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.
A Myrtle Beach Electrical Contractor with a Trencher
Specialty Construction and Electrical Equipment: The Trencher
The Cooper Mechanical Services electrical division handles electrical and power supply needs for residential and commercial customers of all sizes. To offer our Myrtle Beach customers fast, reliable, and affordable service, we invest in our team and equipment. Our certified, licensed, and bonded electricians use company-owned heavy machinery to ensure jobs are done right and in a timely manner.
Recently on the blog we featured our bucket truck, which gives our team an aerial platform for lighting and electrical jobs in high places. Another piece of specialty equipment we use frequently for electrical jobs is a trencher, a piece of machinery that efficiently digs trenches for electrical line or piping.
A Machine for Digging Trenches
Trenchers come in a variety of types and sizes, from walk-behind portable models for landscapers to large wheel models for cutting through hard rock. The Cooper team uses a trencher for a single purpose: cutting deep and narrow trenches for burying electrical and telecommunications line.
Many areas have underground cabling, which can have higher up-front costs but offer many benefits. Buried lines have longer life spans, decreased operational costs, and offer better protection against weather and other conditions that damage lines.
For residential and most light commercial operations, buried electrical lines should be at least 24 inches underground. A trencher lets the Cooper team quickly get a trench for lines that meets the required depth for code.
Owning the Equipment Saves Time and Money
Digging a trench without specialized machinery can be time-consuming and expensive. By investing in a trencher, the Cooper team can get right to work. There is no sub-contracting or time and costs spent acquiring one from a rental company.
Whether you are bringing power to new construction or expanding power to an existing structure, Cooper Mechanical Services is ready to help you with all aspects of electrical design, installation, inspection, readiness, and troubleshooting.
Pole Lighting for Myrtle Beach Commercial and Public Spaces
The Cooper Mechanical Services team brings knowledge and experience to commercial lighting projects in Myrtle Beach. Not all lighting systems are equal. The right lighting can make your business more attractive, your parking area safer, and your power bills cheaper.
Light Poles and Posts
Pole and post lighting is used in many commercial and public spaces:
Crime tends to avoid bright spaces, so lighting parking areas is critical for customer safety. It may also make your business, whether a store, restaurant, or hotel, more attractive to consumers.
Additionally, proper lighting helps reduce accidents resulting from tripping, slipping, or falling. Walkways, stairways, and other paths of egress should be well lit, allowing walkers to see clearly between poles or posts.
Modern pole and post lighting solutions can use directional lighting, which is more efficient and can reduce unwanted glare from nearby glass.
Lighting for Beauty
Pole or post lighting doesn't need to be boring or feel "too industrial." Decorative poles, posts, and lamp heads can make your space more attractive and safer. With hundreds of styles and colors to choose from, you can transform a walkway or parking area and create an intentional mood and tone for users.
From rustic and traditional, to sleek and modern, the Cooper Mechanical Services team can help you select the right style at the right price.
Lighting for Savings
LED lighting offers superior lighting and uses less energy than traditional halide or high-intensity discharge lamps. The great news is that you don't need to completely tear out old lighting to take advantage of modern LED pole lighting technology. Retrofit kits are an easy way to update your lighting infrastructure and see savings right away.
Call Cooper for Lighting Solutions
Cooper Mechanical Services is a South Carolina unlimited license electrical contractor. We work on customer lighting projects of all sizes. If you'd like to learn more about our lighting, electrical, HVAC, or refrigeration services, give us a call or use our contact form on our website.
Fixing residential heating and air conditioning problems can get expensive. With South Carolina's heat and humidity, not having air conditioning for late spring and summer really isn't a pleasant option. Here are some key steps you can take to get the most out of your unit and to preserve the life of your AC system.
Sign Up for Cooper's Clean & Service Agreement
A Clean & Service agreement covers two scheduled visits where an HVAC professional with thoroughly inspect, test, and chemically clean your HVAC unit. You visit the dentist every 6 months and change your auto oil every 5,000 miles, why should HVAC be any different.
A Clean & Service includes chemical cleaning of all condenser coils, evaporator coils, and drain pans. Additionally, we'll test refrigerant pressures, thermostats, and inspect all electrical components. It's a great way to identify and solve problems early before they snowball into expensive repairs.
Change Air Filters Regularly
One easy way to extend the life of your HVAC system is to change air filters on a regular basis. Don't overwork your unit as the result of clogged air flow from dirty filters. Identifying which filter is right for your home (hint: we actually recommend the cheapest ones for most users) and setting a filter reminder notification on your phone or calendar is a good way to keep your HVAC happy.
Learn to Recognize Warning Signs from Your HVAC
You can preserve the health of your HVAC unit simply by learning what sounds and sights are normal. Water or ice build up and loud noises can be signals that there's a problem. Inspect and call Cooper if you are concerned that something isn't right before issues escalate.
Test Your System Before You Need It
Late winter and early spring is mild in Myrtle Beach, and you may find yourself needing neither heat nor air conditioning. This is a great time to set your thermostat and test your system to see how quickly and efficiently it responds. This is another way to identify possible problems early, which almost always can save you frustration and money. No one wants to discover a problem later in the spring when temperatures start to get hot.