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Central Air Conditioning Systems Need Regular Tune-Ups – Chesapeake, VA

Darren Kincaid - Monday, June 20, 2016

As a home owner, include in your summer plans an air conditioning tune up. One way to keep you air conditioning costs down be sure to have regular maintenance performed on you HVAC system.

It's very important to have tune-up and maintenance done on central air conditioning systems at least once a year. Among the benefits of having them done regularly is the significant reduction in energy consumption, which can be up to 20% or more.

A proper 24 point central air conditioner tune-up includes inspection, lubrication, calibration, and cleaning. The entire system is completely checked to make sure that the air conditioning system is operating properly and efficiently.

The system is also cleaned, including the unit outside your home. The coil is washed and cleaned, as is the blower compartments. Having 1/16 of an inch of dust or dirt accumulated on your central air conditioners blower wheel can reduce your system's efficiency by 40% or more. Additionally, the cooling coil, drain pan, duct system, and condensate drain lines are thoroughly cleaned.

Here is the bottom line, a central AC tune up will extend the life and maximize the efficiency of your air conditioning unit. If is not regularly and thoroughly cleaned, it will deteriorate rapidly, significantly reducing its efficiency, and its lifespan.

For more information on regular maintenance for central air conditioning systems, contact Central Plumbing and Heating.

Summer Air Conditioning Tips – Chesapeake, VA

Darren Kincaid - Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Hot summer weather is here with high temperatures and high humidity. Here are some ways to stay cool and save energy at the same time. Central Plumbing and Heating can help you save money on your summer utility bills by following these energy saving tips to reduce use this summer.

  • Install a clean the air conditioning filter on a regular basis in the summer and replace or clean it monthly. Dirty filters cause the equipment to work harder and use up to five percent more energy.
  • Set the air conditioner thermostat at 78 degrees. Each degree below 78 adds about eight percent to your cooling costs.
  • Use fans, both portable and ceiling, whenever possible to help circulate air and reduce the amount of air conditioning you need. Because they are smaller wattage, they only cost a dollar or two a month to operate.
  • Set your thermostat at a higher temperature while you’re away from home. This way the air conditioner won’t be on as often while you’re out.
  • Wash dishes, use the oven, and do laundry during cooler temperatures. These create heat and moisture that put an extra strain on the air conditioner. Vent clothes dryers to the outside and use kitchen exhaust fans to get rid of excess heat.
  • Keep direct sunlight out as much as possible. Close curtains, shades and blinds to hold down the temperature inside. Consider light-colored roofs, outside walls, drapes and solar screens that reflect the heat.
  • Weatherstrip doors and windows to prevent expensive air leaks. Make sure all windows and doors are closed when the AC is on.
  • The attic should be properly ventilated to prevent excess heat build-up, which causes your cooling system to work harder.
  • Insulation is important and can pay for itself by lowering your cooling costs by as much as 20 percent.
  • Air conditioning equipment should be inspected and serviced annually by a licensed HVAC contractor so it runs at maximum efficiency.
  • Be sure the damper is tightly closed on a fireplace to prevent air loss.
  • Keep furniture and draperies away from air vents inside the house. Air should be allowed to flow freely.

For more information contact Central Plumbing and Heating.

Cut Energy Bills by Making the HVAC More Efficient – Chesapeake, VA

Darren Kincaid - Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Homeowners invest highly in heating and cooling energy costs. The only way to cut energy costs is to make the heating and cooling system, or HVAC, more energy efficient. This is not as hard as you may think.

First, compare your utility bills to friends’ homes of similar size. How do your energy bills compare? Do you use more or less energy? After you figure that out, you can begin to make energy saving changes.

Check the air filter in your heating and cooling system. A dirty air filter slows air flow. This forces the HVAC system to work harder and waste more energy. You should change the air filter at least every three months.

AC service and maintenance is imperative to keep your system running efficiently and effectively. If your central air system is working to hard it will waste energy. Central Plumbing and Heating can handle all of your air conditioner service, maintenance and upgrade needs. A well-maintained heating and cooling systems run more efficiently therefore wasting less energy.

A programmable thermostat saves lots of energy. By programming your thermostat to energy-efficient temperatures you can save about $180 a year, according to Energy Star.

If your HVAC energy bills are killing you, contact Central Boston Plumbing and Heating to schedule your heating and cooling system inspection and maintenance today. You can reduce you energy cost up to 50% just with a routine service and filter change out.

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You know air pollution hurts your lungs, but what about your heart? – Chesapeake, VA

Darren Kincaid - Friday, April 29, 2016

It turns out that air pollution, both indoor and outdoor, is another factor that contributes to cardiovascular disease. According to a new study, air pollution can increase inflammation, which leads to many chronic diseases.

This study looked at the effect of the air in your home and a step that may reduce that pollution.

Indoor air pollution poses a particular problem to overall health because we spend most of our time inside.

An indoor air filter could help cut risks to cardiovascular disease from pollution. This solidifies the link between pollution, inflammation and disease. Reducing or eliminating sources of pollution and dealing with toxins is a major issue.

Improve Indoor Air Quality and Cut Cardio Risk

The goals of the study:

"Our main objectives were to evaluate the potential for a simple intervention to improve indoor air quality and reduce pollution-related cardiovascular health risks and to better understand the mechanisms that contribute to air pollution-related cardiovascular health problems."

Smoky Stoves Emit Pollution

The study found smoke from older wood stoves as not only a key source of heat, it is also a major source of air pollution inside homes.

So to see if they could clear the air and improve the health of residents, they put HEPA (high efficiency particle air) air filters into 25 homes. The air filters were installed in living rooms and bedrooms.

While the study was done in a town where wood smoke was the major source of air pollution, it is relevant to other environments where particles from the exhaust from cars, trucks and buses foul the air.

Improving the Air with HEPA Filters

The results of the study were impressive, finding that the filters placed inside the houses tested worked to cut average amounts of fine particulates by 60 percent and wood smoke by 75 percent. They also discovered that using the filters was associated with reduced inflammation, namely a 32.6 percent decrease in C-reactive protein (CRP), and an improvement in a test for blood vessel function. The reduction in CRP noted in the study is comparable to those that have been achieved with dietary changes.

Among the particles that can be found in a home are:

  • Dust as solid matter or fumes and smoke, which are mixtures of solid and liquid particles.
  • Biological contaminants, including viruses, bacteria, pollen, molds, dust mite and cockroach body parts and droppings, and animal dander.

Particles come in a wide range of sizes. Small particles can be fine or coarse. Of primary concern from a health standpoint are fine particles that have a diameter of 2.5 micrometers (µm) or less. These particles (described as "respirable") can be inhaled; they penetrate deep into the lungs where they may cause acute or chronic health effects.

But it is not only particles in the air that you should be concerned about. Particle content in municipal water supplies vary greatly. You should seek the details of your water quality from your municipal or county government. Regardless, sink or whole-house water purification systems serve to not only improve the taste and feel of your water but it also improves the healthiness of your water too.

For more information on improving indoor air quality, contact Central Plumbing and Heating.

Air Pollution, Both Indoor and Outdoor, Affects Your Heart – Chesapeake, VA

Darren Kincaid - Thursday, April 28, 2016

You know air pollution hurts your lungs, but what about your heart?

It turns out that air pollution, both indoor and outdoor, is another factor that contributes to cardiovascular disease. According to a new study, air pollution can increase inflammation, which leads to many chronic diseases.

This study looked at the effect of the air in your home and a step that may reduce that pollution.

Indoor air pollution poses a particular problem to overall health because we spend most of our time inside.

An indoor air filter could help cut risks to cardiovascular disease from pollution. This solidifies the link between pollution, inflammation and disease. Reducing or eliminating sources of pollution and dealing with toxins is a major issue.

Improve Indoor Air Quality and Cut Cardio Risk

The goals of the study:

"Our main objectives were to evaluate the potential for a simple intervention to improve indoor air quality and reduce pollution-related cardiovascular health risks and to better understand the mechanisms that contribute to air pollution-related cardiovascular health problems."

Smoky Stoves Emit Pollution

The study found smoke from older wood stoves as not only a key source of heat, it is also a major source of air pollution inside homes.

So to see if they could clear the air and improve the health of residents, they put HEPA (high efficiency particle air) air filters into 25 homes. The air filters were installed in living rooms and bedrooms.

While the study was done in a town where wood smoke was the major source of air pollution, it is relevant to other environments where particles from the exhaust from cars, trucks and buses foul the air.

Improving the Air with HEPA Filters

The results of the study were impressive, finding that the filters placed inside the houses tested worked to cut average amounts of fine particulates by 60 percent and wood smoke by 75 percent. They also discovered that using the filters was associated with reduced inflammation, namely a 32.6 percent decrease in C-reactive protein (CRP), and an improvement in a test for blood vessel function. The reduction in CRP noted in the study is comparable to those that have been achieved with dietary changes.

Among the particles that can be found in a home are:

  • Dust as solid matter or fumes and smoke, which are mixtures of solid and liquid particles.
  • Biological contaminants, including viruses, bacteria, pollen, molds, dust mite and cockroach body parts and droppings, and animal dander.

Particles come in a wide range of sizes. Small particles can be fine or coarse. Of primary concern from a health standpoint are fine particles that have a diameter of 2.5 micrometers (µm) or less. These particles (described as "respirable") can be inhaled; they penetrate deep into the lungs where they may cause acute or chronic health effects.

But it is not only particles in the air that you should be concerned about.  Particle content in municipal water supplies vary greatly.  You should seek the details of your water quality from your municipal or county government.  Regardless, sink or whole-house water purification systems serve to not only improve the taste and feel of your water but it also improves the healthiness of your water too.

For more information on improving indoor air quality, contact Central Plumbing and Heating.

Original article by Leo Galland, M.D.

Save Money On Utilities and Stay Cool This Summer – Chesapeake, VA

Darren Kincaid - Monday, April 11, 2016

The summer is on the way. The average American home spends almost 20 percent of its utility bills on cooling.

To help you and your family stay cool, comfortable and save energy, here are a few simple steps.

Use Ceiling Fans. Run your ceiling fan to create a cool breeze. If you raise your thermostat by only two degrees and use your ceiling fan, you can lower cooling costs by up to 14%. When you leave the room, remember to turn off the fan.

Maximize Shade. Pull the curtains and shades closed before you leave your home to keep the sun from overheating the inside of your home. You can also move container trees and plants in front of sun-exposed windows to serve as shade.

Find the Best Thermostat Settings. If you have a programmable thermostat, program it to work around your schedule—set it a few degrees higher when no one is home, so you are not cooling an empty house.

Reduce Oven Time. Use a microwave or grill outside instead of oven cooking, when you can. Ovens take longer to cook food and can make your house warmer.

Check Air Conditioner Filters. Check your cooling system air filter every month. If the filter looks dirty, change it. A good rule is to change the filter at least every three months. A dirty filter will slow air flow and make the system work harder to keep you cool and waste energy. Also, remember to have your HVAC system service done annually to ensure it’s running at optimum efficiency for money and energy savings.

Plug Leaking Air Ducts. As much as 20 percent of the air moving through your home’s duct system is lost due to leaks and poor connections. Seal duct work  and make sure that connections at vents and registers are well-sealed where they meet the floors, walls, and ceilings. These are common locations to find leaks and disconnected duct work.

For more information on efficient air conditioning, contact Central Plumbing and Heating, Inc.

Central Air Conditioning Designed for Your Home – Chesapeake, VA

Darren Kincaid - Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Central Plumbing and Heating, Inc. offers state-of-the-art indoor air quality and comfort. Our highly trained experts have repaired and maintained home HVAC systems for over 40 years. You need home residential air conditioning systems, service, and air conditioning repair and maintenance at reasonable prices.

Whether you already own your home or are building a new home, Central Plumbing and Heating will ensure the air conditioning system for your project is designed for your needs, lifestyle and for the size of your home. The more you know about air conditioning equipment, the better decisions you will make. Your home size, home age, number of rooms, insulation, windows, climate, degree days, local and regional utility costs, allergies or other medical conditions all need to be factored to get the most efficient and cost effective unit for your home. But that unit also needs to fit your budget. Half of your energy bills in a year will be spent on heating and cooling your home. You need to be comfortable and confident in your air conditioning product and system and it is just as important to be sure that you have the proper and most efficient unit for your needs.

You can count on Central Plumbing and Heating for quality, comfort and energy efficiency.  Contact us for more information.

Indoor Air Quality is Important to your Health – Chesapeake, VA

Darren Kincaid - Monday, March 07, 2016

Now that winter is drawing to a close, indoor air quality should be a top consideration. In warmer weather, indoor air quality is affected by mold, bacteria, carbon monoxide, radon, and volatile organic compounds (VOC),  Controlling the source of the air is the primary method for improving indoor air quality.

We spend more than 90% of our time indoors, yet the more time we spend indoors the higher we are subject to pollution and increased health risk such as asthma.  The reason for this is ndoor air pollution levels can be up to 100 times higher indoors than those outdoors.

Mold, dust and pollen are not the only biological contaminants that negatively affect indoor air quality. Pests like cockroaches, rodents and dust mites have a large impact on the air we breathe and can pose a serious health threat.

We take the air we breathe for granted. Clean air is important, especially indoors, where air filtration and ventilation systems may not always be working efficiently. Poor indoor air quality can have a considerable impact on our health.

But you can clean the air in your home so that you don't have to put up with the sometimes dangerous symptoms of poor indoor air quality. For more information contact Central Plumbing and Heating.

Buying a New Furnace - Chesapeake, VA

Darren Kincaid - Friday, February 12, 2016

It may be February, but winter is not over. Most people wait until after the winter to replace the furnace, but you may be one of the unfortunate ones who has to replace your furnace now. If you must replace your furnace now, be sure your heating contractor conducts a comprehensive analysis of your home and your home's heating and cooling needs.  Your friends at Central Heating and Plumbing have been expertly doing just that for 40 years and counting! 

Here are some little known facts about HVAC sizing.  A furnace that is too large leaves gaps in temperature as it turns on until it catches up with the thermostat. The house ends up cooling down until the next cycle and creates an inconsistent temperature. A properly sized furnace is mandatory to properly regulate temperature.  

Efficiency can vary drastically depending on price, which means that if you pay more up front now, you'll still enjoy lower heating bills for 10 or 15 years.

Many homeowners get confused over purchase agreements and warranty information. Central Plumbing and Heating is a long-established and reputable furnace installation company who will guarantee both your purchase agreement and warranty.  Regular maintenance of your heating and cooling system will keep the furnace performing like it should, keep your family warm, and lower your energy bills.

For more information contact Central Plumbing and Heating.

Original article –Philly.com

Maintaining or Upgrading HVAC System will Decrease Energy Bills – Chesapeake, VA

Darren Kincaid - Monday, February 01, 2016

On average, homeowners spend $2,000 on home energy costs. Your HVAC system accounts for 46% of your yearly energy consumption.  It is expensive to relace your HVAC system which is why regularly scheduled HVAC maitenance and tuning is one of the better investments you can make. Regular maintenance of HVAC doubles the expected lifespan over those HVAC systems that go ignored. 

HVAC systems that are over ten years old are often problematic and most certainly are less efficient than newer systems. You should have regular air conditioning repair service done on your HVAC unit to add reliability to your systems.  You should also consider upgrading to a more energy efficient model depending on the age of your systems.  Central Heating and Plumbing installs high efficiency systems which can lead to energy savings all year round. High efficiency and eco friendly models can use up to forty percent less energy than traditional heating and cooling systems. This savings has these high efficiency models quickly paying for themselves by helping by decreasing your monthly energy costs. Becoming more energy efficiency is on the forefront for homeowners due to their concerns over rising energy costs and the impacts of energy usage on the environment. So, you will not only save money with an energy efficient HVAC system, your home will also be more eco-friendly.

Ask Central Plumbing and Heating about the energy efficiency ratios new systems have. The higher the energy efficiency ratio, the less money you will spend each month on electricity to run your HVAC system. We want to help you make a good investment for your wallet, your home and the environment.

For more information, contact Central Plumbing and Heating.


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