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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
An electrical plan for your kitchen renovation takes the following things in to consideration:
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
There are a variety of commercial and industrial uses of LED for Myrtle Beach businesses. Directional and task lighting is useful for:
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.