How Long Will Your Heat Pump Last?

March 20th, 2023

Do you use a heat pump to both heat and cool your house during the year? Heat pumps have significantly increased in popularity over the last decade, and their energy-saving capabilities and environmental benefits promise even greater expansion ahead. 

Many people are still learning the details of how heat pumps work and what to expect from them, so the question “How long will my heat pump last?” is a common one. We’re going to address that question in this post, as well as look at why we think you should consider putting a heat pump on your HVAC shopping list if you don’t currently have one installed.

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Spring Is Almost Here—That’s Sump Pump Season!

March 6th, 2023

You might not have thought about the existence of “sump pump season,” but it does exist—and it’s called “spring.” This is the time of the year when the sump pump in your basement or other lower part of your house is likely to be needed the most. 

Spring brings with it snowmelt and rainstorms, and that can mean water flooding into the lowest areas of your home. With a working sump pump, you’ve got a fast way to automatically remove this water and protect your belongings as well as prevent severe water damage and the growth of mold and mildew.

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Is This Your Heating System’s Last Winter?

February 20th, 2023

We’re already enjoying some pleasant warm weather here in the Charleston area, although there’s no guarantee we won’t have another cold snap before spring arrives. March and April are notoriously temperamental! 

But the warm feeling in the air is a good reason for you to start thinking about keeping your home cool in the coming months. It’s also a good reason to start thinking about the future of your heating system. If you want to replace your current heater, spring is a great time to get it done.

So, is this the last winter for your heating system? Think about its recent performance as well as its age, and you’ll get a clearer picture. We’ll help you below with some of the major ways you can tell your heater is reaching the end.

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Why You Always Wants the Pros for HVAC Repairs

February 6th, 2023

“Hey, I’ll bet I can fix this myself.”

“My friend knows a guy who can repair that for you real cheap.”

These two phrases (or similar ones) have led the way to many DIY home projects. Sometimes they work out and cost far less than hiring a professional. Other times, they just don’t work out. There are some types of projects and jobs better suited to the professionals.

HVAC isn’t just better suited to the professionals. Only professionals should ever handle actual HVAC repair work. No matter how handy you think you are, no matter how many friends recommend their cousins or “some guy they know,” this should be left to experienced and licensed professionals only. Let’s go over the most important reasons why you should go with professionals for HVAC repair in Summerville, SC

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Are You Proactive or Reactive?

January 23rd, 2023

All of us would love to be proactive at everything in our lives. Unfortunately, life is not always that simple. Most homeowners don’t understand the inner workings of every moving part in their home, such as the dishwasher, the garage door motor, and the plumbing/heating and air conditioning system. If we as homeowners understood every single aspect of mechanical equipment in our homes, then what a world we would be living in! And it would be great if pigs could fly.

In the world that we actually live in, there are parts of our homes that we as homeowners are not supposed to understand and which we have to trust someone else to handle, honestly and competently. We at Carolina Climate Control are your trusted plumbing, heating, and cooling service advisors. We have an approach to educating our clients so they can make informed purchasing decisions. We eat, breathe, and sleep home comfort, and we’re here for you and your family.

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Strange Gas Furnace Noises to Listen For

January 9th, 2023

The best way to have your furnace repaired is to catch any problem as soon as possible, before it starts to hurt your family’s comfort or leads to additional problems. A complex and powerful piece of equipment like a gas furnace will suffer from a chain of malfunctions if a single malfunction, even a small one, goes unrepaired.

How can you early detect problems with your gas furnace? There are several signs you can watch for, but let’s focus on signs you can listen for. Odd sounds from a furnace are among the most common indications that it needs professional repairs.

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How Can a Heat Pump Work When It’s Cold Outside?

December 26th, 2022

This is the #1 question HVAC folks like us get when discussing the benefits of using heat pumps for year-round comfort. We fully understand why people are a bit confused when they hear that there’s a type of comfort system that uses refrigeration technology to provide heat. When they hear more details about how a heat pump delivers heat, they may feel more confused.

We’re going to walk you through this with a hypothetical dialogue between a potential customer and a technician. We’ll pinpoint the confusion and show you why we think heat pumps in Charleston, SC are often the best choice for home comfort.

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Here’s Why Your Heater Isn’t Evenly Warming Your House

December 12th, 2022

You have a central heating system in your house for a reason: to provide heat to all of the living space so your whole family stays warm. It’s much better than using a half dozen space heaters, right? Not to mention it’s much safer and energy efficient.

But you may run into a problem where your heater, which was once doing fine at its job, isn’t performing as well when it comes to heating the whole house. Some members of your family are complaining about their rooms getting too cold, and you’ve started to notice cool spots while the heater is running, even though other places in the house are plenty warm. For some reason, your heating system isn’t providing an even spread of heat. 

So what’s the reason? Let’s look at several possibilities.

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Important Notification of SEER2 Changes

December 8th, 2022

Starting on January 1, 2023, major changes will go into effect regarding the energy efficiency and manufacturing requirements for residential HVAC equipment. We want to keep all our customers informed about this change, which is called SEER2, and how it will affect equipment prices and availability. 

The US Department of Energy (DOE) is implementing Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating 2 (SEER2) in 2023 to improve testing and overall energy efficiency performance of air conditioning and heating systems. Manufacturers must meet the new testing requirements with a redesign of equipment, mandating higher minimum efficiency levels. In the Southeast region of the United States, which includes South Carolina, the minimum SEER requirement for air conditioning systems will rise from 14.0 SEER to 15 SEER (which will be designated as 14.3 SEER2), and heat pumps must meet 14.3 SEER2 (15.0 SEER) and 7.5 HSPF2 (8.8 HSPF).

What does this mean for you as a customer? We won’t be legally allowed to sell existing SEER equipment after January 1, 2023. There will also be a 20%–30% increase in equipment costs rather than a standard 8%–10% increase that would come from simply raising SEER requirements. If you are not currently looking to replace your existing HVAC system, SEER2 may have no immediate effect on you. If you think you may need to install a new AC or heat pump, we recommend that you call us today for more details and arrange for an upgrade before price increases affect your home’s heating and cooling costs.

Rely on Carolina Climate Control and we’ll say “The Moose Is Loose in Your Neighborhood!”

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Reasons Your Furnace May Be Shutting Down Early

November 28th, 2022

When you turn on your furnace for the winter, you want it to heat your home so everyone is comfortable. In order for a furnace to do that, it has to run long enough to distribute heated air through the ventilation system to all the rooms.

But you’ve run into a problem: your furnace is shutting down too early, and the house isn’t getting the warmth your family needs. What’s happening? And what can you do about it?

You’ve come to the right place for answers!

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