Want to Extend the Life of Your Heating and Cooling System? Read On

Want to Extend the Life of Your Heating and Cooling System? Read OnUnlike other appliances in a home, HVAC systems don’t require a lot of upkeep to stay in good shape. However, failing to perform simple maintenance tasks may hinder your efforts to extend the life of your heating and cooling system. Fortunately, many of the tasks are simple enough for most homeowners to perform. Read More »

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Don’t Have a Programmable Thermostat? Time for an Upgrade

Don't Have a Programmable Thermostat? Time for an UpgradeWould you like to save money on your energy expenses without sacrificing comfort? If you are using an old dial-type thermostat or non-programmable digital thermostat, consider upgrading to a modern programmable model. The efficiency of your heating and cooling system can be significantly improved without a major purchase such as a new furnace. Read More »

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Get Ready for Fall By Scheduling Boiler Maintenance

Get Ready for Fall By Scheduling Boiler MaintenanceWith cooler fall weather drawing near, it’s time to make sure your boiler is working in top condition. Undiagnosed problems could cause your heating system to break down when you need it most, leaving you shivering in the cold. Regular inspections and boiler maintenance will help keep your home warm and comfortable throughout the entire cold season.  Read More »

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Preventive Heat Pump Maintenance Will Improve Its Function This Fall

Preventive Heat Pump Maintenance Will Improve Its Function This FallAs the days in Hampton Roads start getting shorter and the evenings begin getting more chilly, it is a good time to take care of essential heat pump maintenance that will keep your system operating efficiently and reliably for the fall and winter seasons. Taking the time now to check your system can prevent breakdowns and costly repairs from occurring when you need your system most. Read More »

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Looking to Gain More Energy Efficiency? Try Adding More Insulation

Looking to Gain More Energy Efficiency? Try Adding More InsulationGood insulation can improve energy efficiency and save you money all year round, keeping your home cooler in summer and warm in winter. Your attic is one of the most important locations to consider when you’re assessing your home’s insulation. Even if you think you have sufficient insulation, there may be room for improvement. Here’s how you can tell whether the insulation in your Hampton Roads home needs attention, how much you should add, and the types of insulation available. Read More »

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A Home Energy Audit Will Help You Find Problem Areas in Your Home

A Home Energy Audit Will Help You Find Problem Areas in Your HomeThe trees may not be turning red just yet, but autumn is in the air, and many of us are beginning to prepare for winter in Southeast Virginia. Most homeowners want to reduce their energy usage and lower their heating bills this winter, but many aren’t sure where to start. If the thought of searching your entire house for air leaks or gaps in insulation intimidates you, then a home energy audit may be the perfect solution for your household. Read More »

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Is Your Furnace Filter Working as It Should? It May Be Time to Change It

Is Your Furnace Filter Working as It Should? It May Be Time to Change ItWhen you notice reduced airflow in your home’s heating and cooling systems, your first thought as a homeowner should be to inspect the air filters. On the heating side, take a moment to turn off the furnace and visually inspect the furnace filter. While programmable thermostats may notify you when it needs changing, doing so at the beginning of each season is good practice. This simple task will not only prevent airflow problems, but also prevent indoor air degradation and higher utility bills. Read More »

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10 Houseplants You Can Use to Increase Your Home’s Air Quality

10 Houseplants You Can Use to Increase Your Home's Air QualityIf you are looking to increase your home’s air quality, there are a few ways to do it.  One very simple way is to incorporate plants into your home. There are many houseplants that are especially good at improving your home’s air quality, here are 10: Read More »

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How the Parts of Your HVAC System Work Together Shouldn’t Be a Mystery

How the Parts of Your HVAC System Work Together Shouldn't Be a MysteryThe comfort of your home is dependent on your heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system. Thanks to advances in technology, multiple home comfort systems work together. Here is how your HVAC system works together and what to do if there is a problem. Read More »

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How Long Should It Take a Tankless Water Heater to Heat?

How Long Should It Take a Tankless Water Heater to Heat?Tankless water heaters are growing in popularity every year. They are available in models fired by natural gas, propane or electricity. Homeowners like the fact these heaters free up floor space, as well as the energy saving features of on demand models. Some people get “on demand” confused with instant heating capability. Tankless water heaters are not made to heat water instantly. Rather, they only heat the amount of water that is needed. Heating only the water required burns less natural gas, propane or electricity and that, in turn, saves you money. Read More »

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