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Indoor Air QualityMold thrives in humid climates... like South Carolina. And you may not even realize you have a mold problem. Mold can grow inside walls due to condensation from plumbing, above the ceiling from water leaks, and even under the floor. Mold spores spread easily and once you have a mold problem, it can be difficult to eradicate. Mold releases toxins and particles that can aggravate allergies or even cause serious illness. The best way to fight mold, is to prevent it - here are 8 ways to prevent mold from taking up residence in your home.

1. Completely dry wet areas. Also make sure not to leave wet towels or clothing laying around as they can grow mold faster than expected.

2. Vent properly. Make sure laundry rooms, bathrooms, HVAC systems and dehumidifiers vent to the outside to avoid moisture build-up in the home.

3. Watch for indoor humidity. Telltale signs of indoor humidity include condensation on the inside of windows, near plumbing and on walls or ceilings.

4. Take care of gutters. Regularly clean debris from gutters, repair leaks and check for leaks. Damaged gutters can easily lead to roof leaks that allow mold to grow in less visible areas.

5. Keep air circulating. Make sure air circulates well through the home. Use ceiling fans and keep a bit of space between furniture and the wall. Regularly open closets and closed spaces to allow air to circulate.

6. Mind the plants. Moist soil that helps house plants thrive also provides ideal conditions for mold growth. Regularly check soil and plants themselves for signs of mold growth.

7. Clear the perimeter. Regularly check around the perimeter of your home the ground slope carries water away from your house. Water that collects along the foundation can easily turn into a crawlspace or basement leak - and a breeding ground for mold.

8. Use mold-resistant building materials. Remodels, repairs and newly built homes can all be done with mold-resistant drywall and building materials, particularly in rooms that see higher moisture levels like bathrooms, kitchens, basements and laundry rooms.

These 8 tips can help you prevent mold growth in your home. The best remedy for mold problems really is preventing them from occurring to begin with!  Carolina Comfort Systems is here to assist you with all your Myrtle Beach indoor air quality needs.

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Saturday, 15 July 2017 15:42

Bryant's Pre-Service Checklist

Bryant Service Checklist | HVAC service Myrtle BeachWhen you have a scheduled maintenance service visit with Carolina Comfort Systems or need one of our expert Bryant technicians to come out for emergency service, it's helpful to be prepared. Here are a few things you can do to prep before our service technician arrives.

  1. Write down the model numbers of your heating and cooling system as well as any components that have model numbers visible.
  2. Make a list of all problems you have noticed and when the problems began.
  3. Make sure you know where to access all components inside and outside the home, and make sure the area is clear so the technician can get to the unit(s).
  4. Have your previous service records handy.
  5. If your heat pump is frozen, turn it off before you call for service to give it time to thaw before the technician arrives.
  6. Make sure you have done your "common sense" checks to rule out simple fixes that may not need a technician:
  7. Check that your air filter. A dirty air filter can cause a surprising number of problems.
  8. Check the batteries in your thermostat. Thermostats that run solely on battery power stop signaling to the HVAC system when batteries burn out.
  9. Check your circuit breaker to ensure the circuit for your HVAC system hasn't flipped.
  10. Check to make sure none of the vents or intake registers are closed or blocked by furniture. Improper air flow can trigger emergency shut-off on some systems.
  11. Check outdoor unit to ensure there isn't debris obstructing any moving parts. Also check the disconnect switch to make sure the outdoor unit isn't switched off.
  12. Check shut off switches on the interior unit, such as the SSU switch - which should be in the "on" position.
  13. Adjust thermostat to a higher (or lower, depending on season) temperature and listen for the blower to turn on. If it doesn't turn on after a few adjustments of temperature, make a note of it and turn off system to avoid damage.
  14. Secure pets in another room before the technician arrives for their safety and the technician's,
  15. Answer your phone. Our technician may call to let you know he's on his way, or to get additional directions to your home.

Using the above checklist to prepare for your service with Carolina Comfort Systems will help you have everything you need at your fingertips. Making sure pets are secure and units are accessable helps our Carolina Comfort Systems technician perform your service as efficiently as possible.

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