Building departments use the permit process to enforce local, state, and national construction codes. Building officials, often portrayed as “bad guys” who interfere with a homeowner’s privacy, actually provide a service of great value to you and your family. Protection at a Modest Price Inspectors are well-trained to fulfill their mission “to ensure the life safety and general welfare of residents, visitors, employees and the general public.” This benefit is inexpensive – typically about 2% of project cost (for the HVAC industry). Many contractors avoid the lawful permit process. We will investigate in the next few posts why you, the homeowner, should insist your contractor obtain permits as required. At Complete Comfort, our standard is 100% permit compliance. The Process
Many consider November and April to be the two nicest months in South Florida. Temperatures are mild, often accompanied by a gentle breeze. But change means rain and humidity. At lower outdoor temperatures, indoor humidity control is a challenge. Home comfort systems are designed for the heat of summer and the cold of winter. The in-between times of spring and fall are problematic. The air conditioner that removes humidity does not run in cool weather. At times, it is more comfortable outdoors than in. Here are a few solutions: Open the windows Open windows are the ultimate free solution. Ventilation is a great way to freshen up your home. Closed homes tend to concentrate pollutants (cleaning products, pet odors, and the like).
Is your air conditioner not working? Many homeowners underestimate the importance of maintaining their heating and air conditioning units. It’s true that air conditioning units last typically between 10 and 15 years, but proper maintenance can extend the lifespan and keep the system working properly for years. If you do run into a problem, it’s important to know just how common it is. Here are just a few of the most common air conditioner problems that can be avoided with proper maintenance. Dirty/Debris-Filled Registers One common cause of air conditioner problems is the buildup of significant amounts of dirt and debris inside the unit. Changing the filter regularly can alleviate the buildup, but make it
The smooth hum of the condenser unit is assurance of comfort indoors. A soft “hum” from the blower in the closet tells us the equipment is powered-up and ready for service. A quiet “whoosh” from the grille accompanies the cool air delivered to each room. But, there are a few air conditioner noises that indicate potential problems. Though listening is only a small part of the diagnostic process, an observant homeowner will catch a small problem before it becomes large. Always call Complete Comfort with your service needs and questions. We are here to serve you. Glug-Glug Water is supposed to drain unimpeded from the blower unit to the outdoors. A glug-glug noise akin to rapidly emptying a gallon water jug is
There is a second storm that comes some days after the winds have quieted and the waters receded. It approaches quietly, and you will hear little about it on the evening newscast. Yet the damage can affect health and property as certainly as any other tropical phenomenon. It’s name is not Homer, Irma, or Jose – it is called “indoor air quality.” Water Leaks Few homes are 100% water-tight in the face of the high winds that force water through even the smallest crevice. Most building materials (wood, concrete, stucco) are permeable and will allow minute amounts of water to penetrate. How much water is not the issue – biological growth requires only a thin