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Ways to Increase your Homes Energy Efficiency - Chesapeake, VA

Darren Kincaid - Friday, December 30, 2016

When money is tight, where should you invest when you want to increase your home’s efficiency?

An energy audit's the surefire way to maximize investment, but there are some tried-and-true basics.

A high-efficiency furnace is a good investment; they can shave more than $500 a year on heating bills if your current furnace is more than 20 years old.

An aging air conditioning system can also suck up energy dollars and replacements are eligible for government credits and rebates.

Switching from a standard hot water system to a tankless (on-demand) hot water system can slash $150 or more from annual costs for a family of four. The systems cost about $3,000 installed.

Heat Pump technology is a significant energy reducing step for your home. A heat pump can deliver 1.5 to 3 times more heat energy to a home than the electrical energy it consumes. This is because heat pumps move heat rather than converting it from a fuel. Air-source heat pumps are ideal for our climate.

If you need or want to replace existing ducted furnace in Chesapeake, VA, a heat pump is a good choice. If your existing furnace is ductless, a ductless mini-split heat pump provides a very efficient alternative.

A heat recovery ventilator or other ventilation system is also an essential investment for humidity control and healthy indoor air.

Despite the range of upgrade possibilities, there are solutions that can help you save money. contact Central Plumbing and Heating for more information.

Original article – Vancouver Sun

Furnace Maintenance and Service Plans – Chesapeake, VA

Darren Kincaid - Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Is there anything worse than waking up on a cold morning to no heat? Yes, having the technician come out and charge you hundreds of dollars for the repair because you didn’t have the furnace maintenance plan.

In these scenarios, you are often left wondering about the benefits of the heating and cooling service plan in Chesapeake, VA. “What does it cover”, and “do I need it,” are regular questions we hear. Of course there is always Murphy’s Law to consider: if you buy the service plan then the furnace won’t break. But of course, that makes it worth it in and of itself!

Furnace service and maintenance plans provide annual maintenance and diagnostic check to ensure that your furnace is running right and to spot potential problems.

Of course if you don’t sign up for the service plan, one time tune ups or maintenance are also an option. For service on your furnace, contact Central Plumbing and Heating.

Energy Tax Credits will Expire Soon - Chesapeake, VA

Darren Kincaid - Friday, November 25, 2016

If you have not already jumped on the home energy-efficiency bandwagoni in Chesapeake, VA, you can still capitalize on several federal energy tax credits before the year ends. The energy tax credits work like this:

Federal Income Tax Credits for Energy Efficiency

A number of tax credits for residential energy efficiency have been renewed.  These tax credits are available for purchases made in 2016, as well as retroactive to purchases made in 2015.  ENERGY STAR products eligible for tax credits are independently certified to save energy, save money and protect the environment.  Use up to 30% less energy in your home by outfitting it with ENERGY STAR products available across more than 70 categories.

2016 Federal Tax Credits

Federal Tax Credits: Central Air Conditioning (CAC)

Air conditioners recognized as ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2016 meet the requirements for this tax credit.

Tax  Credit Amount:  $300

Split Systems:
SEER>= 16
EER >= 13

Package systems:
SEER >= 14
EER >= 12

Federal Tax Credits: Air Source Heat Pumps

Heat pumps that are ENERGY STAR certified meet the requirements for this tax credit.  Learn More and  Find Products.

Tax Credit Amount:  $300

Split Systems:
HSPF >= 8.5
EER >= 12.5
SEER >= 15

Package systems:
HSPF >= 8
EER >= 12
SEER >= 14

Other cost-saving ideas include:

Insulate your home. Up to 30% of heated or cooled air can be lost through leaks, so add weather stripping and caulking wherever air escapes.

Heating water is the third-largest home energy expense, after heating/air conditioning and electrical appliances, so try lowering your water heater temperature to 120º F or lower.

Use Energy Star products, which consume up to 50% less energy and water than standard models.

Clean or replace furnace filters monthly during the winter.

Bottom line: Take advantage of financial incentives available to make your home more energy efficient. Contact Central Plumbing and Heating in Chesapeake, VA for more information on decreasing your home energy costs.


Heating and Cooling System Maintenance Reduces Energy Bills – Chesapeake, VA

Darren Kincaid - Tuesday, November 08, 2016

It is true, Virginia has felt a bit more like fall than winter lately, but heating and cooling experts suggest getting HVAC systems checked now before the winter weather really hits. This will keep unwanted surprises and potential problems at bay. It will also save you in home heating costs.

Preventive maintenance should really be done once in spring and once in the fall. If there is an issue with you heating and cooling equipment, the problem can be fixed before the extreme weather hits. But now is still a good time for preventative maintenance or a tune up if you haven’t gotten your HVAC system checked yet.

A good way to cut home energy costs this winter and to save energy is to pick one temperature for when you are home and one temperature for when you are not home and program your thermostat.

But don’t set your temperature too low at night, or when you are at work, because then it takes far too long to heat back up, using lots of energy.

We often suggest just setting your thermostat at 68 degrees around the clock. Every degree above 68 causes a 4% increase in the heating costs on your electric bill. And, for every degree you lower your thermostat, you save an average of 3% to 5% on your bill.

Checking the heating system monthly and cleaning or changing filters regularly is also important. Using a dirty filter can increase thermostat operating costs significantly and can also reduce efficiency.

Heating your home is the single biggest energy cost in the winter. Pay attention to your heating and cooling system in Chesapeake, VA, contact Central Plumbing and Heating.

Clean Filtered Air - A Genuine Benefit to Your Employees

Darren Kincaid - Tuesday, October 18, 2016

As a business owner you know that it is imperative that your HVAC system functions properly and efficiently. When you provide clean filtered air to your employees it is viewed as a valued benefit by your staff.  You might be surprised to know how many employees retain valid concern for environmental health within the work space.  HVAC system repair and maintenance within the commercial sector is vital for not only the employee base but for the overall health of the business as well. 

But comfort is not the only reason your HVAC system needs to be maintained. Economics is the other reason. A clean and properly running system set at the right temperatures runs more economically and directly contributes to decreased business operations cost.  Once again, as a business owner you realize maintaining your HVAC systems is key. Central Plumbing and Heating (Chesapeake, VA) provides full-service maintenance, with an experienced staff to ensure on-going system operation and minimal/quick repairs when needed.

Central Plumbing and Heating specializes in new (complete) system installations as well as full and partial HVAC system repair and replacement as well as retrofitting older buildings with new heating and cooling systems.

Contact us if you need a new system or maintenance on your existing HVAC system.

Regular HVAC System Maintenance Should Be a Regular Home Maintenance Task – Chesapeake, VA

Darren Kincaid - Friday, September 30, 2016

Whether you are a new home owner or have owned your home for years, the cost of owning a home can be greatly reduced by conducting simple routing maintenance.  From décor to repair, to replacement costs, the cost of home ownership is often the American family's most expensive cash outlay.  Home maintenance chores are daunting for new homeowners unfamiliar with the repair and upkeep requirements of older homes.

When the list of home-repair chores keeps getting longer and longer homeowners need to prioritize. What is most important?

HVAC system: High up on the to-do list should be the home's heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system, whether that means a furnace, air-conditioning unit, heat pump or other components. The HVAC system should be serviced at least once or twice a year because poor maintenance practices lead to costly repairs. Dirty air filters lead to myriad problems.

Need repair now? Central Plumbing and Heating in Chesapeake, VA will fix your system on the same day or provide portable heating or cooling until your problem is solved.  Contact us.


Weather Proof your Home Before Winter - Chesapeake, VA

Darren Kincaid - Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The cooler weather brings cold drafty breezes and higher heating bills. While the weather is still warm in the Chesapeake, VA area, you certainly don’t want to forget to have your heating system checked.

There are several ways to alleviate home energy efficiency concerns and receive tax credits for your efforts and expense. The Federal Government offer tax rebates and credits for home energy efficiency, combine this with the cost effective services from Central Plumbing and Heating, as well as the savings you'll earn from an efficiently operating system, and you could save some money on a new home HVAC system.

To improve the efficiency of your home, tuning your heating and cooling systems and weatherizing your home are both very good places to start.

HVAC: If you have a relatively new heating system in Chesapeake, VA, make sure to have it tuned up every year to ensure maximum efficiency. Clean filters and primed pumps make a difference. If you have an older heating system, or are looking to convert oil to gas, contact Tidewater Service.

Weatherizing: Drafty windows and doors are a major waste of energy and money. Some doors and windows just need caulking or insulation, others need to be replaced. Important to seal all openings, cracks and seems in the basement and garage areas.

A little maintenance and planning always saves money and headaches in home ownership. For more information, contact Central Plumbing and Heating.

Replacing Older Air Conditioning Systems Can Save A Lot of Money – Chesapeake, VA

Darren Kincaid - Saturday, August 27, 2016

Home energy efficiency is on the top of everyone’s mind. But did you know that your air conditioning is where you spend the most money regarding energy consumption in your home? Regular maintenance of- and often upgrading the air conditioning system in Chesapeake, VA can help you reduce those costs.

Of course regular maintenance of existing air conditioning systems is the most effective way on making sure that you are not throwing money out the window, or out the leaky air ducts. Inefficient systems cost a lot of money.

However, even if your air conditioning runs well and has been maintained, if it is more than 10 years old, you might want to consider a new system. Old systems are often unreliable, the parts are harder to replace, they are more inefficient in their energy use, it is just the nature of the beast. Upgrading may be in your best interest depending on your air conditioners age and wear. Did you know that energy efficient and eco friendly HVAC units can use 40% less energy? That is quite a bit of energy and money.

If you want an inspection of your older air conditioning system, contact Central Plumbing and Heating in Chesapeake, VA.

An Air Conditioning System Tune-Up is Still Recommended – Chesapeake, VA

Darren Kincaid - Monday, August 15, 2016

If you haven’t had your air conditioning system tune-up yet this summer, you still should even though it is mid-August. It has been a hot one here in Virginia, and there is still quite a bit of summer to go.

We recommend regular  hvac service in Chesapeake va in the spring, but it you haven’t had one, it is still a good idea, especially if your AC has been running all summer long. Although regular checkups will not absolutely guarantee that a unit will continue to work perfectly throughout the season, they will reveal most small problems that can lead to major, far more expensive problems if left unattended.

An air conditioning check-up consists of the following:

  1. Check for proper refrigerant levels. A low level indicates a leak, to be found and repaired before adding more Freon.
  2. Check all electrical components and controls.
  3. Clean evaporator and condenser coils, as needed.
  4. Oil motors as needed.
  5. Calibrate thermostat.
  6. Check Condenser.
  7. Check filters.

Contact Central Plumbing and Heating, Inc. to make an appointment for a service call.

A New Air Conditioner Can Help You Sell Your Home - Chesapeake, VA

Darren Kincaid - Saturday, July 23, 2016

If you are thinking of putting your home on the market then seriously assess the quality of your existing hvac air conditioning and heating system.  It is possible that installing new central air conditioning in your home before you put it on the market could return dividends on the sale of your home.  HVAC systems are key interest items for those in the market to purchase new homes.  With all of the homes on the market today, anything you can do to set your home apart is beneficial.

Not only will you be able to increase the asking price of your home, in Virginia, where many houses have air conditioning, a new air conditioner with a warranty trumps an older unit every time. Usually, installing a new residential central air conditioning system is worth about $4000 on average.

There are two possible ways to recoup your money.  First, you may see an increase in the selling price of your home.  Generally speaking however the selling price of your home is primarily influenced by the other homes around it. But, you may see more offers for your home with a new AC system.

This leads us to the other possibility, which is more likely. Your home will certainly spend less time on the market with new air conditioning.  Every month a home is on the market, it costs the homeowner money. By investing in an upgraded AC system, you will find that offers will come more quickly and buyers will be less motivated toward negotiating a lower price.

For more information on  hvac sales and service in Chesapeake Virginia please contact Central Plumbing and Heating.

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