Hilton Head is a resort town located on Hilton Head Island just off the coast of South Carolina near the Georgia border. It covers just over 40 square miles in Beaufort County. The island is a popular tourist destination and has many amenities for visitors and residents alike. U.S. Highway 278 is the only road onto the island, and it provides a connection to Interstate 95 a few miles to the west.

History

Hilton Head has been occupied seasonally for thousands of years beginning with the Native Americans. The island was first explored by the Spanish in 1521, and the land was granted to John Bayley in 1698. During the 1760s, Hilton Head became an important ship-building location due to its many hardwood trees and deep surrounding waters. In 1861, Fort Walker was built on the island to protect it from attacks. During the late 1800s and early 1900s, the town was primarily occupied by plantation owners. In 1982, with a population of over 12,000 and nearly 500,000 annual visitors, Hilton Head was formally incorporated as a town.

Things to Do

  • The Sea Pines Resort is a large luxury resort located directly on the island’s coast. It has been operating for over 50 years and is the oldest resort on the island.
  • Harbour Town Lighthouse is on the southwestern side of the island. The lighthouse and museum open for visitors at 10 a.m. each day.
  • Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge is located directly north of Hilton Head. It is accessible via U.S. 278 between Hilton Head and the mainland.

Demographics

Hilton Head’s permanent population numbers about 38,000. It is an older community, and nearly one third of its residents are senior citizens over the age of 65, and just 17 percent are children under the age of 18. The town is well-educated, and nearly half of residents age 25 and older have bachelor’s degrees. Over 92 percent are high school graduates. The median household income is about $70,000. The median value of a home is just over $477,000, and the homeownership rate is 74 percent. 87 percent of households have lived in the same home for one year or longer.

Climate

Hilton Head residents are lucky to have great weather all year with an average daily high of 75 degrees. There is a brief warm period during the summer with July highs averaging 90 degrees, and winter lows average above freezing with highs in the 60s. The summer months are the rainy season, and there are about 51 inches of rain in total in an average year. There is an average of 215 sunny days per year.

Air Conditioning Repair, Maintenance, and Installation

Hilton Head’s moderate climate is perfectly suited for using a heat pump to heat and cool your home. Heat pumps lower your costs by eliminating the need to install and maintain separate heating and cooling systems. However, if you aren’t happy with the less-efficient heating during the winter, you can also add a gas furnace for hybrid heating that provides an efficiency boost on the coldest days.

Gray’s Heating & Air Conditioning Company is proud to provide a full range of Bryant heat pumps, gas furnaces, air conditioners, and indoor air quality products. In addition to our installation services, we also provide full-service maintenance and repairs for all HVAC systems. Contact us today for a free estimate on any of your comfort needs.