Happy NEW YEAR! McKeown’s Heating and Air Services has been serving families all over Chester and Fairfield Counties since 1998. As we get ready to bid farewell to 2020, our family wishes you and your family the very best in the new year ahead. We thank all our customers for another great year. We couldn’t be the experts in HVAC repair and installation if it wasn’t for you!Read More
We here at McKeown’s Heating and Air Services wish all of you a Happy Labor Day.
September 7 is Labor Day here in the United States. This national holiday began more than 100 years ago to honor low-paid factory workers. Labor Day unofficially marks the end of summer. In any other year, students would be getting ready to go back to school. Many Americans would celebrate the day with an outdoor barbecue with family and friends. Others would use the long weekend to take their last vacation of the summer, before hot days turn cooler.
But 2020 is not like any other year. Some students in many parts of South Carolina will be going back to school online for all or part of the autumn term. Health officials are advising against social gatherings for this Labor Day weekend. Also many people are still affected by COVID-19 as they are out of work or have had to curtail their work schedules due to safety concerns and also with issues on finding Child Care.
As Americans and also South Carolinian’s we will face the challenges we are presented and over come them. Stand strong, help your neighbors and friends that are in need, together we can beat this as we have beat so many obstacles throughout our history.
We here at McKeown’s Heating and Air Services wish all of you a Happy Independence Day. Though this has been a rough year for all of us with the coronavirus (COVID-19) affecting so many facets of our lives from getting sick, losing loved ones, effecting our jobs, our kids and our everyday lifestyle. Also the attacks on our civil liberties of those who are trying to squash our freedom of speech, our freedom of choice to those who are trying to destroy the very history on which this country was founded. We urge all of you to stand up for your God given rights and the rights granted to all of us Americans under the U.S. of America Constitution for which so many Americans have fought and died for on this Independence Day and beyond. We are all Americans and every American life matters as does the freedoms that we all hold so dear. This Nation is built on WE the PEOPLE! May God bless you and may God Bless these U.S. of America.
History of the 4th of July; The Fourth of July also known as Independence Day or July 4th has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution. On July 2nd, 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later delegates from the 13 colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson. From 1776 to the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence, with festivities ranging from fireworks, parades and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues. The Fourth of July 2020 is on Saturday, July 4, 2020.
Honor, Remember, Never Forget
Each year on Memorial Day Americans pause to remember the fallen and honor their sacrifice. McKeown’s Heating and Air Services also pauses to remembers the sacrifice of members of the United States Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marine Corps and Navy who sacrificed all.
Memorial Day History
First established as Decoration Day after the Civil War, the holiday was set aside for families and friends to visit and decorate the graves of troops lost in the conflict. As time went on, the observance instead became known as “Memorial Day,” until 1971, when Congress declared it an official holiday set to fall annually on the last Monday in May.
We urge all Americans to take the time to remember those who scarified all for the freedoms you have today.
Mother is the first friend, teacher and guide of a child, therefore it is important to celebrate Mother’s Day and acknowledge everything she has done and continues to do for you. We here at McKeown’s Heating and Air Services tip our hats and say thank you to all the mothers out there for all that you do. Happy Mothers Day!
The world is celebrating Easter today and though we cannot fill the streets with processions, or express and share our Easter joy in church, we still share the mystery of Easter in our homes and can also share through virtual and online means to celebrate this festive and holy day. We here at McKeown’s Heating and Services wish all of you a Happy Easter and our hearts and minds are with you during Easter and these most changeling times.
The spread of coronavirus disease 19 (COVID-19) has all of us greatly concerned in South Carolina. At McKeown’s Heating and Air Services, our top priority is the health and safety of you and your loved ones. We take great pride in selling indoor air quality products to the residents in Chester and Fairfield Counties that are energy-efficient, environmentally friendly—and extremely effective when it comes to improving your indoor air quality.
What Is COVID-19?
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), COVID-19 was first detected in China in December 2019 and has rapidly spread around the world. Symptoms range from a common cold to more severe health issues. An infected person’s cough spreads the coronavirus through respiratory droplets.
Indoor Air Quality Impact and Your Health
Did you ever start sneezing or coughing right after you entered a building or home? You can probably blame the poorly maintained indoor air quality (IAQ).
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ranks indoor air quality as one of the top five environmental risks to the public’s health. It gets even scarier when you consider that most people spend the vast majority of their time indoors.
You want a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system that is designed to know how to maintain fresh indoor air quality.
How HVAC Equipment Can Help You Stay Healthy
Indoor air quality equipment can be designed to restore humidity levels, remove stale air—and kills bacteria. In many cases, this equipment is integrated with your existing ductwork and HVAC equipment, which is why you want one of our certified and insured professionals at McKeown’s Heating and Air Services to do the work.
Indoor air quality products that you may want to consider for your home include:
- UV (Ultraviolet) Antibacterial Lamps attack biological contaminants inside the home, such as bacteria and viruses, mold spores, and mildew.
- Whole House In-Duct Air Purifiers capable of eliminating dust, dander, and pollen from your entire home.
- Whole-house air filtration systems that trap dust, pollen, bacteria, and other pollutants.
- Whole-house humidifiers and dehumidifiers to properly adjust the amount of moisture in your home.
- Energy Recovery Ventilators (ERVs) that exhaust the stale indoor air and bring in fresh, preconditioned air from the outdoors.
Many of these systems are used in hospitals and industrial facilities around the country. They are proven at maintaining indoor air quality—and are designed to keep you comfortable and healthy inside your South Carolina home or business.
Reduce Infection Chances
Remember, these systems maintain a healthy air quality but do not prevent anyone from getting infected. Coronavirus can survive many days on a surface, such as a door handle. Good hygiene also plays a critical role in your health.
Because COVID-19 is spread through respiratory outlets, WHO officials recommend:
- Wash your hands frequently
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth until you wash your hands
- Wipe off door handles and light switches (especially if they are frequently used)
- Maintain a distance of at least six feet from anyone coughing or sneezing
- Stay home if you feel unwell
Until a vaccine for COVID-19 is available, common sense and good hygiene are your best weapons for staying healthy.
Learn More From Your Air Quality Experts
Technology in the HVAC industry is constantly creating a new vision for how we can improve our environment and health in the comfort of our Chester County and Fairfield County, South Carolina, homes. At McKeown’s Heating and Air Services, we offer products and services that keep you comfortable and safe. Call 803.374.1125 or request service online today to learn more about our indoor air quality services.
Is your HVAC system ready for the Winter? Don’t get stuck in the cold.
Fall is the perfect time to prepare your system for the heating season. Get your heating system ready for winter, reduce energy costs and improve home comfort with McKeown’s Heating and Services Fall HVAC Maintenance Tips.
With 243 years of tradition behind it, the Fourth of July is one of America’s most cherished holidays. It’s when we celebrate our nation’s and peoples Freedom and Sacrifice with a day off, a backyard barbecue, and plenty of fireworks. The Founding Fathers and Continental Congress huddled together, presenting the first draft of the Declaration of Independence for July 4, 1776. The first celebrations weren’t much different than today.
Here are some facts you may not have known. Three presidents have died, and one was born, on the Fourth of July. You probably know that both Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died on July 4, 1826—50 years to the day after the Declaration of Independence was adopted. They’re not the only presidents to have died on the Fourth, though; James Monroe—the nation’s fifth president—died just a few years later on July 4, 1831.
Though the holiday might seem like it has it out for former presidents, there was one future leader born on Independence Day. The country’s 30th Commander-in-Chief, Calvin Coolidge, was born on July 4, 1872.
We here at McKeown’s Heating and Services wish you a Great 4th of July.
You bought a home! Congratulations! Whether this is your first time purchasing a home or fourth, it’s important to be familiar with the heating and cooling systems that control its comfort levels before they need a major repair. Doing so allows you to perform the preventive maintenance the HVAC system needs, recognize signs of trouble and avoid newbie mistakes. In turn, your HVAC system will reward you with energy savings and reliability.
HVAC Tips for New Homeowners
- Know the HVAC system: Does your home have central air conditioning, heat pumps, mini-split systems or a gas unit? After learning exactly how your home is heated and cooled, find out what type of fuel it uses, such as electricity, oil, propane or natural gas. Other important things to learn about your HVAC system include its:
- Age: While some HVAC systems seem last decades, most start experiencing problems after 10 or 15 years.
- Efficiency rating: Heating and cooling systems have SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio), EER (energy efficiency ratio), AFUE (annual fuel utilization efficiency) or HSPF (heating seasonal performance factor) ratings. The higher the rating, the more efficient a unit is.
- Warranty: In addition to learning the warranty’s term, learn what actions might accidentally void it.
- Maintenance inspection results: If the previous homeowner took good care of the HVAC system, they hired a professional to maintain it annually. Ask for the inspection reports to learn about the types of issues the system experienced to be aware of problems that might occur.
- Change the air filters: One of the simplest, most effective ways to keep your HVAC unit in top shape is to change its air filters once every thirty days. Some thermostats will remind you about filter changes.
- The area around outdoor units: Maintaining the landscape does more than making your yard look beautiful, it also helps your HVAC system perform well and have proper airflow. Shrubs, trees, plants and other foliage should be about three feet away from the unit. It is also a good idea to keep garden tools, supplies, furniture and toys away from it. As leaves and pine needles fall on and around the unit, clear them away. The same goes for snow.
- Take care with ice: It is okay if a little bit of ice forms on an HVAC unit during the winter. If larger sheets or blocks of ice form during the winter or you notice ice formations when the weather is warmer, call a professional right away. Do not pour warm water on the ice to melt it.
- Don’t close vents: In an attempt to save money on heating and cooling costs, some homeowners close the vents in rooms they don’t use often. This action will actually increase your energy costs because your system will have to work harder to maintain the comfort levels in your home. For this reason, professionals recommend that you never block vent registers with furniture, books, blankets or other objects. If you only want to heat or cool certain areas of your home, talk to an HVAC expert about creating different zones.
- Annual HVAC maintenance: Hire an HVAC service to perform maintenance services on your heating and cooling units at least once a year. The tune-up will keep your system in optimal condition and alert you to small problems that could become major repairs down the road. A good time of year to schedule maintenance is during the spring or fall before the weather gets too hot or too cold.
- Mind the ductwork: Leaks in ductwork negatively affect an HVAC system’s performance and send conditioned air into spaces that you don’t use, like between the walls.
- Find a reputable HVAC company now: Don’t wait until you need a repair to search for a company that you can trust. Searching for one in advance gives you time to research and vet different contractors. A good company is one that has served your area for several years, provides emergency services, and specializes in a variety of home comfort systems.
The HVAC system is one of the features that attracted you to your new home. Maximize its life and your energy savings by keeping it in good shape. If you ever have questions about your heating and cooling units, never hesitate to get in touch with McKeown’s Heating and Air Services. We’ve proudly served the Chester and Winnsboro areas since 1998 and can’t wait to become your trusted HVAC expert.