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Save on Your Heating Bill – 7 Tips to Lower Heating Costs this Winter

7 Things You Can Do in the Next 30 Minutes to Lower Your Heating Bill this Winter
During these cold winter months, when heaters and furnaces are working overtime and heating oil / natural gas prices are at their peaks, everyone’s looking for a way to conserve energy and save money on their heating bills. Well, do you have 30 minutes? If you do, below is a list of 7 things you can do in the next half hour at your house to reduce your heating costs for the rest of the winter.

Ready? Let’s get going!

First, let’s start with the obvious…

1) Bundle Up and Lower the Thermostat
Obviously, the less heat you use, the lower your bill will be. Go throw on an extra layer of clothing, such as a fleece or sweater, put on that nice pair of wool socks, and lower the thermostat by a few degrees while you’re at home.

Next, let’s adjust the window coverings.

2) Open or Close Your Curtains/Blinds
The time of day you’re reading this will determine what you want to do. If it’s daytime out right now, and especially if you have windows with a southern exposure, open the blinds or curtains to let in the sunlight and the radiant heat. If it’s night time, close the blinds to keep in the heat that’s already in your house.

Feel better?  Good, now head over to the living room and…

2) Close the Flue to your Fireplace
Everyone knows that heat rises, and if your fireplace flue is open, your chimney is pulling heat out of your house like a giant heat-sucking vaccuum! Close that flue and keep more of the warm air down in the house where you can enjoy it.

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By |January 31st, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Heating and AC Repair Company Newsletter – Feb 2014

Comfort Experts Newsletter
February 2014
Message from Brett

Dear Friend,

If you’re reading this newsletter, I just want to take a moment to thank you for being our client and letting us serve you during this 52 years that we’ve been in business in North Texas as your heating and ac repair company.  More than our customers, you are our fellow Texans, our neighbors, our family, and our friends, and we do our best everyday to give you the absolute best service possible when you call us.

If you’ve never seen it, I want to share with you the mission statement that we use as the pole star for our business. I do this not to brag, but to show you the high standard that we ALWAYS strive to live up to, AND to invite you to hold our feet to the fire if we ever fall short:

Also, I always remember that much of our success is due to the simple fact that we live in a country where we’ve enjoyed the freedom to live life as we see fit. You can call me corny or old fashioned, but the values that people refer to as “traditional American values” are the ones that my family, my team, and I live by every day.

For me, there was no person that better represented these values in our culture and in the movies than John Wayne. On our Facebook page, I’ve shared one of our favorite clips of the Duke. I invite you to go over there now and give it a look. If you like it, please let me know and leave a comment on the page.

https://www.facebook.com/comfortexperts

Until next time, have a great month.

Brett Hobson

 

By |January 31st, 2014|Newsletter|0 Comments

Unlicensed Contractor Costs Woman $79,495

How a Woman Lost $79,495 Because She Hired an Unlicensed Contractor
Sadly, this is a true story, reported in the Tampa Bay Times…

Joshua Ryan Green was a service technician, working for a legitimate contractor when he offered to work on the side for an elderly woman so she could avoid his company’s service charges.  The contractor was unaware of Green’s side work, but terminated him the owner discovered Green was using drugs.  Green did not terminate his relationship with the elderly woman.

Over the next 18 months, Green collected $79, 495 in the form of 81 checks.  This was money she needed.  Her 30 year old house is only valued at $94,943.  Green instructed her to make each check out to cash.

He charged another woman $12,762 over nine service calls.  To add insult to injury, she paid a legitimate company $5,000 to fix the problems Green caused.

Green was finally caught and bank video records show him cashing the checks.  While Green is in jail, none of the people he defrauded are likely to recover their money.

Whoever you choose to service your home should be a qualified, trustable individual.

When our technicians come to your home in a Comfort Experts service truck, you can be assured that your service is provided by a licensed and insured contractor.

Click this link for the original article:

http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/crime/spring-hill-man-charged-with-defrauding-women-in-air-conditioning-repair/2148928

By |December 30th, 2013|Helpful AC Tips|0 Comments

Is Your Heat Pump Frozen?

Concerned that your heat pump has TOO much ice on it? 

As we continue to have temps at or below freezing, we handle a lot of calls about heat pumps.  Heat pumps function differently at extreme temps as they are not able to pull heat from the outside air for energy.

Heat pumps will naturally ice up in winter but will periodically go into a defrost cycle to defrost the coils.  This keeps the unit running efficiently.  The outdoor coils of a heat pump maintain a temperature below 32° F during normal heating operation.  Because of this, any moisture in the air will tend to cause frost and ice to form on the coils. The more humid it is outside (misty, rainy or sleeting conditions are the worst), the more frost will form on the unit.  Concerned that your heat pump is frozen?

It is not normal however, for the entire unit to be encased in ice for an extended period of time. Proper heat transfer between the outside air and the freon can’t occur if the coils are blocked by ice. This would indicate a problem and should be addressed quickly to avoid serious damage to the equipment. This is why we advise up to ¼ inch is ok.

Different heat pumps have different ways of determining when to go into defrost.  Some are mechanical; others use solid state controls with temperature sensors but all must go into defrost to keep from icing up. During the defrost cycle, the fan on the outside unit will stop and there may be steam let off the unit. It is extremely loud while defrosting and can take up to 10 min.

Are you concerned about your heat pump?  Service is available in your neighborhood today.  Call Now!
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By |December 30th, 2013|Helpful AC Tips|0 Comments

Heat Pump Shuts Off/Runs All The Time

New heat pump owners may think their unit runs all the time because they aren’t used to the longer run times and lower temperature output of a heat pump. In extremely cold weather conditions, a properly working heat pump will run almost continuously. That is the way they are designed to work.

Now, if it isn’t extremely cold out (above 35 degrees) and your heat pump just seems to run all the time, then this does indeed indicate a problem. And along with this usually comes a higher than normal electric bill, lower supply temperatures, and sometimes icing of the outdoor unit.

Below is a list of possible causes. Items in bold usually require a service call. Items not bolded however can be addressed, some even fixed by the homeowner.

Undersized equipment and/or ductwork
Low refrigerant charge
Refrigerant flow-related problem – restriction/bad metering device
Poor efficiency- needs cleaning and servicing
Bad reversing valve
Bad compressor valves
Compressor not running
Running in A/C mode
Outdoor unit iced-up because of a malfunction
Supplemental heat not workingOutdoor unit iced-up – weather related
Snow drift against outdoor unit
Outdoor unit not running – check breakers
Thermostat set too low
Cold return temperatures – examples: air handler in attic and the return trunk disconnected from unit, pulling in cold attic air. Unit in basement with a basement return and open windows.
Poorly insulated house, air leaks

The bottom causes are commonly found problems and can be addressed by the homeowner. Try to check for these conditions first before calling for service.
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By |December 30th, 2013|Helpful AC Tips|0 Comments

Air Conditioning Diagnostics Service

Air Conditioning Diagnostics
Comfort Experts, Inc. has served the DFW Metroplex including Fort Worth, Dallas and surrounding communities for over 50 years. We pride ourselves on offering our clients superior preventive care and maintenance for their AC systems. We believe that this air conditioning diagnostic care is crucial to proper AC service and maintenance. Air conditioner diagnostics provides multiple benefits for homeowners:

Avoid unnecessary repairs: If potential problems are caught early, they can be fixed before they cause larger, more expensive equipment failures.
Reduce home energy expenses: A clean, clear central air conditioning system requires significantly less electricity. Regular ac service visits ensure that the parts are running to manufacturers’ specifications.
Get extended maintenance service: Our certified ac technicians will complete both a carbon monoxide test and a system static pressure test at no additional charge.

Limited Time Only-Get To Know Us & Receive A FREE Air Conditioning Diagnostics Test!
*Contact us today to find out if your neighborhood qualifies!
At Comfort Experts, Inc., our AC service goes beyond troubleshooting the superficial problems. Our goal is to provide the best AC service to homeowners in the DFW Metroplex. We strive to keep your hvac equipment operating at peak performance.

Not only do we deliver outstanding AC service, but we also respect our customers’ homes. Our ac technicians always wear shoe protectors and thoroughly clean their work areas. To find out how regular AC service from Comfort Experts, Inc. can help you save money and get peace of mind,contact us today.

By |December 30th, 2013|AC Offers|0 Comments

Air Conditioning Replacement

Most homeowners are hoping that their central air conditioning unit will last one more season before failing, however the best time for an air conditioning replacement is RIGHT NOW, during the slower AC service season.

The 16 is the perfect central air conditioning system for Fort Worth home owners AND qualifies for Utility Rebates and Tax Credits.

So Here’s Our Offer…LUCKY16.

Buy a new total comfort system* from us before Wednesday, October 31, 2013 and we’ll give you an installed price that is absolutely ironclad, guaranteed the best value at the lowest cost you can get in the Fort Worth, Dallas and the Tarrant County area for a complete central air conditioning system replacement in that time period.

We will guarantee this in writing ………………..

A 16 SEER air conditioner and an 80% 2 stage furnace with a high tech variable speed blow

er saves electricity while using less gas!

This system carries a lifetime unit replacement guarantee.**

The term SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating) is an air conditioning industry acronym

for the efficiency of a system. Most older systems are around an 8 SEER, so the 16 is twice as efficient. What does this mean for homeowners considering an air conditioning replacement? You can be confident that it cools your home for half of what most older units will do. It’s like going from a car that gets 12.5 mpg to a car that gets 25 mpg.
With this special you are getting the premium 16 SEER air conditioning system with a lifetime unit replacement warranty from the manufacturer for less than a system with industry standard warranties.

On Top of All THAT, Comfort Experts, Inc. Ironclad Guarantee Includes:
Best Value at the Lowest Cost in Writing

Same Day Service or its Free

Both the A/C and Furnace come with a LIFETIME UNIT […]

By |December 30th, 2013|AC Offers|0 Comments