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Cooper Mechanical Services - We Know Code

Posted by: Cooper MechanicalThursday, March 24, 2016

As a home or business owner, you rely upon the professionals who are installing or repairing your HVAC or electrical systems to understand and practice the hundreds of industry and government agency codes and regulations required in residential and commercial buildings. Everything from the wiring of your light fixtures to the size and placement of the ductwork in your heating and air-conditioning system is regulated by building code. 



Codes Exist for Your Safety

While the sheer number of codes can be overwhelming, it is important to remember that they primarily exist for the safety of the occupants in the building. Government agencies, such as South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC), for example, enforce codes to prevent damage to property, injury or loss of life. Not only will Cooper Mechanical Services ensure that your HVAC and electrical systems meet the requirements set forth by law, but we also make sure they meet industry standards. As mentioned in a previous post, Cooper professionals are NATE certified, bringing up-to-date knowledge and skills about best installation and maintenance practices to your home or workplace. 


What Codes Affect the HVAC and Electrical Industries?

The International Residential Code and the Uniform Mechanical Code create the basis for housing and building requirements in most regions, including Horry County. Municipalities like Horry County Government even post code forms and requirements on the web, should you like to learn more about them. Associations like the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials, the International Code Council, and the National Fire Protection Association are the bodies reviewing and updating the requirements that all HVAC technicians are mandated to follow. While the documents these associations create are long and complex, they help Cooper Mechanical Services ensure that your home or office is safe and secure. Here are a variety of the code types that affect CMS and the HVAC/Refrigeration and Electrical industries:

• Electrical Codes

• Ventilation Codes

• Indoor Air Quality Codes

• Duct Construction Codes

• Equipment and Duct Sizing Standards


How Do I Know If I’m Out of Compliance?

If you are unsure whether your home or office meets existing code requirements, or if your older building is protected by grandfather clauses, contact Cooper Mechanical Services to schedule an opportunities to meet with a Cooper professional who understands the ins and outs of codes.