Archive for the ‘Heating’ Category

3 Signs Your Boiler’s Broken

Monday, December 2nd, 2019

broken-heater-no-warmth-cold-womanOkay let us clarify. When we say “broken” we don’t mean unusable. When it comes to a boiler or any type of heating system, broken usually refers to a system in need of repairs. This means that your boiler isn’t operating the way it is supposed because something within your heating system causing problems.

So, the question here is, what is causing your boiler’s issues? There are, of course, multiple problems that could create the need for boiler repair in Orange, VA. And, while there are signs to watch for that could indicate one issue or another, you will normally need the help of a trained HVAC technician to truly identify exactly what’s wrong.

We get that you will want to understand what indicators you should be watching for before you call a pro, though. That is why we’ve provided three keys signs that will tell you when you boiler is in need of repair.

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Humidity, Your Heater, And You

Monday, November 18th, 2019

ductless-blowerZap!

Ouch, that static shock doesn’t seem like much—but it sure can hurt. The air has been extremely dry lately thanks to the cool temperatures in Palmyra, and you may have noticed the side effects like the increased static and chilly air. Lately, it’s seemed to be much colder than the thermostat says, and you can’t seem to warm your home up enough to feel comfortable. Even if you can, the dry air would still make you feel a little too similar to a tanned hide.

If only there was a way to bring a little humidity into your home to help balance things out!

Thankfully there is. If you are curious about how humidity can help increase your comfort and allow you to more easily heat your home, and how we can help set you up with a system that uses humidity and heat together, read on.

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Keep Cozy This Season With Heater Maintenance

Monday, November 4th, 2019

fall-plying-in-leaves-cold-weatherThe shorts and sunhats are out and the flannels and sweatpants have made their debut. The fire is going, the windows are closed up and the blankets are ready for whenever someone might need to curl up with a good book and a warm drink.

It is fall and the weather has decided to agree at long last. It is the season of enjoying the cold because it helps us appreciate how warm and cozy we can get. But keeping warm in fall and throughout winter gets tricky when your heater is on the fritz. Thankfully there is a way to avoid having problems with your HVAC heating system: maintenance.

We know it might sound silly but we promise it pays off. Let us explain why maintenance is well worth it.

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Why a Smart Thermostat is a Smart Idea

Monday, 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?

Monday, 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

Monday, 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

Monday, 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?

Monday, 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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When to Call in Your Heating Contractor

Monday, October 22nd, 2018

hello-winterWhen you live anywhere with temperatures as cold as ours get here in Virginia, it is of the utmost importance that you have a heating contractor that you can trust. Reading this right now means that you’ve found one. That doesn’t mean, necessarily, that you know when you should be reaching out to us, though. As a general rule, you should be contacting us, your trusted HVAC contractor in Charlottesville, VA, whenever you need services.

We will get into that a bit more below. First, we just want to reiterate the fact that we know there are a lot of very capable, hands-on homeowners out there. And that’s great, to a certain degree. It is the best and most responsible homeowners that recognize their own limitations, though. There is no amount of online tutorials that you can watch which will give you the skill and expertise that our trained, professional technicians possess. When it comes to your heater, work with the pros.

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Don’t Force an Unprepared Heater Back Into Action

Monday, October 8th, 2018

furnace-technicianWhew, you may be thinking, that chill is getting stronger—the heater is going to be back in regular rotation before long.  Good thing it was in such good shape at the end of last heating season. Now it will be ready to jump right back into it this, right?

Not. So. Fast.

If you want to heat your home effectively and reliably this winter—and why wouldn’t this be the case—then it is very important that you schedule professional heating maintenance in Charlottesville, VA, before putting the system back into use.  No,  it does not matter if the system was fine when you last used it. After all, maintenance and repairs are two very different things.

Below, you’ll learn some facts about why routine heating maintenance is not just necessary, but so beneficial to you. Remember, good enough is not good enough when it comes to heating, and the fact that your heater is up and running does not mean that it is running as well as possible!

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