Reasons Your Furnace May Be Shutting Down Early

November 28th, 2022
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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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Do You Need a New Heating System Before Winter?

November 14th, 2022
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You don’t want to head into the winter with a home heating system that might fail during one of the coldest days of the year. You may be stuck with a cold house while you arrange to get the broken heater replaced. But how can you tell that your current heater has come to the end of its service life so you can replace it?

The easiest way is to set the Moose Loose! We’re the experts at new heating installation in Charleston, SC and we can help you determine if your current heater is ready to go or if our repairs can keep it going effectively for several more years. We’ll always be honest with you about what’s best for your home.

You may still feel on the fence about your heater, so before you call us, we’ll go over some of the major signs to watch for that will warn you have a heater ready for retirement.

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Sign Up for the Moose Plan for Your Annual Heating Maintenance

October 17th, 2022
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Fall means many different things to people. For us and our mascot Moose, fall means it’s time to get busy helping our customers tune-up their heating systems. This regular maintenance service is the best way to ensure a heater will sail through the winter with few troubles and work at peak efficiency. 

If you’re wondering if you really need maintenance for your heater this year, we’re here to convince you. Maintenance is great for your heater, your comfort, and your pocketbook, and we’ve put together a maintenance program—The Moose Plan!—that makes it an even better deal!

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Help Us Find Moose With a New Installation and Enter Our Reward Raffle

October 10th, 2022
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Our mascot, Moose, loves new home comfort systems! To help track him down, starting October 1, 2022, the first 75 customers who install any new home comfort system will be entered into a special reward raffle. Once we’ve completed the 75th installation, we’ll put the names of those seventy-five customers who helped us find Moose into a hat and draw three names.

We’re offer $3,5000 in reward money:

  • 1st place = $2,000 reward check
  • 2nd place = $1,000 reward check
  • 3rd place = $500 reward check

We’ll announce the winners on our Facebook & Instagram fan pages.

Call us today: The Moose Is Loose In Your Neighborhood!

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Welcome to Our New Website

September 30th, 2022

iMarket Solutions has launched Carolina Climate Control’s new custom website. To learn more about how iMarket Solutions can expand your presence on the web visit: www.imarketsolutions.com

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Check Out Our Blog for Advice on All Things HVAC

September 30th, 2022

Be sure to bookmark the Carolina Climate Control blog to start learning the ins and outs of HVAC.

We’ll regularly post energy saving tips, how-to’s on troubleshooting your systems, and breakdowns on even the most complex industry related terms and concepts.

Need help now? Send us a message or get in touch today.

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Protecting Your HVAC System During Hurricane Season

August 25th, 2022

Hurricane season 2022 is well underway. The Carolinas are often impacted by tropical storms, and this year looks to be no different with Colin already bringing the rain. Unless you’re new to Charleston and the Lowcountry, you know now is the time to start preparing for the next big storm, and we’re here to help with some advice on a subject that’s near and dear to us… protecting your HVAC system! Here are 3 quick tips that should help your HVAC unit make it through this year’s storms and hurricanes in great shape.

Hurricane Season 2022

So let’s say the NOAA and local authorities have made the call and it’s time to evacuate. Here are 3 things you should do before you head out:

Cut the Juice

Before you leave, head over to your breaker box. You’ll want to shut off the breaker that powers your HVAC-  and really any other appliances that you won’t need while you’re gone. Cutting the live current to your appliances greatly reduces the risk of them being fried by power surges, shorts, and lightning strikes. This will also protect them from damage when the electrical company is tinkering with downed power lines.

When you return home, be sure that your house isn’t flooded or damaged before flipping your breakers back on.

Clean Up Loose Objects

Be sure to clean up the area around your HVAC unit before heading out. The hurricane winds generated by tropical storms can turn any object bigger than a few pounds into something that can greatly damage your HVAC unit – and the rest of your home. A quick cleanup of things like yard chairs, planters, toys, firewood for the firepit, and tools for the yard can save you a ton of money.

Cover Your Unit

One of the best things you can do for your HVAC unit is cover it with a tight fitting protective cover. Almost every HVAC company out there sells purpose-built weather covers for their HVAC units, and there are generic options as well. We think it’s well worth the investment!

If you already have a tight cover for your unit, be sure to use it, and secure it tightly. If you’re lucky enough to have your system elevated off the ground, that’s even better and should help it avoid any potential flooding. You can also board up your system after you turn it off for even more protection.

Stay Safe During Hurricane Season!

Following each of these simple steps each time there’s a big storm can save you a ton of money… but what’s most important is your safety. If your system is broken after a storm, don’t try to fix it yourself – instead, give the pros at Carolina Climate Control a ring.

Stay safe out there, Charleston!

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5 Ways To Make Your Lowcountry Home More Energy Efficient

August 11th, 2022

It’s been a long summer so far in 2022… and seasoned Lowcountry homeowners know that we’ve got quite a few months left of the humidity and heat. Because of that high heat and humidity, our air conditioning systems work hard, long hours – and that means they require a ton of electricity to keep you cool and comfortable. With energy costs higher than ever, smart folks throughout the Charleston area are looking for ways they can save a little bit of money on their monthly bills. As they say, you can’t change the weather. There’s not much we can do about the heat and humidity here… but there are certainly ways we can improve our homes and habits to lower those bills and save a little money without sacrificing comfort. It’s all about becoming energy efficient!

Here are five of our best tips to stave off the summer heat while saving a little coin. Keep reading!

How to Make Your Home Energy Efficient in Charleston, SC

1. Track Your Energy Use

If you have a good idea of how much energy you’re using and why, it becomes much easier to assess where to cut back.  Your monthly energy bill isn’t just for your AC, though that’s a big part of it. All of the appliances and electronics in your home cost dollars and cents when they’re on or running – and it all ads up.

So, make an energy budget! Take stock of all of your appliances and electronics and see how much energy they use and how often they’re running – most are labeled with their cost per hour. Use this information to estimate your total consumption and compare it with your energy bills.

You’ll likely find a big discrepancy, which means you have energy waste to contend with.

2. Reduce Energy Waste

The first place you’ll want to check for waste is in the air itself. Any drafts and leaks from your home to the outside will stress your AC unit, which makes it run much harder and longer. All that extra work on behalf of your AC will increase your energy costs at the end of the month..

Here’s where to check for drafts:

  • Windows
  • Doors
  • Vents
  • Ducts
  • Attic access points
  • Chimney
  • Garage entries/exits
  • In/Out Pipes
  • In/Out Electrical outlets and sockets

All of these places can leak that cool, 70 degree air out of your home and into the hot Charleston air. Sealing them up properly means less waste!

3. Upgrade To Energy Efficient Windows

Windows are responsible for 25-30% of residential heating and cooling energy use. In older homes, they can be the single biggest source of energy waste in the home. Upgrading to new, high-efficiency windows is no small task – but it can make a huge difference for years and years to come on your power bills.

4. Insulation Remediation

Another big source of waste for homes, especially older ones, in Charleston is the insulation itself. If you find yourself with sky high cooling bills, have your local contractor come out and check out the performance of the insulation in your home. If an upgrade is possible and needed, you could potentially reduce your energy costs by 50 percent. If you’re in a newer home, you’re likely already good… but it wouldn’t hurt to keep an eye on it regardless.

5. Opt For an Energy Efficient HVAC System From Carolina Climate Control

Now that you’ve eliminated all the waste and sealed your home up tight, it’s time to go for the big savings… by installing an energy efficient HVAC system.

You’d be shocked by the impact of a higher efficiency air conditioning system. Many of our installs here in Charleston report anywhere from a 30% to 50% reduction on their monthly energy bills.

Get In Touch with Carolina Climate Control

We don’t need to tell you – it’s hot out there. With the heat comes the costs, and we’d all like to bring them down if we can. If you follow the improvement steps above, you should be well on your way to more affordable summers here in the Lowcountry, for years to come… and if you’re ready to take a big chunk out of those bills with a new, high efficiency HVAC system – get in touch! We’d love to work with you to lower your monthly energy costs.

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Replace or Repair? What To Do When Your Central Air Conditioning Starts To Fail In The Lowcountry

June 27th, 2022

We’re in peak summer season here in the Lowcountry, which means it’s also peak operating season for your central air conditioning system.

The combination of elevated summer heat levels and the general increase in humidity outside makes keeping your house cool & dry an uphill battle, even for the most efficient HVAC systems out there.

The battle to maintain comfort levels can be even worse (and costly) if your system is starting to breakdown or is operating less than its best efficiency.

When your system starts to fail at maintaining a specific temperature and/or humidity levels, Lowcountry homeowners are left with the choice: pay for the repairs or invest in a replacement.

Knowing which option to choose (repair or replace) can be a difficult decision so to help you identify which one you should do, here’s a brief rundown of system situations when each should be considered.

When To Repair Your Central Air Conditioning System

Generally speaking, repairing makes more sense if your A/C system is new or recently installed (within the last 5-9 years).

Newer systems have less wear-and-tear on their individual components — both mechanical and electrical — so repairing specific components that breakdown makes more sense as the other components are probably in fairly good condition.

One of the things most Charleston homeowners with newer systems do, however, is sign up for a maintenance plan with their HVAC company.

Maintenance plans often include reduced pricing for replacement components if needed, lower service call rates and helps you identify & prevent larger AC issues that could occur in long-term.

When To Replace Your Central Air Conditioning System

Even if your system age is still early in its lifespan, repeated or recurring issues may be cause for installing a new system, especially if you don’t have a comprehensive or active warranty.

Replacing your central air conditioning is almost always the best option if your system is in the 10-15 year range of active use. Replacing components becomes more frequent and the likelihood of a major breakdown increases significantly.

A major breakdown will ultimately force you to choose the replacement option, but you definitely want to initiate an A/C replacement project before that happens.

If a breakdown occurs during this heat & humidity, you could be uncomfortable for awhile if your HVAC company is booked up — which is more likely during the peak summer season.

Contact Your Local HVAC Contractor About Promos & Financing

Whichever option you choose, be sure to ask about special offers on repairs, summer promos and new installation financing offers when you call your Lowcountry HVAC company.

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Stay Cool in Charleston

June 23rd, 2022

There’s just no doubt about it – the folks down here in the Lowcountry have another H O T summer underway so far in 2022. And it’s not just the heat – the humidity’s off the charts as well. You need a plan to stay cool in Charleston this year – and we’ve got some great tips!

How to Stay Cool in Charleston

Change Your Air Filters

Your HVAC unit requires an efficient, clean, well maintained duct system in order to distribute the cooling air you need to stay cool in Charleston this summer. If you haven’t changed your filters since winter… it’s time.

A clean filter will help ensure your whole home stays cool… and will also save you some money in the process.

Run Your Fans

Ceiling fans and box fans don’t actually reduce the temperature of a room – in fact, if they’re dirty or old, they can actually increase the temperature. However, their ability to keep the air continuously moving can:

  • Help your body’s natural cooling mechanisms function
  • Equalize the temperature of the air in the room

Since hot air rises and cold air falls, the air will be warmer on the second floor or around the ceiling. A ceiling fan pushes this warm air back down, displacing the cool air on the ground and creating an all-around more comfortable temperature in the room. And don’t worry – running your ceiling fans constantly won’t cost you much more money. In fact, it might even help you to save money since you’ll be more comfortable (which means less AC adjustments) and you won’t be stressing your HVAC system as much.

Draw the Curtains

A simple, easy, and effective trick to beat the heat is to draw the curtains in your home. Doing so keeps the heating rays from the sun from entering your home, lowering the temperature.

Check Your Appliances

Old and high energy appliances can run hot – very hot. TVs, computers, refrigerators, and heavy-duty indoor lights can raise the temperature of your home. Consider keeping them off when they’re not in use – and be sure to clean their fans as well.

Get Your HVAC System Checked

If your AC system is running well, you might not pay it any mind. However, it’s important to get it checked periodically to make sure you are staying ahead of any issues. Prevention is the best cure – so let Carolina Climate Control do what we do best, and check out your system.

We Hope You Stay Cool in Charleston This Year!

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