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  • What are "Coils" & How Do They Work?

    Do you know how your air conditioner works? If the answer’s no, don’t worry, most homeowners don’t know either. Your air conditioner features a number of different components that all need to work properly in order to cool or heat your home, among the most important are your coils . On this blog, we’ll take a look at what coils are and why it’s so important that you take good care of them in order ...
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  • What is a SEER Rating & Why Is It Important?

    If you’re in the market for a new air conditioner, you’ve likely found there’s a lot you need to take into consideration before making your ultimate purchase decision. How big does your system need to be? What features do you want? What’s your budget? Is a long-lasting warranty important to you? And, perhaps the most important, how efficient do you want your system to be? This last question is the ...
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  • Why It's Important to Get the Right Size Air Conditioner

    If you’re in the market for a new air conditioner, you’ll have a lot to consider. What features do you want? How efficient do you want it? How much do you want to pay for your new system? Do you want a central air conditioning system or a single-room system like a mini-split? While each of these questions is important, arguably the most important question to ask is what size air conditioner you ...
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  • Why is Spring the Best Time for A/C Maintenance?

    As the calendar rounds into March, the frigid temperatures of winter are starting to fade away and turn into bright, sunny days. Before long, grass will be waking up, flowers will be blooming, and the warmth of spring will signal that now’s the ideal time to have your air conditioner maintained. Air conditioner maintenance is an extremely important part of not only making sure your system ...
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  • A Guide to 2018's Most Popular Smart Thermostats

    “Smart” home technology is rapidly advancing and today more and more people are bringing these gadgets into their home that improve their quality of life by taking over simple tasks that would have otherwise been tedious or difficult to monitor. One of the most popular pieces of smart home technology is the smart thermostat, which monitors the temperature in your home, controls your heating and ...
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  • How to Keep Your Home Warm Without Using Your Heater

    Your heater and air conditioner are the biggest energy-consumers in the average American home, so it should come as little surprise that the majority of the money you’re spending on energy this winter is going towards keeping you warm and comfortable. However, what if there were ways you could spend less money on energy without having to sacrifice your own comfort? Turns out, you can and it’s not ...
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  • A Quick Guide to Choosing the Right Air Filter for Your Home

    Your air filter is one of the smallest, simplest, and yet most crucially important pieces to your home’s heating and air conditioning system. However, despite it having such an important part to play in how your home functions, many people don’t pay enough attention to it or change it out nearly often enough. When the time comes to replace your filter, knowing what to look for in order to buy the ...
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  • Why Can My Heater Freeze?

    “Wait, what do you mean my heater’s frozen? How is that possible?” We receive this question from homeowners on occasion, often after they’ve contacted us to inspect their heater after it’s seized up and stopped working in the middle of cold stretch of winter weather. While it may seem more than a little silly to imagine that something that’s supposed to generate heat and keep you warm has ...
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  • Should I Turn My Water Heater Up?

    Water heaters provide you with temperature-controlled water throughout the year. In general, most manufacturers recommend keeping your water heater set to 120 degrees Fahrenheit to help prevent scalding and reduce utility bills. However, during the chilly winter months in Virginia, this temperature may not be enough to keep your water hot. If you are concerned about not having a hot water supply, ...
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  • 5 Things You Need to Know About Your Heat Pump in the Winter

    During the chilly winter months, you want to know that your heat pump is working at maximum efficiency. This can keep your home comfortable while reducing your utility bills at the same time. Before the temperature drops, there are several ways you can improve your heat pump’s efficiency. Here’s what you need to know about your heat pump: It needs regular maintenance . It is important to schedule ...
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  • 7 Ways To Improve Your Indoor Air Quality

    Millions of Americans suffer from allergies, and even most who don’t are concerned about the impact of bad air quality on their health. In reality, indoor air quality is often far worse than outdoor air quality, as chemicals and allergens can be trapped inside. In this blog, our Virginia air conditioning experts look at 7 ways to improve the quality of your home. For top-tier air conditioner ...
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  • How to Prepare Your Furnace for Winter

    Autumn is coming to a close, and that means heaters and furnaces are going to be firing up all across the country to provide warmth as the frigid weather of winter sets in. However, if you don’t take some extra precautions to get your furnace ready, your system could break down, leaving you out in the cold. Want to avoid this hassle or the expense of a costly repair ? Here are some steps you can ...
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  • Five Ways to Lower In-Home Humidity

    Humidity is a part of life, especially in summer here on the east coast. While humidity outside can’t be avoided, humidity inside can be truly annoying. Not only does high humidity in your home prevent you from finding relief from the summer stickiness, but it could actually damage your home’s structure or surfaces, as well as have many other consequences. So how can you control this humidity and ...
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  • What You Need to Know About Furnace Efficiency

    If your furnace has broken down or is simply starting to show its age, you may be considering replacing it entirely. When that’s the case, you’ll have the choice between two primary types: standard efficiency and high-efficiency systems. While a high-efficiency system does use less energy, they’re not always the ideal choice if circumstances don’t allow for it. Here are some of the big ...
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  • Why is My Furnace Leaking Water?

    Lots of homeowners will fire up their furnaces for the first time this winter only to discover that their furnace is leaking water. Is this a sign of a serious problem? Do you need an expensive repair? The answer to these questions isn’t always straightforward, but this blog will help you determine whether or not you need to call for a repair or you’re simply experiencing normal operation of your ...
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