Important Notes for HVAC and Hardwood Floors

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At American Comfort Air, one of our primary missions during the colder months is to help keep you and your family warm. Our HVAC and furnace services include a full range of important areas for the winter season, from basic repairs and installations to expert technicians who can help with even complex issues.

If you have hardwood floors in your home, you may have a few additional heating challenges facing you this winter. Hardwood is a wonderful product in many ways, but it’s also a bit tougher to keep warm and can pick up quite a bit of coolness from the air around it. And if you turn your furnace up too high to compensate for this, not only will you be raising your utility bill, you’ll be risking warping of the floor due to humidity concerns. With that in mind, here are a few HVAC-related tips we can offer on keeping the hardwood floors warm and comfortable to walk on.

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Insulation Concerns

In many cases, the primary reason why your hardwood floors are cold to walk on and influencing the temperature of major rooms is a lack of proper insulation. If your home is leaking to the outdoors, the entire home will struggle with certain cooling concerns – and these will often show up earliest in areas like your hardwood.

Check for things like roof insulation, as well as the sealing solutions you have in place for doors and windows. If needed, our pros can do a basic home energy audit that can help show you where your home might be leaking valuable heat, plus help you fill these cracks or other gaps easily. Fixing this issue goes a long way rather than simply turning up the thermostat, which risks a higher bill and may also dry out your floors and risk damaging them.

Rugs

Rugs are a great complement to hardwood floors to begin with, and they’re also a perfect excuse to increase the warmth quality in a certain area. Many cooling issues with hardwood floors are concentrated on specific sections that are poorly insulated or receive larger quantities of cool air, but you can combat this with a rug – one that you can easily pick up and remove once the air gets warmer and you want your full hardwood design back.

Humidity Considerations

No matter which tactics you take to manage your hardwood floors and heat, be sure to keep an eye on humidity levels. Anything below 30 percent humidity can dry out and damage your hardwood – you can purchase a cheap home humidity level checker at any department store, and if it tells you your levels are too low, consider a humidifier to maintain your floors.

For more on how to keep hardwood floors warm during winter, or to learn about any of our HVAC and heating services, speak to the pros at American Comfort Air today.

Factors That Influence New Furnace Pricing

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For the quality of your home’s heat and comfort this winter, few items are more important than your furnace. And if your model is having issues or is nearing the end of its lifespan, knowing how to replace it properly is vital.

At American Comfort Air, we’re here to help with this. We offer both installation and repair for all furnace needs, whether your model is out of date or has some other issue that needs attention. On top of installing a new furnace if you need one, we can help you with the vital task of determining exactly which furnace type to install based on your budget and heating needs. There are a few important factors here that will influence the price you pay for a new furnace – here are three of the most important to keep an eye on.

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Size

One of the primary reasons you should consult with experts like ours before purchasing a new furnace is the complexity of determining the proper furnace size for your home. You may think this is as simple as just measuring your general furnace area and finding something about that size, but this approach could cost you literally thousands of dollars in wasted costs.

Rather, this involves a complex formula that your HVAC technician is trained on. It involves several factors, including home size, electrical supply capabilities, insulation features, and other energy-related areas. Larger furnaces will generally cost more, of course, but you may not need a furnace anywhere near as large as you might think if certain other numbers in your home are in the right range.

Features

Apart from size, the most prominent factors that will influence the price of a new furnace are the various features you prioritize. Areas to consider here include things like variable speed blowers, which cost a bit more up front but also allow for varying fan speeds that will save you tons of energy on your bill moving forward.

They also may include which type of gas valve you choose. A two-stage valve saves the life of a furnace by allowing it to operate at various power levels, while a single-stage valve only allows the furnace to turn on at full power. The former will save you energy, but will also cost more up-front.

Efficiency

Efficiency is another very important factor, but luckily it’s nowhere near as difficult as size to calculate. The general rule here is simple: A more efficient furnace model will cost more up-front, but will also cost you less to operate over a period of years. In most cases, the right move is usually to pay for the high-efficiency model now and enjoy the savings down the line, which are usually far more than the cost difference you spend here.

For more on the factors involved in the price of a new furnace, or to learn about any of our HVAC services, speak to the pros at American Comfort Air today.