Early Fall Issues Your HVAC System Might Encounter

It’s that time of year when everyone enjoys crisp air and relief from the summer heat. That means your home’s heating system also needs to be ready for the chilly weather. Avoiding HVAC system issues early in the season will help you save money on costly repair bills and increased utility bill expenses. Comfort Pro Heating & Air Conditioning is happy to provide you with some DIY tips and a tune-up to help your system run safely and at an optimal performance this fall.

Simple Tips to Save Time and Money

Checking the external and internal HVAC components of your heating system by ensuring no debris is present will help prevent clogs. With unnecessary blockages, the system will strain when operating and might not even work at all. Leaves and any bushes that may be in the way should be removed with about two feet of clearance allotted for the unit.

Check the air filter and replace it if it hasn’t been changed within the lifespan of that filter. Every 30 days is a good rule of thumb to ensure clean air that’s free of unnecessary pollutants and allergens.

If you need duct cleaning, it’s a great time to schedule service. You may notice a slight odor when initially starting your system for the season. If the odor doesn’t clear or if you hear noises, you should schedule service with Comfort Pro Heating & Air Conditioning at once.

Comfort Pro Heating & Air Conditioning Can Service Your HVAC Unit

For almost 20 years, Comfort Pro Heating & Air Conditioning has been providing heating and air conditioning services for Reading-area residents and businesses. We also provide new construction services and geothermal contracting services. Whether you need furnace installation, duct cleaning, repairs, or maintenance this fall, we’ll be able to help.

We offer you transparency in our pricing and emergency repair service when you need us. Stay warm all season long with Comfort Pro Heating & Air Conditioning by getting in touch with us today for your HVAC needs.

The Difference Between HVAC and AC

The Difference Between HVAC and ACThe terms “AC” and “HVAC” are commonly used in the industry. While they are similar and actually overlap, HVAC is a more comprehensive concept. It stands for heating, ventilation and air conditioning, while AC just involves the air conditioning on its own. Here in Pennsylvania, we do have to cover it all since our days range from being hot and humid in the summer to below freezing in the winter.

Types of Systems

There are many different possibilities in terms of how a system can be designed. You’ll commonly find a system in which the heating and cooling components are discrete from each other. In the Reading area, the team at Comfort Pro Heating & Air Conditioning often installs a basement heating system and an external air conditioner unit for our customers. If you already have a whole-home heating system and want to put in AC, we can come up with ideas for you to consider.

Alternatives to that traditional layout include hybrid and duct-free systems. Hybrids allow homeowners to switch between gas and electric power. Duct-free systems, also called mini-split systems, use independent units for each room rather than one large unit controlling the whole house. We’d recommend going with a duct-free system if you’re putting in an addition or converting a garage to a living space. This type of system also works well in older homes that do not have ductwork installed.

Ready to Help

At Comfort Pro Heating & Air Conditioning in Reading, our HVAC services are comprehensive, so you can turn to us at any time of the year. Our family-owned and -operated business was established in 2001. We’re staffed by dedicated professionals and highly trained technicians who service all makes and models. We have been screened and approved by HomeAdvisor, received an A+ rating from the BBB and received the Super Service Award from Angie’s List. Those accomplishments illustrate our commitment to customer satisfaction. We deal with all types of HVAC assignments, so call us today if you’d like to set up an appointment for installation, replacement, repairs, or maintenance.

August HVAC Maintenance Tips

August HVAC Maintenance TipsThough Reading, PA, is still hot in August, the end of summer is approaching quickly. There are several HVAC maintenance tasks that you should think about doing now. Providing your HVAC system with the maintenance it needs is the key to making sure your temperature-control equipment continues to function optimally.

Maintenance for Your Cooling System

Your AC system’s air filter will get very dirty during the summer months, particularly if your air conditioner has been on throughout most of the day. Airborne dust, allergens, and other particles get trapped in the air filter, and this can contribute to poor air quality throughout your home. August is an excellent time to change your air filter.

It’s also likely that all sorts of debris have collected on the coils of your outside condenser unit throughout the warmer months. When dirt and grime build up on your condenser coils, your AC system may not work properly. The dirt impedes the exchange of heat between the refrigerant that flows through the coils and the air that’s blown over the coils. Cleaning your condenser coils will help your air conditioning system work more efficiently.

Take a moment to inspect the wiring components of your AC system, too. If you hear any kind of buzzing or crackling sound, it’s wise to make a service appointment with an experienced HVAC technician. The same is true if you smell an unfamiliar odor coming from any of the motors that power your system’s fans.

Maintenance for Your Heating System


When temperatures are warm and muggy, it’s hard to imagine that colder days are right around the corner. Nevertheless, August is the ideal time to do some furnace maintenance. Gas furnaces also rely on air filters, and your furnace will function most efficiently when these filters are clean. You’ll also want to make sure that your thermostat is functioning properly. In fact, if you’ve been thinking of upgrading your thermostat, August may be the perfect time to do it.

Comfort Pro Heating & Air Conditioning has been providing high-quality HVAC maintenance services to residential and commercial customers since 2001. We also provide repairs, installations, and duct cleaning. Contact us today for more information and to schedule a service appointment.

Air Conditioners – Old vs. New

Old AC SystemMost air conditioning systems are engineered to last approximately 20 years. When AC systems are nearing the end of their functional lifespan, breakdowns begin to grow more common. At that point, every homeowner wonders, “Should I repair my old system, or should I replace it?”

There’s no easy answer to that question. AC repairs are far less expensive than replacements. This is true. However, the costs associated with two or three major repairs may be nearly equivalent to a new system. Keep in mind, too, that aging AC units are very inefficient. A new air conditioner may help you save a lot of money in monthly energy bills. This way, you’ll be able to recoup the full cost of your investment in just a few years.

Benefits of New Air Conditioners

New AC SystemNew makes and models of air conditioners also offer a range of new features that your antiquated system isn’t likely to offer. These advanced features include the following:

  • Smart Thermostats
  • Modulating Compressor Technologies
  • Environmentally Friendly Refrigerants
  • Air Quality Enhancements

Smart Thermostats

Smart thermostats allow you to adjust the temperatures in your home or place of business from any internet-connected device. At the end of your workday, you can tell your thermostat to power on, and you’ll be greeted by a cool, comfortable environment when you get home. You won’t have wasted energy cooling down an empty house either.

Modulating Compressor Technologies

Older AC units typically had two settings: on and off. Modern AC units have variable-speed compressors that can operate at an assortment of different settings. That enables you to choose the AC setting that will let you stay the most comfortable.

Environmentally Friendly Refrigerants

Newer AC models use R-410A refrigerants, which are far less destructive to the environment than the R-22 refrigerants older AC models use.

Air Quality Enhancements

Dust and other airborne contaminants travel through the ducts associated with older air conditioning systems. Modern ductless AC systems enable you to breathe cleaner air.

Comfort Pro Heating & Air Conditioning is the leading HVAC contractor in Reading, PA, and the surrounding areas. If you’re thinking of replacing your current AC system, contact us for assistance with choosing and installing a new system. We’re happy to also help with your indoor air quality and duct cleaning.

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1. Print out the PDF above of Maggie and have your child 10 or under color the page. (any medium – crayon, marker, watercolor, etc.)

2. Submit a photo or scan of the colored sheet to marketing@comfort-pro.com

It’s that easy! Once a month we will choose the winner and notify them. If you are not able to print out Maggie’s page, stop by our office 109 Dries Rd., Reading, PA 19605 and pick up a copy.

Note* Your entry may be posted on social media during or following the contest. Have Fun!!

 

Importance of AC Filters

Importance of AC FiltersThe air filter in your AC system is a very important but often overlooked, component of your cooling system. Its purpose is to clean the air that circulates through your cooling system. Filters trap and hold various particulates and contaminants that may affect your comfort as well as your health. It is critical that the air filters in your air conditioning system be clean and fit properly. This can help to ensure that the system itself works as efficiently as possible while also ensuring that the air in your home is clean and easy to breathe.

Air Filters Absorb Airborne Particles

Perhaps the biggest benefit to an AC filter is the fact that they will take dirt, pollen, and other debris out of the air. This means that you don’t have to worry about triggering an asthma attack or dealing with allergy symptoms on a regular basis while inside your own home. If you need help replacing or installing an air filter, the folks at Comfort Pro Heating & Air Conditioning in Reading can help. We can also repair or maintain all other aspects of your air conditioning system.

Clean Filters Mean Improved Energy Efficiency

An air conditioner that has a clean filter can use up to 15% less energy than one that has a dirty filter. That can result in a significant reduction in your energy bills each year. The savings may be even higher during especially hot or humid periods when air conditioner usage is higher.

Clean Units May Run Quieter

When dust and other debris get inside of an air conditioning unit, it may force the motors to work harder to circulate air around the home. This can result in additional noise that could keep you up at night or make it harder to read a book or watch TV during the day. In addition to the noise, motors that work harder to operate could also generate more heat due to friction, which is not good for your AC system either.

If you need help with your air conditioner, give us a call right away. We can also install thermostats or dehumidifiers to keep your home comfortable without breaking your budget. Comfort Pro Heating & Air Conditioning is ready to handle your AC worries. Give us a call, or schedule a visit online.

3 Energy Efficiency Tips

nergy Efficiency TipsHigh energy bills are something that can be managed and avoided if you take some steps to conserve energy. Here are some energy efficiency tips for your Reading, PA home.

1. Lower the Temperature on the Water Heater

Most people will set the temperature on their hot water heater to 140 degrees. In fact, that is the default. However, the Department of Energy recommends that the temperature be set at 120 degrees. It will take a quick minute, but can save a couple of dollars each month, depending on how much hot water your household uses. You should not feel a tremendous difference when you shower because the water should still be plenty hot.

2. Insulate Heating Ducts

You can minimize the energy loss in your ducts by sealing and insulating them. When your ducts leak, it will take more energy than it otherwise would to heat your home. This is because air is leaking into areas that do not need to be heated, costing you money for unnecessary electricity. Insulating the ducts will mean that almost all of the air stays in the ducts and can reach the area of the home that it’s intended to. It is difficult to keep all of the air in the ducts, but increasing the retention will save money.

3. Use a Programmable Thermostat

When you program a thermostat to automatically change the temperature in your home, you can increase and decrease your power requirements based on factors like the outside temperature and whether you will be at home. This can cut your heating bill by up to 15 percent. The amount of savings will vary based on how much you turn back your heat or AC when it’s not needed.

Trust the Professionals

Heating and cooling professionals can help recommend actions that you can take that can cut back on your heating and electricity bills. In the Reading, PA area, you can trust the services of Comfort Pro Heating & Air Conditioning for your heating and cooling needs. Give Comfort Pro Heating & Air Conditioning a call today to find out how you can save money!

Guide to Choosing an HVAC System

Guide to Choosing an HVAC SystemMany homeowners in need of a new HVAC system don’t know what they’re looking for. It’s easy to find yourself overwhelmed by the number of options out there. Climate control is essential if you want to stay comfortable and significantly impact your quality of life. This is why you need to be sure you find the right system for your needs.

Geothermal Heat Pumps

Geothermal heat pumps are a great option when you need a new system. They use the earth’s natural energy to provide heat for your home. This results in a highly energy-efficient system, which is great news for your energy costs. These systems are also perfect for heating and cooling.

Forced Air System

A forced-air system will heat the air with a heat pump or furnace and use your house’s ductwork and ventilation to distribute it. These systems work for both heating and cooling, and they improve your home’s air quality significantly. It’s also easy to incorporate a dehumidifier into this system to remove the humidity in your home.

Choose the Right Size

When choosing an HVAC system, it’s essential to make sure it’s the right size for your needs. Many homeowners opt for an HVAC system that’s larger than they truly need. This ends up costing more in the long run when it comes to maintenance. Going for a system that’s too small will mean it’s more likely to break down under the strain. Finding the right balance will ensure better efficiency and fewer problems in the long run. Comfort Pro Heating & Air Conditioning in Reading can help you select the right HVAC system for your needs.

Increased Energy Efficiency

Buying an HVAC system that’s more energy-efficient may cost you more initially, but it can save you considerable money in the future. This is an essential consideration and will depend on your budget.

If you need a new HVAC system in Reading or the surrounding areas, then it pays to work with a professional contractor you can trust. This way you can be sure you’ll get the right system for your home. You can also be sure it’s installed properly and ready to ensure your comfort for years to come. At Comfort Pro Heating & Air Conditioning, we offer heating, cooling, and air duct services. Call us for all of your HVAC system needs today.

What is the Comfort Pro P.A.C.T. Plan?

Comfort Pro PACT PlanRegular HVAC maintenance is key to minimizing your heating/cooling costs and ensuring the maximum lifespan of your current equipment. Well, how about a program that provides the maintenance you require but at the lowest price possible? Enter the P.A.C.T. plan.

P.A.C.T. Plan

P.A.C.T. stands for preventative annual comfort test, and the P.A.C.T. plan is an annual maintenance program that includes that testing but also many other services throughout the year. As a P.A.C.T. member, you are a priority customer who receives a:

  • 17-point spring tune-up
  • 25-point fall tune-up
  • 10-percent discount on all repairs
  • Waiver for all travel, diagnostics and overtime fees

P.A.C.T. Plus

P.A.C.T. Plus is a parts and labor agreement that you can add to your maintenance plan. By adding this feature, Comfort Pro Heating & Air Conditioning will cover all of the internal working parts of your system. Should any of those parts falter or fail, our technicians will replace them at no additional cost to you. In addition, you’ll receive free refrigerant (up to 1 pound) for the life of your system.

Premium P.A.C.T. Plus

The premium plan is the next step up, and it adds a lot of additional testing and protections to your coverage. You’ll receive protection for your drain line and condensate pump as well as all breakers to the equipment and all internal and external wiring.

P.A.C.T. WatchDog

Comfort Pro Heating & Air Conditioning is now offering WatchDog maintenance plans at bronze, silver and gold tiers. This is the new branding for the plans described above, and it’s a change made in the hopes of making everything clearer and more straightforward for our customers. Bronze is the basic P.A.C.T. plan. Silver is P.A.C.T. Plus, and gold is Premium P.A.C.T. Plus.

Quality Heating and Air Conditioning Maintenance

In addition to HVAC maintenance, Comfort Pro Heating & Air Conditioning in Reading, PA, offers a broad range of residential services. These include repair, installation, duct cleaning, indoor air quality and much more. If you have any questions about our WatchDog maintenance plans or would like to schedule an appointment, don’t hesitate to contact us today online or by telephone.

How Do You Control Static Electricity in Your Home?

Control Static ElectricityEvery home has some level of static electricity, and your house isn’t an exception. As we walk around, we create an electron imbalance in the air. The moisture level in the air can amplify this effect, and the weather might also influence the situation in your home. Cold, dry air is a significant issue for many people. Luckily, there are steps you can take to control the static electricity in your home.

What’s the Solution?

You’ll probably want to adjust to your home’s level of static electricity. There are products available to reduce static electricity in your residence. Humidifiers are useful during the winter season and in cold areas. You need to maintain a relative humidity of 55 percent in your house to prevent an electron imbalance. On the other hand, people living in a very warm climate might want to consider a dehumidifier. The damp atmosphere in such a climate doesn’t tend to produce excess static electricity, but the abundance of moisture can be conducive to mold. A dehumidifier can help prevent that.

Another factor to consider before you buy a product is energy efficiency. You want to make sure you’re going to increase the humidity in your house without raising the cost of your energy bill. A humidifier will produce better results during the early winter season.

Find the Right Product for Your Home

At Comfort Pro Heating & Air Conditioning, we provide indoor air quality control services for the people of Reading. Our technicians understand how to control static electricity in a house. We’ll take the time to find the right balance of temperature and humidity to improve the air throughout your indoor environment. We also offer a range of other services, including air conditioning and heating installation. Your temperature control system needs reliable maintenance on a routine basis, and we can furnish it. We’ll help you extend the life of your equipment. Contact Comfort Pro Heating & Air Conditioning today to schedule an appointment with our team of technicians.