Maximizing Heating and Cooling Efficiency

Posted on: June 22nd, 2012 by Jean
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heating and cooling

Along with proper use of your HVAC system, you have the privilege of doing certain things to ensure that the installed heating and cooling system works efficiently. This means that your unit can provide you with warm or cool air while helping you save energy and money in the process. How does that sound? So, to learn all about the simple things you can do that will have a great impact on your wallet and on your level of comfort, read on!

When you want to maximize the heating and cooling efficiency of your HVAC unit, you can allow air to flow from one room to another. What this needs you to do is leave the doors open so that warm or cool air can freely flow in your whole house. This is also good for improving the ventilation inside your home.

However, you have to remember that you only need to warm or cool a room that is being used. Case in point: a guest room with nobody in it. It is not wise to heat or cool that room when it is not being used in the first place. So, what you can do is switch off the radiator in that particular room and close the door. This prevents heated or cooled air from entering the unused room. You are giving your HVAC unit a hand by not letting it generate more heat or cool air for a room that does not need it.

Now, did you also know that dust greatly affects the way your heating and cooling system works? Yes, dust in your system – in radiators, in registers, and in baseboard heaters – is not good for you at all. Aside from the possible risk of developing allergies in residents, dust also prevents the unit from giving you the air temperature that you want. In short, you have to clean these parts regularly. Be sure to use a vacuum cleaner and a brush nozzle to suction the dust.

Additionally, you can get the most out of your HVAC system if you arrange your furniture well. Yes, the layout of your furniture also contributes to the efficiency of your unit. How? If thick drapes or large furniture pieces block registers, you will have a hard time getting cooled or warmed air to circulate throughout your home. Make sure that the airflow is not obstructed by these blocking objects.

When you have an exhaust fan in your kitchen or bathroom, be sure to switch off the fan when you have gotten rid of the odors or fumes that you don’t want. When you do that, you will prevent the fan from sucking the cooled or warmed air from your home. 

Lastly, make sure that you put in enough plants all around your house. Yes, you need this cover to make sure that cold air or warm air cannot easily enter your home. When you do that, you give the installed HVAC system the chance to work at its optimum level.

 

Looking for Heating and Air Conditioning Repair Company?

Posted on: June 22nd, 2012 by Jean
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heating and airconditioning repair 2

Are you looking for a company that offers heating and air conditioning repairs? Well, consider yourself lucky as there are many heating and cooling companies in the area. Your only job is to find a company that can be trusted to provide HVAC services at the right price. The big question is: How do you pick the right one for your home? Here are tips that you might find helpful.

  1. Pick a company that is in your area

This is a practical thing to do as you surely want technicians to be there at your home within a few minutes of calling for help. When help arrives fast, the sooner you can feel more comfortable as you know the problem with your broken heater or air conditioner can be dealt with immediately. Also, you won’t have to endure the cold (if it’s winter time) or the heat (during the peak of summer). In short, you must never choose a service provider that does not have a shop nearby. Pick one that is in the neighborhood.

    2.    Pick the company that is can respond to emergencies 24/7

Emergency service is another thing that is important as you cannot predict when your heating and air conditioning system will conk out. What if you suddenly find yourself without a functioning heating system during a chilly winter night? Do you think you will be able to stand staying in your home without artificial heating? On the other hand, can you imagine yourself staying in a room with a non-functional air conditioner in the middle of an unusually hot afternoon? Surely, you don’t want to go through any of that. And so, you must look for a company that can be there any time you need help.

    3.    Choose a company that has a good reputation

Of course! You must only hire the best HVAC company in Ashburn. Now, by saying the best, it means that you have to choose the service provider that the other people in the community trust with their heating and cooling needs. This can be a bit difficult to find out but if you ask around, you can get a general idea about which company delivers the services and satisfies the customers. When you do find a company that has a good track record, you can breathe easy and relax as you can fully trust the technicians to treat your heating and cooling system properly.

    4.    Go for a company that is licensed

Yes, this is another thing that you must consider when looking for a repair shop for your HVAC. The license is the indication that the shop and its technicians have passed the rigid standards of the state. Armed with this license, the company can be expected to know the services and the procedures needed for HVAC repairs. Additionally, this license makes the technicians fully qualified to undertake whatever repair jobs must be done on your malfunctioning heating and cooling system.

So, using the tips given above, you can be sure to find the right HVAC repair shop for your heating and air conditioning system.

Is Your HVAC Provider Trustworthy?

Posted on: June 22nd, 2012 by Jean
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hvac provider

The trustworthiness of an HVAC provider is something that most homeowners are concerned about. Well, they are right! An HVAC provider that can be trusted is the one that can guarantee that the proper maintenance or service is given to the HVAC system.

This leads us to the question: Is your HVAC provider trustworthy? Yes, you have to seek the crucial answer to this question because if you don’t you could be stuck with a provider that is only there to rip you off! Would you want that? Are you sure that you want to be a willing victim? Probably not! And so, before you hire a provider, you better find out whether you do have a decent company on your side.

So, how do you know that your HVAC provider can be trusted?

First, you have to find out whether the heating and air provider charges unbelievably low service call fees. There are unscrupulous companies that charge low service calls. Well, basically, the low fees are only baits to grab your attention. The moment you get hooked by this lure, the company will then charge other fees that amount to more than what you expected to pay. In short, the other charges may be placed in other areas. You only know about your bill after you get a job done.

Second, watch out for services that the heating and air system does not need. There are also companies that suggest cleanings when you know you just had your system cleaned recently. Or the company might imply that the system needs inspections. You have to be able to weigh how often you will need regular cleaning and maintenance checks.

In short, you can tell whether the heating and air conditioning service provider can be trusted by watching out for the tell-tale signs mentioned. And so, when you are out hunting for the right HVAC company to install a new system inside your home, you need to keep the tips in mind to be sure that you hire the right one.

How do you do this? You need to do a thorough research. Ask for referrals from friends or neighbors. If their homes are equipped with HVAC systems and if they are satisfied with the professionals who maintain their systems, then they are the right people to ask for help. You can trust their opinion about who they think is the HVAC provider to hire. You can even turn to the internet and find out the current rates charged by other providers. This way you can guarantee that the fees charged by a particular company are more or less similar to the ones charged by the company you are considering as your best bet.

 

 

 

How to Pick a Heating and Air Conditioning Repair Shop

Posted on: June 22nd, 2012 by Jean
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heating and airconditioning repair shop

Homeowners who have installed heating and air conditioning systems will definitely need the help of an HVAC repair shop. Well, finding a decent repair shop is not exactly an easy thing to do as there are actually a good number of shops in Ashburn. Your only job is to find the right shop to take care of your unit. In fact, finding the right shop is the best thing you can do to ensure that your malfunctioning HVAC system gets the proper treatment and receives the appropriate procedures for repair.

So, here are tips on how to pick a heating and air conditioning repair shop that can take care of your heating and air conditioning system.

First: Look for a repair shop that has a presentable façade. This is important as a clean and orderly shop can be relied on to deliver the right services. So, for this one, you have to actually visit several repair shops in order to check their facilities and work areas. It is also advisable that you find out whether the equipment in the shop is up to date. Also, look for a shop that has professional staff and technicians. These tiny details are testaments of an HVAC repair shop’s dedication to delivering expert service.

Second: Consider the heating and air repair shop that is patronized by many customers. Yes, you want to avoid being on a wait list because of the long line of customers waiting to be served. However, with a shop that has lots of clients, you can certainly confirm that the shop delivers excellent service what with the multitudes of clients waiting to be served. Additionally, you can trust the opinions of the other customers to be true.

Third: Select the heating and air conditioning repair shop with a good reputation. This is closely tied to the second tip but it must be discussed further. A reputable shop is a shop that enjoys the benefit of an untainted name in the industry. This means that you cannot hear any negative comments or feedback about the shop or its technicians. In fact, with a reputable shop, you can feel safe and secure about the treatment that your HVAC system will receive. In order to find out about the shop’s reputation, you can ask people you trust. If they have actually employed the services of that shop, then they could really provide you with useful information.

Last: Search for a repair shop that is available 24/7. This is particularly important as you can be saved from a lot of stress and inconvenience when the technicians of the shop you call does not arrive on time. When this happens, you have to wait in vain for them to arrive. With a shop with emergency services, you can guarantee that help will come immediately.

In conclusion, finding a decent heating and air conditioning repair shop is easy if you follow the tips given above.

How to Maintain Your Heating and Air Conditioning System

Posted on: June 22nd, 2012 by Jean
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heating and airconditioning system

The current state of the economy pushes homeowners to focus on maintaining their appliances, including their heating and air conditioning systems. This is because properly maintaining these devices has a direct impact on the expense that people will have to pay for. Well-maintained appliances do last longer than those that are neglected by their owners. Good news is that there are simple things that homeowners, even you, can do to make sure that your HVAC unit runs well all year through.

There are different kinds of heating and air conditioning systems. You can find units that run on natural gas, propane, or electricity. However, no matter what type of HVAC unit you have, you really must do your part to keep all its parts well oiled. When you do that, you can be assured that your unit can work for you efficiently and help save on energy costs.

So, how do you maintain your heating and air conditioning system so that it can keep on serving you for a long time? A practical thing to do is change the filter of the unit as often as indicated in the user manual. This is important as it allows the unit to provide clean air. Changing air filters is not difficult at all. You only need to know a few simple steps and you can get the job done. After that, you can feel safer with your new air filters to prevent dust and pathogens from circulating all over your home.

Another thing you can do is to make sure that other objects do not stand in the way of the vents. Keeping the intake and return vents free from these things will ensure that the unit works as intended. Also, it would be good to put filters inside the vents in order to keep the ducts free from dust or debris. You can use a clean rag to wipe off dust that may have collected on the external parts of your unit.

Generally, HVAC units should be seen by qualified technicians every six months. This is because the motors, fans, coils and ducts of your heating and air conditioning unit also need maintenance. The right people for the job can bring in their equipment to test your system. If they find out that there is a defect or slight damage, then they can take the appropriate measures to remedy the problem. For this, you can avail of service plans offered by HVAC providers that are really worth the price.  

In conclusion, these are just a few of the things you can do to maintain the heating and air conditioning system installed in your home. When you do these things, you have better chances of keeping your HVAC unit running for as long as the manual stipulates it would.

 

Heating and Air Conditioning Troubleshooting Tips

Posted on: June 22nd, 2012 by Jean
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heating and airconditioning tips

Homeowners should remember that before they call in the experts to take a look at their malfunctioning heating and cooling systems, they must first see if they themselves can do certain things order to fix the problem. This is because professional repair services can be quite costly. And so, when you, homeowners are able to solve the problem, you won’t have to call in technicians who can be expected to solve the problem for a fee. Good for you is there are a few troubleshooting tips that you can learn in order to correct some problems. However, the more serious ones are best left in the able hands of experienced technicians.

So, what are some of the things that you can do in certain situations that don’t require a professional’s hands? Here are some situations and how you can troubleshoot the problems.

  1. The heating and air conditioning unit does not switch on

The most practical thing to do is check your thermostat. Find out whether it is set to cool or to heat. Then, depending on the air temperature you want to achieve, set the thermostat. Now, if you do that and the unit still does not come on, check if the batteries are still working.

When you do that and the unit still does not come alive, check the circuit breaker. Firmly switch off the break and turn it on again. If you notice that the unit switches on but switches off gain, you need to call an HVAC technician.

  1. The unit switches on but there is low airflow

This problem can be caused by a dirty filter. More often than not, homeowners unintentionally neglect to check the air filters. Because of this, the filter is not able to do the work it is expected to do. This in turn results to low airflow. So, what can you do? You can change the air filters with new ones. That should do the job. On the other hand if the evaporator coil is also dirty, you might also suffer from low airflow. What you can do is to brush the evaporator to get rid of dirt that may have clumped on it. Then, you need to spray the evaporator with a coil cleaner which will do the job of cleaning the coil.

These are just a few things you can do when you notice a slight change in the efficiency of your heating and cooling system. But, did you know that the best thing you can do to prevent these problems from cropping up is to regularly maintain your unit?

As such, you have to check your air filters and replace them every three months or so. You have to clean the evaporator once a year and get rid of the dust and debris that may have gotten into the external unit. Lastly, you let a certified technician inspect the wiring and connection to check for defects.

 

 

Cooling Your House without an Air Conditioner

Posted on: June 22nd, 2012 by Jean
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air conditioner

Are you aware that you have the ability to cool your home without needing an air conditioner? Yes, you do and you can! There are simple things you can do to cool indoor air without having to spend a few dollars on generating artificial cool air. Isn’t that wonderful? Basically, you can achieve this when you are able to reduce the sources of heat inside your home and are able to successfully get rid of the indoor heat. So, here are tips that you may find useful when you want to enjoy cool air without necessarily switching on your air conditioner.

The first tip is to use fans inside your home. In the temperate regions of the country, you can stay cool in your home during the warm summer months through the use of portable fans. Because the air is relatively cool, you will able to enjoy indoor air that flows and is not stagnant.

Next, you need to check your insulation. Yes, the insulation in your home can prevent air from going out or getting into your home. This is particularly useful during summer when you want to keep warm air out, not into your home.

Additionally, you can lessen the amount of heat that your house can gain from the outdoors by using shades or drapes. These things can keep direct sunlight from getting in through windows in the south and west wings of your home. In short, these things can act as barriers to warm sunlight streaming in through windows.

Another thing you can do is to switch off heat-producing appliances and lights when you do not need them. Yes, these devices can significantly increase the temperature inside your home. By not switching on lights during daytime, you get the chance to enjoy cool air without having to turn on your AC.

The next tip is to put in heat-reflecting films on your windows to deflect the rays of the sun. When you do that, you reduce the glare which will keep the house cooler. But, it is also good to note that these films should not be placed in south-facing windows of houses in colder climates. These things won’t let the sun’s warmth in during the cold winter months.

It is also good to plant bushes, vines and trees all around your house to provide shade. However, if want to take advantage of warm sunshine during winter, you have to make sure that the plants you surround your home with are those that shed off leaves during fall. Also, you have to consider the type of plants to put in so that they won’t block any breeze coming in.

To cut a long story short, you can do these simple things to keep your home cooler. Try them now and enjoy natural cool air minus the expenses.

Choosing a Shop for Heating and Air Conditioning Repair

Posted on: June 22nd, 2012 by Jean
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heating and airconditioning repair

When you are looking for a shop offering heating and air conditioning repair in Ashburn, you won’t have such a difficult time at it. Why? There are actually many shops offering HVAC services. However, the number of shops alone cannot guarantee that you will find a reputable shop the first time you try looking for one. So, here are tips to help you look for a heating and air repair shop to entrust your HVAC system to.

Tip #1: Search for an Ashburn repair shop that has a good name. A good reputation should be the first thing you consider when searching for a company to handle your heating and cooling repairs. This means that you need to ask around for the name of a company that a lot of people in the neighborhood trust. You can begin by asking your family and friends. They will definitely not recommend a company that they themselves do not trust.

Tip #2: Look for a repair shop that has a welcoming appearance. By this, it means that the shop makes the effort of cleaning its surroundings and of keeping it clean. The cleanliness of the place could point to the fact that the shop is dedicated to providing you with professional service. So, when you do your rounds in the neighborhood, be sure to look for a shop that is brightly-lit and is well-arranged. You can trust the shop to offer good service.

Tip #3: Hunt for a heating and air conditioning repair shop that is manned by qualified technicians. Plus, make sure that the shop has a license to operate. Besides, skilled technicians and a licensed shop mean that you get good service for the amount you pay. Additionally, the qualifications of the persons you leave the repair jobs to ensure that your HVAC system gets only the best treatment.

Tip #4: Make a point of looking for a repair shop that has enough experience. This means that you have to search for a company that has been in the business for 10 years or more. Ten years is enough time for the company to learn much about repairing heating and cooling systems. Because of this, you won’t have to worry that your system won’t get the care that it deserves.

Tip #5: Lastly, search for a heating and air repair company that charges reasonable rates. And so, you have to be able to know the average rates that repair shops charge. You will need the information to select the company with fees that you can actually afford. Besides, armed with the knowledge you need, you can decide on the best company to hire. However, you must remember not to select the company with the lowest rates as it is no guarantee that you have the right one.

In conclusion, choosing a heating and air conditioning repair shop is easy if you follow the tips given above.

Are There Green Alternatives for Heating and Air Conditioning?

Posted on: June 22nd, 2012 by Jean
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heating and airconditioning

Today, people are more aware of the impact their everyday activities have on nature, meaning, they are more conscious of the effect of their heating and cooling systems on the environment. As such, they do all sorts of things to lessen the harmful effects of using energy. A few people prefer setting the thermostat on a higher temperature during summer even though they might feel a bit hot. On the other hand, some people choose to use solar energy to run their HVAC systems. Although this is environment-friendly, solar panels cost a lot of money.

This brings us to the all-important question: Are there green alternatives for heating and air conditioning that these environment-friendly homeowners can use? Actually, there is one great alternative: geothermal heating and air conditioning. This option is safe, cheap, and uses renewable energy. How’s that for the “greenness” factor?

We all know that there is heat under the ground. This is where geothermal heating and air conditioning gets its power. The natural heat trapped in the earth’s crust is used to heat a system of looped water pipes snaking beneath a house. The water gets to be the same temperature as that of the temperature underground. Heated water is then moved along the underground water pipes. The part of the system called HVAC compressors then circulate warmed air all throughout the house.

This means that people’s homes can enjoy the same level of comfort all year long minus the expected operation costs when using electricity or fossil fuels to power an HVAC system. But of course, geothermal systems do not come cheap. The initial cost can be quite costly. However, homeowners should remember that the great expense is only felt upon purchase. After that, they only enjoy the warm comfort of their homes heated by geothermal power.

In short, homeowners get to save a lot of money in the long run. They only need to maintain the system so that it keeps on working efficiently. That is a pretty much reasonable thing to do, given that they don’t have to pay for exorbitant energy bills at the end of the month. Furthermore, because they do not use fossil fuels, they won’t contribute to global warming due to carbon emissions from their heating and cooling system. Plus, homeowners don’t have a need for refrigerants that worsen the ozone layer problems at present.

In conclusion, heating and air conditioning does not have to be expensive to be effective and efficient. Also, heating and air conditioning can be good for the environment, just like with geothermal heating systems. Although the initial cost of geothermal systems can be huge, the benefits more than make up for the price. Isn’t that a good thing?

 

10 Heater Repair Tips

Posted on: June 22nd, 2012 by Jean
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heater repair

It is common for homeowners to require heater repair in the middle of winter. This is because the heater has remained unused all summer long. So, the moment it is turned on to stave off the cold, it cannot do the work because the parts are just not in the right condition. On the other hand, the long time that it has not been used could mean the parts may have become worn out or calcified. And so, here are 10 tips for you in order to keep yourself from having to call in a plumbing service company to fix your broken heater.

No. 1: Before the cold weather comes, you have to test your heater or your HVAC system. This is a practical and wise practice. When you know the condition of your heater, you will be spared from the inconvenience and danger of freezing inside your home when you wind up with a broken heater in the coldest winter. Plus, you have more time to do the repair on your own or to call a company to fix the problem.  

No. 2: Do the simplest thing – find out whether the heater is plugged in to a power source before calling for help. If it is, see if the heater is actually switched on. You might be surprised at the number of people who make this obvious mistake.

No. 3: If your home has central heating, it would be wise to get a yearly service contract. Yes, you will have to pay a bit more but with the help of a professional company, you can be assured of getting replacement parts when you need them.

No. 4: Still on the matter of central heating, if you live in an area with hard water, you really need to get a water softener. Yes, you also need to pay a bit more but with a water softener you won’t have deal with calcified boilers that cannot service their purpose.

No. 5: You can do a quick fix. Using the user manual that came with your heating system or heater, you can follow the tips for troubleshooting certain problems. If luck is still on your side, you may be able to repair the problem on your own.

No. 6: Before you dial the number of your local plumber or HVAC contractor, make sure to check the warranty of your heater. If you are lucky, you may still be up for a free repair.

No. 7: If your warranty has run out, you need to find a reliable repair shop instead of calling someone from the manufacturer. You can expect to pay a lot less this way.

No. 8: Before hiring a shop, it is wise to do a bit of research in order to find the shop with the lowest but most reasonable price.

No. 9: It is also recommended that you ask family and friends if they know of a top-rate plumbing or HVAC service provider. You can find a good company this way.

No. 10: You also need to consider the state of your heater. Will you benefit from having an old unit replaced or will you do better if you buy a new unit. It’s your decision.

These 10 tips are helpful in keeping you from suffering from too much cold at the height of winter.