AFUE, SEER, HSPF: Basic Terms to Know About Your HVAC System

AFUE, SEER, HSPF: Basic Terms to Know About Your HVAC SystemThe HVAC industry uses a lot of terms and abbreviations to describe the parts and functioning of heating and cooling systems. Of them, AFUE, SEER and HSPF are the most important when considering a new system. These terms describe the energy efficiency of the equipment, which has a big impact on your home’s energy budget. Read More »

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5 Houseplants that Will Clean the Air in Your Chesapeake Home

5 Houseplants that Will Clean the Air in Your Chesapeake HomeDo you know that there is a great variety of houseplants that will clean the air inside your Hampton Roads home? This is especially important because the air indoors can be just as polluted, sometimes more so, than the air just outside. This is due to things such as furnace emissions, cigarette smoke, and building byproducts and their off-gasses. Read More »

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Stop Air Leaks Before It’s Too late

Stop Air Leaks Before It's Too lateAir leaks in and out of your home have the potential to cost you both in terms of comfort and money. In moderate seasons you’ll be fine, but during the summer and winter you want to keep your home’s air inside. Read More »

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UV Lights and How They Fight the Bacteria in Your Chesapeake Home

UV Lights and How They Fight the Bacteria in Your Chesapeake HomeMost people are aware that the sun emits harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays in its light. While the ozone layer protects us, we have harnessed the power of UV lights, which can be used to combat the bacteria and other harmful substances in your home. Read More »

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Seal Your Ducts and Keep Your HVAC System Running Smoothly

Seal Your Ducts and Keep Your HVAC System Running SmoothlyAn important part of HVAC maintenance that is often neglected is sealing your ducts. Ducts are responsible for transporting air all around your home and are crucial for an effective HVAC systems. They can however, develop leaks over time that cost you in many ways. Read More »

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A Cracked Heat Exchanger Can Be Deadly. Fix Yours Right Away

A Cracked Heat Exchanger Can Be Deadly.  Fix Yours Right AwayA cracked heat exchanger is one that you should not ignore. Cracked heat exchangers can emit deadly carbon monoxide.  Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless, and tasteless gas that can kill you. If your heat exchanger is cracked, it could be poisoning you and your family.  You should fix yours immediately. Read More »

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Two-Stage Furnaces Provide Quieter, More Efficient and Consistent Heating

Two-Stage Furnaces Provide Quieter, More Efficient and Consistent HeatingAre you in the market for a new furnace? Is a single- or two-stage model on your shopping list? As you comparison shop, keep in mind that while the upfront cost of a two-stage furnace is higher, the investment could be well worth it. After all, two-stage furnaces are substantially cheaper than variable-speed models and they provide many of the same benefits. Read More »

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Water Heater Replacement Time? Tips for Installing Your New One

Water Heater Replacement Time?  Tips for Installing Your New OneHaving access to hot water is an absolute necessity on a day-by-day basis, which is why it’s such a big deal when your equipment breaks down. If you’ve done your due diligence and water heater replacement is your only course of action, there’s no need to be scared. Read More »

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HEPA Air Filters Are Worth the Cost

HEPA Air Filters Are Worth the CostThe state and efficiency level of the air filters in your home’s heating and cooling equipment are critically important in achieving good indoor air quality. New air filters easily capture airborne particles indoors, a cleaner air level is achieved. But there’s more to consider than just the age of the filter – you also need to consider what grade of filter to use.  HEPA (high-efficiency particulate absorption) filters are high-grade and capable of removing up to 99 percent of airborne matter that float around indoors. Read More »

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It’s Not Too Early to Schedule That Annual Air Conditioning Service Call

It's Not Too Early to Schedule That Annual Air Conditioning Service CallCentral air conditioners consist of a condenser and an evaporator. The condenser unit is located outside your home, while the evaporator coil is typically located above your furnace. You should call in a professional to do a yearly tune-up on your HVAC system components, but don’t wait until the scorching summer months or for your air conditioner to break down before you call. Make sure everything is in tip-top shape in the spring to ensure your air conditioner runs cleaner, cooler and quieter, and lasts longer. Read More »

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