Do It Yourself HVAC Portland OR Tips (And When To Call An Expert)

Your HVAC system is an investment that can send your utility and repair bills through the roof if it is not properly maintained. Protect your investment and your wallet by performing do it yourself heating and cooling maintenance on your Portland, OR home. Following these simple steps on a weekly, monthly, and yearly basis will keep your HVAC system in top shape, saving you time and money. For DIY help or complex HVAC challenges, contact your local HVAC professional. Read more “Do It Yourself HVAC Portland OR Tips (And When To Call An Expert)”

How Do HVAC Systems Work? Expert Answers from Vancouver WA

HVAC is an acronym that stands for heating, ventilation and air conditioning. The primary function of the HVAC system is to make indoor spaces comfortable temperatures and improve indoor air quality. Both your office and your house have HVAC systems, although your office’s system is likely much more complex.

Let’s explore how the HVAC system works in your home.

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When To Clean Your Air Conditioner’s Vents

It’s not always easy to know when your air conditioner’s vents need cleaning, but Comfort Air is here to lend you a helping hand in all matters of air filtration, vent cleaning, and repairs near Vancouver, WA. Let’s take a closer look at how often you should clean your AC’s vents, and some warning signs that it’s time for a cleaning.  Read more “When To Clean Your Air Conditioner’s Vents”

When you think Trane, think ComfortAir

When You Think Trane, Think Comfort Air

Everyone knows that Comfort Air is one of the top heating and cooling specialists in the area, and we have been serving Portland, Woodland, and Vancouver for over 35 years. We provide “Better, Cleaner, Faster” services to our loyal customers, and we always go that extra mile to make sure they are fully taken care of and satisfied.

But did you know that we are also an authorized Trane dealer?

Why Trane is a Great Brand

Trane has over one hundred years of leading the pack on air conditioner technology. They even managed to build a unit that could survive being submerged during Hurricane Floyd and keep on ticking after being dried out.

You will find the highest quality components in each Trane unit, which gives you the highest quality machine. They are so certain their products are superior, they offer comprehensive warranty coverage, and it is one of the absolute best warranties in the industry.

Trane is one of the only major heating and air manufacturers that still make their own compressors, and they cover the multistage and inverter compressors for 20 years on the comprehensive warranty.

Comfort Air: An Authorized Trane Dealer

Here at Comfort Air, we have qualified for the title of Trane Comfort Specialist meaning we meet or exceed Trane’s high standards for customer service, customer satisfaction, and ongoing education standards.

Being honored with the title of Trane Comfort Specialist is a pretty big deal. It means that Comfort Air has demonstrated our ability to offer technical expertise on a consistent basis and that as a Trane Dealer, we have shown commitment to the heating and air industry.

We are specialists in every part: HVAC installation, system repairs, routine maintenance. We have shown that we can not only do the work but do the work correctly the first time.

Very few contractors earn the right to call themselves a Trane Comfort Specialist, so it is a title we wear with pride.

What If I Don’t Have a Trane Unit?

Although we are an authorized Trane dealer, it doesn’t mean Trane is the only type of unit we service. We have been installing the best and servicing the rest since 1983 which means we will be happy to maintain or repair your HVAC unit no matter what type or brand you have.

We offer a multitude of services, including:

  • Repairs: Our certified techs and friendly staff members are here to help you in times of need, whether it is the middle of a hot summer day or late on a winter evening. Our certified techs will have your home back in the comfort zone in a timely manner.
  • Home Performance Testing: Our “whole house” approach will have your system running more efficiently which not only saves you money in the long run, but it also keeps you and your family more comfortable.
  • Air Quality: Our technicians can assess the quality of your indoor air, and find the perfect tool for getting you the cleanest and purest air possible.
  • Home Automation: We can install communicating technology that pairs with your smart Trane products so you can truly be living in a smart house.
  • Duct Cleaning: An often overlooked part of general home maintenance, duct cleaning is important for better efficiency and air quality. Many things like dust, rodents, and insects can clog up your ducts and should be removed regularly.

As you can see, Comfort Air is a well-rounded company that offers superior products. As an authorized Trane dealer and Trane Comfort Specialist, but also well versed in all types of equipment, Comfort Air is ready and waiting to help you with any and all of your heating and air needs.

5 Reasons We Go with Trane

Trane HVAC systems offer superior performance and a longer equipment lifespan than competing brands. That’s the short answer for why Comfort Air installs Trane equipment in homes around the pacific northwest. Homeowners love that Trane systems are efficient and reliable, and we’re happy that they’re happy.

But Trane equipment doesn’t work so well just by chance. There are reasons why their products are so outstanding. Here are five of them:

  1. The Trane Climatuff® compressor is second to none.

We think Trane’s Climatuff® compressor is the best one on the market.

The compressor, in many cases, is like the nucleus of your HVAC system. And if you use a heat pump to heat your home in the winter, it is the centerpiece of your equipment. It’s important to have a good one, and all Trane residential systems do.

Our clients like the Climatuff® compressor because:

It’s incredibly durable. Compared to other brands there are fewer issues with Trane compressors. Less wear and tear on your HVAC system means less wear and tear on your wallet. Climatuff® compressors are much quieter than others. Your peace and quiet won’t be interrupted when the heat pump kicks on.

Energy efficiency matters. If like spending less on energy Trane systems with Climatuff® compressors are a great, efficient choice. But Trane’s compressor isn’t the only feature that helps you save energy. The type of coil Trane uses is pretty remarkable, too.

  1. Spine-Fin coil technology delivers awesome efficiency.

Did you know that Trane uses a totally different type of coil from most residential heating and air systems?

Trane outdoor units contain an all-aluminium Spine-Fin coil, which does a better job of exchanging heat than the standard copper coils used by other HVAC brands. Spine-Fin coils also include fewer joints than the coils in most units, so you’re less likely to have refrigerant leaks. Most leaks occur at the joints, so Trane reduces the frequency of leaks via this design.

For homeowners, the biggest benefit of the Spine-Fin technology is efficiency. The design requires relatively little energy to heat or cool your home, which can save you money over time.

  1. Trane equipment makes your home smarter.

Heating and air conditioning isn’t all about heating and air conditioning.

It’s about having total control over indoor comfort, which includes things like indoor air quality, humidity monitoring, and thermostat operations. Using the ComfortLink™ II thermostat, which Trane describes as an “energy command center,” you get a bird’s eye view of all these functions. You get a lot more, too:

  • Adjust temperatures and target humidity settings from a remote location. The ComfortLink™ II is accessible from any computer, smartphone or tablet.
  • Receive automated reminders when your filter needs to be changed or it’s time for system maintenance.
  • Program the ComfortLink™ II to follow heating and air conditioning schedules for maximum energy savings.
  • Integrate ComfortLink™ II with whole-house air filtration equipment, fresh air systems, zoning, and dual-fuel system control.
  • If you’re looking to make your home smarter, going “all Trane” with your HVAC equipment and accessories is a great way to do it.
  1. If you demand top-notch build quality, Trane’s got it.

Build quality matters a lot in the world of HVAC.

Unlike most other brands, Trane owns the patents on nearly all of its equipment. You’re getting high quality components right out of the box. And in the event you have to replace any parts, the replacement will be high quality, too.

Trane also subjects its heating and air systems to incredibly harsh conditions in the company’s Tyler, Texas lab. Long story short, Trane applies five years worth of wear and tear to its systems in just a few months to make sure everything works the way it’s supposed to and lasts a long time.

  1. Trane helps consumers afford great HVAC equipment.

Thanks to periodic zero-interest promos and trade-in allowances, Trane goes out of its way to help consumers afford its equipment. We think that’s great because:

HVAC equipment is a major investment. You want a great system, but you don’t want to stretch your budget. Trane helps you get that former without doing the latter.

You enjoy a quality installation. When Trane helps you afford their equipment, part of the deal is a quality installation from an independent Trane dealer. It’s a win-win-win for you, Trane, and your installer.

If you’ve ever wondered why so many homeowners and HVAC pros love Trane, now you know. A combination of smart business practices, quality equipment, and a wide-ranging vision make Trane products the best of the best.

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What Types Of Pollutants Might Be In Your Air

At Comfort Air, we sell all types of equipment that can help improve the air quality in your home. But did you ever wonder what kinds of pollutants our technology is working hard to protect you from? Whether you’re inside or outside, there are many types of pollutants that you need to be on the lookout for. It’s one of the many reasons that opting for the right air filtration equipment is so important.  Read more “What Types Of Pollutants Might Be In Your Air”

How to Lower Humidity and Increase Air Quality This Summer

Air quality is a major concern of ours at Comfort Air, and with the dog days of summer upon us, here’s some tips to help you combat humidity in your home.

Fix Up Your House

Leaky pipes, dripping faucets and toilets that leave puddles not only waste water, but they also add to humidity problems. The water they release gradually evaporates, ending up as moisture in your home’s air. Repair or replace pipes as necessary and cover sweating pipes with foam pipe insulation tubes.

Leaks in the roof and walls also bring excess moisture into your home, as well as encourage rot that could eventually cause serious structural damage. Repairing the leaks now will bring down your humidity level and protect your home.

If your A/C’s drain line gets plugged, water will back up into your home. Once or twice each cooling season, use a wet vac to suck sludge from the outside end of the drain.

Invest In Home Upgrades

Air leaks around windows, doors, appliance and exhaust vents, and points where utility lines enter the house bring in hot, humid air during the summer. To keep the humidity outside and improve your home’s energy efficiency, apply caulk and weatherstripping as appropriate to seal these leaks.

Check that your clothes dryer is vented outdoors, not into a crawl space, basement or right into the laundry room. If it isn’t vented properly, contact a professional to have the vent restructured. If you have old windows that often accumulate condensation, consider replacing them with double-paned or Energy Star-qualified windows.

Make Some Lifestyle Changes

Taken together, simple changes in how you live can do a lot to lower humidity indoors. Aim to take shorter, cooler showers. When you cook, keep pots covered to hold the moisture inside. If you have a large collection of houseplants, put them outdoors for a while. Potted plants give off moisture, and if your humidity problems clear up when the plants are outside, you’ll know where part of your problem is.

Boost Home Ventilation

Improving your home’s airflow is one of the most effective ways to lower humidity and increase air quality. After cooking or showering, run exhaust fans for a few minutes to get rid of built up moisture, but don’t leave them on much longer. Left running, they’ll bring in more humidity than they let out.

Take a look at your home’s attic ventilation. If you have unbalanced ventilation, such as a single gable vent or soffit vents without ridge vents, your attic isn’t getting enough airflow. It will accumulate moisture that will then find its way into your rooms. Consult a professional about installing ventilation that allows for continuous airflow, such as a ridge-and-soffit system.

Add A Dehumidifier

If better ventilation doesn’t solve your humidity problem, it may be time to install a whole-house dehumidifier in your heating and cooling system. Whole-house dehumidifiers affect a much greater area than portable models and they’re more convenient.

Air passing through your system runs through the dehumidifier, which removes moisture from the air using one of several available methods. The moisture removed runs into your home’s plumbing system and the dryer air flows into the ducts and out to your rooms. Adding a dehumidifier the right way can dramatically increase your air quality. These dehumidifiers require professional installation.

For more tips on how to lower humidity in your home, or anything related to HVAC, keep in touch with Comfort Air!