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Now is the Time to Prepare for Summer Visitors

The cold weather has snapped and temperatures in Myrtle Beach are rising into the 70s. Spring 2018 is around the corner and there is evidence of it all along the greater Grand Strand. Service vehicles are out in the beach communities getting homes, hotels, and rentals ready for the influx of visitors that starts with Spring Break season in late March and early April. 

Our area attracts between 14 and 18 million visitors each year. The hotel and hospitality industry is the backbone of Myrtle Beach's economy, and with record hot Spring and Summer temperatures likely, hotel HVAC systems need to be ready to go. We recommend signing up for a Clean & Service agreement, which includes a detailed inspection, before the summer visitors arrive.

Hotels Need HVAC Clean & Service

Efficient HVAC systems are essential to every business in the Myrtle Beach hospitality industry. Guest comfort and satisfaction is the lifeblood of the hotel business, and employees and guests expect heating and air conditioning to work quickly.

Hotels either use PTAC or packaged terminal units or mini-split units. Cooper Mechanical Services has decades of experience servicing both types, and scheduled clean and service is imperative for both to work at their best.

Whether the condenser is a part of a window unit (PTAC) or installed outside or on the roof of the hotel (split unit), it's important that a certified HVAC technician inspect and clean the unit so you get the most life out of these units.

Regular service visits keep your air conditioning and heating system clean which can extend the life expectancy of your equipment. During the HVAC service, a Cooper professional will do the following:

  • Chemically treat and clean all evaporator and condenser coils

  • Clean drain pans and drain lines

  • Check thermostat operations

  • Inspect electrical components

  • Test all safety controls

Cooper Can Also Do Hotel Electrical, Lighting, Stairwell Pressurization, and Backup Power

Cooper Mechanical Services delivers full-service mechanical solutions to our Myrtle Beach hotel customers. We can assist you with the following services:


To learn more about our team, clean & services agreements, and how we can help your hotel, please contact us



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Electrical Planning for Kitchen Remodels

Kitchen Remodel requiring Electrical Plan

Electrical Plans for Kitchen Remodels

Remodeling your kitchen is a popular option for extending your enjoyment of your home. Kitchen renovations are also show to positively influence the value and marketability of your home should you choose to sell. Whether a full makeover or a more minor change, a critical step of any kitchen remodel is creating an electrical wiring plan.

Cooper Mechanical Services offer comprehensive residential electrical and lighting services to the Myrtle Beach area. Whether you are upgrading with new appliances or retrofitting kitchen lighting, our experts can help design and execute a smart and safe electrical and lighting plan.

What Goes in to a Wiring and Lighting Plan?

An electrical plan for your kitchen renovation takes the following things in to consideration:

  • Stationary Appliances: oven, microwave, dishwasher, refrigerator, and other large appliances
  • Small Appliances: non-permanent appliances, countertop appliances
  • Outlet Placement: GFCIs for areas prone to water, additional outlets for small appliances, and convenience items like chargers 
  • Lighting and Fans: recessed cans, pendant lights, and fixtures of all sizes
  • Special Items: smart panels, televisions, computers, speakers

A Cooper electrician will design the plan to accommodate your needs and making sure to meet all National Electrical Code requirements

Cooper Can Help With Other Home Updates and Upgrades

In additional electrical planning and wiring, Cooper Mechanical Services offers refrigeration services, HVAC services, and residential lighting services.

We can help you navigate lighting options for efficiency, and our team is proficient in installing and educating customers about modern smart home technologies.

A kitchen remodel is a great way to transform your home and make it more functional and efficient. Moreover, it provides homeowners with a renewed enjoyment when they come home. Finally, it is a sound investment with a solid return should you ever decide to sell.

Contact Cooper and let us know about your next home renovation project. 


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Installation and Repair at All Heights with a Bucket Truck

Bucket Truck for Electrical Work in Myrtle Beach

Installation and Repair Jobs with a Bucket Truck

As a full-service HVAC and electrical contractor in Myrtle Beach, we tackle all kinds of commercial jobs that require special equipment. Cooper Mechanical Services has a bucket truck so we can accomplish all types of jobs safely and efficiently. Sometimes call a cherry picker, these types of heavy equipment are known more formally as aerial work platforms. When it comes to electrical, lighting, or security installation, our bucket truck gives us access to areas previously inaccessible.

Experienced Teams for Projects at a Height

The Cooper Mechanical Services team uses the aerial work platform for a variety of projects at a height. Some of our work includes planning, installation, and maintenance or repair of the following:

  • Parking Lot Lighting: From outdoor lots to covered, multi-level garages, our bucket allows us to wire and install lighting for parking lots. Make sure your guests or patrons have a safe, well-lit area to park with ample, energy-efficient lighting technology.
  • Bridges and Infrastructure: Our aerial work platform also lets us do work on new infrastructure or  upgrades. Cooper electricians can wire for pole light kits for roads and bridges.
  • Signage: Attract eyes to your business with attractive signage drivers can see. A bucket truck lets us wire signage at a height guaranteed to be seen.
  • Security and Surveillance: Wire and mount security equipment around your business, parking lot, or amenity center with our bucket truck.
  • Hotel and Motel Repair: Sometimes electrical and HVAC repair requires technicians to gain access to challenging places. An aerial platform allows our team to work safely and save time.

Solutions Up High with Cooper Mechanical Services

Cooper Mechanical Services invests in the equipment that allow us to do projects of all sizes safely and efficiently. Our bucket truck, or aerial work platform, allows us to work on all kinds of projects from parking lots and decks to bridges and hotels. 

Have a job at a height? Call Cooper to learn more about the scope of our work and what we can offer.



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Stairwell Pressurization Tests for Myrtle Beach Businesses

Cooper Mechanical Services Can Do a Stairwell Pressurization Test

Cooper Mechanical Services is known along the Grand Strand as a mechanical contractor specializing in HVAC and electrical, but one of our lesser known services is critical to Myrtle Beach's service industries. A stairwell pressurization test is a required component of building code and annual inspection designed to ensure safe stairwell evacuation in the case of an emergency. The National Fire Protection Association provides guidelines for stairwell pressurization systems to keep smoke and flames clear of stairwells so people can exit quickly and safely. The full code for all smoke control systems can be found in the NFPA 92 standards.

What is Stairwell Pressurization and Why is it Important?

Stairwell pressurization is used in multi-floor commercial spaces all over Myrtle Beach. Hotels, hospitals, schools, and other buildings use air supply fans and stairwell pressurization systems to keep stair exits safe during a fire.

For example, let's assume there's a fire in a Myrtle Beach high-rise hotel that starts on the third floor. When the building's fire alarm system activates, guests on all floors will quickly exit the building, typically using the hotel stairwells.

What will happen to the smoke covering the 3rd floor when the stairwell doors are opened? If the stairwell is of equal or lesser pressure than the hallway, the smoke will quickly fill the stairwell. This makes safe exit difficult.

As a response, a stairwell pressurization system and supply fans create greater pressure in the stairwell than the inside of the building. The higher pressure "pushes" smoke back into the lesser pressurized hallway, allowing the stairway to be free of smoke. 

Stairwell pressurization also make heavy stairwell doors easy to open. If not correctly pressurized, door can become hard to open.

NFPA 92 states that stairwells should be inspected and tested so they meet design objectives. Simply having a stairwell air supply fan is not enough. You need to know that the stairwell is properly pressurized in the event of a fire. 

Cooper Mechanical Services Knows the Code

At Cooper, we know building code. Our professional team has decades of experience working with multi-floor commercial spaces. We routinely conduct pressurization tests for hotels, restaurants, schools, and medical facilities to ensure that pressurization systems work and meet required standards.

To learn more about stairwell pressurization tests or to schedule a time for our team to come out, please contact us today.


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LED Lighting and Commercial Lighting in Myrtle Beach

LED lighting in Myrtle Beach

Light-emitting diode, or LED, is a popular lighting technology. LED offers long-lasting and energy saving illumination that has quickly become an industry standard in commercial lighting. Cooper Mechanical Services is the an unlimited electrical contractor in Myrtle Beach offering LED lighting and other commercial and industrial-grade lighting services.

LED is Energy Efficient and Long Lasting

LED lighting can use up to 75% less energy and last up to 25 times longer. The cost-savings and durability are key reasons to build with LED or convert to LED. It is also possible to integrate an LED retrofit to convert from wasteful and inefficient incandescent or halogen lights. In industrial and commercial spaces, LEDs are used both indoor and outdoor for both general lighting as well as directed, task lighting. 

What Makes LED Different?

The light source for LED is minuscule (think a fleck of pepper), and white light is produced by a mix of red, green, and blue LEDS.

The biggest difference between incandescent or halogen and LED is that LED emits light in a specific direction. Instead of moving light 360 degrees, LEDs direct light efficiently to the area it is needed, limiting wasted light. Other lighting technologies refract light to a specific direction, which is less efficient. 

Additionally, LED are more cooler light sources. LEDs emit very little heat, which compared to incandescent or compact florescent which emit 80-90% of energy as heat, is much more efficient. By emitting less heat, LEDs are a safer option as well.

Commercial Uses for LED in Myrtle Beach

There are a variety of commercial and industrial uses of LED for Myrtle Beach businesses. Directional and task lighting is useful for:

  • Street Lighting
  • Walkways
  • Parking Garages
  • Recessed Downlighting
  • Office Lighting
  • Kitchen and Refrigeration Lighting
  • Modular Lighting
  • And much more

LED is an energy-efficient lighting solution for many Myrtle Beach businesses. Whether you are looking to design and install LED in a new commercial space, or retrofit and upgrade an existing lighting solution, Cooper Mechanical Services brings experience and professionalism to the job.

The Cooper team brings experienced electricians to commercial projects of all sizes. Get in touch so we can learn more about your project and how we can bring lighting that is functional and energy efficient.

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Thermal Imaging to Solve HVAC Problems

Working Smarter: Thermal Imaging Solves HVAC Problems Faster

Thermal imaging is a remarkable tool for HVAC troubleshooting. It's like being a superhero. With a small infrared thermography device we can see through walls, pipes, and mechanical systems to detect hot spots and cold spots. Sometimes known as FLIR cameras (FLIR is the largest manufacturer of thermal tools), thermal imaging helps HVAC professionals diagnose problem sources and fix them faster.

How Does Thermal Imaging Work?

An infrared thermal device like a FLIR camera identifies heat patterns of an object's surface. They do this by rendering heat (infrared radiation) as light. The camera's display renders different heat patterns in different colors, allowing users to easier determine hot and cool spots on a wall, a condenser unit, or a duct, for example.

Possible Applications of Thermal Imaging

For heating and cooling professionals, thermal imaging is helpful for finding problem areas quickly. Often a customer will complain of hot or cold spots, or inefficient heating or cooling, and that's all we have to diagnose the problem. It could be something with airflow, a blockage, a leak in the system, or something unrelated to the HVAC unit altogether. It can be time consuming to inspect each element individually.

It's easier, faster, and cheaper to use a FLIR camera to scan potential problem spots first. For example, using this imaging on ducts and vents could reveal spot leaks at joints. It could also help an HVAC company determine that the HVAC inefficiency is from insulation loss.

Using a thermal camera on the condenser unit is also helpful. You can easily see if a coil is plugged and know exactly where on the coil the blockage is occurring. 

HVAC professionals can even use the imaging tool to locate mold formation, troubleshoot airflow problems, and better predict mechanical failure. In the end, thermal imaging helps HVAC company's solve problems faster and save customers money.


Cooper Mechanical Services Can Help

Cooper Mechanical Services has been serving the residential and commercial HVAC, electrical, and refrigeration needs of the Myrtle Beach area since 1989. The Cooper team uses the latest technology to better serve our clients. With FLIR camera technology we can diagnose HVAC inefficiencies more easily. A leaky duct could be costing you up to 30 or 40% more in energy costs. A quick scan can find the exact location of the leak and get you on the way toward repair.


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Winter Heating: Your Most Common HVAC Issues Answered

Welcome to our winter heating blog post round up. Below you'll find information about the most common questions and issues related to wintertime and cold weather HVAC use. 

Saving Money During Inconsistent Weather

Air-conditioning during the day, heating at night. It's been another unseasonably warm December in Myrtle Beach so far, with temperatures swinging from cold to warm rapidly. A few things the Cooper team recommends during yo-yo weather in South Carolina: using a programmable thermostat, taking advantage of "free, natural heating," and shutting vents to unused rooms/spaces to save money and improve efficiency. Read on for more information.

Managing Hot and Cold Spots

A common complaint from customers during winter season is that some rooms become too warm while others are too cold. This is especially problematic in bedrooms sharing a single thermostat or heating zone. The first thing to do is determine the cause of heating inconsistencies whether it's poor insulation, blocked ducts, or the need for a bigger HVAC unit. Read on to learn the common causes of hot and cold spots and how to fix them.

Finding and Fixing Air Leaks

You might be trying to heat the outdoors and not realize it. That tiny gap between an exterior door and the floor could be causing you a lot of money. Drafty doors and windows are easy to find and easy to fix. And fixing them improves heating and cooling ability and can save a lot on energy costs. In this blog post, we show you how to systematically find leaks and how to fix them.

Winter Weather and Heating Means Dry Skin

Colder temperatures do not hold moisture as well, so winter is a noticeably drier season. Cracked lips, bloody noses, and dry hands are common problems associated with dry indoor air. Adding a portable or permanent humidifier can improve health as well as protect hardwoods in your house. Don't suffer with dry air all winter long; read on to learn more.

Don't Forget to Change Air Filters

It's an obvious one, but just regularly changing your air filters can improve your HVAC efficiency and extend the life of your unit. One secret others don't want you to know is that the more expensive filters are necessarily better for your home or business. In fact, the Cooper professionals recommend regular replacement of the inexpensive fiberglass filters for most customers. To learn more about our recommendations, check out our post on everything air filters.



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How to Choose the Right Thermostat for You
Old thermostat in Myrtle Beach SC

There are a variety of thermostats on the market, and it can be difficult and overwhelming to choose which is right for your home or business.

Choosing the Right Thermostat

If you are purchasing a new HVAC system, you can weigh some of the pros and cons of each thermostat type to find which is best for your needs and budget. 

If you are updating or upgrading an older heating system, it’s important to find out which thermostat type is compatible with the existing system components. In this case, we recommend speaking with a Cooper Mechanical Services specialist to pick out components that best work for you.

Selecting the right thermostat first starts with identifying your budget and the features that are important to you. Regardless of the thermostat type, all work with electric, gas, and oil furnaces, and using them wisely can lead to big cost savings on monthly utility bills. 

Types of Thermostats

In short, thermostats fall into three general categories:

 Manual Thermostats
 Programmable Thermostats
 Smart Thermostats

Manual Thermostats are the cheapest on the market. The manual thermostat is probably what you remember from your childhood or an older home. They are inexpensive, and the basic controls usually consist of a simple dial or up and down buttons to manually adjust thermostat temperature.

Pros: cheap, easy-to-use, work well if you are around to manually adjust the settings
Cons: Without programming, you may be wasting money heating your home while you are away

Programmable Thermostats offer some key cost-saving benefits over manual thermostats. These options may cost a little more, but programmable settings allow for automatic thermostat adjustment based on your needs. For example, users could program a setting to lower the thermostat setting while out of the house during working hours and to raise the setting one hour before returning home. 

Pros: programmable settings can save up to 33% on heating costs, allow multiple settings, digital displays, manual setting override
Cons: slightly more expensive, increased set-up and learning curve time

Smart Thermostats offer the most features and also the biggest long-term cost savings because of their efficiency. Smart thermostats are wi-fi or bluetooth-enabled, allowing users to control thermostat functions from a smartphone, tablet, or computer.

Pros: remote use, increased customization, energy savings, analytics
Cons: most expensive, involves more advanced set-up and learning curve

From Selection to Installation

Cooper Mechanical Services has been providing exceptional HVAC service to the Myrtle Beach area since 1989. Whether you are looking for a new heating and air-conditioning system, or looking to repair and upgrade an existing system, our team is here to help. 

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How to Get Your HVAC Ready for Winter

Winter is approaching, although with some days in the 70s around Myrtle Beach, you may not notice it. There are signs, though. The Grand Strand has seen some yo-yoing temps and even a first frost. In homes and businesses, HVAC units likely switched from AC to heat in a single day. But colder weather will arrive soon, and now is the perfect time to make sure your heat works effectively and efficiently. Here are some tips to get your heating unit ready for the winter season.

Sign Up for Clean & Service Contract

A Clean & Service agreement with Cooper Mechanical Services includes a full inspection of your heat pump, furnace, or heating system. Our service agreements cover full chemical cleaning, inspection and tests, and can be scheduled bi-annually before winter and summer. Scheduled service is the best way to get your heating and air conditioning system ready for the cold and hot seasons in South Carolina.

Replace Air Filters

Air intake and vent filters in your home serve two purposes. First, they keep dust and debris from entering your vents and HVAC unit. They also filter particulates from filtered air exiting vents. This is good for air quality and your health. A clean air filter heated air flow, allowing filtered air to pass easily, reducing the strain on your HVAC system. For most homeowners, Cooper Mechanical Services recommends the inexpensive fiberglass filters, as long as they are changed regularly.

Inspect Heating Vents

It’s a basic problem with a simple solution, but sometimes it is the obvious stuff we overlook. Walk around your home or office to check airflow from each vents. Make sure vents are fully opened and not blocked by furniture or other obstructions. Restricted airflow from block vents reduces heating effectiveness.

Conduct a Sensory Test

Simply put, turn on your heat, wait for it to kick on, and then look, listen, smell and feel. Observe your outdoor unit and listen for odd noises or anything out of the ordinary. Walk through your home and feel vents to make sure air is flowing. Take note of any unusual smells. A simply sensory test may alert you to a potential problem area early, which could save you money and headache should a breakdown occur in the heart of winter. 

Call Cooper

Cooper Mechanical Services provides 24/7 emergency service for heating, heat pump, and furnace repair. Our professional technicians are on call to make sure you are comfortable in all seasons, all year long. Check out our video overview to learn more about our Clean & Service agreements and how to keep your HVAC running efficiently.


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Giving Thanks for What Matters Most

Happy Thanksgiving HVAC Cooper Mechanical Services

This week, millions around our country will pause, take stock of their lives, share messages of gratitude, and enjoy time with family and friends. There are many traditions, some cultural and others familial, but in the end the holiday is one that celebrates our blessings, good fortunes, and relationships. In the chaos of our lives, it’s a helpful reminder to pause and acknowledge that which matters most.

As you go around the table, you’ll likely mention the intangibles: good health, family, and moments of celebration and joy. Comfort and safety are among the things for which many thankful.

At Cooper Mechanical Services, we’re thankful that our work helps keep families warm in the winter, cool in the summer, and safe year round. We are thankful for the many amazing residential and commercial customers we’ve gotten to know across the Grand Strand.

It is our sincere wish that you have a very Happy Thanksgiving with friends and loved ones this season.

A Note on Emergency Service: While many businesses close for the holiday, Cooper Mechanical Services recognizes that heating, cooling, or electrical issues won’t pause for the holidays. Our emergency service team is available 24/7 to keep the lights on, the turkey cooking, and the football on TV.



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