin™ coils are rated as the most efficient heat exchanger currently manufactured. They produce a higher amount of surface area, allowing it to maintain efficiency longer, and reducing energy usage by 61% over a 5 year period.

5. Trane products have been rated as America’s most trusted brand by a 9% margin over the #2 brand by Lifestory Research. 2017 is the third consecutive year that Trane has been recognized as #1!

You can see why we have faith in Trane products and offer them to our valued customers. With an outstanding reputation for reliability and value, why choose anything else? Call us today to find out how you can get these HVAC products in your home or office.

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Installing a Home Automation System

Installing a home automation system is a great way to stay in control of your home on the go, whether you are close by at work or out of the country. By utilizing apps such as Nexia Home Intelligence or Smart Trane along with your Comfort Air systems you can connect your smart devices to the systems in your home to automate tasks, become more energy efficient, and keep your home more secure all at the touch of a button. As an added convenience you can also receive maintenance alerts to let you know when it’s time to get your system serviced, making sure they stay in top shape for years to come.

 

Here are several ways a home automation system can help you stay connected:

  • Control indoor temperatures from anywhere, at any time
  • Connect you to your home security systems to see who is coming and going in your home and be alerted to intruders using motion sensor technology
  • Operate key-less entry door locks and receive text or email anytime a door is unlocked
  • Control lighting to come on or off a set times (don’t worry about leaving lights on or schedule random times so potential burglars aren’t able to case the home when you are away)
  • Remotely unlock the door to let someone into your home
  • Control small appliances remotely
  • Measure carbon monoxide levels and get text/email alert if reaches dangerous levels

 

How to get started with home automation:
Comfort Air offers several options for home automation using Nexia Home Intelligence and Smart Trane products. Our experts would be happy to recommend the right system for your home! If you would like more information about setting up a home automation system, please visit our Home Automation page or call for a consultation. We’d be happy to help guide you and answer any questions on how you can increase energy efficiency savings in your home by installing an automated system today.

Watch these informative videos to learn more about home automation and how you can incorporate this technology into your home.

Choosing the Right Thermostat For Your Home

Home thermostats come in many different shapes and sizes. When the time comes to choose a new one it can be difficult to know which one is right for your needs. Luckily, there are only a few technical things one have to worry about when buying a new thermostat.

For the most part, your choice in thermostat will be widely determined by your personal preference and comfort with technology. With that said, here’s a quick run-down of what you should consider before purchasing a new thermostat.

1. Manual, Programmable, or Smart?

Generally speaking, there are three main types of thermostats that you can choose from: manual, programmable, and smart.

Manual thermostats are the ‘old-school’ way of regulating your homes indoor temperature. They typically feature a dial that you rotate (although some have a small digital interface with manual buttons) to set your desired temperature and it will do its best to keep your room at the selected temperature until you switched it off. Manual thermostats are by far the simplest of the three, but they offer few convenience features and are not particularly energy efficient.

Programmable thermostats on the other hand help alleviate some of the shortcomings of manual thermostats by giving the user more choice and control over their home’s temperature. Programmable thermostats feature a digital display with manual buttons for inputting your desired temperature. Some units may feature a touchscreen instead of buttons. The primary difference between a programmable thermostat and a manual one is that a programmable thermostat can regulate your homes temperature automatically based on your needs. In many cases, programmable thermostats allow the user to program a heating/cooling schedule that will automatically keep the house cool while you are away and heat back up when you are on your way home. However, programmable thermostats often only allow you to have one programmed schedule and they have a very limited feature set when compared to the more modern smart devices.

Smart thermostats are the epitome of the modern household thermostat. They are usually connected to the internet via Wi-Fi and thus are capable of far greater functions. Smart thermostats allow you to program custom climate schedules for each day of the week (rather than just one or two pre-programmed schedules, like with programmable thermostats) giving you complete and total control over your homes temperature. Depending on the model you get, smart thermostats are also capable of communicating with your smart phone through the manufactures mobile app. This allows you to check, maintain, and make changes to your homes temperature even when you are away. Although smart thermostats bare the biggest upfront costs, their ability to save you money in energy bills may make up for this.

2. Compatibility With Your Home

After choosing your preferred type of thermostat your next step should be to verify if your chosen thermostat will be compatible with your homes heating and cooling systems. Listed below are the types of heating and cooling systems used in most homes:

1 Stage: Separate heating and cooling units
2 Stage: Heating and cooling units with a low and a high setting
Direct Line Voltage: Used in older homes, 110 or 240 DC power source for the thermostat.
24 mV: Fireplace, floor, or wall furnace
Zone: One HVAC system control heating and cooling multiple different areas of the home.

If you need further help identifying what type of heating and cooling system your home utilizes, feel free to give us a call.

3. Personal Preference

Once you have determined the type of thermostat you want and have verified that it will be compatible with the existing HVAC systems in your home, it is time to choose a model. Choosing a thermostat model boils down entirely to personal preference and choosing a model that will do everything that you want/need your thermostat to do.

Do you want a thermostat that has all the latest features?
Are you looking for a less expensive no-thrills unit?
Do you want to be able to control your thermostat from your smartphone?

These will be the questions you will have to ask yourself when searching for the model of thermostat that you want.

If you have any further questions about your homes thermostat or if you need further assistance in choosing the right thermostat type or model for you, feel free to contact us. Comfort Air stands ready to best service your thermostat and other HVAC related needs!

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People Love Us On Yelp Award

Comfort Air is proud to announce that we have been chosen as a recipient of the “People Love Us on Yelp” award for 2016. We were chosen for this award after receiving so many high ratings from a long list of happy customers. We are so glad to be recognized for our efforts because our goal has always been to provide service you can rely on by experts you can trust. We are so thankful for our wonderful customers who have allowed us to serve them, and look forward to the privilege for many years to come. If you need HVAC repair or service, here’s one more reason to be sure that you can count on Comfort Air!

Here are just a few things our customers have to say about our service:

You guys are the best. I will continue to come to you for any heating or cooling needs I have, as you give it to me straight and don’t try to nickel and dime me. -Kelsey in Portland

Great service, on time, and very thorough job. Our monthly heating bill is now much lower.
-Scott in Vancouver

We are very satisfied with our heat pump and the excellent customer service! -Jill in Brush Prairie

We are a leading HVAC, air conditioning and heating company based in Vancouver, Washington and serving the Portland Metro Area. We are committed to providing “Better, Cleaner, Faster” service to a growing following of loyal satisfied customers by going the extra mile to best assist you. Whether you need maintenance of an existing unit or a new install, give us a call. We’d be glad to serve you.