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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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