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As the temperatures drop, the heating bill goes up. While you want to stay warm this winter, you don't want to waste money. Here are a few tips on how to lower your heating costs:

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1. Seal all cracks and open air areas where heat could leak out. Keep that heat where it belongs - inside!

2. Open curtains and blinds to let the sun warm your home. 

3. Dress warmly, even when inside. Socks, sweatshirts, sweaters can all help you reduce your heating costs. 

4. When your home is occupied, the ideal heat setting is 68 to 72 degrees. However, at night or when no one is home, you can reduce that to 58 degrees.

5. Always have a professional come do a check up. With just a quick tune up your bill could be lower.

It may still be warm in RVA, but winter is just around the corner. As the cold weather moves in, air conditioning units will be turned off and heating turned on. Even though your AC has worked well throughout the hot summer season, there are still a few things you should do before you forget about it for the next few months. The G-Man has a few tips on how to winterize your AC:HVAC outside in snow iStock 486552550 800px

1. Change your filters. Just because your system is off does not mean debris will not be building up on your filter. Imagine not dusting a table for 4 months. There would certainly be a lot of dust. The same thing will happen to your AC filters. You don't want the first blast of your AC next year to be filled with dust and allergens.

2. Keep it clean. Even when not in use, you don't want debris or weather to block your system. If you have central air conditioning, make sure sticks, leaves and other debris are consistently cleared from around the unit. For both window and ground units, you do not want too much snow to build up on your system. While the units are weather proof, it is not good for moisture to sit on the unit for a long period of time. 

3. Protect your unit. When possible, take window units out and store them in a safe place. For central AC units, you can use a protective cover to protect from debris and other elements.

4. Clean coils. Just like the filters, you do not want the coils to get a dirt build up. Clean your coils before putting your unit to bed for the winter and it will run more efficiently at the first sign of warm weather.

If you have any questions on winterizing your unit, give us call!

 

iStock 489486977So, you made the leap and went from renting to buying! Congratulations. Now what? The hard part begins. Before you close on a house you want to make sure the HVAC unit you just bought along with that cute new house is in good shape.

The G-Man has a few tips to help you out:

1. Look at the unit. This may seem obvious, but visually inspecting the unit is important. If it looks dirty or rusty that means the current owners have not taken good care of it. While you are looking the outside unit, make sure to look for any leaks. On the inside, check out the air filters. If they are filthy, they haven't been change in awhile and the system is not running at peak performance.

2. Figure out the age of the unit. It is okay to ask questions. This is a big a purchase you are making. An HVAC unit has a typical lifespan of 15 years. 

3. Check out the SEER rating. This has to do with how energy efficient the system is. Check out www.energystar.gov to see if the system has a good rating.

4. Run the system while you are in the house. Does every room feel cool? How long does it take for the system to get up to speed? All of these questions can be indicators to how well the system is working.

 Bonus: If you are unsure, have a qualified professional come check out the system for you.     

It has been a HOT summer in Richmond. We hit 100 degrees over the weekend and it surely won't be the last time. With these hot temperatures, your AC may have some trouble keeping up. Here are a few quick and easy tips to keep your home nice and cool on these warm days:Centennial Sale Hot Summer

1. Change the filter. Dirt and grim can block the AC unit from doing its best work. If it looks dusty or discolored switch it out. Your home will thank you!

2. Check that all the ducts are connected. Overtime ducts can become loose and may become disconnected. Make sure that all your air ducts are fully connected.

3. Check for cracks or air leaks. You don't need to air condition the outside. Make sure all windows and doors have a tight seal to keep all your cool air inside.

4. Shade your unit. If possible, place your unit in the shade. Your unit will run more efficiently if it is placed in a nice cool spot.

5. Call a professional. If you feel like your unit is not performing at its best, give us a call. Our trained technicians can do an all points inspection to insure your unit is running at maximum capacity.

Don't forget to sign up for our 100 degrees contest! Every time it hits 100 in Richmond this summer we are giving away a $100 gift card.

Summer has just begun and RVA is already feeling the heat. With temperatures well above 90 degrees, are you prepared?

The G-Man has a few tips for surviving the summer in Richmond:

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  • Use your blinds. Keeping your house shaded is key to keeping those AC costs lower. Don't allow that hot sun to creep in by closing your blinds during the hottest parts of the day.
  • Make sure your air conditioner is running at maximum efficiency. We see it over and over, without regular checkups your AC falls behind and doesn't keep you as cool as it could. Call us today and schedule a maintenance check. Your energy bill will thank you.
  • Bring water with you wherever you go. Don't get stuck outside without some H2O. Our bodies need more water to stay hydrated when it is hot outside. 
  • Find a shady spot to park in. Sure, the shade may be at the back of the parking lot, but it will pay off when you get back in your car a few hours later. If left in the sun, your car can reach up to 172 degrees. Also, never leave children or pets in a car, even if it's only for a minute!

 

The temperature is rising in RVA and we hope these tips will help you out.

Bonus tip: Enter our 100 degrees contest for a chance to win a $100 gift card! Enter here.

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