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Our 3rd Annual Ugliest Heater Contest is Underway!

Where did the past year go? Just about a year ago we awarded Eileen Cubberley of Somers Point a NEW Heater for having the oldest and ugliest heater submitted to our team and voted on by our loyal friends and followers! And we are ready to do it again...

Eileen and her family enjoyed the winter of 2018-2019 in complete comfort with a new heating system awarded to her after submitting an entry in our 2018 Ugliest Heater Contest. Once she submitted her entry, she was selected as one of our five finalists; which then went on to the public voting round of the competition. Although it was close, Eileen edged out her competition with over 200 votes to become the public’s choice for a new heating system.

Eileen and her family will enjoy their new heating system for many years to come. And we were so happy to provide this awesome family a new heater just before the cold winter months of 2018 that we can't wait to do it again!

Are you ready to win a new heater before the winter of 2019?

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Atlantic County's #1 HVAC Contractor Talks Humidity

Yes, you saw it correctly...#1 HVAC Contractor in Atlantic County is the newest title given to us by the readers of The Press of Atlantic City when they voted us the top spot for the Best of the Press GOLD Award for 2019!

We are incredibly humbled by this award and will continue to make you proud by providing outstanding customer service while offering superior products and equipment designed specifically for the Jersey Shore environment; as well as continuing to provide you reliable, educational content here on our blog! But enough about us...let's talk humidity!

Today doesn't feel too bad with a relative humidity around 79 percent...but this summer was brutal! So we thought we'd share some information about how the humidity levels this summer may have impacted your home and how you may not be aware of the damage these dangerous levels may have caused your investment!

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A Few Reasons Why Your House Is Not Cooling Down

It’s been a hot July and last week was a real scorcher...99-100 on the beach! If you’re reading this, you survived our recent heat waves. As for us...we just barely survived!

The Comfort Now Team put out a Herculean effort to respond to so many calls for help with broken or improperly functioning air conditioning systems, that we had a share a few of our favorites. As a team, we got a lot of air conditioners running again for local homeowners in a very short amount of time, but the issues probably could have been avoided in the first place...let me explain! As a homeowner, if you were to consider the enclosed tips to better prepare your home, you may keep from making similar calls to your local HVAC contractor during the next heat wave! As we mentioned, during the extreme weather, we fielded A LOT of calls with similar issues. Here are just a few examples of the calls we received:

The Basic Call for Service

“My AC hasn’t shut off for 2 days...it must be broken”

“It’s 75 (76,78,79,80) in my house...my AC is not working”

“The air coming out doesn’t feel cold...my air conditioner stopped working”

“I have a child, elderly person or pet at home and 78 degrees in my house is too hot for them...please help asap!“

Questions That Were Even Worse

“I have the thermostat set at 66 (65,64….62) and it’s only 69 (70….73)...why is my AC not working?”

“We got to the house at 3:00pm and it was 87 degrees in the house. We turned on the AC, it’s now 9:00pm and my house only cooled to 84 degrees...why is the AC not working?”

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8 Tips to Cool Your Home Better During a Heat Wave

Let's face it...it's been freakin' hot out this summer! It's only the early part of July and we've already had a couple of solid heat waves...and the worst is yet to come!

According to many indicators analyzed by the U.S. Global Change Research program, current heat wave frequency and the length of our recent heat waves have increased since the mid 1960's. The average heat wave season is now 45 days longer than it was 50 years ago! But there IS a way to beat the heat during a heat wave!

The unusually high temperatures reached during a heat wave are often a challenge for many air conditioning systems. Now don't be surprised if your AC unit never turns off on extremely hot days and the temperature inside your home starts to creep up beyond where you set your thermostat...this can be a normal occurrence. But don't worry, the air conditioner will eventually catch up overnight - or maybe towards the morning hours when it's cooler outside. Below we have some tips to help you cool your home more efficiently during a heat wave! First, we need to make sure your air conditioner is functioning properly...here are some quick problems to look for!

Why is my air conditioner not cooling my house below 80 degrees?

Certain issues or problems can often prevent your air conditioning unit from properly cooling down your home on extremely hot days. These issues or problems may include:

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How to Control Humidity in Your Home This Summer

If you live here along the Jersey Shore, you know high humidity and excess moisture in the summer months are NOT our friends! But high humidity and increased moisture in your home does not need to be your enemy either...let me explain.

If you can find a way to balance the indoor relative humidity levels in your home, you can also control any increases in moisture and ensure a comfortable, safe environment for you and your family! And here at the shore, this can be more challenging than in other areas of the country...as a local contractor, we know the struggles of dealing with hot, humid days at the shore...

So what is an ideal relative humidity level in your home?

People tend to have different preferences when it comes to what the indoor humidity level should be in their homes to feel most comfortable. In general, a relative humidity level between 35 to 50 percent is ideal for maximum comfort and should prevent unsafe microorganism growth throughout your home - yes, this includes the dreaded mold and mildew we all have to deal with here on the east coast and especially here at the Jersey Shore!

Why should you care about the humidity level in your home?

Great Question! Our comfort is important, but for many, our health is at greater risk in a home with high humidity levels. Here are just a few of the issues we may face if we allow the humidity and moisture in our homes to exceed a safe level...

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What's the Best Air Conditioner for Jersey Shore Homes?

If you live within 10 miles of the Jersey Shore, chances are you know how harsh salt air can be on anything outside of your home. Well, your outdoor air conditioning condenser is not immune to the harsh conditions we all experience here at the Jersey Shore! But there is an answer to your air conditioning needs that will help you sleep at night knowing the salt air is not corroding your air conditioner prematurely!

Introducing the Carrier Coastal System Air Conditioner

Carrier's Coastal System is designed to withstand the rigors of the Jersey Shore environment and comes with one of the best warranties you'll find for a coastal unit! The average life expectancy (nationally) of an air conditioning unit is about 15 years. In the harsh conditions of the Jersey Shore, it can be about half that...maybe less! But we have a solution...

Take a few minutes and watch this short video where Comfort Bob shares a solution for Jersey Shore Homeowners to combat salt corrosion and get an air conditioning system to last at least 10 years or more in even the worst beach environments...

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Great Tips to Get Relief from Allergies in Your Home

It's early Spring and allergy season is it full gear! If you are like most South Jersey Shore folks, we are all looking for relief in anyway we can! Sure, we can all take an allergy pill or two, but do you really want to walk around all day in a constant state of drowsiness???

Is there a solution to allergy season for my family and I that doesn't require medication?

We may not have the solution to outdoor allergies (just yet), but we sure can help eliminate pollutants in your home and improve your indoor air quality through some basic adjustments to your air conditioning system. For more severe cases where poor indoor air quality is preventing you or your family from enjoying the Spring season, we have several additional options for finally getting rid of dust, pet dander, chemical fumes, viruses, mold and many more air borne contaminants from your home...

Take a few minutes and watch this short video where Comfort Bob shares a simple little trick to get your air conditioning system to help ease your constant suffering from seasonal allergies for you and your family while inside your home!

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Do-It-Yourself A/C Tune-Up Tips by Comfort Bob

It's a Saturday morning in the middle of April. I know it's raining today, but the temperatures are rather warm outside - it's supposed to hit about 70 degrees later this afternoon...

And what does that mean? Air Conditioner season is right around the corner!

When the weather breaks this afternoon, it would be a great time to get a little work done around the house. Hiring a contractor to get your air conditioning system in shape is a fantastic idea, but maybe you're a DIY kinda homeowner. Here are a few do-it-yourself tips for getting your air conditioner ready for the upcoming Spring / Summer months so you'll have a little piece of mind and a cool house this summer!

Take a few minutes and watch this short video where Comfort Bob shares a few do-it-yourself tips for preparing your air conditioning system to run more efficiently this season!

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Price Increase Alert...Cost of New Heaters Going Up!

Are you on the fence about buying a new heater? It's better to make your decision NOW! After July of 2019 it will cost you quite a bit more...here’s why!

New Government Regulations Are Going to Increase the Cost of Replacing Your Heater!

5 years ago the Department of Energy (DOE) established a new standard requiring higher efficiency fans in residential heaters as part of its Energy Conservation Program. This “new standard”, called a maximum fan energy rating (or FER) goes into effect this July and it's going to raise the costs of a new heating system...that’s a fact!

We now understand that this regulation will increase the cost of a new heating system by as much as 10 - 18 percent! Regardless of manufacturer, this could increase the purchase price of a new heater by as much as $400.00!

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Will Punxsutawney Phil Be Right...an Early Spring?

What do you think?

Do you agree with Punxsutawney Phil’s prediction of an early Spring? The people of Punxsutawney, PA sure do believe Spring is on the horizon. If history has anything to with it, who knows what will happen since that furry little prognosticator has only been right 40% of the time over the last ten years. Some people believe that Phil’s predictions are always right, but have been misinterpreted because of his native tongue Groundhogese. Only time will tell if we can put those winter coats away for the season!

Groundhog Day, originally called Candlemas Day, first came about in 1886 when the local newspaper captured February 2nd as a religious Christian holiday. The Christians thought if they brought their candles to church and had them blessed on this day, their households would be blessed throughout the winter. There was even an English folk song that evolved for the holiday, check this out...

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