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Summer is here, and there’s no denying that if you aren’t already, you’re going to be using your air conditioner on a daily, and hourly, basis. Now is a great time to think about ways that you can boost your energy efficiency so that you can not only pay less to cool your home, but also reduce the need of needing air conditioning repair in Edmond, OK this summer.

When your air conditioner works as efficiently as possible, you have no reason to worry about costly energy bills. Fortunately, there are many things you can do that cost you little to nothing to actually boost AC efficiency. Keep reading to learn more!

Use Those Ceiling Fans

You may have seen us say before that a fan can’t cool a room on its own. This is true! If it weren’t, we would have no reason for air conditioners, right? What fans do though, is help to better circulate the conditioned air in your home, taking much of the burden off of your air conditioning system, which is a fantastic way to cut down on cooling costs.

Upgrade to a Programmable Thermostat

Are you using an old, manual slider thermostat? Upgrading to even the most basic digital thermostat with more precise temperature controls will do you good, but it’s even better to invest in a programmable thermostat.

Programmable systems help you create a cooling program based on your personal schedule, so you never have to worry about setting the right temperature, which absolutely matters! Also, just by raising the temperature just a couple degrees above what you normally do can save tons on monthly cooling costs. Many homeowners set their thermostats (unnecessarily) down to about 72°F when most people are comfortable with a 78°F temperature setting!

Change Your Air Filter

Your HVAC system comes installed with an air filter already in place. There’s a common misconception among homeowners that this air filter is in place to protect indoor air quality. But that’s not its main purpose, and a clogged up air filter can create a host of problems for your air conditioner, resulting in low efficiency.

When your air filter becomes too clogged up, airflow into the AC is restricted, making it much harder for the system to even do its job. We suggest changing your air filter every 1-3 months during the cooling season. There should be instructions on how to do so on the filter itself, but please don’t hesitate to contact our team if you have any questions.

Know What Shape Your Ductwork Is In

Did you know that you could lose up to 30% of the conditioned air your cooling system is trying to produce, through faulty and damaged ductwork? Leaks or breaches in the ductwork can significantly lower your energy efficiency, causing your bills to skyrocket unnecessarily.

Be sure to have a professional HVAC technician inspect your ductwork to ensure there is no damage and that they are properly sealed. Ductwork damage can occur due to improper installation and sizing, severe summer temperatures combined with uninsulated ducts, and even rodents in your attic or crawlspace where your ducts live.

At Comfort Incorporated, we keep your family safe, healthy and comfortable–call today, service today!

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The short answer to this is, “Well… it doesn’t help.”

A dirty air filter certainly does not help your indoor air quality, but improving your indoor air quality is not its intended purpose either. We touched on this very briefly in our previous blog post, regarding tips on how to boost AC efficiency while preventing repair needs, but your air filter needs to be cleaned every 1-3 months in order to maintain airflow and block debris from reaching the interior components of your air conditioner.

Reach on to learn more about what a dirty air filter does:

Decreases Your Comfort

However small an air filter seems, it has a big job. It’s seemingly minor involvement in the cooling process makes it a deceiving component of your HVAC systems. This air filter is settled between the intake air and your HVAC system, and as we mentioned, a clogged air filter will block airflow—it does this by preventing air from circulating through the vents.

In other words, you won’t have enough conditioned air making its way into your home to keep you cool. On that same note, if you’re using a forced air heater for winter warmth, you won’t be warm enough if your air filter is too clogged!

When you have uneven temperatures in your home, or if the temperature in your living space doesn’t seem to match the temperature on your thermostat, a clogged air filter can certainly be the culprit. And this is just the start of what a dirty air filter can do!

Increases Your Energy Bills

When the air filter is too clogged up, the blower fan of your HVAC system has to work even hard to try to bring in the right amount of air. Unaware homeowners will often lower the temperature on their thermostat, thinking that will resolve the problem—when really all their doing is setting unrealistic expectations for that air conditioner, and causing it to struggle as a result.

Changing your air filter on a routine basis is one of the easiest ways to boost efficiency, and therefore keep your utility bills within a reasonable range and perhaps even lower them, depending on how long it’s been since you changed the filter.

As for how often you should change it—1-3 months is the general recommendation. It depends largely on the type of air filter you have—a more expensive, pleated filter will usually last 3 months maybe even more. It also depends on the level of contaminants in your home. For instance, a home that only has dust to worry about may not need their air filter changed as much as a home that has pet hair and dander, caustic cleaning products, and/or cigarette smoke.

On that last note, if you do have significant contaminants in your home, then it could do you a lot of good to consider the installation of a whole-home air purifier. While your air filter protects the health of your HVAC systems, an air purifier will protect the health of you and your family!

Whether you are looking for indoor air quality solutions or AC service, we’re the HVAC service company to turn to. At Comfort Incorporated, we keep your family safe, healthy and comfortable–call today, service today.

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If you’ve lived in the area for even just one summer, then you know that your air conditioner is in for a big workout pretty soon. Fortunately, it is durable and designed to handle the heat—when it is properly cared for!

When it’s not properly cared for, you may find yourself paying a lot more for your AC to keep you cool than you should have to. You may also find yourself facing needs for air conditioning repair in Norman, OK that you shouldn’t need to. The good news is, there are many methods to not only boost efficiency and lower costs, but prevent repair needs, too. Keep reading to learn more.

Schedule Professional Maintenance

If you haven’t done this yet, now is the time! Truthfully, it’s never too late to schedule maintenance (unless of course your air conditioner has already broken down completely with no chance of repair). It matters more that you have it done consistently. This means if you have a traditional central air conditioner, you should have it tuned-up once a year. If you have a heat pump, you should have it done twice a year.

Raise the Temperature on the Thermostat

“Wait, what?” you might ask.

Bear with us!

We aren’t asking you to turn on the heat during the summer—that would be senseless. You might be keeping your thermostat lower than really necessary, however. A lower thermostat setting doesn’t provide your living space with cooling any faster. It just keeps your compressor running longer, which wears down on the system faster.

We recommend setting the temperature on your thermostat at 78° during the day since this is the temperature most people are comfortable at.

Check the Outdoor Unit for Buildup

The outdoor unit of your air conditioner—the condenser cabinet—is where the air conditioner exhausts the heat it removes from your home. It can’t do this effectively if the cabinet grill is dirty or trees and brush are obstructing it. You want to clear out the area by about a foot on all sides to allow for proper airflow. We also suggest cleaning off any dirt or grime with a hose (not a high-pressured one as this can damage the coils).

Clear Obstructions Indoors

Your outdoor unit isn’t the only part of your air conditioner at risk of losing airflow due to buildup. Your indoor vents can get dusty, or be blocked with things like furniture, backpacks, toys, etc. This will impact the airflow coming into your home, leading to less comfort for you, and an air conditioner that has to work too hard.

Change the Air Filter

The air filter that comes with your HVAC system upon installation is there to protect the system and the blower fan from dust and other debris drawn in through the return air ducts. The filter becomes congested after 1-3 months, and needs to be replaced, or cleaned if it’s a permanent filter. Otherwise, the blockage of airflow will, again, cause your cooling system to work harder.

At Comfort Incorporated, we keep your family safe, healthy and comfortable–call today, service today!

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If you think the only reason you should care about your HVAC system’s air filter is because of the allergens and particles in your air, you’d only be partially correct.

Many homeowners assume that a dirty air filter is a problem because it keeps your air dirty, and that this is why technicians tell you to change it every 1-3 months. So, if you aren’t suffering from allergies at the moment, that means your air filter is fine where it is, right? Well, not necessarily!

While helping your indoor air quality is a small benefit of these air filters, their purpose isn’t entirely for that. Their purpose is actually to protect the interior components of your air conditioner and heating system. Keep reading to learn more about this, and how a dirty air filter actually impacts your life—or at least the life of your air conditioner.

Yes, a Dirty Air Filter Will Hurt Your Comfort

This air filter exists between the intake air and your HVAC system. So, a clogged air filter will prevent air from circulating through the vents. In other words, you won’t have enough air to stay cool (or warm, depending on the season). As a result, you’ll feel less comfortable.

If you notice hot or cold spots throughout your home, or if your thermostat says one temperature but you feel like it’s another, a clogged air filter may be to blame. But as we’re going to talk about more, minor discomfort is really the least of your worries.

A Clogged Air Filter Can Cause AC Leakage

The way your cooling system operates is by absorbing heat from the air within your home. As the refrigerant evaporates within the indoor condenser unit, the evaporator coil absorbs heat from the air blowing over that coil. However, if the air filter is too clogged up, warm air is restricted, which can actually cause the coil to freeze.

This is a two-fold problem. Ironically, a frozen coil won’t be able to absorb heat, which will cause low airflow going into your home. But additionally, as the ice thaws, the water will have nowhere to go but onto and into your property.

That said, a frozen evaporator coil could have a couple of potential causes. If you notice this issue, you should call an HVAC pro regardless of whether or not your air filter is clogged up, since trying to thaw the evaporator coil on your own could cause further damage or injury to yourself.

AC Inefficiency Will Cause Your Bills to Rise

When the air filter is too clogged up, the blower fan has to work a lot harder to try to bring in the right amount of air. Changing the air filter regularly restores the proper airflow through the ventilation system, and as a result, can keep your monthly utility bills down where they should be.

Your AC Can Suffer From Irreversible Damage

The fact is, your forced-air comfort systems are designed to take in a certain amount of air each time they go through a cycle. So if a clogged air filter is blocking airflow, the components of your HVAC system have to work a lot harder just to do the job they’re intended for. This means you can expect accelerated wear and tear over the season, and your HVAC system can fail right when you need it the most.

At Comfort Incorporated, we keep your family safe, healthy and comfortable–call us for quality HVAC service in Edmond, OK. We’ll respond today!

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Did you know that excessive humidity can actually hurt your air conditioner?

Humidity is essentially moisture—moisture that in our area comes with the high summer temperatures we’re all very familiar with. This moisture makes us uncomfortable, and essentially the only way it dissipates is by lowering the temperature. So, it stands to reason that you’d turn on your air conditioner and set it to the lowest possible temperature, right?

The problem with this is that it makes your air conditioner work harder and harder as summer progresses, and as a result, the AC system is strained and accumulates wear and damage. Plus, the humidity isn’t effectively removed, so you’ll still be uncomfortable.

When Is Humidity “Too High”?

Humidity is “too high” when the relative humidity level inside your home is about 50%. On that note, if it’s below 30% your air is too dry—this is a common wintertime problem. But we digress—

A relative humidity level above 50% is usually when most household members notice discomfort. After all, we stay cool by sweating and having that sweat evaporate off our skin.

So, when humidity is too high, there’s too much ambient moisture in the air to allow our bodies to sweat. Therefore, they stay heated and the sweat stays on our skin, leaving us feeling gross and sticky when the air is muggy. In addition, high humidity encourages the growth and development of mold and other bacteria that can make you ill.

What This All Means for Your Air Conditioner

The best way to lower humidity, as we mentioned above, is to lower the temperature, which causes moisture to coalesce into droplets—this is much like you’ll notice outdoors early in the morning. So, this means by default, your air conditioner serves as a dehumidifier. But there are problems with this!

For instance, your air conditioner is not designed to be a dehumidifier. Yes, air conditioners remove some of the moisture in the air naturally simply through their operation, but it’s not a significant amount, and you really have no control over how much moisture is actually being removed.

Excessive moisture in the air causes your AC system to work harder than it should have to, in order to do its job of conditioning the air. Since the air feels hotter when humidity levels are too high, you’ll likely find yourself setting the thermostat lower and lower, impacting your air conditioner and subsequently your cooling bills.

The Solution

Okay, so humidity is bad for your air conditioner, now what?

Well, a whole-house dehumidifier will help! These systems are designed to remove excess moisture from your home, without negatively impacting your air conditioner. In fact, the dehumidifier actually helps your air conditioner out, since you won’t need to turn the thermostat down as low, and in effect, the air conditioner won’t have to work as hard to do its job.

We’re the team to call when you need expert air conditioning repair in Oklahoma City. At Comfort Incorporated, we keep your family safe, healthy and comfortable–call today, service today!

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Spring is moving right along, and already we’re heading into warmer temperatures. If you’re not already, soon you’ll be using your air conditioner on a daily basis, and when this time comes you need to be able to rely on it—after all, the last thing you need is a sudden breakdown and an emergency repair call on a 90°+ day!

So, what if you suspect (or, have been told by an HVAC pro) that you need AC repair in Edmond, OK? The best thing you can do for your system is to take care of this need now, before you need your system hour by hour. The good news is that most repair signs are pretty apparent, so if you suspect something is wrong, it probably is. Overall, it’s never a waste of time to have something checked out “just in case.” But do you really know what to look, or listen for? Keep reading for some common indicators of an AC in disrepair.

Low Airflow

Air that isn’t moving through the vents with the speed you can expect is a nuisance for comfort, but it indicates an even bigger problem for your cooling system. This usually means cold air is trapped in the system, which causes the coils to freeze, among other potential issues. The reduced airflow means your system has to work harder than it should need to in order to do its job, which will quickly wear it down, and raise your energy bills as a result.

Reduced Cooling Power

Sometimes the problem isn’t low airflow but low cooling power. You may have air blasting through the vents in your home, but it feels lukewarm—this can be caused by anything from the system accidentally being set to heating mode if it’s a heat pump, to a refrigerant leak. The latter is a much more serious problem than you might even realize and should be managed right away to ensure AC functionality.

Short-Cycling

This describes the process where an air conditioner’s compressor turns on and off rapidly rather than steady increments throughout the day. The problem with this is that your cooling system uses more energy turning on and off than it does simply running, which is why you want yours to run for at least 15 minutes at a time. Otherwise, it’s typically the sign of something being seriously wrong with your system.

Odd Noises

A weird noise can mean anything—hums, moans, buzzes, clangs—anything that doesn’t match the normal sounds you’re used to hearing come from your air conditioner as it operates. You will probably notice sounds like this when the system turns on and off. None of them should be ignored. While the cause may be minor, it could instead be the sign of a potentially dangerous situation (such as an electrical problem) and should be fixed ASAP.

Higher Energy Bills

This isn’t an immediately obvious sign, but take a look at your energy bills. Are they higher than they were this same time last year? Perhaps talk to your neighbors—are you paying much more to cool your home than you are? Higher energy bills are a sign that your air conditioner isn’t working as efficiently as it once did and it may very well need repair. Or depending on how old it is, it might be time to consider a system upgrade.

At Comfort Incorporated, we keep your family safe, healthy and comfortable–call today, service today!

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How would you like to work for one of the best companies in Oklahoma City? If you have experience in the HVAC industry and a strong desire to work for a value-based business that always puts customers first, please visit our job board to apply.

We’re currently looking to fill the following positions:

  • Service Technician
  • Apprentice
  • Commercial Installer

If you have any questions about the application process or the available positions, please reach out to us at the number listed above!

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The short answer is, they good be, if they’re too dirty!

Chances are, you don’t actually think about the condition of your home’s ductwork very often. After all, the ductwork in most homes is hidden from sight, traveling through spaces between walls and through the attic. Exposed ducts might look fine in commercial buildings with high ceilings, but that’s not the appearance for a cozy and pleasant home.

Residential air ducts need some consideration though. These ducts can suffer damage that can lead to poor heating and cooling performance that result in high utility bills. But physical damage isn’t the only way they can suffer—or rather, cause you to suffer. Dirty ducts are a problem too.

“How Do My Ducts Get So Dirty?”

Essentially, your ductwork gets dirty the same way the surfaces of your home get dirty. Dust and other airborne particles circulate around your living space during the year, and most of them pass through your ventilation system multiple times.

A six-room home can circulate up to 40 lbs. of dust annually! This dust, dander, lint, and more settle on the inner duct walls and begin to build up. And the more build up is on the walls of the ducts, the faster it will increase as more particles get trapped.

The Benefits of Professional Duct Cleaning

You don’t want your ductwork to be too clogged up with dirt and debris the same way you don’t want the air filter in your HVAC system to become too clogged up either. Simply put, your HVAC system can’t operate as effectively and efficiently as it’s meant to when it has large obstructions. Here’s a breakdown of some of the main benefits of professional duct cleaning:

  • Improved Energy Efficiency: The debris inside your ductwork puts friction on airflow. This forces the blower of your HVAC system to work harder and drain more energy as a result. If you’ve noticed your utility bills rising, the source may be clogged ductwork.
  • HVAC System Protection: All this dust and other particles in the ventilation system can mean it getting inside the HVAC cabinet. This may damage motors and cause the condenser coil to freeze over, among other problems.
  • Cleaner, Fresher Home in General: Having your ducts cleaned eliminates a huge buildup of dust and other debris that you don’t want wafted around your home. Not only does cleaning the ducts help your home stay clean, but it removes irritating contaminants from your indoor air.

Duct cleaning isn’t something you typically need done every year, but if you’ve never had it done then now is as good a time as any to make a call to our pros! Generally speaking, we recommend duct cleaning every 3 to 4 years. This doesn’t mean you should get a vacuum with a long hose and try to stick it through your vent registers—you could actually end up damaging your ductwork this way. Complete duct cleaning is a job for professionals who use powerful cleaning equipment to access the entire ventilation network.

At Comfort Incorporated, we keep your family safe, healthy and comfortable–call today, service today! We provide exceptional duct cleaning service in Oklahoma City and beyond.

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This is the time of year that marks a shift in the weather as we progress into spring and inch closer to the heat of summer. Therefore, now is the perfect time to schedule air conditioning maintenance in Oklahoma City. There are a few basic tasks you can complete on your own when it comes to maintaining your cooling system, like changing your air filter every 1-3 months. But full maintenance that makes an actual difference must be left to the pros!

Only trained technicians can manage the numerous tasks involved with this service, like inspecting motors and electrical connections, as well as cleaning coils and moving parts. You can rely on our staff to provide your air conditioner with top quality maintenance each year.

The Many Ways Maintenance Benefits You

One of the most common questions we get about air conditioning care is if it’s really necessary to have maintenance done every year. The short answer is yes! Maintenance isn’t simply a luxury for an AC. It’s a necessary part of preventing problems, and skipping maintenance one year means you’re more likely to skip it the next, and you can end up with loads of trouble later on down the line. Besides, maintenance benefits your air conditioner by:

Making it More Reliable: With proper maintenance, your air conditioner is less likely to suffer a major operational failure of the summer. Inspections located spots where general wear and tear on the system can lead to breakdowns. We also make adjustments and provide thorough cleaning to further remove potential problems later on. A well-maintained air conditioner lets you enter summer with the confidence that you probably won’t need to make emergency repair calls.

Making it More Energy-Efficient: The buildup of wear and tear on a cooling system causes more strain on its components. This is especially true for the blower motor. This, in turn, creates higher energy bills at the system tries to overcome the extra stress. If an air conditioner has annual maintenance though, it should retain 95% of its efficiency rating throughout its service life.

Helping it Last Longer: Speaking of that service life, most air conditioners should last between 10-15 years before requiring a replacement. But this is only possible if the system has routine professional maintenance done on it. Annual inspections and tune-ups will help an air conditioner give you the best return on initial investment by lasting as long as it’s designed to.

Leaving it with Fewer Repair Needs: If you take good care of your air conditioner through maintenance, you’ll be able to spot small repair needs before they have a chance to grow into a much larger problem and cause a domino effect with other failing components.

Sign Up for our Ultimate Maintenance Program and Save

One of the biggest benefits of enrolling in a maintenance plan is the onus is not on you to remember to schedule service each year. We’ll remember for you, and call you to schedule your tune-up. This isn’t the only advantage of becoming an Ultimate Plan member though!

You’ll also receive:

  • Filters for life
  • Same-day service
  • No overtime charge
  • No diagnostic fee
  • Discounts on Repairs

And much more! We look forward to discussing our maintenance program with you so you can see how you’ll save energy and money.

At Comfort Incorporated, we keep your family safe, healthy and comfortable–call today, service today!

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The official start of spring is a great reminder that summer is just around the corner! If you’ve lived in the area for even just a year, you know how uncomfortable it can get. Temperatures begin climbing, and humidity settles in like an old friend. So, this means that now is the time to think about your air conditioner—especially if you have an aging system that needs replacement!

If your air conditioner is over a decade old and is outdated, it is probably time to consider a replacement. Purchasing a new air conditioner, however, is something that comes with many considerations. It’s not a task you want to rush, for quite a few reasons. The good news is, you can contact our team to make not only an educated decision about what type of air conditioner to buy but also what size. This is just the start of why a pro should install your AC!

Bigger Is Not Always Better!

Let’s talk about the size factor first. This is step one in installing a new air conditioner—you first want to make sure that it is properly sized to meet your home’s unique cooling needs. And when we talk about air conditioner “size,” we aren’t just talking about the amount of space that your system will take up, though that does matter too. What we’re talking about is the amount of energy output relative to the size of your home.

In other words, when it comes to your cooling system, size really does matter. An improperly sized air conditioner, whether it’s too big or too small, will cause system inefficiency, tons of wasted energy, and subsequently wasted money. A professional HVAC technician will help you determine exactly what system will best meet your needs.

Why Professional Installation Matters

As we highlighted above, your air conditioner needs to be properly sized for your home. But this isn’t the only reason professional installation matters.

A Pro Will Help You Find the Most Efficient System You Can Get

Installing a new air conditioner takes a lot more than just fitting the system in the right place in your home. There are a number of factors that can impact the overall efficiency of your cooling system, and only a professional knows how to take these all into consideration. Additionally, they know if a system is too efficient for a home, and therefore will help you make an educated choice.

Pros Are Licensed to Work with Refrigerant

Central air conditioners rely on the flow of refrigerant to transfer heat from inside your home and expel it outdoors, while bringing in cool air. Without refrigerant, your air conditioner can’t do its job. Refrigerant can be a hazardous chemical if not dealt with properly, which is another reason professional AC installation is so important.

Another note, on refrigerant—if you’re ever told that your new or old air conditioner needs a refrigerant refill on a routine basis, this is incorrect information. Your air conditioner comes with—ideally—enough refrigerant to last its entire lifespan. If your system is losing refrigerant, it means that you have a leak that must be located and repaired—by a pro! At that time they will refill (recharge) your refrigerant, but it shouldn’t need to be refilled again (unless, of course, you have another leak).

For expert installation and air conditioning service in Edmond, OK, contact Comfort Incorporated.

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