Cooling Myths May Sound Plausible but Here’s How They Cost You More

Cooling Myths May Sound Plausible but Here's How They Cost You MoreSmart A/C tips help you beat the heat, but cooling myths cost more than they save. Here are some common misconceptions about cooling your home. Read More »

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Feeling Air Leaks? May Be Time to Add More Insulation

Feeling Air Leaks? May Be Time to Add More InsulationA poorly insulated attic allows heated or cooled air to escape. This impacts your home comfort level and increases your energy expense. Adding insulation to your attic helps limit air loss and as a result, you will have greater home comfort and reduced energy expense. Read More »

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Window Condensation Could be a Symptom of a Larger HVAC Problem

Window Condensation Could be a Symptom of a Larger HVAC ProblemMoisture on your home’s windows may not seem like an urgent warning sign. Balancing humidity is an important part of maintaining your home comfort during the hot and humid summers of the Hampton Roads area. That moisture can also be a symptom of a larger problem with your home’s humidity levels and window efficiency. So, keep the following in mind when you notice conspicuous window condensation. Read More »

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The Energy Star Label on Your HVAC System Saves in Many Ways

The Energy Star Label on Your HVAC System Saves in Many WaysThe hot summers of Hampton Roads can make it difficult to keep your home at a comfortable temperature. Heating and cooling cost account for more than half of all energy usage in the average home, according to the EPA. You can reduce your overall energy usage and energy cost year round with  Energy Star certified home features. Read More »

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With a Programmable Thermostat Energy Efficiency is in Your Hands

With a Programmable Thermostat Energy Efficiency is in Your HandsWhen your alarm clock beeps in the morning, do you awaken to a home that’s either too hot or too cold because you are trying to save energy while sleeping? As a responsible homeowner, you are on the right energy-saving track, but you are missing one important HVAC component — a programmable thermostat. Read More »

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R-22 Phaseout — Why You Should Be Concerned

R-22 Phaseout -- Why You Should Be ConcernedR-22 phaseout! Those words should strike fear into you if you have an older model air conditioner. The price to refill your air conditioner, if it still uses R-22, will increase what it cost last year and next year, the cost will continue to increase. The federal government, to comply with the 1987 Montreal Protocol International Environmental Agreement, has cut production of R-22 to 25 percent. Next year, production will be cut down to 10 percent.   Read More »

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Minimize Using the A/C and Still Keep Your Home Cool

Minimize Using the A/C and Still Keep Your Home CoolWhen summer arrives and the mercury in the thermometer starts going up, air conditioners start coming on in southeast Virginia. Unfortunately, this drives energy bills up. In fact, the government estimates that space cooling accounts for nine percent of home energy consumption. Fortunately, there are ways to minimize using the A/C while still staying comfortable. Here are some tips to consider. Read More »

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Your A/C Maintenance Should Include a Refrigerant Charge

Your A/C Maintenance Should Include a Refrigerant ChargeIn order for you to get the most energy efficiency from your cooling system, it should be maintained annually by an HVAC contractor who measures the refrigerant charge. If the amount isn’t precisely what the manufacturer specifies, it won’t run as efficiently as it could.  Read More »

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Ways You Can Have an Energy-Efficient Home Even While Vacationing

Ways You Can Have an Energy-Efficient Home Even While VacationingEven when you are on vacation, your home still uses some energy. While some of the energy use is necessary, you can also cut back on it in certain places. Here are several ways you can develop an energy-efficient home even while you are away: Read More »

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Need a New Water Heater? Consider These Tips Before Buying

Need a New Water Heater? Consider These Tips Before BuyingIf you are considering a new water heater, the technology and primary concerns of the systems available have changed drastically in the past decade. New options have become available, and old technologies have been substantially improved upon. This can lead to confusion about how to best choose a new unit, but a quick look into some of the most energy efficient options can help. Read More »

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