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Product Feature: York Affinity 8T Series Air Conditioner

Posted by Rich Krider on March 02, 2018
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Topics: air conditioner, york

York Affinity Series High-Efficiency Heat Pump

Posted by Rich Krider on September 28, 2017

The York Affinity Series is a premier line of residential heat pumps and has a variety of features that make it an ideal heat pump for residential homes in Richmond, Virginia. We've installed a lot of heat pumps over the years, and this is one of our favorites. Here's why!


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Topics: heat pump, hvac, york

5 Quick “Go Green” Tips to Help You and Your Family This Winter

Posted by Rich Krider on September 14, 2017
Green Energy.jpgGranted, your lawn is looking anything but lively at this time of year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be green – as in environmentally savvy. Global warming is caused primarily by a buildup of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the Earth’s atmosphere. And since global warming is now a worldwide concern, it no longer “costs” to go green. In fact, it “pays” to go green, and in more ways than one.
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Topics: energy efficiency, energy savings

10 Tips on How to Buy an Air Conditioner

Posted by Rich Krider on August 18, 2017

Air Conditioner in SummerYou don't need the weatherman to tell you that it gets hot in Richmond. And it feels great to come inside from summer's heat and feel the cool, dry air from your air conditioner. But what do you do when it breaks? You can only take off so many clothes before it is considered illegal.

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Topics: hvac tips, air conditioner, repair or replace, ductwork

Spring HVAC Maintenance

Posted by Rich Krider on February 22, 2016

The warmup last week is a great reminder that Spring is on it's way, Richmond! Not only is Spring a great time to plant gardens, enjoy the outdoors, and clean out clutter - it's the perfect time to plan for a little maintenance on your HVAC unit.

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Topics: hvac tips, hvac, Howell's Heating & Air, comfort club maintenance plan

Indoor Air Pollutants: Radon (Rn)

Posted by Rich Krider on August 27, 2013

Sources: Earth and rock beneath home; well water; building materials.
Health Effects: No immediate symptoms. Estimated to contribute to between 7,000 and 30,000 lung cancer deaths each year. Smokers are at higher risk of developing radon-induced lung cancer.
Levels in Homes: Based on a national residential radon survey completed in 1991, the average indoor radon level is 1.3 picocuries per liter (pCi/L). The average outdoor level is about 0.4 pCi/L. Steps to Reduce Exposure: 

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Topics: radon

FAQ: What Are Some Ways To Help Control My Heating And Cooling Costs?

Posted by Rich Krider on June 11, 2013

Once the thermostat is set, it should be left alone. However, programmable thermostats are commonly installed on systems to setback the house temperatures while you are away from your home. The air filters inside the system need to be checked, cleaned, or changed each month. The outdoor fan should not be covered or obstructed, so it can receive proper air flow.

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Topics: Heating, energy efficiency, air conditioner

Product Feature: Trane XL20i Air Conditioner

Posted by Rich Krider on May 07, 2013
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Topics: trane, hvac, air conditioner

All About Air Ducts: How to Prevent Duct Contamination

Posted by Rich Krider on May 02, 2013

Whether or not you decide to have the air ducts in your home cleaned, committing to a good preventive maintenance program is essential to minimize duct contamination.

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Topics: duct cleaning, air ducts, series: all about air ducts, ductwork

FAQ: Should the Outdoor Unit Run Continuously?

Posted by Rich Krider on April 18, 2013

Below the balance point (around 30° F), it is normal for the outdoor fan to continually run. If the outdoor unit continually runs during normal heating (30° - 50° F outside), possible problems are:

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Topics: thermostats

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