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5 Important HVAC Questions To Consider When Living In Charleston

Thursday, May 12th, 2022

Charleston is one of the best places to live here in America and according to some sources, it’s the actually the best.

Considering all of the beautiful sites, great restaurants and other attractions in the area, it’s not hard to see why we’re one of the fastest growing areas in the US, in terms of people moving into the Lowcountry.

If you happen to be one of those people moving into the greatness that is the Charleston area, most likely HVAC and air conditioning aren’t high on your priority list. However, with our hottest months upon us (as they do every year), you’re going to want to at least put HVAC on your radar for your to-do list.

Even if you’ve been living in Charleston for some time and haven’t really thought about your home comfort and air conditioning, odds are good that the time will come that you’ll definitely need to; often major breakdowns occur during the worst times in the summer.

We know that HVAC might be a bit of a buzz-kill for you as there are so many wonderful things you should be thinking about, so to help you make this process quick, we’ve compiled 5 of the most important questions (and answers) for you to review that will help you get back to the more fun things in life.

1. Should You Try Ductless Air Conditioning In Your Home?

What is ductless air conditioning? It’s slowly becoming one of the more popular HVAC options for homeowners here in Charleston, especially those with older homes or those that are adding additions onto their home that are hard to tap into their current ductwork.

Essentially ductless air conditioning is exactly how it sounds — it’s air conditioning/heating areas of your home without the need to use your air ducts. A ductless unit is placed in a room or other living area on the wall that is attached to an outdoor unit (with conduit). This ductless unit then can be set at your desired temperature using a remote control. Since your system isn’t trying to “push” air through your air duct network, they generally run much more efficiently than traditional central air conditioners and give you more granular control over comfort for each area in your home.

As mentioned above, these are incredibly handy for cooling/heating areas of your home that don’t currently have access to your ductwork or if you plan on adding onto your home and your current ductwork is hard to tap into. Also these are excellent for pool houses, garages and in rooms where you need added control over heating/cooling (you might have a particular “warm” room or “cold” room, for example).

They are engineered with a sleek design that come in a few different colors so that you can match it to your current interior design motif. Also they operate quietly, often quieter than older, traditional units (you probably can hear when your older unit “kicks on” when operating.

So is ductless air conditioning right for your home? If you think you can take advantage or would benefit from the features listed above, then we think that ductless is a great match for your Charleston home.

2. Should You Go With A Traditional Central Air Conditioning System Or A Heat Pump?

For many people moving from colder climates, coming to South Carolina might be the first time you hear the term “heat pump” used when referring to a home’s HVAC system. So what is a heat pump and how does it differ from a traditional central air conditioner?

One the surface, heat pumps function exactly how traditional air conditioners work: they take the air in your home, condition/cool it, and return it into your home.

Heat pumps however add the extra function of being able to warm your home during the colder months here in the Lowcountry. They’re able to draw the warmth from the air outside and use it to warm your interior. Heat pumps don’t generally work very well when temperatures hit extreme lows, however here in South Carolina since the temperatures don’t dip very far (except for those odd winters that happen once every 30 years), a heat pump is more that suffice to keep you warm in the winter time.

Because of the duality of its operation, a heat pump can save you from needing extra heating components & operation (they simply transfer the heat instead of creating it saving you money also), so they’re one of the most common types of units you’ll see around in Charleston.

If you prefer the traditional setup of an air conditioner/furnace HVAC arrangement, then a heat pump might not be right for you.

Otherwise, if you want to save some money and have a heat pump at your disposal for year-round operation, then getting a heat pump would be perfect for your Lowcountry home.

3. Is Getting A High-Efficiency HVAC System Worth It Here?

We’ll be quick with the answer to this question. If you’re looking to save money on your monthly power bills, then a high-efficiency model is the best way to do this.

With the hot, extended summers here in Charleston, operating expenses that your HVAC system will tally will make up a large part of your electricity bills. Thus if you have a high-efficiency system, you’ll generally expect to pay less each month for those bills.

We’ve seen energy bills drop by as much as nearly one-third to one-half after installing high-efficiency systems. They are generally more expensive, however if you’re cutting your monthly power bills down by that much each month, recouping that initial investment goes pretty quickly, especially in the heat of the Lowcountry.

4. Is An HVAC Maintenance Plan Important For My System In Charleston?

Every HVAC system you’ll encounter has a particular lifespan — just like any mechanical device. And just like any other piece of machinery you own (like your car, for example), regular maintenance is needed to not only extend the lifespan of your system, but also keep it running with the highest efficiency.

Plain and simple, signing up for an HVAC maintenance plan is a smart move, no matter where your HVAC system lies in it’s lifespan. Since maintenance plans generally include bi-annual inspections (winter and summer), finding and resolving problems before they become large problems becomes much easier.

Maintenance plans can also include reduced cost repairs, priority scheduling and more features that will benefit you in case of an emergency breakdown.

As mentioned earlier, the summer months can be brutal here in Charleston, not just on yourself but also on your system. Having a maintenance plan in place is best way to keep your system running in tip-top shape when the temperatures start rising.

5. What Is The Best HVAC Company In Charleston?

There are several things to consider when determining the best HVAC company for your home in the Lowcountry. Here are a few of those factors:

  • 1. Licensing and Insurance: make sure your company has both in place and current.
  • 2. N.A.T.E. Certification: North American Technician Excellence certification; this ensures you get top-notch, well trained techs working on your system.
  • 3. Good Reviews: check Facebook, Google, Yelp, et. al. and see how other people’s experience with the company went.
  • 4. Answering Your Questions & Concerns: does the company patiently and thoroughly review all of your options and give you honest advice about your HVAC system?

If the company can fulfill all of these requirements, you’ll be on your way to finding the best HVAC company in Charleston.

If you’re new to the area, we hope you find it is as special as we here in the Lowcountry do, and should you need any assistance with your HVAC concerns, review the questions above and you’ll be well on your way to having a comfortable stay in Charleston for years to come.

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Ductless HVAC Zone Systems: Keeping Everyone in the Family Happy Year Round

Tuesday, January 11th, 2022

Are you looking for an HVAC system that will leave everyone in your family happy and comfortable? One that enables everyone to adjust the settings to their preferences without affecting others’ comfort?

 

 

Ductless Zone Systems are a great way to provide air conditioning throughout your home. This is without the expense of running ductwork. A ductless heating and air conditioning system includes an outdoor compressor and an indoor evaporator. It’s perfect for homes where installing ductwork would be difficult or cost-prohibitive.

 

 

This type of system can be used in homes with limited space or where other options for air conditioning are not available. It is also a great option if you have an older home with outdated heating systems but want modern technology for cooling and heating.

 

 

How Does a Ductless Heating and Air Conditioning System Work?

 

 

Ductless Zone Systems use two parts: the outdoor and indoor units. The compressor sends the coolant to the interiors, while the evaporator turns it into heat or cold, depending on what you need. A ductless system can provide customized air conditioning or heating to any room of your home.

 

 

You can have up to eight indoor units for one outdoor compressor. This is great for larger homes that need more than one zone for cooling and heating.

 

 

Why Choose This System?

 

 

Ductless systems offer all the benefits of ducted HVAC without the limitations of running ductwork. With a system that operates entirely inside your home, you can heat and cool individual rooms or zones.

 

 

Homeowners conscious of maintaining a greener environment can also choose the system. It produces fewer greenhouse gases and consumes less energy. You might also get rebates from utility companies for choosing a more efficient, environmentally friendly system.

 

 

Ductless heat systems are also quieter than most air conditioners. They have a small outdoor unit, which means you won’t hear it operating outdoors. The indoor units are also much quieter than the average central ac unit.

 

 

Additionally, the system is perfect for homes with limited crawl space or no attic space to install ducts. It’s also an excellent choice for homes with many obstacles like trees, houses, or buildings that would make it challenging to install ductwork.

 

 

Homeowners who live in extreme weather conditions can also benefit from this system. Since the air conditioner works inside your home, you can be sure that it will consistently deliver cool air during the summer months and warm air during the winter months.

 

 

Benefits of the Ductless System

 

There are several benefits to a ductless zone system for heating and cooling:

 

 

It Can Be More Affordable In Some Cases

 

Traditional HVAC systems require ductwork which costs more and takes longer to install. You might need more labor, too, and home preparation to accommodate the ductwork. A ductless system can be installed in an existing home with ease.

 

The system is also cost-effective when compared to the cost of traditional HVAC systems, which can be prohibitively expensive depending on the size and layout of your home.

 

 

It’s More Comfortable

 

Everyone in your family will enjoy their preferred temperature without affecting anyone else’s comfort. Each room’s air conditioner or heater has its thermostat, so you can set different temperatures for each room without affecting other rooms’ settings.

 

 

It Provides a Variety of Heating and Cooling Options

 

A zone control system can include a heat pump, a simple electric furnace, a geothermal heat pump, a solar-powered, or any combination of these options. It all depends on your needs and what type of fuel you prefer to use for heating and cooling.

 

 

Greater Efficiency

 

A ductless heating system offers greater efficiency than a traditional HVAC system. Because you can set different zones, you don’t waste energy on areas that don’t require any heating or cooling. You can also set different temperature levels keeping energy consumption low.

 

 

It’s Reliable

 

 

A ductless heating and cooling system is more reliable than a traditional HVAC system because it doesn’t require ducts and piping to deliver the heat or cool air throughout your home. It doesn’t break down as often or need hectic maintenance work.

 

 

It’s Easy to Install

 

 

Installing a ductless heating and cooling system is more manageable than traditional HVAC systems because you don’t have to worry about running wires throughout your home and creating complicated airflow patterns.

 

 

The controls are also less complicated, so you won’t need an engineer or contractor to help you install them. It also takes a shorter time to install.

 

 

How Do You Choose the Right System for Your Home?

 

 

Determining which system is suitable for your home depends on a few factors. You’ll need to think about the living spaces you want to cool or heat, the size of your home, and how much energy you’re willing to spend.

 

 

If you have a larger home with many rooms, you’ll need to create more zones and have more indoor units. When determining which HVAC solution is right for your home, understand your preferences and goals for maintaining comfort throughout your house.

 

 

You might want to have an expert carry out an inspection and go through your preferences before recommending an ideal system.

 

 

A Ductless System Is an Ideal Choice for A Smart Home

 

 

Ductless zone systems are ideal for homes where several people want to cool or heat different house parts to suit their individual preferences. It’s also a great option when trying to modernize your home. You’ll enjoy better indoor air quality, reduce your carbon footprint and keep everyone happy.

 

 

You require affordable, reliable heating and air conditioning services to achieve this. Carolina Climate Control is a professional ductless heating and air conditioning expert. One who is ready to work with you to achieve your home’s demands.

 

 

We also offer repair and maintenance services and ensure you get a reliable and affordable solution. Contact us for an estimate or get an expert to resolve your HVAC issues.

 

 

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Zone Systems For Ductless Air Conditioning Systems Explained

Tuesday, May 4th, 2021

Just about every family has their version of the three little bears. Mom is too cold, the kids are too hot, and dad doesn’t understand because he feels just right.

Everyone has different temperature preferences, and it’s hard to keep them all happy. Women tend to feel colder than men at the same temp, while children run warmer than the rest of us. You can end up with a situation where everyone keeps changing the thermostat up or down in the hopes of getting comfortable.

Maybe you’ve heard about ductless zone systems and wondered if they might be the answer. These systems are definitely a good way to get a room to the temperature you want. Because each ductless unit operates independently, they make a perfect combination with zoning.

Let’s look a bit at what ductless mini splits are and how they allow you to zone your home to keep everyone comfortable.

 

Understanding Zone Systems

The usual way an HVAC system works is an all-or-nothing approach where hot or cold air travels through the ducts to every room in the house. The system doesn’t care if there’s anyone in the room or if the room is already warm or cool enough.

With zoning, climate control no longer works that way. Instead, you can match the level of heating or cooling to the actual needs of the room or the occupant.

A zoned system means your controls allow you to regulate temps in different rooms or sections of your home. So you can keep the baby’s room warm, your room cool, and the guest room just right. It’s increasingly popular as a more efficient option than the old way.

You can add zoning to a traditional HVAC system by using dampers to open and close ducts to control how air is shared around the house. Individual thermostats for each zone let the system know when to open or close the ducts to a room. It’s a preferred choice for two-story houses over installing two separate HVAC systems.

However, there are some downsides to using the damper system. It needs to be planned carefully to avoid pressure increases inside the ductwork that can overtax your system.

 

Ductless Systems and Zoning

Ductless mini-split systems make a perfect pairing with zoning since there is no ductwork to worry about. Each zone not only gets its own thermostat, but its own independent unit installed up near the ceiling. That unit cools or heats its zone independent of the other units in the house.

Setting up this kind of system is more energy-efficient as a rule since it only heats and cools the parts of the house that need it. But without any ductwork, a mini-split system avoids the energy losses — up to 30 percent — that can happen with ducts, especially when they run through an unconditioned space like an attic.

A ductless system also offers you a lot of flexibility in dividing up your house into zones as you can put a unit in every room or cover just a section of your house. Working with your HVAC pro, you can determine the best setup for your home to ensure it’s adequately covered to keep you comfortable.

 

Benefits of Zoning Your System

We’ve discussed the benefits of ductless mini-split systems before. It’s those benefits of ductless that make it simple for you to take full advantage of the ways a zoned system can improve your home’s climate.

 

Better Energy Efficiency

Because each zone has its own unit, you can be flexible about when those zones run. For example, you might only want to cool a home office during working hours or start up the AC in your bedroom after it gets dark.

The flexibility of a ductless system also means you can take full advantage of the features of newer thermostats that can be programmed with different time schedules. Each unit has its own thermostat and can be configured to come on only when it’s needed, thus cutting down on unnecessary energy use.

 

Compensate for Difficult Spots

Every house always seems to have hot and cold spots that you struggle to get to a comfortable temp. It could be a room that faces west and is too warm in the evening or a room that faces north and never seems to warm up during the day.

A traditional system would only be able to address those trouble spots by impacting temperatures in the rest of your home. Getting those rooms warm or cool enough would turn the rest of the house into a furnace or icebox.

With ductless systems and zoning, you can get the ideal temperature in each of those areas to make them more pleasant to spend time in. You could make the trouble spot its own zone so it doesn’t have to compete with other rooms to get to a comfortable temperature.

 

Personal Comfort Control

Since what constitutes comfortable is a very personal thing, zoning with ductless systems can end the fight over what temperature the thermostat should be set to. Everyone can have their bedroom set to what they prefer without sending the rest of the family diving for extra covers or searching for a fan.

 

Is a Zoned System Right for Your Lowcountry Home?

Zone systems combined with ductless HVAC systems can be a win for everyone in your family, no matter what their temperature preferences. You can decrease your energy bills by only heating or cooling the space you use rather than the entire house.

If you’re interested in learning more about ductless air conditioning and types of zone systems, contact us for a free estimate and review of your AC needs. Our team can determine how best to set up your new system to maximize your cooling and minimize your costs.

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5 Major Reasons To Choose A Ductless AC Installation For Your Lowcountry Home This Year

Monday, June 29th, 2020

Here in the Lowcountry, we’ve officially hit the “will my air conditioning last the summer” time of the year.

With temperatures and humidity levels now reaching near our yearly peak levels, your Lowcountry home’s air conditioning system is working overtime to help you and your family escape that outdoor heat.

That means it’s also time for many homeowners to start evaluating new HVAC options as their systems reach the end of their respective operational lifespans.

Most homeowners opt for replacing their HVAC with whichever make and model they had previously — especially if they have more traditional central air conditioning systems — which makes sense in most cases. However more and more homeowners have discovered that other system types may have more advantages for their unique home setup, particularly with the ductless air conditioning system type.

Whether it be eliminating duct system maintenance costs or they’re seeking to gain more room-by-room temperature control, ductless mini-split systems offer Charleston homeowners several advantages over other system types. Below are 5 of those major advantages and why so many homeowners are opting the ductless route for their new heating and cooling system.

1. No More Duct Cleaning

With the amount of flooding that occurs — especially on Charleston’s downtown peninsula area — duct cleaning becomes more and more of a chore for many area homeowners and property owners. Keeping your home cool & comfortable without relying on your home’s ductwork will nearly eliminate your duct cleaning woes.

2. No More Duct Maintenance

Besides cleaning your home’s ductwork, repair work and maintenance on it can also be something that can take up more time (and money) than you may like. Installing a ductless system means no more worrying about duct leaks and other duct-related issues that can lead to inefficient HVAC system operation.

3. Great For Remodels, New Home Additions & Other Unattached Buildings

Adding onto your home or doing some remodeling? Ductless air conditioning systems can offer you an easy path to keeping those new areas cool & comfortable without having to tie-in to existing ductwork. You’ll be able to maximize the area in your new space and won’t have to worry about if your HVAC system can keep up with the additional coverage area.

Ductless A/C is excellent for unattached buildings as well, like pool houses, unattached garages and other storage or machine sheds.

4. Granular Comfort Settings By Zone

As mentioned above, adding ductless systems to various areas in your home — via HVAC zoning — can give you more control over the temperatures in those areas.

Many homes in Charleston – especially older ones — can often have “hotspots”; areas that get warmer than the rest of the home during certain parts of the day that can’t be handled by their standalone central A/C. Placing a ductless system is a quick way to remedy those “hotspots” and keep each space at a more pleasant comfort level.

5. High Efficiency Lifespan

The last major advantage of ductless air conditioning systems is their lifespan: usually around 15-20 years with proper care and maintenance. Traditional central air conditioning systems usually cap around 12-15 years so ductless systems can normally outpace those by a good 5-8 years, generally speaking.

Ductless air conditioning systems can be an excellent option in the right circumstances, so if you feel you can take advantage of the benefits listed above, then it very well might be a good year to go ductless.

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HVAC Reviews: Mitsubishi’s kumo cloud Wireless HVAC Control App

Wednesday, July 24th, 2019

In last week’s post we described some of the situations and applications where ductless mini-split air conditioning systems are particularly useful and this week we’ll be reviewing an especially useful feature of those systems: cloud control & operation.

While other ductless systems on the market may have their version of cloud or remote operation, for our money the best, most-advanced and easy-to-use is the kumo cloud app by Mitsubishi.

What Is The kumo cloud Service & App?

Very simply, the kumo cloud service allows you to control & operate your Mitubishi ductless mini-split systems, all within one easy-to-use mobile app — which is available on both Android and iOS (Apple) devices.

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How Does The kumo cloud App work?

Especially handy in multi-zone houses — but still used often in single zone setups — simple wireless adapters are installed onto each ductless unit that then connects it to your kumo cloud service account (which is created prior to setup) via your home’s wiFi connection.

Your kumo cloud account has its own username and password, which allows you to login to the app. Once logged in through the app, you can name, group, control and program your ductless units all through a few taps on your phone.

Zone Grouping & Scheduling

As mentioned above, for those with multiple ductless mini-split systems installed you can group them together to make control even easier.

An example grouping might be “Upstairs”. By grouping together all of your upstairs zones, you can quickly adjust and turn on/off all of them at once.

You can also set those groups on a particular schedule, which allows you to optimize operation throughout the day. This scheduling can really pay off when your electric bill comes in as you can have your units operate less when you’re away — automatically.

Filter Status Reminders With kumo cloud

On top of all of those operational features listed above, the kumo cloud system also allows you to keep an eye on your ductless air filters.

We’ve mentioned several times in this blog about the importance of changing/cleaning out air filters in your HVAC system. Not only does cleaning out air filters help with your indoor air quality, it also helps your system operate more efficiently — essentially keeping the pathways clear for conditioned air to be pushed through.

With the kumo cloud app, you can actually set reminders on when to clean your air filters after so many hours of operation — meaning you’ll get a message when it should be time for the next cleaning.

Smart Assistant Compatibility

In today’s connected world, smart assistants like Alexa and Google Assistant help people automate more and more of their home devices and kumo cloud is no different.

kumo cloud is now compatible with both Google Home and Amazon’s Alexa smart assistant interfaces.

The Bottom Line

Overall the kumo cloud is a great way to keep and eye on, automate and optimze your home’s ductless air conditioning system operation.

Getting started with it is easy and with just a few simple add-on devices you’ll be well on your way to a more automated lifestyle.

If you have any questions about the kumo cloud app or any other HVAC related questions, feel free to let us know on Facebook or on Google.

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The Pros And Cons Of Ductless Air Conditioning For Lowcountry Homes

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

If you’re a homeowner in Charleston (especially downtown Charleston), you’ve might of heard from friends, colleagues or other Lowcountry residents about them having their HVAC company install a ductless mini-split hvac unit in their home rather than a traditional central air conditioner.

If you’re not familiar with how a “ductless” air conditioner might work and if it could be right for your home, here’s a quick rundown of mini-split systems for you to review.

What Is A Mini-Split HVAC Unit?

Similar to central air conditioners, the heart of the mini-split system has components on the inside and outside of your home that work together to cool or heat your home.

The largest difference is that the inside unit is much smaller and isn’t connected to any integrated duct work in your home.

Instead the mini-split system provides cooling to one room (or zone) that the indoor unit is installed in. Multiple indoor units in each room/zone in your house then connect to the outdoor unit — via a small conduit line — to form a multi-zone ductless mini-split HVAC system. Each room/zone then can be independently controlled operated according to each one’s comfort needs.

Advantages of Mini-Split Systems

One of the main advantages of a mini-split system is its efficiency. Temperature conditioned air is pushed directly into each room in your home, which means no energy is lost by having to push it around in ductwork. This ultimately can lead to large energy savings in the right circumstances.

The other obvious advantage to these systems is no ducts required. This means if you have an older home that doesn’t have ductwork already installed or if you’re building an addition onto your home that will be difficult to connect to your existing ductwork, then a mini-split system can give you the comfort you need without having the pain of retrofitting new ductwork.

Also, if you’re having your ductwork constantly flood out, a mini-split is a great way to avoid having to clean/replace that ductwork as you’ll no longer require those to transport air around your home.

Disadvantages of Mini-Split Systems

While there aren’t many disadvantages to systems like these, when there are several rooms/zones — it can be difficult to run the needed conduit from the indoor unit to the outdoor unit. That said, an experienced HVAC company (we’ve done several large homes) will have no problem scouting and running the conduit in larger houses with multiple units.

The other disadvantage is the aesthetic of the indoor unit. Whereas a traditional central ac has most of its components hidden in attics or closets, the mini-split’s indoor unit will have to be mounted and visible in each room.

Mini-split system designs are very sleek, however and most homeowners and business owners barely notice them after time.

Is A Mini-Split Right For Your Lowcountry Home or Business?

If you believe your home or business can take advantage of the flexibility and efficiency of a ductless mini-split system mentioned above, then it can definitely be a great choice for year-round comfort anywhere you need it.

Ultimately, if you have any questions about mini-split systems and whether they would be right for your home or other building, having a professional HVAC company come out and take a look is always the best way to be sure.

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