May 13th, 2019
For most of you humans, you tend to view your air conditioners as a luxury, and your heating systems as a necessity.
For Comfort Bear, it’s the exact opposite. If you’ve been keeping up with the blog, you might remember how sentimental I got about having to replace my furnace, even though I barely used that thing.
But now you’re asking me to replace my air conditioner?
Just as a reminder: what you consider to be a “relaxing summer day” is a sweltering inferno for me. I need my AC to keep my fur cool!!
But no matter what you say, I don’t have to give up my AC that easily. Unless my air conditioner is displaying the right combination of issues, there’s really no reason to have my AC replaced so soon—and neither should you!
Here are the signs to look out for:
April 29th, 2019
Comfort Bear here, this time with an important PSA for all homeowners:
Duck cleaning is a scam. Don’t trust anyone who comes to your home claiming that your ducks need to be cleaned. For one, ducks are constantly in the water. And two, it’s called “preening,” not “cleaning.”
That being said, duct cleaning is definitely something you should have performed if you want your HVAC system to run efficiently and smoothly. If there’s ever any concern, you can always consult the National Air Duct Cleaners Association. They were founded specifically to establish the standards for what makes a proper duct cleaning in Kansas City.
Duct cleaning is an essential part of a balanced maintenance tune-up, so I don’t want you to forget about it when it comes time to fire up your air conditioner again this year. Don’t worry, I’ll explain everything:
April 15th, 2019
If you know Comfort Bear in summer, then you know there’s nothing I love more than feeling the cool air from the air conditioner blowing across my fur. It can get really warm under here, after all.
So you can bet that I’ll be calling up the HVAC technicians from the office if my air conditioner suddenly starts having air flow problems. You can find air flow problems easily by putting your hand up to the air vent, or by feeling if some rooms of the home are warmer than others.
If I suspect my AC isn’t outputting air like it’s supposed to, there are a few things I can do to fix the problem myself. If that doesn’t help, I’ll then call an expert to have them do some inspections. Here’s how that process goes:
April 1st, 2019
At the office, everyone keeps asking, “Comfort Bear, aren’t you excited? Winter is over!”
To be honest… No, I’m not. Winter is the only time of year that I can feel comfortable! I’ll have no choice but to blast my AC as soon as temperatures start rising. If my home isn’t colder than an igloo, you can bet that I won’t be happy.
What’s that? I should just cut my hair? Nope, not happening!
So, if I don’t want to suffer through the heat this summer, then I’ll need to make sure my air conditioner is ready for the season. After all, firing up your AC without any maintenance is just asking for it to break down on you at the worst time!
Before you run your air conditioner this year, take the time to have it inspected by a professional. They’ll be able to find any potential problems that might affect the efficiency or performance of your system. Some examples of those problems include:
March 27th, 2019
Climate Control Heating & Cooling wants to help our neighbors in the KC area
Flooding and water damage can come unexpectedly.
If you are in the St Joseph area and you experienced recent flooding, you probably want to just get back to normal life as soon as possible. A lot of things are probably running through your mind like how you are going to clean up and how to repair water damage to your home. You may not realize this, but if your HVAC unit was submerged during the flood, you may have a whole list of other issues.
Sure, the outside of your air conditioner or furnace may look just the same as it did before the flood! It is highly likely that water-damaged HVAC equipment may not work or may not work for long after being flooded. Furnaces, heaters and boilers have gas valves and controls that are especially vulnerable to water damage. Even electric furnaces have coils that are susceptible to corrosion if flooded.
What should you do?
March 18th, 2019
If you’re a homeowner in Kansas City, chances are that you’ve been using a ducted system.
These systems use ducts and vents to send cool and warm air through your home. They’re effective systems that have been used for decades.
However, there’s another option that just might change everything:
Ductless mini-split systems.
We’ve partnered up with Daikin, a company that offers some of the industry’s best warranties on ductless mini-split systems. If your new system doesn’t meet your expectations within one year after installation, they’ll be happy to resolve the issue at no cost (and that’s on top of a 12-year warranty).
That all being said, there’s plenty of reasons why you might want to switch from a ducted system to a ductless one:
March 18th, 2019
“Comfort Bear, why are you clutching that furnace?” you may be asking. Well, you see, this furnace has been with me since the very beginning. And now, I’m suddenly being told that I have to replace it!
We’ve been through some intense winters together. In return, I vowed that I’d always be there for it: through all of its maintenance checks, through all of its repairs, every time it fails to start, even during that one time it triggered the carbon monoxide alarm…
Well, okay, maybe I’m being a bit sentimental. I guess it’s time to let go. When I think about it objectively, I suppose there are a lot of good reasons for knowing when to replace your furnace:
March 3rd, 2019
Comfort Bear, here. Earlier today, I did an internet search for “how to save money on heating,” and I decided I would try out some of the energy-saving tactics. As I type this, I’m now wearing five layers of clothes, three pairs of socks, I’m only eating hot soup (and washing it down with hot tea), and I have the oven open. I’ve also lit several candles because each one is supposed to heat the room by approximately 1 degree.
But I don’t see how anyone can live this way! There are much more reasonable ways to cut down on heating costs, and you can achieve them with just a few Independence, MO HVAC services.
February 18th, 2019
Hm? What’s that? It’s been a bit colder here in the Midwest, lately? Sorry, but I hardly noticed! I guess now that you mention it, it does feel a bit more like home …
Anyways, I’m sure you’re wondering what helpful tips Comfort Bear has for you this week. I’ve realized that some first-time heat pump owners may be a bit surprised with how their systems are operating—especially if they’ve been using a furnace their whole life.
So, for this post, I want those thinking about installing a heat pump to know what they’re getting into. Here are 5 things you should keep in mind:
February 4th, 2019
Comfort Bear, back again this week to tell you about boilers. Why boilers?
Well, to be honest, they make me a bit nostalgic for the Arctic. That’s because some of the heating principles used in boilers are also used in igloos! The iconic snow houses were used to keep the Inuit people warm with a combination of three kinds of heating: conduction, convection, and radiation.
Likewise, depending on the kind of boiler, it may use variations of those heating methods. But we’ve found that the most comfortable and efficient boilers are the ones that use radiant heating. Today, we’ll talk all about them.