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Winter Heating: Your Most Common HVAC Issues Answered

Posted by: Cooper MechanicalFriday, December 22, 2017

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. 

Saving Money During Inconsistent Weather

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.

Managing Hot and Cold Spots

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.

Finding and Fixing Air Leaks

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.

Winter Weather and Heating Means Dry Skin

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.

Don't Forget to Change Air Filters

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.