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Following these tips to keep your home cooler this summer will help you save energy and wear and tear on your HVAC system. Keeping your home cooler means your HVAC system doesn't have to work as hard to keep your home at the set temperature, which also reduces your energy consumption and saves you money. Let's take a look at the tips to help you stay cooler and save money too. 

1. Close blinds, curtains and shades - Close your blinds, curtains or shades during the day to reflect sunlight and prevent it from warming up your home through the windows. 
2. Close the doors to unused rooms - Close the doors to unused rooms to trap the cool air in there. It decreases the amount of space your HVAC has to work to cool down by keeping it cooler in those unused rooms. Your HVAC won't have to work as hard to keep you cool and it will save you money. 
3. Change HVAC filter every 30 days for optimum air flow - Gunked up, grimy air filters obstruct air flow and make your HVAC work harder to cool your home. 
4. Use ceiling fans - Simply using the ceiling fans can make a room feel as much as four degrees cooler. This helps keep you more comfortable and you can even raise your thermostat a few degrees and save money without sacrificing comfort. 
5. Add insulation to your home - Many homes are not properly insulated, particularly in attic spaces. Make sure your walls and attic are properly insulated to help keep heat out and cool in during the summer. 
6. Cook outdoors - Use your grill or outdoor kitchen to cook as many days per week as you can. You'll avoid heating up your home with the stove or oven, which makes your HVAC work harder to keep things cool. 
7. Plant trees - Plant trees so that they will provide shade to the sides of your house that get the most sunlight. This will help keep your home cooler naturally. 
8. Upgrade your HVAC - If your HVAC is more than 10 years old (the average lifespan), then you might benefit greatly from a new, high-efficiency HVAC system. Newer systems are more efficient at keeping things cool and are also more energy efficient so it will also save you money on your power bill. 
Beat the heat by using these tips to keep your home cooler this summer. You'll not only enjoy increased comfort but you'll also increase your energy efficiency. Better energy efficiency means your utility bills will be lower. If you are ready to upgrade your HVAC or need assistance keeping your home cooler this summer, call Carolina Comfort Systems. 
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Tuesday, 01 June 2021 16:47

Benefits of an Air Purifier

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According to the EPA, indoor air can be as much as five times more polluted than outdoor air. Common indoor air pollutants include pollen, dust, dust mites, pet dander, VOCs, bacteria, viruses, gases and chemical toxins from household cleaners and air fresheners. These indoor air pollutants can aggrivate allergies and asthma, cause respiratory infections, cause cancer and can even cause neurological problems. Let's take a look at the benefits of an Bryant air purifier. 

1. Eliminate toxins and gases - Carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, ammonia, chlorine, phthalates and other byproducts from vehicles and household cleaners can build up in your indoor air. An air purifier can help by removing these toxins and gases so you can breathe cleaner. 
2. Reduces illness - Typically, when one person in a household gets sick, everyone eventually gets sick. Why? Because everyone is breathing the same recycled air teeming with viruses and bacteria from things like colds, flu and Covid. An air purifier with a HEPA filter eliminates bacteria and viruses from the air, reducing the likelihood that other family members will catch an illness from someone who is sick. 
3. Neutralizes VOCs - VOCs or volatile organic compounds are found in things like paint, air fresheners, aerosol sprays and upholstered furniture. These chemicals, namely gasoline, benzene and formaldehyde break down at room temperature and become airborne. Not only can they cause difficulty breathing and other ill health effects, but they also smell bad. An air purifier pulls VOCs out of the indoor air and returns fresh purified air to the home. 
4. Removes Asbestos - Asbestos was used in building materials for homes from the 1940s through the 1960s. Asbestos particles can become airborne and get breathed in. Asbestos exposure causes an aggressive form of lung cancer called mesothelioma. An air purifier helps filter asbestos particles out of the air. 
5. Removes Radon - Radon gas is another serious environmental cause of lung cancer. Radon gas is typically released from the ground and makes its way into your home through cracks in your foundation. An air purifier can remove radon gas from the air you breathe. 
6. Relieves asthma - The CDC reports that one in 12 people in the United States has asthma. Indoor air pollutants make asthma worse and can trigger asthma symptoms or even asthma attacks. Pet dander, dust mites, pollen and other irritants are filtered out by indoor air purifiers and can help relieve asthma symptoms. 
Indoor air pollution is a serious issue that can wreak havoc on your health from your respiratory system to your heart to your neurological system. Adding an air purifier to your home is easy with Bryant indoor air quality options. Carolina Comfort Systems cares about your health. We would love to give you a consultation about the quality of your indoor air and how it can be improved so you and your family can breathe healthier and easier. 
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Tuesday, 01 June 2021 16:36

Signs Your Air Ducts Need Cleaning

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Despite cleaning or replacing your air filter regularly, some dust and debris does make it through to your air ducts. This allows dust, dirt and allergens to linger in your duct system. This negatively impacts your indoor air quality but also causes your HVAC system to work harder--increasing wear and tear, increasing energy bills and decreasing the lifespan of your system. So, how do you know if it's time for an air duct cleaning? Here are the signs your air ducts need cleaning. 

1. Dusty home - Is your home dusty no matter how often you clean? If you notice dust seems to build up fast, even when you've just cleaned, it could be coming from your air ducts. 
2. Major renovation - If you've had a major renovation in your home, no matter how tidy the construction crew is, some dirt and debris will end up in your ducts. Once construction and clean-up is complete, schedule a duct cleaning as a final step. 
3. Mold - Your HVAC system can collect condensation. Condensation can allow mold to grow and thrive in your ductwork. Mold in your indoor air can make you and your family very sick. While you might not be able to see mold in your duct system, you can smell it. Mold has a musty odor that can alert you to its presence. 
4. Rodent infestation - Rodent infestations can happen in your walls and eventually make their way to your duct system. The first step is having the infestation dealt with. Then it is necessary to have your ductwork completely cleaned down to remove rodent droppings. Rodent droppings can release fecal spores and those spores can make you and your family very ill. 
5. Increasing energy bills - If your energy bills seem to be going up and up, particularly when compared to the last year or two, a dirty duct system could be to blame. Dirty ducts make your HVAC work harder, which makes it less energy efficient. It needs more energy to cool or heat your home and this causes your consumption and your bill to rise. 
These signs your ducts need cleaning can help you determine if a duct cleaning appointment is necessary. Duct cleaning also has the added benefit of finding and uncovering any leaks or tears in your ductwork that could be taxing your HVAC system also. Carolina Comfort Systems is your resource for all things HVAC-related. If you suspect you need a good duct cleaning, give us a call today
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