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Air Conditioning Services to Help Lower Your Cooling Costs

Monday, June 25th, 2018

money-saving-piggy-bankIf you cringe at the thought of looking at your electrical bills during the summer, this post is for you. Running the AC during the hot months places an enormous demand on the electrical system. The air conditioner’s compressor motor is extremely powerful (it has to turn liquid refrigerant into gas, after all) and it creates a noticeable spike in electrical costs when it runs. There’s no way to avoid running the compressor if you want cooling from the AC—but you can find ways to run the compressor less often.

There are many simple steps you can take to reduce AC use: close blinds during the day, run the fan only, keep the thermostat around 78°F, reduce the use of larger appliances during peak heat. But in this post, we’re looking specifically at AC services our professionals provide that can make a big difference in summer cooling costs.

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Advice for Your Thermostat Settings This Winter

Monday, January 11th, 2016

Every winter, many thousands of homeowners in Oregon needlessly waste energy heating their homes. Some of this waste comes from poorly maintained equipment, or heating systems that aren’t well-matched to the house. A significant amount of the waste comes from leaks in air ducts that require sealing.

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Ways a Malfunctioning Thermostat Affects Your Heating

Monday, January 5th, 2015

The thermostat of your heating system is probably the only piece of equipment you come into contact with. While it may seem small, this portion of your heating system is vital to heating operation as it communicates with the heating unit when the temperature has dropped too low. Your heating system relies on this small piece to know when to start up and shut off, so a malfunctioning thermostat is quite a big deal to your unit. There are a few ways a broken thermostat may affect your heater.

No Heating at All or Reduced Heating

Now, a lack of heating or a heating system that won’t turn on at all can be symptomatic of a number of problems. But most often, a technician will start by checking the thermostat. Initially, this is to make sure that you haven’t simply neglected to change the programming, switch over into heating mode, or set the thermostat for the day. However, examining the thermostat can help the technician to learn quite a bit.

If the thermostat displays a temperature that is different from the temperature in the air, it is most likely the culprit of the heating trouble. Of course, this is also true if the thermostat displays nothing at all. While it’s a bit trickier to diagnose this issue with a manual thermostat, the technician can perform further tests to make sure it’s calibrated properly. If the thermostat is, however, displaying the proper temperature but it’s not the temperature you need, then the problem is more likely elsewhere in the system.

Short Cycling

A malfunctioning thermostat may cause your heating system to short cycle. Short cycling is the term professionals use to describe what happens when your heating or air conditioning system shuts off too soon, before the heating cycle is complete, and runs frequently. This may be due to a thermostat that is struggling to sense the heat in the room, detecting frequent temperature changes and sending faulty signals to the main unit. Short cycling can take a huge toll on the parts of your heater, causing components to become overworked. Usually, a broken thermostat will simply be replaced.

Call Comfort Flow Heating to schedule your heating service in Eugene and learn more about thermostats and your heating.

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Cottage Grove, OR Heating and Air Conditioning Tip: Choosing the Right Type of Ductless Mini Split

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

If you are considering a ductless mini split system for your Cottage Grove, OR home, there are a few things to keep in mind as you decide on the right model for your home. While they are a cost-effective choice for many homeowners, you may benefit from a different type of heating or air conditioning system.

Call Comfort Flow for all your ductless mini split needs. Here are a few things to keep in mind while selecting the right system for your home comfort needs.

Features to Look For

Size is an important factor because depending on the length of connecting pipes, you want to find a system that will allow the technician to install that the outdoor unit far enough away that you benefit from the quiet operation of these systems. There are some models that also feature a wall installation for the outside compressor. This is something you will want to consider if there’s limited space for the typical ground installation.

Indoor Design

The other great feature of ductless mini split systems is that they provide more flexibility in interior design options. You can install the indoor units on the ceiling, wall, or there are some that come in standing floor models. For wall and ceiling models, the system should come with a remote control to easily turn it on and off, but you’ll also have a thermostat for that air handler.

Zone Control and Thermostat Options

Because of the zone control that ductless systems give you, you will also need to decide how many units you want and choose the location for them.  There are many thermostat choices, including programmable and digital ones that are easy to use.

If you want to start saving energy and money, give the Cottage Grove OR heating and air conditioning experts at Comfort Flow a call any time.

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