Thursday, February 23, 2012

Looks like Mother Nature maybe bringing us warm weather early. Are you ready?

I know it's February and we are usually still in our thick coats and sweaters, but it seems Mother Nature may have something else in mind.  We are looking at possibly breaking record highs several days this week...are you ready?  More importantly is your cooling system?

With Spring rapidly approaching, there is one major piece of information we want to share with you.  Your cooling system does MORE than just keep you cool.  Obviously, the air condition needs to work properly in order to keep you cool as the temperature starts to rise.  However, many people do not know that the quality of air in your home is directly impacted by your cooling system.  Here in the South those beautiful Spring days bring with them horrible allergies.  Your cooling system can play an important role in helping to reduce your allergy symptoms inside your home.  With the proper filtration, air purification, and ductwork many people find some relief from those symptoms.

Here at Carolina Heating & Air Design, we know first hand how miserable allergies can make you feel, that's why we have a special offer for you! 

Call Carolina Heating & Air Design today at 980-235-0055 or email us at to set up an appointment to discuss your home's air quality!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Winter May Not Be Over Yet

This has probably been the mildest winter I can ever remember here in North & South Carolina (and I’ve lived here my whole life).  However, it’s not over yet.  February and March can be pretty unpredictable here in the south.  So, here are a few tips to make sure your furnace doesn’t let you down or cost you money as the season starts to come to a close.

Check and Change Your Filter

The filter in your system plays a large role in its operation.  The purpose of a regular filter is to trap dirt and particles that could go into the equipment itself.  If the equipment gets dirty, it doesn’t function correctly.  This causes more strain on the system and can shorten the life span of the equipment.  Also, it cost you money.  A system that is running harder than it is designed to run cost you a higher gas and/or electric bill.  These things are true in the heating season as well as the cooling season. 

If you have a filter that is designed to help with your air quality, it is even more important to be sure it is clean or filter is replaced.  The same issues can occur as mentioned above, with the added issue of your air quality decreasing by not filtering the air as it should be.

Be Sure Your Carbon Monoxide (CO) Detector Is Operating
We all know that CO is DEADLY!  So, make sure that CO Detector is working.  With cold weather still possible and more likely at night, your furnace may run more at night.  Be sure your detector is working by testing it. Also, check the manufacturer's date.  The average life of the CO sensor is only 3 years.  If you have had the detector longer you should replace it.  Be sure the detector you have is a low level detector.  Babies, children, and elderly are affected at only 15 ppm.  Remember CO is the silent killer because it is odorless.  You want to make sure you are covered if something were to happen at night.  Also keep in mind that your furnace has worked all winter, and problems can occur anytime.

Last but not Least, Save Yourself Some Money
No matter what time of year it is you can save money with a programmable thermostat.  Most people find setting the thermostat at 70° to 75°F when you're home is comfortable.  Then have it go down to 62°F when you're not home.   Do NOT turn it off completely before leaving the house (it can cost more to warm or cool the house back to a comfortable temperature once it gets too cold or overheats).  With temperatures changing so such during the day and night, a programmable thermostat can really make a difference.

Remember, we are here for you!  Call us if you find yourself in need of a furnace repair, or if you would like us to come out and give you options on CO Detectors or thermostats.  We would be glad to answers any questions you may have. 

We hope the rest of your winter keeps you cozy and safe!

Phone:  980-235-0055

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Are You Ready for Valentine’s Day?

Valentine’s Day is officially less than a week away.  Are you ready?  (Okay men, be ready.  Don't get stuck in the crowd of people at Harris Teeter on the afternoon of Valentine's Day buying flowers!)

Whether it’s your spouse or significant other, some thought needs to go into what you will be doing for the special day.  Here are a couple ideas from some of our customers.

For Him:
Most men love watching some type of sports!  Ladies, think about getting tickets to his favorite team’s next event.  Then, go with him!  Yeah, it may not be what you prefer, but he will appreciate the fact that you are doing something he wants to do. And who knows ladies, maybe you can get a nice dinner in return?!  If you just can’t bear it, suggest that he makes a guy’s day out.  Either way, you make him happy!
Enroll him in a Beer or Wine of the Month Club.  This subscription sends him different beers or wines monthly.  Again, enjoy it with him or encourage him to make it a monthly guy’s night.
For Her:
Obviously, women love nice jewelry, boxes of chocolates, and flowers showing up for all her friends to envy.  If you do any (or all) of these things, take time to somehow make it very personal!  An example would be what my husband did one year; I received 8 roses for Valentine’s Day.  Five of the roses were closed, and three were fully bloomed and open.  The card said “For the five wonderful years before we got married, and for the three incredible years of our marriage.”  Be creative and meaningful, those things will stick with a lady forever!
For the practical, busy, no-fuss type woman check this out Honey-Do eCard.  Yes guys, this Honey-Do eCard does obligate you to do certain things around the house or for her specifically.  However, the pay out is a happy, less stressed, and a very appreciative woman and that far exceeds the work!
For the Eco Friendly:
For those of you who want to continue with your green living even during the holidays, there are many different solutions that you can do of each other.  You can make home improvements to help you save money and stay healthy.  We can even offer you some options.
Also, check out the link below to see a list of green gifts.  They range from very non-traditional to traditional.
Green Gift Ideas

No matter what your do, give, or buy for Valentine’s Day, just remember it is supposed to be about celebrating the people in your life that you care about and love!

Happy Valentine’s Day from
Phone:  980-235-0055


Friday, February 3, 2012

Is Your Duct System Costing You Money?

Save Money, provide a more comfortable environment, and protect your health…How?  The answer lies with your duct system!

Let’s face it; everyone in today’s economy is looking to save a buck or two.  We can cut back on going to the coffee shop every morning, but we can also look at making some home improvements that can not only save us money, but it can help keep us healthy and comfortable.  Whether you have a heating and air conditioning system that is 15 years old or 2 years old, the duct system attached to it needs to be in top notch condition in order to TRULY save energy! 

What is it and why is it so important?  The duct system is the tubes that distribute the warmed or cooled air into your home.  So, in order to get all the air your heating and air is conditioning into the living spaces of your home, the duct system must be sealed and insulated.  Otherwise, spaces like your attic and crawl space is eating up some of that conditioned air. 

Do you have one room or area that is cold in the winter and hot in the summer?  The duct system may be the culprit.  Many times we see new homes, as well as old homes, that have areas that just aren’t comfortable.  There are a wide variety of causes that range from a loose or fallen duct run to during construction or remodel a duct run was left out or sheet rock was placed over the vent.  These issues not only cause you to not be comfortable; they may also shorten the life of your equipment.

Now, I know you must be thinking, how can my duct system protect my health?  A duct system does not only push air into your home; it also pulls air into the system.  This causes a constant cycle or flow of air.  If the duct system has holes, cracks, gaps, or thin spots, it is possible to pull harmful gasses like carbon monoxide into your home.  Also, here in the South, our allergies can get pretty out of control certain times of the year.  A leaking duct system can allow pollen, dust, etc. from outside into your home.

The highly trained service technicians at Carolina Heating and Air Design will evaluate your current duct system and give you recommendations on the overall condition and how to make it even better.  We are focused on giving you options so you can save money, be more comfortable, and protect your health! 

Call us today at 980-235-0055 to schedule an appointment.