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As air conditioning and heating systems get more sophisticated, loaded with technology for ultra efficiency and comfort, they also come with a higher initial price tag, higher repair cost, the need for specially trained technicians, making maintenance critical for the proper operation and energy savings the system was designed for, but… they also save ultra dollars, making your wallet happy, they give ultra comfort for every season of the year and they are ultra environmentally friendly.

Carbon Monoxide – The Silent Killer

Carbon Monoxide the silent killerCarbon Monoxide (CO) is the silent killer, you can’t see or smell carbon monoxide, but at high levels it can kill a person in minutes. It reduces the body’s capacity to distribute oxygen throughout the body.

Carbon Monoxide is produced whenever any fossil fuel such as gas, oil, kerosene, wood or charcoal is burned. If, appliances that burn fossil fuel are properly maintained and used properly, the amount of carbon monoxide produced is usually not hazardous. Hundreds of people die accidentally every year from carbon monoxide poisoning by malfunctioning or improperly used fossil fuel burning appliances.

Fetuses, infants, elderly people, people with anemia or with a history of heart or respiratory disease can be especially susceptible.

Symtoms of Carbon Monoxide poisoning: At moderate levels, dizziness, severe headaches, mental confusing, nauseated or faint feeling. Death can occur if these levels persist for a long time.  At low levels, shortness of breath, mild nausea, mild headaches and may have longer term effects on your health. Many of these symtoms are similar to the flu, food poisoning or other illnesses, you may not think that carbon monoxide poisoning could be the cause. It is advised to consult with your doctor if you have any of these symtoms.

The Consumer Protection Safety Commission recommends “at least one carbon monoxide alarm in every house”.

A dangerous situation can happen to any one at any time. Reduce the risk of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning with common sense, a carbon monoxide detection device and every year at the beginning of the heating season have your fossil fuel burning furnace inspected by a trained professional.

Carbon Monoxide AlarmBe Safe…Keep Your Family Safe…have Arctic Comfort perform a heating safety inspection and install a carbon monoxide detection device in your home. Call us today to schedule your appointment at 972-530-8384.

Buyer Beware! Don’t Be A Victim of Unlicensed Contractors !!!

Did you know in Texas, it is unlawful to service, repair or replace air conditioning and heating equipment unless the contractor is licensed by the State of Texas. Only licensed contractors are properly trained and have demonstrated that they have the skills and experience to service heating and air conditioning equipment. To earn a state license, a contractor has demonstrated that he is experienced and passed a state administered test of their knowledge. In order to renew their annual license, licensed contractors are required to carry insurance and must attend an approved continued education courses.

If, you use an unlicensed, unqualified air conditioning and heating contractor, you may be getting more than you bargained for. Using an unlicensed, unqualified air conditioning and heating contractor is a consumer safety issue. You run the risk of purchasing an unsafe repair, unsafe installation. Poor performance, fires or unsafe levels of carbon monoxide can result from improperly serviced, repaired or replaced equipment.

You may even be purchasing stolen equipment. If, you purchase stolen equipment, the manufacturer will not honor any warranty.

Unlicensed contractors always charge less than the licensed contractor. They don’t have the expenses and expertise, that a licensed contractor have. They skirt the law, they cut corners, they are unscrupulous, they perform shoddy and unskilled work, they rarely have insurance, they seldom return or cannot be located to fix problems that their unlicensed workmanship caused.

Price should not be a distinguishing factor when purchasing air conditioning and heating repairs, services and equipment. There is much more to it. A licensed contractor has all the required licenses, certifications, insurance, education, expertise, tools to perform proper repairs, service and equipment installation.

“It is unwise to pay to much, but it is worse to pay to little. When you pay to much, you loose a little money, that is all. When you pay to little, you sometimes loose everything, because the thing you bought is incapable of doing the thing it was bought to do. The law of business balance prohibits paying a little and getting a lot – it can’t be done. If you deal with the lowest bidder, it is well to add something for the risk you run and if you can do that you will have enough for something better”.  John Ruskin (1819-1900)

Air Conditioning and Heating is a specialized field, that requires education, experience, licenses, certifications. Be Smart, Use Only Licensed Contractors. By the way, Larry owner of Arctic Comfort is a Master Licensed Contractor.

It’s easy to understand how a home central air conditioner system works, here’s how.

Those that are thinking about buying an air conditioning system may be wondering how a central air conditioning system works. Arctic Comfort Air Conditioning and Heating can explain to those curious about air conditioning systems that understanding how they work is pretty easy.

There are four main components to an air conditioning system: the outdoor condensing unit, the indoor evaporator coil that works in conjunction with the outdoor condensing unit, the indoor air handling unit which serves a dual purpose of heating, and air handling and the duct systems.

The outdoor condensing unit removes the heat from inside the home. Ever feel the hot air coming out the top of the condensing unit? That’s the hot air that once was in the home. If it is not hot air, then it’s not cooling and it also means your compressor is not on.

The indoor evaporator coil works in conjunction with the outdoor unit to cool the home. The indoor evaporator coil is in a box, so the coil can’t be seen, but it looks similar to a car radiator. The refrigerant traveling from the outdoor to the indoor evaporator coil makes the coil get icy cold, then the blower of the indoor air handling unit blows warm air over this icy cold coil to make cold air come out the vents in each room.

The indoor evaporator coil removes the humidity (moisture, water) from the air. If the unit is not making water, it’s not cooling. The water it wrings out of the air has to go somewhere, so the indoor evaporator coil has an internal drain pan that catches the water and drains the water out of the drain pan by means of a main drain line that usually empties into the homes main drain.

The air handling unit, a gas furnace or electric air handler, serves a dual purpose. In the summer, only the blower section of the air handling unit is used to blow air over the icy cold evaporator coil and through the duct systems. In the winter, the heating section and blower are used to blow warm air through the duct systems.

Air is moved throughout the home by duct systems, which consist of plenums and ducts. Ducts move air from one place to another. Typically ducts are not attached directly to the equipment, so a box called a plenum, large enough to accommodate all the ducts, is attached to the indoor equipment and then the ducts are attached to the plenum and ran to their respective areas.

Those that are ready to replace their old air conditioner this summer can call Arctic Comfort Air Conditioning and Heating at 972-530-8384. Arctic’s experts can help customers choose the right system, capacity and efficiency for their home and budget. Each system is matched to each customer’s needs. Arctic Comfort Air Conditioning and Heating also offers professional installation, inspections and maintenance.

How does a homes central heating system work?

Have you ever wondered how your homes heating system works? Well, it is really pretty simple to understand. Your home either has a gas furnace that uses natural gas or propane, or an air handling unit with electric heat strips or an outdoor heat pump condenser with an air handler and electric heat strips.

Gas furnaces are more common than an air handling unit. Let’s start there. A gas furnace utilizes a heat exchanger, typically a metal shell or tubular compartment that the gas burners heat up, then the furnace blower blows re-circulated air from the home over the hot heat exchanger, making the air warm that flows throughout the duct systems and into your home. As the unit ages, the heat exchanger can crack, thus allowing carbon monoxide to be drawn into your home, instead of being vented outside through the flue system. If, this occurs you’ll need to replace the heat exchanger or the gas furnace, replacing the furnace is recommended.

Air handlers are commonly found in homes that are all electric. An air handler uses electric heat strips that heat up, then the air handlers blower blows re-circulated air from the home over the hot heat strips, making the air warm that flows throughout the duct systems and into your home.

A heat pump heats your home by using the outdoor unit, a heat pump condensing unit that cools your home in the summer, but also heats your home in the winter. It uses the compressor to transfer heat from the outdoors to the indoors. In the winter this heat is transferred to the indoor evaporator coil, which gets hot (reversing in the summer to get cold), then the air handlers blower blows re-circulated air over the hot evaporator coil, making the air warm that flows throughout the duct systems and into your home. Most heat pumps will have electric heat strips, also called auxiliary heat (electric heat strips) when installed with a heat pump. This will provide back up heating when the outdoor heat pump unit is off due to a defrost cycle or there are extreme temperatures where the heat pump cannot keep up with the heating demand.

A heat pump with auxiliary heat strips consumes a lot less electricity than heating a home with electric heat strips only. Though a heat pump with auxiliary heat strips may cost more initially, the electric savings over heating with solely electric heat strips will more than pay for the added costs.

When your ready to replace your comfort system, call us at 972-530-8384 for a free quote. Our experts are ready to assist you with the right system, capacity and efficiency for your home in the Garland, Sachse, Wylie, Murphy, Rowlett, Richardson, Plano and surrounding Dallas, TX area.

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