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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.

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.

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Furnace Maintenance Warning Signs

Although it’s very important, furnace maintenance is one of those around the house responsibilities that often goes ignored. If you notice that even though you have cranked up the thermostat your home is still chilly, it could be a sign that you need furnace repair. Also, if your furnace is making rumbling noises, and sounds possessed, this is another sign that you need to have a professional come out and diagnose the issue.

A furnace will only last about 15-20 years, and requires annual maintenance to make sure everything is in working order. This helps to ensure that your HVAC system is running as efficiently as possible and heating your home as it should.

Making sure air quality in your home is at an optimal level is a key to good health. If it’s been awhile since you’ve had furnace maintenance, or it you notice your heating bill is higher than usual, it would be a great idea to schedule an appointment with us. Higher heating bills can be a sign that your system is not functioning as well as it could be. Having it serviced annually will ensure that you get the most out of your HVAC system, and keep it running as efficiently as possible. Call us to make an appointment today!

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Four Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality

Many people don’t realize that due to modern living indoor air quality can sometimes be worse than the air we breathe outside. Even with all of the pollution that comes from CO2 emissions, it still doesn’t add up to the countless allergens and toxins that may be present in the air inside your home or office due to the use of chemical products, pet dander, VOCs from manufactured items and household cleaners to name a few. Besides changing your HVAC air filter on a regular basis, and making sure your air ducts are kept free of dust and mites with periodic cleanings, it’s smart to consider other ways to improve your indoor air quality as well.

Keep Floors Tidy
By using a vacuum with a HEPA filter you can suck up many toxins and allergens and also reduce concentrations of lead in your home. Using a microfiber mop is also a good idea because it picks up tiny particles that can be missed by traditional mops. Also, simply placing a floor mat at entrances can be a big help. You can go one step further by asking people to remove their shoes when entering your home so as to prevent outside pollutants from entering your home.

Get Some Ventilation
It’s important to keep the level of humidity in your home low so that moisture loving mold doesn’t have a chance to grow. Investing in and having an HRV, or Heat Recovery Ventilator, installed by Comfort Air not only helps to circulate air in your home with fresh air from outside, it also reduces humidity inside your home.

Use Fragrance Free Cleaning Products
Often times the fresh smelling fragrances found in cleaning products are a toxic combination of chemicals, and they can be harmful to your health if you’re exposed to them on a regular basis. People with asthma and other respiratory ailments should especially be aware of the type of fragrances they are exposed to on a regular basis, because often times they can be a codeword for volatile organic compound or VOC. Fragrance free cleaners and products work just as well but without the additional potentially hazardous chemicals.

Test For Radon
Radon is a colorless, odorless gas that is emitted from the natural decay of uranium found in most soils. It’s also radioactive and the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, which is why it’s important to have your home tested. You can assess your home’s radon levels with a simple store bought kit. If you find your home has radon emission above acceptable levels, there are inexpensive ways to reduce it. The Environmental Protection Agency offers advice on their website on how to treat this issue.

Best Practices for Maintaining Your HVAC System

Making sure your homes HVAC systems are well maintained is critical to the lifespan and overall efficiency of your heating and cooling appliances.

Regularly check and change air filters

Air filters should be checked periodically, about once a month, for any dust build up. Depending on the amount of accumulated dust and dirt, you may need to replace your filter every 1-6 months. However, even if your filter can go months on end with no dramatic buildup of dust and dirt, it is not advisable to leave a filter unchanged for longer than a six month period.

Annual HVAC maintenance

Arguably one of the most important things you can do to maintain your HVAC system is to schedule an annual maintenance with your local HVAC specialist, like Comfort Air. Our certified HVAC specialist can fully inspect your systems for any irregularities and abnormalities and offer prompt service and recommendations for your systems unique requirements.

Comfort Air takes it one step further though with our Comfort Club Maintenance program. As a member, you are given at least one (1) maintenance visit every year, reduced diagnostic rates, and a 15 percent savings on all repairs!

If you are ever in need of quality, local HVAC services or simply have any questions regarding your homes heating and cooling needs, look no further than Comfort Air!

Friendly and Reliable Heating Services in Vancouver, WA

Friendly and Reliable Heating Services in Vancouver, WA

This cold weather season, if you need friendly and reliable heating services in Vancouver, WA, then look no further than Comfort Air. We have a solid reputation for providing a wide array of HVAC services to keep your home warm and toasty for the winter.

We offer service plans to keep your HVAC system running in top notch order. Our Comfort Club Maintenance Plans feature a a complete system maintenance that covers all of the most important system checks to keep everything functioning at an optimal level.

In addition to one-time maintenance visits, we have 2 Comfort Club Maintenance Membership options, depending on your households needs. Qualified staff will work with your schedule to come out
and service your HVAC system at your convenience. Our annual plans also come with additional discounts and perks. It’s just our way of saying thank you to our valuable customers.

If you need heating services in Vancouver WA, or the surrounding Portland metro area, then you can count on Comfort Air. Give us a call today to set up your appointment.