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.