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Can Regular HVAC Tune Ups Really Extend the Life of the System?

Posted by Howell's Heating & Air on February 14, 2018

Heating and cooling systems have lots of moving, mechanical parts. Keeping them cleaned, oiled and tuned-up allows your HVAC to work more efficiently - and it keeps it running far longer than it would otherwise. This is why regular HVAC tune ups are so important when it comes to saving money and extending the life of your system.

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Topics: HVAC Maintenance, HVAC Tune Ups

How Much Does a Complete HVAC System Cost?

Posted by Howell's Heating & Air on February 06, 2018

If you're building a new home, or installing HVAC system that has never had that type of heating and cooling system, cost is likely going to be a major consideration.

While a new HVAC system is one of the most expensive appliances you'll ever purchase, it's important to weigh both first-time and lifetime costs for each option to ensure you invest in the highest-quality system you can afford. In almost all cases, spending extra now for a system that is both energy-efficient, and has the features most important to your lifestyle, will pay off over time.

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Topics: HVAC Cost

SEER Ratings & How to Find Them

Posted by Howell's Heating & Air on February 02, 2018


Do you know the SEER rating on your existing heat pump or central air conditioner? Effective January 1, 2015, the US Government required that split system heat pumps and central air conditioners installed in the Southeastern Region of the United States of America to be at least 14 SEER. (that includes us here in Hanover County and the metro Richmond area as well)!

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Topics: heat pump, energy efficiency, hvac, Air Conditioning, seer, seer rating, seer rating requirement

How to Pinpoint and Fix Cold Spots in a House

Posted by Howell's Heating & Air on February 02, 2018

When you buy a new home, there’s always a phase of discovering little nuance issues a few months later. Things you never would have even thought about during the purchase. Cold spots are something that doesn’t usually register as a problem until temperature fluctuations are felt firsthand.

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Topics: hvac tips, HVAC Service, Temperature, Cold Spots

Better Carbon Monoxide Protection For  Your Family

Posted by admin on January 30, 2018

Carbon Monoxide, CO for short, is an odorless and colorless gas which can cause severe health issues, or even death, in humans and pets.  It is found in fumes produced when cars or trucks,  engines, generators, gas appliances and furnaces are running. If these fumes build up, or there is a leak, CO poisoning can occur in a matter of minutes. 

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Traditional vs Tankless Water Heaters

Posted by admin on January 17, 2018

The time has come to replace your existing water heater. There are so many options out there, how do you make the best choice for your home and family without having to navigate your way through too many comparison reports or consumer reviews? Traditional (storage) and tankless water heaters are the two main types of water heaters on the market. Here's a quick overview of their benefits, and key differences. 

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Topics: energy efficiency, Water Heater, traditional water heater, tankless water heater

Heat Pump Vs. Furnace, Which Is Better?

Posted by Howell's Heating & Air on January 11, 2018

In Central Virginia's climate,  the ideal scenario is to have a furnace serve as the alternative heat source when you have a heat pump.  Installing both a heat pump and furnace is not always financially feasible. In this article, we’ll discuss efficiency considerations when using a furnace or heat pump to heat your home.

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Topics: heat pump, furnace, Gas Furnace, heat pump estimate

What Type of Heating System Should I Have in Richmond, VA

Posted by Howell's Heating & Air on December 21, 2017

Once the cold weather hits, many a Richmond, VA homeowner is faced with an important question: Is it time to replace my heating system? If the answer to that question is, "yes," there are some serious decisions to be made.

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Topics: heating systems

Cost of HVAC Repairs Vs. Regular Tune-Ups

Posted by Howell's Heating & Air on December 21, 2017

There's a big difference between the cost of an HVAC repair, and the cost of an HVAC tune-upIt's important to note that you can prevent the former when you're diligent about the latter.

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Topics: Cost of Heat Pump, HVAC Tune Ups, heat pump repair

How Long Do Builder Grade Heat Pumps Last?

Posted by admin on December 19, 2017

The average life of a residential builder-grade heat pump is 14 years.

Commercial grade heat pumps tend to last a bit longer.

Less expensive, off-brand heat pumps do not last as long and tend to break down before the brand name models.

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Topics: Heat Pumps

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