When a big storm is coming, a little bit of prep work can save your HVAC system from significant damage. Let's take a look at how you can prep your HVAC system for the next big storm.
1. Turn it off - Turn off the breakers to your HVAC system, heat pump, air handler and gas furnace. (Note: If you have a gas furnace, be sure to turn off the gas supply line also.) Turning the system off will protect it from the damaging surges that happen when the power fluctuates on and off or when it is powering back on. Power surges can cause serious damage to your HVAC system and is one of the biggest causes of major repairs following a tropical storm or hurricane.
2. Secure your outdoor unit - Make sure all the bolts are tight. Use hurricane straps, if possible, to prevent heavy winds from moving your outdoor unit.
3. Protect it from flood water - Even a tiny bit of flooding can cause major damage to your HVAC system. If flooding could be an issue, raise the unit up on concrete blocks to help avoid flood water from reaching your unit.
4. Protect it from flying debris - If your HVAC unit has a cover, use it. You might also be able to purchase one that fits securely on your specific unit. This will prevent your HVAC unit from being damaged by flying debris and heavy winds.
After the storm, do a thorough inspection of your HVAC unit. Check for any damage, flooding or issues that could lead to damage of your system. If you are uncertain if your unit has been damaged or if you find damage or the unit has been flooded, be sure to have a professional out to inspect and check the unit before turning it back on. If you inspect your unit and don't find any potential damage, make sure you wait until the power is securely restored and not fluctuating before you turn the breakers back on and restore power to the unit. You don't want to weather a storm and then have damage occur afterward due to fluctuating power outages.
We're entering into the peak of hurricane season here in South Carolina. If you need more advice on protecting your HVAC system, we are here for you. When the storm has passed, we'll be there to inspect your system and fix any damage your system might have sustained because of the storm. Carolina Comfort Systems is here when you need us both before and after a major storm or hurricane.
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.
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.
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.
When you have a scheduled maintenance service visit with Carolina Comfort Systems or need one of our expert Bryant technicians to come out for emergency service, it's helpful to be prepared. Here are a few things you can do to prep before our service technician arrives.
Using the above checklist to prepare for your service with Carolina Comfort Systems will help you have everything you need at your fingertips. Making sure pets are secure and units are accessable helps our Carolina Comfort Systems technician perform your service as efficiently as possible.
Your HVAC System and Flooding Part III: Preventing Flood Damage
In many cases, flood events are unexpected, making prevention of flood damage unlikely or impossible. However, there are times when weather events are approaching that are likely to result in flooding where you can take some preventative measures to avoid damage to your HVAC system.
Prevention Solution #1 - Shut off power to your HVAC system, remove sensitive electrical components and move them to a safer location on higher ground or in a high place in your home. Many homeowners will not have the necessary knowledge to do this if your provider has not specifically demonstrated how to do this safely with you. Therefore, this solution may require that you have your HVAC service provider come to your home to perform this task for you.
Prevention Solution #2 - If your HVAC system is one that is not ideal for solution #1, there is another solution you can try. Securely stack several layers of sandbags completely around your HVAC system, the way you would around areas of your home or along creeks and streams. While this solution may not prevent all damage, it can help reduce the extent of the damage sustained and thus reduce repair costs.
Prevention Solution #3 - While not exactly a physical action, make sure you understand fully what your homeowner's insurance covers with regard to flood damage and your HVAC system and what it doesn't. Many homeowner's insurance policies don't include any flood coverage at all and require you to purchase flood coverage separately. Don't wait until a major weather event or flood happens to discover that you don't have the level of coverage you assumed you did. Be proactive and make sure you have the homeowner's insurance coverage you need in the event of a flood.
The old saying is that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. When it comes to your HVAC system, a relatively small amount of time invested in prevention can save you hundreds or thousands of dollars that can really make a difference should a flood - or any natural disaster - impact your home. Let Carolina Comfort Systems show you how.
Along the Grand Strand we’re used to moderate temperatures most of the year. This winter we’ve been dealing with unusually cold temperatures for a sustained time period. This, of course, will impact your heating costs. Santee Cooper has published Winter Conservation Tips to help it’s customers save energy and money without sacrificing comfort.
1. Keep the thermostat set to 68 degrees or as low as is comfortable for you. Wearing an extra
layer of clothes such as a sweatshirt, sweater or warm socks/slippers can help your comfort level
with a lower temperature.
2. In the summertime many of us close blinds and curtains to combat the heat from the sun. In the
winter do the opposite! Take advantage of the sun’s heat during the day and close them at night
to keep the chill out.
3. If you have ceiling fans remember to change the direction of the rotation. In the summer they
should rotate counter clockwise to pull heat up. In the winter change the blade rotation to
clockwise – we all know heat rises; this will push down the heat near your ceilings and better
circulate it throughout your home.
4. Inspect your home, especially around windows and doors for any air leaks. Adding caulk or
weather stripping should alleviate this.
5. Remember to replace your air filter regularly! Many need to be changed out monthly.
6. Make sure your water heater is set to 120 degrees and take shorter showers.
7. Check furniture placement to insure no vents are being blocked. This can interfere with the
efficient running of your HVAC system.
Try employing these simple and easy tips in your home to conserve energy and lower monthly heating bills.
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.