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Dec 31 2015

Practices to Help Improve My Heater's Efficiency This Winter

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Did you know your heater’s energy efficiency can be realized in just a few simple steps?

Residential Heat Pump

Wouldn’t you love to improve your HVAC energy efficiency and both shrink your monthly bills and your impact on the planet? Carolina Comfort, Inc., can help. We offer our customers several methods for becoming more budget and environmentally friendly.

Check out the latest energy efficient options in heating and cooling:

  • Solar power is seeing a comeback. If you’re in the market for truly green options, your best bet is a solar power array or geothermal heating and cooling unit. These technologies have seen big improvements over the past decade, and today they are compatible with many traditional heating and cooling systems. Speak with one of our specialists about our most efficient units available.
  • Heat pumps save energy. Many homeowners think of heating and cooling as a furnace and air conditioner, but Columbia residents have several options. A heat pump both heats and cools your home, and because it uses heat transference to do most of the work, you use much less energy and create less waste.
  • Even humidifiers can make a big difference. If you’re not ready to make such a big investment, talk to one of our technicians about more affordable ways to stretch your HVAC power. Adding a humidifying element is manageable for most budgets and it has a surprising impact on your comfort and your bills. Changing the filter you’re using is another inexpensive way of lowering your energy use without sacrifice.

Click this link to schedule an energy efficiency consultation with our team at Carolina Comfort, Inc., and put our expertise to work. Visit us online, or call (803) 794-5526 for help.

Dec 17 2015

Why Is My Furnace Turning on and Off?

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Figure out why your heating and air conditioning equipment is struggling.

HVAC service technician inspecting a residential furnace

Keep your heating and air conditioning equipment in good working condition by paying attention to signs of trouble. If your HVAC equipment is quickly turning off and on, then you likely need the help of a professional. Aside from one easy fix, this problem usually boils down to a serious component failure, requiring a technician who can do the job right.

Here are the most common reasons for quick HVAC cycling:

  • Dirty filters: A clogged filter will restrict airflow. This prevents warmed air from moving through the system. It backs up in the furnace instead and quickly leads to false readings. Because the heater is hot enough, it shuts down, leaving the house cold and once the air in the unit cools, it kicks on again. Thankfully, this is easily remedied. Talk to your HVAC specialist about the best filters and filter changing schedule for your system.
  • Clogged outlets: There are pipes leading from your system to the outdoors. They can vent through the attic and roof or an outer wall of your home. If clogged, warm air will pool and lead again to false readings.
  • Failing electrical components: Sometimes it isn’t the furnace at all, but the thermostat that’s to blame. However, there are sensors inside your heating unit that can fail and cause bad readings as well.

Are your heating and air conditioning problems preventing you from staying warm? Fix your problems today with a call to our team at Carolina Comfort, Inc., at (803) 794-5526, or click this link to visit us online to set up an appointment.

Dec 10 2015

How Can I Improve Indoor Air Quality and Help Lessen the Severity of My Family's Allergies?

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Indoor air quality can be 7-times worse than the outdoors.

HVAC service technician replacing a furnace's air filter

Poor indoor air quality greatly contributes to allergies, the development of breathing problems and an overall feeling of un-wellness. Unfortunately, many people don’t realize why they’re suffering, and instead of taking measures to clean their indoor air, they rely on medication to solve their problems.

Free your family from discomfort and sickness with help from Carolina Comfort, Inc.:

  • Invest in higher quality furnace filters. A professional technician knows about the latest products on the market, as well as more affordable high-MERV filters than you can find in the store. Have the experts recommend the best filter changing schedule for you as well, so you’re never overtaxing your furnace or air conditioner.
  • Ventilate select areas of your home. The kitchen, bathroom, attic, and basement are just a few areas you may want to use special equipment. Circulating fresh air throughout your home is integral to keeping pollutants down, especially in those areas where there is more moisture or more chemicals to be found.
  • Consider your air filtering options. Carolina Comfort, Inc., has access to state-of-the-art air purification devices. These can be stand-alone units or components attached to HVAC systems. They typically use a combination of a high quality filter and UV lighting to capture and destroy harmful particles.

Once you begin to clean up the air in your home, your family should suffer fewer allergy symptoms, like itching, red eyes, a persistent cough, and dry, sensitive skin.

Free yourself from the misery of allergies and some respiratory issues by improving your indoor air quality today. Click this link or call our team of experts at Carolina Comfort, Inc., at (803) 794-5526 to take the first important steps for cleaning up your indoor air quality.

Dec 03 2015

How Often Should I Change the Air Filters in My Home?

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Maintenance agreements keep you up to date on best practices for home HVAC unit care.

A Clean Filter Beside a Dirty Air Filter

You can count on maintenance agreements to help you with all of the HVAC filter changes you’ll need throughout the year. Discuss the best schedule for swapping them out with the technician who visits your home. You can even ask for a demonstration, so you’re never worried about making a mistake and causing a problem for your HVAC system.

Your filter changing schedule depends on a number of factors:

  • What is the MERV rating of your filter? MERV stands for Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. It’s a numeric rating system aimed to help people choose filters based on how many contaminants they want removed from their indoor air. The higher the MERV rating, the more contaminants are removed and the faster a filter will be clogged and need to be changed.
  • How clean are your ducts (and your house)? The more dirt and debris that winds up in your ductwork, the more particles will be caught in your filter. It makes sense to change a dirty filter as soon as is reasonable. Dirty units will block the flow of air and lead to energy waste.
  • What size filter does your system take? There are plenty of sizes which work well with flat, affordable air filters. Others require ultra-thick filters or permanent, washable units that need to be changed just a few times a year.

Maintenance agreements often provide just two HVAC visits a year. Make the most of them by asking your technician how to better maintain your units in the meantime. Click this link or call our friendly team of experts at Carolina Comfort, Inc. at (803) 794-5526 to sign up for a maintenance agreement today.

Nov 26 2015

How Can I Prevent Hot/Cold Spots in My Home?

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Zoning increases energy efficiency and creates even temperatures throughout your home.

HVAC service technician working on a zoned system in a home

Improve energy efficiency and make your home more comfortable by investing in a zoned HVAC system. Traditional systems apply the same standards to every room in your house. In contrast, a zoning system splits your property into groups of rooms with similar heating and cooling needs and deals with each of them individually.

Consider the benefits you get from zoned HVAC systems:

  • Eradicate hot and cold spots in your home. Nothing is as frustrating as walking from one chilly room into the next where the heat is overwhelming. Zoned systems don’t use one sensor to evaluate the comfort of your home. Zone temperatures are tracked separately, so heat is delivered only to those areas in need.
  • Save on your utility bills. Zoned systems only deliver warm or cool air to spaces that need it. By doing so, your home ends up using less energy and you will enjoy lower bills.
  • Increase your property’s value. Zoned HVAC systems are more effective and cheaper to run than traditional heating and cooling designs. They’re also seen as advanced technology. Combined, those benefits lead to higher property value, so if you’re considering selling your house anytime soon, a zoned HVAC setup will help you get more for it.
  • Our friendly team of professionals is here to answer your questions and provide the energy efficiency solutions you need for your home or business. Click this link to ask the experts at Carolina Comfort, Inc. about installing a zoned system in existing or new construction. Visit us online or call (803) 794-5526 to enjoy a more comfortable, affordable space today.

    Nov 19 2015

    How Important Is It to Get the Right Size HVAC Equipment?

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    The size of your heating and air conditioning units will determine how well they work and how long they last.

    HVAC service technicians unloading new system for installation

    When it comes to heating and air conditioning equipment, ordering the right size is essential to proper operation. Undersized units will run continuously, wearing out early and driving up your bills. Oversized units will cycle on and off, leading to ineffective temperature control and early system failure. There’s no way to modify poorly sized units either, so make sure you work with a professional installer who has plenty of experience.

    Look at just a few of the considerations expert technicians make when sizing your HVAC units:

    • Size: While size is a major factor when determining how much heating and cooling power you’ll need, it’s not the only issue. Many variables impact the best size of HVAC product for your property, and the best installation teams know them all. Talk to your tech about how the best size for your home will be determined.
    • Layout: A two-story house with rooms in the attic has much different heating needs than a ranch with a finished basement. Square footage is just the beginning of judging a structure’s heating needs. Layout and overall home design make a big impact. Expect a technician to visit your home before any units are recommended.
    • Age: Older homes often have more drafts and gaps in construction. They may also need updated insulation. It isn’t uncommon for an older structure to require quite a bit more heating power than new construction or modifications before a new system is installed.

    Truly, these characteristics are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to picking the perfect heating and air conditioning equipment for your home. Professionals like the NATE-certified technicians at Carolina Comfort, Inc. can help you choose a model capable of keeping your property comfortable at the lowest cost. Contact us today to get started with your heating and air conditioning installation right away.

    Nov 12 2015

    Why Should I Be Concerned about Indoor Air Quality?

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    Indoor air quality has a serious impact on your health.

    Closeup of an Air Cleaner Ready to be Installed

    Poor indoor air quality is fairly common. From cleaners to burned food and beauty products, there are thousands of contaminants being breathed in and out every day. These particles have the potential to cause cold, flu, and allergy-like symptoms. Some can make you seriously ill. If you’ve been battling feeling ill for a while, it may be time to have your home assessed for low indoor air quality.

    Here are just a few problems caused by indoor air pollution:

    • Headaches: The chemicals used in perfumes, cleaners, candles, and air fresheners exist long after the scent has faded away. When combined in large numbers, these can create a general feeling of illness, starting with head and body aches.
    • Cold and allergy symptoms: If you’ve ever experienced a sore throat, runny nose, cough or sensitive eyes whenever you visited a particular property, chances are dust wasn’t the only problem. Mold, old chemicals, and toxic fumes attack sensitive body tissues. They create immune reactions, but over time, they can also damage the immune system, especially in young children.
    • Cancer: According to the American Lung Association, building materials emit fumes and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) as they age. Breathing these pollutants can irritate your lungs and cause disease. VOCs in particular have also been linked to different forms of cancer and heart disease.

    Thankfully, professional air purifying equipment is fast and effective at improving indoor air quality, and it’s more affordable than you might think. Are you in need of relief? Contact the friendly team of professionals at Carolina Comfort, Inc. today by clicking here!

    Nov 05 2015

    How Can I Make Sure My Heating System Is Prepared for Winter Weather?

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    Maintenance agreements help your HVAC equipment run its best all year long.

    HVAC Service Truck Outside of a Home

    Maintenance agreements provide everything you need to get your system up and running—and keep it that way all winter long. While there are certain steps of a preventive check you could likely perform on your own, chances are you don’t have the experience, skills, or tools to handle the whole job.

    Check out all the steps a professional takes when determining whether your heating equipment is safe:

    Electronics

    Did you know most heater breakdowns occur because of electrical problems? Fuses go out, breakers flips, thermostat batteries wear out. Beyond those issues though, electrical components are very important to your system running well. If you don’t know how—and where—to check these components, you should probably call in a pro.

    Airflow

    Your heating equipment has several inlets and outlets you need to keep clear. Blockages prevent enough oxygen from getting to your burner. No oxygen means no flame, and ultimately, no warm air. An experienced HVAC technician can show you how to check and clear these areas, as well as install components aimed at keeping them free of debris.

    Burners

    A few problems can prevent burners from sparking correctly. Some of them, like blocked airflow, have nothing to do with the burners themselves. Others do, and fixing them can be dangerous. Scrubbing burners free of buildup can be unnerving all on its own. A pinched or stalled gas supply? You’re better off leaving those issues to the experts.

    Contact Carolina Comfort, Inc. to enroll in one of our maintenance agreements before you need a fall preventive check. It’s the easiest way to protect your system at an affordable price.

    Oct 22 2015

    What Are a Few Environmentally Friendly HVAC Products that Will Help Save Money on My Utility Bill?

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    You can use heating and air conditioning equipment to increase your home’s energy efficiency.

    HVAC Air Cleaner

    Energy efficiency doesn’t just help the environment; it also cuts your monthly bills. Heating and cooling equipment takes up a tremendous amount of your energy costs every month, so it makes sense to look to these expenses for ways to save. Homeowners will be happily surprised to find solutions affordable for every budget. Which one is right for you?

    Take a look at the most popular energy saving HVAC products:

    Clean, high-quality air filters reduce energy costs by up to 60 percent.

    Many homeowners buy bargain-bin air filters and change them once a month. What they don’t realize is how much money they’re throwing away in the process. Buying cheap is sometimes the most expensive option, and this is certainly true when it comes to selecting filters. Over time, you’ll struggle due to a buildup of debris and dust. Instead, opt for high-quality filters with 10-14 MERV ratings. These are sufficient enough to clear particles from the air and prevent them from gumming up your HVAC equipment.

    Humidity control devices help you use air moisture rates to improve heating and cooling efficiency.

    Columbia residents know first-hand the impact of wet heat. Not only does heavy humidity make people cranky, it makes hot temperatures feel 10 times worse. This is because wet air doesn’t evaporate sweat from your body very well. Dry air does. The end result is an easy and affordable way to make your home colder or warmer depending on air moisture.

    Green technologies take a bite out of energy use.

    Solar and geothermal applications put the environment to work in your home. Solar arrays attached to special heating and cooling equipment can cut your utility bills down to half or lower. Geothermal performs similarly, and unlike traditional heating and cooling equipment, can last up to 30 years. In addition, tax credits and other community funding measures help pay for purchase and installation costs.

    Click here to improve the energy efficiency in your home with help from the friendly pros at Carolina Comfort, Inc.

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