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.
Myrtle Beach is hot and humid. Sometimes that excessive moisture in the air finds its way inside. Humid indoor air feels hotter, stickier, and is generally uncomfortable. Without proper humidity control, many attempt to compensate by making their home cooler. This puts extra pressure on your HVAC system and can lead to higher utility bills. The best solution for removing humidity from your condo or small home is a slim-profile in-wall dehumidifier.
In-wall dehumidifiers like the Ultra-Aire MD33 are independent of your HVAC unit and can be hardwired to existing electrical or can be powered by a 110v outlet with the provided cord.
Unlike portable dehumidifiers, there is no manual work involved. No dumping captured water and no turning on and off. In-wall dehumidifiers can remove up to 33 pints of water per day, removing it from your home to the outdoors through a drain pipe.
These systems are incredibly popular in the Myrtle Beach area, especially with condo owners who may be looking for an independent humidity solution at an affordable price. Here are some of the reasons why they are so popular:
Without a dehumidifier, you may be overcooling your condo to feel comfortable. Removing excess moisture will allow you to keep your HVAC thermostat at a more economical setting while still feeling cool and comfortable.
To learn more about a slim profile in-wall dehumidifier, call Cooper Mechanical Services today.
Every thermostat has a button or feature allowing the user to cycle through different settings. While there may be options for custom cycles, every thermostat has auto, on, and off. If you've ever wondered what the difference between "auto" and "on" is, you're not alone.
"Auto" and "on" are HVAC settings that control your system's fan. The fan is located inside your HVAC unit and its job is to help distribute air. The "V" in HVAC is for ventilation, and your fan is responsible for aiding air circulation.
Auto: In the auto setting, the fan automatically moves air when the HVAC system is cooling or heating. Once the desired temperature setting has been reached, the fan will shut off.
On: In the on setting, the fan will run continuously, even after the set thermostat temperature has been reached.
The "auto setting" is more cost effective since fewer mechanical pieces are running when your home is at your set temperature. The auto setting also is quieter and in the long-term, it means less wear and tear on your unit's fan.
The "on setting" means your fan is always running, so it can clog filters more quickly, add to your electric bill, and make it feel a little chillier in winter with air blowing on you.
However, there are some instances when the on setting is helpful. If some rooms tend to get stuffy, the on setting can help keep air moving and circulating. It can also help you feel more comfortable during Myrtle Beach's hot and sticky months. Some also state that running the fan more often helps the HVAC unit trap more particulates, which may be helpful for those with allergies or asthma.
If you travel or are out of the home for long periods of the day, you may want to consider a smart thermostat. In addition to features that allow customized settings to save money and energy, smart thermostats also allow user to control their thermostat remotely via smartphone or device.
With a smart thermostat, you could keep your thermostat set to a more economical temperature while at work, and then set the thermostat remotely to a more comfortable setting before you leave the office for home.
For more HVAC, electrical, and mechanical services, please Call Cooper!
If you've noticed your lighting dimming or flickering when the AC comes or when you turn on the vacuum cleaner, you're not alone. Although the quick dimming may cause concern, the good news is that it is most likely harmless.
Like starting a car from a cold crank, an HVAC unit takes a lot of power to start initially. The surge of power needed to turn on may temporarily drain electricity from other appliances like your lighting.
As long as the temporary drain is minimal (lights dim but don't go out) and short in duration (a second, for example) this is nothing to worry about. After the "cold crank," your unit requires less power to stay on, and lighting and appliances all receive an appropriate amount of power.
If your lights lose more than half of their brightness or go dark when an appliance like your HVAC comes on, it could be a sign of an electrical problem. Here are some potential electrical and HVAC problems that could cause your lights to significantly dim for longer than a split second:
Damaged Wiring: Loose or frayed wiring can cause current loss that is exacerbated when the HVAC turns on. This could definitely cause lights to significantly dim or flicker.
Weak HVAC Capacitor: Your HVAC capacitor stores power to give your compressor motor a boost upon start up. Overtime, your capacitor's ability to store energy weakens, just as an old car battery does. A damaged, old, or weakened capacitor causes your HVAC to draw more power away from other appliances, causing light dimming.
HVAC Shares Circuit: If other major appliances share the same circuit with your HVAC system, your circuit may be overloaded. There may be light dimming, but if this is the case, you'd likely also deal with your circuit breaker tripping. An overloaded circuit can be a major hazard, so it's important to unplug high voltage appliances until they can be separated or a safe solution by an electrician is found.
Cooper Mechanical Services is the Myrtle Beach area's solution for all things electrical, mechanical and HVAC. Often, HVAC and electrical issues are connected. Our professional electricians and technicians are highly skilled, honest, and dependable. If you are concerned about your home or workplace's HVAC or electrical system, call Cooper Mechanical Services today.