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Friday, 27 December 2019 15:04

Saving Money on Winter Heating Costs

22450175 1403235796391610 1199438231270966915 nThe coldest part of the year is close at hand in Myrtle Beach. Did you know there are simple things you can do to help save money on your winter heating costs? Here are our tips to help you save on your utility bills this winter.
1. Lower the thermostat. You save about 3% on your bill for every degree lowered for at least 24 hours. That adds up to a big savings by dropping just a couple of degrees in your home. Better yet, invest in a programmable thermostat to help you save automatically. 
2. Seal the chimney flue. When you aren't using your fireplace, make sure your chimney flue is closed and seals properly to keep cold air out. An open chimney flue causes as much heat loss as a window left open a few inches. 
3. Don't heat rooms you don't use. Have rooms you rarely or never use during the winter? Close the vents, close the door and save money by not heating rooms you aren't using. 
4. Keep blinds and curtains closed when the sun isn't out. Anywhere from 10-25% of the heat loss in an average home is lost through the windows. Closing your blinds and drapes helps insulate the space around your window and helps prevent heat loss. 
5. Check the weatherstripping on your doors. Weatherstripping can get damaged or become loose over time, allowing drafts and cold air into your home. If needed, remove and replace the weatherstripping on your door to ensure your door isn't sucking heat right out of your home. 
6. Install plastic window treatments. Insulate windows (especially single-pane windows) with plastic window treatments to reduce heat loss around windows. 
7. Use space heaters (safely). Space heaters help you save money by only heating the space you're in, instead of the whole house. Use space heaters to help you rely less on your main HVAC so you can keep the thermostat lower. 
8. Keep up with preventative maintenance. You should have preventative maintenance performed on your system at least once per year to ensure everything is working properly and efficiently. Preventative maintenance can also help spot small problems before they lead to a major breakdown. 

While our winters might be short here in the Grand Strand, they can get mighty cold. These 8 tips can help you save money on your heating costs this winter.

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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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