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HVAC, Geothermal & Indoor Air Quality

Whether you need heating or air conditioning equipment for your home, we offer system evaluation, design, repair, maintenance, and installation services to make your home more comfortable and more energy efficient.

We proudly represent Rheem in the Lafayette and Crawfordsville, IN communities.

COMFORT MECHANICAL HEATING AND COOLING SERVICES

Make Your Lafayette Home Comfortable with Comfort Heating & Air Conditioning

There are several ways you can heat your house or office effective and efficiently.

This can be done by: using an electric furnace, a gas furnace, geothermal, hybrid heating, or by a heat pump. Which one is best for you? One of the most common ways to heat your home or office is to use a standard gas furnace. These units vary in size and efficiency from 80% to 95%. These furnaces come in a variety of capabilities too. They come in a single, two stage, or modulating furnace. In this category the modulating furnace is the best at keeping a constant temperature in your home.

Electric Furnace

The source of heating with the least amount of initial cost is the electric furnace. While this furnace has the least amount of up front expense it is one of the most costly to operate depending on your kw/h rate is. This kind of heating is most common in areas where gas in not easily come by.

Heat-pump Dual Fuel Systems

Geothermal Heating FurnaceA fast growing form of heat is dual fuel heating. This partners a heat pump and either a gas or electric furnace to form one really efficient system. With Rheem’s new high efficiency 2 stage heat pumps they will out perform gas furnaces at moderate temperatures. Then when it is more cost effective to run the gas furnace, the heat pump will turn off and the furnace will run instead giving you and your family a cozy warm house at affordable prices!

Residential furnaces work in commercial applications too. Sometimes it is more economical to use a rooftop instead of a split system. A split system is made of two components the inside furnace and the outside unit. When a rooftop unit is used, the unit contains all of the parts needed to both heat and cool the building or space. Allow the pro’s at Comfort Mechanical to size your space and come up with a system to save energy and money. This can put money into your pocket and out of the utility companies wallet.

Stay Cool Inexpensively and Efficiently with High Efficiency Air Conditioners

There are a couple of ways you can cool your house by air conditioning. This can be done by using a standard condensing unit outdoors or it can be done by using a heat pump. Which one is best for you? With so many options in cooling capacity and capabilities these days it is really hard to know which unit to buy and what will be the best for your home.

A standard air conditioning unit only works in the spring, summer, and possibly fall. These units vary in capacity to fit your house individually. They also vary in SEER  rating (seasonal energy efficiency rating) which is the amount of electricity they require to cool your home. The higher the SEER rating of the unit the less energy it consumes. These units are normally cheaper than a comparable heat pump.

The next kind of air conditioning to consider is a heat pump. This unit operates year round as both a heating and cooling unit. This unit is more expensive to purchase but it does have its advantages. A heat pump can save the homeowner money since it is cheaper to operate than a furnace at moderate temperatures which leads to MUCH lower utilities bills.

Be Energy Efficient with our Geothermal Heat Pumps

Another kind of air conditioning to consider is the geothermal heat pump. This is the most energy efficient unit money can by. It has significant energy saving over even the highest rated SEER units on the market today. These units use renewable energy by harvesting heat and cooling from the ground, leaving virtually a ZERO carbon footprint behind.  The installation of this unit requires tubing in the ground in your yard.  With advances in how this part of the system can be installed it is getting easier and more common for the consumer to choose this option. The down side of this option is the cost. It is the most expensive of all of the heating and cooling options.

Mini Split or Ductless HVAC Systems

Huge advances have been made in the area of ductless air conditioning systems. These units range in capacity and capabilities but are just as efficient in some cases as a geothermal but have a lot less impact on your wallet.  Ductless air conditioning is available for residential and commercial applications.

Reduce Your Energy Bill with the Geothermal Heat Pump

geothermal heating and coolingHomeowners in virtually every region of the country are enjoying a high level of comfort and significantly reducing their energy use today by heating and cooling their homes with geothermal heat pumps (GHPs).

Geothermal heat pump technology relies primarily on the Earth’s natural thermal energy, a renewable resource, to heat or cool a home or commercial building. The only additional energy GHP systems require is the small amount of electricity they employ to concentrate what Mother Nature provides and then to circulate high-quality heating and cooling throughout the building.

Homeowners who use GHP systems give them superior ratings because of their ability to deliver comfortably warm air, even on the coldest winter days, and because of their extraordinarily low operating costs. As an additional benefit, GHP systems can provide inexpensive hot water, either to supplement or replace entirely the output of a conventional, domestic water heater.

Geothermal heating and cooling is cost effective because it uses energy so efficiently. This makes it very environmentally friendly, too. For these reasons, agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy recognize it. Owners of geothermal heat pump systems can relax and enjoy high-quality heating and cooling year after year. These systems work on a different principle than an ordinary furnace/air conditioning system, and they require little maintenance or attention from homeowners. Furnaces must create heat by burning a fuel – typically natural gas, propane, or fuel oil.

With geothermal heating systems, there’s no need to create heat, hence no need for chemical combustion. Instead, the Earth’s natural heat is collected in winter through a series of pipes, called a loop, installed below the surface of the ground or submersed in a pond or lake. Fluid circulating in the loop carries this heat to the home. An indoor geothermal heat pump then uses electrically – driven compressors and heat exchangers in a vapor compression cycle, the same principle employed in a refrigerator, to concentrate the Earth’s energy and release it inside the home at a higher temperature. In typical systems, duct fans distribute the heat to various rooms.

In summer, the process is reversed in order to cool the home. Excess heat is drawn from the home, expelled to the loop, and absorbed by the Earth. GHP systems provide cooling in the same way that a refrigerator keeps its contents cool – by drawing heat from the interior and moving it to an outside space.

Geothermal heat pump systems do the work that ordinarily requires two appliances, a furnace and an air conditioner. They can be located indoors because there’s no need to exchange heat with the outdoor air. They’re so quiet homeowners don’t even realize they’re on. They are also compact. Typically, they are installed in a basement or attic, and some are small enough to fit atop a closet shelf. The indoor location also means the equipment is protected from mechanical breakdowns that could result from exposure to harsh weather.

Geothermal heat pumps work differently than conventional heat pumps that use the outdoor air as their heat source or heat sink. GHP systems don’t have to work as hard (which means they use less energy) because they draw heat from a source whose temperature is moderate.

The temperature of the ground or groundwater a few feet beneath the Earth’s surface remains relatively constant throughout the year, even though the outdoor air temperature may fluctuate greatly with the change of seasons. At a depth of approximately six feet, for example, the temperature of soil in most of the world’s regions remains stable between 45 F and 70 F. This is why well water drawn from below ground tastes so cool even on the hottest summer days.

In winter, it’s much easier to capture heat from the soil at a moderate 50 degrees than from the atmosphere when the air temperature. This is also why GHP systems encounter no difficulty blowing comfortably warm air through a home’s ventilation system, even when the outdoor air temperature is extremely cold. Conversely, in summer, the relatively cool ground absorbs a home’s waste heat more readily than the warm outdoor air.

Studies show that approximately 70 percent of the energy used in a geothermal heating and cooling system is renewable energy from the ground. The remainder is clean, electrical energy which is employed to concentrate heat and transport it from one location to another. In winter, the ground soaks up solar energy and provides a barrier to cold air. In summer, the ground heats up more slowly than the outside air.

Comfort Mechanical carries two lines of Geothermal units. Bosch, formerly Florida Heat Pump and Comfort Aire. Are you desiring to save even more money on your commercial utility bills? Consider geothermal for your business too.

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Service your Heating and Air Conditioning with Comfort Mechanical

Even the best furnace or air conditioner will eventually need service work. We recommend that you have a service agreement in place with a trusted HVAC contractor.

Service agreements protect you from surprise repairs and unexpected system breakdowns by having an experienced professional check on and evaluate your home heating and cooling system on a regular basis. 

What are Service Agreements?

Do I Need One? Yes.
A Service Agreement is a yearly agreement between any customer and Comfort Mechanical which entitles the customer to:

1) an annual furnace cleaning
2) an annual air conditioning cleaning
3) 15% discount on replacement parts
4) 15% discount on new equipment

A Service Agreement saves each customer money by reducing the cost of annual maintenance of your heating and cooling system.

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Why Consider Indoor Air Quality?

  • Indoor Air Quality is a top five environmental concern by the EPA to public health
  • 20% of illnesses are either caused by, or aggravated by, polluted indoor air
  • The average 6 room house collects 40 pounds of dust per year
  • 10% of Americans have never changed the air filter to the HVAC system (or know they have one)
  • With today’s air tight homes air levels are typically much higher than outside (as much as 100 times more)
  • One out of 15 American homes have dangerous levels of radon gas and have never been tested. This gas is estimated to be the second leading cause of lung cancer.
  • Indoor air pollutants include: pollen, mold, bacteria, chemicals, carbon monoxide, radon, and high levels of carbon dioxide
  • Poor indoor air quality can cause or contribute to asthma, headaches, dry eyes, nasal congestion,  nausea, and fatigue
  • Over 7.6 million children ages 5-17 suffer from asthma
  • Over 12.7 million young adults ages 18-44 suffer from asthma
  • Most people spend 60% to 90% of their time indoors

Information provided by the American Lung Association

How Comfort Mechanical Can Help

Is there a single thing to fix all of these issues? No. There are several solutions to addressing these issues however:

Have an in home evaluation of your home and duct system to find the solution that is right for your home and family

  1. Air Duct Cleaning and Sealing – removing dust, pet dander, animal feces, mold, mildew, etc. from the air you breathe is a great place to start. This service cleans the air ducts and leaves your duct work on blowing air back into your home.
  2. Proper air filtration – using a high-efficiency air filter improves the quality of air you breathe too.  These systems attach to the heating and air duct work and filter out the air as it is circulated into your home.
  3. UV Lights – the best control over indoor air quality is the installation of an UV Light into the heating and air ducts. Why? This set up will destroy at the molecular level any airborne contaminant in your homes air.  You can have peace of mind with this one!
  4. Humidity levels are out of control – this can be addressed by dehumidifiers and humidifiers. This service should be performed by your local HVAC contractor

With so many choices and issues, how do you know where to start, and what is right for your home and family? Do not worry. Let our expert staff walk you through the process with our no cost in home evaluation.  Our evaluation process will show you what is needed in your home to alleviate the issues your family face. No high pressure salesman. Just expert advice.  Call Comfort Mechanical at 765-323-4629 today!

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