Why an HVAC Maintenance is Important…

Why an HVAC Maintenance is Important…

Many people don’t think about maintaining their heating & cooling system. Many people think, “if it’s not broken, why mess with it?”

There are many reasons why you shouldn’t shrug that task off & I guarantee, if you are one of those people who opted out of (or just didn’t think about) scheduling a maintenance on your HVAC system only to have something go wrong which resulted in replacing the entire unit, you know how important a regular maintenance truly is.

  • It saves you money! Even if your system is “working fine”, you may be paying too much on your utility bills. By having a regular scheduled service or cleaning, your system will run more efficiently thus lowering your utility bills.
  • It extends the life of your system! Keeping your system well maintained will help keep your system working in pristine condition for many years to come.
  • Because who wants to breathe in dirty air? Plain & simple: If your HVAC system is dirty, the air you’re breathing in is dirty, too. Poor indoor air quality will cause more allergies, common colds, asthma & other health issues which will result in paying for it at the doctor.
  • Fewer repairs! The last thing you want to have happen is your AC to go out during the summer or the heat to stop working in the winter. Keeping your system on a maintenance schedule can help prevent that from happening. HVAC systems have many components that work together to make the system run like it’s supposed to. When one part goes bad, it can cause a “domino effect” which results in many costly repairs. In some cases, by the time all the necessary repairs are made, you might as well have replaced the entire system.
  • Warranties! To stay compliant with most warranties, your system needs to have regular maintenances. Something as simple as not changing the filters regularly could void the warranty. Also, in the event of an issue, the part that is malfunctioning may still be under warranty, once again saving you money!
  • Better to be safe than sorry! Having a professional giving your system a “check up” can save your life. Seriously. I speak from experience. Before I had my system replaced a few years back, I had a maintenance done. I wasn’t having an problems with my system (that I knew of) so I wasn’t expecting to find out that there was a small hole in the heat exchanger. No big deal, right? WRONG. A small hole in the heat exchanger was allowing carbon monoxide to flow through my house. Thanks to that maintenance, we jumped on resolving the issue before something catastrophic happened.

Bottom line, having an HVAC maintenance is well worth it & it’s necessary.

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Tech Tuesday: Surround Sound vs. Soundbars

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Disclaimer: Everything in this post as well as all future posts reflect my opinion after a decade in the A/V industry some of which go directly against popular opinion.

Today I want to talk about the most over used term in the AV industry: “Surround Sound”. Everybody thinks they want it, but is it really right for you?

Almost everyone I know has asked me about installing “surround sound” at their house but what they really mean is they want to hear the sounds coming from the TV louder and more pronounced. Surround sound is a wonderful thing in the right circumstances with the correct setup placed according to where the codec (Dolby Digital or DTS) wants them to be. Those are not the same place, by the way. Dolby wants your surrounds on the sides while DTS wants them in the rear. You can get around that part with 7.1 and install speakers in both places, but from my experience, most rooms are not long enough to place the rear speakers where they should go & receive optimal sound. If the placement or quality of the equipment is sub par, most of the time what you end up with is “muddied” sound that is actually pretty difficult to understand speech through without keeping it at a high volume.

My recommendation to resolve these issues is a quality soundbar because placement will no longer be an issue.  Simply mount it centered, above, or below the TV. Assuming that you have a well-engineered bar, you’ll get great stereo separation even if the TV is in the corner of the room (something that can be a serious challenge with surround). With the soundbars that I use consistently (Yamaha and Sonos) you can expect amazing speech intelligibility and a hefty dose of volume when needed. Recently, I used a Yamaha YAS-103, which is an all-in-one bar with no extra subwoofer, in a workout room for a client. The client had a big Sony component system in the room; 4 foot tall speakers with a glass faced cabinet. I mounted the soundbar below the TV. I tied the audio from the TV to both systems (the customer wanted to keep the component system for when she wanted to really jam). After we listened to both, she said she would be removing the Sony system because as weird as it is, the soundbar was a good bit louder and far clearer than the component system, which honestly surprised me too!

Now with all that said, I still love surround sound when it is the appropriate system for the need, but I’ve come to realize that the majority of the time it is not. Soundbar for the win!

Thanks for reading and please give us a call 205-588-8118 if there is anything we can do to make your life sound better.

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Monday Morning Motivation!

Monday Morning Motivation

Happy Monday after Daylight Savings! Go ahead, grab another cup of coffee liquid motivation. While you are trying to adjust to that lost hour of sleep, let’s put a positive spin on the situation & look at some pros of “Spring Forward”…

  1. Spring is coming! Elsa has left the building! (sorry.. still recovering from school “snow” days)
  2. Not having to drive home in the dark.
  3. More time to soak up good ole Vitamin D.
  4. Tis the season for outdoor concerts & festivals!
  5. Backyard barbeques & relaxing on the patio.

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Past Project – Paramount Bar

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 At Comfort Technology, we are immensely passionate about the revitalization of Downtown Birmingham and preserving our city’s history. When the opportunity arose to work on the locally famous Paramount building, we were thrilled!

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Paramount Bar sits in a prime location on the corner of 20th Street & 2nd Avenue North in Birmingham, AL. Formerly known as Paramount Yogurt, this space has been transformed into a “barcade” featuring vintage arcade style video games. The exposed spiral piping and pendant surround sound speakers tie in with the industrial theme, but also adds glamour to merge with the theatre district. With nine high definition TV’s strategically mounted throughout, you are guaranteed to have the best seat in the house wherever your seat may be.

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Photo Credit: al.com, Appleseed Workshop, Paramount Birmingham