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Prepare Your Air Conditioning System for Summer

Summer is expected to bring some extremely hot weather to the Myrtle Beach area, as always. This means your home’s air conditioning system must be in tip-top condition. Here are some important maintenance tips for your air conditioning unit.

Prepare Your Air Conditioning System for the Summer Heat

Now is the time to prepare your air conditioning system for the hot summer weather just ahead.

Clean the Air Conditioner Coils

Dirty coils can definitely cause your unit to consume more energy. Furthermore, your home will have trouble maintaining the ideal temperature. Experts recommend having the coils cleaned at least once a year on your air conditioning system.

Change the Air Filter

Your air conditioning system does more than just cool your home. It also helps remove pollen and dust from the air. This is especially important for allergy and asthma sufferers. Try to change the air filter on a monthly basis. By replacing dirty air filters, you help to avoid a sky-high energy bill.

Keep the Surrounding Area Clear

The area around your HVAC unit needs to be kept clear at all times. If there are any nearby trees or bushes, don’t allow them to overtake the unit. Obstruction like these might even cause big time damage if they go unnoticed for a long time.

Seal Your Home

A faulty air conditioning system is not always the cause of a high electrical bill. If your home is not properly insulated, the cooling system must work a lot harder than normal. Take the time to inspect your home for leaks. Doors and windows are usually the main culprits. However, cracks in the duct system can also ruin your home’s efficiency.

Have the Unit Inspected

Before the really hot weather arrives, it is a good idea to have your air conditioning system inspected by a professional. A trained HVAC technician will examine the entire system for any potential problems. Scheduling regular maintenance is a good habit to get into so you don’t get any nasty surprises right in the middle of summer’s 100 degree heat. Additionally, repairs that could arise from these inspections could just save you a lot of money in the long run.

To schedule an air conditioning system tune up now, call Brown & Reaves Services at 843-497-9867, or fill out our short form and someone will contact you as quickly as possible.

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Choosing Your Next Myrtle Beach Air Conditioning System

It’s been a cold winter along the Grand Strand, (and it may not seem like it’s over just yet) but just around the corner we’ll all be sweltering again with the summer heat and will rely on our Myrtle Beach air conditioning system to keep us cool.

When it comes to choosing the best Myrtle Beach air conditioning system, there are a number of them available on the market, and sorting through the various pros and cons of each can be time consuming. Rather spending time making phone calls and studying numerous websites, here are some things to keep in mind when selecting your next air conditioning system:

Choosing the Best Myrtle Beach Air Conditioning System

Brown & Reaves Services can help you decide on the right Myrtle Beach air conditioning system for your home

Just because you opt for the simplest Myrtle Beach air conditioning system solution, it doesn’t mean you should settle on a lower quality system. That $300 you save now can come back to bite you a few years down the road with a $1,000 repair that could have been avoided if you had spent the little bit extra at the outset. A good quality system should last for 12 to 14 years – especially if it properly maintained!

Don’t buy a bigger system than you need. Not only will this cost more at the outset, but it will cost more to operate. In fact, having an oversized system will actually cause excess wear and tear on your air conditioning system’s components. Brown & Reaves Services can advise you as what size system is best suited for your home. (This determination is made based on the size of your home, the amount of insulation and the local weather expectations.)

Selecting the best air conditioning system for your home does not need to be a stressful process. Brown & Reaves Services is trained and equipped to not only install your next system, but we are available 24/7 for any service or repairs your Myrtle Beach air conditioning system may need.

If it’s time to replace that old worn out system, we’ll evaluate your home and make recommendations as to the best system for you to go with. Call Brown & Reaves Services today for a thorough analysis of your home to determine the best Myrtle Beach air conditioning system for you.

Now is the time to be getting your Spring inspection done so your system will be running at top efficiency when the weather gets hot again. Call us to schedule your spring checkup now at 843-497-9867, or fill out our short form and we’ll call you to schedule your spring check up shortly.

Choosing the Right Kind of Air Conditioning System

In our last article, we got you familiar with some terms you need to know before replacing your Myrtle Beach air conditioning system. We also recently covered “6 Signs Your HVAC System is Failing.” Today, we take a look at how to choose the right kind of air conditioning system for your home.

choosing the right air conditioning system when it comes time to replace your current system is not easy.Choosing an air conditioning system for your home is not all that easy. You can’t just be random about it and pick the cheapest unit available. If that’s the route you take, you’re sure to have regrets later on. Remember, choosing the right air conditioning system is like anything else… you get what you pay for. You should use caution when considering the really cheap units. Chances are, they’ll wear out faster. When that happens, you’ll have to purchase a new one air conditioning system all over again. That means double the expenses on your part. In order to avoid this, choose wisely the first time around.

Questions to Answer Before Choosing an Air Conditioning System

There are several key questions you need to ask yourself before you buy. What do all good air conditioning systems have in common? How can you ascertain that your system is the right size for your home? Are some of these air conditioning systems really built better compared to others? How do you pick an energy efficient one? Answering these questions will help you in your search for the most suitable air conditioning system for your family’s needs. That’s why you have to consider each one carefully. Let’s start with the first which is finding out what good system have in common.

The best systems are those which are able to provide dependable performance while operating on minimal electricity. Also, make sure that it operates quietly and has a good service track record.

You’ll need to determine the cooling requirements for your home in able to ascertain that the system you’re considering is the appropriate size. You will need to consult with an experienced professional contractor to help with this. Window dimensions, exposure, insulation, local climate, and more will have to be considered. Brown and Reaves Services, Inc. can assist you with calculations to make sure you’re getting the right size air conditioning system for your home.

We’ll also offer advice on the various systems available to help you determine which ones are more reliable in terms of quality and performance. One of the most important parts of an air conditioning system is its compressor. Ask us about the differences in compressors before you buy. We’ll only recommend the industry leaders.

Lastly, consider how energy efficient the various air conditioning systems are. There are seasonal energy efficiency ratings provided by the industry. Units with higher ratings are more energy efficient. So be sure to thoroughly check these details before you purchase. If you have any questions about replacing your old Myrtle Beach air conditioning system, give us a call at 843-497-9867 or contact us here. Remember to grab our 20% off coupon on your next service call by Liking us on Facebook. Don’t forget to also follow us on Twitter!

Before Replacing Your Myrtle Beach Air Conditioning System

So your Myrtle Beach air conditioning system broke down and you need a new one? Or, maybe you’re moving into a new house and thinking about upgrading the AC? Whatever the reason, before you replace the air conditioning unit in your home you should get familiar with a few AC related terms.

Taking the time to understand these 4 terms can make a big difference in your future electric bills.

Myrtle Beach Air Conditioning System – Terms

1. Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER)

Myrtle Beach Air Conditioning SystemSEER is a measure of a system’s efficiency. The higher the rating the more efficient the system is. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 13 is the minimum SEER rating for systems produced today. It is possible for a unit with a SEER rating of 16 or higher to save you about $415 a year. Older units that are still in many American homes may have ratings of 6 or less.

Naturally, the higher the rating the more expensive the system. The ideal balance for your home will depend on where you live and how often you use air conditioning. Because of the hot climate in the South, it makes sense to invest in a Myrtle Beach air conditioning system of a 25 SEER rating.

2. Modulation

Modulation in your air conditioning unit varies the amount of energy used to power the system. Have you ever felt like your house was freezing every time your old AC unit kicked in? A modulated system will even the temperature.

3. Humidity

Living in the South we know a thing or two about humidity. If it’s humid in your house you feel warmer and you set the AC unit at a higher temperature. Your new Myrtle Beach air conditioning system should have a humidity control to keep you comfortable and save you money.

4. Heat Pump

We strongly recommend our Myrtle Beach clients to install a heat pump. Instead of using a refrigerant cooling system, a heat pump pulls heat out of the air inside your home and dumps it outside. During colder months, a heat pump gathers warmth from the outside and pumps it into your house. A heat pump can save you up to $750 a year.

If you have any questions about replacing your old Myrtle Beach air conditioning system, give us a call at 843-497-9867 or contact us here. Remember to grab our 20% off coupon on your next service call by Liking us on Facebook.

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