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  • When Is It Time to Replace My Indoor or Outdoor Unit?

    When you are ready to replace either your indoor or outdoor unit, you may be wondering when you should replace the other. In fact, you may have heard from a trusted Virginia HVAC technician that it is best to replace both at the same time, but you may be hesitant to do so because it is a costly project to take on. However, the truth of the matter is, once you replace your indoor or outdoor unit, ...
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  • What Makes the AC Filter So Dirty?

    AC filters tend to get dirty quickly, forcing homeowners to replace them at a consistent level. As a result, it can be frustrating to find yourself changing your AC filter faster than you might expect. However, several factors can affect the quality and cleanliness of your filter, and learning these trigger points can help you prevent this from happening as often as it does. Here are just are four ...
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  • Five Tips to Save Money on Your A/C This Summer

    According to the Alliance to Save Energy, the average household in the United States spends over $2,000 per year on energy, between electricity and gas costs. If you break that down further, over half of it comes from just heating and cooling costs. Keeping your home comfortable is no small task, especially during the hot and humid temperatures of summer, when you’ll likely be firing up your air ...
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  • Five Summer Activities to Beat the Heat

    Summertime means loads of free time, enjoyable activities, and freedom from school for many kids. However, it also means sweltering heat and sticky humidity that can be difficult to avoid. In fact, this only gets worse when you can’t even stay cool in your own home because your air conditioner either can’t keep up or isn’t working properly! If this is the case, you might have to look elsewhere for ...
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  • Four Tips for Purchasing a New AC Unit

    The air conditioning unit in your home plays an important role in keeping you cool and reaching maximum comfort in your home. An average central AC system can last anywhere from 10 to 20 years, so most homeowners will have to purchase a new unit at some point in time. The following are four factors you must consider before buying a new central AC unit: Find an HVAC installer. Conduct research on ...
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  • Five Summer Woes - and How You Can Beat the Heat!

    Summer is the time of year where many people flock to the beach, lake, or swimming pool and embark on family vacations. However, dealing with the heat can be rough for all ages. The following are the five most common summer issues: Returning to a hot home. You’ve been working all day and look forward to relaxing at home. However, as soon as you step foot inside, a wave of hot air envelops you, ...
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  • Should I Fix My Thermostat Myself?

    The thermostat is an important part of running your HVAC systems in your home. However, when you discover that your air conditioning and heating units are no responding like they should, despite the adjustments you make to your home’s thermostat, it often means that repairs are necessary. While it is easy to assume that the thermostat may be to blame for the issue, perhaps the air conditioning and ...
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  • What Should I Do About Poor Indoor Air Quality?

    Last year, we discussed the five ways you can improve your indoor air quality in your home. While we mentioned maintaining a clean home by regularly changing your filters or using indoor plants to purify your home’s air, in this edition we are going to explain other ways to maintain optimal indoor air quality. The following are more ways improve the quality of air in your home: Use an air ...
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  • Why You Need to Check for Air Leaks

    Air conditioning and heating systems account for over half of the energy use in an average U.S. home, which makes it the biggest energy expense for most homes. Warm air leaking into your home during the summer months and out of your home during the winter season can result in your HVAC systems overworking and essentially wasting your money on increased energy bills. Air often escapes from the ...
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  • Do Recessed Lights Reduce HVAC Efficiency?

    Adding aesthetic appeal and drama to any home can come in the form of lighting design. When designers want to avoid using an obstructive lighting fixture, they may utilize recessed lighting instead. However, energy efficiency experts and household energy auditors will declare that recessed lights are considered one of the most infamous energy wasters in homes today. Auditors use thermal mapping ...
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  • Heating Pads vs. Electric Blankets

    The blizzards and frigid cold just won’t seem to go away for the summer, and as a result this most recent string of cold weather from Winter Storm Stella has caused everyone to break out the blankets and crank up the heaters one more time. If you need a little bit of extra warmth to stay comfortable, you may want to consider investing in an electric blanket or a heating pad. Let’s take a look at ...
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  • Why is My Heating Bill So High?

    Have you been shocked and/or horrified by seeing your utility bills this winter? While a slight jump in costs is not abnormal, a sharp increase may be due to an inefficient central heater. It’s not as though your heater has something wrong with it, however, it may just be forced to work harder to maintain the temperature due to a number of heat leaks found throughout your home. You can make your ...
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  • Donmar Heating & Cooling Selected for 2017 President's Award

    Donmar Heating & Cooling is proud to share our latest accomplishment. Carrier, one of the leading and most widely known brands of home services appliances—from heaters, air conditioners, and more—has selected our Northern Virginia HVAC company to be recipients of the 2017 President’s Award . We are happy to share this news with all of you, our customers. We believe that you deserve only the ...
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  • Donmar Heating & Cooling Unveils New Notification & Tech Tracking System

    At Donmar Heating & Cooling , we are always searching for ways to improve our services and find ways that can allow us to be more accessible to our customers. One of the ways we achieve this is by researching the latest technological advancements, particularly in how we can hope to communicate with our customers. Most of us rely on our cell phones on a daily basis. We do everything—check emails, ...
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  • Signs it's Time to Replace Your Water Heater

    A water heater failure is a serious issue for homeowners. The lack of hot water makes it difficult to bathe, do laundry, or clean dishes, which can be a major nuisance. However, a tank leak or burst can result in serious damage to your home’s drywall, structure, and even foundation. So rather than wait for an issue to crop up with your water heater, being proactive and checking it regularly can ...
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