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Compromised Indoor Air Quality Could Worsen Covid-19

Darren Kincaid - Sunday, March 15, 2020
Central Plumbing and Heating, Inc., Chesapeake, VA

High air pollution aggravates the symptoms of patients with asthma, related respiratory disease, and yes, even COVID-19. The current “pollution” threat for the next few weeks is pollen. Thus, it is important that homeowners should take prudent action to maximize indoor air quality.

Poor quality indoor air can cause the worst of respiratory conditions, pneumonia. Most COVID-19 patients die from this complication. It has been observed that the fatalities are usually older people and those with pre-existing health conditions. However, even without a pandemic, higher rates of lung disease including asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease has been linked to living with air pollution. During the 2003 SARS epidemic, researchers observed a correlation between low air quality and regions with high fatalities.

Compromised indoor air quality can trigger lung diseases and it can worsen existing health conditions. Let's protect our family members who are susceptible to severe cases of COVID-19 and other serious lung diseases. If you need a professional solution to improve the indoor air quality of your home, contact Central Plumbing and Heating, Inc.

Tips To Improve Indoor Air Quality in Spring

Darren Kincaid - Saturday, February 29, 2020
Central Plumbing and Heating, Chesapeake, VA

Spring is almost here! We all love the idea of warmer weather and blooming flowers. On the other hand, the start of allergy season is a matter of serious concern among folks that suffer from sniffles and wheezes all due to pollens and other allergens. Bear in mind that a compromised indoor air quality can also trigger this condition.

In order to help those who are suffering from chronic allergies get through the spring season, we provide ways to improve your indoor air quality:

  • Take a bath – Pollen and other allergens may adhere to skin, hair, and clothing. Bathe daily especially when you arrive home from outside and place used clothes in the laundry right away. Doing this will mitigate the chances of contaminants being released into the air inside your home.
  • Have a filtration system for your ductwork – Although ducts have built-in filters, reinforcing your ductwork with additional high quality filters and an air cleaning system can prevent harmful particles from penetrating your home through the HVAC system.
  • Clean filters regularly – Routine cleaning of the AC filters is important especially for households with members who are suffering from chronic allergies. It is recommended to clean the filters at least once every 2 months during the pollen season. While once every 6 months can suffice for other times of the year.
  • Keep your home clean – Spring cleaning must be done frequently to get rid of dust, dander, pollen, and other contaminants inside your home. Do deep cleanings at least once a week. Replace curtains, change bed linens, and vacuum carpets weekly to eliminate contaminants affecting indoor air quality.
  • Clean ducts before spring arrives – Have the ductwork cleaned prior allergy season to reduce pollutants to hurl into your home. This will clear dirt buildup in them, which may include mold and mildew, rodent droppings, and other similar contaminants.

If you need professional solution to improve the indoor air quality of your home, contact Central Plumbing and Heating, Inc. We can help you mitigate pollutants inside your home.

Maintenance Tips to Keep Your Furnace System Performing at Its Best

Darren Kincaid - Saturday, February 15, 2020
Central Plumbing and Heating, Chesapeake, VA

This blog post is offered as a public service to remind all of you that your HVAC system needs regular and recurring maintenance to prolong the life and the performance of your systems. We know for a fact that HVAC systems are the most neglected of the homeowner’s major support systems. We hope that you wisely turn to the professionals like us here at Central Plumbing and Heating to guarantee that you secure proper maintenance and maximize the lifespan of your systems. But if you choose to go it alone, the following are furnace maintenance tips that will help you maximize the performance of your heating system throughout winter.

1. Hire a professional tune-up - Again, always your best choice. Schedule a professional tune-up bi-annually. Certified technicians will check the unit for any operational issues and will carry out the upkeep procedure such as cleaning in order to prevent it from malfunctioning in the future, improve its efficiency and ensure that the system is operating safely.

2. Clean the Filters Regularly - A dirty filter is a usual cause of issues and efficiency problems.

The filter must be checked, cleaned or changed monthly.

3. Test the CO detectors - CO detector serves as a warning device that detects a carbon monoxide leak which can be life-threatening. CO detectors must be tested to ensure they are working properly. Also, make sure that the batteries are new during the heating season.

4. Let air registers breathe - The furnace may find it difficult to heat your home evenly when any of the air registers are blocked off. Make sure they are open and remove any obstructions.

5. Inspect the pilot light in older furnaces - Make sure an older furnace with a pilot light is burning bright blue. In case you notice a different color, it indicates inefficient burning and you may need to contact your trusted HVAC technician to check the issue.

6. Outdoor exhaust pipes must be blocked - Gas furnaces that are highly efficient have exhaust pipes that lead outside the home and close the ground. In order to ensure it operates safely and efficiently, make sure pipes are not blocked.

7. Keep the area around the system clear - Clear the area around the furnace so it is easy to access during inspection, maintenance or repairs.

For more furnace maintenance tips, contact Central Plumbing and Heating, Inc.

How To Ensure A Heat Pump's Maximum Performance

Darren Kincaid - Friday, January 31, 2020
Central Plumbing and Heating, Chesapeake, VA

Your heat pump is an integral component of your heating system. It makes perfect fiscal sense to employ a periodic maintenance plan to ensure the system works optimally. We specialize in providing our clients with periodic maintenance services for their heat pumps. But if you are willing and able to self-help your heat pump maintenance, here are the steps for you to take

  • Air filters must be checked on a monthly basis. It should be thoroughly clean and replaced.
  • Outdoor units must be clear from debris, snow, and ice in the top, sides, bottom and around it.
  • Outdoor coils must be kept clean. Use a degreaser and a hose to remove the dirt between the coils. Make sure to turn off the unit when you do this.
  • To ensure proper airflow and servicing, shrubs must be pruned at least 18 inches from around the unit.
  • Indoor condensate pan and must be flushed and drained in Spring prior to using an AC. This is very important especially when the unit is above or in finished living space. This should be done by a certified HVAC technician.
  • Some units require fan motors to be oiled yearly.
  • Your heat pump must be checked by a professional HVAC technician at least annually.

Some these steps require you to know what you are doing. Coils are sensitive and you can easily damage them if you are not careful. Of course we recommend that you leave this to a professional. When you need trusted certified HVAC technicians in Chesapeake to perform heat pump inspection and repair, contact Central Plumbing and Heating, Inc.

Premiere Plumbing Services

Darren Kincaid - Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Central Plumbing and Heating, Chesapeake, VA

Water within your home in spaces where it is not supposed to be is a real threat. You must deal with the issue as soon as possible as the extent and cost of repair will only increase with time. Turn to Chesapeake’s plumbing experts to get things done right for you. We’ll be there to ensure that you receive guaranteed affordable solutions to your problem.

Call your plumber as soon as you discover water damage emerging from an undefined source. There are situations that require immediate attention from a plumber like the following:

  1. Water Leak – The main cause would be burst pipe that caused water damage such water is leaking.
  2. Leaking roof – will surely bring damage to your property. As such you have to attend to the issues immediately. A roof leak repair depends on whether it is a simple leakage or a leakage of major extent.
  3. Blocked drains - The main causes behind a choked drain are foreign particles. Baby napkins, stacks of toilet paper, cotton balls, etc will cause blockages. Food items, cooking fats and debris of such types leave a residue on the inside of the pipes making it hard for water to flow through the pipe easily. The best way of preventing blocked drains is to make sure that non-biodegradable objects are disposed carefully.
  4. Extreme hot water - If the water coming out of your shower head is hot enough to cause a burn, this is due to the water heater has over-heated. It is better to call a technician to assess the situation at the soonest possible.

The above common scenarios inside your household will help save your home and get you in the right mindset to handle an emergency repair. Nothing beats being prepared to successfully resolve any plumbing problem. Reduce as much damage as possible by calling the trained plumbing experts right away.

For more tips on plumbing services, contact Central Plumbing and Heating.

Integrating a Heat Pump Into Your HVAC Saves Cash

Darren Kincaid - Tuesday, December 31, 2019
Central Plumbing and Heating, Chesapeake, VA

Looking for a guaranteed way to reduce your energy cost starting now? A new or upgraded heat pump will do this for you in an affordable manner that you may not believe possible. They are both affordable and ecofriendly. One advantage for the eco conscious is the fact that you can opt for electric heat pumps which not only saves you cash via utility efficiency but also reduces your carbon footprint.

Whether you are engaged in new construction, renovation, or simply upgrading aging equipment, we urge you to take full advantage of our certified HVAC technicians who also serve as certified consultants. You always have options with a number of pros and cons and you need to understand them all.

So never move forward on major home system decision making without the help of a trusted professional. We’ve delivered such trusted council to our Chesapeake friends and neighbors for decades now. For guidance that you can trust, contact Central Plumbing & Heating.

Merry Christmas and Happy Chanukah to You and Yours this Season

Darren Kincaid - Monday, December 23, 2019
Central Plumbing and Heating, Chesapeake, VA

Christmas and Chanukah share a similar spiritual message: that it is possible to bring light and hope into the world. These two holidays occur together this year, which makes this an even more special holiday season.

This is a season to reflect upon how fortunate we are to have you as our customers: our friends and neighbors. During these holidays, we wish you, your family, and your friends a safe, joy-filled, and relaxing season.

Warm wishes for a Happy Hanukkah, a Merry Christmas, and a most Happy New Year! With peace, joy, and love this holiday season and beyond!

Now is the Time for Us to Say "Thanks" to YOU!

Darren Kincaid - Wednesday, November 27, 2019
Central Plumbing and Heating - Chesapeake, VA

Thanksgiving Day is the perfect time to remind one another of the many reasons there are to be grateful. We gather on this day to be thankful for what we have, for the family we love, the friends we cherish, the success we have had, and for the blessings that will come.

Thanksgiving is more than the festivities, it gives us time to ponder the lessons that we have learned and how we can spread happiness around, to look back at all the great memories and good people who came into our lives. We appreciate you, our customers and clients, so much.

At this time of year our thoughts turn gratefully to you with warm appreciation. Our best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving.

Importance of Regular Furnace Maintenance

Darren Kincaid - Friday, November 15, 2019
Central Plumbing and Heating, Chesapeake, VA

If you want to ensure your family is getting the maximum value and comfort from you HVAC system, seasonal servicing is a must. December is the perfect time to schedule your HVAC system service and cleaning. Here are reasons why:

Indoor Air Quality

You can ensure indoor air quality by keeping your furnace in perfect condition. An HVAC contractor will thoroughly clean your furnace both inside and out to ensure dirt and debris are removed, pollen and pet dander are eliminated, pathogens and microbes growth are controlled. Small microorganisms and particles may be invisible to the naked eye but they indeed exist inside your home. A routine furnace maintenance will ensure superior air quality while keeping these pathogenic organisms at bay.

Energy Efficiency

Furnace maintenance must be done at least twice a year. This will help minimize costly repairs and irreversible damage. In addition, a well-maintained furnace is energy-efficient, thus will help lower your utility charges.

HVAC technicians will do the following:

  • Motor and wire tightening
  • Screws, knobs, doors and cover readjustment
  • Power switches, gauges, and pressure setting resent
  • Leak and holes inspection
  • Safety and proper operation testing

These minor adjustments will significantly enhance the furnace’s efficiency and will diagnose any major issues.

Superb Home Comfort

Regular furnace maintenance will ensure you have a perfectly working unit that will help you get through winter-long. With enough heat to warm your home, you get to enjoy a cozy and comfortable living space despite the extreme cold outdoors.

If you think it's time for your furnace maintenance, contact Central Plumbing and Heating, Inc. and schedule an appointment with us.

Upgrading HVAC Systems Help Lower Energy Cost

Darren Kincaid - Thursday, October 31, 2019
Central Plumbing and Heating, Chesapeake, VA

Summer and winter in Chesapeake can be extreme. Homes cannot be without heating and cooling. If you observe that your energy bill crawling up further each year, this means an HVAC system replacement is inevitable. The good news there, however, upgrading your HVAC system presents long term savings.

As HVAC systems become outdated their energy efficiency decreases. Modern HVAC units are engineered to be more efficient in energy. It's recommended to opt for HVAC appliances with Energy Star label and consider its Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. It should be 14 and beyond. The higher the SEER of the unit, the more energy efficient it is. It can help lower energy consumption by 20% and significantly minimize annual energy cost.

Expect an obsolete HVAC system to break down frequently. Regular HVAC repairs are necessary to keep them working. But this also means constant expenditure. Old HVAC appliances will come to a point where they are no longer worthy spending for. Consider the inconvenience of having no heating or cooling while it is being repaired. Purchasing a new and reliable HVAC system will allow you to save money and hassle over time.

Quit settling with an inefficient HVAC unit. If your heating and cooling system is already very obsolete, updating the HVAC system will help you lower down your energy cost. The savings you get from the new HVAC system will offset the initial installation cost in the long run.

If you are thinking of updating your HVAC system, contact Central Plumbing and Heating. When it comes to HVAC manufactures (American Standard, Goodman, etc) we have direct working relationships with all of them. Our promise to you is to act as your agent, to research the most current technologies, efficiency ratings, rebates, and other factors that go into making the right choice of HVAC manufacturer for you and your family.


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