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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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Wednesday, 31 March 2021 15:06

Preparing Your HVAC for Spring and Summer

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Spring is here and summer is right around the corner, along with the heat and humidity. You'll want to take steps now to prepare your HVAC for spring and summer to make sure you are cool and comfortable all season long. 

 
1. Check your outside unit - Check your outside unit for leaves, grasses, twigs, branches and any other debris that could potentially block the proper operation of the unit. Also make sure you have one foot minimum clearance from shrubs, bushes, flowers, branches, fences and trees around the unit to allow for proper air flow. 
 
2. Check your air filter - Professionals recommend checking your air filter monthly and changing it out when it gets dirty. For most homes this would be about every other month or possibly every month in homes with pets. If you haven't checked your air filter in a while, it probably needs to be changed out. 
 
3. Do a test run - Turn your air conditioner on before you need it (if possible) for a test run. Listen for any unusual noises, check for any strange smells that don't dissipate, make sure the system is blowing and the fan is running. Also give the system time to start cooling to make sure the cooling function is working. If it doesn't or won't hold temperature, the coils might be freezing up. Either way, if you notice any signs of issues with proper operation of the system, it's time to call in your HVAC technician to take a look. 
 
4. Have a professional HVAC tune-up - Set up your seasonal tune-up. Most professionals recommend having your HVAC system cleaned, tuned-up and inspected twice per year - in the fall and in the spring. This gets your system ready to take on the humid heat of summer (or the winter cold). Your regular maintenance appointment also helps catch small problems before they can lead to a major breakdown. 
 
The last thing you want is a major breakdown of your HVAC system when the heat is beating down. With that summer heat just around the corner, now is the time for preparing your HVAC for spring and summer. The proper preparation helps your system run efficiently all season long to keep your home comfortable no matter what the weather is outside. 
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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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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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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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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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