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.
Here’s a little known fact: The EPA ranks indoor air pollution as a Top 5 Environmental Danger. We often think about the pollution outside of our home, but that’s the same air circulating around our rooms, not to mention the pollution we add to it from inside the house. Indoor smoking, cooking, pets, and microscopic particles from organic materials compound the issue to sometimes make our indoor air worse than that outdoors. We’ve highlighted ways to get at the sources of poor indoor air quality before, but in this post, we’d like to highlight one of the technological advancements in the HVAC industry for cleaning your indoor air: the REME HALO In-Duct Air Purifier.
How the REME HALO Air Purifier Works
The REME HALO In-Duct Air Purifier targets 3 classes of pollutants: particulates, microbes, and gasses. The purifier is installed in your system’s duct near your home’s central air intake. As air enters the duct and passes by the REME HALO, it is hit with hydrogen peroxide plasma, a charged ionized gas that affects the pollutants in the air.
This reaction between polluted air and ionized hydrogen peroxide causes particles to cling and clump, making microscopic pollutants easier to trap in your HVAC system’s filter. The REME HALO air purifier makes your filter more effective, though it may also mean that you need to change your filter more often.
Indoor Air Quality Can Improve Your Family’s Health
Poor indoor air quality can cause or exacerbate respiratory conditions like asthma, COPD, bronchitis, and more. Bad IAQ can be especially dangerous for the very young and very old. Sadly, cases of pediatric asthma have been on the rise, so taking steps to improve the air in your home is crucial to the health of your family.
While technologies like the REME HALO In-Duct Air Purifier are helpful, you should also take steps to improve IAQ by doing the following:
Ensure your HVAC properly fits the size of your home and circulates air well
Dust and clean regularly
Don’t smoke indoors
Make sure vents are not obstructed by furniture or rugs
Call Cooper for an Indoor Air Quality Analysis.
If you are concerned about your home’s indoor air quality, Cooper Mechanical Services can help. We will conduct a full IAQ analysis and help you find the best ways to improve the quality of your indoor air. Cooper Mechanical Services has been providing the Myrtle Beach area with exceptional heating, cooling, ventilation, and indoor air quality service since 1989. Don’t live with poor indoor air. Call Cooper today.
When you set your thermostat, is one room significantly warmer or cooler than another? If it's hard to maintain a steady temp throughout your home, it may be because your HVAC system is not a zoned system. Instead of sensing air temperature at one point and cooling an entire structure based on a single sensor location, a zoned system uses multiple units and divides a house into zones to be regulated separately.
This is common in two story homes with each floor having its own "zone." However, there are other structural features that may need a zoned HVAC system. Heating and air conditioning can be tricky in unconventional spaces. Homes with lots of glass, vaulted ceilings, large wings or open floor plans can make maintaining a consistent temperature tricky.
Why You May Consider a Zoned HVAC System
Zoning your heating and air conditioning system can customize temperature control. This helps combat areas of your home that tend to stay cold or warm because of positioning to sunlight, amount of glass, etc.
But what does this mean for monthly costs and comfort? When deciding if your home is a good candidate for zoning, there are a couple key factors to take into consideration.
The first has to do with your temperature experience. Many homeowners who choose to pursue retrofitting for zoning have noticed an imbalance in temperature distribution. If your system is struggling to evenly heat or cool a large area, it might a good idea to look into localized temperature control options.
Another issue that can influence the decision to use zoning methods is efficiency. Many homeowners prefer to heat and cool only the rooms they actively use on a daily basis. For larger homes, this can be a great way to cut costs without taking a hit in comfort. Why pay to keep a room warmed up or cooled down if you aren’t going to be sitting or sleeping in that area?
Zoning provides homeowners with the opportunity to specifically customize the temperature in different parts of the house. This can mean setting your thermostat on a timer during the day while you are at work so you save on heating and cooling costs when the house is empty, or zoning just the bedrooms during the night while residents are sleeping and other parts of the home are empty.
Call Cooper for an Assessment and Estimate
Cooper Mechanical Services is your Myrtle Beach area HVAC, electrical, and mechanical services solution. Our family-owned and operated business has been helping residential and commercial customer solves cooling and heating problems since 1989.
Our technicians are dependable, professional, and honest. If you are curious about whether a zoned system will improve comfort and savings, give us a call and we'll help you assess the situation and explore options.
Winter is almost here, and even Myrtle Beach can experience some cold weather from time to time. If you have an open floor plan or some drafty parts of your home, you might consider a space heater. Space heaters can be great when you need temporary, location-specific heat (a cold room or office, for example). That said, safety heaters can pose a fire hazard if not used properly.
While there are fuel-burning space heaters, the overwhelming majority of people use electric space heaters for supplemental home and office heating. The Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates 25,000 residential fires and 300 deaths are caused by space heaters. The top causes of space heater fires are using them too close to flammable items and leaving them unattended.
In this post we'll cover some space heater safety tips so you stay warm and out of harm's way.
Space Heater Safety Tips
Portable electric space heaters are must meet consumer safety standards, but to reduce the risk of fire, follow these safety tips:
Keep the area around the space heater clear. A 3-foot radius around your heater should be clear of flammable items including rugs, furniture, curtains, toys, and anything else that could catch fire.
Never leave a space heater on unattended. Do not leave the house or go to sleep while a space heater is on.
Keep small children away from the space heater. Electric heaters get hot enough to burn, so place your heater in a child-free zone.
Place the space heater on a flat surface. Uneven surfaces may cause the heater to tip and pose a fire hazard to nearby flammable items.
Use your space heater as intended. Do not use extension cords or use in places that product documents caution against.
Choose a space heater with safety features. Some models have auto-shut-off features to reduce risks and fire hazards.
Call Cooper for Residential and Commercial Heating
Cooper Mechanical Services is the Grand Strand's source for quick, honest, and dependable HVAC service. We specialize in residential and commercial heating, cooling, ventilation, and indoor air quality. Additionally, we also offer a variety of electrical and mechanical services to our clients. To learn more about HVAC or to schedule an inspection, visit our website and Call Cooper today.