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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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Saturday, 01 May 2021 03:52

Top 6 Benefits of a Home Backup Generator

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A home backup generator, also called a standby generator, powers your home in case of a power outage. With hurricane season fast approaching on the east coast, the time to consider a home generator is now. Almost 50% of power outages are caused by severe weather. You still have time to explore which generator models would be best for your home before supplies run low and a major storm is bearing down on the coast. Let's review the top 6 benefits of a home backup generator. 

1. It's automatic - When the power goes out, your standby generator will kick on within moments to restore power to your home. And it does this automatically, without you having to go out in a storm to start it up. 
2. As much power as you need - As long as you have the right sized generator for your home and power needs, you have as much power as you need to keep your HVAC, appliances and other devices running, without interruption. 
3. Runs as long as you need it - Home backup generators are powered by natural gas or propane from your local utility service. This means they don't run out of fuel and need refueling like a portable generator would. This allows your generator to run as long as you need it. 
4. Prevent catastrophes - In the wintertime, a standby generator keeps your home warm and cozy, preventing frozen and burst pipes. Preventing such a catastrophe saves you money on major leaks and repairs. 
5. Preserve your food - Your home backup generator can power your whole home, including your fridge to keep food from spoiling. You preserve your food and avoid hundreds of dollars in spoilage. 
6. Maintain security - Your standby generator maintains power to your home that is necessary to power your home security system. So, your home and family stay protected in the event of a power outage. 
Owning a home backup generator can provide you with necessary power when you need it most, during a storm outage or other kind of power outage. Here we discuss the top 6 benefits of a home backup generator. Perhaps though, the greatest benefit of all is knowing you'll have power when you need it and the peace of mind that comes with it. 
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Saturday, 01 May 2021 03:46

Benefits of a Smart Thermostat

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With smart appliances and home devices being so popular, you might have wondered if a smart thermostat is really worth the investment for your home. There are many benefits of a smart thermostat for your home. Let's take a look at a few of those benefits. 

1. Adjust the temperature of your home from anywhere - Smart thermostats have corresponding apps for your smart phone that allow you to check in on your home thermostat and adjust the temperature from anywhere. Heading home earlier than expected? No problem! Just adjust your temperature to your "home" setting and enjoy your usual comfortable temperature when you get there. 
2. Save energy - The primary reason most people invest in a smart thermostat is to save energy and thus, save money on their utility bill. Use your thermostat's energy saving settings and allow it to automatically adjust your temperature to maximize your savings. 
3. Easy to program - With modern interfaces and the handy smart phone app, smart thermostats are easier than ever to program. A few clicks and you'll have your thermostat all set up. 
4. Vacation mode - Smart thermostats have a vacation mode you can use when you're out of town so you don't have to mess with your regular daily settings. You keep your regular settings where they are and vacation mode takes care of adjusting your temperature while you're away. 
5. Analyze your energy use - Your smart thermostat can track your energy use over time. The insights you gain from this analysis can help you find additional opportunities to save energy and money. 
6. Avoid human error - Forget to change your thermostat settings before you leave? That's not an issue if you have a smart thermostat. It can detect that you've left and adjust your temperature accordingly. You can also adjust it on the fly from your cell phone. 
7. Get alerts - In the event of a power outage or your home's temperature drifts out of your pre-set range, you'll receive alerts. Alerts keep you updated on exactly what is happening with your home temperature. Some systems can also send you an alert when there is a problem with your HVAC system. 
Is a smart thermostat worth the investment for your home? Do you want to be able to control your temperature from anywhere, save energy, save money and analyze your energy use? Then the benefits of a smart thermostat are definitely worth the investment. You'll gain more control over your energy use and get valuable insights that help you save money on your utility bills. 
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Wednesday, 31 March 2021 15:16

Is a Zoned System Right for Your Home?

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The goal of a zoned system is to accurately control the temperature for each room or zone while also reducing total energy use and reducing cost. Zoned systems are a good idea when you have unoccupied rooms or when you experience a temperature imbalance in your home such as hot spots or cold spots. A zoned system is an investment, especially for existing homes that need to be retrofitted with the proper equipment so you'll want to carefully consider whether the investment in a zoned system will bring you the comfort and energy savings you want. So, is a zoned system right for your home? 


What is a Zoned System?

A zoned system is when one HVAC unit is used to provide different temperatures to two or more rooms or zones in the home, rather than having two separate HVAC systems. Dampers are installed in the ductwork to help direct the flow of heated or cooled air into different rooms to meet the temperature needs of each zone. The dampers are managed through a damper control panel that uses data from the thermostat system to direct the right amount of air into each zone. The thermostat system can be individual thermostats that communicate with a central control panel or a single thermostat that controls the temperature in the various zones in the home. A good analogy to understand how a zoned system works is to compare it to your lighting. If one switch turned on all the lighting in the house and you couldn't control the lighting room by room, this would be a standard HVAC system. If you have a switch in each room that controls the lighting for each individual room, that is like a zoned system. 


How Much Do Zoned Systems Cost?

The cost of a zoned system is usually around $2,000 to $2,500 for two zones and goes up by about $500 per zone in existing homes where a zoning system is being retrofit into the home. When installed in a new construction home, the cost of two zones runs about $750 cheaper and increases by about $250 per zone. Installing a zoned system in a new home under construction requires less work and labor and is thus cheaper overall. If you're considering installing a zoned system in a new build home, that is the optimal time to do it, rather than having to retrofit an existing home for a zoning system. That doesn't mean that putting a zoned system into an existing home is a bad idea. It can be very beneficial if you experience hot and cold spots or rooms or if you have unoccupied rooms you don't use much. 

Is a zoned system right for your home? Give us a call! We'll come out and take a look at your existing system and let you know what it would take to convert to a zoned system so you can make a clear and informed decision. 
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Saturday, 27 February 2021 11:33

How to Make the Most of Your Energy Star HVAC System

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Energy Star products are certified to meet strict guidelines and standards for energy efficiency set by the EPA. There are additional things you can do to make the most of the energy efficiency and get the best bang for your buck out of your investment in your HVAC. Here's how to make the most of your Energy Star HVAC System. 

1. Install a programmable thermostat - A programmable thermostat allows you to set your temperature to a cooler or warmer setting (depending on season) while you are away and come up to your preferred temperature by the time you arrive home each day. This helps you save additional money on your utility bills by reducing the work your system has to do to maintain temperature when you aren't home. 
2. Properly size your new HVAC system - To ensure you get the proper size HVAC system for your home, your contractor will need to do an HVAC load calculation or Manual J calculation. This is an evaluation of a variety of data about your home that helps determine what size system is best for your home. It includes your square footage but also other factors such as the number of windows, amount of shade, roof color and roof type and more. Get the wrong size system and it could cycle too quickly to properly dehumidify your home or could use excess energy by cycling on and off too frequently. Having the right size system is vital to making the most of your Energy Star HVAC system. 
3. Seal and insulate ductwork - By sealing and insulating ductwork, you reduce the likelihood of air leaks and also help prevent temperature loss as air circulates from your HVAC system throughout your home. Preventing temperature loss helps your home reach the desired temperature more efficiently and prevents your HVAC system from running longer than necessary to reach temperature. 
4. Maintain your system - You should have a professional servicing at least once per year, preferably twice - once in the fall and once in the spring before the harsh seasons of winter and summer. In between professional maintenance appointments, check your filter monthly and change as soon as it appears dirty, especially during the summer and winter seasons when your system is working hardest. It's recommended to change your filter at least once every three months at the very minimum. 
5. Use your ceiling fans - Ceiling fans help circulate air and can push cooler air downward in the summer while creating an updraft during the winter that forces warmer air downward. Your fan should be set to rotate clockwise in the winter and counterclockwise in the summer. 
Using these five tips together can help you make the most of your Energy Star HVAC system. By making the most of your system, you maximize energy efficiency and save the most money possible on your utility bills. For more information on new Energy Star systems from Bryant, call Carolina Comfort Systems
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