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Heating & Cooling Apprenticeships

HVAC ApprenticeshipsAir Concept Solutions is now recognized as a participating employer for the Youth Apprenticeship program in Charleston.  We hire high school students that qualify for the program under their guidelines, then train them on the job while adhering to training literature of our choosing.  The program can go up to 2 years, sometimes three. We work with college students to help teach young people to earn an education. This is a really valuable learning program for students interested in learning the HVAC trade and we love working with them.  For more information, click on the brochure on the right or contact us here on the site and we’d be happy to talk more with you about these learning opportunities.

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When to Use a Dehumidifer

In my years in the trade I have always had that question by the customer. Why does my thermostat read 75 degrees but it does not feel like 75 degreesThe first thing is not to confuse temperature with humidity.

Humidity is something we hear about daily in weather reports. Humidity is the blame for that muggy, steam-room feeling experienced on certain summer days. Humidity can be measured in several ways, but relative humidity is the most common. In order to understand relative humidity, it is helpful to first understand absolute humidity.

Absolute humidity is the mass of water vapor divided by the mass of dry air in a volume of air at a given temperature. The hotter the air is, the more water it can contain.

Relative humidity is the ratio of the current absolute humidity to the highest possible absolute humidity ( which depends on the current air temperature ). A reading of 100 percent relative humidity means that the air is totally saturated with water vapor and cannot hold any more water vapor.

Individuals are very sensitive to humidity; the body relies on the evaporation of sweat to provide cooling for the body. The process of sweating is the body’s attempt to keep cool and maintain its current temperature. If the air is at 100-percent relative humidity, sweat will not evaporate into the air. As a result, a person may feel much hotter than the actual temperature when the relative humidity is high. If the relative humidity is low, we feel much cooler than the actual temperature because our sweat evaporates easily and cools us off.

People tend to feel most comfortable at a relative humidity of about 45%.

To avoid any mold problems, the indoor humidity should always be maintained below 55% (ideally between 30% and 50% ) relative humidity is recommended for comfort.

There are many different types and brands of dehumidifiers used to control moisture in crawlspace areas.

Why Do I Need a Whole-House Dehumidifier?

Have you ever experienced any of the following uncomfortable and/or unhealthy conditions:

1. Do you have trouble sleeping at night due to clammy skin or stuffiness in the air?

2. Have you ever reduced the temperature setting because you’re uncomfortable with the stuffy feeling?

3. Have your floors or other surfaces ever felt sticky or sweaty?

4. Are you concerned with mold and mildew growth in your home?

5. Do you have musty odors or smells in any area of your home?

6. Do you have condensation on your water pipes?

7. Have you seen wet stains on walls or ceilings?

8. Do you or a family member have allergies (over-moist air can encourage the growth of mold, bacteria, and dust mites, three commonly known household allergens).

9. Experiencing any of the above conditions can make sleeping and even daily activities miserable plus some conditions can be hazardous to your family’s health or your home’s furnishings.

10. Do you tend to get sick more offend that expected?

Did you know?
That dust mites (and their waste products) are one of the most common triggers for allergies and asthma? The Environmental Protection Agency advises keeping your home’s relative humidity between 30-50% to avoid dust mite infestation.

Please call us today to help you resolve your humidity and crawlspace issues.

Ductless Mini Split

What is a Mini Split? Ductless Mini Splits Overview

 A ductless mini split may the answer to make your system more cost effective

Mini Split is another name for a ductless heating and cooling system that can both be designed for the use of straight air cooling or as a heatpump system that can perform heating and cooling. They are especially desirable for remote rooms and rooms with special HVAC needs in which additional ductwork may not be sufficient or accessible. One example is a finish room over a garage in which some call a (FROG). Ductless Mini Splits are also used when a garage or a porch area become enclosed into a finished living area. Communication or computer rooms can also benefit when it is important and required to maintain lower room temperatures.

Ductless Mini Splits have several advantages and can be used in many applications when cost matters. In the examples giving above, the overall cost for installation is nearly lower in every case. With its wireless thermostat capabilities it gives excellent temperature control. Over the years efficiency of theses units have risen dramatically with the new inverted technology. Mini Split equipment uses minimal amp draw and wattage often exceeding that of a fully ducted system.

Air Concept Solutions offers many major brands with full equipment warranty; please contact our office to learn more about how you can benefit and set up your free inspection quote today.

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2013 South Carolina Excellence Award

Air Concept Solutions Wins South Carolina Excellence Award

2013 South Varolina Award-largeHey Everyone, we were notified that Air Concept Solutions is being awarded the South Carolina Excellence Award.

You can view the press release below or on their site:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Air Concept Solutions LLC receives 2013 South Carolina Excellence Award 

March 28th 2014 –  Air Concept Solutions LLC has been selected for the 2013 South Carolina Excellence Award amongst all its peers and competitors by the US Institute for Excellence in Commerce (USIEC).

Each year the USIEC conducts business surveys and industry research to identify companies that have achieved demonstrable success in their local business environment and industry category. They are recognized as having enhanced the commitment and contribution of small businesses through service to their customers and community. Small businesses of this caliber enhance the consumer driven stature that South Carolina is renowned for.

Air Concept Solutions LLC has consistently demonstrated a high regard for upholding business ethics and company values. This recognition by USIEC marks a significant achievement as an emerging leader within various competitors and is setting benchmarks that the industry should follow.

As part of the industry research and business surveys, various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the selected companies in each category. This research is part of an exhaustive process that encapsulates a year long immersion in the business climate of South Carolina.

About USIEC

The USIEC is a leading authority on researching, evaluating and recognizing companies across a wide spectrum of industries that meet its stringent standards of excellence. It has spearheaded the idea of independent enterprise and entrepreneurial growth allowing businesses of all sizes to be recognized locally and encouraged globally.

Particular emphasis is given to meeting and exceeding industry benchmarks for customer service, product quality and ethical practices. Industry leading standards and practices have been developed and implementation of the same has been pioneered by the dedicated efforts of the business community and commerce leadership.

HVAC Warranty

Saving a Few Dollars but Losing Your Warranty?

HVAC WarrantyNowadays with the ease of purchasing online, many customers may try to save money by buying their own equipment online.  It is very important to understand that this type of online purchase may void any kind of warranty you would have on that expensive equipment.  Online sellers are not licensed vendors and in many cases, the manufacturer is not obligated to honor the warranty.  Please be sure to download and read our helpful notice on HVAC Manufacturing & Selling Policy Concerning Online Sales to Consumers so that you don’t lose out.

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Attic Ventilators – Before You Install That Attic Ventilator…

In several regions of the United States, powered attic ventilators enjoy the pleasures of a positive reputation. They are promoted by builders, shingle manufactures, roofers, HVAC contractors, utilities, weekender material retailers, ventilation manufactures, consultants and others. Extending shingle life, protecting shingle warrantee, removing moisture from attics and reducing the air conditioning load by the removal of attic heat are their believed benefits. These regional cultures accept and sometimes expect the use of powered attic ventilators. Cash flow in their regional economic systems is saturated with their use. Those who manufacture sell or install powered attic ventilators in these regional cultures could experience financial hardships should it be suggested that powered roof ventilators should not be used. However, that is our central theme as a result of our measurements of some of their unplanned impacts on houses.

A review of some of the important issues Attic Ventilator’s & the problems they can cause in your home includes the following:

  1. Ventilators can cause negative pressures in combustion appliance zones. By themselves or in conjunction with other negative pressures they can cause backdrafting.
  2. Ventilators run during electric utilities peak demand period and can become a peak demand problem.
  3. Ventilators can draw conditioned air out of houses and cause the air conditioner to run more.
    1. They can cause increased latent load that air conditioners must remove.
    2. They can increase the cost for air conditioning for the homeowner.
    3. They can cause temperature discomfort, hot areas, which homeowners try to solve by increasing cooling through closing some supply registers which can cause additional problems.
  4. Ventilators can be an unexpected and undocumented source of increased infiltration rates in houses.
  5. If a powered ventilator is used, more energy will be consumed by the motor than will be saved on the air conditioning bill.
  6. It has been proven that when attic ventilation was increased it did not necessarily reduce the transfer of heat across the ceiling insulation into the house.
  7. It was proven by research and field testing that by running Attic Ventilator’s in climates with seasonal environments changes; that when the outside humidity (moisture) & temperature is high you introducing moisture back into your home, attic areas and crawlspaces.
  8. Ventilators can cause your home to draw into negative pressures, increasing your overall energy usage.

What really happens is that when that power attic ventilator runs, it’s going to pull air from wherever it can find it. Since air takes the path of least resistance, some of it will most likely be coming from the conditioned space in your home. So basically what you’re doing is air conditioning your attic. The longer the fan runs the more conditioned air it pulls into the attic.

If you have a perfectly air-sealed ceiling, you’re not going to have this problem, of course. The reality, however, is that few ceilings are leak-free. Since air needs only a pressure difference and a pathway to move, and your ceiling probably has plenty of pathways, it’s best not to enhance any pressure differences that will increase air movement into or out of your home. Air sealing & tighten is key along with changing the overall environmental conditions. With properly sized dehumidifiers you can remove the moisture and condition your space keeping it nice and dry without bringing high humid air moisture back in.

In other words, don’t install that power attic ventilator. If you have some installed already, disable them so they never run.

Power attic ventilators can cause problems even without air conditioning. One potential problem would be sucking moist, moldy air up from the crawl space into the house.

Another would be backdrafting a water heater and putting carbon monoxide in the house. These are real problems from real houses that have really happened.

The first step before investing in an Attic Ventilator is to have your home properly assisted by a certified Home Energy Auditor to see at a minimum, if you are a good candidate. Don’t be fooled by fast talking salesman that hide the truth when it comes to the negative issues attic ventilators can cause to your home.  It is Key that you have the whole house approach before jumping to this so called quick fix. Having a Home Energy Audit, Blower door Test & Duct Testing can be some methods to properly examine & resolve your homes infiltration issues. By locating infiltration and improving the tightness in your home you can increase your comfort and save on your overall energy consumption.  It is recommended that if a powered attic ventilator is chosen as part of an attic ventilation strategy, the following guidelines should be provided. Make sure you are a good candidate. The installer should provide a good air barrier between the house and the attic and adequate, net free, vent area should be provided. Confirmation of safe operation is provided by measuring not by ignoring, guessing, or hoping.

Please Call Air Concept Solutions, LLC Today to learn more and schedule a free assessment.

Furnace Maintenance Tip – Furnace Filters

The most important thing you can check yourself is the filter. A dirty filter can cause extra strain on your heating equipment, raise heating costs and shorten the life of your furnace. Make sure your filter has a cover over the slot that returns the air. If the furnace filter does not have a cover over the slot this can be a serious safety hazard.

If your system has pleated filters, these usually can last up to three months. If your filters are permanent, you should try to clean these once a month, especially during high use seasons. Electronic air filters can usually be checked every 2 months.

Remember, your best assurance for the longevity of your heating equipment is to do at least yearly inspections with a heating and cooling professional. Keeping your filters clean is one thing you can do to enhance the operation and life of your system.

As always, you can contact us with questions about your furnace or to do furnace maintenance.

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A Lesson on Loyalty

Heading to a job on Highway 17 in Summerville, I spotted 2 dogs on the road.  I was surprised to see that no cars were stopping so I pulled over to see what was going on.  When I got closer I realized that one of the dog’s back legs had been seriously injured. I held onto one’s collar to keep him from going back into traffic while I worked to make a call with my other hand to try to reach their owner (from their dog tags).  An off duty policeman saw me and pulled over to help (THANK YOU).  The owner was so happy to see his boys and we got word later that the injured dog is okay.  I think the thing that touched me most was to see how loyal the dog was to his injured buddy.  He didn’t leave his side and kept licking his face as if to reassure the injured dog with a “everything is going to be alright, help is on the way”.  We humans should all have that kind of loyalty and caring for one another and stop to help another fellow human being ( or dog ; ) when we have the chance.  I felt lucky to be part of the picture that day and see such those sweet dogs and I’m so glad they’re okay.

Charleston Community Support

Supporting the Charleston – Summerville Community

Being a local business, we are very involved with our community and love to see our friends in the area do well.  We are dedicated to helping make this community a wonderful place for families and businesses.  One of the charities we support is “Courageous Kidz”.  Debby and her staff do amazing work, providing support to kids with cancer and their families.  They help families dealing with cancer to laugh again and help support all members of the families in so many ways from fun events for kids to giving moms a much needed break.

Recently they were chosen as a top 5 finalist for Non-Profit of the year.  We wanted to say ‘congrats’ and also encourage friends and families in Charleston to support this wonderful group at the finals in November.  The winner will be chosen via a live text vote that you can participate in (see http://charlestonmag.com/givingback/votenow).  To learn more about Debby and her staff and their amazing work visit: www.courageouskidz.org and if you are able, participate in the live text vote in November.

Charleston Community SupportCommunity Support:

Courageous Kidz
Our military

Charleston’s Holiday Festival of Lights
Share Our Suzy – Support for South Carolina breast cancer patients
SPCA – Finding loving homes for local pets in need