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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.

Air Conditioning Tips for Hot Summer Weather – Chesapeake, VA

Darren Kincaid - Saturday, July 16, 2016

Hot summer weather in Virginia brings with it high temperatures and high humidity. Here are some ways to stay cool and save energy at the same time. Central Plumbing and Heating customers can save money on their summer bills by following these energy tips to reduce electricity use in the home.

Install a clean 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.

For economy, set the air conditioner thermostat at 78 degrees. Each degree below 78 adds about eight percent to your cooling costs.

Use portable and ceiling fans whenever possible to help circulate air and help reduce the amount of air conditioning required. They only cost a dollar or two a month to operate because they are smaller wattage appliances.

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.

Perform heavy housework chores in the cooler time of day – this includes washing dishes, baking and laundry work. 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 the home. 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 unit is operating.

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 services each year by a licensed contractor to operate 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 throughout the home.

Shrubberies growing against the outside walls and trees that shade the roof act as a barrier against the sun and can reduce the amount of energy required to cool your home. Make sure shrubbery is trimmed away from the outdoor compressor unit so there is ample room for good air flow.

Indoor Air in Your Home Can be More Polluted Than the Air Outside - Chesapeake, VA

Darren Kincaid - Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Did you know that the air inside your home could be up to 100 times more polluted than outdoor air? This means, that your family could be breathing in toxins. Some of those toxins could be mold, asbestos, ozone, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, pet dander, radon and pesticides. These are just some of the particles found in the air in your home. In fact, indoor air quality is a serious problem for many homes in  America. Several years ago the U.S. Surgeon General issued a Call to Action to generate healthy indoor air quality. Various indoor air contaminants are the cause and triggers of 50% of human illnesses and diseases; such as allergies, flu, colds, and asthma.

Central Plumbing and Heating has some ideas on how your indoor air quality can be improved. First, your home should be a smoke-free environment. Second, prevent carbon monoxide buildup inside your home. Carbon monoxide can be avoided, have any gas burning appliances in or around your home checked yearly and repaired if they aren't running properly. Also having carbon monoxide detectors in your home is important.

However, the most important and best solution to indoor air quality is ventilation and filtration. Bring in 'good' air. When the weather is nice, turn off your furnace or other energy-consuming appliances, open the windows and let your home "air out." Keep indoor air filters running when you do this to clean pollutants out of the air as it comes into your home. You can also test the air inside your home. Contact Central Plumbing and Heating for more information on indoor air quality.

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.


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