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Preparing Your HVAC for Hurricane Weather

iStock 933911936As we head into the peak of hurricane season, it's important to know what to do to prepare your HVAC system should a major storm come our way. Here is a list of how to prepare before the storm and how to proceed after the storm to protect your HVAC system from damage or failure.

  • Tighten bolts on your outside unit and components.
  • Invest in hurricane straps to help hold your outdoor unit in place during high winds.
  • Protect your outdoor unit from damage caused by flying debris by covering your unit with a plywood box or tarp.
  • If you are in a flood-prone area or your unit is in a low-lying spot, elevate the unit with concrete blocks or cinder blocks to avoid water damage from flooding or pooling water. (Note: if you need help with this task, call in a professional.)
  • Before the storm arrives, close windows, blinds, curtains and doors. Then drop the temperature on your HVAC unit a few degrees until the storm arrives to trap as much cool air as possible in the home.
  • When the storm is approaching, turn off the power to your HVAC unit and unplug it. This will protect your system from power surges caused by lightning strikes and intermittent outages on your electricity grid that can damage your HVAC system.
  • After the storm, if you've lost power, wait until power is fully restored before turning your unit back on. Once power is on, plug the unit back in and turn any power switches or breakers back on. You'll want to do this as soon as possible to prevent mold growth from the moisture produced by the storm.
  • If power is intermittent, wait until it is fully restored without further outages before you turn on your HVAC system. This avoids damage caused by power surges as the electric grid comes back online.

Being prepared for a hurricane is an essential part of living in the Myrtle Beach area. While you might know how best to prepare a hurricane kit with food, water, medicines, first aid, flashlights/lanterns and battery-powered radios and fans, many people don't even think about preparing your HVAC system for the storm. Not preparing your HVAC system can result in serious damage or breakdown. If you have any questions about preparing your HVAC system for hurricane season, give Carolina Comfort Systems a call.

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Sunday, 04 August 2019 12:51

The Benefits of HVAC Zoning

iStock 972782260You've likely heard of zoning or zoned systems before but perhaps you weren't quite sure what it meant or why anyone would choose a zoned system. We're here to solve the mystery of what is zoning and how it can be beneficial for your home.

What is HVAC Zoning?

HVAC zoning or a zoned system is a professionally installed control system comprised of a damper unit and a thermostat for each zone or room in the house. The control systems from each zone are then wired into a central control panel. This central control panel receives information from the thermostat in each zone and uses that information to control the dampers (and thus the temperature) for each zone.

As a comparison, many home HVAC systems are controlled by one thermostat that determines the temperature through the entire house. A zoned system has a separate thermostat for each zone that controls the temperature of just that zone. An easy analogy is to think of the lighting in your home. Instead of having one light switch that controls the lighting for your entire house, each room has its own light switch that controls the light in that room. This is similar to the difference between a non-zoned system and a zoned system.

The Benefits of HVAC Zoning

HVAC zoning offers several benefits over non-zoned systems.

 

  • More precise comfort control - Zoning allows you to control the temperature in different areas of your home independent of the rest of the home. This means you have more precise control of the temperature in every zone of your home for optimal personal comfort.
  • Save money on utility bills - By only heating or cooling rooms that you actually use and setting each to the precise needs for each room, you don't waste energy or money on cooling or heating unused or rarely used rooms. Using heating and cooling only where you need it saves you money.
  • Environmentally-friendly home comfort - By individually controlling the heating and cooling needs of each zone, you conserve energy. Energy conservation helps the environment and you won't be sacrificing comfort in your home to be eco-friendly.

Could HVAC zoning be a good fit for your home? Call Carolina Comfort Systems today to learn more about how zoning can work for you.

 

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