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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Time for a Furnace Check-Up!

    If you are a homeowner with a furnace , you know just how important it is to ensure it is in good shape before winter rolls around. Maintaining your furnace is important--prevention is the ultimate form of protection, saving you time and money in the long run. Furnace check-ups may seem futile, but they are extremely important for a number of reasons. The following are why it may be time for a ...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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. Problems with Recessed Lighting: However, energy efficiency experts and household energy auditors will declare that recessed lights are considered one of the most infamous energy wasters in homes ...
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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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  • Donmar Company Heating & Cooling Unveils New Notification & Tech Tracking System

    At Donmar Company 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 ...
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  • Top Smart Thermostats to Give as Holiday Gifts

    The holiday shopping season is coming rapidly to a close, and many people are scrambling to find the perfect last-minute gifts for their loved ones. Does your list have a homeowner on it? If so, one of the lesser-considered gifts is a smart thermostat. These devices can help keep your home warmer in winter and cooler in summer, while lowering their energy consumption, and saving them money on ...
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  • Four Common Furnace Issues

    We're only one month away from winter and many of us are already regularly using our furnaces to warm our homes and stay comfortable as temperatures drop. Unfortunately, this is also usually the time that homeowners realize that their furnace is not working correctly. Below, we take a look the some of the most common furnace issues and what can be done to remedy them. Pilot Light or Ignition ...
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  • Is It Time to Replace My Furnace Filter?

    It's already October, which means winter is right around the corner. While many of us have already started to use our furnaces to stay warm, there's one household consideration too few of us address before the colder months set in: air quality. Below, let's take a look at some of the signs that tell us it could be time to replace our furnace filter. Significant Wear & Tear One of the easiest ways ...
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  • When to Replace Your Furnace

    Furnaces , when properly maintained, can have a long life. However, their longevity can lull us into a false presumption that they will last a lifetime. Don’t put yourself in the position of needing an emergency furnace replacement when you need it the most. Familiarize yourself with the signs of a furnace in need of replacement. More than 20 Years Old The life expectancy of a furnace these days ...
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