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Monday, 14 October 2019 10:47

Heating and Cooling Options for Your Sunroom

37272466 928762633981225 6265532114272256000 nIf you have a sunroom and your existing HVAC system doesn't extend out to it, you might have to get a little creative about how to heat and cool your sunroom. Here are some options for you to consider. 
 
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

background of a checklist with checked tasks and a penholding hand picture id1011182132Spring is just around the corner and the pollen is in the air. It's time to bring out that spring HVAC checklist! 
 
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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Saturday, 29 February 2020 14:19

Is a High SEER System Right for Your Home?

SEER Rating Myrtle Beach | HVACContrary to popular belief, a high SEER system might not be the right fit for your home. SEER is the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. SEER is calculated as the ratio of cooling output divided by energy use and averaged out over a typical summer season. SEER ranges from 13 to 25. Some states require a SEER of 13 while others require 14. South Carolina requires a SEER of 14 for all new systems in the state. 
 
SEER Facts
 
Here are some facts to know about SEER ratings. 
 
1. If you have a system that is at least 10 years old, the average SEER rating you're getting with your old system is likely around an 8 or possibly a 10 at best. This is because changes in technology have made HVAC systems more energy-efficient over time. This means a SEER 14 system is going to be much more energy-efficient than the existing system in your home. 
 
2. The higher the SEER rating, the more expensive the system. While many claim that a high SEER system pays for itself in utility bill savings, this actually depends on a number of factors including the size of your home, for starters. 
 
3. SEER rating is a maximum value, as in a SEER 21 system gets a SEER rating up to 21. In this case, it is much like miles per gallon on your car. There is a maximum value the car is capable of reaching, though most people never drive in perfect conditions to achieve that maximum MPG. 
 
4. When you buy a high SEER system, you could be buying a unit with more capacity than you need and never reach its maximum possible capacity. 
 
5. High SEER units are expensive and can cost up to $4,000 more than the base SEER model required. Even if spread over a 15 year lifespan, most people will barely break even on monthly utility savings vs the additional cost of the high SEER system 
 
6. Repairs on a high SEER system are more expensive as the parts and components tend to be more expensive. 
 
7. Lower SEER equipment is just as well made as high SEER equipment. What you're paying so much extra for isn't quality but rather energy-efficiency. 
 
 
How Much SEER is Right for Your Home?
 
This is best evaluated by a trustworthy HVAC company like Carolina Comfort Systems. We'll never try to sell you a higher SEER than what you need and we'll give you the straight truth on the factors that influence how much SEER will benefit you. These factors include:
 
  • Size of your home
  • Direction home faces
  • Amount of shade home gets
  • Color of your roof
  • Whether you have a basement or slab
  • How hot it gets in the summer
  • How cold it gets in the winter
  • Your geographic area
 
 

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.

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iStock 1040941164It 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.

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Tuesday, 28 August 2018 11:24

Bryant Rebates & Promotions Happening Now

Bryant logoIf 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.

 

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Sunday, 15 April 2018 12:31

HVAC Repair or Replace? That is the Question

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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