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Friday, 04 December 2020 15:12

Top 7 Common Cold Weather Heating Problems

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When the temperature drops, your HVAC system goes to work keeping your home warm and comfortable. But how can you tell if there is a problem brewing? Whether you have a furnace or a heat pump, there are a common set of issues that can crop up when the temperature drops. Here are the top 7 most common cold weather heating problems and possible causes.

 
1. Dirty filters - Dirty filters restrict airflow, add to wear and tear, make your HVAC work harder and lose energy efficiency and can cause damage to various components over time. Ideally, it's best to change your filter every other month or monthly if you have pets. This is one of the most common causes of cold weather heating problems. 
 
2. Cracked heat exchanger - The most common cause of a cracked heat exchanger is a lack of regular maintenance of the system. A cracked heat exchanger can also result in a carbon monoxide (CO) leak that can cause serious illness or death. While this is a costly repair, it's important to have it taken care of immediately because of the CO danger. 
 
3. Cycling too frequently - Cycling too often can be a result of a dirty or clogged air filter, most commonly. If the air filter is new, the problem is more likely to be an issue with airflow or a faulty thermostat setting. 
 
4. Loud bangs or sounds during the heating cycle - Loud noises most often indicate airflow problems. If airflow isn't the issue, it could also be a clogged burner. In either case, a visit from a professional is required. 
 
5. Air continuously blowing - The most common cause of an HVAC system that is constantly blowing, whether or not the heating element is producing heat, is a faulty limit switch. This is a repair you'll need an HVAC professional to perform for you. 
 
6. Faulty pilot light - There are a few ways the pilot light can be faulty. It should be a small, bright and blue flame. If the flame is another color such as yellow or orange, or doesn't burn brightly or not at all, the most likely cause is a dirty or damaged flame sensor. Sometimes this issue can be remedied by cleaning the flame sensor while other times, it requires a new flame sensor. 
 
7. Frozen pipes - Just like regular plumbing pipes in your home, some HVAC systems can experience frozen pipes and coils during especially cold weather. Also like your plumbing, frozen pipes and coils can burst or crack. The most common way people notice this problem is if their HVAC isn't keeping up to the set temperature. Calling in a professional ASAP can help prevent cracks or breaks in the coils or pipes inside your HVAC system. 
 
Your HVAC system works hard in both the hot months and the cold months to keep your home comfortable. Knowing about these top 7 common cold weather heating problems helps you quickly recognize when there is an issue and call in a professional to help fix the problem before it becomes a major breakdown.  
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Friday, 04 December 2020 15:02

Schedule Your Fall/Winter HVAC Tune-Up!

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Right now, as fall and winter weather approaches is the optimal time to have your HVAC professionally tuned-up and serviced. Regularly scheduled tune-ups keep your HVAC system working as effectively as possible and also helps prevent a breakdown by finding small problems before they become major issues. Check out some of the core services your HVAC tune-up includes.

 HVAC Tune-Up

Your HVAC tune-up will include an inspection of several areas and servicing of many moving parts. Here are just a few of the things that take place during an HVAC tune-up.

  • Visual inspection of all moving/working parts
  • Inspection for wear and tear of motors, belts and bearings
  • Lubrication of all moving parts
  • Replacement of filter (Note: You should replace your filter at least every other month, or monthly if you have pets)
  • Inspection and adjustment of pilot light and gas pressure
  • Test and tighten electrical connections and switches
  • Inspect drain lines for clogs of dirt or debris
  • Inspect vents for blockages
  • Test and check for any carbon monoxide leaks
  • Written professional maintenance suggestions that list any parts that should be replaced, extra services suggested and suggestions to improve efficiency or safeguard the lifespan of your HVAC system.

A professional tune-up improves the function of your HVAC system and increases energy efficiency which can reduce your utility bills and the cost of heating or cooling your home. Proper maintenance also helps reduce wear and tear by keeping moving parts lubricated, your system clean and all switches and connections tight and secure. A regular maintenance schedule for your HVAC tune-ups also helps increase the lifespan of your system. If you haven't scheduled your HVAC tune-up yet, give Carolina Comfort Systems a call and we will take care of all of your HVAC tune-up needs and give you the peace of mind that your system is in good working condition for the winter temperatures.

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Thursday, 05 November 2020 10:19

8 Ways to Eliminate Cold Spots in Your Home

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If you have cold spots in your home, you might be wondering what causes them and how you can solve them. Let's take a look!

 

What Causes Cold Spots?

There are a few different things that can lead to cold spots in your home (or warm spots in the summer). The first is whether your ductwork was properly designed and installed. A surprising number of homes have ductwork systems that were installed incorrectly or just plain poorly designed by the builder. Other factors include how much direct sunlight your house gets, how many windows you have, the amount and quality of your insulation, how well air circulates through your home and your floor plan. Any one of these factors can cause cold spots in your home.

 

How to Eliminate Cold Spots

Here are 8 ways you can help eliminate cold spots in your home. 

1. Look for drafts - Drafts can cause cold spots to form anywhere you have a window or door with a broken or cracked seal. Re-seal windows and doors with caulking and make sure weatherstripping is tight and secure to avoid drafts in your home. 
 
2. Check the vents - Make sure no vents are blocked by furniture or other objects. Make sure all vents are open and working properly. 
 
3. Use a multi-zone heating system - A multi-zone heating system uses several thermostats to create zones in your home for which the temperature can be adjusted independently of the other areas of the home. 
 
4. Have your insulation checked - Insulation makes a big difference when it comes to cold spots in your home. If you've never done so, have your insulation inspected for missing or inadequate insulation that could be allowing cold air to collect in an area. 
 
5. Have ducts cleaned - If you have pets, if you've recently renovated or you've just never had it done, it might be a good idea to have your ducts cleaned. Dust and other debris can build up in ducts and obstruct air from flowing properly. This can cause cold spots in your home. 
 
6. Use space heaters - Always follow safety directions when using space heaters. Using a space heater is a simple way to help chase away a persistent cold spot in your home. 
 
7. Consider a ductless system - If you have a whole room that is one giant cold spot, consider whether installing a ductless system to heat and cool that room might be right for your home. 
 
8. Have an HVAC tune-up - Your HVAC system could be in need of a servicing and maintenance appointment. This tune-up appointment cleans the system and checks that everything is in good repair, including your belts, bearings, motors, blowers and more. Making sure your HVAC is working as optimally as possible is key to eliminating cold spots. 
 
Cold spots in the home are frustrating. It can be difficult to pinpoint the cause of the cold spot and a bit of trial and error to figure out how to solve it. We hope our advice on eliminating cold spots helps you find and solve your cold spot problem. If not, Carolina Comfort Systems is just a phone call away. Our technicians can help you solve your cold spot conundrums and get your whole home feeling comfortable again. 
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Thursday, 05 November 2020 10:12

Prep Your Home for Cooler Weather

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Cooler weather is coming to the Myrtle Beach area very soon. Now is the time to prep your home for cooler weather. Here are some things you can do to get ready for the chill. 

 
1. Reverse ceiling fans - If your ceiling fan has a reverse switch, changing it to run counter-clockwise will push warm air down (since warm air rises). This is especially important if you have high ceilings in your home. 
 
2. Check the roof - Use your binoculars to check out your roof. Look for missing, damaged or loose shingles that should be repaired. You can also choose to have a professional roof inspection. 
 
3. Clean the gutters - To protect your roof and underlying structures, clean the gutters. Leaves and other debris block water from draining properly, causing it to back up and cause damage to your gutters, siding and roof. It can also cause leaks and ice dams. 
 
4. Prevent ice dams - While it doesn't happen often, we do sometimes get ice storms or icy weather here in South Carolina. Ice dams form over areas where you have missing or inadequate insulation in your home. If you've never had your insulation inspected, now is a great time to do so. 
 
5. Check for drafts - Check around windows and doors for drafts. Caulk and replace weatherstripping as needed to get rid of drafts and re-seal windows and doors. 
 
6. Prep external plumbing - Turn off exterior faucets and water lines, drain and store hoses and install insulation around exposed water lines outside and in the garage or other cold areas to prevent frozen pipes. 
 
7. Clean the fireplace - If you have a fireplace, have it professionally cleaned and inspected to ensure there is no harmful build-up to prevent chimney fires and CO poisoning. This will also give you peace of mind that your fireplace is in good working order before you use it for the season. 
 
8. Test your CO detector - Check and test your carbon monoxide (CO) detector and change the batteries. Check it monthly during the winter months to ensure it is working properly all winter long. 
 
9. Get a tune-up on your HVAC - Prep your furnace or heat pump for the colder weather by having a professional servicing and maintenance appointment. Regular maintenance not only reduces wear and tear to extend the lifetime of your HVAC but also helps find small problems before they can lead to a major breakdown on a cold winter night. 
 
Prepping your home for the colder months does take some time and effort but the results are well worth it. You'll have peace of mind that your home is prepped and ready to handle those cool temperatures while keeping your family warm and cozy. 
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Friday, 02 October 2020 09:51

Should I Repair or Replace My HVAC System?

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The average lifespan of an HVAC system is about 15 to 20 years. The key to having a long lifespan for your HVAC is regular professional maintenance. You'll also need a few tune-ups and repairs along the way. But how can you tell when your HVAC's time is done? Here are the factors to consider when you're deciding whether to repair or replace your HVAC system. 

 
1. Age of system - If your HVAC system is within the normal lifespan or just even 10 years old or more, you might benefit from a newer, more efficient system. 
 
2. Cost of repairs - If the repair cost is 30% or more of the cost of a new system, it's worth considering if a new system is right for you. 
 
3. Inefficient heating and cooling - If your system is struggling to heat and cool your home efficiently and maintain the set temperature, you might be better off investing in a new HVAC system. HVAC systems lose efficiency with age and wear and tear. 
 
4. Dust is accumulating in your home - If you've noticed more dust accumulating than usual, the ventilation and humidity control of your HVAC system could be breaking down. 
 
5. Energy bills increasing - Aside from a rate hike, your utility bills should follow a consistent pattern throughout the year. If you notice your bill is steadily increasing, especially when it normally goes down, it could be a sign that you need to replace your HVAC system. As mentioned, HVAC systems lose efficiency over time. A system with declining efficiency uses more energy and costs you more on your utility bill. 
 
6. Frequency of repairs - If your HVAC system is breaking down and needing repairs frequently, you might be better off replacing the system rather than spending more money on more repairs. 
 
7. Carbon monoxide leak - If your HVAC system is leaking carbon monoxide, you and your family are not safe using the unit. If the leak can't be found and repaired, it's time to put safety first and get a new system. 
 
There are a number of factors to consider when deciding whether to repair or replace your HVAC system. If your system is young and you've kept up with regular maintenance, you would do well to repair. If your system is older and breaking down frequently, you would do well to invest in a new system instead of more repairs. Still not sure? Call Carolina Comfort Systems! We can help you evaluate your current system's health and make recommendations that give you the best bang for your buck. 
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Monday, 31 August 2020 10:41

Prep Your HVAC for Fall

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1. Change air filter - Air filters should be changed bi-monthly or monthly if you have someone with allergies or asthma in your home. Use this opportunity to make sure you have a fresh air filter in your HVAC unit. Dirty filters hinder airflow and make your HVAC work harder, which uses more energy and costs you more money, plus adds wear and tear to your system.
 
2. Change thermostat settings - As the weather turns colder, you'll want to adjust your thermostat settings to be cooler when you are not home and to warm up when you normally arrive home. This way you save money and energy without sacrificing comfort. 
 
3. Clean the coils - Clean the condenser and evaporator coil on the outdoor unit. Brush away dirt, grime, leaves, lawn clippings and other debris from the coils. 
 
4. Clean away debris from the exterior unit - Clean the exterior and around coils to remove gunk and debris that can hinder airflow. Also make sure trees and shrubs are trimmed back away from the unit to avoid impeding airflow from growing foliage. 
 
5. Insulate pipes - Use foam pipe covers to cover pipes and electrical wiring from the unit to your home. Secure it in place with duct tape. This will help prevent freezing and cracking pipes during the colder months. 
 
6. Test the heat - Test the heat to ensure it's working before you actually need it. It might have a slight burning smell for the first hour or two as the unit burns off any dust that has collected inside. If the heat doesn't work, you can call a pro to look at it before you actually need it on a cold day or night. 
 
7. Have your system professionally cleaned and inspected - Having a professional out to service your system includes lubricating motors, checking belts for tightness and wear and tear, inspecting and tightening electrical connections, testing for and sealing duct leaks, verifying proper operation of the system, testing airflow, calibrating the thermostat and checking the refrigerant levels. It's ideal to have this professional service in the fall before you turn on the heat and in the spring before you fire up the A/C. 
 

Fall is just a few short weeks away. Take some time now to prep your HVAC system for the cooler fall weather so you don't end up with no heat on a cold day or night. A little preparation now can save you money from an emergency service call later.

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Tuesday, 04 August 2020 11:09

Benefits of Ductless Air Conditioning

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If you have areas of your home that just don't get cool or rooms that your ductwork doesn't reach, ductless air conditioning might be a great solution for you. Let's explore the many benefits of ductless air conditioning for your home.

1. Customized comfort - Allows for zoned temperature control that can be customized room by room. So, everyone enjoys their personal best level of comfort.

2. Improves indoor air quality - Because there is no ductwork, there is no place for dust, dirt, pollen and other allergens to collect and blow through your home. Ductless systems also have a multi-layer filtration system that helps clean the air as it cools it.

3. Better dehumidification - Ductless systems are great dehumidifiers, pulling excess moisture from the air as it cools it.

4. Energy efficient - Variable speed compressors provide only as much power as is needed to cool your home. Most HVAC units have only one or two speed compressors and often use way more electricity than is needed to bring your space down to the correct temperature. By having variable speeds, ductless saves electricity and money.

5. Use only what you need - You can switch off the units in unused rooms to save electricity and money, instead of cooling the whole house.

6. Avoid ductwork leaks - Ductwork can have leaks that allow cool air to escape and reduce the efficiency of your HVAC cooling system. With no ductwork, there are no leaks so your ductless system works at optimal efficiency.

7. Saves space - A ductless unit mounts on the wall inside with a compressor unit outside. This takes up far less space in your home than a full HVAC system with it's ductwork and full-sized units.

8. Easy maintenance - Maintaining a ductless system is easy. Keep filters clean, clean unit vents and keep the area around the outdoor unit clean and tidy. With a professional annual inspection and cleaning, your ductless system could last as long as 20 years or more.

There are lots of benefits to installing a ductless system, whether you need to cool down one room or every room, ductless systems are convenient and energy efficient. When you are considering whether a ductless system is right for your home, call Carolina Comfort Systems. We can give you all the details you need to make an informed decision.

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Tuesday, 30 June 2020 12:10

Keeping Your Home Cooler This Summer

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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. 

 
1. Heat reducing window film - Install heat reducing window film on windows to help block between 70-90% of the infrared heat and UV rays from the sun. This helps prevent your house from getting warmed up by the sun while still allowing you to enjoy plenty of natural light. 
 
2. Close the blinds - Closing the blinds reflects the sun's rays back out of the window and prevents those rays from warming up your home. If you can't afford window films (tip #1), this is a good alternative, though it does restrict natural light. 
 
3. Use your ceiling fans - First, it's important to remember that fans cool people, not rooms. It's the airflow moving across your skin that cools you down when sitting under or in front of a fan. Using your ceiling fan can help you feel as if the room is four degrees cooler. 
 
4. Use a programmable thermostat - If you are gone most of the day, use a programmable thermostat to conserve energy and operate at a higher temperature when you are not home, then gradually cool down to your desired temperature by the time you normally arrive home. This keeps you comfortable and cool when you are home while saving you money during the day. 
 
5. Install a ductless unit - If you have a particularly warm room or rooms that the ductwork doesn't reach, a ductless system is a great option. It mounts on the wall and cools the room down with a low carbon footprint. It can save you money while keeping the desired room cool and comfortable. 
 
6. Plant trees - Trees and shrubs create shade and shade helps block some of the sunlight reaching your home. Less sunlight reaching your home is less sunlight to warm up your home by the sun's rays. A shaded home is a cooler home. 
 
7. Cook outside more - Use your grill or outdoor kitchen to cook more of your meals. This keeps the residual heat from cooking outside. You won't be artificially heating up your home with the stove or oven with indoor cooking. 
 
8. Keep inside doors open - To allow for the best airflow through your home and an overall cooler home, keep your interior doors open. 
 
Summers in South Carolina can get really hot. We hope these 8 tips to keep your home cooler this summer help you ride out the heat in comfort. 
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Tuesday, 30 June 2020 11:50

Prepping Your Bryant System for Summertime

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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. 

 
1. Clean or replace air filters - Dirty air filters restrict airflow and cause your system to work harder. Also, dirty indoor air circulating through your home can trigger asthma and allergy symptoms. 
 
2. Have your system cleaned and inspected twice per year - Once per year is the minimum but twice per year is the recommendation. You should have your system cleaned and inspected in the fall for your furnace and again in the spring for your air conditioner. This will keep your system running as optimally as possible and help you reap all the benefits of a well-maintained system. 
 
3. Remove debris from around the outdoor unit - Regularly inspect and clean away debris from your outdoor unit such as leaves, twigs and grass clippings. It's also important that your outdoor unit have a good amount of space for airflow around it. Make sure any shrubs or bushes are trimmed away from the unit to allow a two-foot clearance between the plant and the unit for proper airflow. 
 
4. Install a smart thermostat - Bryant's Homewise smart thermostat helps your system run more efficiently. It can sense when no one is home and automatically adjust itself to an away temperature or you can use your smartphone to adjust your home's temperature while you are on the go. When all of the great features are used, this smart thermostat can save as much as 20% on your utility bills. 
 
5. Keep vents open - Check and make sure at least 80% of the vents in your home are fully open. When more than 20% of the vents are closed, it creates strain on your Bryant system that can cause a breakdown or lead to additional wear and tear on your system. This can shorten the lifespan of your Bryant system. 
 
6. Set ceiling fans in the right direction - While not directly related to your system but a tip that will help your system keep your home cooler, make sure your ceiling fans are going in the right direction. During the summer, you want the downdraft to help circulate cool air so fans should run counterclockwise. During the winter, you want an updraft to pull cooler air up and force warmer air down so fans should run clockwise. 
 
Summer has begun here in South Carolina with much warmer and more humid days yet to come. If you haven't already prepped your Bryant system for summer, now is the time to do so. Keeping your Bryant system prepped and maintained will keep it working hard all summer long to keep you cool and comfortable. 
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