Going Ductless? What You Should Know

September 24, 2020

You may be considering a ductless air conditioning system, or mini-split system, for your home. Perhaps you added a room and need cooling for it, or perhaps there’s an outbuilding, such as a garage or shed, that your central AC naturally cannot reach. Below are some of the advantages of mini-splits in addition to one of the concerns that potential buyers may have. Easy to Install Mini-splits are composed of two units: the indoor air handler and the outdoor condenser. Between them is a conduit with the condensate drain line, refrigerant line, and all the necessary electrical wires. This conduit...

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How To Care For Your Lawn Around an Outdoor AC Unit

August 11, 2020

You need to be aware of where your outdoor AC unit is when you’re mowing the lawn near it. Failure to do so can result in an expensive repair job. Here’s what you need to know about taking care of the lawn around your cooling system. Discharge Mulch Away From the AC Unit You need to be careful when mowing, as your lawn mower can easily throw dirt and mulch into your AC unit. This can especially happen when the air conditioner is being used, during which time it sucks in air. Point the lawn mower’s discharge away from your...

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5 COOL Facts About Air Conditioning

July 15, 2020

Air conditioning is a necessity to keep you cool and comfortable during the hot summer months. Keeping your AC unit well-maintained throughout the year is essential in allowing it to work great while also improving energy efficiency for your home. Reaching out to an HVAC professional is always a good idea if you notice any problems because staying proactive can help to extend the lifespan of your system. Here are five little-known but very cool facts about air conditioning! 1. Air Conditioning Reduces Allergies Air conditioning reduces allergy problems for countless people each year. An air conditioner provides clean and...

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Are Humidifiers Good For Your Health

June 8, 2020

A humidifier is a device that adds moisture to the air. They are often used in the winter when dry air causes negative issues for people. Here are the ways a humidifier can be beneficial to your health. Effects of Dry Air on Your Skin Dry air can cause you to have dry skin. Dry skin can crack and wrinkle, which tends to be very uncomfortable. Lotion and lip balm can help but, to address the source of the problem, you need a humidifier to add moisture to the air in your home. Your skin will absorb the moisture and...

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How to Reduce AC Power Consumption

May 13, 2020

Was your AC’s power consumption a bit too high last summer? This may have been because the air conditioner was in need of an air filter change or professional maintenance. Staying on top of these tasks prevents your AC from consuming too much power. Other ways you can save money on your monthly energy bills are using a programmable thermostat and improving your home’s insulation. Install a Programmable Thermostat You can greatly reduce your AC’s power consumption by programming the thermostat to adjust a few degrees higher when no one is at home. If you’re not able to get a...

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Five Air Conditioner Maintenance Tips

April 16, 2020

Whether you have a central air conditioning system or a ductless unit, you must prioritize AC maintenance. With the following tips, you can help to take care of your air conditioner even if you’re not an experienced technician. 1. Clean the Condenser Twigs and grime can cause damage that will hinder the cooling process, so remove debris and crud off of the unit. Give the outdoor condenser a good cleaning with a soft brush, a vacuum, and a regular garden hose. Also, take the time to realign any bent fins. 2. Change the Filter A clogged filter is less effective,...

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What Does HVAC Mean?

March 17, 2020

HVAC stands for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. Most homes and businesses have an HVAC system. There are a number of different HVAC components in use today, including furnaces, air conditioners, heat pumps, and ductless units. Here’s an overview of these systems. How HVAC Works Your home might have separate components for heating and cooling, such as a furnace and an air conditioner. Some houses have heat pumps that can both heat and cool the home. It’s usually the case that even with separate components, there is a single blower that circulates air around your residence. Heated or cooled air...

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How Does a Furnace Work?

February 13, 2020

If you have ever been cold, you know the value your furnace brings. When it fails to produce the heat you expect, you begin paying attention to how it works and what might be wrong. The process a furnace uses to heat your space is quite simple. Taking the time to gain a basic understanding helps you keep it working well and find issues when a problem occurs. 4-Step Furnace Process Most modern furnaces use a process called forced air. They operate on the following four basic principles. Step 1: Produce the heat. A furnace produces heat by burning a...

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Are Heating Tune-Ups Necessary?

January 7, 2020

It is essential that you have your home heating system inspected at least once a year. This may make it easier for heating components to operate safely, quietly, and efficiently. Make Sure All Parts Are Clean and Lubricated Fans, motor blowers, and other heating system components work their best when they are clean and properly lubricated. A service professional may be able to take steps such as replacing an air filter or wiping down parts that are covered in dust, pollen, or other particles. At in Martinsville, we will also clean and inspect air ducts to ensure proper airflow throughout...

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Furnace Tips for the Holidays

December 18, 2019

Winters in Virginia can do a number on your furnace if you aren’t careful, but we’ve got four great furnace tips to keep everything in working order. 1. Change the Filter on Your Furnace Changing the filter on your furnace can be one of the easiest ways to keep it from breaking down over the holidays. A new filter makes it easy for your furnace to circulate warm air, and this puts less strain on the machine. In addition, a new filter can help keep your home’s air clean and eliminate circulating pathogens. 2. Make Sure Your Thermostat Is Dialed...

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