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How heat pumps work, and why you should consider one for your home

Heat pumps are increasing in popularity here in southwestern Mississippi, and there’s a reason for that: these versatile systems are capable of both cooling and heating your home, are energy-efficient, and are perfect for our mild winter climate here in McComb. In this blog, we’ll review how heat pumps work, and why you should consider one for your home.

One of the best places to get started on your heat pump journey? Contact our team to schedule a free in-home estimate for cooling installation.

How heat pumps work

Unlike air conditioners and furnaces that cool or heat air, heat pumps operate by extracting heat from air and moving it.

Where the heat is moved to depends on the season: in the summer, the heat pump draws the heat out of your home’s air and moves it outside, cooling the inside of your home. In the winter, this is reversed, and the heat pump pulls warmth out of outside air and moves it inside your home to make your family comfortable.

This process is accomplished with refrigerant, which absorbs heat and releases heat when it reaches a condenser. This refrigerant travels in an insulated line between an outside unit and your home.

It’s just physics, really. What’s more, you currently have a heat pump system in your home, and you probably didn’t even know it. Your refrigerator keeps your food cold using the same technology, removing heat from the interior of the fridge and releasing it outside of the fridge.

In fact, most air conditioners use the same process at heat pumps. Your home’s air conditioner is also extracting warm air from your home and putting it outside. It’s just not reversible for winter heating use.

What are the benefits of heat pumps?

Heat pumps have several advantages over traditional air conditioners and furnaces. Let’s review them:

One System

Heat pumps are capable of providing both cooling and heating and reverse between seasons, which means you only need one system, not two. That’s one less system to buy, maintain, repair, and eventually replace. Over the long haul, that can represent a huge cost savings.

Energy-Efficient

Heat pumps use energy to move heat from one location to another. This is far more energy-efficient than the way furnaces and air conditioners operate, and you’ll see the savings on your monthly energy bills.

Perfect for Mississippi

The one big downside about heat pumps is that they’re not suited for true cold-weather winter climates, as they can’t provide quite the warming power of a furnace. However, here in McComb and southwestern Mississippi, our mild winters make a heat pump a great option for your home.

Heat pump options

At Comfort Air, we install a wide variety of Carrier heat pumps, including some that have advanced features and options. Here are a few of them:

  • Variable Speed: Just like with air conditioners, a variable-speed heat pump can adjust its operating speed to maximize comfort and energy savings. Enabled with this technology, the Carrier Infinity 20 Heat Pump With Greenspeed Intelligence is considered one of the best systems on the market today.
  • Upgrade In Steps: For many of Carrier’s heat pumps, the indoor component is universal, allowing you to replace the outdoor unit but keep the indoor setup the same. This is true for the Carrier Infinity 18VS Heat Pump.

Call Comfort Air for more on heat pumps (and a free, in-home estimate)

If you’re weighing whether a heat pump is right for your home (or need to know more about how heat pumps work), continue your research by giving the team at Comfort Air a call at (601) 684-2072 or contact us online. We offer free in-home estimates on new systems.

Here are the five benefits of fall heat pump maintenance

It’s autumn here in southwest Mississippi. In addition to pumpkin spice lattes, cooler weather is on the way. Is your heat pump ready? In this blog post, we’ll review the five benefits of fall heat pump maintenance, and why you should call Comfort Air for tune-up service.

If your home has a heat pump, it’s important to have a professional HVAC technician take a look at it before you start using it this winter. After the long summer, we need to make sure everything is still working right.

HVAC Tune Up McCombReasons to book your fall heat pump maintenance with Comfort Air

Here are just five of the reasons you should call Comfort Air for a professional heat pump tune-up here in McComb and surrounding areas of southwestern Mississippi.

1. Your system has been working all summer

Unlike traditional air conditioners or furnaces, heat pumps are in use all year long. This means that your heat pump has been working hard to keep your home cool this summer. Before you ask it to keep your home warm this winter, get a tune-up.

With heat pump maintenance, we’ll be able to address any problems or faults that may have developed over the summer. We’ll also be able to ensure that you’re getting optimal performance in the colder months ahead.

2. Increase your system’s lifespan

Regular maintenance and upkeep can lead to a longer heat pump lifespan. Over time, the parts with a heat pump begin to experience normal wear-and-tear. Without regular service and attention, these parts are at risk to break—causing a breakdown and possibly leading you to need a new system after a shorter amount of time than otherwise.

In contrast, regular heat pump maintenance ensures that such parts are cared for and able to last longer. During a Comfort Air maintenance visit, our professional NATE-certified technician will lubricate moving parts, clean the heat pump, and inspect the rest.

The result? Less wear-and-tear this winter—and a longer life for years to come.

3. Make sure you’re getting energy-efficient performance

Regular maintenance will also ensure high-efficiency heat pump performance. This helps you keep your electric bills down during the winter months. In fact, with regular biannual maintenance on your heat pump, you can have an energy-efficient winter and summer with your system, all while avoiding the cost and headache of breakdowns.

4. Lower the risk of a heat pump breakdown

Another great benefit of regular maintenance is that it reduces the risk of emergency breakdowns. That’s because the parts of your heat pump have been checked out and any potential issues have been fixed—all before you turn on the system for the year.

5. Maintain your system warranty

Most heat pumps come with a manufacturer’s warranty, designed to address any problems with the system and give you peace of mind. Sounds great, right? But, look closely: many warranties have the fine print that heat pump maintenance from a professional HVAC company is required to keep the policy intact.

If you want to keep your warranty around (and who wouldn’t?), schedule a tune-up with our team.

Call Comfort Air for tune-ups and service!

In all reality, your heat pump should get two checkups every year: one in the spring, and one in the fall. If you have yet to have your heat pump looked at by the professional technicians at Comfort Air, don’t wait another day! Give us a call at (601) 684-2072 or contact us online.

Air duct cleaning: Why does it matter for my home’s comfort?

Pictured: It's important to schedule air duct cleaning for residential ductwork like this vent.

In many ways, your home’s air ducts are the least visible part of your home. That’s why, for many homeowners, the idea of air duct cleaning often falls by the wayside. There are often more-visible home maintenance projects to take care of, after all.

In this blog post, we’ll share why having a professional clean your home’s air ducts is not an optional part of home maintenance. In fact, there are many benefits to clean ductwork!

If you’re ready to schedule your air duct cleaning, give the local team at Comfort Air a call at (601) 684-2072 or contact our team online

The case for regular air duct cleaning

Both the Energy Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) recommend the regular cleaning of residential air ducts. According to the NADCA, the air ducts must be cleaned once every 3-5 years. However, if there’s a member of your household with allergies, you should consider having Comfort Air clean them annually.

A professional cleaning will ensure that your air ducts are free of mold, mildew, dust, pollutants, and other contaminants.

What is in my air ducts?

Dust accumulates in your air ducts over time. Mold and mildew form when there is moisture inside the ducts. Also, if your house has been renovated recently, it’s necessary to have your air ducts cleaned. This is particularly important in case the house remodeling project involved lead paint or asbestos removal. Being exposed to lead or asbestos can lead to fatal lung disease.

It’s essential that you have the ducts cleaned by a professional technician after such home renovation projects.

What kind of impact can this have?

If you don’t have a professional clean your air ducts on a regular basis, it can result in worsening home air quality. People who suffer from allergies will be affected the most by dirty air ducts. Plus, by having our HVAC technicians inspect and clean your ducts, you will not only protect your household from dirt, dust, and other airborne pathogens, but also cut your energy bills.

There are energy-efficiency benefits, too?

Yes. Cleaning your HVAC air ducts can provide year-round, long-term energy-efficiency benefits. A study conducted by the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers has found that cleaning out dirty air ducts can help reduce your energy usage by as much as 40 percent! Over the course of a year, that adds up to big savings.

Call Comfort Air for your air duct cleaning in McComb and southwest Mississippi

Make sure you contact an experienced technician for air duct cleaning. You will end up paying more if you contact a cheap and inexperienced technician to clean the HVAC ducts. Not following proper procedures in cleaning the ducts can result in inadequate cleaning. It can also damage the ducts that will force cool air out of the house.

If you want to get in touch with a certified and experienced HVAC technician in southwestern Mississippi, call the pros at Comfort Air at (601) 684-2072 or contact our team online.

Here’s how summer humidity impacts your air conditioner’s performance

How Summer Humidity Effects Air Conditioner Performance The increase in humidity during the summers often drives homeowners to turn down the thermostat in order to stay cool inside the house. The air conditioner is effective at dealing with summer humidity because it both cools the air and saps the moisture from it.

In case of high levels of humidity, however, the air conditioner will have to work harder to maintain a comfortable temperature. As a result, the air conditioner will strain when it has to remove excessive levels of humidity from the air. This can take a toll on the efficiency of the cooling unit and result in accelerated wear-and-tear.

In this article, we will tell about the effect of summer humidity levels on AC performance and the steps that you can take to remain comfortable without putting extra pressure on your air conditioner.

Your air conditioner and summer humidity

Excessive summer humidity levels can negatively impact your air conditioner performance in many ways. Here are some of the adverse effects of high humidity levels on the cooling unit.

1. Less energy-efficient cooling

The air conditioner has to work extra hard to keep the room cool in case of high humidity levels outside. This will result in drawing extra energy to cool the room. Less efficient cooling will not only increase the energy bill but accelerate the wear and tear of the system.

2. Leakage problems

High humidity levels may also result in leakage problems. Due to high humidity, the drainage system can collect an excessive amount of water. Ultimately, a leak will occur that could cause costly damage to the system.

3. Moisture damage

Another problem with high humidity levels is that it will cause moisture to build up inside the system. Water particles attract dirt and dust. Excessive moisture will result in a buildup of a layer of dirt that could cause damage to the unit.

4. Extra strain on the unit

High levels of summer humidity will make the air conditioner work extra hard to cool the room. Humid air retains heat, causing the system will strain to generate cool air. The longer high humidity causes strain to the system, the more the system will experience wear-and-tear.

Ways to reduce the impact of high humidity levels

Actually, there are two solutions to minimize the strain on the cooling device. The first is to simply install a dehumidifier directly on the air conditioner unit. The dehumidifier will absorb excess moisture from the air before it is circulated inside the room. An experienced air conditioner technician from Comfort Air can recommend the best dehumidifier for the system.

The other solution to reduce damage to the system due to high humidity levels is to have the system serviced regularly. Consider getting the system checked at least two times in a year to ensure that everything is in perfect order. In case any problem is detected, the technician will perform the necessary AC repairs then and there. This will reduce the chances of major damage to the system due to high humidity levels.

Call Comfort Air for summer humidity solutions

If you want the help of NATE-certified air conditioner technician in McComb and surrounding areas, you can contact us at Comfort Air.

Three signs that you need AC repair

Your home’s AC system isn’t perfect, and even the most advanced air conditioning systems encounter problems during their lifetimes. That’s why Comfort Air offers 24/7 emergency AC repair service from certified technicians. But, how can you tell when your AC needs repairs if it’s still technically functioning? Here are three signs of problems that could cause you a headache without necessarily making you lose your air conditioning.

AC repair McCombAbnormally high energy bills

As most people in Mississippi know, It’s not unusual to see higher electricity bills in the summer. After all, you’re running your air conditioning regularly during the warmest months of the year. However, if your energy bills are skyrocketing, you may need AC repair from a specialist. Abnormally high energy bills might be a sign that your air conditioner is working far harder than it should to produce the level of cooling that you’re used to.

Comfort Air can inspect your system to see what the cause of the cost spike is. It’s possible that your air conditioner, for instance, has an air leak that’s causing you to lose cooled air. Or, a dirty filter may be reducing efficiency by blocking output.

Unusual odors and noises

Does your air conditioner make a sound that makes you go, “That doesn’t sound right”? Your gut instinct might be right. Metallic scraping or a loud banging could indicate that something has come loose and is interfering with the fan. Left unchecked, such a problem could become more than a simple nuisance. It could lead to an AC system breakdown.

Alternatively, if your air conditioner has a musty or burning smell to it, you should have it inspected as soon as possible by a technician. A musty smell could indicate the presence of mold or mildew in your air conditioner, which occurs when water becomes trapped and can’t reach the AC system’s drain. Meanwhile, a burning smell could be the insulation on the wiring wearing away and beginning to burn. Either requires a call to Comfort Air for a full inspection.

Coolant is where it shouldn’t be

If there’s liquid coming from either your air conditioner unit or from the ducts in your home, that could be a sign of a coolant leak. The coolant used in modern air conditioners can pose a health risk to your family and pets. If you suspect that coolant has somehow escaped or is leaking from your system, call Comfort Air immediately, and we’ll dispatch a technician to identify the liquid and the issue.

Talk to an expert

If you’re concerned with the state of your air conditioning system heading into summer, consider an AC tune-up from Comfort Air. Scheduled maintenance can identify issues before they become a crisis, and it can even help prevent the need for repairs in the first place. Plus, AC tune-ups can make your system more efficient, saving you money on your energy bills.

If you need AC repair, call Comfort Air. We offer 24/7 emergency service, and our NATE-certified technicians work with all makes and models. We’ll make sure your AC is running normally by the time that we’re done.

Set the date for AC maintenance from Comfort Air

With the heat of summer on the way, there is no better time to schedule your AC maintenance. Comfort Air is southwest Mississippi’s source for a quality tune-up that will save you money on your electric bill, increase your system’s number of years, and help prevent a major air conditioner breakdown.

Reasons to schedule a tune-up

AC maintenanceHere are just some of the reasons that you should schedule AC maintenance from Comfort Air before the summer begins:

  • Without a tune-up, your AC system can become inefficient. Over the winter, dust, dirt, and grime pile up in your unit, blocking vents and air channels. When that happens, your AC system has to work harder to get cold air to its ultimate destination: the interior of your home. All that hard work, just to get by. Instead, have the certified pros at Comfort Air inspect and clean your system. We’ll make sure it’s getting you the best energy efficiency possible.
  • Without AC maintenance, you’re shortening the life of your system. In fact, a regular tune-up from a trained technician can be the difference between your system lasting 15 years and it lasting 20. That’s five years that you don’t have to purchase a new system for! Have Comfort Air’s technicians work with your system annually, and you’ll give it a better chance of reaching old age.
  • Skipping a tune-up means you’re taking on greater risk. As parts begin to loosen and moving pieces lose lubricant, they begin to risk a breakdown that shuts down the entire system. That means you’ll be needing to make repairs in the hottest months of summer. Maintenance doesn’t guarantee that you won’t have an issue, but it greatly reduces the risk of a breakdown.

Here’s what we look at:

When you hire Comfort Air, you’ll receive a thorough tune-up and inspection from an industry-trained, experienced technician. Our personnel service all makes and models, and can tune up any air conditioner.

  • We perform calibrations to make sure every part of your AC system is working the way it should. If there’s something that’s broken, we’ll address it and let you know what we’ve fixed.
  • We check your filter to make sure it’s clean of dirt, dust, and pollutants. Then, we’ll test your AC unit for any air leaks that could compromise your cooling performance. If leaks do exist, we’ll make sure they’re patched professionally and effectively.
  • We’ll clean your evaporator and condenser coils, and make sure your system is aligned with your home’s temperature and your family’s comfort needs. After all, you don’t want to pay for air conditioning that you’re not going to use.

Choose Comfort for your AC maintenance

We’re southwestern Mississippi’s source for quality, efficient cooling and heating services, including maintenance, repair, and installation. Since 1994, we’ve been providing McComb and surrounding areas with HVAC knowledge and service from industry-trained technicians.

Learn more about Comfort Air and the areas we service. Schedule your AC tune-up today!