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!

 

5 Signs You Should Replace Your AC

When your air conditioning system breaks down, the decision you’re then faced with is whether or not you should repair or replace your unit. While a new HVAC system can be a big investment, the costs of constant repairs on an old unit can also be expensive.

Here are the top five signs your air conditioning unit is past repair and it’s time to replace it.

 

  1. THE AIR CONDITIONER IS OVER 12 YEARS OLD

The typical lifespan of an air conditioning unit is 12 years. Now, if your air conditioner is 12 years old, it’s still running fine and you’re not experiencing any issues, there’s no problem yet. However, if your air conditioning unit is approaching 12 years and is breaking down, it’s in your best interest to replace the unit.

Not to mention, brands are constantly releasing new models containing greater advancements in energy efficiency. Therefore, if your air conditioner has reached the end of its lifespan, you can upgrade to a unit that is more energy efficient.

 

  1. THE UNIT EXPERIENCES FREQUENT BREAKDOWNS

If your A/C unit is frequently breaking down, it’s time to assess whether or not the costs of constant repairs are more expensive than the cost of a new unit. While tune-ups on your unit are not super expensive, if you’re having to call a repairman every couple months, those repairs will add up.

If this is the case, you need to ask yourself whether or not it makes sense to keep making repairs on an older air conditioning system.

 

  1. THE REPAIRS ARE GOING TO BE VERY EXPENSIVE

Going hand-in-hand with the point prior, some system repairs can be very expensive if there has been a lot of damage done or if there has not been regular maintenance completed on the unit. If you’re quoted a high price point for a big repair, it’s definitely worth looking into replacing your A/C unit instead.

If you’re going to be paying around the same price for repairs as you would for a new, more energy efficient air conditioner, it just makes sense to go ahead and upgrade.

 

  1. YOUR HOME HAS TEMPERATURE INCONSISTENCIES

Another sign it might be time to replace your air conditioner is if you are experiencing temperature inconsistencies in your home. For example, if it seems your air conditioner is always on fighting to keep your home cool or that your thermostat can’t seem to stay at a consistent temperature, it could be time for a new A/C unit.

 

  1. THERE’S BEEN AN INCREASE IN YOUR UTILITY BILL

Finally, it’s time to talk about your energy bill. If you’re seeing a big spike in your energy bills, this is a sign your air conditioner is having to remain on longer to keep your home cool. It’s not working efficiently to do it’s job.

 

Common HVAC Problems To Detect Early

Summer is coming, which means warmer weather is on its way. While we’re all glad to get out of the cold, this does mean that your HVAC system, particularly your air conditioning, is probably going to get a lot more use in the coming days. More usage means more stress on your system, so it pays to take good care of it all season long. You don’t want to come home to an uncomfortably hot home because something has gone wrong and your air conditioner is no longer pumping cool air. Here’s a look at some of the common problems we’ve helped our customers with here at Comfort Air, and how you can try to detect them earlier.

Dirty Filters

After a long and cold winter, your HVAC system has probably been putting in some serious work. While it was circulating warm air throughout your house, it may have picked up some dust and other contaminants. Before you really start to put your air conditioner to work this year, check and see if you need a filter change. A dirty filter can cause your HVAC system to work harder than it should. This could mean higher electric bills and a shorter life for your unit. A dirty filter is an easy problem to spot early and fix, and this small effort could pay dividends later.

Water Leaks

An air conditioner that’s working hard is creating a lot of condensate. Normally, an HVAC system is ready to drain that water and properly dispose of it. If there’s a problem with your drain lines, that water might not drain properly. If you notice a water leak coming from your air conditioner, it’s a problem that you’ll want to fix right away. Not only is it an issue for your A/C, but it can also cause water damage elsewhere. That means mold and potentially expensive repairs, so you’ll want to take care of any water leaks quickly.

Low Refrigerant

If you’ve noticed that the air circulating through your home isn’t as cool as it should be, that could be a sign of low refrigerant levels. It pays to get this problem fixed early on, and we mean that literally. In this situation some people just turn down the thermostat, making the air conditioning unit work harder. If your refrigerant levels are low, that won’t help. Instead it will just cause your system to overexert itself and cost you more money. One of our air conditioner repair experts can help you out with any refrigerant issues you encounter.

Strange Noises

A strange noise could be indicative of a variety of problems. While all HVAC systems are going to make a little bit of noise from time to time, unfamiliar or particularly loud noises could be a cause for alarm. It could be a sign that a component is broken or malfunctioning. Letting that go for too long can lead to a more expensive issue later, so don’t ignore any strange noises you hear from your air conditioner this summer.

Pros and Cons of Installing a Trane Air Conditioner

Pros

  • Trane air conditioners are a line that contains high SEER rating –Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. This helps unit owners to determine how efficient their units are in terms of energy and how the units help to save money. As a rule, the widely accepted Seasonal Energy Efficient Ratio rating is thirteen, but the SEER rating of most Trane units range from fourteen to about twenty five.
  • Trane line of air conditioners comes with lasting warranties which is a peculiar reason why Trane air conditioners are a common choice among homeowners and businesses. The part warranties underneath their belts together with sturdy materials from which they are being made from make these units become incredibly low when it comes to maintenance.
  • Trane air conditioning units are durable and much reliable. They are a great appliance for any homeowner or business owner that opt for convenience and comfort while saving money.
  • They are available in a range of styles and sizes.
  • They are suitable for all climates around the world.
  • Trane units are very effective and highly efficient as they make cooling and heating solutions available for smaller and bigger indoor spaces. If the rooms in your house or spaces in your workplace are too hot for you to deal with, Trane air conditioners can easily cool them off.

Cons

  • Unlike the traditional air conditioning units, Trane air conditioners are a bit expensive and they are not suitable for people on tight budgets.
  • Installation of Train air conditioning units in big apartment or commercial buildings requires more than the service of one professional, hence costing more money per installation.
  • Though their replacement parts are not that scarce unlike some air conditioning lines, but the parts are not easily replaced when damaged.

We choose Trane air conditioners simply because what we want basically in air conditioning units are effectiveness, cool airflow, and energy efficiency while saving some money and this line offers them all.

 

Install a Ductless System

Most people have heard of ductless cooling and heating systems, and they have probably seen the small, indoor devices installed high on walls in homes, restaurants or office buildings. But what do you really know about these systems?

 

  1. They Offer Highly Flexible Solutions

Whereas traditional heat pumps and central air conditioning systems force cooled and heated air through ducts, ductless systems deliver air directly into different zones. They are comprised of a small outdoor unit and one or more indoor units that require nothing more than mounting capabilities and access to electricity.

Sometimes referred to as split systems, multi-split systems, or split-ductless systems, ductless cooling and heating offers home and business owners a cost-effective way to replace inefficient window units, space heaters and electric baseboard heaters. They can be installed in home additions, new construction, condominiums and apartments, or to improve temperature control in specific rooms. Ductless systems can even be fit for buildings that currently use ducted forced-air systems.

 

  1. They Save You Money

One of the biggest reasons why homeowners switch to ductless cooling and heating is overall cost savings. In recent years, utility costs across the country have skyrocketed. When a home’s temperature depends upon an inefficient system, monthly bills can quickly climb out of control. Ductless systems operate on less power – they are smaller than traditional forced-air systems, and because the temperature-controlled air is delivered directly into a room, there is no loss in efficiency. Multi-split systems also allow homeowners to create “zones” in their home, which means they no longer have to cool or heat rooms that aren’t occupied.

In addition to saving money on utilities, homeowners may also be eligible for tax credits or utility rebates for the year they install a ductless system. There are many programs at the federal, state and local level that allow homeowners and businesses to take advantage of these additional savings.

 

  1. They Improve Indoor Air Quality – Happy Breathing!

Often times, the quality of indoor air can actually be lower than the quality of outdoor air. With traditional HVAC systems, air ducts must be professionally cleaned on a regular basis, and even after cleaning, dust and allergens are left behind. Ductless systems, on the other hand, offer multi-stage filtration that can drastically reduce dust, bacteria, pollen, allergens and other particulates in the air.

 

  1. They Are Quick and Easy to Install

Installing a traditional, ducted system can take several weeks and disrupts daily activities in the home. Ductless systems are far less invasive to install, and depending upon the number of indoor and outdoor units required, can be up and running in as little as one day.  

Multi-split systems run on small pipes that require a mere three-inch hole. That means homeowners don’t have to worry about rebuilding walls or ceilings around ductwork and there is no loss of precious square footage.

 

  1. Ductless Cooling Lowers Your Carbon Footprint

The small size of a ductless cooling system and its zoning capabilities allows for greater energy efficiency. Ductless cooling and heating systems follow ENERGY STAR guidelines, which means they are far more energy efficient than the minimum standards set forth by the U.S. federal government. Improved efficiency saves money, of course, but it also helps reduce your total carbon output.

Additionally, ductless systems take advantage of advances in chemistry to reduce effects on the environment. Ductless systems use a refrigerant called R410A, which is known for its zero ozone depletion potential. This means the system will have less impact on the environment throughout its lifecycle.

Ductless cooling and heating systems are energy efficient, environmentally friendly and completely customizable. They offer homeowners the ability to cool and heat specific zones of their home to the exact temperature they desire, providing consistent and exceptional year-round comfort.