National Gratitude Month is observed every year for the entire month of November. Gratitude is more than simply saying "thank you". Gratitude is appreciating the good and positive in our lives, despite whatever challenges we may face. Practicing gratitude shouldn't just be reserved for one month because it can benefit your life every day. Studies show practicing gratitude lowers stress, improves blood pressure, enhances mood, improves relationships, combats depression and helps people experience fewer illnesses. You might be wondering why your HVAC provider cares about gratitude and the positive effects of gratitude on health and well-being. At Carolina Comfort Systems, our clients are more than simply customers, they are part of our extended family. To get you started on your practice of gratitude, we've put together 10 things Grand Strand residents can be grateful for.
1. Warmer weather! While snow piles up in other parts of the country, we get to enjoy beautiful sunshine.
2. Southern hospitality! Whether relaxing with a sweet tea on the porch with a neighbor or a friendly "hey, y'all!" when visiting a local business, there are few places more welcoming and friendly than right here.
3. We have a natural stress-buster accessible to us year-round - the beach. Research shows even a few minutes spent at the beach, with the waves and salty air and warm sand, can refresh us and provide a turbo boost of stress relief.
4. We have lots of ways to stay active year-round. Just a few of the activities available include golf, kayaking, paddle boarding, hiking and walking trails, tennis, beautiful parks and green spaces for afternoon strolls and much more.
5. Our area's deep connection with history. With dozens of places along the Grand Strand appearing on the National Registry of Historic Sites, there are plenty of historic places to see and learn about (not to mention some pretty fun stories about ghosts and pirates).
6. Some of the most stunning state parks in the whole state are right here in the Grand Strand. Explore Myrtle Beach State Park and Huntington Beach State Park close by or venture inland from the Grand Strand to experience unique ecosystems and landscape at Woods Bay State Park and Little Pee Dee State Park.
7. Giving back is a way of life here in the Grand Strand. The people, neighborhoods and businesses of the area have a strong focus on helping others in the community. Food donation drives, toy drives, fundraisers and opportunities to volunteer are easy to find and participate in. You'd be hard-pressed to find a more generous and giving community anywhere.
8. Your family from out of town always wants to come here for the holidays. When you live in the Grand Strand, the yearly family dispute over where to spend the holidays seems to somehow always swing your way. You get to avoid the traffic and driving up to the snow and cold while your family gets a relaxing (though sometimes still a little chilly) holiday at the beach.
9. There is always something fun to do! Events are a big deal around here and there are no shortage of food festivals, heritage festivals, parades, races, fundraisers, musical performances, theatre performances, lectures and presentations... and more.
10. YOU! At Carolina Comfort Systems, what we're most grateful for is YOU - our neighbors, friends and extended family of clients all along the Grand Strand. The spirit of giving, the friendly neighborhoods, the sense of community and that special southern hospitality are all possible because of you. All of you are what make this a great place to live.
Cor Home Automation is a new offering available for your home from your Bryant Heating and Cooling System providers at Carolina Comfort Systems. Cor technology works with Bryant's Preferred or Evolution heat pumps, gas furnaces, air conditioners and heat coil systems. Cor Home Automation gives you the ability to control your lighting, thermostat settings, security system and more from your smartphone.
Of course, Bryant is an industry leader in heating and cooling systems but for a more complete home automation package, they couldn't do it alone. For security, Cor utilizes Interlogix. With Interlogix, you can watch security footage, unlock or lock doors, and receive alerts about open windows or when the garage door is opened - all from your phone. And because your family's safety is the top priority, Cor works with Kidde smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors to alert you immediately in the event of a potential fire or carbon monoxide incident.
Currently, Bryant is offering a $500 rebate toward the Cor Home Automation Smart Start Kit with the purchase of a compatible Preferred or Evolution heating and cooling system. With Cor, there are no contracts and no monthly fees and you can add-in features and options that allow you to customize the way you care for and monitor your home. Even better, the technology in Bryant's Cor Home Automation system is expandable to accommodate new technology options as they come to market. To learn more about this exciting new technology from Bryant, give us a call at Carolina Comfort Systems!
Can you remember back in the ‘old’ days, when we had to actually go over to a heater or cooling unit and push a button to turn it on and turn a dial to control the temperatures? Okay so it wasn’t really that long ago – but then came a technology breakthrough – the remote control! What was better then sitting on the couch and raising or lowering the system output? Then energy saving technology came into the mix and we could set a thermostat and the system monitored itself to cycle down when that indoor temperature was reached, and to turn on when it read it was over the desired temperature. Could it ever get better than this?
I bet you didn’t think so, but now, thanks to the Bryant Evolution® system your life can get even more comfortable. The brain behind it all is the Evolution Connex ™ control. When installed as part of the Evolution system it can monitor temperature, humidity, air quality, fan speeds, ventilation and zoning! You can program a schedule to fit your lifestyle and once you’ve programmed the settings the Connex system actively manages your home’s temperatures. The control monitors the outdoor temperatures, so instead of ramping up to meet your settings, it can adjust the time of levels to save you the most money. One of the options with this system is the ability to adjust your settings whether you are home or away by installing a Wi-Fi enabled Connex control. There is even a Touch – n – Go feature which allows you to change from ‘sleep’ or ‘away’ settings to ‘wake’ or home with ease. Carolina Comfort Systems is an authorized dealer for Bryant, and this is just another product in our impressive line that is designed to simplify your life, conserve energy and save you money on monthly bills. Call us to discuss this or our line of Bryant products.
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La Niña – How it has affected our weather and what we can expect temperature-wise and weather-wise this Spring/Summer
By S. Kim Henson
La Niña is on its way out; at least that’s the forecast for now. But, as we all know, no one knows for sure. However, there’s a good chance the prediction is accurate because the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) says conditions from La Niña last anywhere from nine months to two years. Since the weather phenomenon began July 2010, it’s nearly run the full course.
Cooler surface temperatures in the tropical Pacific Ocean characterize La Niña, an occurrence that influences weather patterns around the world in the opposite way as El Niño. The two are extreme phases of El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) cycle, a natural climate cycle that fluctuates every three to five years between the warm phase of El Niño and the cold phase of La Niña.
In February, the National Weather Service reported La Niña weakening, projecting neutral weather conditions by May. Until then, we can expect the same affects as we experienced during winter. The Grand Strand, as well as the rest of the Southeastern United States, is likely in for a warmer, drier spring than usual. Summer temperatures and rainfall are expected to normalize if La Niña continues to dissipate. One thing is for sure, whether La Niña stays or goes, warmer weather is on its way.