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.
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.
Topics: HVAC Cost
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)!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Topics: heating systems
There's a big difference between the cost of an HVAC repair, and the cost of an HVAC tune-up. It's important to note that you can prevent the former when you're diligent about the latter.
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.
Topics: Heat Pumps