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Featured Product: Reme Halo In-Duct Air Purifier

Improve Indoor Air with REME HALO

Update 3/19/2020

RGF released a technical bulletin stating concerning the Reme Halo and the coronavirus.

Here’s a little known fact: The EPA ranks indoor air pollution as a Top 5 Environmental Danger. We often think about the pollution outside of our home, but that’s the same air circulating around our rooms, not to mention the pollution we add to it from inside the house. Indoor smoking, cooking, pets, and microscopic particles from organic materials compound the issue to sometimes make our indoor air worse than that outdoors. We’ve highlighted ways to get at the sources of poor indoor air quality before, but in this post, we’d like to highlight one of the technological advancements in the HVAC industry for cleaning your indoor air: the REME HALO In-Duct Air Purifier.

How the REME HALO Air Purifier Works

The REME HALO In-Duct Air Purifier targets 3 classes of pollutants: particulates, microbes, and gasses. The purifier is installed in your system’s duct near your home’s central air intake. As air enters the duct and passes by the REME HALO, it is hit with hydrogen peroxide plasma, a charged ionized gas that affects the pollutants in the air. 

This reaction between polluted air and ionized hydrogen peroxide causes particles to cling and clump, making microscopic pollutants easier to trap in your HVAC system’s filter. The REME HALO air purifier makes your filter more effective, though it may also mean that you need to change your filter more often.

REME HALO Air Purifier Myrtle Beach

Indoor Air Quality Can Improve Your Family’s Health

Poor indoor air quality can cause or exacerbate respiratory conditions like asthma, COPD, bronchitis, and more. Bad IAQ can be especially dangerous for the very young and very old. Sadly, cases of pediatric asthma have been on the rise, so taking steps to improve the air in your home is crucial to the health of your family.

While technologies like the REME HALO In-Duct Air Purifier are helpful, you should also take steps to improve IAQ by doing the following:

  • Ensure your HVAC properly fits the size of your home and circulates air well
  • Dust and clean regularly
  • Don’t smoke indoors
  • Make sure vents are not obstructed by furniture or rugs

Call Cooper for an Indoor Air Quality Analysis.

If you are concerned about your home’s indoor air quality, Cooper Mechanical Services can help. We will conduct a full IAQ analysis and help you find the best ways to improve the quality of your indoor air. Cooper Mechanical Services has been providing the Myrtle Beach area with exceptional heating, cooling, ventilation, and indoor air quality service since 1989. Don’t live with poor indoor air. Call Cooper today.

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Can My Cooling System Be Converted to Zoned HVAC?

Zoned HVAC Systems for Balanced Comfort

When you set your thermostat, is one room significantly warmer or cooler than another? If it's hard to maintain a steady temp throughout your home, it may be because your HVAC system is not a zoned system. Instead of sensing air temperature at one point and cooling an entire structure based on a single sensor location, a zoned system uses multiple units and divides a house into zones to be regulated separately.

This is common in two story homes with each floor having its own "zone." However, there are other structural features that may need a zoned HVAC system. Heating and air conditioning can be tricky in unconventional spaces. Homes with lots of glass, vaulted ceilings, large wings or open floor plans can make maintaining a consistent temperature tricky.

Zoned HVAC system

Why You May Consider a Zoned HVAC System

Zoning your heating and air conditioning system can customize temperature control. This helps combat areas of your home that tend to stay cold or warm because of positioning to sunlight, amount of glass, etc. 

But what does this mean for monthly costs and comfort? When deciding if your home is a good candidate for zoning, there are a couple key factors to take into consideration.

The first has to do with your temperature experience. Many homeowners who choose to pursue retrofitting for zoning have noticed an imbalance in temperature distribution. If your system is struggling to evenly heat or cool a large area, it might a good idea to look into localized temperature control options.

Another issue that can influence the decision to use zoning methods is efficiency. Many homeowners prefer to heat and cool only the rooms they actively use on a daily basis. For larger homes, this can be a great way to cut costs without taking a hit in comfort. Why pay to keep a room warmed up or cooled down if you aren’t going to be sitting or sleeping in that area?

Zoning provides homeowners with the opportunity to specifically customize the temperature in different parts of the house. This can mean setting your thermostat on a timer during the day while you are at work so you save on heating and cooling costs when the house is empty, or zoning just the bedrooms during the night while residents are sleeping and other parts of the home are empty.

Call Cooper for an Assessment and Estimate

Cooper Mechanical Services is your Myrtle Beach area HVAC, electrical, and mechanical services solution. Our family-owned and operated business has been helping residential and commercial customer solves cooling and heating problems since 1989. 

Our technicians are dependable, professional, and honest. If you are curious about whether a zoned system will improve comfort and savings, give us a call and we'll help you assess the situation and explore options.

Call 843-626-3689 or get in touch with our team of experts at Cooper to learn if your house is right for zoning your heating and air conditioning.

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Space Heater Safety

Space Heaters Are Great, But Be Careful

Winter is almost here, and even Myrtle Beach can experience some cold weather from time to time. If you have an open floor plan or some drafty parts of your home, you might consider a space heater. Space heaters can be great when you need temporary, location-specific heat (a cold room or office, for example). That said, safety heaters can pose a fire hazard if not used properly. 

While there are fuel-burning space heaters, the overwhelming majority of people use electric space heaters for supplemental home and office heating. The Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates 25,000 residential fires and 300 deaths are caused by space heaters. The top causes of space heater fires are using them too close to flammable items and leaving them unattended.

In this post we'll cover some space heater safety tips so you stay warm and out of harm's way.

Space Heater Safety Tips

Portable electric space heaters are must meet consumer safety standards, but to reduce the risk of fire, follow these safety tips:

  • Keep the area around the space heater clear. A 3-foot radius around your heater should be clear of flammable items including rugs, furniture, curtains, toys, and anything else that could catch fire.
  • Never leave a space heater on unattended. Do not leave the house or go to sleep while a space heater is on.
  • Keep small children away from the space heater. Electric heaters get hot enough to burn, so place your heater in a child-free zone.
  • Place the space heater on a flat surface. Uneven surfaces may cause the heater to tip and pose a fire hazard to nearby flammable items.
  • Use your space heater as intended. Do not use extension cords or use in places that product documents caution against.
  • Choose a space heater with safety features. Some models have auto-shut-off features to reduce risks and fire hazards.
Space heater safety tips

Call Cooper for Residential and Commercial Heating

Cooper Mechanical Services is the Grand Strand's source for quick, honest, and dependable HVAC service. We specialize in residential and commercial heating, cooling, ventilation, and indoor air quality. Additionally, we also offer a variety of electrical and mechanical services to our clients. To learn more about HVAC or to schedule an inspection, visit our website and Call Cooper today.

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What Does SEER Mean?

What Do SEER and HSPF Mean?

What is a SEER Number? What is an HSPF Number?

If you are shopping for a new HVAC system, you’ll encounter two acronyms and associated numbers that you may not be familiar with: SEER and HSPF. SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio and is a value that ranks a system’s efficiency in cooling. HSPF stands for Heating Season Performance Factor, and it’s commonly understood as a comparable score for a unit’s efficiency in heating during cold weather months.

What is a SEER Number?

The SEER number is the ratio between the cooling system output in BTUs and the amount of electric energy a unit consumes in a given period. The lower the number, the more electric energy a cooling system consumes. Conversely, the higher the number, the less energy a cooling system consumes. 

Older HVAC units may have a SEER number between 8-10. Currently, the minimum SEER value is 13, which means replacing your unit will instantly improve efficiency and lower energy consumption costs (consider usage remains constant). 

The SEER number listed with an HVAC system is always the maximum efficiency, which means the unit is capable of reaching that efficiency, but that it may not always operate at that ratio. 

What is an HSPF Number?

The Heating Season Performance Factor, commonly referred to as HSPF, is a heat pump’s efficiency rating. According to Energy.gov, the HSPF is the “total space heating required during the heating season, expressed in BTUs, divided by the total electrical energy consumed by the heat pump system during the same season, expressed in watt-hours.” In essence, it’s a SEER rating for your heating in winter.

Like older AC systems, heat pumps older than 10 years likely have an HSPF number lower than 7.7, which is the current minimum. A system with an HSPF number over 9 can drastically improve efficiency and lower monthly heating costs. 

SEER Matters Most in Myrtle Beach

Since we have more hot weather than cold in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, we tend to work our cooling systems more than our heating systems. As a result, consumers should be more concerned with the cooling efficiency of a unit than the heating efficiency, since the system will spend a majority of its time cooling.

SEER numbers on new HVAC systems range from 13 to 20+. The higher the SEER number, the more efficient the unit will be. While high-efficiency systems with large SEER numbers cost a premium, they can offset their costs with lower monthly cooling costs. Considering how much we rely on air-conditioning in Myrtle Beach from Spring-Fall, a high SEER rating can be worth it in the long run.

Call Cooper for Honest HVAC Service

SEER and HSPF numbers are not the only thing to consider. It’s important that your unit is properly sized for your home or business. In many ways, this is a more important consideration as a unit that is too small for your square footage often leads to mechanical problems from the strain of trying to cool too large a space.

Cooper Mechanical Services is Myrtle Beach’s highly-rated residential and commercial HVAC company that’s been family-owned and operated since 1989. For all things heating, cooling, mechanical and electrical, Call Cooper.

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We Are Thankful For You

Thanksgiving is a holiday that allows us to pause and take stock of the year behind us, giving thanks for the things we have and the people in our lives. It’s often a stressful holiday, too. Traffic is insane and stores are busy; the kitchen is full and plans never go as expected. But at the end of the day we are reminded of why we gather: to acknowledge the relationships that matter most. 

As a company in a service industry, it is valuable for us to pause and thank the individuals and businesses that have made and continue to make Cooper Mechanical Services what it is today:

Customers: You place your confidence in us to deliver quality service to your home or business, and for that we are grateful. Thank you for allowing our family to service your HVAC, electrical and refrigeration needs. 

Contractors and Vendors: We give a sincere thank you to the contractors that we work alongside on residential and commercial projects as well as the vendors that supply our team with the materials and products we need. We value your collaboration and assistance.

Employees: Simply put, Cooper Mechanical Services would not exist without the dedication and strength of our team. Your hard work is the reason for Cooper's successes. Thank you for all your accomplishments this year.

Code Enforcers: Your careful inspections and attention to detail allow us to deliver the most up-to-date and safe service to our customers. Thank you for your diligence and hard work this past year. 

Myrtle Beach: Lastly, thank you to the Grand Strand and greater Myrtle Beach community. Cooper Mechanical Services has been servicing this area for nearly 30 years, and we are proud to call Myrtle Beach home. 

Cooper Mechanical Services wishes all a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

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Round-Up: Indoor Air Quality Blog Posts

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) relates to the condition and quality of air in homes and buildings. Air quality affects health, and poor indoor air quality can cause or exacerbate respiratory issues. Controlling indoor pollutants from smoking, mold, allergens, and more can improve one's health and prevent illness. Ventilation and circulation are important components of having good indoor air quality. To help readers learn more about this subject, we've compiled our most informative indoor air quality blog posts. 

Round-Up: Indoor Air Quality Blog Posts

"Is Adding an Air Purifier Worth It?" Air cleaning manufacturers make bold claims. See what the EPA has to say about them and consider whether the investment is worth it for you and your family.

"4 Easy Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality." This post is focused on simple things you can do around the house like changing filters, deep cleaning, smoking outside the home, and opening windows for better air circulation.

"Wipe Out Dust and Improve Indoor Air Quality." Ceiling fan blades, tops of furniture and cabinetry, and carpeting love to collect dust. Clear out dust mites and improve breathability in your home or workplace.

"How Is Indoor Air Quality Tested?" Most HVAC companies offer indoor air quality testing. But what does that mean? Learn about the factors the affect indoor air quality and why HVAC technicians are equipped to address these problems. 

"Improve IAQ in Myrtle Beach During Allergy Season." South Carolina in the spring can be an allergy nightmare with yellow pollen clouds everywhere. Follow these tips to keep allergens outside and clean air inside.

"Dry Air and Cracked Skin: Indoor Humidity and Comfort." Winter brings cold, dry air. Indoor heating also can make things dry. Improve the humidity in your home and improve skin dryness and soreness.

"Hotel and Motel Indoor Air Quality." Myrtle Beach businesses in the tourism and hospitality industry need to address air quality issues, too. Learn about how our coastal climate can affect indoor air.

Call Cooper for IAQ Services

Cooper Mechanical Services is Myrtle Beach's IAQ expert. Our service technicians will inspect, test, and address your indoor air issues. Whether it's related to ventilation, circulation, or allergens, we always provide honest recommendations and professional service. Call Cooper to schedule an appointment today. 

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Now Offering Installation Services for Lightcloud, the Easiest Wireless Lighting System

Lightcloud is a Wireless Lighting System

When it comes to lighting solutions, cloud-based systems are at the forefront. Leading the pack is Lightcloud by RAB, a residential and commercial lighting solution that distinguishes itself with its streamlined, easy-to-use mobile apps that allow for total light control from anywhere. With the Lightcloud system, users can access and adjust their lighting from any mobile device through the Lightcloud app, available for free in the Apple store and Google Play store.

There are many commercial applications of this system. Myrtle Beach businesses in food service, hospitality, parking and storage, retail, manufacturing and many more can see benefits from cloud-based lighting solutions. The only requirement is a strong cellular signal from a nearby tower.

An Easy Way to Control Lighting

Cooper Mechanical Services finds the Lightcloud app to be extremely easy to use. The user experience is streamlined, allowing those with the app to quickly access core features in a simple and clean interface.

Users can create custom lighting presets. For example, a commercial property may want to adjust the lighting for certain times or to accentuate certain moods. In a business or school, you can create a light setting for "presentation" mode, dark enough to see a projected image but light enough to allow people to see one another and take notes.

The software includes an "intuitive" control setting that adapts to changes in facility usage and natural light. The custom controls also allow for businesses to control costs and maximize energy savings.

The appeal of Lightcloud is that you don't need to fumble through settings or deal with a cumbersome app. Changes are fast and easy. According RAB, Lightcloud can cut energy spending by up to 68% when coupled with government incentives, and Lightcloud pays for itself in savings within an average of 6 months.

Installation and Setup is a Breeze

Another benefit of the system is the setup and short learning curve. Installation and setup is quick. For many, the addition of a new digital interface is overwhelming. Cooper Mechanical Services has found that end-users find the Lightcloud app intuitive and quick to learn.

There is a wide variety of Lightcloud-enabled fixtures for indoor and outdoor settings.

Additionally, Lightcloud by RAB has a resource guide and video tutorials on their website in addition to a customer support service.

If you are interested in learning more about a cloud-based lighting solution for your Myrtle Beach home or business, Call Cooper today.

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An In-Wall Dehumidifier is Perfect for a Condo

In-Wall Dehumidifiers are Perfect for Condos and Small Homes

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. 

in-wall dehumidifier

Benefits of an In-Wall Dehumidifier

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:

  • Convenience: Once installed, set the internally mounted digital dehumidistat and let your system control the humidity level for optimal comfort.
  • Attractive: The slim profile of 5 3/4" fits perfectly inside a wall between studs. 
  • Easy Install: We can have your in-wall dehumidifier up and running the same day. If you don't want to hardwire to electrical, an optional cord is included for standard outlet power.
  • Perfect for Condos: Stand alone dehumidifiers like the Ultra-Aire model are sized for up to 1,200 sq. ft. making them excellent additions to condos or small homes.

Live in Comfort and Give Your HVAC a Break

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.


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HVAC Thermostat Auto vs. On

Thermostat auto vs. on

On vs. Auto: What's the Difference?

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.

Which Setting Should I Use?

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.

Upgrade Your Thermostat for More Functionality

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!

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Do Your Lights Dim when the AC Comes On?

Lights dim when AC turns on

Lights Dimming When the AC or Another Large Appliance Turns On

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.

When Lights Dimming is a Sign of a Larger Problem

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.

An Electrical and HVAC Specialist

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.


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