by Melissa LaScaleia
Swift Services Heating, Cooling & Electrical provides installations, maintenance, repairs and replacements on home HVAC systems, and offers comprehensive electrical services as well. They conduct free home energy reports to test the efficiency of your HVAC system— as older units burn more watts, driving up the price of your electric bill.
“Sometimes, if you have old wiring or old circuit breakers, that can cause your bill to be high,” says Scott Stewart, marketing director for the company. “One of the most important reasons to have your electrical circuits checked regularly is safety— especially as people are acquiring and relying more and more on so many electrical items. It’s unsafe to plug so many things into a surge strip, especially with older homes. Many people don’t know this, or do, but ignore it. But it can overload the circuit causing outage or fires. And wires can fray over time, also causing fires.”
For similar reasons, it’s equally important to have your HVAC system regularly tuned and inspected.
“From living near the ocean, the salt in the air increases rust and decreases the longevity of a system,” Scott says. “The older your system gets, the less efficient it becomes which causes higher electric bills. And, with new systems, the focus is on reducing energy output, so the cost of installing a new one could equal what you saved on your bill in a year— yielding incredible savings down the road.”
Just like your car, regular maintenance helps to extend the life of your system. When you have a drastic change in seasonal temperatures, it puts strain on the unit. Maintaining it twice a year helps prevent it from shutting down when the temperatures hit extreme highs in the summer and extreme lows in the winter, both of which we receive in Myrtle Beach.
Shane Bedgood, the general manager of Swift, has been working in the HVAC and electrical industry since 1995.
“One of the things that we’ve noticed in the industry is that people are spending more time in their homes,” he says. “Covid has accelerated that. But a lot of people are just spending more time indoors. Indoor air quality becomes more of a concern then.”
Swift Services can optimize the air quality in your home with air duct cleaning, repair and replacement; UV light installation; and filter changes.