Is It Advisable to Replace My 20-Year-Old Air Conditioner?

August 7, 2023

When deciding when to replace an air conditioner, its age is definitely part of the equation. Considering most AC systems last 10 to 15 years, a 20-year-old one is quite old. Cost of Repair If it has broken down, you must decide between repairing or replacing it. It usually doesn’t make sense to continue repairing an old AC system that has frequent breakdowns, as that gets expensive fast. Some HVAC professionals say to multiply its age by the cost of repair, and if that is over $5,000, it’s better to replace it. Ideal HVAC Services in Warrenton, VA,

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How to Effectively Identify and Troubleshoot AC Problems

July 17, 2023

Sometimes a summer day can seem unbearable, especially if your AC isn’t cooling off your house. Thankfully, there are a few things you can do to diagnose and fix some of the usual AC issues. Learn the most common AC problems and how you can troubleshoot them. Check the Thermostat Before pulling your hair out over what seems to be a broken AC unit, make sure it’s not just a dead battery in your thermostat. Check the screen and settings to ensure it’s calling for cool air, and replace the batteries if necessary. Sometimes this quick

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Can You Service Your Air Conditioner on Your Own?

June 6, 2023

Caring for the air conditioner in your Warrenton, Virginia, home is an ongoing and multi-pronged job. The good news is that you don’t have to handle it on your own. In fact, you shouldn’t. All air conditioners require annual maintenance from a licensed HVAC company. Read on to find out what you can and cannot do by yourself when it comes to AC service. Air Filter Changes and Condenser Clean-up To keep your AC running smoothly, you should change its air filter at least once every 30 to 90 days. HVAC air filters should be

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Will a Ductless Mini-Split Use a Lot of Electricity?

May 12, 2023

Many Warrenton, VA homeowners are curious about ductless mini-split HVAC systems. Although they’re not new, mini-splits have recently gained traction in the U.S. One of the most common concerns regards their energy needs. Here’s everything you need to know about the efficiency and energy use of ductless mini-split HVAC systems. The Energy Use of Ductless Mini-Splits HVAC systems are power-intensive appliances. Ductless mini-splits are no exception, but to understand their efficiency, you must compare them to alternative HVAC options. Ductwork can add up to a 30 percent efficiency penalty in a conventional HVAC system. Ductless mini-splits

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Tips for Improving Indoor Air Quality

April 24, 2023

Spending your days breathing in dust, pollen, or other airborne pollutants may result in chronic breathing issues. The presence of a significant amount of airborne debris may also cause damage to walls, furniture, or other surfaces. Fortunately, there are easy ways to improve indoor air quality and create a safe environment for yourself, your pets, and your things. Change air filters regularly Failing to change air filters in your furnace or air conditioner may prevent them from taking particles out of the air. Instead, they will simply repel dirt, dust, or pollen back into the air

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Factors Influencing the Cost of a New HVAC System

March 15, 2023

Cost is a common concern for homeowners looking to install a new HVAC system. While we can only quote a cost after a thorough assessment of the home, there are several factors that can influence the price of a new HVAC system. Size of Home Systems that are too small for the home won’t be able to heat or cool effectively, so it’s important to install the right-size system. The larger the home, the larger the HVAC system will need to be — and the more expensive it will be to purchase and install.

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Important Factors That Affect Indoor Air Quality

February 17, 2023

The air we breathe has a significant impact on our health and well-being. While many of us focus on the quality of the air we are exposed to outside, it’s essential to remember that the air inside our homes is even more important. Indoor air pollution is something that we are exposed to on a daily basis, and it can come from a variety of sources, including cleaning products, pet dander, and outdoor pollutants that make their way indoors. Exposure to poor indoor air quality can cause a variety of health issues like respiratory problems, allergy symptoms, and headaches. Conditions

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How do I know if I need a Humidifier?

January 19, 2023

Cold air has a low moisture-holding capacity, the leading cause of low humidity in winter. The presence of cold air in a room reduces water vapor levels, causing headaches and dry lips. A humidifier has an absorbent pad soaked in a stabilizing solution that converts water into vapor. The generated vapor is then distributed into your room to increase humidity levels. The following are telltale signs you need a humidifier. Dry Skin and Scalp If everyone in your home complains of an itchy scalp and dry skin, it signifies low indoor moisture. These

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Is My Furnace Affected by My Water Heater?

December 19, 2022

Furnaces can be tricky appliances to monitor and maintain, so it’s understandable that you have questions. A common one in colder months is whether or not your furnace is connected to your water heater, and if so, how the two systems impact each other. Understanding Your Furnace Your furnace is one of the most important parts of your HVAC system. You can think of it as the beating heart that sends warm air circulating through your home like blood through arteries. It’s connected to HVAC-related elements such as ducts, vents, and thermostats. Understanding

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A Deeper Look Into Your Heat Pump’s Condensation Issue

November 18, 2022

If you’ve been noticing water or frost on your heat pump, you’re likely wondering why it’s happening and what you can do about it. It’s essential to determine the cause and take corrective action. In this blog post, we’ll explain why heat pumps form condensation and what you can do to minimize the amount of condensation your heat pump produces. 1. Faulty Condensation Pan One of the most critical heat pump parts is the condensation pan. This pan collects the condensate that forms on the coils and drains it away from the unit. If the pan

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