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Tuesday, 30 June 2020 12:10

Keeping Your Home Cooler This Summer

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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. 

 
1. Heat reducing window film - Install heat reducing window film on windows to help block between 70-90% of the infrared heat and UV rays from the sun. This helps prevent your house from getting warmed up by the sun while still allowing you to enjoy plenty of natural light. 
 
2. Close the blinds - Closing the blinds reflects the sun's rays back out of the window and prevents those rays from warming up your home. If you can't afford window films (tip #1), this is a good alternative, though it does restrict natural light. 
 
3. Use your ceiling fans - First, it's important to remember that fans cool people, not rooms. It's the airflow moving across your skin that cools you down when sitting under or in front of a fan. Using your ceiling fan can help you feel as if the room is four degrees cooler. 
 
4. Use a programmable thermostat - If you are gone most of the day, use a programmable thermostat to conserve energy and operate at a higher temperature when you are not home, then gradually cool down to your desired temperature by the time you normally arrive home. This keeps you comfortable and cool when you are home while saving you money during the day. 
 
5. Install a ductless unit - If you have a particularly warm room or rooms that the ductwork doesn't reach, a ductless system is a great option. It mounts on the wall and cools the room down with a low carbon footprint. It can save you money while keeping the desired room cool and comfortable. 
 
6. Plant trees - Trees and shrubs create shade and shade helps block some of the sunlight reaching your home. Less sunlight reaching your home is less sunlight to warm up your home by the sun's rays. A shaded home is a cooler home. 
 
7. Cook outside more - Use your grill or outdoor kitchen to cook more of your meals. This keeps the residual heat from cooking outside. You won't be artificially heating up your home with the stove or oven with indoor cooking. 
 
8. Keep inside doors open - To allow for the best airflow through your home and an overall cooler home, keep your interior doors open. 
 
Summers in South Carolina can get really hot. We hope these 8 tips to keep your home cooler this summer help you ride out the heat in comfort. 
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Tuesday, 30 June 2020 11:50

Prepping Your Bryant System for Summertime

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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. 

 
1. Clean or replace air filters - Dirty air filters restrict airflow and cause your system to work harder. Also, dirty indoor air circulating through your home can trigger asthma and allergy symptoms. 
 
2. Have your system cleaned and inspected twice per year - Once per year is the minimum but twice per year is the recommendation. You should have your system cleaned and inspected in the fall for your furnace and again in the spring for your air conditioner. This will keep your system running as optimally as possible and help you reap all the benefits of a well-maintained system. 
 
3. Remove debris from around the outdoor unit - Regularly inspect and clean away debris from your outdoor unit such as leaves, twigs and grass clippings. It's also important that your outdoor unit have a good amount of space for airflow around it. Make sure any shrubs or bushes are trimmed away from the unit to allow a two-foot clearance between the plant and the unit for proper airflow. 
 
4. Install a smart thermostat - Bryant's Homewise smart thermostat helps your system run more efficiently. It can sense when no one is home and automatically adjust itself to an away temperature or you can use your smartphone to adjust your home's temperature while you are on the go. When all of the great features are used, this smart thermostat can save as much as 20% on your utility bills. 
 
5. Keep vents open - Check and make sure at least 80% of the vents in your home are fully open. When more than 20% of the vents are closed, it creates strain on your Bryant system that can cause a breakdown or lead to additional wear and tear on your system. This can shorten the lifespan of your Bryant system. 
 
6. Set ceiling fans in the right direction - While not directly related to your system but a tip that will help your system keep your home cooler, make sure your ceiling fans are going in the right direction. During the summer, you want the downdraft to help circulate cool air so fans should run counterclockwise. During the winter, you want an updraft to pull cooler air up and force warmer air down so fans should run clockwise. 
 
Summer has begun here in South Carolina with much warmer and more humid days yet to come. If you haven't already prepped your Bryant system for summer, now is the time to do so. Keeping your Bryant system prepped and maintained will keep it working hard all summer long to keep you cool and comfortable. 
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In a standard system, there is generally only one speed so your system is either cycled off or cycled on full speed. When the temperature drops or rises and triggers the HVAC system to turn on, the system must ramp up to the one full speed and run until the temperature reaches the desired level before cycling off. Bryant has variable speed technology. What this means is that the speed your HVAC needs to ramp up to for a cycle can vary. Your system's speed only ramps up as far as is necessary to keep the comfort level steady to heat or cool your home. Let's take a look at some other benefits. 

 
1. Your system doesn't work as hard or as long - Because variable speed allows for speeds below the "full speed" of most other systems, your system doesn't have to work as hard to get to a lower speed. Lower speeds don't require as long to cycle fully on and then fully off so your system also doesn't run for as long when you have variable speed options. 
 
2. Maximizes comfort - Creates more interior temperature sensitivity and also better humidity control when your system can react more precisely to fluctuations in temperature. This means your temperature stays more steady and constant and you stay more comfortable. 
 
3. Energy efficient - By only ramping up to the speed necessary to maintain comfort, Bryant's variable speed technology is energy efficient. A slower speed, faster cycle with a Bryant system uses less energy than a full speed, complete cycle with a standard system. Any time you are saving energy, you're also saving money on your utility bill. 
 
4. Quieter operation - Because the system can use slower speeds, it operates at a quieter level than a standard system at full speed. Slower speeds aren't as loud and noisy as traditional systems with only one speed. You can enjoy maximum comfort with the quietest operation necessary to keep your home at the right temperature. 
 
Bryant's variable speed technology can be found on many of the Evolution line of comfort systems and the Preferred Geothermal Heat Pump as well. To explore the different variable speed technology can make for your home and comfort, call Carolina Comfort Systems to learn more. 
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Does your home have hot or cold spots? Are there rooms in your home that just don't seem to ever be the same temperature as the rest of your home? Have you adjusted your vents to no avail? Then a Bryant Ductless System might be right for you. Let's take a closer look at the benefits of a ductless system. 

 
1. Great for unheated/uncooled spaces - Ductless systems are great for spaces that are unheated or uncooled by your home's primary HVAC system. This might include the attic, basement, enclosed patio or sunroom, garage or shed. Because a ductless system doesn't rely on existing ductwork, you can install one just about anywhere you need more comfort. 
 
2. Can be used for one area/zone or part of a multi-zone system - A Bryant ductless system can be used as a single unit or coordinated to work in concert with your home's multi-zone system. So, it can address that hot or cold room in your house as part of your home's comfort system. 
 
3. Saves energy - Bryant ductless systems are energy efficient and Energy Star certified. They can achieve up to a 42 SEER rating. Being Energy Star certified, there might be additional rebates and savings you might qualify for when you buy a ductless system. 
 
4. Can go anywhere - Because a ductless system doesn't require any ductwork, it can literally be installed in almost any space or room where you need better comfort. Extra ductwork to connect a room with your existing duct system is costly and can add wear and tear on your HVAC system to accommodate cooling or heating the extra space. 
 
5. Quiet operation - With Bryant's Inverter Technology, your ductless unit will run whisper quiet indoors and the outdoor part of the unit is similar in volume to a refrigerator hum or a dishwasher running. 
 
6. Comes with a 10 year warranty - Your Bryant ductless system comes with a 10-year limited warranty on the overall unit and a 10-year limited warranty on the compressor. 
 
For an energy efficient solution to the hot or cold spots in your house, consider a Bryant ductless system. Carolina Comfort Systems is your authorized Bryant dealer on the Grand Strand. Give us a call to discuss how we can make every space in your life more comfortable. 
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Monday, 14 October 2019 10:47

Heating and Cooling Options for Your Sunroom

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1. Window A/C Unit - For one room, a window A/C unit can be a simple solution. The drawback is that you'll have to turn it on manually when you want to cool the space. Window units can also add quite a bit to your utility bill. 
 
2. Space Heater - During the cooler months, a space heater is a great option to warm up the sunroom. However, like the window A/C, it has to be turned on manually and time given to allow it to warm up the space. 
 
3. Ceiling Fan - If your sunroom isn't equipped with a ceiling fan, this is a worthwhile addition to the space. It starts circulating air immediately, which helps cool you down. In fact, running a ceiling fan can make it feel as much as 4 degrees cooler in the space. Just remember that fans cool people and not rooms so you'll want to turn it off when you aren't in the sunroom. 
 
4. Window Treatments - If your sunroom doesn't have window treatments, look into light and heat-blocking blinds, shutters or shades. They can be closed during the day to keep the room cooler or opened during the cooler months to warm up the room. 
 
5. Window Films - Solar window films are another great option for helping with temperature control in your sunroom. Depending on what you choose, many films can block between 70-90% of the sun's rays and heat, keeping your sunroom naturally cooler. They also have darkened or reflective films that allow you to see out but prevent outsiders from seeing in. 
 
6. Insulation - You might be wondering where insulation would go in a sunroom with all of the windows. Insulating the ceiling helps cut down the heat in the summer and prevent the chill in the winter. 
 
7. Ductless Heat Pump - This option consists of an outside air compressor and an indoor wall unit. They don't connect to your home's duct system (hence ductless) but can provide the same level of comfort you enjoy inside your home. They're energy-efficient and ideal for single rooms like a sunroom. 
 

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. 

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Monday, 28 October 2019 10:41

Signs You Might Need a New HVAC System

22730138 1555197987892382 8002894366383275479 nThe last several years have been some of the warmest on record. Super hot and humid summers and extreme temperature shifts due to climate change can really take a toll on your HVAC system. Here's how to tell if you might be ready for a new HVAC system. 
 
  •  Repairs - The repair bills start adding up. When major components start to go, such as the blower, coils or motor, the cost of those repairs will add up quickly, making it more economical to consider replacing the system. 
  • Age - If your HVAC system is more than 10 years old, you're going to need to replace your system sooner rather than later. While you might get a couple more years out of it if you were very diligent on regular maintenance, the average lifespan is about 10 years. 
  • Maintenance - If you haven't kept up with regular maintenance of your system, that can add serious wear and tear to your system. It also increases the risk of total system failure as regular maintenance not only keeps things running smoothly but also helps find small problems before they turn into big and expensive problems. There could also be safety issues with your system such as loose connections, frayed wires or cracks in components. 
  • Noises - Loud noises that are new or worsening are a sign you might need a new HVAC. Listen for louder humming coming from the blower, groaning or banging from the furnace, new or louder noise coming from the outside unit and loud noises before the A/C turns on. All of these noises indicate wear and tear on the system and that it's only a matter of time before a breakdown. 
  • Running Longer - If you notice your system running for longer and longer periods of time (other than the hottest days of summer) or struggling to reach and maintain the desired temperature, your system is on borrowed time. 
 
A new HVAC system is a big expense for many people and one you don't want to hit unexpectedly. Keep an eye and an ear out for these signs that you might need a new HVAC system so you can be prepared and avoid being blindsided by a big bill.
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Friday, 08 November 2019 10:34

Common Cold Weather HVAC Problems

79019711 1301597456697739 7990553119656247296 oWhen the cold weather hits, often so do HVAC problems. This is especially true if you're firing up your furnace for the first time this season. When your HVAC goes down, there are a number of problems that could be to blame. Let's explore the most common cold weather HVAC problems. 
 
 
  • Malfunctioning Heat Pump - There are a few different issues that can cause the heat pump to malfunction. First, the coils could fail to defrost. In order for the coils to work properly, they must be free of frost and ice build-up. Heat pump systems have an automatic setting for defrosting the coils so this problem could be a failure in that automatic system. Other issues that can cause the heat pump to malfunction include a broken fan motor or a blocked coil.
  • Dirty Air Filter - While a dirty air filter is an easy to fix issue that should be taken care of year round, it becomes particularly noticeable during cold weather. The particles and debris in the air filter restrict airflow and cause the HVAC system to work harder. This also results in reduced airflow throughout the home causing cold spots and uneven heating in the home.
  • Frozen Pipes or Coils - As temperatures drop, pipes and coils can freeze over and stop functioning properly. This is true not just for the HVAC system but also hot water heaters and steam radiators. Even worse, frozen pipes and coils can build up pressure that causes them to burst.
  • Broken Thermostat - While this issue might not be directly related to cold weather, it seems that broken or malfunctioning thermostats happen most when it's cold out. Many times, thermostat issues are due to faulty or damaged wiring. Simply having the wiring fixed can restore proper power and function in these cases. Other times, it is the thermostat itself that has a defect or problem. In this case, a new thermostat should be installed and calibrated to the HVAC system to solve the problem.
  • Pilot Light Problems - The pilot light is the small blue flame that usually stays lit at all times (except for ignition furnaces). If the pilot light doesn't burn strongly enough or won't stay lit, the problem is often a dirty or damaged flame sensor. The flame sensor helps detect the presence and strength of the pilot light flame to ensure proper operation of the furnace. When the sensor is dirty or damaged, it cannot sense the flame properly and thus the furnace doesn't cycle on.
  • Carbon Monoxide Leak - Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless gas that can poison people and animals, resulting in serious illness or death. CO is particularly dangerous because it is so difficult to detect. When a system has a CO leak, the most common culprit is a cracked heat exchanger inside the heater. Blocked or inadequate ventilation can also cause CO to build up in a home as well. 
 
Cold weather is hard on your HVAC system, even though it is designed to help keep you warm. There are a number of common problems that can crop up with your HVAC when the colder weather hits. This list isn't exhaustive but includes the most common cold weather HVAC problems you could be facing if your heater isn't working as it should. Give Carolina Comfort Systems a call if your heater just isn't keeping up or isn't working and we'll get you fixed up and warmed up fast.
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Thursday, 12 December 2019 10:17

Advantages of Ductless Systems

22490203 775254845998672 8833934584310213582 nHave you been considering a ductless system? Or perhaps you've heard of ductless systems but wondered what kind of advantages they provide. Here are some of the many advantages to choosing a ductless system. 
 
1. Save Money - They are smaller and more energy efficient than a full standard HVAC system. Plus it uses less electricity and only heats the space you're using so you don't waste money and energy heating rooms you don't use. 
 
2. Improve Indoor Air Quality - Ductless systems are equipped with air filters that pull the dust, pollen, dander, allergens, bacteria and other gunk from the air. Traditional HVAC systems can harbor dust and allergens in the ductwork (even after a cleaning) that blows into your home along with the warm or cool air. Therefore, a ductless system helps you and your family breathe cleaner and easier. 
 
3. Doesn't Require Ductwork - Ductless systems don't use ductwork and are much easier to install. And because they don't need ductwork, there is no need to rip open walls or ceilings to install ducts. 
 
4. Flexible Solution - Ductless systems are a flexible solution because they allow you to heat or cool different zones or areas of your home as needed, instead of heating up the entire house. 
 
5. Tax Credits - Several states and local utility companies offer credits or rebates for purchasing a ductless system. You might even qualify for federal tax credits as well. 
 
6. Environmentally Friendly - The small size of ductless systems allows for great energy efficiency. They also follow Energy Star guidelines, which means they meet federal requirements for energy savings. Further, they use a refrigerant called R410A, which is widely known for its zero ozone impact potential. So, a ductless system is better for the environment not just with the energy it saves but also in the components used in the unit to cool or heat your space. 
 

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.

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Monday, 27 January 2020 14:55

Signs You Might Need a New HVAC

iStock 1152020644If you think your HVAC isn't working like it should or like it used to, you might be due for an HVAC replacement. How can you tell? We've got a list of the signs you might need a new HVAC system. 
 
1. Loud Noises - HVAC systems normally get louder with age but some loud noises are a signal that your HVAC is reaching the end of its lifespan. Noises to listen for include: blower humming louder, furnace banging, noise before the AC starts up and loud noises coming from the outdoor unit. 
 
2. More Frequent Repairs - When the costs of repairs and parts start adding up, it's time to consider replacing the unit. This is especially true if the coil, motor or compressor goes out. In those cases, it makes more sense financially to replace the unit than to continue to pay for costly repairs to the existing unit. 
 
3. Increasing Running Time - If you've noticed your HVAC has been kicking on more often and/or it runs for much longer to reach the desired temperature, this increased running time indicates the system is starting to wear out and needs to be replaced. 
 
4. Your HVAC is More than 10 Years Old - The average lifespan of an HVAC system is about 10 years. If you have been very diligent with regular maintenance, you might get a couple more years out of the unit than average. In many cases, beyond 10 years you will start to have major system repairs needed that make more sense to replace the unit. Plus, the technology from 10 years ago is nowhere close to the technology we have today in terms of energy efficiency and cost savings. 
 
5. You Haven't Kept Up With Maintenance - If you haven't been keeping up with regular maintenance and servicing, your system could be a serious emergency waiting to happen. Frayed or worn wires and conduits are a fire hazard. Without having had regular consistent maintenance and service, your system could also have a bunch of small problems that will add up to a major breakdown. 
 

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.

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Friday, 28 February 2020 14:27

Spring Checklist for HVAC Maintenance

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1. Replace filters - Ideally, you should replace your air filters every month, but especially during the spring when the pollen count is high and seasonal allergies are at their worst. Changing your filter regularly keeps it from getting gunked up with dirt, pollen and debris that impedes airflow, causing your HVAC system to not work as efficiently as it can. 
 
2. Check for debris around the outside unit - Winter winds can cause all manner of leaves, twigs and other debris to collect around your outside unit. Be sure to clean and remove any debris visible from around or interfering with the outside unit. 
 
3. Schedule your regular HVAC maintenance appointment - Your technician will check an entire list of possible issues and clean and inspect your unit before the summer heat comes along. Just a few of the things your service appointment will include are: 
 
  • Check air filters
  • Flush condensate drain
  • Check and calibrate thermostat
  • Check refrigerant levels
  • Inspect the blower assembly
  • Inspect indoor evaporation coil
  • Check and lubricate the condenser fan motor
  • Inspect and tighten any loose electrical connections
  • Check service valve for any leaks
  • Clean and check condenser coil
  • Test amperage of the compressor
  • Check for general wear and tear
  • Check for any necessary repairs
 
A few things to keep in mind are the age of your unit and the cost of any necessary repairs. If your unit is more than 10 years old, it might be more cost-effective to replace it with a newer, more energy-efficient system. If the required repairs would cost more than half of what a new system would cost, it's also best to consider replacing the system with a new one. Call Carolina Comfort Systems for your spring HVAC maintenance appointment and check it off your list.
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