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Four Challenges To Indoor Comfort

The first thing we think about when it comes to indoor comfort is probably the temperature. But when you consider factors like humidity and air quality, the scope of what it takes to achieve comfort becomes much broader. 

1. Temperature: A room’s temperature is in a constant struggle. Bright sunlight coming through a window adds heat. Cracks in window or door seals allow cool air to escape. Even your body heat can affect a room’s temperature. So temperature is by far the most influential to your comfort. And it’s the only factor that most conventional thermostats let you control. 

2. Humidity: Humid air feels heavy and sticky, both of which add to the discomfort you feel on a hot day. If you’re in a cool room that isn’t properly dehumidified, you’ll actually feel less cool than if you were in a room with drier air that has the thermostat set a few degrees warmer. In summer, proper humidity levels not only optimize comfort, but also help you use less energy. 

summer rebates 4003. Air quality: Airborne impurities can make any home feel uncomfortable. The three main offenders to indoor air quality are:

  • Particles — dust, dirt, pet dander and allergens, such as pollen
  • Mold, Mildew and Germs — tiny organisms that thrive in damp environments and greatly exacerbate allergies and asthma
  • Chemical Vapors and Odors — generated by cleaning products, paint and other chemicals found in most homes. Filtration can help lessen the effect of some of these pollutants, but there are air cleaning systems available that offer an extra layer of protection to enhance the cleanliness and comfort of your air.

4. Control: The ability to control the above three comfort challenges is pretty important. Having the right home heating and air conditioning system — controlled by the proper thermostat — will let you create and preserve your perfect indoor space.

 

Clean Air Filters Are A Must!

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Changing your air filter may not sound like that big a deal, but we can assure you that failure to do so will negatively impact your home cooling experience. If your heating and cooling systems share an air handler, the filter might get changed twice a year, but that’s still not enough. Check your filter every month during heavy use months, and at a minimum, change it every 3 months. Your personal use will determine how frequently your air filter will have to be changed, but only once or twice a year won’t do it.

If an air filter isn’t changed regularly, it can become clogged. When this happens, you may find your system is struggling to distribute cooled air throughout your home. This struggle will lead to increased energy costs, even as your system is declining in its overall performance quality. Your indoor air quality may suffer as well, and you risk allowing your evaporator coil to ice over, due to decreased airflow.

How can I tell if my air conditioner needs repairs?

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The last thing we want to have happen is for you to arrive home to find your air conditioner has stopped working. Here are some signs of trouble that mean it’s time for repair service.

A decrease in your system’s cooling output is one of the most obvious signs there is something wrong. If you feel as though your system is struggling to cool your entire home effectively or seems to be blowing lukewarm air, refrigerant leaks or issues with blower fans and other problems could be to blame.

Ice on an air conditioner is another sign it’s in need of repair. Most icing problems have to do with the evaporator coil, but ice can also form due to a faulty fan, debris that restricts air entering the outside unit,  or if refrigerant is low.

Strange sounds coming from your air conditioning system during operation are also cause for concern. You shouldn’t be hearing loud grinding, screeching or booming sounds. If you do, it’s best to have us evaluate it for repairs ASAP.

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Trust Us With Your Home Comfort

Our team at Total Comfort Solutions would like to thank you for giving us the opportunity to provide for your indoor comfort needs. Whether you’re a brand-new customer or have been with us for years, we very much appreciate your business. It’s a great responsibility to take care of your heating and cooling system and we certainly don’t take that responsibility lightly.

As your home comfort expert, we offer a variety of products and services to keep your indoor environment as comfortable as possible. We stay on top of industry requirements and our technicians are trained to provide the best in heating and cooling service and installation.

If it’s time for a routine seasonal heck, repair call or equipment installation, our team will make every effort to take care of you. You can trust in us. Call 509-525-4868.

Sincerely,

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Terry and Maureen Hall
Total Comfort Solutions, LLC