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Mini-Split Systems

Mini Split Systems

Nearly everywhere in the world requires some form of climate control to be built into homes, whether it be for heating or cooling. In most cases, this means the installation of large heating furnaces or central air units that require extensive infrastructure within and in some cases, outside, your home. For those who do not wish to invest in this infrastructure, there is an exciting alternative in the form of mini-split systems. Mini split systems are small, powerful, and convenient devices that offer combined heating and cooling functionality with very little need for alteration to your home.

 

 

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The technology behind mini split systems has gone through an astonishing level of advancement in the last few years, the systems of today being nearly unrecognizable to their predecessors, even those that are just a few years old. The mini-split systems of today are quickly becoming a common choice for those who wish to install HVAC systems in their properties. Even so, questions about the systems are still abound due to their relatively new status. As such, we’ve tried to answer those questions, and a few you might not have thought to ask, in the article below.

Mini Split Systems

Nearly everywhere in the world requires some form of climate control to be built into homes, whether it be for heating or cooling. In most cases, this means the installation of large heating furnaces or central air units that require extensive infrastructure within and in some cases, outside, your home. For those who do not wish to invest in this infrastructure, there is an exciting alternative in the form of mini-split systems. Mini split systems are small, powerful, and convenient devices that offer combined heating and cooling functionality with very little need for alteration to your home.

The technology behind mini split systems has gone through an astonishing level of advancement in the last few years, the systems of today being nearly unrecognizable to their predecessors, even those that are just a few years old. The mini-split systems of today are quickly becoming a common choice for those who wish to install HVAC systems in their properties. Even so, questions about the systems are still abound due to their relatively new status. As such, we’ve tried to answer those questions, and a few you might not have thought to ask, in the article below.

 

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1. What exactly is a mini split system?

A commonly asked question about a mini-split systems is exactly what they are. A simple way of answering that question is that they are an alternative technology to traditional centralized, and separate, heating and cooling systems. They do however share some similarities with traditional systems including the need for interior handling unit and an outdoor condenser. As per their name, many mini-split systems can both heat and cool a house with a single unit.

In contrast to traditional air conditioners, mini-split systems do not require the installation or adaption of a duct system in the home. This is a big difference to traditional heating and cooling units where the presence, and quality, of ductwork is crucial to the effectiveness of the system. This simplicity is why more and more homeowners are choosing, mini-split systems.

Adding to peoples confusion over what a mini-split system is the fact that they are known by a variety of other names and descriptive titles including: Ductless mini-splits, ductless heating systems, and mini-split heating systems.

 

2. How do they work?

In order to understand how a mini-split system works it is crucial that you are familiar with three components in particular.

The air handling unit is located in the home’s interior. It is usually found attached to the wall or hanging from the ceiling. The air handling unit is critical as it acts as a port for the heated or cooled air to enter the home. Inside the air handling unit is a fan that is used to circulate the air throughout either the room, or a floor of the property. In some systems up to four air handling units can be connected to a condensing unit.

The compressor, otherwise known as the condenser is an exterior part of the split system. A mini-split system’s condenser is usually notable for its thin profile in comparison to the condenser the large units traditionally used for an air conditioning system. Condensers are usually located somewhere on the ground, or the rooftop of a house. They are notable for the large amount of sound they generate.

The last component you should be aware of is its thin copper tubing. The tubing is used to connect the condenser to the air handling units throughout the property and carries the coolant that is responsible for both heating and cooling between the two. During the winter months the coolant absorbs heat from the outside and carries it inside to heat the home, in the summer the opposite process occurs, with the heat from the interior of the home being absorbed and carried outside.

The entire system operates using a principle called variable refrigerant flow. The system uses varied flow of the coolant to regulate the temperature inside.  Because these systems are able to regulate the flow of the refrigerant, they’re able to maintain much more constant temperatures at a fraction of the cost to cool or heat a room using traditional central air conditioning systems.

 

3. Mini-Split Pros and Cons

 There are numerous benefits to employing a mini-split system in your home. These benefits include but not limited to their energy efficiency and comparative simplicity of installation in comparison to central heating and cooling. This is especially true when a mini-split system is installed in a home or property that lacks the previous installation of ductwork or central heating and cooling. The closest piece of technology to a mini-split system is probably a portable air conditioner, though they are not nearly as effective as a mini-split. There are three key benefits to installing a mini-split system:

They’re Hugely Energy Efficient–  Mini-split systems are incredibly efficient, allowing them to use two to three times less energy than a comparative central heating system. This is good news for most property owners since less energy used means a cheaper utility bill. Compared to a central heating system a mini-split system can reduce your energy bill by a significant margin.

They offer a variety designs– Compared to central cooling and window mounted air conditioners mini-split systems offer a greater amount of flexibility in their design, while also being infinitely more discreet than window units in particular. This is because the air handler can be placed or hung nearly anywhere on the wall or ceiling, and in some cases can even be recessed into the structure.

Better heating and cooling of individual rooms– Because mini-split systems have a separate handler for each zone, they offer superior control of the temperature in each of the individual zones.  Each unit can be individually adjusted to the desired temperature of the occupant

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Despite these advantages mini-split systems are not perfect systems and do have their downsides.

They’re expensive- While not nearly as expensive as the instillation of new duct work, mini-split systems are vastly more expensive than window mounted-units due both to the instillation fees and the upfront cost. It is worth noting that due to their energy-efficiency mini-split systems may be subject to tax incentives and the price could potentially be reduced.

Proper placement is crucial– Proper placement is crucial when installing ductless systems, and in many cases this requires the assistance of HVAC professionals. This is because an improperly placed air-handler can cause a defect known as ‘short-cycling’. If this occurs, energy will be utilized less efficiently, which is one of the major benefits of these systems.

It hard to find someone qualified to install them- Due to their relatively new status not all HVAC installers and professionals will work with mini-split systems. This is because in order to be qualified to install a mini-split system they have to be trained in both the installation and sizing of a mini-split system. If the installer lacks these skills the system will not function as intended. If the system is too large it will lose energy efficiency, if it is too small it will not heat or cool effectively.

They have several technical requirements- There also exist several technical requirements for installing a ductless mini-split system. There will need to be a location near the condenser to drain the condensate water effectively. Though this is also a requirement for traditional heating and cooling units. This is untrue for window mounted or portable units.

 

How Efficient Are Mini-Split Systems?

Both relatively and as a stand alone technology mini-split systems are incredibly energy efficient. Nearly fifty percent more efficient than a traditional central heating or cooling system.

The most significant way that mini-split systems increase efficiency is their elimination of the need for ductwork. According to the United States department of energy’s findings the heat lost to the system of ducts throughout a house can be as significant as 30 percent or more. This is especially true for rooms that have been left uninsulated. To put this in a more relatable fashion ductwork can cause an efficiency loss equivalent of you throwing 30 cents out of every dollar into the trash when it comes to your cooling bill.

This is due to the fact that ducts aren’t usually well insulated and aren’t typically thought of as a source of cooling loss for homeowners. Cool air has to travel significant distances along ductwork to reach the area that needs to be cool. This allows for significant cooling loss due to convection as the air moves.

Additionally, if there are several different air handlers they can create several different cool zones. Allowing for the partition and allocation of areas you cool. This means you can choose not to waste money by cooling zones you are not using. With mini-split systems each room can contain its own air handler, allowing you to tailor the climate of each room. This allows you to create the perfect climate for your home and those within.

Additionally, mini-split cooling systems cycle air  more often than centralized systems to maintain the temperature you have selected for each room. This means less variation of temperature minute to minute. This is due to mini-split systems employing variable speeds of coolant flow and fan speed which leads to a more exact maintenance of temperature.

 

Who Should Consider Purchasing a Mini-Split AC System?

There are numerous benefits to investing a mini-split system, so it is easy to see why more and more property and homeowners are choosing to make the change, nonetheless there are a few considerations to make to find out if a mini-split system is for you:

A mini split system will be a good choice for homeowners whose properties:

 

  • Have enough space that you would like to create a more exact set of heating and cooling zones throughout.
  • Would benefit from a less intrusive alternative to a bulky window-mounted unit.
  • Have no duct work previously installed.
  • Would benefit from a significantly lower utility bill.
  • Have sunrooms, FROGs, Garages, Bonus rooms, basements, sheds or man caves that would benefit from climate control.
  • Have specific cooling needs within a single room of a commercial space such as an IT server room, storage closets that need to be climate controlled, etc.

There are a couple reasons that you may wish to pick a more centralized system for your property:

 

  • The design of a mini-split system may not match the pre-existing aesthetics of your home. A mini-split system is infinitely more noticeable that an HVAC system’s numerous discrete vents. If your house already has ductwork in place central heating and cooling is more likely the better choice.
  • You may find that the airblower of the mini-split system may generate too much noise. While the newer mini-split systems are vastly quieter than the older models and are usually unnoticeable, some particularly sensitive people may find the air blower of lower quality units too much to handle.
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If you have chosen to install a mini-split system, there are a few important factors to consider before making a purchase and actually beginning to install the system:

 

  • Are you looking for both heating and cooling or just a single functionality?
  • How many air handling units will you be needing to achieve the effect you want?
  • What capacity do you need your system to be capable of handling?

 

How Much Functionality Do You Need?

Most mini-split systems currently on the market can provide both heating and cooling to where they are installed. Mini-split systems with a mono-functionality can also be found relatively easily. These systems that only offer either heating or cooling are also often cheaper than their counterparts that offer both.

Mini-split systems are very durable and rugged, being able to work in temperatures as freezing as -15 degrees fahrenheit and as scorching as 115 degrees. Indeed in all but the most extreme places a mini-split system is very capable of functioning.

Due to variation in seasonal temperatures in most places a mini-split system with both heating and cooling will be the most practical option for most property owners. In places with little variation, however, systems with only one functionality will be the more cost-effective choice.

Additionally if you live in a harsher climate, such as the south’s notorious heat, you will likely use your mini-split system more often, making the choice of a more energy efficient system critical to making climate control affordable.

 

How Many Air Handlers Do You Need?

One of the advantages to mini-split systems is that they can be used to create multiple climate-controlled zones. Each zone requires its own air handling unit leading to the question of how many handling units you will need. A single zone is one air handler to one condenser.

A single condenser can be connected to multiple air handlers in multiple zones. Most multi-air handler systems only go up to four handlers per condenser, though in some more advanced models a single condenser can be connected to up to eight handlers.

The most common use for a multiple air handler setup is to climate control different rooms independently of one another, achieved by placing an air handler in each room.

It is important to match the capacity of the air handlers to the capacity of your condenser. If there is only a single air handler this is a very simple process, both the condenser and handler will simply have the same capacity. If there are multiple air handlers the process is only slightly more complex due to the need for the capacity of the condenser needing to match the capacity of all of the handlers combined.

 

Capacity

Like any other central heating or cooling system, the capacity that mini-split systems are capable of is measured in British Thermal Units or BTU. A BTU is the amount of energy needed to heat a pound of water by single degree fahrenheit.

The larger the BTU capacity of an HVAC system is directly related to how much space that system can heat or cool. Small cooling units might be rated to only five thousand BTU, or roughly enough power to cool 100 square feet, while larger units will have a capacity of over 34,000 BTU. The capacity of the mini-split system must therefore correspond to the amount of space it must heat or cool.

It is a common misconception that a higher capacity system is more effective, but this assertion is simply not true. An over-sized system will simply waste energy, like killing the proverbial fly with a sledgehammer. Furthermore, an oversized system will dehydrate a room, causing a dry and unpleasant atmosphere to form. Several other factors can also affect the capacity you need for your mini-split system as well. Those systems located in sunny rooms or kitchens will require a higher capacity to combat the excess heat, the same holds true for rooms with many occupants or a significant number of electronics running. The opposite holds true for little used or shaded rooms.

The best way to estimate what size system you need is to use what is called the manual J load calculation method. This a common calculation used by HVAC specialists to determine how much power is needed for a system. The Manual J load calculation factors in different characteristics of a home such as square footage, building materials, geographic location, how much sunlight hits a particular part of the house, and even how much heat is being produced by other appliances. While there are free online calculators to run this calculation, we highly recommend having a professional HVAC service technician run these calculations to make sure that all the factors that can affect how large of a unit you need are taken into account.

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Conclusion

A mini-split system is a fantastic alternative to a traditional centralized heating or cooling system, especially if there is no existing ductwork within the property to allow for centralized climate control systems to be installed. Not only are they cost-effective to install compared to new duct work, but a mini-split system can also climate control different areas within the house at an efficiency unheard of for centralized systems. This increase in efficiency is so significant that those who install mini-split systems often see the costs associated with climate controlling their properties drop by up to fifty percent. Nonetheless despite their numerous advantages, some people may find it preferable to install a traditional centralized system if they have existing ductwork within their property. In any case if you are interested in installing a mini-split system in your home it is always advisable to consult a professional to determine both the capacity needed for the system to effectively climate control your home as well as  the best manufacturer to go with.

 

It doesn’t matter what time of day it is, or even what day it is. When your AC unit needs repairs right now, then our emergency HVAC technicians are ready 24/7 to help. If you have an AC emergency that just can’t wait, then call us to get the best emergency service in South Carolina.

 

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Can I Recycle My Heating System?

Can I recycle my heating furnace

The winter weather has already arrived in many areas of the country and families might be starting to realize that there are problems with their heating system. Some of the issues that families could have noticed include that their heating bills are going up, their furnace is working harder than ever to heat the home, and that there could be odd noises or strange smells coming from the system. These could be clues that it is time to replace the heating system. When families get ready to remove their old system, they might be wondering if they can recycle their old heater before installing the new one.

 

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Can I recycle my heating furnace

The winter weather has already arrived in many areas of the country and families might be starting to realize that there are problems with their heating system. Some of the issues that families could have noticed include that their heating bills are going up, their furnace is working harder than ever to heat the home, and that there could be odd noises or strange smells coming from the system. These could be clues that it is time to replace the heating system. When families get ready to remove their old system, they might be wondering if they can recycle their old heater before installing the new one.

 

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SOME PARTS CAN BE RECYCLED AND REUSED

The good news is that some parts of the heating system can actually be recycled and used again. Some of the recyclable parts include:

 

  • The boxes and packaging that the heating system came in
  • The various motors that turn and provide power to the system
  • The electric coils that generate the current to heat the air
  • Sheet metal that is often used to provide the frame to the heating system
  • Compressors which help to transfer the heat to the air
  • The ducts that are used to transfer the air from place to place

 

WHAT CANNOT BE RECYCLED?

Some portions of the heating system are not able to be reused. Some examples include:

  • The capacitors that transfer electricity throughout the system
  • Some of the small plastic parts that often degrade over time
  • The fiberboard

When it is time to install a new heating system, make sure this is done correctly the first time. Trust the professionals.

 

CONTACT THE TRAINED PROFESSIONALS TO LEARN MORE

Ultimately, it is challenging for individuals who don’t have experience with heating and cooling to select and install a new heating system. This is where the professionals can provide assistance. Our friendly technicians with Carolina Comfort have been helping families survive the cold winters in the Columbia, SC area for years. We would be more than happy to help families recycle, install, repair, or even perform maintenance on their heating systems. Don’t wait for the snow to hit the ground. Call today to make an appointment!

 

It doesn’t matter what time of day it is, or even what day it is. When your AC unit needs repairs right now, then our emergency HVAC technicians are ready 24/7 to help. If you have an AC emergency that just can’t wait, then call us to get the best emergency service in South Carolina.

 

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3 BENEFITS OF FURNACES

Benefits of furnaces

The temperature is starting to drop outside and families are curious about how they are going to warm their home during the winter months. There are lots of options available which range from space heaters to fireplaces and modern furnaces. When it comes to selecting the right option, families need to trust an option that is inexpensive, heats the home safely, and will not break when it is needed most. All of these factors are true about furnaces. What are some of the benefits of furnaces that families need to remember?

 

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Benefits of furnaces

The temperature is starting to drop outside and families are curious about how they are going to warm their home during the winter months. There are lots of options available which range from space heaters to fireplaces and modern furnaces. When it comes to selecting the right option, families need to trust an option that is inexpensive, heats the home safely, and will not break when it is needed most. All of these factors are true about furnaces. What are some of the benefits of furnaces that families need to remember?

 

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1. Furnaces are Safe

The most important thing that families need to look for is a safe option. Furnaces have been around for decades and have been modernized over the years. The advanced furnaces are safe. As long as families maintain them, there should not be any worries about furnaces overheating or releasing dangerous chemicals into the air. The same cannot be said of space heaters or fireplaces

 

2. The Price of Furnaces

Another benefit of furnaces is that they are affordable. While many families think about furnaces and other modern heating systems are expensive, furnaces are actually affordable. There are lots of financing options available that can help families spread out the price of a new furnace over many months, ensuring that families have heat now for the winter.

 

3. Furnaces are Efficient

Finally, furnaces are efficient and will heat the home quickly. When people get back from work or school, they do not like walking into a cold house. When the furnace is installed, families can even program the furnace to stick to a heating schedule. They can save money when they aren’t at home but also heat up the home quickly when they get back. Do not overlook this advanced feature!

 

Trust the Professionals with Heating Issues

When families have questions or concerns about heating issues, they need to trust the professionals. Families who are located in the Columbia, SC area should trust the professionals at Carolina Comfort. With numerous heating repairheating installation, and heating maintenance options to choose from, families will be warm when the winter months come around. Don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns. Call today to make an appointment!

 

It doesn’t matter what time of day it is, or even what day it is. When your AC unit needs repairs right now, then our emergency HVAC technicians are ready 24/7 to help. If you have an AC emergency that just can’t wait, then call us to get the best emergency service in South Carolina.

 

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Should I Turn My Furnace Off When On Vacation?

Owning a home comes with a number of different responsibilities. It can be tough to balance these different responsibilities with everything else that the family requires. Furnaces are an important part of the home and is important for keeping everyone comfortable. One of the questions that many people have is whether or not they should turn their furnace off when they go on vacation. There are a number of different points that people should keep in mind when trying to make this tough decision. What are a few of the pros and cons of keeping your furnace off when you go on vacation?

 

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Owning a home comes with a number of different responsibilities. It can be tough to balance these different responsibilities with everything else that the family requires. Furnaces are an important part of the home and is important for keeping everyone comfortable. One of the questions that many people have is whether or not they should turn their furnace off when they go on vacation. There are a number of different points that people should keep in mind when trying to make this tough decision. What are a few of the pros and cons of keeping your furnace off when you go on vacation?

 

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The Pros of Turning the Furnace Off when on Vacation

The biggest pro that most people think about when turning furnaces off is the savings on the utility bills. Like the other utilities in the home, the furnace uses a significant amount of energy. This is reflected by the rising utility costs that many people stress about. By turning the furnace off when people go on vacation, families can enjoy large cost savings on their utility bills. Of course, the flip side is that people may need to run their furnace a little while longer when they get back to get their home comfortable again

 

The Cons of Turning the Furnace Off When on Vacation

There are a couple of cons that people need to think about when they turn off their furnace to go on vacation. The biggest issue is that the home could get too cold inside. If this happens, certain parts of the home could start to freeze. The biggest example is the pipes. If the pipes freeze, they could burst. In addition, people need to think about the pets that they might have at home as well. Make sure to keep the time of year in mind when deciding whether or not to run the furnace.

 

Trust the Trained Professionals

When families are trying to decide whether or not to turn off their furnace, it is helpful to trust the trained professionals. Families in the Columbia, SC area should trust Carolina Comfort. Our trained representatives provide a variety of heating and cooling services, including maintenance and installation. Call today to learn more and make an appointment!

 

It doesn’t matter what time of day it is, or even what day it is. When your AC unit needs repairs right now, then our emergency HVAC technicians are ready 24/7 to help. If you have an AC emergency that just can’t wait, then call us to get the best emergency service in South Carolina.

 

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How Often Should My Furnace Be Replaced?

How often should I replace my furnace

There are lots of people who groan at the thought of having to make sure that all of their home utilities are kept up to date. While this might be a headache, it is important for families to make sure that they are staying up to date with the routine maintenance of their furnace, AC, and plumbing systems. If this isn’t done, families might have to repair or replace their furnace. There are lots of responsibilities that come with maintaining these utilities and there are lots of questions and concerns that families often have. One of the common questions that families have is how often they should be replacing their furnace. What are a few of the points that families should keep in mind?

 

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How often should I replace my furnace

There are lots of people who groan at the thought of having to make sure that all of their home utilities are kept up to date. While this might be a headache, it is important for families to make sure that they are staying up to date with the routine maintenance of their furnace, AC, and plumbing systems. If this isn’t done, families might have to repair or replace their furnace. There are lots of responsibilities that come with maintaining these utilities and there are lots of questions and concerns that families often have. One of the common questions that families have is how often they should be replacing their furnace. What are a few of the points that families should keep in mind?

 

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Replace the Furnace When it Breaks

The most important rule to remember is that families need to replace the furnace when it breaks. This is a tough issue to tackle. In some cases, there could just be parts on the furnace that need to be repaired but the furnace itself will still work fine. In other situations, the furnace could be damaged beyond repair. It is best to let the professionals decide whether or not the furnace needs to be repaired or replaced. Most importantly, running a damaged furnace could release toxic fumes and gases. Make sure to replace the furnace if it breaks.

 

Rising Utility Bills

One of the signs that the furnace could be damaged is rising utility bills. If the furnace is no longer running efficiently, it would need to be replaced. In this situation, make sure to contact the professionals to come out and take a look at the furnace. Replacing your furnace, while expensive, could lead to lower utility bills in the process.

 

Trust the Trained Professionals

Ultimately, the question of whether or not the furnace needs to be replaced is tough for families to answer. Families in the Columbia, SC area with questions or concerns should reach out to the trained professionals at Carolina Comfort Heating and Air Conditioning to learn more. With a wide variety of heating and air conditioning repair and replacement services, Carolina Comfort has been trusted from day one. Don’t delay, call today to learn more!

 

It doesn’t matter what time of day it is, or even what day it is. When your AC unit needs repairs right now, then our emergency HVAC technicians are ready 24/7 to help. If you have an AC emergency that just can’t wait, then call us to get the best emergency service in South Carolina.

 

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3 TIPS FOR FURNACE EFFICIENCY

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When people are looking to heat their homes during the cooler winter months, it is important to make sure that a reliable furnace is available. With many different styles and options to choose from, it can be a challenge to find the right one. There are a lot of different factors to keep in mind and everyone needs to make sure that their furnace is working efficiently. Furthermore, it is vital to make sure that the furnace is reliable and will not break during the months that it is needed most. With this in mind, here are a few tips for furnace efficiency:

 

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furnace efficency

When people are looking to heat their homes during the cooler winter months, it is important to make sure that a reliable furnace is available. With many different styles and options to choose from, it can be a challenge to find the right one. There are a lot of different factors to keep in mind and everyone needs to make sure that their furnace is working efficiently. Furthermore, it is vital to make sure that the furnace is reliable and will not break during the months that it is needed most. With this in mind, here are a few tips for furnace efficiency:

 

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1. Keep the Filters Clean

Perhaps the most important tip to make sure that the furnace is efficient is to make sure that the filters are clean. The furnace relies on an unobstructed area through which it can pull fresh air. if the filters are dirty, the furnace needs to work harder to pull in this air. This will drive up utility costs.

 

2. Clean the Flame Sensor

Most furnaces have a flame sensor that it uses to make sure that the flames are at the right temperature. If the sensor is dirty, the measurements become inaccurate. This can cause the furnace to work harder than it has to, driving up the utility costs. Clean this sensor to make sure that the furnace is taking accurate measurements.

 

3. Check for Dents

Over time, some furnaces will accrue dents. This will impact the way that the air flows throughout the furnace. If the shape of the furnace is off, the flow can become turbulent, making the furnace inefficient.

 

Reliable Heating Repair in Columbia, SC

If you need heating or air conditioning installation, the trusted team at Carolina Comfort, Inc. can provide you with exceptional service and competitive rates. Contact us today for your furnace efficiency needs!

 

It doesn’t matter what time of day it is, or even what day it is. When your AC unit needs repairs right now, then our emergency HVAC technicians are ready 24/7 to help. If you have an AC emergency that just can’t wait, then call us to get the best emergency service in South Carolina.

 

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Can Air Conditioning Trigger Asthma? https://carolinacomfortsc.com/can-air-conditioning-trigger-asthma/ Sun, 30 Sep 2018 23:35:39 +0000 https://carolinacomfortsc.com/?p=1920 The post Can Air Conditioning Trigger Asthma? appeared first on Carolina Comfort.

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CAN AIR CONDITIONING TRIGGER ASTHMA?

Poor indoor air quality and health

Some air conditioning companies might tout AC as helpful to people with asthma. We stick to the research, so you can work with your AC knowledgeably if you or someone in your family has concerns about breathing cooled air.

 

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Poor indoor air quality and health

Some air conditioning companies might tout AC as helpful to people with asthma. We stick to the research, so you can work with your AC knowledgeably if you or someone in your family has concerns about breathing cooled air.

 

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Cool Air and Nighttime Asthma

Sleeping in a bedroom with the AC cranked up will (a) cool and (b) dehumidify the air and your own air passages. Research tells us this combination can worsen nighttime asthma. This is significant for people whose asthma gets worse at night. According to the research, acute asthma attacks can be prevented by breathing warm, humidified air in conjunction with a medical prescription.

 

Home Maintenance and Health

Maintain your home air quality by avoiding room deodorants or candles that can aggravate asthma. Avoid harsh cleaning chemicals. A vinegar-water mix will modify pH as it cleans, making it a powerful force against mold and bacteria. At the same time, think about whether your home air conditioning system is clean and well maintained. A poorly maintained AC system invites microorganisms connected with asthma, according to indoor environment researcher Mark Mendell of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

 

Simple Steps to Take Today

Fortunately, when it comes to home AC, a few simple changes can be healthful:

  • Close the ducts to your bedroom, preferring fans to cool you at night. Be sure the fan blades are clean.
  • Use a dehumidifier to ease nighttime breathing difficulties.
  • Invest in an air purifier. Carolina Comfort’s air purifier protects your home interior by filtering the air and applying Captures and Kills™ technology, eliminating allergens, pollutants, and pathogens.
  • Change your AC filter (or, on some ductless models, remember to wipe the filter panel clean) at least once every three months—monthly in warm months when you use AC the most. It will be good for your AC system and better for the air you breathe.

Clean your air conditioner’s fins and coils. The best way is to schedule an annual cleaning. Our technicians make cleaning your system part of the annual service routine. You can schedule routine AC maintenance online, and a team member will soon be in touch to discuss your goals and make your appointment.

 

Home Air Conditioning Services Throughout Greater Columbia, SC

At Carolina Comforts, we understand and appreciate the value you place on your home’s air quality. We feel good when our customers feel safe, comfortable, and supported. So, give us a call to discuss the ways air conditioning maintenance can improve your atmosphere at home.

 

It doesn’t matter what time of day it is, or even what day it is. When your AC unit needs repairs right now, then our emergency HVAC technicians are ready 24/7 to help. If you have an AC emergency that just can’t wait, then call us to get the best emergency service in South Carolina.

 

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How Often Do My Filters Need to Be Changed? https://carolinacomfortsc.com/how-often-do-my-filters-need-to-be-changed/ Thu, 13 Sep 2018 23:22:56 +0000 https://carolinacomfortsc.com/?p=1917 The post How Often Do My Filters Need to Be Changed? appeared first on Carolina Comfort.

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How Often Do My Filters Need To Be Changed?

Air Conditioning Filters

In Columbia, the heat and humidity can easily bring dust, debris, and allergens into your home through your heating and cooling system. When this happens, all of that debris sits in your vents and clogs your air filters. Changing them is the only way for you to relieve the system of this type of debris. And, this step can help keep your home dust-free, too.

 

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Air Conditioning Filters

In Columbia, the heat and humidity can easily bring dust, debris, and allergens into your home through your heating and cooling system. When this happens, all of that debris sits in your vents and clogs your air filters. Changing them is the only way for you to relieve the system of this type of debris. And, this step can help keep your home dust-free, too.

 

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How Often Should You Clean Them?

Changing the filters in your home’s heating and cooling system should always follow the recommendations set by the manufacturer. You can gain information about this by reading through the owner’s manual. There are some key guidelines to follow for most systems. Your home’s air filter controls the amount of debris and allergens moving through the system. The short answer is you should change it whenever it becomes clogged or when air cannot pass through it easily. For homes without a pet or with a single occupant, it may be possible to change the air conditioner vents one time every six months. However, for any home without a pet, doing so every 90 days is important. For those with a pet, plan to change them at least one time every 60 days.

 

Why Change Filters?

There are a few key reasons to change your home’s air filters on a routine basis:

  • Doing so helps encourage air flow to move through the system easily. It helps to decrease the workload of your entire heating and cooling system. This reduces your energy costs.
  • It helps to minimize the wear and tear on your system. In doing so, it may help extend the life of the system longer.
  • You will notice less dust, dander, and other allergens in your home. This is especially important for individuals who have allergies or a weakened immune system.

The good news is changing your air conditioner and heater air filters can actually make the home more comfortable. Your home is likely to get to the right temperature. If the heating or cooling system is not working well, it is essential to have our team come out for an inspection of your system. Let us help make sure your home’s system is operating at its best.

 

Getting Help with Filters Is Easy to Do When You Call Our Team

You do not have to change your filters on your own. Our team provides heating and cooling maintenance – let us do it for you. Call Carolina Comfort Heating and Air Conditioning for an appointment in Columbia, South Carolina.

 

It doesn’t matter what time of day it is, or even what day it is. When your AC unit needs repairs right now, then our emergency HVAC technicians are ready 24/7 to help. If you have an AC emergency that just can’t wait, then call us to get the best emergency service in South Carolina.

 

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WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE EPA CERTIFIED?

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The mission of the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) is to protect human life and the environment. In keeping with this agenda, the EPA has a certification program for HVAC Technicians. As part of the Clean Air Act technicians who have any contact with refrigeration equipment which can mean maintenance, service of the disposal of the equipment must take and pass an EPA-approved test administered by an EPA- approved certifying organization. This is not optional, it is required by law.

 

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repair hvac tech

The mission of the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) is to protect human life and the environment. In keeping with this agenda, the EPA has a certification program for HVAC Technicians. As part of the Clean Air Act technicians who have any contact with refrigeration equipment which can mean maintenance, service of the disposal of the equipment must take and pass an EPA-approved test administered by an EPA- approved certifying organization. This is not optional, it is required by law.

 

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Clean Air Act

Section 608 of the Clean Air Act deals with the training required of those who work on air conditioning and refrigeration. It was created to make sure that refrigerants like R-22 won’t be released into the air where they deplete the Ozone Layer and contribute to global warming. Refrigerants like R-22 are being phased out and technicians need to know about their replacement options.

 

EPA Certification

All HVAC technicians must earn at least one EPA certification, there are four available. Which one or ones that they get depend on what types of equipment they will be working on. After receiving the certification, technicians are only allowed to release minute amounts of harmful refrigerants while they are performing their job. Technicians have to follow the EPA guidelines for addressing leaks and for the disposal of any refrigerants or equipment. They are also required to keep meticulous records of the purchase of refrigerants and the laws applying to used equipment disposal.

 

Types of Certification

The four types of EPA Certification are:

  • Type l: Small Appliances
  • Type 2: Medium to Large High-Pressure Appliances
  • Type 3: Low-Pressure Appliances
  • Universal: All Appliances

Each of the certifications has a different test however, some topics will be required for all of the certifications. Among the topics that are covered are Ozone Depletion, Section 608 Regulations, the Clean Air Act and the Montreal Protocol and the Three R Definitions (Recovery, Recycle, Reclaim). These are not all of the core topics, there are quite a few others but this is enough to give a general idea of the depth of knowledge required.

 

HVAC Experts in Columbia, SC

At Carolina Comfort Inc. we have been living up to our name and keeping customers comfortable in Columbia, South Carolina since 1992. We are a full-service HVAC company providing maintenancerepairs and installation. Our well-trained technicians provide 24-7 service bringing our customers peace of mind no matter what situation arises. Contact us today!

 

It doesn’t matter what time of day it is, or even what day it is. When your AC unit needs repairs right now, then our emergency HVAC technicians are ready 24/7 to help. If you have an AC emergency that just can’t wait, then call us to get the best emergency service in South Carolina.

 

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Why Use a Home Humidifier?

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A home humidifier is an excellent addition to your house all year round. Although the home air s naturally drier during winter, you will also need a humidifier during summer. A humidifier adds moisture to the air to prevent dryness that can cause severe irritation in different parts of your body. Humidifiers are particularly useful for treating dryness of the throat, skin, lips, and nose. You should also keep in mind that dry air is dangerous to your respiratory system and can make any existing medical complications worse. Here are some of the top reasons why you should use a home humidifier.

 

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In need of humidifier

A home humidifier is an excellent addition to your house all year round. Although the home air s naturally drier during winter, you will also need a humidifier during summer. A humidifier adds moisture to the air to prevent dryness that can cause severe irritation in different parts of your body. Humidifiers are particularly useful for treating dryness of the throat, skin, lips, and nose. You should also keep in mind that dry air is dangerous to your respiratory system and can make any existing medical complications worse. Here are some of the top reasons why you should use a home humidifier.

 

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Prevent Dry Skin

This is one of the most significant reasons why you should consider using a home humidifier, especially in winter when your skin becomes dry. The exposed parts of your skin such as lips, hands, and the face tend to become drier in wintertime which leads to the development f wrinkles and cracks easily. While most people tend to turn to lotions and balms to deal with the problems of dry skin, this approach won’t help you so much if your skin becomes dehydrated due to exposure to dry air. However, having a humidifier will help you feel much comfortable in your skin It will even improve the general appearance of your skin and help you counteract the signs of aging.

 

Sleep Better

When you sleep in a dry environment, you’re most likely going to wake up with a dry nose, scratchy throat, and even a severe headache. Maintaining proper humidity levels in your bedroom will not only help you sleep better but will also make you feel more refreshed when you wake up in the morning. This is the primary reason why pediatricians recommend having a humidifier installed in a nursery. If you do get flu or cold, using a humidifier in your bedroom while you sleep may also help you to recover faster. The sufficient moisture in the air will lubricate your nasal passages allowing you to breathe easier.

 

Humidifier Also Benefits Babies and Children

For infants and young children, dry skin could lead to a wide range of health complications. Installing a humidifier in your home will help to keep the air within recommended moisture levels that protect their sensitive skin from becoming too dry. Moist air also allows babies to breathe easier since they don’t experience stuffy noses and frequent coughing. When the air is too dry, your baby may suffer chapped lips, a dry and irritated skin.

 

Stay Cool with Carolina Comfort

Are you looking for qualified and experienced heating and cooling experts in Columbia, SC that offer air conditioning and heating services that you can trust? Contact Carolina Comfort Heating and Air Conditioning today and for top-notch heating and cooling services. We offer 24/7 service to our clients and treat each one of our clients as a family.

 

It doesn’t matter what time of day it is, or even what day it is. When your AC unit needs repairs right now, then our emergency HVAC technicians are ready 24/7 to help. If you have an AC emergency that just can’t wait, then call us to get the best emergency service in South Carolina.

 

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