Thursday, November 1, 2012

Back by Popular Demand...$49 Furnace Tune Up!

Is your furnace ready for the cold weather?  Let us perform a tune up on your furnace so you can be assured that the furnace is operating properly, and more importantly SAFELY!


We also offer Preferred Customer Agreements.  This will provide you with heating and cooling inspections, as well as many added bonuses!
 
Contact us today to schedule the service that fits your needs!
 
980-235-0055
or
 

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

PLEASE READ...IT COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE!!!

I know lots of companies use scare tactics to get their customers to purchase products from them, but if your heating contractor tells you your furnace is leaking carbon monoxide, TAKE IT SERIOUSLY! 
 
The #1 cause of poisioning in the U.S. is Carbon Monoxide.  However, less than 5% of all the CO poisonings are reported.  Carbon monoxide, even in small quantities can cause serious health problems, particularly in children and the elderly. Millions of unsuspecting homeowners are exposed to low levels of CO and don't even know it. Unfortunately U.L. Listed CO alarms don't go off until your family has been exposed to 70ppm (parts per million) for over 3-1/2 hours! Most international limits for unsafe levels, including OSHA and the World Health Organization's guidelines are between at 15-35 ppm. Carbon monoxide can come from additional sources in your home besides your heating equipment, and they should be checked. These sources include your Water Heater, Gas Range, Gas Logs, Space Heater, and Boiler - even an attached garage.


How do homeowners not know you may be asking.  Just a few weeks ago we ran into this very situation.  We went out to our customer's home to perform a tune up.  While inspecting the furnace, the technician found that a plate that sealed the blower compartment from the heat exchanger and exhaust was rusted to the point there were holes.  He disabled the furnace from operating and spoke with the homeowner.  The homeowner was in disbelief.  He went on to explain that the entire family had woke up with headaches many times towards the end of last winter.  The technician explained that the CO leaking into the house could have definitely caused the headaches.  The homeowner couldn't believe the CO detector they had never alarmed.  They went to the CO detector and the technician removed it from the wall and read the back of the detector.  That detector does not alarm until there was 100 ppm in the air for 2+ hours.  Needless to say we are replacing the furnace in their home.

In the process of that customer doing their due dilgence, they had another contractor come out to give them a price on replacement.  That contractor (to our total and utter disbelief) told the homeowner that he had went back under the house and reconnected the furnace.  They could now run the heat, but he did recommend maybe opening a window for 15-20 minutes every couple hours.  The homeowners were very upset that the other contractor would put their children in harms way and ask him to leave.  Our techincian had taken the time to truly educate the family on the risks and they had done some additional research as well.  CO is deadly!  It WILL make people sick!  Why risk making your children, elderly, or yourself sick when there are other options?

Here are the symptoms and the rate of CO poisioning you should look for:

ConcentrationSymptoms
35 ppm (0.0035%)Headache and dizziness within six to eight hours of constant exposure
100 ppm (0.01%)Slight headache in two to three hours
200 ppm (0.02%)Slight headache within two to three hours; loss of judgment
400 ppm (0.04%)Frontal headache within one to two hours
800 ppm (0.08%)Dizziness, nausea, and convulsions within 45 min; insensible within 2 hours
1,600 ppm (0.16%)Headache, tachycardia, dizziness, and nausea within 20 min; death in less than 2 hours
3,200 ppm (0.32%)Headache, dizziness and nausea in five to ten minutes. Death within 30 minutes.
6,400 ppm (0.64%)Headache and dizziness in one to two minutes. Convulsions, respiratory arrest, and death in less than 20 minutes.
12,800 ppm (1.28%)Unconsciousness after 2–3 breaths. Death in less than three minutes.

Here also is a CO Fact Sheet provided by the EPA.

Be sure to check or have your heating contractor check your CO Detector!  First, run the test mode to make sure it is still functioning.  Second, check the data on that particular CO Detector.  Make sure it is a low level monitor.  Third, most CO Detectors have a replacement date on them.  Be sure yours is still within that date.

What do I do if my CO detector does alarm?  Quickly open a window and get out of the house.  If anyone is feeling sick call 911.  If not, call the gas company to have them shut off the gas, and call your heating contractor.  Do not re-enter your home until it is cleared by a professional.


Please, have your furnace checked regularly!  Do your own research, educate yourself in the dangers, and be sure your heating contractor is familiar with new practices and understands the dangers of CO poisoning.  Our technicians attended and been certified by National Comfort Institute on the proper installation, monitoring, and detection of combustion appliances. 

Call us today to have your furnace checked! 
980-235-0055
or
 
 

Thursday, October 11, 2012

"Safety Check", "Tune-Ups", "Check-Ups"...what's the difference?


We blogged about the difference in promotions a few months ago for air conditioning.  So, with the heating season now upon us, we thought we would educate everyone on the differences of these services for heating. We HIGHLY recommend having your furnace checked BEFORE long run times start!

As we said before lots of companies are running specials. There are "Tune Ups", "Safety Checks", "Check-Ups", the list goes on and on. So what's the difference, is it just terminology? Not always. You should always read (even the fine print) or call and find out what is included. By doing this you will be able to weed out what is a marketing ploy and what is truely beneficial.

When having your heating checked, what really needs to be done? Different people will tell you different things. Carolina Heating & Air Design believes these are the basics:

  1. First, your system should be checked once a season! This is for optimal operation. Also, in the heating season, this will guarantee your safety. A check will make sure you do not have any carbon monoxide leaking, which as we all know is DEADLY! So, we always recommend having your heating checked pre-season.
  2. Check your heat exchanger and flue piping if applicable.
  3. Check and test all the parts. This will let you know if a part is bad, or just as important, if a part is getting weak or showing signs it is going bad.
  4. Check of gas leaks.
  5. Check electrical connections.
  6. Check airflow.  Improper airflow is one of the largest contributor to premature failure or breakdown.
  7. Check your ductwork.
  8. Check your thermostat.
As we mentioned in the first item, the most important thing is to have ALL components of the heating and air conditioning system checked yearly. The most efficient way to have your system performing properly and efficiently is to sign up for a yearly maintenance agreement. Carolina Heating & Air Design offers a Preferred Customer Agreement (PCA) which gives you two visits per year, 15% discount, and priority scheduling. With the PCA, any adjusmtents that need to be made to obtain optimal efficiency is included.  We will even clean the indoor coil during both the heating and cooling inspections. The agreement gives you in-depth cleaning, diagnostics, and effiency testing of your equipment.

Whatever your situation or budget, Carolina Heating & Air Design has a service for you!
Check out our service options on our website and call us today to schedule!

980-235-0055

 

Friday, September 14, 2012

90 Day Filters, Do They Really Last That Long?

As we all know, the air in your home is extremely important to your health!  More and more people are now purchasing the higher quality 90 day filters that are now available.  But are they worth it?  Do they really work that well?  Do they actually last 90 days?

Having good quality air filtration is one key factor to having healthy indoor air quality, and yes we believe the higher quality filters on the market are worth the money.  BUT, there are several factors that you need to consider:

1 - Just because the package says 90 day filter, does NOT mean it will last 90 days in your home.

Here is a picture of a 90 day filter that we took out of a home this week.  The customer was a little upset because it had only been in for 60 days! 

Per Filtrete's website:  The life of a filter can depend on the individual conditions in your home. You may need to change your filter more often if your home has:
  • Unusually dirty duct work
  • Construction work in progress
  • Furniture or drywall sanding in progress
  • Pets
  • Smokers
  • A fan running continuously
In these cases, you may want to change the filter more frequently.

We also see that more frequent filter changes are needed in homes with large families and small children due to the amount of times the doors are opened a day.

2 - Will the new filter restrict my air flow?

Today's heating and cooling systems operate differently. It is extremely important to have proper air flow through your home. A lot of times we see customers who have had their equipment changed out, but the ductwork was not. It is not always bad, but sometimes the old ductwork doesn't carry the amount of air that the newer more efficient systems require. So, what does that have to do with filters? Simple, the 90 day filters are denser and catch more particles which also means the air can not move through the filter as easily. This could cause the equipment to work much harded and cut down on the life span of your equipment. We recommend that you have the entire system checked to be sure the high quality filters are right for your situation. Check out Filtrete's FAQ section on the high efficiency filters.

Again, we believe it is extremely important to have a good quality filter in place if your system allows it.  BUT even more important, whether you have a $50 filter or a $1 filter, change them as it is needed for your situation.  Don't get stuck breathing the air coming through a dirty filter like above!  Check your filters regularly!


To schedule an evaluation of your system, 
call us today at 980-235-0055!
 
 





 

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Hurricane Season Is Here


With Hurricane Isaac off the Gulf Coast, we start to think about what we here in the Carolina's need to do to be prepared in case a hurricane or other extreme weather were to threaten us.

First, you should know the difference between a weather "Watch" and "Warning".  A Watch means conditions are threatening and probability is higher that bad weather could happen. When Watch is issued, review your safety plans, keep informed and be ready to act if a warning is issued.  A Warning means conditions are expected and will happen. When a Warning is issued, complete your storm preparations, do as the authorities instruct you, and leave the area if directed to do so.


Here are a some things to know and do to be prepared:

  • Know your evacuation routes and locate your local emergency shelters.
  • Don't get caught by surprise. There is not enough time to think of everything you need to do when a hurricane or bad weather approaches.
  • Put fuel in all vehicles and withdraw some cash from the bank. Gas stations and banks may be closed after a hurricane or bad weather.

  • Keep a photo I.D. that shows your home address. This may become important when asking a police officer or National Guard member for permission to re-enter your neighborhood.
  • There is never enough time to get ready for nature's fiercest weather. Give yourself and your family a head start.

  • Water—at least a 3-day supply; one gallon per person per day

  • Food—at least a 3-day supply of non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food
  • Flashlight
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAAWeather Radio, if possible)
  • Extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Medications (7-day supply) and medical items (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, cane)

  • Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of  address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Family and emergency contact information

  • Emergency blanket

  • Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
  • Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)
  • Tools/supplies for securing your home
  • Extra set of car keys and house keys


  • What to do when a hurricane threatens...
    • Listen to a NOAAWeather Radio for critical information from the National Weather Service (NWS) regularly.
    • Check your disaster supplies and replace or restock as needed.
    • Bring in anything that can be picked up by the wind (bicycles, lawn furniture).
    • Close windows, doors and hurricane shutters. If you do not have hurricane shutters, close and board up all windows and doors with plywood.
    • Turn the refrigerator and freezer to the coldest setting and keep them closed as much as possible so that food will last longer if the power goes out.
    • Turn off propane tanks and unplug small appliances.
    • Fill your car’s gas tank.
    • Talk with members of your household and create an evacuation plan.  Planning and practicing your evacuation plan minimizes confusion and fear during the event.
    • Learn about your community’s hurricane response plan. Plan routes to local shelters, register family members with special medical needs as required and make plans for your pets to be
      cared for.
    • Evacuate if advised by authorities. Be careful to avoid flooded roads and washed out bridges.
    • Because standard homeowners insurance doesn’t cover flooding, it’s important to have protection from the floods associated with hurricanes, tropical storms, heavy rains and other
      conditions that impact the U.S. For more information on flood insurance, please visit the National Flood Insurance Program Web site at www.FloodSmart.gov.

    What to do after a hurricane...
    • Continue listening to a NOAAWeather Radio or the local news for the latest updates.
    • Stay alert for extended rainfall and subsequent flooding even after the hurricane or tropical storm has ended.
    • If you evacuated, return home only when officials say it is safe.
    • Drive only if necessary and avoid flooded roads and washed-out bridges.
    • Keep away from loose or dangling power lines and report them immediately to the power company.
    • Stay out of any building that has water around it.
    • Inspect your home for damage. Take pictures of damage, both of the building and its contents, for insurance purposes.
    • Use flashlights in the dark. Do NOT use candles, fire risk as extremely high!
    • Avoid drinking or preparing food with tap water until you are sure it’s not contaminated.
    • Check refrigerated food for spoilage. If in doubt, throw it out.
    • Wear protective clothing and be cautious when cleaning up to avoid injury.
    • Watch animals closely and keep them under your direct control.
    • Use the telephone only for emergency calls.

    Let Your Family Know You’re Safe
    If your community has experienced a hurricane, or any disaster, register on the American Red Cross Safe and Well Web site: RedCross.org/SafeandWell. If you don’t have Internet access, call 1-866-GET-INFO to register yourself and your family.
     
     This information is provided by the American Red Cross.

     
    KEEP SAFE!
     
    from your friends at
    980-235-0055

     

    Friday, August 3, 2012

    AC Tune Ups, Check-Ups, Maintenance...What's the Difference?

    We are only about half way through the hot weather, and your AC has already had A LOT of run time.  If you haven't had your AC checked so far, you should!  There are still a lot of running hours and hot weather to go.

    Lots of companies are running specials.  There are "Tune Ups", "Safety Checks", "Check-Ups", the list goes on and on.  So what's the difference, is it just terminology?  Not always.  You should always read (even the fine print) or call and find out what is included.  By doing this you will be able to weed out what is a marketing ploy and what is truely beneficial.

    When having your AC checked, what really needs to be done?  Different people will tell you different things.  Carolina Heating & Air desing believes these are the basics:

    1. First, your system should be checked once a season!  This is for optimal operation.  Also, in the heating season, this will guarantee your safety.  A check will make sure you do not have any carbon monoxide leaking, which as we all know is DEADLY!  So, we always recommend having your heating checked pre-season.
    2. Second, but just as important as the first, technicians should be checking both components of your AC system.  Your AC system uses more than just the part outside.  The evaporator coil is attached to your furnace, and is a major component to the operation of the AC.  The evaporator coil, furnace, or air handler is generally located in a crawl space, attic, or closet of your home.  If the technician didn't go in that area, you didn't have a proper service performed!  *A package unit is the only system where everything is contained outside the house.
    3. Check your refrigerant levels.
    4. Check and test all the parts.  This will let you know if a part is bad, or just as important, if a part is getting weak or showing signs it is going bad.
    5. Check your ductwork.
    6. Check your thermostat.
    7. Wash the condenser coil (outdoor unit).  There are different levels to washing the condenser coil.  Water washing the coil is the minimum that needs to be performed yearly.  The more thorough cleaning uses chemicals and takes longer to perform.  Generally, this is not included in specials.
    8. Clean your drain lines.
    As we mentioned in the first two items, the most important thing is to have ALL components of the heating and air conditioning system checked yearly.  The most efficient way to have your system performing properly is to sign up for a yearly maintenance agreement.  Carolina Heating & Air Design offers a Preferred Customer Agreement (PCA) which gives you two visits per year, 15% discount, and priority scheduling.  The agreement gives you in-depth cleaning and diagnostics of your equipment. 

    Whatever your situation or budget, Carolina Heating & Air Design has a service for you!
    Check out our service options on our website and call us today to schedule!

    980-235-0055 


    Monday, July 16, 2012

    Repair vs. Replace

    If you have had a problem with your ac recently, you may have been told by the service technician that it is time to replace your system.  We are asked all the time, "how do I know when it is time to replace my system".  So, we thought we would take a minute to give you some tips on Repair vs. Replacement.

    Top Reason TO Replace  -  FREON LEAKS!

    The Clean Air Act does not allow any refrigerant to be vented into the atmosphere during installation, service, or retirement of equipment. Therefore, R-22 must be recovered and recycled, reclaimed, or destroyed. After 2020, the servicing of R-22-based systems will rely solely on recycled or reclaimed refrigerants. Chemical manufacturers will no longer be able to produce, and companies will no longer be able to import, R-22 for use in new A/C equipment after 2010, but they can continue production and import of R-22 until 2020 for use in servicing existing equipment.

    To add to the EPA mandated phase out, the industry has seen a major price increase of R-22.  The Charlotte Observer recently did a story discussing the increase that you can link to here.  This obviously means an major increase of pricing on R-22 to the customer. 

    Bottom line - if your system has a leak, you should replace the AC and evaporator coil.  This will give you a much more efficient system with a warranty and the new refrigerant.

    Repair or Replace...your system if it is over 13 years old and has a major problem - REPLACE!

    The life expectancy of an air condition system is between 13-15 years.  That is if it is maintained regularly!  And we have seen units that have lasted upwards of 20 years when maintained every year.  However, once your unit is over 13 years old, the efficiency ratings have dramatically decreased.  It could be costing you 30% more to run your older system now than it did when it was new.  So, if you have a major repair arise on a system that is more than 13 years old, you should really consider replacement.

    Repair or Replace...my 9 year old system could use several hundred dollars in repairs - DISCUSS WITH YOUR SERVICE TECH!

    This one can truly go either way.  Your air conditioner is a machine, and as we all know, machines break.  You will more than likely have to have parts repaired on your air conditioner throughout its lifespan.  In this situation, you need to weigh out your pros and cons with your service technician.  Yes, your system may be getting older, but it could have another 5-7 years left in it.  The technician should be able to show you test readings from other major components of the system.  If those items test good, why not fix it?!  A top quality technician will give you all the information you will need to help you MAKE a decision, NOT force or scare you into a decision.

    Repair or Replace...my system has the new refrigerant (R-410A) and is fairly new, but has a couple repairs that should be done - REPAIR.

    If your system contains R-410A, then odds are repairs are worth it.  The age of a system normally isn't much of a deciding factor until after 10 years of operation.  Again, a good technician will give you all the information you will need to easily make the decision.


    In today's economy, we all have to be smart with our money.  Our technicians will educate you, and give you all your options.  They will also provide you with consequences and scenerios that could result from the different options.  Carolina Heating & Air Design wants YOU to be able to make the decision of Repair vs. Replace confidently for yourself!

    Call Us Today!  980-235-0055

    FREE Second Opinion on Repairs and
    FREE Estimates for Replacement

    Tuesday, July 3, 2012

    Monday, July 2, 2012

    IT'S HOT!!!!! Are you cool?

    Well, the extreme heat finally made it!  And boy are we HOT! 

    We have had a lot of questions in the past couple days about the operation of AC systems.  I thought we could share with everyone some of these questions and our tips on how to deal with this heat.  Also, check out our blogs from last week to get tips on "Ways to Keep Your Home Cool Without Breaking the Bank"!

    The Number One Concern:
    My AC isn't getting down to the temperature I have my thermostat set on.  Is it working?

    Answer:
    Unfortunately, there is no straightforward answer to this.  The State of North Carolina requires contractors to design HVAC systems to maintain at least an 18 degree temperature difference between the outside temperature and the indoor temperature.  So with that criteria, on a 105 degree day if your AC is maintaining 85 - 87 degrees, then it is performing up to design standard.

    Now, that isn't to say that something isn't wrong.  Most units that we install or have maintained and are running properly maintain 78 - 82 degrees.  If the system is low on refrigerant or certain parts are going bad, you may be receiving some cooling but not enough to keep your home within those guidelines.

    Bottomline:  When in doubt, give us a call.  We will be glad to take a look at the system and give you options that will keep you as cool as possible.

    Question:
    Is it normal for the AC to overheat and shutoff?

    Answer:
    No.  AC units are designed to run in extreme temperatures.  Give us a call ASAP!


    Question:
    Adding more refrigerant should make it colder, right?

    Answer:
    Refrigerant should only be added IF the system is low on refrigerant.  AC systems are designed for a specific amount of refrigerant.  Adding additional amounts will not make it colder, but it WILL make the AC run less efficient meaning, a higher power bill. 

    Now, if your AC is low on refrigerant then the system has a leak.  AC systems are sealed and should not leak refrigerant.  As the refrigerant leaks out you receive less cooling, and again the AC runs less efficient meaning, a higher power bill.  Give us a call, and we will give you options!


    Questions:
    Will my unit running all the time make my power bill high?

    Answer:
    As long as your system has been maintained and is performing as efficient as that unit can, NO it will not make your power bill increase dramatically. AC units are designed to run for extended lengths of time. The AC unit uses the most "power" or amperage on startup. Therefore, a system that runs for long periods will cost less to operate than units that are not maintained and are shuting off and coming back on (short cycling) lots of times a day. Of course you are going to see some increase in your power bill this time of year, and if you do see a dramatic increase, give us a call and we will be glad to make sure your system is running at it's maximum efficiency!


    Question:
    Is there anything I can check?

    Answer:
    There are a couple things you can do.  Make sure your filters are clean and NOT stopped up.  Dirty filters cause the AC to not work properly or sometimes stop working completely.  Also, you can make sure you don't have a tripped breaker.  If you have a battery operated thermostat, be sure the batteries are good.  Otherwise, give us a call!

     

    To make an appointment or get more information, give us a call!980-235-0055


    Friday, June 22, 2012

    Ways to Keep Your Home Cool Without Breaking the Bank

    Today is the last day of this series.  We wanted to give you a few more tips, as well as give you information on what to do if your AC does breakdown.

    Create a Breeze
    With the air circulating, you'll feel like a room's temperature has dropped up to 8°F.
    • Use a portable fan in conjunction with your AC to move air without greatly increasing your power use (it'll even save money, because you can comfortably set the thermostat a few degrees higher).
    • Be smart about ceiling fans. Since they don't actually cool — you need to be in their path to get the benefits — turn off all fans when you're heading out to avoid wasting energy. If you're buying a new ceiling fan, make sure it's sized right for your room (the fan's box should list its specs).

    What to do if your AC breaks down
    If your AC unit quits working or the air coming out feels warm:
    • Turn the AC OFF!  I know it seems ridiculous to ask you to turn the system off when it is so hot outside, but it WILL save you money!  Running an AC unit that is not functioning correctly can cause additional parts to fail.  Also, if the system is frozen the technicians cannot work on the unit until it is unfrozen.  The sooner the system is shut down the better off you will be.
    • Check your filter.  Your AC system does require a clean filter in order to run.  Be sure to check and replace or clean your filter on a regular basis.  Changeable filters should be replaced every month or so depending on the number of people and animals you have in the home.  The higher quality filters should be checked every month.  Just because the package says 3 to 6 months doesn’t mean it will last that long in your home.
    • Check your breaker.  If there has been a power outage or surge, the breaker to your system may have tripped.  Reset the breaker and give the system about 10 minutes to restart.  Some systems have a built in time delay when the system has been shut down.  If the system continues to trip the breaker, give us a call you may have problems within the unit that is causing the breaker to trip.
    • Is your power company implementing load control?  Some areas may be affected by the power company’s load control when temperatures sore and power usage becomes extremely high.  In those situations, your unit will not run due to the load control.  If you’re not sure whether your home has a load control on it, contact your power company.
    • Call Your HVAC Company!  Don’t wait to see if your AC unit will start working again!  Call (980-235-0055) or email us right away to schedule a repair call.  The longer you wait, the higher the risk that more people could fill up the schedule causing you to wait longer!


    What to do to stay cool until the repair man gets there:
     
    • Turn the fan on your thermostat to the ON position.  Every thermostat has a fan button.  This just controls the blower portion of the AC.  When in the ON position, it will help to circulate air through the home.  It will not provide cold air, but moving air will make a difference.
    • Be sure your curtains and blinds are closed.  This can lower the temperature by limiting the amount of sunlight entering the home. 
    • Raise windows at night.  If the temperature outside is at least 3˚ cooler than the indoor temperature, raising windows will help!
    • The ultimate chill-out:  As we said a couple days ago, get wet. A cool bath or shower with water around 75°F (lukewarm) will chill you out 25 times faster than a blast of cold air.
    Give us a try!  Please call or contact us to schedule an appointment or just get additional information.  We are happy to help!

    980-235-0055  or info@mycarolinahvac.com

    Thursday, June 21, 2012

    Ways to Keep Your Home Cool Without Breaking the Bank



    In today's blog, we have given info on not only how to stay cool, but also how to use the hot weather to save money!

    Remember: Heat Rises
    Attics can reach temps of 150°F or more. Take measures to properly insulate this area from the rest of the house: Install sweeps and weather-stripping around the access door (about $10 - $8 for a roll, respectively, at hardware stores). For a hatch-style entrance, invest in a stair-insulator cover like the Attic Tent ($200 to $240; attictent.com) to seal it.  This will help keep that hot air from your attic out of your house.


    Harness the Heat

    Hot weather isn't all bad for your electric bill.
    • Line-dry clothes outdoors — there's nothing like that fresh smell! — and skip the dryer (the costliest part of doing laundry).
    • Hang towels that are soggy from a day at the beach or pool to dry in the sun over a line, a railing, or the back of a chair. Bonus, if towels will be used again before laundering: Solar rays can kill some smell-causing bacteria.
    Close Your Curtains and Blinds
    You can drastically cut down how much your AC runs during the day by closing your curtains and blinds.  Combined setting the thermostat to a slighly higher program, you can see some major savings!
      Carolina Heating & Air Design
      980-235-0055 or info@mycarolinahvac.com

      Wednesday, June 20, 2012

      Ways to Keep Your Home Cool Without Breaking the Bank

      Today we are going to give you tips on managine moisture in your home.  Here in the South, humidity can be horrible.  The humidity adds to the heat and creates a VERY uncomfortable environment.  Check out these tips to help you manage your indoor humidity.

      Manage Moisture
      An estimated 50% of U.S. homes have unhealthily high levels of moisture. What to do when "it's not the heat, it's the humidity":
      • Move indoor plants outside — they produce a lot of airborne moisture.     
      • Invest in a dehumidifier.  Give us a call, we can install a whole house dehumidifier.     
      • Run bathroom exhaust fans for a full 20 minutes after a shower or bath to "dry" the air.     
      • If your house seems extremely humid, call your HVAC contractor to see if the AC is performing properly.  Your AC unit should be designed to pull humidity out of your home.  Give us a call and we can check the unit to be sure it dehumidifying your home.
      • The ultimate chill-out:  Get wet. A cool bath or shower with water around 75°F (lukewarm) will chill you out 25 times faster than a blast of cold air.
      • Seal up your house.  By making sure you have a good weather seal around door and windows, you will not only keep the cold air in, but you will also keep the humidity from outside out.

      By keeping the humidity in your home down, you may even find that you can raise your thermostat a degree or two!  That will create more savings on the utility bills!

      Are you interested in a dehumidifier, or just want to be sure your AC system is doing all it can?
      Give us a call and schedule an appointment to have a technician make sure you are getting the most out of your AC!

      980-235-0055 or info@mycarolinahvac.com

      Tuesday, June 19, 2012

      Ways to Keep Your Home Cool Without Breaking the Bank


      As Summer has finally arrived, we thought it would be a good time to start talking about how you can keep your home cool through the summer.  This week we will be giving you tips on how to stay cool without spending a lot of money.


      Smart Ways to Save on the AC
      • Have maintenance performed on your cooling system every year.  According to Goodway.com, units with dirty coils, "use 37 percent more energy than those with clean coils," and reduce cooling capacity as much as 30 percent. A less-efficient system is harmful to the environment and raises utility costs.  Dirty coils can also cause premature failure on parts and shorten the life of the entire unit.
      • Set the thermostat at 70° to 75°F when you're home, 76 - 80°F when you're not; don't turn it off completely before leaving the house (it can cost more to cool the house back down once it overheats).
      • Position electric devices like lamps, TVs, or computers at least a few feet away from your AC thermostat. Reason: The AC can sense heat from these appliances, which can cause it to run longer than necessary.
      • Know when to upgrade. In terms of energy use, you may want to consider a new AC if yours is more than 10 or 12 years old — and definitely if it's not cooling as well as it used to — to shave up to 30% off your bill.

      Haven't had a maintenance performed on you cooling system yet?

      Give us a call to schedule a tune-up that fits your budget! 

      980-235-0055 or info@mycarolinahvac.com



       

      Thursday, June 14, 2012

      HAPPY FLAG DAY, AMERICA!!!



      Today marks the 235th anniversary of the adoption of the nation's flag!  Here are some interesting facts about the origins of Flag Day.




      Timeline of Flag Day
      • June 14, 1777 – Congress adopts the Stars and Stripes as the flag of the U.S.
      • June 14, 1885 – Bernard J. Cigrand, a Wisconsin teacher, placed a 10-inch, 38-star flag in a bottle on his desk and assigned essays on the flag and its significance.
      • June 14, 1891 – The Betsy Ross House in Philadelphia hosts a Flag Day celebration.
      • May 30, 1916 – President Woodrow Wilson issues a proclamation calling for a nationwide observance of Flag Day.
      • Aug. 3, 1949 – President Harry Truman signs an Act Of Congress designating the 14th day of June every year as National Flag Day.
      • June 14, 2004 – The 108th U.S. Congress votes unanimously on H.R. 662 that Flag Day originated in Ozaukee County, WI.

      Red, White and Blue Meaning
      • The stripes represent the 13 original colonies.
      • The 50 stars represent the number of states.
      • The colors of the flag have meaning as well: Red symbolizes Hardiness and Valor; White symbolizes Purity and Innocence; Blue represents Vigilance, Perseverance and Justice.
      Proper Display
      • The flag should be displayed from sunrise to sunset. If the flag is displayed at night it should be illuminated.
      • Never allow the flag to touch the ground or the floor.
      • When displayed on a wall or window the union (stars) should be in the upper left corner.
      • The flag should be raised quickly and lowered ceremoniously.
      • The flag is often flown at half-staff to show respect for someone who has died. When flown at half-staff, the flag should be raised to the top for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff position. The flag should also be raised to the top before it is lowered at the end of the day.
      Happy Flag Day!
      From Everyone at Carolina Heating & Air Design

      Facts for this blog provided by National Flag Day Foundation, USFlag.org, PBS: America Responds, and dearborn.patch.com.  Please visit their sites for more detailed information.

      Monday, May 21, 2012

      Customized Services to Meet Your Cooling Needs

      We are now approaching Summer, and those long, hot, humid days are right around the corner.  Is your air conditioning ready?  We have put together several different options to make sure your cooling system is ready to keep you cool throughout the summer.
      The Basic Tune Up - $49
      
      • Check All Parts of All Components
      • Check Thermostat
      • Check Evaporator Coil
      • Check Ductwork
      • Check Efficiency of System
      • Check Refrigerant Levels
      • Free Leak Search (if unit is low on refrigerant)
      • Clean Drain Lines
      • Water Wash Condenser Coil

      The Deluxe Tune Up - $149   (Includes Everything Included In The Basic PLUS)
      • Chemical Cleaning on Condenser Coil
      • 1 LB of Refrigerant ($137 value)

      Preferred Customer Agreement -
      $175 for 1st system; $75 for each additional system

      Our PCA gives you two (2) inspections per year which include:
      • Check All Parts of All Components
      • Check Thermostat
      • Check Ductwork
      • Check Refrigerant Levels
      • Free Leak Search (if unit is low on refrigerant)
      • Clean Drain Lines
      • Detailed Efficiency Performance Testing
      • Chemical Cleaning on Condenser Coil
      • Chemical Cleaning on Evaporator Coil
      You Also Receive:
      • 15% Discount on All Repairs
      • Priority Service Year Round

      Not sure which service is best for you?  Schedule your appointment today and let our specialist and technicians ehlp you make the best decision for your situation.

      Contact us today to schedule!
      980-235-0055

      Wednesday, May 16, 2012

      Should you get a second opinion on your cooling repair?


      We all put more thought into where our money goes now days.  We use coupons, find daily or weekly specials, and cut back on those things that aren't essential.  So, have you ever thought about getting a second opinion on a costly cooling repair?

      Several times a week, we receive a call from a person who has just received an extremely high repair quote from other repair companies.  There are also people that are told that there only option is to replace their system.  We understand that repairs and replacements can be expensive, but let's face it, no one wants to be hot!  Carolina Heating & Air Design prides ourselves on doing what is right for YOUR situation.  Let us come out, thoroughly go through the system, diagnose the problem, and give you recommendations that fit your needs and situation.  We will educate you!  We will tell you what the problem is, whether the problem can be repaired or not, what the consequences of repairing or not repairing are, what the life expectancy of the system will be, and much more.  The cooling system in your home is yours; therefore, it is our job to give you the information to make the decision of how you want to handle the problem.

      Just last week we went on a second opinion for an elderly lady who was told her only option was to replace her system.  Being on a fixed income, the lady really did not know what she was going to do.  She was referred to us, and scheduled a second opinion.  After going through the system, the technician found that what the other company diagnosed as a leaking system was nothing more than a replacable part that was leaking.  Yes the unit was older and not nearly as efficient as a new system, but all the other parts were functioning as they should. The repair only cost $185.00!  The technician did take the time to inform her that it was an older system and replacement would probably be in the future.  Now she can prepare and save for the replacement when the time comes.

      Now, not every situtation has such a happy ending, but we can promise to give you ALL the options.  This will allow you to make an educated decision that fits your situation.  Call us, give us a try, we promise you will not be disappointed!

      980-235-0055 or info@mycarolinahvac.com


      "Greener Living Tip"

      Wash Your Laundry in Cold Water:  An easy way to clean green is to turn the dial on your washing machine to cold. Most loads don't need hot water, and 90% of the energy used by washing machines goes into heating. The higher the water temperature, the higher the cost to you and the planet.