How Is Furnace Size Measured?

December 20, 2021

Many homeowners don’t realize that furnaces come in a range of different sizes. Instead of using a “one-size-fits-all” approach, your furnace should be well-matched for your home’s dimensions and floor space. Here at Ideal HVAC Services, we’ve been helping Warrenton homeowners choose the perfect furnaces for their homes for more than eight years. In that time, we’ve learned some rules of thumb about how to choose the right size furnace for your home. Instead of using inches, ounces, or grams, furnaces use a measurement called the British Thermal Unit (BTU). This unit measures how much energy is needed

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Preparing Your Home for a Safe and Smooth Furnace Replacement

November 20, 2021

When your existing furnace reaches the end of its lifespan, it’s time to start considering getting a replacement. Once you get your replacement model picked out and your installation date established, your job doesn’t stop there. Rather, there are various tasks that you’ll want to undertake in order to prepare for a safe and smooth furnace replacement process. Check Your Fuel Level Getting your new furnace can be exhilarating. However, finding out that you can’t test it because you ran out of fuel can be disheartening. To prevent this issue, it’s best to check the fuel

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Should You Update Your Thermostatic Expansion Valve?

October 20, 2021

The latest cooling systems include components that help secure the safety of the system’s operation. The thermostatic expansion valve is one such part. It’s important to keep this valve in good working order. A valve that works properly supports the delivery of cold air into the home. What Does the Expansion Valve Do? A thermostatic expansion valve is also referred to as a thermal expansion valve. The valve is used as a metering device that regulates the flow of refrigerant. The system requires a steady rate of flow for optimal results. This device is just

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Choosing the Most Efficient Heating System for Your Home

September 20, 2021

The most efficient heating system in terms of your total costs depends on a number of factors. These include your local climate and the types of connections that are already installed in your home. Furnaces, Heat Pumps, Hybrids and Mini-Splits Forced-air heating systems will generally be more efficient. But installing ductwork can be expensive, and modern mini-splits are quite efficient. If you do opt for forced air, the most efficient heating type will depend on your climate. The most common heating equipment in Virginia is the furnace, and that is because the winters are quite cold

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Signs Your AC Has Been Damaged in a Storm

August 16, 2021

All air conditioners are built to withstand the outside elements. However, an AC unit can still experience storm damage, especially during severe weather. Damage due to flying debris or hail can result in a lot of problems for your cooling system. Reaching out to a local company offering HVAC services is important for inspecting your system and making any necessary repairs. Here are a few common signs that your air conditioner has been damaged during a storm. Strange Noises Hearing strange or unusual sounds coming from your air conditioner is never a fun

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Dampen the Sounds of Your Air Conditioner

July 28, 2021

A noisy air conditioner can be frustrating, but there are some things that you can do to quiet it. While there are times when there’s nothing wrong with a noisy unit, there are also times when the particular model is old and is having problems because its parts are worn out. Use these tips to learn more about problems that can cause a noisy air conditioner and what you can do about it. Sounds That Spell Trouble If there’s something wrong with your air conditioner, you might begin to notice a range of sounds, including clanging,

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How To Prepare Air Conditioner for the Summer

June 28, 2021

The heat and humidity around northern Virginia get intense over the summer. This is why your air conditioner is not only a matter of comfort but also of your family’s safety. Here are the best ways to prepare your unit for all this summer will throw at it. Change Your Air Filter Changing your air filter is one of the most important maintenance tasks for your HVAC system. This regularly clogs as it filters out the various contaminants floating around in your air. Most filters need changing about every 90 days,

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What Size Air Conditioner Do I Need for My Home?

May 5, 2021

When it comes to air conditioners, there are a lot of choices. That can certainly be a good thing, but we understand that it can be hard for the average customer to decide which unit would be the best. Ideal HVAC Services would be happy to help you with your AC installation, and below, we’ve provided some useful information regarding the sizing of air conditioners. BTUs and Tons In the HVAC industry, we refer to the size of air conditioners using the terms “BTUs” and “tons.” These two terms are related, as you’ll see. Let’s

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Why is My Air Conditioner Making Noises?

April 5, 2021

Your air conditioner is an essential piece of equipment for summers in Warrenton. The midday heat can be too much, so it only makes sense to turn on your cooling system to get through the day. Air conditioner maintenance is crucial because it protects the HVAC system from underperforming or malfunctioning. You might occasionally notice problems with the cooling system, like loud or weird noises. If that happens, here are a few explanations for the strange or loud AC noises. Completely Dislodged Parts Loud noises like banging from an air conditioner are often a sign of

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Is It Normal to Smell Gas Near a Furnace?

March 16, 2021

Winter nights in Warrenton, VA, can get cold, so you’ll need your furnace to keep your home warm and comfortable. Gas furnaces offer efficient heating, especially when the air temperature drops below freezing. If you notice the odor of natural gas when standing by your furnace, it’s important to know when it is and isn’t normal. Initiation of a Heating Cycle When the thermostat initiates a heating cycle, the gas supply valve opens and releases gas. The gas suppliers are required by law to add mercaptan to natural gas. Mercaptan is what makes the strong

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