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Sunday, 15 April 2018 12:38

The Advantages of a Split System

bryant ductlessSplit systems have been growing in popularity over the last few years due to the number of advantages they provide over traditional HVAC systems. A split system is a heating and cooling system consisting of one unit outside that houses the condenser/ compressor and one or more units inside for air-handling. Split systems are also one option commonly referred to as a ductless system. Let's take a look at the advantages of split systems: Split systems have been growing in popularity over the last few years due to the number of advantages they provide over traditional HVAC systems. A split system is a heating and cooling system consisting of one unit outside that houses the condenser/ compressor and one or more units inside for air-handling. Split systems are also one option commonly referred to as a ductless system. Let's take a look at the advantages of split systems: 


1. Flexible - Split systems allow you to create zones with different heating or cooling set-ups in your home. You can also set it up by individual room where each room has a separate thermostat and is controlled independently from the others. 
2. Environmentally-friendly - Split systems are environmentally-friendly with many Energy Star options that reduce your carbon footprint by using less energy. Saving energy also means saving money on your utility bill.  
3. Ductless - Split systems are ductless. This advantage is also one that saves money on your utility bill. In traditional systems, as warm air moves through ducts, some of the heat is lost as the air is blown through your home. The same happens with cool air moving through ductwork. This loss of heat or cool as air moves through ducts translates to significant loss of energy. Split systems remove this problem by not using a duct system. 
4. Air Quality - There are two ways split systems offer better air quality over traditional systems. The first is by not using ducts. Ductwork is a collecting space for dust, pollen, pet dander, bacteria and other grime that you don't want to breathe. The second way is that split systems include a multi-filtration system that removes dust and debris that cleans the air before it is blown out into the home. This makes split systems a great choice if you have someone who suffers from asthma or allergies in your home. 
5. Quiet - Split systems tend to be much quieter than traditional systems. With the louder mechanics of the system housed in the outside unit, that means less noise inside. For traditional systems, all of the moving pieces and parts that are housed indoors create much more noise. 


Are you considering if a split system is right for your home? Call Carolina Comfort Systems and our technicians can visit your home for a complete estimate and answer all of your questions about the advantages you can expect in your home with a split system.

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HVAC Repair Myrtle BeachWhen your HVAC system needs a pricey repair, it's natural to consider whether it is more beneficial to do the repair or to replace the system. Here are three key factors to consider when making the decision whether to repair or to replace: When your HVAC system needs a pricey repair, it's natural to consider whether it is more beneficial to do the repair or to replace the system. Here are three key factors to consider when making the decision whether to repair or to replace: 

HVAC Repair Cost

When considering the cost of the repair versus replace question, there are two issues to keep in mind - both the bottom line of the repair bill but also the age of your HVAC system. A good age guideline to use is 10 years. 

  • If your current HVAC system is less than 10 years old and the repair bill is lower than one-third of what it would cost to replace it, going forward with the repair is a solid choice.
  • If your current HVAC system is more than 10 years old and the repair bill is higher than one-third of what it would cost to replace it, it's time to strongly consider replacement options.
  • If the repair bill is greater than 50% of what it would cost to replace your HVAC system, no matter what the age of your current system is, discuss replacement options with your heating and cooling provider.

 
Indoor Air Quality

Depending on the type of HVAC system you have, how the system has been maintained and climate conditions in your area, your current HVAC system might not be providing optimal indoor air quality. Carolina Comfort Systems can test your current indoor air quality and share the results with you. We can also advise you on any optional components that can improve your indoor air quality or if replacement should be considered. Indoor air can be several times more polluted than outdoor air and can worsen or even cause allergy and asthma systems and other illnesses. This makes indoor air quality an important thing to consider when deciding to repair or replace your HVAC system. 


Energy-Efficiency

Over the last several years, energy-efficiency standards have increased significantly. This means current HVAC systems are far more energy-efficient than older HVAC systems. Greater energy-efficiency means an HVAC system that heats or cools your home faster and runs less frequently or for shorter periods of time. This reduces the amount of energy your HVAC system uses and translates to lower monthly utility bills. 
The current minimum SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) in most states is 14 SEER (a few northern states have a 13 SEER minimum). If the SEER rating of your current HVAC system is significantly lower than the current standard or is so old that you don't have a SEER rating for it, you could save quite a bit of money on your utility bill by replacing your system. And you'll reduce your carbon footprint at the same time.  
To repair or replace is always a tough question. If you decide replacement is right for you, Carolina Comfort Systems offers financing solutions and affordable monthly payments. Also, replacing your current system to a more energy-efficient system could possibly qualify you for special tax credits and rebates on your energy bill from your local utility company. Give Carolina Comfort Systems a call to discuss your repair and replacement options.

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