Come see us at the Lowcountry Home & Garden Show
March 24-26, 2017
Buckwalter Recreation Center, Bluffton, SC
Congratulations John Gibson! Winner of the 9000 BTU Gree Mini Split!
Dean Custom Air are experts in Air Conditioning, Heating, HVAC Service & HVAC Maintenance in Bluffton, Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head, Beaufort & Savannah.
Come see us at the Lowcountry Home & Garden Show
March 24-26, 2017
Buckwalter Recreation Center, Bluffton, SC
Congratulations John Gibson! Winner of the 9000 BTU Gree Mini Split!
February 10th - 12th
Myrtle Beach Convention Center
Founded in Bluffton in 1968, Dean Custom Air is highly successful family- owned and operated company that expanded to several different areas from Georgia to Wilmington, North Carolina.
In 2005, the Conway location opened at 1857 Lone Star Street with Bob Burger as general manager. This location serves a large portion of Horry and Georgetown Counties and has five divisions including the Commercial division, the Custom Homes division, the Production Homes division, the Replacement System division and the Service division.
Dean Custom Air is an authorized dealer for Carrier, Lennox, Trane, Mitsubishi and Honeywell, and installs other respected brands of air conditioners, heat pumps and combined systems. The company helps make homes green with the latest in Energy Star and other high (EER) energy efficient ratio systems. All of the systems use R410A (Puron) refrigerant that does not contribute to ozone depletion.
Scores of successful contractors, developers and property managers depend on Dean Custom Air to provide and service energy efficient heating and air conditioning for their homes and commercial projects.
Custom home builders appreciate the knowledge, experience and commitment that the Custom Homes division of Dean’s Custom Air offers. The company has a solid reputation for satisfying custom home clients by providing and installing systems that make their homes splendidly comfortable and market appealable. Bob says “We always like to be in a good relationship with the homeowners and the builders so we can provide the best, most adequate units that meet their needs.”
There is no guesswork involved when a system is being selected. “We always perform a manual J AC calculation to make sure they get the correct size,” Bob said. “We want to do it right the first time.”
Dealing with the Production Homes division, residential builders find the same kind of service from the dedicated staff and technicians that understand deadlines and the need to install high quality system expertly and efficiently. Through its Light Commercial Division, Dean Custom Air installs and services HVAC systems in offices, churches, small businesses and other buildings.
The Replacement Systems division will help any property owner get the most efficient system and usually saves immeasurable energy costs in the future for owners removing old systems. Dean Custom Air offers free estimates and expert evaluations for new systems, repairs or replacements. Striving for reliability, comfort and lower energy use, well-trained, efficient and friendly technicians guide each customer in whatever process is required to fill their HVAC needs.
The Service division operating on its reputation for quick response, the service technicians does not end a day until all calls are answered. The knowledgeable, skilled and attentive technicians at Dean Custom Air take pride in what they do and how they do it. “Our technicians don’t replace something or tell you need something unless you absolutely do.” Bob says, “That’s what Dean Custom Air is all about, honesty and integrity.” It is evident that Dean Custom Air is an asset to The Low Country by providing exceptional products and services.
For more information please visit deancustomair.com or contact (843) 236-4247
The hot summer months are just around the corner! It's hard to know when the time is right to invest in a new A/C unit. But, just to play it safe, we recommend cranking it on now before it gets truly warm. Here are some things to look out for:
Room To Room
A high-functioning air conditioner should evenly cool every room in the house. Take a stroll through your home and try to observe if there are any spots that are particularly warmer or colder. Problems like this could merely require a simple repair, rather than a brand new unit. However...
If Repairs Are Frequent
...It could be a symptom of an air conditioner that is no longer worth its upkeep. An A/C unit that requires perpetual maintenance is one that has become inefficient. This is also true if you are noticing
High Energy Costs
There is no reason why your air conditioner shouldn't be paying for itself when the bills come. Your energy cost is a clear indicator of your unit's performance – this is why it's important to check before the months start really heating up. At the end of the day, you have to ask yourself...
How Old Is It?
On average, a quality air conditioner will last anywhere from 15 – 20 years. However, you can really start to experience problems after only 10. If your unit is more than 10 years old, continue to keep an eye out for faulty functions and high expenses. A replacement this summer could surprise you with it's amount of efficiency.
Replacing Your Air Conditioner
When making this investment, it's important to have the right professional inspecting your home. We operate by the Goldilocks principle: Not too big, not too small, but just right. Having the wrong-sized air conditioner lowers efficiency, and can either flood your home with humidity, or simply just not function properly.
Also, if replacing your air conditioner, it's recommended that you replace your heating system as well. These units often work in tandem and, seeing as this type of purchase only happens every 10 – 20 years, it makes sense to buy them together. Putting all new players in the game will significantly increase the overall efficiency of your home.
What was your experience with your air conditioner? Do you have any questions about it? Click here to Contact Us today!
It's easy to wait until the last minute to get that home of yours nice and ready for the icy months that are about to blow through. However, if you wait until the days get truly cold, you may find it's too late to take care of some of the things you needed to. By getting a head start, you can maximize the efficiency of your technology, save a lot of money on your energy bills, and ultimately maintain your house's safety.
Here's a few things to consider as the temperature begins to drop.
-Check For Leaks
Obviously, leaks are more common in older homes, but you'd be surprised how sneaky those winter drafts can be. Even in newer homes, it's a good idea to give your house a thorough going over. We find some of the most common areas where leaks occur are around windows and door frames. Inspect these carefully, and replace the weatherstripping if necessary. Also, check to make sure that any wooden door or window frames do not have any rot or decay. This is an issue that often goes unseen, yet can make for some truly chilly months.
Other areas that often get overlooked are: the attic, the basement, and any crawlspaces. Cold air loves to sneak in and hibernate in these areas, which can cool the overall temperature of your house, and thus make your system work harder. Take a little time to make sure these areas are sealed up tight.
If find you still can't keep the cold out, it might be worthwhile to mount the summit and examine your roof. Warped, damaged, or missing shingles can easily allow cold air to get in, and stay in. This is definitely something you'll want to do before it starts to get too cold out.
-Tune Your Furnace
Seasonal maintenance is highly recommended on your heating system. Essentially, you want to clean and restore the many moving parts that will keep you cozy throughout winter. Most of these things are tasks that you can perform by yourself, but if you haven't had a technician out to inspect in a while, this might be the year. The energy bills that result from an inefficient furnace far outweigh the cost of getting a technician out to your home before the winter. This will also cut down on the number of pollutants entering your home.
Perhaps you've got a new system, and this doesn't seem like anything worth worrying about. Perhaps you've fired it up already, and everything sounds like it's working fine. Even if this is the case, it is still absolutely worth your while to replace the air filter. Air filters should be changed at least once per season, and you will find that this one small task saves you money, and keeps you warm.
Finally, we highly recommend installing smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your home; or, if you already have them, at least replacing the batteries. This is the time of year where these things become truly legitimate concerns. As you keep yourself warm this winter, make sure that you are also keeping yourself safe.
The fireplace is easily one of the most exciting parts of this time of year! Nothing beats gathering around the fire and getting cozy while the wind blows outside. Inspect your flue and/or firebox system early on to make sure everything is working properly. Make sure there isn't any soot clogging important areas, and make sure there no cracks or leaks.
-The Programmable Thermostat
For those of you with the classic thermostat, perhaps this is the year to upgrade to <a href=”http://www.deancustomair.com/blog/the-programmable-thermostat”>the programmable thermostat</a>. Not only will this keep you warmer when you most need it, it will also save you quite a little cash on your energy bills. With this device, you can program preset temperatures to kick in at different times during the day. This means you can keep your home slightly heated when you know you're going to be away, and more cozy when you know you'll be there. Much like a fully-operating furnace, these kinds of things pay for themselves after one season of use.
At the end of the day, there a lot of different ways for you to keep the cold out. If you're just not sure, having a professional inspect your home is sometimes the most effective avenue. Here at Dean Custom Air, we want this to be a most merry season for you – an email or a phone call is all it takes.
Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a common indoor air pollutant. Although many homes possess this deadly gas, most folks tend to remain completely unaware that it is being brought in, sometimes at dangerously high levels. Today, we're going to tell you how you can prevent excess carbon monoxide in your home.
First things first: before you attempt to root out the individual sources of carbon monoxide in your house, you should first make sure that you have proper ventilation at all times. And secondly, you must make sure you have a working detector in your house. Check back frequently to make sure it is fully operational, particularly in the winter time.
According to the CDC, more than 500 Americans are lost each year from unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning. A large number of these occur during cold winter months. Carbon monoxide is collected in your home whenever you have a fire that is not burning properly, and oftentimes this dirty fire can come from a furnace. Therefore, as we all continue to prepare our homes for winter, servicing the furnace, and checking it's air quality, should be very high up on the checklist. If your furnace hasn't been serviced in a while, we recommend having a professional over swiftly.
However, carbon monoxide can come from a number of other places. Fireplaces are a great pleasure during the winter time, but they also produce a dirty fire. The chimney is designed to redirect those toxins from the interior, so make sure your flue, and any filters or screens are clean and in working order. Furthermore, dryers and water heaters are also some of the top emitters commonly found in homes. If they're not working properly, and especially if your home is poorly ventilated, these casual appliances can become quite dangerous.
And finally, your garage likely houses more carbon monoxide than anywhere else in your home. This is because the garage is usually also home to automobiles, as well as lawn equipment, such as gas-powered mowers, among others. It is critical that you never operate these with the garage door closed.
If you're unsure as to the overall air quality of your home, the state of your furnace, or the cleanliness of your appliances, hiring a professional is your best bet. It's quick, it's affordable, and most importantly, it will ensure your safety, particularly in the cold winter months to come. To learn more about carbon monoxide, and how you can easily protect yourself, please call or contact us today.
September 23rd, 2014 marks this year's Autumnal Equinox. Along with this comes not only pumpkins and costume ideas, but a distinct chill in the air that signifies the end of a hot summer. And it is a sweet transition into the cold of winter. Here are some things to think about this Fall.
Tuning Up Your Heating System
Test it first. Before you get a technician out, it's a good idea to fire it up so that you can at least have a preliminary understanding of its operation. If anything sounds unusual, you can try a bit of troubleshooting and diagnosing before you get your technician out.
With good luck, it will still be a little while before the truly cold days set in. As we transition into a mild autumn, now is the perfect time to perform some highly recommended seasonal maintenance on your heating unit.
The goal here is essentially to clean and restore the many moving parts that keep you cozy throughout winter. Getting a technician out to tune up your heating system is easy and inexpensive – it certainly costs less than a season's worth of costly bills, resulting from an inefficient furnace. It also cuts down on the number of pollutants entering your home.
Changing Your Filters
The 2014 summer was one of the hottest recorded summers in history – which most likely means your AC unit, and thus your air filters, were racking up quite a bit of mileage. Replacing these is another essential aspect of cold preparation. This is something you can do yourself, easily and on the cheap.
Ideally, it's recommended that you change your filters (or at least examine them) every month. You may find that certain months are harsher than others on your filter. At any rate, you'll definitely want a fresh one in your home to keep the air clean as you rev up the heating engine.
Vents & Fireplaces
Every year when the cold rolls back around, it seems in many places to be accompanied by that musky smell of burning dust. Of course, if you run your heater, and then air out your home for long enough, this issue fixes itself.
However, you can avoid this entirely by making sure your ventilation ducts are clean from the get-go. Performing this task will also, of course, aid in the efficiency of your heating system.
And finally, what is a cold winter without a cozy fire? For those of you with the luxury of a fireplace, take an evening to make sure your flue is operating properly.
Our goal is to educate citizens of the Lowcountry on how their heating and cooling units operate, and ultimately how they can stay the most comfortable for the least coin. We specialize in tuning heating systems to their maximum operation. To find out more about how Dean helps to keep warm, please call or contact us today.
It's officially July, which means it's vacation time. Whether you're hitting the air or the interstate, we hope you manage to get away this summer. While away, it's important to remember that a lot of automatic functions in your home will just keep plugging away, and costing you money if left unchecked. Today, we've got a few ideas for how you can keep costs down while slipping out of town.
Adjust The Thermostat
This is rule number one. Hitting the road without cranking up your thermostat a fair amount will waste huge amounts of energy, and ultimately deal quite the blow to your budget. If you have a programmable thermostat, leaving it around 85 or 90 degrees while you're away will keep your air conditioner from blowing into empty rooms all day. Even pets in the home, assuming you're not embarking on an odyssey, should be just fine at this level of cool.
In order to maximize your air conditioner's lifespan, it's a good idea to have an HVAC professional perform a tune-up about once a year. This will maintain your unit's cooling power, as well as its energy efficiency. If you could plan to align your annual tune-up with your summer vacation time, you'll return home to some surprising savings.
It's not an uncommon practice for folks to leave their lights on during their entire vacation. While this is genuinely effective for warding off burglars, it will wreak havoc on your energy bill. If you are able to set your lights to timers, it's important to remember to do so.
A lot of water heaters these days come prepared with a vacation setting, in anticipation of saving energy while not using water. Water heaters can suck up quite a bit of juice, and you'll be much better off if you remember to utilize this function.
If your water heater does not possess this, you can still disable it temporarily. For electric heaters, you can flip the correct switch on the circuit breaker, and for gas heaters, simply turn the gas valve off. For more specific information about your water heater, feel free to contact us.
When something is plugged in, whether it's being operated or not, it is slowly but surely sucking the energy from your grid. Before embarking on your voyage, we recommend taking a moment to walk around your home and unplug anything that won't be necessary while you're away. This can include entertainment centers, computers, coffee pots – even phone chargers. Every bit helps, and it takes practically no time at all.
Whenever you're planning a vacation, you're inevitably going to have a lot to worry about. Turning off your water heater or unplugging your television will probably seem like an afterthought compared to booking hotels and buying tickets. However, vacations are expensive. There's no reason you should be spending money in two locations at once. By doing a few small things, you can save yourself some big bucks.
For more information on how best to save some green during a long journey, feel free to call or Contact Us anytime.
Till then, best of luck and bon voyage!
It's that time of year again: you walk out your front door, and you can instantly feel that wave of moisture hit you. When it's wet outside, it's not always easy to stay dry inside. But it's not impossible, and today, we've got a few ideas for fending off the humidity.
Not only are we entering the hottest months of the year, we're also entering the rainy season. Precipitation is roughly 56% higher during our summer, which lasts from May till about September. Although thunderstorms are most common for us, the wetness manifests in many ways. Whether it's raining or not, that damp cloud of humidity can still be felt across the Lowcountry.
Over the course of the year, humidity here typically ranges from 41% to 95% (sometimes even making it to 100!) However, during the summer, we can expect it to linger between 60% and 95%. So, although the following information is relevant year-round, it is going to be particularly important now, and in the months to come.
The Consequences of Humidity
Unfortunately, it gets worse than sticky skin. If you leave the humidity within your home unchecked, you are inviting some pretty unwelcome things into your house.
The two most common organisms that you may find flourishing are mold and dust mites. Mold creates spores that are released into the air, which are then ingested, and can cause side-effects like coughing, sneezing, throat irritation, and asthma. Dust mites do well in carpets and mattresses, and all of it thrives in warm temperatures and high humidity.
To be rid of these unwelcome guests, you're going to want to keep the humidity in your home below 50%.
Ventilation is key. It's imperative that you properly vent all the areas of your house, especially the ones that harbor moisture. The most common places like this are going to be your bathroom, your kitchen, and your laundry room. We recommend installing vent fans on the outside of your house for added measure.
The other key component to maintaining dryness and air quality is having an effective air conditioner. The air conditioners we install take moisture out of the air while cooling the rooms of your house, which is going to feel like quite a treat during these hot summer months.
Finally, you're also going to want to think about what you're walking on. Unfortunately, carpet is the perfect material for trapping in moisture. As a consequence of this, carpets can become quite the stomping ground for dust mites, which will then lower your overall indoor air quality.
At the end of the day, keeping your house dry is a process specific to your situation. If you're having trouble keeping moisture out, the issue may call for a complex solution, or it may call for a simple one. Whatever the problem, we have the years of experience, the ideas, and the equipment to help you survive the summer.
Call or Contact Us today to learn more about humidity, our process, and how we can help.