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This time of year, our heating systems work overtime keeping our families safe and warm. But sometimes, it’s that same system that contributes to illness. If your family members have some respiratory issues that they just can’t shake, getting your ductwork cleaned may help tremendously.

Your heating system takes the air in your home, and circulates it through your HVAC system. That means any dust, dander, and other air pollutants keep getting pushed around. Some of that settles in the ductwork, and every time the furnace kicks on, it contributes to poor air quality.

People with asthma and allergies are particularly susceptible to problems when the furnace ducts are dirty. Any time air quality isn’t optimal, asthma sufferers are put at risk and may experience more symptoms than usual.

Winter allergies are also a big problem this time of year. Those with allergies to dust, dander, mites, and mold may have ongoing issues because all of these things accumulate in the ductwork, and people are spending more time indoors, where those allergens are present.

Then there are the average cold and flu viruses that are typical for the winter. While dirty ducts don’t cause these issues, the below average air quality can make a full recovery take longer than usual.

When you call for a professional duct cleaning, some companies simply show up and clean out the major air passageways. First, contact a company that will do a complete inspection to make sure your ducts need cleaning. Then, make sure they clean the entire system, including coils, coil drain pans, plenums, air filters, ducts, fans, vents and registers. When a thorough cleaning is done, you can rest assured that your air quality problems will improve.

If you have any questions about your duct system or getting it cleaned, contact us today at (703) 751-1011.

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When you decide that you are willing to buy an older home, you’ll probably be making an effort to look for properties that have some upgraded features, such as the plumbing system, electrical system, or roofing. However, with an older home inevitably come some older, outdated systems. If the heater is severely outdated, you should absolutely get a new heating system installed to jump start the home’s overall energy efficiency.

 
Heating Costs Can Add Up Quickly
During the end of fall, throughout all of winter, and even partially into spring, you may need to rely on your heating system to stay at a manageable temperature inside your home. Although you can put on multiple layers of clothing and carry around a warm blanket, you will find that heating costs can add up quickly when you have an old heating system on your hands. An ideal solution is to invest in a heating upgrade, which requires an entirely new installation to keep heating costs to a minimum.

 
Use the Heater without Stress
When you upgrade the heating in your home, you will not have to stress about the substantial costs that come with running your heater since it will be extremely energy-efficient compared to your old system.

 
Enjoy a Long-Term Solution
By installing a new heating system, you can enjoy a long-term solution, especially when you get professional assistance for thorough inspections and standard maintenance on an annual basis.
Although installing a new heating system can feel expensive at the time of installation, it’s an important long-term investment for your home. The year-over-year savings you’ll enjoy will more than make up for the installation cost.
Ready to look into installing a new system in your older home? Give us a call – we’re happy to help!

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So you’ve finally decided to remodel your basement. Perhaps you’re planning to earn some extra cash by renting out a basement apartment. Or maybe you’ve decided to work close to home, and have realized that you could utilize the unused space in your basement.

Whatever the case is, you’re likely spending thousands of dollars to transform your dark and dank basement that was once home to dust and spiders into a beautiful, new living space that will serve your future needs.

Remodeling your basement involves a lot of tasks. Are the walls insulated? Check. Was the plumbing taken care of? Check. Flooring and roofing? Check. Will the painter be here next week? Check.

Taking care of the vast amount of chores can be absolutely mind-boggling, and there may very well be a thing or two that you have left out. Well, here is one thing that you absolutely don’t want to miss: Is the heating installed?

You certainly do not want to suddenly be faced with the prospect of working in a cold office in the wintertime. And you’ll have a tough time renting out a basement apartment with no heating!

But don’t worry – we can help! Don’t hesitate to contact us for all your heating installation needs. Whether you are fortunate and you are still in the process of remodeling your basement, or whether heating installation was one of the things you missed when your basement was redone, we will help you have a warm and comfortable winter.

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Your HVAC system is undoubtedly one of the most important components in keeping your home safe and comfortable for you and your family. Needless to say, it’s imperative to keep your HVAC system properly maintained in order to keep your home a nice place to be! We’re here to remind you why it’s so important to have your HVAC system regularly inspected to ensure that it will continue to work the way it should. Here are a few reasons it’s so important to maintain the cooling and heating system in your home:

Efficiency. Staying on top of your HVAC system’s maintenance is going to allow it to run at maximum efficiency. It means that your home is going to be heated and cooled quickly and easily, with fewer problems and it’s not going to cost you a lot of money to do so!

Lower energy bills. The more efficiently that your HVAC system runs, the less energy it expends. The less energy that it needs to expend to work, the lower your energy bills! Keeping your HVAC system in good working orders is one of the easiest ways to lower your energy usage and keep your bills from getting unnecessarily high!

Fewer Repairs. By checking your HVAC system regularly for any problems that may pop up, you’ll have less repairs to worry about! Preventative maintenance is much less expensive and easier to deal with than waiting until a problem arises to call in a professional.

Longer Equipment Life. Your HVAC system works best when all of the moving pieces are working properly. The best way to ensure this happens is with regular maintenance. When all of the pieces are working together, it protects your system as a whole from breaking down and having to pay to replace it,

Less Emergencies. Nothing is than worse than worrying about your heat go off in the middle of the blizzard. The odds of this happening might be low, but it’s important to do everything you can to prevent an incident like this. Having your heating and cooling system regularly inspected and cared for will greatly diminish the likelihood of an emergency in your home, allowing you peace of mind that your family will be safe during any harsh winter storms.

Is it time to schedule your annual maintenance appointment? Call us today!

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We rely on our furnace to keep us warm during the cold winter months and when our furnace isn’t working properly, it can be quite alarming! A common complaint people have about their heating system is feeling cold air blowing out of their vents when the heat is turned on. If you start to notice that your furnace is blowing out cold air, don’t panic! Here a few things that you’ll want to check before calling in a professional:

Turn of the fan. Is your furnace blowing hot air at times and other times cold air? It’s likely that your thermostat fan is set to ON. This means that even when the heater isn’t running, your furnace blower will continue to blow air through the vents. Since it’s pretty chilly outside, the air that’s going to circulate will also be cold! Make sure to set your thermostat fan to AUTO to prevent this problem.

Your furnace overheated. If the air coming from your vents has gone from hot to cold, it’s possible that your furnace has overheated. Usually an overheated furnace is caused by a dirty furnace air filter. Change the air filter and turn the furnace back on to see if this fixes the problem. Keep in mind that changing your air filter regularly will help your furnace run more efficiently.

The pilot light is out. Another reason your furnace may be blowing cold air is because the pilot light has gone out. Relighting the pilot light should be all you need to restore warm air flow to your home! If the pilot light doesn’t light or won’t stay lit, there may be a problem with gas flow or thermocouple. Ensure that the gas valve is turned on and that nothing is blocking it.

If you’ve tried the solutions described above and your furnace is STILL blowing cold air, contact us today for an inspection!