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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How to Cut Heating Costs This Winter

November 8, 2019

At , we’re proud to help homeowners in Fieldale and throughout the surrounding areas minimize their heating costs. In that spirit, let us consider some strategies that are effective in reducing heating bills for most homes. Take Advantage of Localized Heating Zoned heating lets you set a different temperature for each zone in a house. Even without a zoned system, you can benefit from the underlying principle. Local heating options include natural sunlight through windows, fireplaces and space heaters. If the family is concentrated near these areas, you can drop the heat by 5 or even 10 degrees. Set the...

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What to Do Before Turning on Your Furnace

October 17, 2019

Turning on a heater that is new or hasn’t been used for months requires a few safety checks. You don’t want a mishap or poorly functioning system. That’s why you should do the following before turning on the furnace. Check the Thermostat Modern thermostats are technologically “smart,” but they still require some manual attention. Is the thermostat set for heating? If the device still registers air conditioning mode, then it won’t automatically heat the interior when cold weather starts. Therefore, don’t overlook small details like setting the right temperature. Request a Furnace Inspection and Cleaning How will you know the...

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Is an HVAC Maintenance Contract Right for You?

September 15, 2019

If you’ve dealt with an HVAC company or contractor in recent years, you’ve probably been offered a contract for maintenance of the HVAC components in your home. While these agreements are designed to save the homeowner money, these agreements cost money and are essentially prepaid maintenance visits that offer discounts on other services such as repairs and priority service calls. At , we recognize you might wonder what benefits an HVAC contract has for you, so here are some things that you should take into consideration before signing a contract for your HVAC needs. Find out Exactly What’s Covered and...

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5 Basic Ways to Become More Energy Efficient

August 5, 2019

For those who are looking to reduce their carbon footprint and save more money on their utilities, it’s important to become more energy efficient at home. There are many ways too much energy is used, but adjustments can be made to conserve more energy. Here are a few basic ways to become more efficient with your energy use. 1. Replace Light Bulbs The type of light bulbs that you use throughout your home will influence how much energy is consumed. Replace traditional incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs. Incandescent bulbs have a shorter lifespan and use more energy. LED bulbs use...

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