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Why a Smart Thermostat is a Smart Idea

March 11th, 2019

smart-thermostat-controlled-remotelyNowadays, we have “smart” everything, from phones and watches to speakers and coffee makers. Modern technologies have made operating our homes much easier and much more efficient. Today, smart thermostats are changing the ways in which homeowners interact with their heating and cooling system, making for better efficiency and lower monthly spending costs.

Often, homeowners keep their old, outdated thermostats around for years before they’d even consider a replacement. But today, we are here to tell you that upgrading your thermostat just may give your HVAC systems the boost that they’ve long been needing. Below, we have outlined just some of the many reasons as to why you should consider making the switch. Keep reading to find out more!

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Does Your Ductless System Need Repair?

February 25th, 2019

toolsIf you own a ductless system, you are probably well aware of the benefits: they’re versatile, efficient, and quite effective at providing your home with year-round comfort. However great your system is, though, it will still require heating repair from time to time. Fortunately, the unique needs of a ductless system are well recognized, and a professional HVAC technician can get your system up and running again in no time, restoring both efficiency and comfort.

We find that it is important for homeowners to be aware of the signs that indicate their ductless heating and cooling system needs repair. The best way to avoid further damage and prevent sky-high utility bills is to schedule your services at the first sign of a problem. So in this week’s blog, we have listed some of the unique, yet most common, ductless system repairs that you may experience. Keep reading below to find out more. 

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Which is Better? Gas Furnace vs. Electric Furnace

February 11th, 2019

When the time comes to purchase a new furnace for your home, there are a lot of decisions you’ll have to make. Minor decisions can have a big impact on the overall efficiency and effectiveness of your new system, so it is important to do your research and consult with a professional before you make your purchase. An inefficient system could leave you with higher bills and an increased need for furnace repair in Afton, VA. 

After selecting the make and model of the furnace, the next, most important decision to make is what fuel source you are going to utilize. In most cases, you will be given the choice between a natural gas furnace and an electric furnace. Below, we have provided a quick guide to the different fuel options in order to help you make a well-informed decision. Keep reading to learn more! 

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Don’t Ignore Your Noisy Boiler

January 28th, 2019

covering-earsAlthough built to be one of the most durable home heating systems, boilers are still exposed to everyday wear and tear, which can cause a variety of issues if left unattended. Sure, with fewer moving parts, your boiler is less likely to suffer the same issues that a furnace does, but it does not mean that the system can be ignored. In fact, one symptom you should never ignore is strange noises coming from your boiler system.

Should you discover a strange sound coming from your boiler, it is best to contact a local HVAC technician right away to pinpoint the exact source of the problem. In the meantime, however, we have provided a quick guide to strange boiler sounds and what they could possibly indicate. Keep reading below to learn more. 

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Do I Need a New Heater?

January 14th, 2019

We are now in the midst of winter, and we still have a couple of more months to go before we can soak in the warm, spring sun. If you are operating an old, outdated heating system, it might be time to consider replacing it. We understand that replacing your system in the middle of winter might not seem ideal, but running your old system is costing you much more money than you might think.

The best way to figure out whether or not you need to upgrade your system is to consult with an experienced HVAC technician. They can assess the condition of your existing system to determine whether installing a new one is a worthwhile investment. But in the meantime, we have provided some clues that suggest it may be time for a new heater this winter. Keep reading to learn more. 

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Science 101: Static Electricity in Your Home

December 31st, 2018

Does your hair instantly stand up when you enter your home? Do you find yourself getting shocked when you touch a doorknob or find your clothes rather clingy? If you’ve answered “yes” to any of these questions, there is likely a build-up of static electricity in your home. But why?

Static electricity buildup is most commonly found in areas with overly dry air. Without proper humidification, static electricity becomes much more noticeable and can be quite a nuisance. During the winter, air is much dryer than it is during other parts of the year, so without proper humidification, your home is significantly more vulnerable to static electricity buildup. Investing in a whole-house humidifier in Crozet, VA is the best way to reduce the impact of static electricity and boost your comfort! 

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Sleep Better With a Whole House Humidifier

December 17th, 2018

woman-sitting-in-front-of-windowIf you find yourself counting sheep every night, it might be time to consider adding a whole house humidifier in your home. That’s right, a whole house humidifier can actually give you a better night’s sleep! We always recommend speaking with a qualified HVAC technician before making any final decisions. They can help you select the right humidifier for your home’s specific needs. Mack Morris Heating & Air Conditioning offers indoor air quality services in Palmyra, VA. 

Maintaining the proper humidity levels in your home is just as important to your overall comfort as setting the appropriate temperature. We know it can be easy to overlook the importance of humidity levels, but it can actually have a huge impact on the quality of sleep we receive. In our last blog, we talked about the implications of dry winter weather and the overall impacts it can have on our body, but today we wanted to talk more in-depth about humidity and its effects on your sleep.

Sleep Healthier

It’s simple. When you are healthy, you will sleep better. Because humidifiers protect against illness, you nor your family will be bothered by things like runny noses, sore throats, and coughing, all of which are things that can keep you up at night.

Sleep Quieter

If you or your partner snore, you know just how hard it can be to fall and stay asleep. The snoring that keeps you awake for hours on end might be due to the level of moisture in your air. Dry throats tend to cause louder and more frequent snoring. Homeowners seem to find that they snore less when their humidity levels are well balanced since their respiratory systems aren’t so dried out.

Sleep Soundly

When your home maintains a proper humidity level throughout the winter, your home may actually feel warmer and more comfortable overall. When you aren’t awoken by that annoying midnight chill, you just might get a solid 8 hours of rest.

Sure, we know that there a lot of portable humidifiers on the market, but consider a whole house humidifier this winter season. They perform better, they’re more efficient, and they are simply more convenient. Plus, you’ll sleep better knowing you have a system that you can trust for many years to come.

Mack Morris Heating & Air Conditioning offers whole home humidifier installation and repair. For your humidifier to run as efficiently and effectively as possible, they must be properly integrated into your existing HVAC system. Only an experienced HVAC technician possesses the skills necessary to get this job done right. Each home is different and needs can vary, but luckily our technicians have seen it all! Plus, our comprehensive repair services mean that your system will never be out of commission for too long. You can trust our team to fix any problem that may occur with your humidifier.

If you want to sleep better this winter season, don’t hesitate to speak with one of our friendly technicians. We know there are many things that may keep you awake at night, but don’t let dry air be one of them.

For all your whole house humidifier needs, contact Mack Morris Heating & Air Conditioning

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The Many Reasons Why Proper Humidification Is Important

December 3rd, 2018

sick-coupleWhen you think of overall comfort in your home, maintaining comfortable temperatures is probably where your mind goes first. That is obviously very important, which is why we offer both great heating and outstanding air conditioning options and services. If you think that temperature is where your comfort begins and ends in your home, however, think again. There is also your indoor air to consider and, in many cases, this IAQ simply is not as high as they believe.

In the winter particularly, dry air can be a serious problem in the home. During the summer, of course, your AC itself may excessively dry out the air, but in the winter you are starting out with air that is already dry to begin with. In today’s post we’ll talk about why that’s a problem, and why a whole-house humidifier in Crozet, VA is your best bet. Just remember that whole-house humidification systems do demand professional installation and ongoing services.

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Skip the Portable Humidifiers

November 19th, 2018
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It’s time for an upgrade.

When you heat your home in the winter, do you move a few space heaters throughout the house on a rotating schedule? When you cool your home, are you lugging window unit air conditioners up and down stairs throughout the house each year? No, of course not. While these portable comfort systems have their uses in, say, small apartments or dorm rooms, a whole-house HVAC system is obviously the better option.

So, why are you filling up portable humidifiers with water and only humidifying certain areas of your home? Especially when our team is here to outfit your home with a whole-house humidifier in Charlottesville? With a whole-house humidifier, you are going to enjoy many benefits that your portable humidifier units simply cannot match. Just remember that these systems, like any other whole-house system, need to be professionally installed and serviced. It’s not a job that you can handle on your own. Reach out to our staff to take advantage of a whole-house humidifier in your home.

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Get a New Thermostat—AND a Hundred Bucks Back!

November 13th, 2018

finger-on-thermostatWe know, we know. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is, right? Well, that may usually be the case. We’ve never steered you wrong before, though, and we encourage you to take advantage of this great offer. How often is it that the city pays you? Charlottesville is ready to do just that, and all they ask is that you invest a bit in your home. More specifically, in greening up your home!

If you’re heating your home with natural gas, the city of Charlottesville wants to give you $100 toward the purchase and installation of your very own programmable thermostat. These devices allow you greater control over the way in which you heat your home, helping you to save money and energy while actually living more comfortably! To qualify, you must:

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