The average lifespan of an HVAC system is about 15 to 20 years. The key to having a long lifespan for your HVAC is regular professional maintenance. You'll also need a few tune-ups and repairs along the way. But how can you tell when your HVAC's time is done? Here are the factors to consider when you're deciding whether to repair or replace your HVAC system.
Fall is just a few short weeks away. Take some time now to prep your HVAC system for the cooler fall weather so you don't end up with no heat on a cold day or night. A little preparation now can save you money from an emergency service call later.
When the temperatures rise, you need every tip and trick in the book to help keep your home cool and comfortable. Here are 8 tips to keep your home cooler this summer.
Summertime is here and so is the heat and humidity. If you haven't already done so, now is a good time to prep your Bryant system for the sweltering summer.
The summer heat is right around the corner so now is the time to prep your A/C unit for summer. Here is your checklist to get your system ready to keep you cool when the hot and humid gets going.
While our winters might be short here in the Grand Strand, they can get mighty cold. These 8 tips can help you save money on your heating costs this winter.
You've likely heard of zoning or zoned systems before but perhaps you weren't quite sure what it meant or why anyone would choose a zoned system. We're here to solve the mystery of what is zoning and how it can be beneficial for your home.
HVAC zoning or a zoned system is a professionally installed control system comprised of a damper unit and a thermostat for each zone or room in the house. The control systems from each zone are then wired into a central control panel. This central control panel receives information from the thermostat in each zone and uses that information to control the dampers (and thus the temperature) for each zone.
As a comparison, many home HVAC systems are controlled by one thermostat that determines the temperature through the entire house. A zoned system has a separate thermostat for each zone that controls the temperature of just that zone. An easy analogy is to think of the lighting in your home. Instead of having one light switch that controls the lighting for your entire house, each room has its own light switch that controls the light in that room. This is similar to the difference between a non-zoned system and a zoned system.
HVAC zoning offers several benefits over non-zoned systems.
Could HVAC zoning be a good fit for your home? Call Carolina Comfort Systems today to learn more about how zoning can work for you.
It has been a hot and brutal summer so far here in the Grand Strand. Many people are seeing large increases in their utility bill as their cooling system kicks on more frequently to combat the high temperatures. We've got some tips to help you keep your cooling costs under control this summer.
1. Use fans - Box fans, pedestal fans, ceiling fans... just about any kind of fan will help keep you cooler. In fact, running a ceiling fan is shown to help it feel as much as 4 degrees cooler. Fans cool you down by creating air current that flows over the surface of your skin and helps cool your body. So, keep in mind that fans cool people, not rooms and be sure to turn off fans in rooms you aren't using.
2. Avoid generating cooking heat - Avoid using your oven, stove or any indoor small appliances that generate heat. These appliances will increase the heat inside your home and make your AC work harder to keep things cool. Instead, opt for grilling outside.
3. Upgrade your AC/cooling system - If your cooling system is more than 10 years old, it's possible that newer models with a higher SEER rating will work more efficiently at keeping your home cool while using less energy to do it. This is especially true of EnergyStar systems. At the very least, keeping your current system well-maintained with professional cleaning and inspection at least once per year (preferably twice) will help the system you have work as efficiently as it can.
4. Get a programmable thermostat - A programmable thermostat lets you set it and forget it in terms of your home's temperature. You can set it to a warmer temperature for the hours you'll be away at work and set it to come to your desired temperature when you normally arrive home. You'll stay cool and comfortable when you're home and save energy when you aren't.
5. Change your air filter - During the summer months, it's ideal to change your air filter at least monthly. Your cooling unit is running overtime and a gunked up air filter will make it work harder and for a longer period of time to reach the desired temperature. Keep the air filter fresh and clean and your system won't have to work as hard and won't consume extra energy.
6. Keep all vents and intakes clear and unblocked - Similarly, your air vents and intakes help your cooling system run at its most efficient. If vents are blocked by furniture, clogged up with debris or otherwise not able to operate clear and open, it makes your HVAC work even harder to reach and hold the desired temperature.
7. Block sunlight - Use blackout curtains, blinds or even invest in window films that reflect out UV and infrared rays from the sun. Reflecting away the sun's energy keeps your home cooler and prevents sun-related heat-up.
8. Replace leaky windows - If your windows have seen better days, you might want to have them checked for air leaks. Windows with drafts or air leaks let hot air in and cool air out. While new windows can be an expensive upgrade, the money you'll save from new energy-efficient windows will have you wondering why you didn't have them replaced sooner.
As you can see from the top 8 tips here, there are a number of things you can do to help your cooling system work more efficiently this summer. As a bonus, when your HVAC works more efficiently, it uses less energy and keeps your utility bill under control.
It's officially spring and time to take care of preventative maintenance for your HVAC system. Taking care of your HVAC system in the spring gets you prepped and ready for the hot and humid summer months. A little bit of maintenance now can help ensure your home stays comfortable all summer long. Here are some maintenance items you can take care of any time of year:
1. Check around the outside unit for any debris that could be hindering the smooth operation of the unit. If you find debris, turn the system off (safety first) and clear it away. Turn the system back on and check the outdoor unit during the next cycle to make sure it's running without any obstructions.
2. Clean out the A/C drainage hole. This drain tends to be fairly small so a fine pipe cleaner or even a paper clip can help ensure there is no build up in the drain that could impede the condensation from draining away from the unit.
3. Clean your dehumidifier. Open up the dehumidifier unit and allow to dry thoroughly inside. Once the inside of the unit is dry, use a vacuum or shopvac to remove any dirt and debris inside the unit. Keeping your dehumidifier clean helps it maintain efficient removal of extra moisture from the air in your home.
4. Change your furnace filter. Here in South Carolina, land of pollen, your furnace filter can get gunked up quickly. Most recommendations for this area are to change your air filter at least every other month, however, you might need to change it monthly to keep good air flow and keep your indoor air cleaner.
5. Invest in a smart thermostat. A smart thermostat is a great investment for your home that will easily pay for itself in the money you save with more precise control of your HVAC system when you're at home and when you're on the go. You can change your settings from anywhere through your smartphone and most models give you tips on how to save even more money based on your normal use.
And make sure to schedule your regular maintenance service with Carolina Comfort Systems. Your regular maintenance service includes a thorough cleaning and inspection of your HVAC system to keep everything working in optimal condition. Your Carolina Comfort Systems technician will also look for signs of wear and tear and recommend any belt or part replacements needed to prevent a costly emergency call later on.
Even better, Carolina Comfort Systems offers four different Comfort Star Protection Plans for you to choose from so your regular maintenance is one less thing to remember. Plus being a Comfort Star Protection Plan customer gives you priority customer service when you do have an urgent need and extra discounts depending on which plan you choose. To learn more about our preventative maintenance programs, just give us a call.
National Tune Up Day for your heating and cooling system is coming up this September 25th! This day was founded to remind everyone to have their HVAC systems cleaned and tuned up before the cooler weather sweeps in. The best time to have your HVAC system inspected and tuned up is ahead of the seasonal switch-over from using your system to cool your home to heating your home instead.
Benefits of HVAC Tune Ups
HVAC tune ups keep your system running efficiently, conserving energy and keeping your costs down. Having a tune up every year can also help catch wear and tear or other issues that could lead to a more costly (and uncomfortable) system failure during the cold part of the year. Here are just a few of the things technicians check and do during your yearly HVAC tune up:
The list above is just a short example of the many things your HVAC maintenance technician will test, inspect, clean and check during your yearly tune up appointment. Keeping your system properly maintained keeps you warm and toasty when the cool weather hits. Remind your friends to schedule their heating and cooling system tune ups by using the hashtag #NationalTuneUpDay on social media. They'll thank you for the reminder this January when they're cozy and comfortable no matter how cold it gets outside.