Archive for the ‘Heating’ Category

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Often, homeowners keep their old, outdated thermostats around for years before they’d even consider a replacement.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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What You May Not Realize about a Home Air Filter

Monday, February 26th, 2018

filter-ductYes, as heating and air conditioning technicians, we would like to remind you of how important it is to keep the air filter clean. This means that you need to replace it every 1-3 months, depending on how often you use it. Or, if you have a reusable filter, then you’ll have to clean it and let it fully dry before replacing it.

You might have heard this before, and you may or may not have followed the advice. Did you know what makes changing the filter so important? You might not have heard all this before.

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4 Reasons to Upgrade to a Smart Thermostat

Monday, February 12th, 2018

modern-thermostat-smart-homeSometimes, a homeowner upgrades their air conditioning and heating systems only to leave the same aging thermostat on the wall. As your technician may likely tell you, this shouldn’t have any effect on the way your heater or air conditioner operates as long as the thermostat is compatible (as it will still be calibrated and able to detect changes in temperature). However, you are missing out on the opportunity to save big time.

Whether your heating and air conditioning systems are brand new or ten years old, we recommend upgrading that wall thermostat to a smart thermostat you can control with your phone or tablet. Learn more about the benefits of smart thermostats and why you should make that upgrade in today’s guide.

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Wednesday, December 27th, 2017

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