Brrrr it's getting cold in Richmond! As we crank the heat in our homes it is important to keep a few safety tips in mind:
1. Keep flammable objects away from heat sources like fireplaces, radiators, furnaces, etc.
2. Teach children about heat safety. Give them a 3-foot rule for the fire, oven and anything else that can burn them.
3. Do not use your oven to heat your home. As tempting as that may be when the power goes out, it is extremely dangerous.
4. Turn off space heaters when you are not in the room.
5. Test your smoke alarms to be sure they work.
6. Finally, make sure to have a professional check all heating equipment.
Give the Gilman professionals a call if you need your heating system serviced. If you are in need of a new system, don't forget about our Centennial Sale to get 10-year financing, a 10-year warranty, and a 10-year comfort plan.
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:
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 an HVAC 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:
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 windows and ground units, you do not want too much snow to build up on your system. While the units are weatherproof, 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 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 about winterizing your unit, give us a call!
So, 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 changed in a while 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 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 air conditioning 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:
1. Change the filter. Dirt and grime can block the air conditioning 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.