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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.

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.

Traditional Water Heater Vs. Tankless Water Heater

Darren Kincaid - Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Central Plumbing and Heating, Chesapeake, VA

When installing a new water heater, you need to know first the two types of water heaters and their advantages and disadvantages prior to deciding what to use on your home. There's traditional water heater and there's tankless water heater. So which one is better? It's a common matter but the question will be thrown back to the buyer for it actually depends on what will work best for you. To come up with a smart decision, here's a guide to help you pick the right water heater for your home.

Traditional Water Heater will store and preheat 30-50 gallons of water in a tank. The preheated water is used when you shower, do the laundry or wash the dishes. The tank then refills to be re-heated over again. Traditional water heater offers lower installation cost than tankless water heater. In case of damage, traditional water heater installation is affordable and can be replaced easily since it does not require complex setup. However, you may experience higher utility bill due to its mechanism that heat and re-heat water at a preset temperature irrespective of your water necessity. The tank is too large and can take up an entire room. Besides that, it can run out of water and has a shorter life span of about 10-15 years only.

On the other hand, Tankless Water Heater utilizes electric or gas to serve as heat source to warm cool water as necessary, anytime you need it. Instead of storing hot water in a tank. It is more energy efficient of 24%-34% energy savings than traditional water heater. Unlike storage tank water heaters, they are rather small so it doesn't occupy much space as it can be set-up against the wall. They could last for more than 20 years. But more importantly, they can provide 2-3 gallons of hot water each minute you need it. The only downside of tankless water heater is its expensive initial cost and when you switch a conventional tank water heater to tankless system. Tankless water heater installation is more complex so the labor cost is much higher and this adds up to the upfront cost.

ooking at their advantages and disadvantages, if you can afford the tankless water heater, you can avail long term savings. This is also more advisable for larger families since you have more people frequently using more hot water. However, the traditional water heater is more feasible when you're in a tight budget and requires immediate replacement.

For more information about water heater installation, contact Central Plumbing and Heating, Inc.

What You Need to Know About Air Duct Cleaning

Darren Kincaid - Friday, June 28, 2019
Central Plumbing and Heating, Inc - Chesapeake, VA

Air duct cleaning is a misnomer. In actuality, the entire HVAC system must be cleaned and maintained. Failure to clean all components of the system can result in re-contamination of the entire system, thus minimizing the benefits of cleaning. Just as you wouldn’t clean only half of your living room floor, you also would not want to clean only part of your HVAC system. We recommend cleaning the entire HVAC system, including the following components:

  • air ducts
  • coils
  • drain pan
  • registers
  • grills
  • air plenum
  • blower motor and assembly
  • heat exchanger
  • air filter
  • air cleaner

There are two key components to HVAC cleaning: breaking contaminants loose, and collection of contaminants.

Breaking Contaminants Loose

Properly cleaning HVAC systems requires removing the sources of contamination. Source removal begins with the use of one or more agitation devices designed to loosen contaminants from the surfaces within the heating and air conditioning system. Examples of agitation devices include: brushes, air whips and compressed air nozzles or “skipper balls.” Agitation can also be achieved through hand-brushing or contact vacuuming.

Collection of Contaminants

During cleaning, the entire HVAC system is placed under continuous negative pressure (a vacuum) to prevent the spread of contaminants. Continuous negative pressure allows very fine particles to be removed from the system as they become airborne, ensuring that these particles are not released into the living space when the system is turned on after cleaning. This negative pressure also serves to extract the loosened contaminants, which are collected and removed from your home.

System Access

HVAC system cleaning is unique to each and every system. Where possible, access to duct interiors should be made through existing openings such as supply diffusers, return grills, duct end caps and existing service openings. Cleaning technicians may need to cut access holes in the duct work in order to reach inside with various cleaning tools. Creation of these service openings, and their subsequent closure, requires craftsmanship and professional skills.

Equipment Requirements

There is a wide variety of equipment available to HVAC cleaning professionals. Both truck-mounted and portable vacuums can be used to stop the spread of contaminants and get the system cleaned.

Antimicrobial Chemicals

Antimicrobial chemicals include sanitizers, disinfectants and deodorizers that can be applied to nonporous surfaces in HVAC systems to address microbial contamination and help control odors. Only chemicals registered with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) can be used. These products should only be considered after mechanical surface cleaning has been performed and if the need for such treatment has been deemed necessary.

For more information on how to maintain the air duct at your home, contact Central Plumbing and Heating, Inc.

Source: nadca.com

Common Causes and Fixes For Clogged Drains

Darren Kincaid - Thursday, May 23, 2019
Central Plumbing and Heating in Chesapeake, VA

Bummer, that bathroom sink is clogged again. Fix it correctly this time and help prevent recurrence. Let us tell you how.

Bathroom Drain Clogs

A combination of dirt, soap foam, hair and skin flakes makes a gunk buildup that cause blockage on your drain pipes. To fix the block, you need to take off and clean the drain stopper. Use the drain plunger to clear the clog but make sure first to block the over-flow drain in the tub or sink. If the plunger fails, take off the elbow join and remove the dirt. Make sure to use hair strainer drain-cover to prevent it to go down the drain.

Clogged Toilet

Clogged toilets are a filthy job. Feminine napkins, toilet paper, dental floss are just few articles that are flushed on the toilet and can't be disintegrated by water. You can try your plunger to clear out the drain pipe. If the plunger didn't work, you can use a hand auger break or get stuff that blocks the pipe. You can prevent this gruesome scenario by never allowing things like these to be discarded in your toilets.

Kitchen Sink Drains

Food particles, oil grease and detergent scum are usual cause of clog in the kitchen sink. To tackle clogged in the kitchen sink, soften first the gunk by running a hot water. Follow that with a few drops of detergent and then pour more hot water. After few minutes, use a plunger and repeat the hot water process. If you still have no luck, you may use chemical drain opener.

If you are having plumbing issues, have a professional plumber inspect your drain lines to verify if they are properly designed and installed. Sometimes plumbing problems have nothing to do with how you live but have everything to do with how your plumbing was built. Contact Central Plumbing and Heating, Inc and we’ll get you squared away.

Damaged HVAC Duct Calls For Immediate Action

Darren Kincaid - Saturday, May 11, 2019
Central Plumbing and Heating, Inc - Chesapeake, VA

A damaged HVAC duct will significantly heighten your energy consumption as the air conditioning system losses its efficiency. Conditioned air must go directly from the system to the living room. When you have a broken duct the conditioned air escapes and your AC unit must overwork. If you're experiencing unexpectedly high energy bills and you suspect something is wrong with your system, look for a trusted AC servicing as soon as possible.

There are various types of HVAC ducts. It often depends on the local building code on what material was used, what installation method and its location. HVAC duct material can be galvanized sheet metal system, fiberglass duct board, flex duct, or spider system. A certified HVAC technician can easily determine what type of duct you have installed in your home. They can readily detect and repair issues on your HVAC system as well.

If you are looking for an HVAC expert near Chesapeake, VA, contact Central Plumbing and Heating, Inc. Our technicians are trained to evaluate, repair, and replace your existing duct work in order for you to get the absolute most out of your energy dollar.


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