If you have a sunroom that isn't connected to your home's HVAC system, you have plenty of options to heat or cool your sunroom without an expensive expansion of your system to include the sunroom. Some of these options can even be used together. For example, the light/heat-blocking shades or solar window films will help a window A/C unit work more efficiently by keeping the room from being heated up by the sun. The most efficient option for many homes could be a ductless heat pump. Carolina Comfort Systems can help you evaluate your needs for your sunroom and help you find the best options for heating and cooling.
Choosing a ductless system has many advantages. Namely, it's more efficient, cheaper and better for the environment. To explore whether a ductless system is right for your space or home, call Carolina Comfort Systems.
Buying a new HVAC system is a major expense but can often be worth it rather than fixing lots of problems along the way that add up to a big repair bill. These are some of the signs to watch and listen for to help you tell when it is time to replace your HVAC system.
Most homes do great with a SEER 14 or SEER 16 system, depending on the factors listed above. If your home currently has a system 10 years old or older, moving up to a 14 SEER system will be a great improvement in energy-efficiency and savings already. Call Carolina Comfort Systems and we'll do a full evaluation to help you pinpoint which SEER rating will give you the best bang for your buck.
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.
If you are in the market for a new system, there is no better time than rebate time to get the best deal for your buck. Here are a few exciting rebates and promotions happening right now.
Geothermal Technology = Major Savings
The best deal around is on one of Bryant's Geothermal Systems. Going with geothermal gets you a sizable credit on your tax return AND a rebate from one of the area's largest utility providers. These deals apply to five of Bryant's Geothermal Systems (models GB, GC, GP, GS and GT), including: Evolution Variable-Speed Geothermal Heat PumpLegacy Multi-Speed Geothermal Heat Pump Preferred Split System Indoor Geothermal Heat Pump Preferred Variable-Speed Geothermal Heat Pump
Federal Tax Credit Geothermal heat pumps currently qualify for a tax credit equal to 30% of the total cost of the new system, including installation and labor. Your new system must be installed by or before December 31, 2019 and you must include the credit on your 2019 federal income tax filing (Form 5695) submitted on or before April 16, 2020. If you have it installed before the end of 2018, you'll submit the information and form for your tax credit with your 2018 tax filing.
There are a few requirements to meet to be eligible for this tax credit. The geothermal system you choose must be Energy Star certified and must be installed in your regular residence or second home (no rental units allowed). To claim this tax credit, you'll need to keep your receipt handy and make sure you get a manufacturer's certification statement. Both documents are needed to claim this credit.
Santee Cooper Rebate If you are a Santee Cooper residential customer, this deal is about to get better. You can also snatch up a $600 per installed system rebate on your utility bill with Santee Cooper for systems installed and claims submitted by November 30, 2018. Of course, Santee Cooper has a few requirements to meet as well. First, you have to already be a Santee Cooper customer. Your home must be all electric. The system you choose must be either AHRI or Energy Star certified. An inspection is required along with a heat pump quality inspection form and proof of purchase.
Heat Pump with Base Pan Heater - Still a Great Deal
If geothermal isn't right for you, you still have savings opportunities. One example is with the Preferred Multi-Zone Heat Pump with Base Pan Heater. While this option doesn't have a federal tax credit, there is still a sizable rebate available from Santee Cooper. Santee Cooper is offering a rebate of $160 per ton, up to $400. Like the other Santee Cooper rebate, the installation and claim must be submitted by November 30, 2018. Your new system must be AHRI certified and installed in your primary residence or second residence. Your home must be all electric and you must be an existing Santee Cooper customer. An inspection is required along with a heat pump quality inspection form and proof of purchase.
Now is a great time to upgrade your system and rake in the savings at the same time. Going geothermal is the best deal but it's not the only deal available. Call Carolina Comfort Systems to explore your options and ways to save today.
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: 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:
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.
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.
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.