How Long Can HVAC Systems Last?

June 7, 2022

HVAC systems can range from heat pumps to ductless ACs to dual-fuel and packaged units. Whatever you have currently in your home, though, it will wear down and need replacing eventually — the only question is when. Life expectancy for HVAC systems will vary based on these factors. HVAC System Type and Brand Some types of HVAC systems last longer than others based on how they generate the warm or cool air you want. Heat pumps, for instance, which transfer heat rather than produce it, can last a good 20 years. Gas and electric furnaces may go for 15 years....

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Common Causes for AC Leaks

May 19, 2022

It’s natural for your air conditioner to produce a limited amount of condensation when pumping out cool air. However, your AC should never be leaking water or damaging your belongings. Here are the most common causes of water leaks in air conditioners. Clogged Drain Line An AC’s drain or condensate line is responsible for pulling the moisture out of your system. This line can easily become clogged with mildew, dirt, or debris. As the water pools into your drain line, it may overfill the overflow pan and cause water leaks. These lines are easy to clean out and can be...

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Central AC vs Window Units: Which is cheaper?

April 18, 2022

Keeping your home properly cooled throughout the summer is important, but it can also be expensive. For this reason, many people search for ways to save money on their cooling costs by using a window air conditioner instead of central AC. Let’s take a look at both types of air conditioning to see which is actually the cheaper option. Upfront Costs Window air conditioners are obviously far cheaper in terms of upfront costs. A high-quality, 10,000 BTU window unit will usually run anywhere from $200 to $500 whereas you’re likely looking at spending anywhere from $4,000 to $10,000 to purchase...

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Evaluating Central Heating Versus Space Heaters

March 18, 2022

On cold winter Martinsville nights, you have a choice of turning up the thermostat or putting a space heater in the room that you’re using. The question is, which one of these two options is the best in terms of safety and cost? What Size Space Are You Looking to Heat? As is implied by their name, space heaters are designed to only heat a small area of your house. If you’re going to spend a lot of time in one room, for example, working in your home office or taking a nap in a bedroom, then a space heater...

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Ways to Fix Uneven Heating in Your Home

February 15, 2022

A comfortable home will provide you with even heat throughout all of the rooms, but many homeowners find cold spots in certain areas. Fortunately, there are ways to fix this problem. You simply need to take a closer look at your heating system and determine if any of the following solutions can help you feel toasty warm no matter where you are within your house. Clean Your Filters Every furnace includes filters that need to be changed periodically. The filter’s job is to trap dirt and dust as the air passes through the system. Once these filters are clogged, they...

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Learn How to Reset a Furnace or Heat Pump

January 11, 2022

A furnace and a heat pump have numerous features that every homeowner must understand. Knowing how to restart your system is one thing you should understand how to do in case it turns off. Sometimes, pressing a simple button can restore the unit, but there may be more steps you need to follow. Keep reading to learn about the steps to reset different types of furnace systems. How to Reset an Electric Heat Pump Using the Reset Button Some furnace models use a power switch for turning on and off the furnace. Don’t worry if you don’t find this feature....

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Understanding Heat Exchangers and How They Work

December 20, 2021

A heat exchanger is vital to the proper functioning of your furnace. Unfortunately, many homeowners only learn about the heat exchanger when something goes wrong with the furnace. This post explores what a heat exchanger is and how it works. What Is a Heat Exchanger? A heat exchanger is a thin metal shield that’s located inside your furnace. It has two key functions: Exchanges heat: First, it transfers heat from your furnace via air ducts into the living spaces of your home. Aids in combustion: Then, it helps prevent incomplete combustion that can cause your furnace to produce high levels...

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Tips for Getting Your Home Winter Ready

November 20, 2021

Make no mistake. The winter is fast approaching bringing rain, snow, sleet, and the dreaded wintry mix to the Fieldale area. Wind chills can plummet below zero, and you will need a warm place. The one place you can count on feeling warm and cozy is within your own home. To ensure your home is ready for winter, you must act now. There are several things you can do to ensure your home will be a haven from freezing temperatures. Have Your Heating System Checked On the list on how to prepare for winter, having your heating system checked should...

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What Is a Thermostatic Expansion Valve?

October 20, 2021

One little-known but extremely important component in home cooling systems is the thermostatic expansive valve. Found just at the evaporator inlet, this valve regulates the flow of refrigerant through the system. When too much refrigerant is allowed to move through the evaporator, its coils will freeze over. Conversely, when there’s too little refrigerant, the evaporator can overheat and cause accelerated air conditioner wear. If your AC system is having a hard time keeping your Martinsville, Virginia, home cool, a damaged thermostatic expansion valve (TEV) could be the reason why. When the AC System Blows Warm Air, the TEV May be...

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What’s the Most Efficient Heating System for Your Home?

September 20, 2021

It can be tough to know what heating system is best for your home, especially when there are many options. From natural gas to electric heating, there are many different types of heating systems out there. The most efficient heating system will depend on the type of property and the amount of money you want to spend. Forced Air System If your home is relatively small and you want a comfortable temperature all year round, a forced-air system is probably the most efficient heating system for your home. These systems typically use little electricity and can even be controlled by...

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