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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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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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Thursday, 25 February 2021 11:24

The Benefits of an Air Purification System

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The air inside your home can be 5-10 times more polluted than the air outside your home. Air-tight construction practices meant to increase efficiency and prevent heat loss trap air inside the home where pollutants circulate at concentrated levels. Let's explore the benefits of an air purification system for your home. 

 
1. Reduce asthma symptoms and attacks - Air purification removes common asthma triggers, including dust, dirt, household cleaner fumes, paint fumes, VOCs from furniture and carpeting and other particulates that can trigger asthma. By removing these particles, asthma sufferers breathe cleaner air and experience less inflammation that causes symptoms. 
 
2. Eliminate radon gas - Radon gas is colorless and odorless. Even in very small amounts, it can eventually lead to lung cancer. Air purification systems help filter out radon gas. Note: This does not take the place of having your home inspected for radon gas leaks. 
 
3. Reduce allergies - Air purifiers improve allergy symptoms by removing dust, dirt, pollen, pet dander, pet odors, dust mites and other pollutants that trigger allergy symptoms. 
 
4. Protect older adults, children and chronically ill - Cleaner air helps protect older adults, children and chronically ill or immunocompromised people from respiratory difficulties and infections. 
 
5. Reduce infections - Many air purifier systems also kill germs such as bacteria and viruses circulating in the air of your home. Some purification systems also release ionized particles that also attack germs on surfaces. 
 
6. Circulates air - Air purification systems help circulate air and improve air flow throughout the home. As they trap particles and pollutants from the air, they circulate out clean air that helps with the overall air flow in the home or building. 
 
Breathe cleaner air and also eliminate pet and cooking odors with an air purification system. Many air purification systems are installed as part of your home's HVAC system so air is filtered as it circulates through your home's system. If you want to experience the benefits of an air purification system in your home, call Carolina Comfort Systems to explore your options.
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Sunday, 31 January 2021 17:21

Signs Your Heat Pump Needs a Tune Up

Signs Your Heat Pump Needs a Tune Up

There are several signs you might notice that let you know it's time for a heat pump tune up, repair or replacement. Let's take a look. 

 
1. Strange smells - Strange smells are a sign of a problem. Different smells can indicate different problems. For example, a burning oil smell often indicates a worn out belt in your heat pump. A damp or musty odor can indicate that mold growth is happening inside the unit. You definitely don't want to breathe that in! If you notice unusual smells when your heat pump is running, it's time for a tune-up. 
 
2. Strange sounds - When working correctly, your heat pump should have a consistent but very soft humming sound when it runs. If you're hearing rattling, groaning or banging noises, that is not normal. Strange sounds are often a warning sign that a serious breakdown is imminent. If you hear strange sounds when your heat pump is operating, it's time for a tune up. 
 
3. It's old - If your heat pump is old, in the 10-15 years old range, you definitely need to keep up with regular tune-ups. Older systems are not as energy efficient as newer systems. A tune up gets your heat pump into the most optimal running conditions possible so it works as efficiently as possible. Heat pumps in that age range should also be considered for possible replacement. You'll definitely save on your utility bills with a new system and not have to worry about a breakdown. 
 
4. Increasing electric bill - If you notice your electric bill going up and up, pay attention to how frequently or quickly your system is cycling on. Systems that need a tune up tend to cycle on and off more quickly, meaning the system runs more frequently and thus uses more energy than a tuned up heat pump. This increased use of energy shows up as rising costs on your electric bill. 
 
5. Running but not heating/cooling - If your heat pump is running and you feel the air flow but it is not able to heat or cool your home to the temperature setting, it's time for a tune up. Not being able to keep up to temperature is a sure sign that something is either not working properly or has become gunked up. 
 
Does your heat pump need a tune up? If it is showing any of these common warning signs, it's time for a tune up. Ideally, it's best to have a tune-up at least once per year before the winter chill comes. Manufacturers often recommend having a tune up or regular maintenance twice yearly, in the spring and the fall. Despite this recommendation, many people go several years without having any kind of regular maintenance or tune up on their heat pump or HVAC system. We get it! Life gets busy and time flies. However, if you haven't had a tune up in a few years (or ever), it's time to give Carolina Comfort Systems a call. We'll tune up your heat pump and look for any small problems before they become 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, 24 April 2020 13:06

Prep Your A/C for Summer

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The summer heat is right around the corner so now is the time to prep your A/C unit for summer. Here is your checklist to get your system ready to keep you cool when the hot and humid gets going. 

 
1. Remove condenser cover - If you have a cover on your outdoor condenser unit, remove it before you fire up the A/C. Also remove any coil blankets or lids that you installed to protect your unit during the winter. Running your A/C with these items in place can cause serious damage. 
 
2. Check outdoor unit panels - Check the panels on your outdoor unit to make sure they are properly in place and not missing or misaligned. Windy winter weather can cause panels to shift out of place. If you find a missing or misaligned panel, call in a pro to reinstall it properly. 
 
3. Remove debris from the outdoor coil - Make sure to remove any debris, leaves, twigs and so on from around and in your outdoor coil. If there is debris you can see but cannot get to, have a pro out to remove it to prevent damage to your unit. 
 
4. Look for damaged pipe insulation - Damaged pipe insulation can cause your system to lose energy and cooling capacity. If you find damaged pipe insulation, your best bet is to call in a professional to replace and repair the damaged insulation properly. 
 
5. Change the air filter(s) - Changing your air filters should be done on a regular basis - every other month at minimum or every month if you have pets. 
 
6. Clean air supply registers - Check and clean all of the vents, intakes and registers that feed air into your system from inside the home. You don't want dust and dirt to get into your unit, which will make it work harder and that gunk could end up cycling back out into the home.
 
7. Check the drainage - Check your drainage to make sure the drainage line is clear with no blockages and is firmly set to drain out the condensate properly. The drainage line is also often called the condensate line or pipe. 
 
8. Test it - Test the unit to make sure it is working properly. If you notice anything abnormal such as loud noises or weak airflow, have a professional out to inspect it. 
 
Ideally, you should have a regular maintenance appointment for your A/C before the first time you use it. With the unpredictable weather in South Carolina, we realize that isn't always possible. In the event you have to use your A/C before your yearly servicing, this checklist will help you prep your A/C for summer. When you are ready to make your A/C service appointment, call Carolina Comfort Systems. 
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Friday, 28 February 2020 14:27

Spring Checklist for HVAC Maintenance

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1. Replace filters - Ideally, you should replace your air filters every month, but especially during the spring when the pollen count is high and seasonal allergies are at their worst. Changing your filter regularly keeps it from getting gunked up with dirt, pollen and debris that impedes airflow, causing your HVAC system to not work as efficiently as it can. 
 
2. Check for debris around the outside unit - Winter winds can cause all manner of leaves, twigs and other debris to collect around your outside unit. Be sure to clean and remove any debris visible from around or interfering with the outside unit. 
 
3. Schedule your regular HVAC maintenance appointment - Your technician will check an entire list of possible issues and clean and inspect your unit before the summer heat comes along. Just a few of the things your service appointment will include are: 
 
  • Check air filters
  • Flush condensate drain
  • Check and calibrate thermostat
  • Check refrigerant levels
  • Inspect the blower assembly
  • Inspect indoor evaporation coil
  • Check and lubricate the condenser fan motor
  • Inspect and tighten any loose electrical connections
  • Check service valve for any leaks
  • Clean and check condenser coil
  • Test amperage of the compressor
  • Check for general wear and tear
  • Check for any necessary repairs
 
A few things to keep in mind are the age of your unit and the cost of any necessary repairs. If your unit is more than 10 years old, it might be more cost-effective to replace it with a newer, more energy-efficient system. If the required repairs would cost more than half of what a new system would cost, it's also best to consider replacing the system with a new one. Call Carolina Comfort Systems for your spring HVAC maintenance appointment and check it off your list.
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iStock 1003895142National Tune Up Day for your heating and cooling system is coming up this September 25th! This day was founded to remind everyone to have their HVAC systems cleaned and tuned up before the cooler weather sweeps in. The best time to have your HVAC system inspected and tuned up is ahead of the seasonal switch-over from using your system to cool your home to heating your home instead.

 Benefits of HVAC Tune Ups

HVAC tune ups keep your system running efficiently, conserving energy and keeping your costs down. Having a tune up every year can also help catch wear and tear or other issues that could lead to a more costly (and uncomfortable) system failure during the cold part of the year. Here are just a few of the things technicians check and do during your yearly HVAC tune up:

  • Remove dust, dirt and debris from your vents and ductwork
  • Check vents and ducts for leaks or blockages
  • Clean and check fresh air intakes for debris or blockages
  • Ensure the fuel-jets are working correctly
  • Check burners for correct flame height and proper ignition
  • Check drains and traps for blockages or leaks
  • Change filters
  • Clean and check that all electrical connections are secure
  • Ensure the seal for the blower access door is tight and secure
  • Lubricate moving parts and inspect for wear and tearCheck for gas leaks or other gas line issues (on gas units)

The list above is just a short example of the many things your HVAC maintenance technician will test, inspect, clean and check during your yearly tune up appointment. Keeping your system properly maintained keeps you warm and toasty when the cool weather hits. Remind your friends to schedule their heating and cooling system tune ups by using the hashtag #NationalTuneUpDay on social media. They'll thank you for the reminder this January when they're cozy and comfortable no matter how cold it gets outside.

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