Posted by: Cooper MechanicalThursday, December 14, 2017
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.
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.
Myrtle Beach vacation companies love to market Myrtle Beach as a summer beach destination, but one thing that doesn't always translate in those photos of happy families outdoors: the oppressive heat and humidity. For us lucky to call the Grand Strand home, summer sometimes feels like we just shuffle from one air-conditioned space to another until the sun has set and temperatures drop. Even if you do venture outdoors for a bit, there's solace that you'll soon be back indoors, a little reprieve from the sun until the next adventure.
Sometimes the AC isn't as refreshing as it should be though. You adjust the thermostat and stand close to a vent, but all you feel is warm air blowing on you.
If your HVAC system is on and blowing warm air, it's a signal that something needs attention. A little troubleshooting can help homeowners better communicate their problem to HVAC professionals so you can get your AC back up and running.
Basic AC Troubleshooting Before You Call
1. Check Your Expectations: Okay, this one isn't a troubleshooting task, per se, but sometimes we have unrealistic expectations for how quickly an HVAC system should cool a room. Have you given your system enough time to warm up and lower temperatures? Do you have a lot of uncovered windows? Keeping shades and blinds shut can help expedite the cooling time, so just be mindful of elements that may make cooling your space more difficult for your system.
2. Check Your Filters:Clogged filters limit airflow and cause your AC system to work twice as hard to cool your home. If airflow is weak out of vents, change your filters and test it again.
3. Check Your Thermostat: One simple solution to the warm air problem is checking the thermostat to make sure it is set to "Cool" or "Auto." If your thermostat is in "Fan" mode, it is just circulating air without cooling it. Additionally, it's possible that your thermostat could have slipped into a programmable pre-set that doesn't reach your comfort level or the times when you want AC.
4. Check Your Outdoor Condenser Unit: Do a visual and auditory inspection of your HVAC unit beside your home. Is it free of grass, leaves and debris? Clogged or dirty coils can impact performance. Does running unit sound normal? Note strange sounds and noises that are out of the ordinary.
Call Cooper for Emergency AC Services
If you've performed the tasks above and your HVAC system still isn't cooling, give us a call. You'll have done some basic troubleshooting, and your answers will help us with diagnosing the issue before we even get to your door.
A "smart thermostat" is a relatively new term to describe programmable thermostats in the internet age. These products gain their "smart" modifier through wifi capability and app-based controls. Wifi-enabled programmable thermostats offer increased functionality, simplified design, and energy saving controls. One setting that is new to these thermostats is "Recovery Mode." Recovery mode is an energy-saving preset that slowly transitions your HVAC unit from a standby mode to full-power heating or cooling.
Thermostat Recovery Mode Saves Energy and Money
Imagine being woken from sleep, jumping out of bed, and running to work at full-speed. This type of 0-to-60 is energy draining and taxing. The healthier option is a slower start and a gradual build-up to heavy exertion. This is what recovery mode does for your HVAC system.
Recovery mode is best used for programmed settings when immediate cooling or heating isn't as important. If you walk into a hot and humid home, your impulse is to get the indoor air to a comfortable setting quickly. However, if you program your thermostat to keep your home at a more economical setting while you are at work or school and to resume your normal comfort level for your return, recovery mode is quite helpful.
Now if you see "Recovery Mode" on your thermostat or app, you'll know why!
Cooper Mechanical Services for Smart Savings
Advancements in HVAC technologies is better for the environment and your wallet. Cooper Mechanical Services is Myrtle Beach's solution for the latest in energy saving comfort. We can also help you take advantage of energy efficiency tax credits! If you are looking to upgrade or replace your home or businesses HVAC system, call Cooper today.
Converting Non-traditional Spaces for Year-Round Comfort
A carpentry bench in your garage, a small gym in a backyard shed, a music practice space in an unfinished room above a garage. They go by different names: man caves, she-sheds, and garage workshops, but one thing is true: without air conditioning, they all become unbearably hot during our Myrtle Beach summers. Converted garages tend to be DIY affairs, practical solutions for homeowners to carve out a space for their hobbies or passion projects.
A ductless system is a room-specific, wall-mounted unit for cooling a single space. It's easy to cool a 500 square foot garage with a small mini-split ductless system.
But how do they work? Ductless systems work just like your central air, but without the ducts. Mini-splits suck warm air from your home, absorb moisture and heat from that air, and then blow cool air directly from the wall-mounted unit.
The indoor mounted system houses an evaporator and blower. A conduit connects your ductless system to the ductless condenser outside your home.
It's like adding an extra like HVAC unit for a specific room without having to rework your home's ductwork.
Pros and Cons of a Ductless Mini-Split AC
Ductless systems are easy ways to cool non-traditional living spaces like your garage. If you want a quick and easy way to transform your garage into a place you want to spend time in, a ductless system will have you up and running in no time.
Additionally, adding ductless system will not affect the performance of your home's regular HVAC system. Expanding your current system is always a possibility, but often homeowners find that their current unit won't handle the extra square-footage that comes with adding ducts to a new room. Overtaxing an HVAC unit in this way is never a good idea.
The the one con of a ductless system may be the cost. Though they have come down in price over the years, it requires an initial investment. Additionally, some homeowners don't like the appearance of an indoor wall-mounted unit. That said, the Carrier Infinity ductless system is small, sleek, and can be mounted above eye-level.
Make Your Garage Your Next Project
Cooper Mechanical Services can help you decide which options are best for your needs and budget. Whether you want to expand a duct system or go with a new ductless option, CMS offers fast, reliable, and professional heating and cooling services.