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By now, many of us have given in and turned on our air conditioning (if only to turn it off the past few days because of this cold front). Did you think to check or clean your filter? If not, your air conditioning may not be running as efficiently as possible. Here are a few tips on how to clean your filter:Cleaning AC

  • Get out the vacuum! The easiest thing to do is take a soft vacuum brush and lightly vacuum your filter.
  • Rinse the filter in a sink or bathtub. Use a soft brush to remove any dust/debris. Be sure to let the filter dry before putting it back.
  • Use a spray bottle with water diluted by vinegar. This will help kill any bacteria that may have accumulated over time.
  • Make sure you are cleaning monthly, this will not only help your air conditioning run more efficiently but also prolong the life of your filter.

 

We hope this helps! If you need further assistance, we are offering air conditioning checkups, just give us a call at 804-798-0455 or schedule an appointment online.

 

We want to thank our awesome Gilman customer's for snapping some selfies in the month of April! You all received a FREE residential comfort plan for a year.

Thanks for playing! To find out more on the "Spot the G-Man" contest, follow us on Facebook, and check out our original blog post.

customer-hvac-1Janis stopped one of our trucks to get this shot!
customer-hvac-2She spotted the G!
customer-hvac-3Mark spotted the truck in his own driveway!
customer-hvac-4Bob got his Spring Carrier Heat Pumps Check-up by G-man Tim, and he is ready for summer now!

Happy Earth Day RVA! Earth day started in 1970 as a way to get a few more trees in the world, now it represents so much more, recycling, renewable energy and more!plumbingAt Gilman, we are all about energy conservation and awareness. Did you know we have technology that can heat and cool your home using energy from the earth's core? It's called Geothermal Technology! The geothermal heat pump unit is connected to the earth through a series of durable polyethylene pipes. The most common configurations are either open-loop or closed-loop design. The closed-loop system has become the most popular since it uses a proprietary antifreeze solution that is continuously circulated through the piping network. As a completely self-contained system, the chances of leakage or system failure are very low. This system is not only energy-efficient, but it also saves you a ton of money, has low repair needs and is extremely safe for your home. If you are looking for a new system, or are simply interested in learning how your home can become more energy-efficient, give us a call! To learn more about the geothermal system, visit the Geothermal Services page.

Meet Lance, one of our fantastic HVAC Service Techs! I am from Goochland, VA & bring over 20 years of HVAC experience to Gilman Heating & Cooling. I like being able to help people in their time of need. I enjoy hunting, fishing and spending time with family & friends on our farm.hvac service tech What’s your area of expertise? I am able to help our clients in their time of need with over 25 years of experience in the industry working on many different types of systems and brands. What’s your favorite HVAC product? I really have two products due to customer feedback. Geothermal systems and UV lights. Geothermal systems amaze me at how efficient they operate and I always get great testimonials from clients on how the UV lights have increased their home comfort level. What are your personal interests outside of work? I enjoy competitive bass fishing and also hunt as much as possible. What else would you like our customers to know about you? I’m getting married on May 7th and already in the process of building our first home. Thank you Lance for offering great Gilman service everyday! And good luck with your wedding!

While most of our services benefit the interior of your home, we still think the exterior landscape is very important! In honor of Lawn and Garden Month, we have pulled together five tips on how to have an easy, but nice looking yard this spring: garden week-plumbing

  1. Water your lawn in the morning. The sunlight will help dry out your grass (in a good way) throughout the day. Nighttime watering can leave your ground soaking and cause problems for your lawn. Mid Afternoon, high-heat watering can scorch your grass. Water your lawn while you have breakfast and you will be all set for the day!
  2. Water less days, for longer. The water needs to seep into the roots of your plants and grass, not just coat the exterior. We recommend about 45 minutes (in the mornings).
  3. Plant easy things like pansies, kale, etc. that can tolerate the cold so you don't have to worry about the late frost.
  4. Know your frost date! The frost date this year for Richmond is April 20. After that, all plants should be okay and you can plant whatever you like without worry. We recommend picking up some already blooming plants from your local store to save you the hassle (and wait time).
  5. Our last tip is less about the care and more about you. Get out and enjoy your outdoors. Whether you have a full blooming garden, a simple patch of grass or store bought flowers in vase, spring is beautiful here in RVA, so make sure you take advantage.

Find out more about Lawn and Garden Month here.