Carolina Climate Control Blog: Archive for the ‘AC Replacement’ Category

Important Notification of SEER2 Changes

Thursday, 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.

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Here’s How To Know When You Should Replace Your HVAC System

Tuesday, October 26th, 2021

An air conditioning system is a good investment for most homeowners that can have a hard decision-making process. Regardless of costs, most air conditioners work at their best beyond ten years of service.


As a homeowner, you should always keep track of all your investments. HVAC systems are not different. If you want to increase the system’s lifespan, conduct regular maintenance to spot and resolve any issues with the system.


For homeowners looking to maximize the systems they already have, this post covers the different types of HVAC units and signs that show you when you need to replace your air conditioner.



Traditional Central Air


Traditional central air conditioners circulate air through a system of supply and return ducts. The supply ducts and registers then carry the cooled air from the system to the house. As the cool air circulates through the house, it becomes warmer then it returns to the central air conditioner through registers and return ducts.


There are two types of traditional central air conditioners. The split-system central air conditioner is made of an indoor cabinet that contains an indoor heat exchanger for a heat pump.


Packaged central air conditioners place heat exchangers, compressors, blower, and fan in one cabinet. The cabinet is usually placed on a concrete slab or the roof and is a great option for small commercial buildings. Return and supply ducts come from the house through its exterior wall to connect with the packaged air conditioner.


Traditional central air conditioners have a lifespan of about 15 to 20 years. Most manufacturers typically continue to support existing systems by updating parts and making them available.



Mini-split Ductless


Mini-split ductless air conditioners are a relatively new technology in the HVAC sector. They provide a more customizable cooling experience. The system is made of an indoor fan unit that is mounted on a wall or ceiling. The fan is then connected to an outdoor condenser through a conduit and into a room.


Mini-split ductless systems are available as single-zone units for cooling a single room or multi-zone units that allow multiple indoor fans to use a single condenser.


The lifespan of mini-split ductless systems range between 10 to 16 years, with an average of 14 years. 



Heat Pumps & Geothermal


As countries race to reduce their carbon footprint. Geothermal heat pumps are helping homeowners reduce the effects through efficient renewable energy.


Also known as a ground source heat pump, they are gaining acceptance in residential buildings.


The system can be used for water heating, room heating, and cooling through naturally existing heat. During summer the ground is used as a heat sink while during winter it’s used as a heat source.


The pump works by transferring heat from the ground into a building to produce heat and vice versa for a cooling effect.


A series of loops (connected pipes) are buried in the ground close to the building that requires an air conditioning system. The loop then circulates a cooling fluid that absorbs heat or relinquishes heat to the surrounding ground space.


A geothermal heat pump system operates on three key components: Earth connection subsystem, heat pump subsystem, and heat distribution subsystem.


The heat pump subsystem has an average lifespan of more than 20 years while the earth connection subsystem has a lifespan of about 25 to 50 years.


Additionally, geothermal heat pumps move between three and five times the energy consumed between a home’s interior and the ground.



Signs That Indicate Its Time to Replace Your Air Conditioner


Even with regular servicing, air conditioning systems reach a point where they are not as effective as before. In such instances, it’s highly advisable to replace your air conditioner instead of repairing it. Especially if the system is older than ten years.


HVAC units account for 44% of a household’s utility costs. If you are paying higher bills than that, your air conditioning system could be the source of the spike in prices. Here are a few more signs that indicate it’s time for AC replacement.


Excess Dust and Noise


If your air conditioning system is excessively noisy. It could indicate a problem with the AC indoor coil or the system is not large enough to cover your entire home.


The presence of dust could be a problem involving leaks in the duct system. Leaks reduce the efficiency of the AC system hence increasing operation costs.


Increasing Air Conditioning Expenses


If your utility bill increases without any change in the rate of use, it could be a sign of a failing system. You should also consider the amount spent on repairs and the frequency of the repairs.


Inconsistencies in Humidity and Cooling


An effective HVAC unit should remove humidity from a room by maintaining a consistent temperature. If the cooling effects are mild, the problem could be in the ductwork or the entire system is malfunctioning.



Affordable, Reliable Heating and Air Conditioning Services in Charleston, SC



At Carolina Climate Control we offer affordable, reliable heating and air conditioning services for residents in Charleston and the surrounding areas. From air conditioning installation and replacement to repair service and maintenance.


Our team of highly trained and experienced technicians is ready to help you out. Visit our website to get a free estimate  when you want to replace your air conditioner. Reach out to us for the different services we offer or talk to any of our technicians about HVAC units.

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AC Replacement: What To Do When Heating and Air Bills Start Adding Up

Tuesday, March 9th, 2021

You’re sitting on your porch enjoying a mild spring day when you hear a humming sound coming around the corner of the house.

After a little investigation, you realize it’s coming from your heating and air conditioning system. If your first reaction is “here we go again”, it might be time to step back and assess whether a repair is worth it.

At some point, an HVAC repair starts to be a case of throwing good money after bad. Having your technician fix the humming sound may be a small job, but over time, those small repair bills add up to a big chunk of change.

If you’ve looked at your spending and realize too much of your budget is going to HVAC repair costs, what should be your next step? You can get a good 12-15 years out of a system here in Charleston with proper care and maintenance. But you can only hold off an air conditioning replacement so long with repairs before replacing parts is less efficient than replacing the system.

Here are a few items to consider if your repair bills have grown and you’re wondering about HVAC replacement instead.


Age of Your HVAC

All your calculations start with how old your system is. If it’s less than five years old, not only will a repair be in your best interest, it should be covered by your warranty. Where things start to get murky is when parts of the system fall out of warranty or when it passes age 10. We say murky because some repairs truly are minor and worth doing. These include easy fixes like a worn fan belt or a clog in the condenser.

But once your unit starts needing repeated or frequent repairs, investing in a new one becomes the smart choice. If you’re calling us out every few months, especially for emergency repairs during the hottest and coldest times, those AC bills add up.

One common repair for older units refrigerant refills, especially if the system develops a leak. Unfortunately, an older system is likely to use Freon or R22 refrigerant, which is no longer in production due to environmental concerns. That means the cost to recharge your coolant is on the way up.

Systems installed before 2010 are most likely to still be using it, while new ones have switched to Puron or R410A refrigerant.


Energy Bills

It’s probably no surprise to anyone that here in South Carolina, we have one of the highest average electric bills in the country. Even though our price per kWh is lower than the average, we make up for it through consumption. This results from a combination of hot summers and electric heating.

While newer systems are more efficient, that efficiency drops over time. This could be the cause if you’ve started to notice your air conditioning bills going up despite keeping up with proper maintenance. The loss rate goes up the older your equipment.

As a result, you should take into consideration how much you’ll save by investing in a new system beyond reducing your repair bills. Replacing a system that’s at least 10 years old can save you 20-40 percent on AC costs every summer.


Repair Cost

Obviously, the cost of a repair has to be weighed against the cost of a new system. But several factors come into play when we talk about the actual repair cost.

How long do you plan to stay in your current house? If you’ll be around to enjoy the benefits of a new system, it makes sense to go that route rather than apply repair band-aids.

Then there is the repair frequency and how much you’re spending in a year. While each repair might only be a couple of hundred dollars, once you’re spending more than $500 annually on repairs, it’s time to do some calculating to see if it’s worth continuing to do those repairs.

A clogged drain line by itself doesn’t justify replacing the system, but it can be a tipping point if you’ve had numerous other repairs.


Doing the Math

Two different calculations give you an objective measure to help you decide whether to make a specific repair or if it’s time to start shopping for a replacement system. These are useful if the single repair is a more expensive one like replacing the condenser coil.

Start with a rule of thumb measure to give you a quick idea. This formula takes the cost of the repair and multiplies it by the age of the system. If you get a number higher than 5,000, the repair is likely not worth doing.

As an example, your air conditioner is 8 years old and needs a $500 repair. That multiplies out to 4,000, so it’s likely worth it. But a 13-year-old system needing the same repair gives you 5,200, so you should be leaning toward replacement.

The second bit of math compares your repair to the cost of replacement. Pick the system you’re most likely to purchase and halve the cost. If the repair comes in at more than that, it’s too expensive.


Is It Worth Doing That HVAC Repair?

When a small part breaks, a repair makes sense when your HVAC system is newer. It’s a no-brainer to shell out $600 for AC repairs rather than $6,000 for AC replacement. But as your system ages, HVAC repair becomes the more expensive option as more and more parts begin to break.

If you think it might be time to consider a heating and air replacement system, contact us to get a free estimate or talk about your HVAC financing options. We install hundreds of units a year around the Lowcountry and can help you make an informed decision.

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Everything You Need To Know About Installing An Air Conditioning In Your Lowcountry Home

Monday, July 27th, 2020

Now that we’ve made our way into the Lowcountry’s hottest month of the year, area homeowners — now more than ever — are wondering if their air conditioners will make it through the summer.

While knowing if your air conditioner will make it through to the fall can be dependent on a variety of factors, including your HVAC system’s expected lifespan, the potential for a major breakdown greatly increases this time of year.

That breakdown potential is exactly the reason you should always have a gameplan ready in case the worst occurs, so to help you out with that we’ve pulled together a comprehensive buying guide that can be applied for just about every Lowcountry homeowner’s unique HVAC needs.

Here’s what we’ll cover in this AC buying guide:

1. HVAC System Types
2. HVAC Accessories & Other Essentials
3. HVAC Brands To Know About
4. Current System Information
5. Choosing An AC Installation Company
6. What To Do After Installing A New A/C


HVAC System Types

Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems can come in a variety of shapes and sizes in order to accommodate the unique needs of Lowcountry homes. Without getting into too many technical details below are the system types you should know about and the differences between them.

Traditional Central Air Conditioning & Heat Pumps

These are the most common types of heating & air conditioning system types found around the Lowcountry. You’ll find the familiar, metal-cabineted traditional central air unit outside most homes around the area, which is paired with an indoor air handler that moves the air around the homes’ ductwork.

Some air handlers are also setup with an electrical heating element to provide support for any other primary heating source, most likely a standalone furnace or heat pump.

Heat pumps, while they may look almost exactly the same as a traditional central air conditioner setups, allow you to get two-way operation: cooling in the summer and heating in the winter.

The biggest advantage to this two-way operation is that in most cases, installing a heat pump can replace the need for a standalone furnace. Many homeowners here in Charleston take advantage of that two-way operation.

While this may not work for every home situation, our relatively moderate winters we get in the Lowcountry means that heat pumps are a completely viable choice for a primary heating source.

Ductless Mini-Split Air Conditioning

Ductless mini-split AC systems are on the rise here in the Lowcountry (and around the US actually), due to the fact that they eliminate the need for any existing ductwork in order to condition the air in the spaces around your home.

Not needing ductwork means that ductless mini-splits are great for new home additions and retrofitting into older Lowcountry homes that don’t have any existing ductwork to run through.

Eliminating ductwork from your HVAC equation also means less time maintaining and cleaning that ductwork — something many area homeowners that experience frequent flooding know all too much about.

Finally, ductless systems also can provide more granular, unique comfort settings to separate areas around your home. Each area or room in your home can have a ductless system installed and combined to make a complete-home multi-zoned system — each with individual temperature controls. That means your family and guests can achieve personalized comfort anywhere they go in your home.

Geothermal Air Conditioning

The last system type you should know about the Lowcountry is geothermal heating and cooling.

Becoming more and more common here in Charleston, geothermal HVAC systems use the naturally steady temperatures beneath the ground in your home in order to heat or cool your home — throughout any season.

While the outside temperature and humidity rises and falls rapidly, the temperature of the ground underneath your home stays about the same throughout the year, which makes it the perfect place to transfer heat into — and out of. In the summer, a geothermal heat pump will move warm, humid air from inside your home into the much cooler ground under your property and in the winter moves warmth from the ground into your home.

This ground source heat transfer is much more efficient than other systems types, which usually transfer heat from (or to) the air outside your home. That constant underground temperature means that it’s much more readily able to accept that heat (or withdraw from in the winter).

That efficiency leads to dramatically lower energy bills — sometimes cutting bills up to 70%(!).

Combine that with the tax incentives on both the state & local level, helps offset the increased installation costs and helps you recoup your investment within just a few years time, when that operating efficiency actually starts paying you back.



HVAC Accessories, Warranties & Maintenance Plans

Now that you’ve got a good understanding of the different system types, let’s jump into some of the different controls and other essentials you can choose to add-on to your new HVAC system.

Smart Thermostats & Real-time Diagnostics

Traditional digital thermostats are solid & dependable, but in today’s connected world smart thermostats are what most people are opting for these days.

Putting the “smart” in smart thermostats, you can stay connected to your home’s temperature & humidity controls via the internet allowing you to keep a closer eye on your system.

Smart control systems like the Trane + Nexia pairing can keep an even closer eye on your system with real-time diagnostics that can send alerts to your HVAC company to catch small problems — before they become large issues.

Other Wireless HVAC Control Apps

For ductless air conditioning systems, Mitsubishi’s kumo cloud service allows you to control & schedule comfort settings in multiple zones in your home — or groups of zones (“downstairs zones”, for example).

WaterFurnace – a leading geothermal HVAC manufacturer — also has a cloud-based control & monitoring system with its Symphony Home Comfort platform. This system also includes energy use monitoring and geothermal equipment notifications that can alert your local HVAC company about any faults and system condition.

To ensure you’re able to take advantage of these various cloud-based systems, be sure to ask your heating and air conditioning contractor if your system components will be compatible.

HVAC Warranties

For most HVAC systems there are 3 types of warranties: base, registered & extended.

Base warranties, in general, are included automatically with any new HVAC system. These are very limited in nature in both coverage — only covering defective parts — and warranty length, usually only lasting a short time after installation. It also doesn’t cover any labor costs related to any warranty repair or replacements.

Registered warranties extend the base warranty’s coverage a bit further, but again only cover defective parts — not any issues resulting from a poor installation — and does not cover any related labor costs for service/replacement.

Extended warranties are generally only available from manufacturer-trained HVAC companies (to ensure quality, professional installations), include coverage for parts and in most cases, labor.

Speak with your HVAC company about different options they offer, and be sure to get the best HVAC warranty possible to avoid any additional costs involved with any installation defects.

HVAC Maintenance Plans

Like the warranties mentioned above, HVAC maintenance plans add an extra layer of protection for your new HVAC equipment.

Very affordable, maintenance plans typically include two yearly appointments to review your system (one in the spring and one in the fall) to stay ahead of any potential issues and keep your system operating at a high level.

These plans can also include discounted labor & parts should any issues come up during your maintenance plan agreement length of time, giving you yet another way to lessen the blow of any unexpected issues.



Heating & Air Conditioning System Brands To Know About

There are literally dozens of HVAC brands on the market today, so sorting through the differences and finer manufacturer details can be quite the challenge. To help you out, below is a shortlist of brands that we love working with and Lowcountry residents have been getting great performance from.

Trane Air Conditioners For Traditional AC’s, Heat Pumps & Furnaces

Trane might be one of the most recognizable brands in the entire HVAC industry — even worldwide — and it goes without saying they produce excellent products.

They’ve been voted America’s Most Trusted HVAC brand for the past 6 years and unlike other manufacturers, they design, build and test their own parts. Among those parts are its Spine Fin All-Aluminum Coils, which is highly resistant to corrosion and higher efficiency — things you definitely want here in the Lowcountry.

Mitsubishi Electric Air Conditioners For Ductless Mini-Split AC’s & Heat Pumps

Mitsubishi is another worldwide brand, but not a lot of people know they’ve been making ductless HVAC systems in the US for over 30 years now and produce some of the easiest to use products on the market.

Lowcountry homeowners have loved the ease of use of their kumo cloud app as mentioned above, and their unique room occupancy adjustments. On select models they use a 3D i-see infrared sensor to adjust the temperature in a particular room based on the heat signature of the area. So as more people come in the room (and overall temperature increases from the body heat), it will adjust its settings to make sure it maintains the comfort level automatically.

WaterFurnace For Geothermal Heating & Cooling

Known for their long track record of high quality products (since 1983), the WaterFurnace brand of geothermal heating and cooling systems work only with trusted installation dealers to ensure homeowners get their systems in place and running correctly.



Review Your Current System’s General Info

Now that you’re properly briefed on system types, accessories and brands, you can now take a look at the current state of your HVAC system. The 5 items below are important for your HVAC company to know ahead of time so they can help you determine the most cost-effective system for your particular Lowcountry home.

1. System Type

2. Manufacturer & Make/Model

3. System Age

Your heating and air contractor can help you determine this if you can’t track down the original installation date.

4. Maintenance/Service History

This one may also be harder to track down, but it’s a good thing to start tracking after your new installation (see more about this below).

5. Additional Components/Accessories

There may be more than one thermostat control in your home so jot down those placements so your HVAC company can include those with your new installation bundle.



Choosing A Local HVAC Company Near You For Installation

With your current system information all collected, now is the time to start researching HVAC companies in Charleston. Below are some items you should cover and know about your contractor before hiring them for your installation.

Look For Recent, Frequent Online Reviews

Track record is an important indicator long-term quality work, but recent reviews can give you the clearest look into what to expect when you hire an A/C installation company so keep both of those in mind.

Ask Friends, Neighbors & Colleagues

When online reviews aren’t enough, try asking your friends and colleagues who they use. First-hand feedback from people you know and trust helps ensure you’ll be happy with the A/C installation results.

Check Licensing & Insurance Info

This is a critical step as hiring a company without proper licensing and insurance can leave you footing a large bill in case something goes wrong on your property during the installation.

Local & Professional Organization Status

Local organizations like Lowcountry Local First allow you to see which companies are 100% locally owned & operated so you know you’re supporting the local economy by choosing a membership contractor.

Another important membership to look at — especially for HVAC companies — is the NATE (North American Technician Excellence) organization. Technicians must pass real-world tests in order to get certified, so be sure ask your HVAC company if they have their technicians certified by NATE.



Things To Do After Your HVAC Installation

Sign Up For A Maintenance Plan

Mentioned above, maintenance plans give you an added layer of protection for your new unit and makes sure you always get the most out of your air conditioning for years to come.

Offer Your HVAC Company A Review

HVAC companies, like many other industries, rely heavily on a consistent stream of online reviews to help other homeowners find them online, so be sure to offer your feedback on the platforms they suggest.

Keep Good Service & Maintenance Records

If you stick with one HVAC company over time, they’ll help you with this, but it’s always important to keep your own details in case you might want to share with another company or want to pass this information to another homeowner should you decide to sell your home down the line.

Enjoy Your Cool, Comfortable Summer

Now that you’re cool & comfortable, kick your feet up, relax and enjoy some good old fashion Lowcountry Livin’. 🙂

Charleston Air Conditioning Buying Guide Summary

If you’ve made it this far, well done!

To help you review everything above, here’s a summary of what we covered:

1. The Differences Between HVAC System Types
2. HVAC Accessories & Other Essentials
3. Important HVAC Brands To Know About
4. Collecting Your Current System’s Important Information
5. Choosing The Right AC Installation Company
6. What To Do After Installing A New A/C

You’re now well on your way to making a smart, informed decision on buying your next heating and air conditioning system for your Lowcountry home.

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Will Your Air Conditioner Last The Summer In Charleston? Here’s How To Know If It Will (Or Won’t)

Thursday, June 4th, 2020

As the calendar turns over to June and the summertime temps start peaking here in the Lowcountry, many area homeowners are confronted once again with one big question:

“Will my air conditioner make it through the summer?”

With the levels of heat & humidity we get in Charleston, it’s a question that can cause serious stress and haunt homeowners and property managers throughout the summer.

If you’re worried about how your system will hold up this summer, below are some key indicators that will let you know if you’ll have a cool & comfortable summer — or not.



If Your HVAC System Has Been Recently Replaced…

Generally speaking, if your system has been replaced within the last few years you shouldn’t have any need to worry — as long as it was installed properly by a professional HVAC company.

However one big issue that can occur with newer installations is oversizing or undersizing. If the capacity of your newer system is oversized, it may not run long enough to get all of the humidity out of your home — it reaches its desired temperature too quickly and will immediately turn off. An undersized system will run too often and struggle to keep a desired comfort level.

If your newer system seems to be experiencing any of those oversizing/undersizing symptoms, be sure to contact your local HVAC company and have them check out if you system’s capacity matches the needs of your Lowcountry home.



If Your HVAC System Doesn’t Break Down Often…

If your HVAC system hasn’t been replaced within the last few years and is reaching the mid-to-late stage of its lifespan (see how long HVAC systems last in the Lowcountry here), it doesn’t automatically mean you should be worrying.

If your system hasn’t experienced any major breakdowns or isn’t in need of constant repairs or service calls, there’s a good chance the important components in your HVAC system are in good shape. If that’s the case, then you shouldn’t have much to worry about this summer.

That said, however, components to wear down over time — just like any electrical/mechanical system — so as you’ll see below, making sure you have a professional maintenance plan is key for avoiding major breakdowns.



If Your HVAC System Is Properly Maintained…

A properly maintained HVAC system can help maximize your HVAC system’s useful lifespan, so if you’ve signed up for a maintenance plan with your HVAC company, that should reduce your worry about making it through the summer.

As mentioned above, your system’s components can and will wear down over time. When you have a maintenance plan in place for your system, however, your heating and air company should be able to identify the smaller components that may need replacing — helping you avoid any major repair work. Most maintenance plans also come with reduced pricing for system components and labor, so that gives you an extra layer of comfort should you need anything repaired.

You should be able to enjoy your summer without the cloud of worry hanging around your air conditioning’s performance — but if your system falls into one of the categories listed above, we’re sure you’ll be well on your way to stress-free summer.

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How Long Do HVAC Systems Last In The Lowcountry?

Friday, March 27th, 2020

No matter which make or model of HVAC system you currently have in your Lowcountry home or business, time will always win in the long run.

During last month’s Prehistoric Comfort Contest promotion we saw our fair share of systems defeated by time, with no preference on make or model.

Like any other electrical/mechanical system in our world we use everyday — like our cars and trucks — heating and air conditioning systems can and will wear out over time.

That said then, just how long can you expect your HVAC system to last here in the Lowcountry?

Different system types and aspects determine the expected lifespan while other important factors contribute to both shortening or lengthening that lifespan. Below is a quick rundown of what you can expect out of your HVAC system here in Charleston.

Traditional HVAC Systems

When we say “traditional” HVAC systems we’re referring to the typical central air conditioning or heat pump units that one might see sitting outside most Lowcountry homes.

These systems normally have an outdoor unit (which conditions the air) connected to an indoor unit that pushes the air around a home’s duct system.

While the technology for these systems has improved vastly over the years (like Trane’s XV20i AC unit ), most systems of this type/setup generally will log about 12 – 15 good years for your home here in Charleston.

As you’ll read below, though, there are things that you can do to reach that 15 year mark and beyond with ease.

Mini-split Ductless HVAC Systems

Mini-split ductless air conditioning systems are becoming more and more popular here in the Lowcountry over recent years.

As some homeowners deal with constant flooding under their homes (and the constant duct cleanup and repair), they’ve been opting for mini-split ductless systems, like the M-Series Mitsubishi model to replace their traditional HVAC systems.

That factor, coupled with the flexibility and dual operation (both heating and cooling) make mini-splits a great choice in the Lowcountry, but how long will they last?

Under most normal operating situations, you can expect a lifespan of 15-20 years for most ductless mini-split models.

Geothermal HVAC Systems

Another type of system that’s growing in popularity here in Charleston are geothermal heating and cooling systems.

Using the ground’s naturally steady temperature (about 55-77 degrees Fahrenheit), geothermal heat pumps can both cool your home in the summer (pumping heat in your home underground) and heat it in the winter (pumping heat up into your home from the ground).

These systems are highly efficient, with monthly energy bills being drastically reduced (up to 70% in some cases).

On top of that, when you install a geothermal HVAC system you’ll be getting more than your money’s worth as far as life expectancy, with the above ground components lasting up to 25 years and the below ground components lasting up to 100 years.

System Operation & Maintenance

As mentioned earlier, HVAC systems aren’t any different than any other mechanical system in our world — they have a definitive lifespan of good use.

However, having your system properly maintained and serviced throughout that lifespan can and will ultimately extend that particular lifespan.

If you’re not sure how old your Lowcountry HVAC system might be or want to talk about a possible replacement – be sure to give a local, experienced heating and air company a call. They’ll be able to estimate how much time you’ve got left on your system and give you the best options for updating your system this year.

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Why Winter Is The Best Time To Replace Your Air Conditioner In Charleston

Monday, December 16th, 2019

With the holiday season almost upon us, we’re sure your thoughts this time of year are focused on family, gifts, get-togethers and other holiday activities that happen this time of year in Charleston.

While you’re putting together your list of things to do this winter it may be a great time for you to add “replace air conditioning” to that list.

This may not seem like the typical thing to put on your holiday agenda, but here are three reasons why it could – and should – be high on your list in 2019 or early in the New Year.

A Chance To Reassess Your Whole HVAC System (And Potentially Save Money)

Depending on what kind of HVAC system setup you have, whether that be a heat pump system, a traditional central air conditioning system and standalone furnace, mini-split A/C or heat pumps, or something different entirely, winter is a great time to do a complete system assessment.

This assessment could lead to new opportunities for your home in Charleston and potentially save you money on your electric bills for years to come.

Special A/C Replacement Offers & Promotions

After you’ve done your HVAC assessment (or have an HVAC company near you do it), there’s a good chance you’ll be able to take advantage of special deals, offers or other HVAC promotions that often come around this time of year.

Holiday deals and specials are very often made available by local HVAC companies to help encourage homeowners to upgrade older, out-of-date systems that may not last much longer. The deals and promotions are a great way for them to see how a new, more efficient system can lower their electricity spending and reap other benefits as well.

Cooler Days Mean Lower Replacement Time Stress (And Sweat)

Finally, replacing your system this time of year means you won’t be sweating while your HVAC team replaces your system.

During the brutal summers in the Lowcountry, HVAC contractors are very often booked solid. This means you may have a some long, hot days while your replacement day comes up on their schedule.

Instead of bearing with those hot days, have your system replaced when temperatures are more reasonable and don’t require your air conditioning to stay comfortable.

We hope that your holiday season plans go well this year in the Lowcountry, and if you add a quick HVAC system replacement to those plans we know you’ll be more than happy throughout the process.

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4 Common Mistakes To Avoid When Replacing Your Air Conditioning In Your Charleston Home

Wednesday, August 7th, 2019

With temperatures still quite high here in the Lowcountry, many Charleston homeowners are going through the process of replacing their air conditioning in their homes and/or businesses.

Extra long use at maximum operation this time of year puts extra stress and strain on your HVAC system and if your system is underperforming or outright stops working, moving forward with a replacement will most likely be high on your list.

Before moving forward with that new system installation, however, below are some common mistakes to avoid that can save you both time and money and possibly provide new ways of getting the most out of your new HVAC system.

1. Waiting Too Long To Replace Your HVAC

If you’re one of the lucky ones that moved forward with a replacement before your system completely breaks down, you’re already ahead of the curve and can move on to mistake number two below.

On the other side of that, if you’ve waited too long to move forward with a replacement, then you’re probably going to face some warm days/nights until you can get a Lowcountry HVAC company to come out and assess your replacement.

2. Not Doing Your HVAC Company Homework

Now if you’ve already made mistake number one above, then there’s a good chance in your rush to get a replacement that you might make mistake number two: not doing your HVAC company research.

Not all HVAC companies are the same — choosing one without doing research can lead to you getting a poor replacement or possibly even overpaying for one.

Read online reviews, ask your friends on Facebook, check out their Yelp listing and even their BBB rating.

Also make sure they’re N.A.T.E. certified and insured and licensed in the state of South Carolina.

Not doing this research can lead to more time and money wasted in the long run so be sure to not make this mistake during your replacement process.

3. Not Researching Different/New Types of HVAC Systems

Many homeowners like simplicity — they simply get the latest model of whatever system they had previously and move forward.

While there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that (especially if you had good performance before the replacement) you could be missing out an opportunity to get even better results with newer types of systems.

Two types of systems that are growing in popularity here in Charleston are the ductless mini-split systems and geothermal heating and cooling systems.

The popularity around ductless systems involves eliminating the ductwork needs that plague many Lowcountry homeowners. Cleaning & replacing ductwork can be a pain, so installing a ductless system is a very desirable choice for a growing number of Charleston residents and property managers.

Geothermal heating and cooling on the other hand has the appeal of huge monthly energy savings and extra long equipment lifespans.

Using the naturally steady temperature of the ground beneath your home, a geothermal system can both cool and heat your home throughout the year, using a fraction of the electricity versus a traditional unit.

These systems also can last almost 10-15 years longer than traditional units so replacement cost and frequency goes down dramatically, saving additional thousands of dollars in the long run.

4. Not Signing Up For A Maintenance Plan

Once you’ve settled on a company and have them install your new system, it’s all about getting your money’s worth out of it — and that starts and ends with maintenance.

Signing up for a maintenance plan right away after replacement ensures that your system not only consistently performs at peak operation, but also helps ensure the full potential of your system’s lifespan.

Longer peak performance lifespans mean fewer replacements over time, saving you from having to repeat this process (and potentially making these same mistakes) more times than necessary.

We hope your HVAC replacement goes well this summer and if you avoid these mistakes above, we know you will.

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