January 17th, 2022
Too much or too little humidity in a home makes the area uncomfortable and, in some cases, even problematic for health. If a home is too humid, that moisture can increase the risk of mold and mildew growth while making it sticky and uncomfortable in a home. Many people recognize this risk.
However, if the air is too dry, that can leave a person struggling with dry skin and a sore throat. Finding the best balance is critical to comfort in a home. A whole-house humidifier may be what you need to create improved conditions.
January 3rd, 2022
We’ve often found that when homeowners hear the term “surge protection” they think “storm protection.” In other words, they think that the only time a powerful surge of voltage can occur in their electrical system is when there is a lightning storm going on and power lines are affected. And it’s true: power surges can and do occur during storms. However, what’s a lot more likely is that power surges occur when you use your heavy-duty electrical appliances!
This includes your air conditioner, heating system, dishwasher, and more. These appliances have the ability to send a high wave of voltage through your electrical system—and the damage they do isn’t instantaneous, so you may not even notice it at first. It slowly degrades the wiring and electrical components, including the circuit boards, of other electrical devices in the home—which can include phone chargers, entertainment systems, speakers, kitchen appliances, and more.
At this point you might be wondering, “Okay so can I just use power strips throughout my home?” You could, but this might not be sufficient. Read on to learn more!
December 20th, 2021
If you’re like many homeowners here in the Florence area, there’s a good chance that you use a gas-powered furnace to keep your home and family warm. Furnaces are a great choice—both powerful and cost-efficient when properly installed and well-maintained. Today’s furnaces have an even higher efficiency rating than ever before. In fact, the highest rating now available for a gas furnace is 98%.
But this efficiency doesn’t mean much if you aren’t using your furnace as safely as possible. Furnaces are not inherently dangerous, but there are components within them that could cause one to become dangerous if it misses professional services, such as annual tune-ups.
The heat exchanger is one example of this. A cracked heat exchanger is definitely a potential hazard, and we’re going to dive into the “why” behind this below. While this problem is more common in an older system (10–15 years old), we encourage you to keep this information on hand and stay on top of your maintenance appointments even if you have a brand new system! Read on to learn more.
December 6th, 2021
It can be easy to ignore some of the sounds coming from the systems and appliances in your home. This is because it’s easier to deny something that may be amiss, since fixing the problem can be an expensive inconvenience. However, there really are some noises that should never be ignored. While a rattle, for example, might signal nothing more than a loose panel on the cabinet that you can tighten yourself, it could alternatively suggest that you have a cracked heat exchanger—which is a much more serious problem.
Here at Comfort Flow, we understand just how vital it is to protect yourself and the rest of your household. If you hear any unusual or suspicious noises, please don’t hesitate to contact us for an inspection. Read on to learn what unsettling sounds warrant a call to our team.
November 22nd, 2021
As most homeowners are aware, portable generators are relatively convenient, but can be a hassle and also present a bit of a safety risk. They run on gasoline and release large amounts of carbon monoxide (and so should never be used in an enclosed space such as your garage). They can also be prohibitively inefficient when you consider the cost of fuel. Plus, the generator itself is not exactly cheap for a low return on investment.
But we’re not really here to talk about everything wrong with a portable system. Rather, we want to talk about what’s right with a whole-house generator! There are a number of great benefits to using a whole house generator, which we’ll get into below. Read on!
November 8th, 2021
It’s that time of year again! You know, the time of year to start using your heating system. Yup, that’s right, the year is nearing its end, which means winter is right around the corner. Summer might not seem all that long gone, but you need to think about your heating system and how reliable and effective it’s going to be this year. It’s also important to remember that no heater is immune to problems, but with proper care, you can reduce the number of big heating repair surprises.
That’s right, heating repairs are avoidable. Well, some are—actually, most are! In fact, routine annual maintenance can help prevent up to 85% of the repairs your heating system may ever need in its lifetime. How so? Read on to find out!
October 25th, 2021
The electrical system of your household is one of the most important parts of your household. Pretty much all of your appliances require this system to function. Even gas-powered equipment typically has an electric starter or ignition. So if your electrical system is struggling, you can experience all kinds of problems within your living space.
Safety is also a concern when your electrical system isn’t functioning correctly. Electrical issues of any type could pose a serious risk to your household and family members. Electrocution is a real threat, which brings us to our blog topic today. We want to ensure that you have the right outlets in place! Read on to learn more about GFCI and AFCI outlets.
October 11th, 2021
How much time do you think you spend considering electrical safety? If you’re like the average homeowner, probably not much. However, this is one of those things you want to think about every now and then. And if you’ve come across this blog post, it probably means it’s something you’re thinking about right now!
Many homeowners think their living space is free from electrical hazards as long as they aren’t experiencing full-on blackouts or electrical fires. But small electrical problems left unmanaged can turn into bigger problems that will cause blackouts or electrical fires. And this is what we would like to help you avoid.
Any time you need reliable and safe electrical services, our team is the one to turn to. Electrical work should only be left to trained professionals to prevent injury to you or anyone in your family. Our professionals are aware of current building codes and we understand what it takes to do electrical work to the highest standards. Read on to learn a couple of the best practices in preventing electrical problems.
September 27th, 2021
This summer was definitely one of our hottest! You’re probably looking forward to the cooler temps and actually using your heater instead of blasting your air conditioner day in and day out at this point. Of course, if you want to be as comfortable as possible while efficiently using your HVAC system, then it’s important that you take a few HVAC care steps before you get too far into fall. One of those steps is to take care of any lingering air conditioning repair in Creswell, OR you may have.
The end of summer is the most likely time to experience an AC breakdown, because of how much work our systems go through in this season. But if you know the signs of repair needs, which we’ll get into below, then you can help ensure your AC will do its job to the best of its ability when you need it. Read on to learn more about this and to see some other fall HVAC tips we have to share.
September 13th, 2021
With the unseasonably warm weather we have had in our area recently, it may seem odd to even think about heating maintenance right now. But as rare as recent weather was, we usually get cooler temperatures the majority of the year. So, as fall approaches, it’s important to assess our heaters and see what kind of shape they’re in. This is especially true if you own a business or manage a commercial property. If you think a residential heater has a lot of maintenance needs, then imagine what your commercial heater might need!
And yes, your commercial heater does need routine maintenance. This means once a year for your furnace or boiler. If you have a heat pump system or ductless heat pump, then the system should be tuned-up twice a year. Read on as we uncover just why this is so important.