Mack Morris Heating & Air Conditioning Blog

Should You Invest in a Whole-House Filter?

June 1st, 2020

dust-on-tableDid you know that your indoor air quality is just as important to your comfort as having a working air conditioner? It may not seem like it at first, but imagine if you were sitting in a perfectly cool house that was also incredibly dusty. You probably wouldn’t feel too comfortable, let alone be able to breathe all that well. That is why we want you to know about HVAC filters in Charlottesville, VA.

These whole-home air filters are made to work in tandem with your air conditioner (and furnace, if you have one) to filter the air that’s entering your home and keep out unwanted airborne particles. If you aren’t sure whether or not a whole-home filter is for you, then please take a moment to check out some of the information on them that we’ve collected to answer your question.

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Is It Time for a New Heat Pump?

May 18th, 2020

ductless-blowerYour heat pump system is built to provide you with reliable home comfort all year long. With that said, it can feel like a pretty big betrayal when this system stops doing its job. It can happen slowly, with some increasingly concerning noises and slow reduction in cooling power, or it can happen suddenly when your heat pump just stops responding. However it occurs, a heat pump that has stopped operating is one that likely needs to be replaced.

Heat pumps in Charlottesville, VA are necessary for keeping a home liveable so that if you need to upgrade your system, you don’t want to wait. If at all possible, you probably want to get a fair warning before your system goes kaput. We have some tips on how to tell it may be time for a heat pump replacement so you don’t have to sweat your summer away.

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What Are Your Cooling Options?

May 4th, 2020

fanWhen you have rain one day and high heat and humidity the next, it can make determining which HVAC system to focus your attention on a little complicated. However, we want to make sure to draw your attention to your air conditioner because the temperatures are only going to go up in the coming weeks and you don’t want to be stuck without a cooling system.

Maybe you’ve been using a window unit AC, or you’ve been relying on a small army of fans to keep you cool. We all know this just won’t cut it in the long run, especially when the heat and humidity reach their peak in the summer season. That is why we want to focus on the “A” of HVAC in Charlottesville, VA because it is referring to air conditioning. And when it comes to choosing effective air conditioning systems for your home, we believe you deserve to know what your options are.

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Have You Scheduled AC Maintenance Yet?

April 20th, 2020

service-timeIt probably seems a little strange to be talking about the air conditioning system in your home right now, especially because you may not have shut down your heating system yet. It has been pretty chilly and wet lately, but we’ve had some hints of warmth and springtime in the air and those shouldn’t be ignored.

See, even though it hasn’t been hot, now is that time that you want to start thinking about your air conditioning maintenance. Why? Because getting this service done now for your air conditioning in Charlottesville, VA is going to save you a lot of trouble and money later this summer.

With that said, we wouldn’t expect you to schedule this service without knowing how it can help you and your AC system. To help, we have provided some key information on what maintenance is and how it benefits you.

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If You Haven’t Yet, It Might Be Time to Check Your Filters

April 6th, 2020

filter-ductThere are several factors that will affect your air conditioning system’s ability to function effectively and efficiently throughout the hotter months of the year. From loose parts to air leakages, unaddressed issues will have a negative effect on your AC’s ability to keep you comfortable.

Even if you are a careful and diligent individual who makes sure to keep their eyes and ears peeled for the smallest problems with their cooling system, there is a chance you may miss this problem. All too often, residents around Charlottesville forget to change out their air filters, never realizing how big of a problem it can create.

Let’s take a moment to look at why your air filter is so important and why you may want to schedule an HVAC service in Charlottesville, VA to get it cleaned or replaced.

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Mack Morris Heating & Air Conditioning is Taking Steps to Protect our Valued Customers

March 24th, 2020

We here at Mack Morris Heating & Air Conditioning want to let you know that we are still here to keep you comfortable while practicing social distancing not only in our offices but in your homes as well. We are taking steps to help stop the spread of COVID-19 virus. Our office will remain open with normal business hours 7:30 AM-4:30 PM, Monday through Friday.

We will have no more than 10 employees in the building and our office will temporarily be closed to customers and vendors. Our technicians have designated drop off and pick up sites for any materials needed for their day and are also asked to please not enter the office. Our technicians are asked to wear gloves while working on indoor equipment as well as fresh booties when entering your home. They are asked to sanitize before entering and after leaving each home. We ask all employees if they are showing symptoms of any illness to please stay home. We are also asking customers to please notify us in the event someone in your home or someone you have been in close contact with may be showing symptoms of the Coronavirus to reschedule your appointment to a later date.

We also ask for your patience as we work through this new process of life together.

Contact Mack Morris Heating & Air Conditioning to learn more.

There is much to consider regarding the COVID-19 virus (Coronavirus) and its possible transmission in your home. While there are various and effective indoor air quality measures available to help protect your safety, including duct sanitization, ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light treatment, and HEPA air filters, they alone cannot protect from all forms of COVID-19 transmission. It is important to follow all official guidelines for preventing the spread of this virus.

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Heater FAQ: Repair or Replace?

March 23rd, 2020

question-markIt is reaching towards the very end of the season for heating in Charlottesville, VA. Warmer temperatures are fast approaching and are already being hinted at in our day-to-day (like those wonderful cloudy days that peaked around 80°F last week).

While it is likely that some of us are looking forward to a little more sunshine and fresh air, this doesn’t mean that we can just turn off the heater and walk away. The end of the heating season is about more than just a break from requiring warm air and prepping your air conditioner. It is also about doing a last checkup on your heater to make sure it will be able to get the job done next year.

Lets take a minute to review some facts about what signs you should know that will warn you that your heater needs repair … or even needs to be replaced.

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How Can a UV Light Improve IAQ?

March 12th, 2020

Ultravation-Solaris-Whole-House-Air-PurifierThe air circulating in your home can help or hinder both your comfort and your health. There are different things you can do, and systems that you can use, to help boost IAQ to the level that you want.

Using an ultraviolet light air filter is one of the ways that you can improve the quality of the air in your home. These filters use ultraviolet light to purify the air that enters your home through your ductwork.

How does this work? It works because UV light kills or neutralizes any airborne viruses or bacteria passing through your ducts. The UV rays damage the DNA of microbes that pass under it, preventing them from reproducing and causing infections. This helps to keep the air in your home healthier.

Our Ultravation Solaris Whole House Air Purifier is a great addition to any home HVAC system. Installed within you ductwork, it helps to purify the air that cycles through your comfort systems and heads off viruses and bacteria at the pass.

When you pair a whole house purifier with consistent healthy hygiene practices such as washing your hands, you can enjoy and happier and healthier home all year long.

Contact Mack Morris Heating & Air Conditioning to learn more.


There is much to consider regarding the COVID-19 virus (Coronavirus) and its possible transmission in your home. While there are various and effective indoor air quality measures available to help protect your safety, including duct sanitization, ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light treatment, and HEPA air filters, they alone cannot protect from all forms of COVID-19 transmission. It is important to follow all official guidelines for preventing the spread of this virus.

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Is Your Furnace on the Fritz?

March 9th, 2020

furnace-technicianWe are getting the briefest hints of springtime around the corner for Charlottesville. However, while those couple days of sunshine were a treat, it is obvious we still have some chilly weather to contend with until wintertime finally calls it a day.

This is an important time to go the extra effort and make sure that your furnace is going to make it through the remainder of the season. What’s more, you will want to ensure that it will work when you go to turn it on next winter. With that in mind, you should check to see if you need to schedule a furnace repair in Charlottesville, VA.

Repair needs are common toward the end of the season thanks to the wear and tear caused by extended use. Don’t let your furnace go without the help it needs.

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Four Signs Your Heat Pump Needs Help

February 24th, 2020

When you live in a place as great as Charlottesville, it is nice to know you can enjoy the comfort provided by a heat pump that will keep up with your lifestyle. Even on the hottest and coldest of days, you know that your heat pump will do right by you—until it doesn’t.

No one likes waking up to a cold house in the middle of winter and discovering the heater is supposed to be running. But if it is running, then why are you shivering? More than likely it is because your heat pump needs help. Even this wonderful system eventually requires professional care if it is to be expected to continue running.

We want you to be able to catch on that it is time for heating repair in Charlottesville, VA before it has a major impact on your comfort. To do so, it helps to know the signs you need to watch for.

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