Here’s How to Troubleshoot Your Air Conditioner

Here's How to Troubleshoot Your Air ConditionerWhen problems develop with your air conditioner, your home can quickly become uncomfortably warm and sticky. The following tips for troubleshooting common A/C problems can help you solve minor issues on your own or know when to call in an HVAC professional.

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Here’s What the Info on the EnergyGuide Label Tells You

Here’s What the Info on the EnergyGuide Label Tells YouAs a homeowner in the Hampton Roads area of southeast Virginia, there’s always the chance for inclement weather. This means you rely on the performance of your HVAC system to keep you comfortable without breaking the bank or the units. When you do need a new system, you can compare more than just the first cost. Using the yellow EnergyGuide label, you can compare lifetime costs including estimated energy usage.

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Certifications to Look For in an HVAC Pro

Certifications to Look For in an HVAC ProWhen you hire HVAC specialists for your installation, repair, or service project, you naturally expect them to be competent to do the job. HVAC certifications provide a reliable measure of a technician’s level of training and depth of knowledge in heating and air conditioning work. Here are some of the more common and useful certifications in the HVAC industry.

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Digital Features You Should Look for in an HVAC System

Digital Features You Should Look for in an HVAC SystemReplacing your HVAC system can be due to a home-efficiency upgrade, breakdown disaster, or by design. In any case, it’s always helpful to know the features available to you. Whether you’re designing a new “smart” home or you want to teach an old HVAC system new tricks, read on for the latest info on digital features and home automation.

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A Timeline for HVAC Replacement and Maintenance

A Timeline for HVAC Replacement and MaintenanceNeglecting HVAC maintenance doesn’t save you money in the long run. You’re going to pay higher energy bills and put your system and pocketbook at greater risk for expensive repairs or replacement. Read on to see how staying true to your HVAC maintenance timeline can help you extend its service life and save money.

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Radiant Barriers in the Attic Can Help You Avoid Heat and Humidity

Radiant Barriers in the Attic Can Help You Avoid Heat and HumidityYour attic can have a significant impact on your home’s comfort during the hot and humid months. It tends to stay very hot and humid when outdoor temperatures are high. If you neglect this attic heat and humidity, they will downgrade your home’s comfort. A radiant barrier can help you solve this problem.

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How to Prep for Stormy Weather During Hurricane Season

How to Prep for Stormy Weather During Hurricane SeasonWith the National Hurricane Center calling for a “normal” hurricane season in 2016, it’s anyone’s guess what’s in store for southeastern Virginia. These days we’re seeing more named storms emerging for a longer period than in past decades, meaning it’s increasingly likely that damaging storms may occur not only from June 1 to Nov. 30, but beyond.

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How to Maintain Your Windows

How to Maintain Your WindowsWindows are wonderful features that can add beauty to a home. Unfortunately, they can also be a drain on your energy bills if they are not properly maintained.

Especially in older homes, a significant amount of air is lost around windows. Fortunately, there are some easy fixes that can both improve your energy bill and help your home stay more comfortable.

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HVAC Air Filter Ratings: How to Understand Them

HVAC Air Filter Ratings: How to Understand Them | Russell'sWhen you go to look for new air filters for your heating or cooling system, you are going to notice that filters have ratings. The following brief guide will help you understand HVAC air filter ratings so that you can choose the best filters for your needs. Read More »

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Repair vs. Replace: Consider These Questions

Repair vs. Replace: Consider These Questions | Russell'sWhen your A/C breaks down in the middle of a hot southeast Virginia summer afternoon, a quick repair job might seem like the obvious solution. In reality, though, the decision to repair or replace your HVAC equipment involves a number of considerations. Read More »

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