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Time to Check those AC Filters!

Well, another month is about to pass and April is staring us in the face. In South Carolina, we can definitely say that we have had a winter season!

With all of that yellow stuff floating around, we can also say that Spring is in the air.  I can honestly say that I am looking forward to warmer weather!

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One of the tell tale signs of Spring is the Summerville YMCA’s Azalea Festival. It is so nice to get out and enjoy the day.  Tons of people, artisans all over, that carnival style food, and the many activities, make for a great day with family and friends. If you haven’t been to the Azalea Festival, you should come out this year.

 

Here is the schedule:azalea park

Friday, April 4 – 9 am-6 pm
Saturday, April 5 – 9 am-6 pm
Sunday, April 6 – 9 am-4 pm
Hope everyone has a great week!

Tips to Help Save Money on AC / Electric Bill

I wanted to give everyone some tips on how to save money on ac / electric bills for this summer.

This is the new Goodman we installed yesterday at a Summerville Customers home.

This is the new Goodman we installed yesterday at a Summerville Customer’s home.

  1.  Have your air conditioning system tuned up for the summer months ahead. This will  allow your ac system to run at its peak efficiency. When your system is running at its peak efficiency, it doesn’t have to work as hard to do its job.
  2. Replace your filters on a regular basis. Did you know that the #1 cause of air conditioner failures are from lack of filter changes and maintenance.
  3. Try to keep your thermostat settings constant.  Changing the thermostat setting continuously will make your system very inefficient.  If you are not home during the day, it is wise to set it 2-3 degrees warmer than when you are at home. It is reported that you can save between 3-5% for every degree that you raise the setting.
  4. Put your fan in “fan on” mode on the thermostat when your are trying to cool your home.  This will allow the air to circulate and even out the temperature.  This is especially effective when you have hot or cold spots in your home.
  5. Reduce the radiant heat of the sun by closing your shades and keeping your curtain drawn. This will keep the hottest rays of the sun from directly entering your home.
  6. Go Green by planting trees (or installing awnings) that will shade windows facing the south.
  7. Replace old windows with low-E glass.
  8. Check your insulation in the attic.  If it has lost most of its “fluff”, it may be time to consider replacing it.
  9. Be sure your air conditioner has 12-18 inches of clearance from all sides. Cut back trees or shrubs that are within this range.
  10. Severely clogged coils!

    Severely clogged coils!

    Keep the coils clean (those are aluminum fins that surround the outside unit). Do this by keeping grass clippings, leaves, dirt or other debris away from the outdoor unit.

  11. To assure proper air flow in your home, don’t block vents or ducts. In addition, keep doors open, even those rooms that are not being used.
  12. Be sure to caulk and install weather stripping around doors (especially attic doors) and windows.
  13. Consider purchasing a programmable thermostat. By adding this at my home, I was able to save $50 on my last electric bill.

I have two other tips that don’t deal with the air conditioner.

The first is to try not to use the oven during the day.  Additionally, run your dishwasher, dryer and washing machine at night when the ac doesn’t have to work as hard.

The second tip is to turn off tv’s, video games, lamps and other appliances when they are not in use.

I hope this helps tame your electric bill over the next few months.  One thing is for sure, I am ready for some warmer weather!

Mike

Is it time for an AC Replacement?

Is it time for an AC replacement?

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Overpaying the Electric and Gas Company is like burning your money.

Has your air conditioning and heating unit been struggling to keep up?  Have you noticed that your electric bill keeps getting higher and higher, but you are still uncomfortably hot or cold?  Were you told that you have small leaks in your coil? If so, it may be time to consider replacing your a/c.

Here are some things to think about before calling a air conditioning / heating contractor to your home.  The answers to the following questions will help your contractor give you recommendations about the right comfort products for your home.

  1. What air conditioning and heating products do you currently use in your home? An air conditioner? A Heat Pump? A Gas Furnace? A Dehumidifier?
  2. Are you experiencing any issues with air quality? For example, do you have any issues with dust, asthma, allergies, etc?
  3. Are you satisfied with the comfort level in your home during the winter and summer months?
  4. How long do you plan to live in your home?
  5. Do you spend a lot of time away from your home?
  6. Is finding an air conditioning and heating unit that maximizes your energy savings important to you?

How does a replacement ac / heating unit pay you back?

Because of the technological advancements that are made every year, manufacturers are improving energy efficiencies as much as 7% per year.  If your heat pump, air conditioner or furnace is more than 10 years old, it might be a wise decision to replace your unit.

York air conditioner

Our highest efficiency YORK units can cut your heating and cooling bills in half, depending on the efficiency of your old unit.

In summary, if you are experiencing high electric bills, you have a unit that is needing constant repairs, or your air conditioning and heating unit is over 10 years old, it may be time to consider a new unit.

Call today at 843-821-0937 to have a consultant help you decide which unit is the right fit for you and your family.

Time Change and Our Spring Preseason Sale!

[stextbox id=”warning”] TIME CHANGE REMINDER… don’t forget to set your clocks ahead 1 hour on Sunday, March 9, 2014 @ 2am.[/stextbox]

Hello Everyone,
Time to Spring forward! Arctic Air, Charleston SCWell, Spring is almost here and I cannot wait.  In the past, I have not minded the cold… I must be getting old. I am ready for the warmer days of spring. I can’t wait to be able to wear shorts, flip flops, and a t-shirt outside again.  Oh, and I am ready for there to be sunlight outside when I get home.

I am about to catch a case of spring fever.

As spring begins to move into the lowcountry, don’t forget to show that box that sits outside some TLC (tender loving care). Give us a call, and let us get your air conditioner in tip-top-shape for the hot months ahead.  It is recommended that your HVAC system be checked out at least 2 times per year. (Just think of how hard your heater has worked this winter.)

These “tune-ups” will insure that your system is working at its peak performance.  When a ac system is not working properly, it costs more to run the unit. How, you ask? In your electric bill.

In addition, these inspections can help prevent untimely major repairs, such as a compressor replacement. Call to schedule your appointment today. Mention this post and get your tune-up for $79!

HVAC Financing AvailableIf you have been putting off purchasing a new air conditioning and heating system, NOW is the time!  We have a PRESEASON SALE going on right now.  Call us before the heat of Summer hits.  We are offering up to $1500 off our regular retail prices. All air conditioners and heaters are on sale!

Air conditioner and Heater specials, low monthly payments

Pre-Season Sale – Low Monthly Payments – Tune up special!

Well, I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!  

ML

 

 

Time to check your ac air filters! March is here!

Hello Everyone! Well February blew right by, and March 1 is here.  This is just your friendly reminder: It is time to check your ac air filters! If they are dirty, it is very important to change them.

Here are 6 reasons why you should change your air conditioner’s filter.

 

air filter air conditioning heating charleston sc1.  A dirty air filter is the #1 reason for HVAC system failure.  A dirty filter restricts the air flow into your HVAC systems air handler.  This restricted air flow places additional strain on the air handler fan motor and could, over time, burn out the motor and cause your system to overheat and ultimately fail.  Filter replacement is a small price to pay to extend to life of one of the biggest financial investments in your home.

2.  A dirty air filter makes your fan motor work harder and consume more energy.  One of the easiest and quickest ways to reduce your energy bill is to replace your air filter.

3.  A dirty air filter reduces the air quality in your home. Poor home air quality can aggravate allergies and asthma, particularly children’s allergies.  Change your filter for your family’s health.

4.  A dirty air filter makes your heating and air-conditioning systems and your ducts get dirty faster.  This can lead to costly cleaning expenses or to a need to replace your units sooner than you expected.

5. A dirty air filter increases your energy bills. You can see an immediate, short-term cost saving s when you replace your air filter.

6. A dirty air filter increases your carbon footprint.  Changing your filter reduces the amount of energy your home consumes. It’s an easy and inexpensive way to be environmentally responsible.

As always, if you are having trouble with your air conditioner, heater, heat pump or furnace, please give Arctic Air a call at 843-821-0937.

Enjoy the weekend!

 

Arctic Air, a York CCE Dealer… But what does that mean?

Arctic Air, a York CCE Dealer … But what does that mean?

Arctic Air has always had a reputation in the Charleston / Summerville SC market as being a premier air conditioning, heating, and commercial refrigeration contractor. We all strive for 100% customer satisfaction.  This satisfaction goal has been in place since the inception of Arctic Air. John and Valarie would not have it any other way!

York air conditionerWhen we partnered with York (a Johnson Controls Company), we found that the values of our small, family owned and operated company were also shared with York.  York and the Arctic Air family believe in 100% Customer Satisfaction.  Because of our partnership with York as a CCE (Comfort Control Expert), we can now offer the 100% Satisfaction Guarantee! 

In a nut shell, a Certified Comfort Expert: York® Certified Comfort Expert™ (CCE) Dealers offer customers a 100% Satisfaction Money Back Guarantee. That means if you’re not happy for any reason, we’ll make things right. 

HVAC Financing AvailableThat means that you get hometown value combined with a large, industry leading corporation that believe in the same things…. basically, we take care of our customers.

Here is our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee.

When you work with a York® CCE Dealer (Arctic Air – hint, hint), your installation is backed with a 100% Satisfaction Money Back Guarantee. That means:

  • If you are not totally satisfied with the performed service work, York will make things right—or we will refund your service call fee. (Of course, this applies to York equipment that is under warranty.)
  • On installation work, York will satisfy any material or workmanship issues, or we will remove the installed equipment and refund your money.
With this partnership with York, our service technicians receive local service training, specialized technical training and support, and we are able to offer 10 year labor warranties for new air conditioning, furnaces, and heat pumps.
With most York Residential units, there is a 10 year parts and 10 year compressor warranty that is included at no additional charge.  By adding a 10 year labor warranty, you will have peace of mind in knowing that your unit is covered!  This labor warranty is very affordable and adds the protection that you need!
HVAC FinancingIf you are in need of a new air conditioning and heating system, please give Mike a call at 843-821-0937.
There are several payment options available on all new units, including 12 months at 0%, when paid in full by the 12th month.

Hot Upstairs, Cold Downstairs? Cold Upstairs Hot Downstairs?

Are you Hot Upstairs, Cold Downstairs? or Cold Upstairs, Hot Downstairs?

Hello Everyone,

Do you have a problem with your upstairs being too hot and your downstairs being too cold?  Or, maybe that is vice-versa?  Well, I have that problem at my house!  (Another scenario could be that you have a room that is too hot or too cold.)

It can be very frustrating and uncomfortable.  Sometimes, I think that it is so hot upstairs (especially in the winter) that I am going to get a nose bleed.  If my wife and I set the thermostat for 72 downstairs, the upstairs is blazing hot.

Unfortunately, the builders did not put a zoned system or two individual units in our house. A zoned system is simply a single air conditioning/heating unit that uses two thermostats and dampers within the actual ductwork.

In my case, one thermostat could be located on the first floor; the second thermostat could be installed on the second floor.  Then, there are dampers in the ductwork that open and close based on which thermostat is calling for air or heat.

So, here are 3 possible solutions.

Solution #1 – Add an additional unit, thermostat and modify the duct work

two air conditioning unitsThis first solution is to add an additional air conditioner / heater, thermostat and modify the duct work system. This is probably the best solution, however it is not the least expensive.

When you add the additional air conditioning / heating unit to your home, you can now cool or heat each area independently.  In addition, if one of the units ever breaks down, you will have the other unit to keep you comfortable in one of the areas of your house.  This is especially nice in the summer when it is blazing hot!

Another option in this category is adding or changing your entire home over to mini-split / ductless units.  These units are extremely cost effective and will allow you to control the temperature in each room or zone that is set up.  This is a great option, but again, it is not the least expensive route.  Check out this page! It is dedicated to mini-splits / ductless systems.

Solution #2 – Convert to a Zoned System

zoned air conditioning systemIf you have a single air conditioning/heating unit, you can have the ductwork converted and an additional thermostat installed.  Now, this sounds simple, and it is, however, it is labor intensive.

Basically, most of the work is done on the duct system that you currently have in place.  The duct is modified with a bypass, zone dampers, a zone control board are added to the system.  Additionally, another thermostat must be added.  You can have several zones.

Once the zoned system has been set up, the dampers are controlled by the zone board and the thermostats.  When one of the zones need more cooling or heat, the dampers are regulated to send what is needed to the zone that is calling for it. Of course with this set up, you can get cooling or heating, but not at the same time.

This is a very viable solution to this problem, and lots of homes in the Charleston / Summerville / Mt. Pleasant area are already set up with systems like this.  This is not the least expensive solution, however, it is not as expensive as adding an additional unit (**in most cases).

Solution #3 – Upgrade your Thermostat

honeywell thermostatSolution # 3 is one that I am trying now.  I have upgraded my current thermostat to a new color display, programmable thermostat.  The thermostat that I have chosen, is a Honeywell thermostat.

The thermostat that I chose is the Prestige IAQ 2.0 Comfort System.  This thermostat not only reads the temperature, but it also has several add-ons that make it really nice.

The first convenience item that I would like to mention is the outdoor wireless sensor.  This sensor is mounted outside AND it is wireless.  This sensor reads the outside temperature and the humidity.

The second convenience item is the duct sensors.  These sensors monitor the air temperature coming into your system, and the temperature of the air being distributed throughout your home.  If there isn’t enough temperature difference, it will alert you that there is a problem.

remote control thermostatThe third add-on is a remote thermostat.  The thermostat is portable and acts like a remote control.  Now, you have the capability to take it upstairs with you.  You decide which thermostat you want to control the system, and the system responds accordingly.

Here is an example of how I use this… During the day, Staci and I are usually downstairs. Their is a 3 – 5 degree difference between the upstairs and downstairs.  So, during the day, the thermostat that is mounted downstairs is in control.  This is the great part!!  At night, we have the portable thermostat in our bedroom.  Now, the system can cool or heat based on where we are, and based on our comfort!

As you know, humidity is a huge factor in our personal comfort.  This thermostat measures humidity through its internal sensors. The nice part is that there is a setting to help control the humidity by using your existing air conditioning and heating unit.  (Note: For major humidity issues, a dehumidifier may be necessary.)

The forth add-on is one of my favorites!  I cannot help it, I am a techno-geek.  I love most things that are technologically based. This add-on has the ability to go wifi.  Yes, you can control your thermostat from a computer, your smartphone or your ipad!  Awesome!! If you forget to set your air conditioner or heater, no problem.  Just connect through the Honeywell app and your are in business!

Solution #3 is a very cost effective way to be comfortable with your current system.  In addition, this thermostat can control dehumidifiers, humidifiers, air quality products and uv lights. You can even change the color scheme to match the room that you put it in.

If you are too hot or too cold, give us a call at 843-821-0937 to discuss the options that will best suit you, your family and your budget!

ML

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TGIF

Thank Goodness It is Friday!

This has been a very busy week for all of us here at Arctic Air!  There is no doubt that we have been very blessed… and, we are very thankful for the business.

In addition to all of the work, we would like to ask that you keep John in your prayers and thoughts.  This week he went in for surgery, and he is still in the hospital.  He has a great team of doctors, and we know that there is great power in prayer.

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York air conditioning and heating system

While all of that was going on,  I was out of town for 3 days.  I was asked by our distributor and York to fly out to Norman, OK to see their commercial air conditioning and heating plant.  This was an all expense paid trip.  I was with a group of contractors from around the great state of SC.  After our trip to that plant, we were bused to the Wichita, KS plant.  This is where they produce their residential air conditioning and heating units.

It was amazing to see how everything gets produced.  I don’t think I have seen so much copper in all of my life! This quick write up doesn’t even scratch the surface of how impressive these plants are.  The great thing about the YORK brand is that it is produced right here in the United States.  Some parts are brought in from abroad, but every chance YORK gets, they use U.S. parts.  In addition, their residential units come with a standard 10 parts warranty and 10 year compressor warranty.

If you are in need of a new unit, please feel free to give me a call.  I would be happy to help in the decision making process.

BTW, the food that we were served was out of this world.  Oklahoma and Kansas are both great places for outstanding beef.  I must say that we were treated like Kings.

There is soooo much to tell, but I know that you are ready to get on with your weekend. Enjoy your time off… may it be spent with the people you love and love you!

-Mike