Blogs by Comfort Systems

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Heat Pump Maintenance Ensures Year Round Comfort And Energy Efficiency

June 14, 2012

Heat pumps function as both air conditioner and heater in most residential applications. Consolidating components of the HVAC system is a plus in most respects. However, it also means heat pumps don’t have seasonal downtime like a conventional furnace or air conditioner. Year-round operation in our Kansas climate increases component wear and tear, while the lack of idle time means routine heat pump maintenance may be neglected. Heat pumps operate…

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Don’t Get Burned By High Cooling Costs — Consider High-Efficiency Air Conditioning

June 12, 2012

If you’re thinking about upgrading your central air conditioner, two realities may help guide the decision-making process: (1) Cooling costs are high now. (2) Next year, they’ll be even higher. To stay ahead of the curve, every opportunity for efficiency gain should be considered. SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) ratings measure the cooling output of a new A/C unit in relation to its electrical consumption. By federal law, SEER 13…

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Geothermal Cooling And Heating — How It Works And Your Installation Options

June 7, 2012

Want to save money, save energy and save the environment? Then a geothermal cooling and heating system may be for you. 

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Determining Your Home’s Solar Eligibility

June 5, 2012

If you have a solar panel system on your roof, you are essentially getting free energy from the sun. As solar panel systems have come down in price in recent years, more homeowners have started looking into the possibility of using solar energy to supply at least part of their energy needs. However, before you make this kind of investment, it’s important to determine if your home will work for…

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Knowing When To Repair Or Replace Your Air Conditioner

May 31, 2012

There’s a season for everything, including a time to repair or replace your air conditioner. You want to squeeze every BTU of cooling out of your original investment. Sooner or later, however, return on investment will meet diminishing returns and that outmoded unit will start costing more than it’s worth. The trick is knowing when you’re approaching the tipping point.

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A Smart Thermostat Takes Home Comfort Control To The Next Level

May 29, 2012

If you’ve been thinking about getting a programmable thermostat, or if you already have one but wish you could do more with it, here’s a bright idea: Buy a smart thermostat for the ultimate in home comfort control.

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What SEER Means To Your Choice Of Air Conditioner

May 24, 2012

Determining the efficiency of a new air conditioner is as easy as looking for the SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) number. These ratings are based on specific energy calculations done by approved testing agencies that verify the efficiency levels against standardized industry benchmarks. The SEER rating of an A/C is the cooling output in British Thermal Units (BTUs) during a typical cooling-season divided by the watt hours (total electric energy input) during…

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Heat Pump Terms Every Home Owner Should Know — HSPF And SEER

May 22, 2012

Knowing the two most important heat pump terms can help you manage your electrical consumption and make informed choices when considering this appliance for heating and cooling. HSPF (heating season performance factor) and SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) indicate the energy efficiency of heat pumps.

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Planning A Summer Vacation? 7 Tips To Help You Save Energy While You’re Away

May 17, 2012

When you’re preparing to go away on vacation, it’s easy to forget that many energy-guzzling appliances continue to use energy, even when they’re switched “off” and no one’s at home. Certain devices may even run more than usual because of the temperature change in the house or lack of maintenance while you’re away. That just doesn’t seem fair, does it? Luckily, it’s fairly easy to avoid these unpleasant and costly…

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Welcome To The New Comfort Systems Blog!

May 15, 2012

By far, the most rewarding part of our work in the HVAC field is helping Wichita area homeowners save energy and money, without compromising their home comfort. That’s why we decided to start our new blog, to offer professional trouble-shooting on furnace, air conditioning, plumbing and electrical systems, along with energy-efficiency tips, the latest product information and more.

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