Why did you get into the HVAC/electrical industry?
I grew up in the mechanical trade learning HVAC, refrigeration, and electrical.
What do you like best about the HVAC/electrical industry?
Problem solving has always been the best part of working in the electrical field.
How long have you been in the HVAC/electrical industry?
I have been in this industry for about 20+ years and have been with Cooper Mechanical Services for about 1 year.
What activities, hobbies, or other interests do you have?
Building and riding bicycles.
Do you live in the area? Do you have a family/kids/pets?
Yes, I live near Loris with my wife and our dogs & cats.
This week, millions around our country will pause, take stock of their lives, share messages of gratitude, and enjoy time with family and friends. There are many traditions, some cultural and others familial, but in the end the holiday is one that celebrates our blessings, good fortunes, and relationships. In the chaos of our lives, it’s a helpful reminder to pause and acknowledge that which matters most.
As you go around the table, you’ll likely mention the intangibles: good health, family, and moments of celebration and joy. Comfort and safety are among the things for which many thankful.
At Cooper Mechanical Services, we’re thankful that our work helps keep families warm in the winter, cool in the summer, and safe year round. We are thankful for the many amazing residential and commercial customers we’ve gotten to know across the Grand Strand.
It is our sincere wish that you have a very Happy Thanksgiving with friends and loved ones this season.
A Note on Emergency Service: While many businesses close for the holiday, Cooper Mechanical Services recognizes that heating, cooling, or electrical issues won’t pause for the holidays. Our emergency service team is available 24/7 to keep the lights on, the turkey cooking, and the football on TV.
Temperatures have dropped noticeably in Myrtle Beach as we move from October to November. Average lows are in the 40s this time of year, and colder weather is on the way. That means it's time to prepare your HVAC system and home or business for winter and increased heating use. Here's how to prepare so you won't be caught in a cold house this season:
Of course we're going to mention this as number one, but it's because it can save you some of the frustration and expense of an HVAC problem later, when heat is really needed. A clean and service visit will cover a full inspection of your heating equipment, a chemical cleaning, and a full system test.
Most importantly, we'll make sure your heat pump is in operable condition and, if they exist, identify possible issues affecting performance early. This can extend the life of your heating unit and save you a considerable amount of money in the long-term.
Myrtle Beach hotels and motels are looking to save where they can. In terms of low-cost hotel upgrades to save money, improving lighting efficiency is up near the top for "bang for your buck." Unlike upgrades that require expensive infrastructure changes, updating and upgrading lighting solutions is an easy and affordable way to save energy and money. According to EnergyStar.gov, depending on a hotel or motel's current lighting and electricity needs, converting to "smart" lighting can save up to 50% in energy usage. That's a lot of money! Here's how to do it:
This one seems like a no-brainer. If your hotel isn't currently using LED bulbs, then you should. While many upgraded when incandescent bulbs ceased to be produced, some hotels out there may be using the less-energy efficient CFL, or compact florescent lightbulb. LED, or light emitting diode, uses 75% less energy and lasts 25 times longer than the old-fashioned incandescent. A standard CFL, on the other hand, only uses 25-35% less energy than the incandescent. Even though LEDs are more expensive, they will last a lot longer, and save a lot more energy and money in the long run. LED is definitely the way to go right now.
Why spend money lighting a space when no one is in it? Before sensors, hotel guests were likely to leave in room lighting on all day. Motion sensors in hotel spaces detect movement and the lights turn on. When movement is not detected, the lights go off. This is not only useful in guest rooms, but also is conference areas, lobby restrooms, and other large spaces that use lots of energy for lighting. Sensors can compliment low-light or emergency lighting so spaces are safe but also energy efficient.
Timed or scheduled lighting can be a smart way to cut energy costs. Scheduling lighting only for when it is needed is easily done with today's smart timers. There are plenty of products at all price points for controlling indoor and outdoor lighting. One of the biggest savers is using timers in bathrooms where occupancy times are sporadic and lighting costs can be high. This ensures that expensive bathroom lighting is not accidentally left on when not in use. Small changes like these add up quickly when you have hundreds of rooms.
In Myrtle Beach, we get plenty of hot, sunny days. If spaces can be lit naturally with sunlight, turn the lights off. While this option won't work for all spaces, it is something to consider if you are planning a larger remodel or structural upgrade. Windows, skylights, and light tubes can brighten spaces with natural light and reduce future energy expenses as well. You can also use sensors to transition to your hotel lighting when daylight fades.
Chances are no one knows more about a hotel's energy waste than the people working there day in and day out. Encourage staff to conserve energy and turn off unused or unneeded lighting. Challenge your team to develop energy-saving practices, or incentivize conservation with a special recognition or award. Getting the entire team on board is crucial to saving on energy costs.
Lighting upgrades is one of the easiest and most cost-efficient ways that hotels can save money. Cooper Mechanical Services offers energy audits to hotels looking to curb their energy costs. Our electrical team can handle projects of all sizes and budgets. Please contact us if you are looking to get the most bang for your buck with smart lighting solutions.