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3 HVAC Tips To Keep You Safe This Halloween Season

Infinity Air Heating & Cooling Wants To Keep You Safe For The Halloween Season.

Halloween is this weekend and although you probably already hung outside festive and spooky decorations outside your home, you may want to move them now because unfortunately some people try to decorate their HVAC unit as part of their outdoor halloween decor and this is a bad idea.

If you are not careful it can come as a shock to your wallet and in addition, decorating for the Halloween season shouldn’t mean compromising your HVAC safety. 

Therefore it is important to keep you and your unit safe.

Here are 3 HVAC Tips to ensure that you don’t harm your HVAC unit.

#1: Don’t Decorate The Outside Unit 

It’s fun to decorate for halloween so why not dress up that big box sitting outside your home? It is very tempting to put a costume on top of it or around it. Hanging fake spider webs on the outdoor HVAC unit is a popular thing to do.

This needs to be avoided at all costs because your outdoor unit needs unobstructed airflow in and out of the system for it to work properly. If the airflow is decreased it will result in higher utility bills as your system’s performance diminishes. You will need one of our professional residential hvac technicians to come take a look and access the situation.

If left there long enough, the decor can cause damage to your unit and nobody wants costly repairs before the holidays. 

There should never be any debris or items on or around the outdoor unit at all times. 

#2: Keep Decorations At A Distance

It is important to keep decorations at a minimum of 5 feet or more away from the outdoor HVAC unit. 

It is easy for small decorations or lights to fall off and blow away. They could easily get caught in the fan and inside the unit and cause the unit to malfunction all together.

Here is a small list of items to keep at a distance:

  • Candles
  • Hot air inflatables
  • Outdoor lights
  • Coffin boxes
  • Metal objects

If you do not have 5 feet of space around your unit, find another location to display and set up your decorations.

#3. Use A Different Hiding Place

I am sure at some point in your life you have gone trick or treating or to a halloween party and have been chased by a masked person with a chainsaw. This is an old time favorite that you can be sure will happen Halloween evening.

What you do not want to do is choose your HVAC unit to hide behind. Hiding behind the unit with a metal object in the dark is a bad idea. You could accidentally not only harm the unit but yourself as well. Even if it not a real chain saw or real ax. Kids screaming and running near your HVAC unit is just plain dangerous.

If your system ever breaks down or you are in need of service, do not hesitate to reach out to us at 843-281-7067 or office@infinityaircooling.com

We are here 24/7/365 with emergency service to accommodate your needs

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How We Do Business Differently

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Infinity Air Heating And Cooling Residential HVAC Services

Why Doing Good Business Is Important To Us!

There are many companies that just don’t do good work. The HVAC industry is no exception. In fact it is even more common than you know.

 

We hate seeing people being taken advantage of. That is why we are starting a homebuyers beware program.
 

In order for us to do business differently there are 3 specific things that we feel differentiate ourselves from the competition.

#1: The Trust Factor

Unfortunately, companies prey on what people just don’t know what they don’t know. After all, if you are calling a professional you probably are not an HVAC expert right? You need to find a company you trust.

So how can we build trust with you? This is how we do it.

  • We have the highest A+ rating with the BBB and 5 star review rating with Google.
  • We care about our customers. You are not a dollar sign to us. You are a real person.
  • We are not a high pressure sales company. Our team is focused on education.
  • We show you in detail our recommendations and solutions that best fit your budget and your needs.
  • We will never sell you a service or piece of equipment you do not need.
  • We make ourselves available via phone, email, Facebook Messenger and IG messages for any questions you may have.
  • We are licensed and insured with the highest limits to protect you and us.
  • All of our technicians are trained to the highest standards and will always arrive in uniform with a name tag. All of our technicians go through a background and drug test.
  • We have the best in the business 10 year warranty on all equipment we install.
  • Once you become a customer we consider you part of our family and you will be treated like one.

#2: The Details

Some companies like to use big words. These can be confusing and sound like a foreign language. It can be meant to confuse you and make you think you need something you really don’t. Quite often they don’t know what they are talking about so they make it sound like they do. They will use terminology that leaves you looking like a deer in the headlights.

We know no doubt you have important questions. So how do we go about providing answers and information without overwhelming you.

  • We will provide easy to understand details and walk you through every step of the way.
  • Every estimate we send out is itemized and clear.
  • Our office manager is always available to answer any questions on any estimate.
  • We will never make you feel stupid or confused.
  • Because our technicians are the best in the business, it is easy to talk to them.
  • We pride ourselves on being upfront and honest at all times.
  • We do not believe in selling you anything you do not fully understand in both price and function.
  • We spend as much time as you need for us to explain and show you EXACTLY what is wrong. 
  • We know your time is valuable so we will not waste it.

#3: Go The Extra Mile

We call this “wow factor.” We take pride in going above and beyond. We always arrive prepared to keep your home clean. After every job is complete, we make sure we cleaned our worksite completely. We look around and try do a little extra.

  • We have helped hang pictures back on the walls
  • We have washed and refilled a pet’s water bowl for some older folks. 
  • We look for ways to be of service and offer  kindness.
  • Debunk the myth that an estimate of a part will be cheaper on Amazon. 
  • Our approach is always about the whole system’s health.
  • We work in terms of system functions, not just part functions.
  • We offer financing for those that may need the help.
We want to do business differently. We pride ourselves on these goals.
 
Watch this video to make sure this does not happen to you or someone you know.
 
As always, feel free to leave a comment or question.

When you are in need of our services we are available to you 24/7/365. We offer on call emergency services.

Give us a call at 843-281-7067 or email us at office@infinityaircooling.com

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HVAC Technology

How Technology Is Influencing HVAC for the Better

Let’s take a look at some of the latest advancements in technology that are taking the present day HVAC system towards a brighter future.

The HVAC industry has obviously progressed since the original electric furnace in 1861.

Did you know back then they starting out burning wood, but now the next-generation AI-based automated heating systems are here.

Intelligence is bringing us smart HVAC units and products. HVAC technologies are changing everyday. Companies are entering the industry and taking the game of innovation to the next level. Infinity Air Heating & Cooling is proud to be a part of these companies by staying 3 steps ahead and up to date on the latest technology and training.

Technology is without a doubt a huge contributor to the growth of the HVAC industry. It is playing an important role in satisfying the increasing demand for energy-efficient solutions especially in the economy we now live in.

In the initial development of the first HVAC system, the technology was centered on mechanical advancements that could increase efficiency.

Now the current focus has  shifted towards sustainability, comfort, and energy-savings. This is extremely important considering the current impact on our climate and the need for smart heating and cooling systems is vital.

Can you imagine your air conditioner automatically turning on exactly 15 minutes before you reach home from work?  You can achieve this through scheduling and geofencing. It is the smart technology that offers ample convenience allowing you to set triggers to control your HVAC system from your mobile device.

With these Wi-Fi connected devices, you don’t even need to be home to send commands to your unit!

Smart Air Conditioners, smart controllers, and programmable smart thermostats offer numerous benefits. They give you home comfort and convenience. 

You can achieve energy savings by controlling the setting to activate your HVAC unit exactly when you need it. This ensures that the unit would not be running unnecessarily throughout the day and thus saving energy.

With smart technology, completely automated homes are also becoming a reality. Now, your HVAC unit can be connected with other smart appliances in your home and behave automatically based on climate conditions, preferences, and settings.

 All appliances can be interconnected and adjusted according to each other!

We look forward to the progressive technology advances in the HVAC industry.

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Top 5 Urgent Reasons Why Changing Your Air Filter Is Essential

Good Airflow In Your Home Allows For Proper Ventilation Inside The House. 

 

Changing the filter regularly reduces the amount of energy used to run your HVAC system. This not only saves money on your heating and cooling bills but also it ensures that you are getting the right amount of airflow in all the rooms.

1. Better Air Flow

Having a dirty air filter can slow down the air flow of your home, and this may make the air conditioner work harder to provide cool air in the house. Debris and dirt can get caught in the air flow, which might reduce the amount of air flowing in your home. For home efficiency and maintenance, you will need to hire a professional to help clean the air flow, however a clean working air filter will help ensure that the house is adequately ventilated and that there is enough air flow.

2. Prevents Allergens 

Some people are allergic to dust, pollen grains, and any other contaminants. A clean working filter helps in air circulation, and it traps the dust, dirt and pollen grains. This ensures that there is enough oxygen getting in the house. Additionally, a clean air filter will ensure that your home gets fresh air that is free from any allergens and pollen grains. Especially during summer, it’s advisable that you keep a clean air filter and enjoy excellent airflow in your home. For improved home efficiency, you should change your air filter every one to three months depending on the kind of filter you purchase.

3. Prolong Lifespan Of Your HVAC System

When the HVAC system is not well maintained, it may break down and cause you headaches, frustration, and,  trouble. Repairing or replacing the air conditioner can be very expensive, hence the need to make sure the air filters are clean. If the interior of your system keeps building up dust and dirt, it might be costly to repair it in the end. Infinity Air Heating & Cooling offers financing if it comes to that. Always ensure that you have replaced the air filters regularly to allow proper air flow. Additionally, this will ensure that you don’t waste money repairing your system once it breaks down.

 4. Saves On Your Energy Use

A clean air filter can reduce the amount of energy that is used to power your HVAC system. Your system needs to work harder when the air filter is dirty, making it use a lot of energy, more energy than it should. When your system uses a lot of energy to run the electricity bill goes up. When the air filters are clean, they allow proper air flow and the system won’t work hard to cool or warm your home. Taking the time to change the air filter regularly is one of the best home efficiency methods that help you save on the amount of electricity you use in your home.

 5. Environmentally Friendly

When the air filters are dirty and clogged, the system needs more energy to run and operate correctly. This makes the system use more electricity which could harm the environment. We all want to be mindful of our footprint for clean air.  Additionally there is an increased release of greenhouse gases which can harm the environment and contribute to climate change. When you maintain a clean air filter, it can help help prevent all of this from happening. 

 

Using these 5 tips on changing your air filters regularly is a highly recommended DIY home efficiency method you can use that can help you breathe safer, save money, save your unit, and help save the planet

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Why Humidity Affects Your Home Comfort

Humidity can definitely affect your home comfort. As we all know Myrtle Beach is one of the most humid states in the USA. You know, those days you have to shower 5 times?

During summer months, high humidity makes the air in your home feel warmer than the temperature displayed on a thermostat.  I want to take a look at the effects of humidity, how it changes the feel of air, and what you can do to increase your comfort by controlling the humidity.

  • Hygrometers Now Better and Cheaper

One test instrument, called a hygrometer, is used to measure and diagnose humidity issues. Did you know that the first Hygrometers were manufactured with horsehair to sense humidity changes until the 1970s. This test instrument, called a hygrometer, is used to measure and diagnose humidity issues in your home.

Twenty years ago, a reasonably accurate hygrometer cost more than $2000. Today, reliable hygrometers are available for less than $100. The best hygrometer to get that will do the job right is to look for one that measures from 5% to 95% relative humidity (RH) and has a readout to the tenth of a percent or degree. Most hygrometers now measure humidity, dry and wet bulb temperatures, relative humidity, and enthalpy.

The Ideal temperature and humidity will depend on the location of your home, the homeowners age, and your temperature settings.

How Humidity Affects The Comfort Of Your Home

  • How to Measure and Compare Humidity and Temperature

To effectively evaluate current indoor conditions do the following:

  1.  Allow the room to stabilize with the system running for at least 15 minutes. 
  2. Set your hygrometer to display in humidity mode.
  3. Then simply take the readings.

For the most accurate results, do not measure near a wall or heat-generating appliances. Don’t take a measurement in the supply register airstream or directly in the sun. You will want to make sure you are using the hygrometer near the center of the room. Take temperature readings using the same test procedure, just press the button to display in temperature mode.

Take and record humidity and temperature in several typical rooms served by the same HVAC system. Then average the humidity and temperature measurements. If a room varies more than 3% from other rooms, search for the source of high or low humidity and temperature.

Compare the average building temperature to industry temperature and humidity standards. Most importantly, compare what you measured to what you  desire. Then figure out how to make the needed changes.

It seems like common sense but when the home humidity is low, find an opportunity to add humidity. When the home humidity is high, you’ll want to find a way to remove humidity.

Normally, you add humidity by installing humidifiers. You can also reduce humidity by lowering airflow. In cooling mode, system humidity removal may be increased by lowering the airflow over the cooling coil. Lower airflow decreases the coil, this increases humidity removal at the cooling coil and on occasion and especially in humid regions, you must control humidity by reaching outside the HVAC system and eliminating the problem at the building level. 

However there are a lot of variables depending on the type of system, size of system, and other things your unit may or may not have and it would need a professional diagnosis from one of our professionally trained comfort specialists here at Infinity Air Heating & Cooling. DO NOT TRY THIS ON YOUR OWN!

If you rent in an apartment or condo or multi unit complexes, unwanted moisture may enter or exit through roof and wall leaks. Moisture may seep into a building from surface water, rain, or landscape irrigation. Moisture may also enter a building from water vapor in soil that may wick or migrate inside. Too many house plants, depending on the type can also add humidity. Maybe not one or two plants but 7 or more maybe.

Internal sources of moisture include leaks from plumbing systems, or water vapor from showers, cooking, laundry, or plants.

The best solution to excessive moisture is to not allow it to enter a building in the first place. Once moisture enters a building, it requires significant cost and energy to remove it. Make sure to keep your landlord or property management company on top of this before you end up with a mold problem that could make you sick.

  • HVAC Systems May Cause High or Low Humidity

When it comes to discovering sources of high or low humidity in a building, most of us are surprised to find that HVAC systems are the force driving the problem.

That is when we are here to help! There are a few different things that can be a source of humidity in your home.

  • Return air leakage from unconditioned attics may be the worst source of added moisture in summer months. A 200 cfm return leak from a 120°F attic can easily raise the humidity in a home by 30% in several hours if humidity is high outdoors.
  • Supply duct leaks can also create moisture problems. When supply ducts are outside the building envelope and they leak, the amount of supply air may be less than the amount of return air in a building. This will cause negative pressure inside the building.
  • When buildings operate under negative pressure, moisture will be pulled inside whenever the fan is operating. This is especially true in the more humid regions of the country. Some building humidity levels are constantly high due to this effect.