Items filtered by date: June 2021

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High temperatures and high humidity can really take a toll on your HVAC system. If you find your A/C is struggling to keep up and can't reach desired temperatures, there could be multiple reasons why. Why won't my A/C keep up with the heat and humidity? Let's take a look! 

Duct Leaks
Duct leaks release cool air before it reaches the intended room while also letting hot and humid air in. On average, you could be losing as much as 30% of the air your system has cooled due to duct leaks. What a waste of energy and money! Solve this problem by having your ducts inspected, tested and sealed. 
Condensation Line Gunk
When the condensation drain line gets gunked up, moisture backs up and can't drain properly. This triggers your A/C to shut down to protect the unit. The A/C cannot run properly with a blocked condensation drain line. Your fix? Have a pro come out to clear out that drain line blockage and help condensation drain away from the unit properly. 
Clogged Air Filter
The air filter(s) is the first thing to check when your A/C isn't working properly. Dirty air filters restrict air flow. When there isn't enough air flow into the unit, it can't produce enough air flow out to properly cool your home. 
Leaking Refrigerant
If the refrigerant starts to leak, it prevents the evaporator coil from being able to pull as much heat and moisture out of the air as is needed. This can cause the compressor to overheat and burn out, resulting in major A/C repairs. 
A/C is Dying
If your A/C is more than 15 or even 10 years old, it could be that it's at the end of its lifespan. As they age, HVAC systems lose efficiency and eventually lose the ability to maintain temperature. If your A/C is on the older side, it could mean it's time to replace it. 
Extreme heat and humidity, common in the late summer, are some of the toughest conditions your A/C has to work through. If your home feels stuffy and muggy no matter what you try or if your A/C just can't keep up with your desired temperature, it's time to call Carolina Comfort Systems to evaluate your system. Your comfort is our business! 
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Does your home have hot spots or rooms that are hotter than others? If so, you might benefit from one of these top 6 ways to troubleshoot hot spots in your home. Let's take a look at what you can do to combat the dreaded hot spot. 

1. Add air returns - Including extra air returns helps increase air flow going back into the system. It also cycles warm air out of rooms while cool air is pumped in, causing air to mix and avoid hot spots from forming. For example, many builders are now including extra air returns in larger rooms such as master bedrooms to help keep temperatures more consistent throughout the home. 
2. Cover the windows - When you let the sun shine in, you're also letting the sun's warming rays pass through the glass where they get trapped in the room. This causes the room to warm up. Keep window coverings closed during the parts of the day when sunlight is streaming directly in windows to reflect those rays back out. This helps avoid the formation of hot spots. 
3. Run the ceiling fan - The ceiling fan creates air flow and mixes the air in the room. By mixing the warmer and cooler air together, the ceiling fan dissipates any hot spots that might otherwise form in that room. 
4. Check the ductwork - If your ductwork is sagging, crinkled up or leaking, it can't deliver the full volume of air it was designed for. Have the ductwork fixed and sealed properly to nix those hot spots. 
5. Check insulation - Having the proper amount of insulation in your walls and ceilings is key to keeping rooms consistently comfortable. If there is not enough insulation in certain areas or certain rooms, it can let heat conduct through and lead to hot spots or hot rooms. 
6. Check air filters - Some systems have one air filter and some have more than one. Make sure to change these at least every other month, if not monthly. Dirty air filters restrict air flow. When air flow is restricted going into the system, less air flow can come out of the system. This means that the proper amount of cooled air will not make it to each room, leading to hot spots. 
How many of the top 6 ways to troubleshoot hot spots in your home have you tried? Some of these fixes are simple like running the ceiling fan or checking the air filters. Other fixes will require assistance from your technician at Carolina Comfort Systems. If you've got hot spots and the simple fixes don't seem to work, give us a call and we can help you get every room back to being comfortable again. 
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Monday, 12 July 2021 11:45

Lower Your Indoor Humidity

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Higher humidity in your home decreases your energy efficiency by forcing your HVAC system to work harder to remove moisture from the air. Indoor humidity can also cause mold growth that can be hazardous to your family's health. Higher humidity also makes it feel hotter than it is, making you warmer and less comfortable. Here's how you can lower your indoor humidity. 

1. Make sure your dryer vents properly to the outside and is clear of debris. When your dryer doesn't vent properly to the outside, it allows moist, hot air to build up in your home and add to your indoor humidity. 
2. Have your crawlspace encapsulated. Prevent soggy soil underneath your house from increasing your indoor humidity. An encapsulated and properly ventilated crawlspace eliminates excess moisture coming from under your home. 
3. Run exhaust fans. When cooking or showering, always run the exhaust fans in the kitchen or bathroom to take that excess heat and moisture and pull it out of your home. 
4. Avoid boiling water on very humid days. Boiling water adds hot moisture to the air in your home. Avoid boiling water on excessively humid days to prevent adding more humidity to your home. 
5. Change your HVAC filters. Dirty air filters obstruct air flow and make your HVAC less efficient at removing moisture from the air. During the summer, it's best to change your air filter monthly. 
6. Take shorter, colder showers. Long, hot showers only add to the humidity in your home. Stick with short, cool showers to keep humidity down and your home more comfortable. 
7. Dry your clothes. Hanging wet or damp clothes causes excess moisture to evaporate into the air as the clothes dry. Dry clothes in the dryer until they are completely dry to avoid adding humidity to your home. 
8. Replace your carpet. If you have carpet, it can hold excess moisture and cause humidity levels in your home to be higher. Replace carpeting with tile, hardwood or vinyl plank floors and eliminate this source of humidity in your home. 
Humidity can cause all kinds of issues in your home from mold to discomfort to higher energy bills. These methods to lower your indoor humidity will help you protect your family's health, feel more comfortable and save money on your utility bills. 
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