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Dec 11 2017

Why is the AFUE Rating Relevant?


Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency is used to measure the gas furnace efficiency in converting fuel to energy. Hence, a high AFUE rating means a higher energy efficiency and the reverse is true. The importance of this evaluation is:

To know the efficacy of a boiler system
Most heating systems have this AFUE rating which helps customers see the efficiency capability of the system that they are purchasing. Research shows that a boiler should have a minimum score of 78%. This means that if the system has an AFUE of 90% then it'll use 90% of the fuel to create energy, and the 10% will be lost to the byproducts of combustion.

Helps in knowing the best system that meets your needs
The AFUE ratings should be compared against the heating needs in a household and the energy use. It is therefore essential to know the heating needs in the outside environment precisely. Thus it's best to seek advice from a professional who will help you choose the best-fitted heating system.

Assists in budgeting
The rating is necessary because it assists in knowing how much to spend on fuel. This is because if one has a heating system with a low rating, then it means that it will burn a lot of fuel to heat the house efficiently thus spending a lot on fuel. Hence a system with a higher AFUE rating will maximize the fuel it has therefore cheaper. It also great assists to shop for furnaces and comparing cost.

The AFUE rating is necessary because more efficiency translates to more heat per unit.It gives guidelines on the effectiveness of the heating systems, and with advice from an electric technician, the customer can know the appliance that best suits their needs. The rating also sheds light on how much fuel is needed by a heating system.

For more information about the AFUE rating of your system or a system you are interested in, contact us today at (803)760-7159! We'll be more than happy to help with all your heating and cooling needs!

Nov 07 2017

What MERV Rating Should I Use?


Although your heating and cooling system does its job well, it needs a little bit of help when it comes to keeping the air clean. However, there are lots of choices when it comes to air filters, so which one should you choose?

What Are MERV Ratings?

As air is pulled through the vents and distributed to various rooms in your home, it passes through an air filter. This air filter helps to remove some larger contaminants from the air, such as dust, mold spores, pollen, carpet fibers and more. The MERV rating of your air filter determines how well it filters out particles. The higher the MERV, the smaller the particles your filter can remove from the air.

MERV ratings can be as low as 1 and as high as 16:

  • An air filter with a MERV of 4 will remove particles larger than 10.0 pm, including pollen, dust mites, sanding dust, spray paint dust, and carpet and textile fibers.
  • A MERV of 8, the minimum recommendation for commercial buildings, particles of 3.0 to 10.0 pm are filtered, including cement dust, dusting aids, hairspray and mold spores.

Choosing an Air Filter

Now that you've got a basic understanding of MERV ratings, you can choose an air filter for your central heating and cooling system. Of course, the rating you opt for depends on how much you value indoor air quality.

At the very least, you should have an air filter with a MERV of 4 or higher. This provides minimal filtration for residential buildings. If you want to filter out more contaminants—especially if you're worried about mold spores—you should get a filter with a MERV of at least 8.

Conversely, you probably don't need to go any higher than a 12. A high-quality air filter with a MERV of 12 will filter out milled flower, lead dust, humidifier dust, and even legionella bacteria. If you're looking for great air quality in a residential home, these filters are a great choice.

Replacing Air Filters

Even though Columbia, SC, has pretty good air quality, your filter still needs to be replaced every now and then. The general rule is to replace it at least every three months, although that depends on a number of factors. If you'd rather not undertake this job yourself, you can always contact a professional for AC/heating maintenance.

Dec 31 2015

Practices to Help Improve My Heater's Efficiency This Winter


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) 760-7159 for help.

Dec 17 2015

Why Is My Furnace Turning on and Off?


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) 760-7159, 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?


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) 760-7159 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?


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) 760-7159 to sign up for a maintenance agreement today.

Nov 26 2015

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


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) 760-7159 to enjoy a more comfortable, affordable space today.

    Nov 19 2015

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


    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?


    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!

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