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A-1 Comfort Systems, Inc.

A-1 Comfort Systems, Inc. knows the dynamics of air conditioning and heating and is dedicated to providing our customers with quality service at competitive prices.

To contact us for a service call or further information, please call 843-669-3319 or contact us.

Heat Pump or Gas Heating?

Heat pumps and gas heating systems both provide their own benefits and shortcomings that you will want to consider as you evaluate options for heating your home.

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Heat pumps operate by collecting heat from outside and distributing it throughout the house to warm your home. 


Heat pumps are often more efficient than gas furnaces at heating homes in most climates, and more cost effective due to the cost of gas. Heat pumps are environmentally friendly since they do not burn fuel.


Since heat pumps transfer heat rather than produce it, they are generally less effective in cold climates where temperatures often drop below freezing. If there is not much heat outside, then the heat pump has less to transfer into the home. To combat that, heat pumps come with a supplemental system of heating air with heating coils, however this feature can decrease efficiency and the financial savings associated with the heat pump system.

Gas Heating Systems

Gas powered heating systems create their own heat by burning propane or natural gas to heat your home. The gas is ignited in the combustion chamber of the furnace, then circulated throughout the home.


Gas powered units are frequently less expensive up front than heat pumps; gas powered units can keep homes warm regardless of the outside temperature.


The fuel needed for gas furnaces is significantly more expensive than running an electric heat pump. Gas furnaces require regular maintenance, and emit low levels of carbon monoxide that is toxic at higher concentrations and must be regularly monitored to ensure safety.

Whether you prefer the dependability of gas, or choose the low maintenance of a heat pump, A1 Comfort Systems can assist you with conversion, installation, and servicing of your home’s heating system. A1 Comfort Systems also provides carbon monoxide detection to ensure the safety of you and your family. Please view our heating and air FAQ section to learn more about our services.

Five Ways to Save on Your Heating Bills This Winter

In South Carolina the temperature has finally dropped and shows no signs of climbing higher any time soon. With temperatures falling into the upper 20s during the evenings, it's time to turn on the heat! While turning on the heat in wintermaintenanceyour home will keep your family comfortable, it can also increase your electric bill.

We've put together our top five tips to help you save money on your electric bill this winter:

1. Consider a programmable thermostat.

Did you know that you could save as much as 10% on your electric bill if you turned your thermostat down by 10-15 degrees for the 8 hours you're at work? A programmable thermostat makes this simple-- just set your thermostat to drop the temperature when you leave for work in the morning and to increase it shortly before you return home. Check out our FAQ section regarding thermostats.

2. Examine your doors and windows.

Between 7-12% of a home's heat loss comes directly from doors and windows allowing heat to escape. Take a walk around your house and see if you notice any drafts. If you do, consider caulking and/or replacing weather-stripping around drafty areas.

Bonus tip: Check your electrical outlets for drafts as well. Many outlets aren't properly insulated; to remedy this, simply fill the small gaps around your outlet with acrylic latex caulk.

3. Prevent heat from escaping your through your chimney.

When your fireplace isn't in use, chances are warm air is escaping from your chimney. There's a really simple way to prevent this-- purchase a chimney balloon. Blow up the balloon and place it in your chimney and you could save up to $100 per year on your electric bill!

4. Have your HVAC unit/furnace inspected.

If you're going to pay to run your HVAC unit/furnace, you should at least make sure it's performing at its peak. Give us a call or use our online form to schedule an inspection. Our highly certified and experienced technicians will examine your home's system and make recommendations on any identified issues.

5. Small things add up to big savings!

There are many small steps you can take to winterize your home that, when combined, can have a big effect on your energy savings:

  • Lock your windows-- locked windows are tightly pressed against weather-stripping, preventing heat from escaping.
  • Reverse your ceiling fans-- doing this will mix the warm air that gets trapped on your ceiling in with the colder air below
  • Vent maintenance-- ensure your vents aren't being blocked by furniture; close vents in any rooms of your home that aren't frequently used.
  • Water heater savings -- take your water temperature from the standard high of 140 degrees down to 120.

Following these tips will definitely save you money on your electric bills this winter! Check out our FAQ section for additional information on how to get the most out of your furnace/HVAC unit. As always, please contact us with any questions or to schedule an appointment!

Schedule Your Annual HVAC Unit Inspection

We've reached the time of the year where many homeowners are unsure of whether to leave the air on, turn their units off, or go ahead and turn on the heat. Whichever way you choose, now is the time of year to have your HVAC unit inspected so you don't encounter any issues heating your home during the upcoming colder months.


Our employees are highly trained and certified in the latest technologies and industry practices to help your unit perform to the best of its abilities. Our technicians will thoroughly inspect your HVAC unit and can correct any issues identified during the inspection.

Common inspections include:

  • Cleaning of ductwork
  • Inspection and cleaning of individual unit components
  • Replacement of air filters as needed
  • Fluid leak detection and correction
  • Ensuring optimal fluid levels.

Our technicians will promptly notify you of any existing or potential issues and will make recommendations on the best course of action to remedy them.

Don't wait until your unit gives out-- give yourself and your family the peace of mind of knowing your house will be warm all fall and winter long.

Schedule your Annual HVAC Inspection today!

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