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What is Involved in an Air Conditioning System Tune-Up?

19 June 2018

Your home air-conditioning system will be working hard this summer. AC technicians highly recommend having getting regular HVAC service in Chesapeake, VA so you wont run into any issues when heat peaks. It gets very uncomfortable when your cooling system quits when your need it the most. Often, homeowners wonder what is involved in an air-conditioning tune-up, and if it is really necessary. Here are the things that should be included when you choose a...

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What is Involved in an Air Conditioning System Tune-Up?

Water Leaking From Air Conditioner Condenser Requires an Inspection and Tune-Up

6 June 2018

One common HVAC issue that usually occurs during summer is leaking water outside the air conditioner condenser. There are multiple factors that cause excessive dripping water, and all of them require immediate HVAC check-up and maintenance service. Dirty air filters are the number one cause of water pooling in the drip pan. When filters are clogged, the airflow is blocked over the evaporator coil causing it to freeze up. When the ice melts, an excessive...

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Water Leaking From Air Conditioner Condenser Requires an Inspection and Tune-Up

Ways to Save Energy Expenditure with Your Cooling System this Summer

21 May 2018

Your energy bill very often spikes during the summer. This is often inevitable with the continuous use of your cooling system to cool your home and make it comfortable. There are ways to keep your energy consumption down while you stay comfortably cool at home. A regular air conditioning tune-up and ensuring that the air filter is clean can help you save on your energy consumption. Air conditioners tend to work harder when filters are...

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Ways to Save Energy Expenditure with Your Cooling System this Summer

Avoid These Plumbing Issues This Summer

9 May 2018

We have had a cool spring, but we all know summer can get very hot in Virginia. It may cause you to take more than one shower in a day just to cool off. It is such an inconvenience when your plumbing system fails during this time. Avoid these common plumbing issues to have a hassle-free summer. Blocked Shower Drains - Large dirt or debris can clog the shower drain and may cause water pooling...

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Avoid These Plumbing Issues This Summer

Indoor Air Quality is Important to your Health

30 April 2018

Now that summer is fast approaching, indoor air quality should be considered as we all try to chill out. Indoor air quality can be affected by mold, bacteria, carbon monoxide, radon and volatile organic compounds, and source control is the primary method for improving indoor air quality. The average American spends more than 90% of their time indoors, yet experiences more pollution and increased asthma rates than those spending more time outdoors. Indoor air pollution...

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Indoor Air Quality is Important to your Health

Summer HVAC System Maintenance Tips

24 April 2018

As the warm weather kicks in, you might be busy thinking about your summer vacation and getting your closet and gardens ready for the warm weather. But before you get carried away, don't overlook your HVAC system before those temperatures rise. Here are important things you should include in your AC prep checklist: Increase the Thermostat - Turn your cooling system to 85 F when you are out of the house. This way you can...

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Summer HVAC System Maintenance Tips

Plumbing System Issues To Avoid This Summer

10 March 2018

The heat of summer across Virginia can send you to the shower a few times a day. It's a hassle when plumbing issues arise, but even more so when you really want water the most. Don’t let this spoil your summertime fun. Before the warm weather arrives make sure your plumbing system is in perfect working order to meet your water needs. Here are plumbing issues that can crop up during summer: Clogged Shower Drains...

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Plumbing System Issues To Avoid This Summer

Regular HVAC Tune-Ups for Healthier Air At Home

20 February 2018

We all thought our houses had safe and healthy air, but contrary to that belief, air contaminants is often higher inside the house rather than outside. This is due to poor indoor air quality brought about by an HVAC system that is not properly or regularly maintained. Various microorganisms can thrive on dirty filters and can pose a threat to your family’s health. Poorly maintained HAVC systems also emit carbon monoxide that can be dangerous...

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Regular HVAC Tune-Ups for Healthier Air At Home

Tips on Buying a New Furnace

10 February 2018

There is nothing worse than having your home furnace break when you still need heat. Oftentimes, buying new is less expensive over time than repair. If you need to buy a new furnace here are few things you need to consider: Power Source - there are four types of energy used to run a furnace: natural gas, electricity, oil, and propane. Natural gas is commonly used since its much cheaper than the other options. However,...

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Tips on Buying a New Furnace

Furnace Maintenance Tips for Winter

10 January 2018

It is important for your furnace to be in top shape in the winter. Gettting a furnace checkup at least once a year is highly recommended in order to make sure your heating system is operating perfectly and provides the right amount of heat in your home. This maintenance procedure should be taken seriously in order to ensure safety as well. Inspecting your venting pipes and draining tubes. The technician will check if they are...

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Furnace Maintenance Tips for Winter

How Long Should a Furnace and Air Conditioning Unit Last?

8 January 2018

Today's heating, ventilation and air conditioning units are more energy-efficient than their predecessors. New air conditioning and heating equipment lasts longer than ever. The end of a furnace's or air conditioner’s service life depends on more than just chronological age. Energy-efficiency issues and the price of any necessary repairs versus the cost of upgrading to a new unit all enter into that determination. Furnace Lifespan The average service life of a new furnace is 16...

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How Long Should a Furnace and Air Conditioning Unit Last?

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year from Central Plumbing and Heating

19 December 2017

Happy Holidays from Central Plumbing and Heating. We would like to thank our customers, friends, family, and community for allowing our business to be part of your lives in 2017. We wish all of you a wonderful and prosperous 2018! If we have had the pleasure of being your choice in providers, we hope that we provided the highest level of customer service and met all of your needs. In the coming months if you...

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Happy Holidays and Happy New Year from Central Plumbing and Heating

Gas Water Heater Repairs

4 December 2017

Home heating systems need maintenance, repairs and upgrades periodically. This is less challenging than a bathroom or kitchen upgrade, but in many cases, these types of jobs often require a specialist. Most repairs to a gas water heater are made at the burner control. If your heater leaks, the tank is rusted through and the entire unit must be replaced. Call a HVAC specialist to replace a gas water heater. Below is a quick troubleshooting...

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Gas Water Heater Repairs

Heat Pumps Are More Efficient for Heating (and Cooling) Your Home

20 November 2017

In Chesapeake, VA home owners are considering how to better heat and cool their homes. Homeowners have been seeing and hearing a lot about “heat pumps” but many don’t know what they are. Heat pumps give you an energy-efficient alternative to furnaces and air conditioners. In many cases a heat pump is preferred to separate heating and cooling systems. Heat pumps use less energy to move heat from a cool space to a warm space,...

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Heat Pumps Are More Efficient for Heating (and Cooling) Your Home

Signs Your Heating System Needs to be Replaced

13 November 2017

Heating systems will always need maintenance and repair over time, but waiting until winter arrives to take action on any noticeable issues concerning your heating unit can be disastrous. Here are some tips to Chesapeake-area homeowners about signs to look for that indicate a heating system is failing. There is a tremendous difference in cost between a service call and full HVAC unit replacement. However, when homeowners don't stay on top of routine maintenance and...

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Signs Your Heating System Needs to be Replaced

Pay Less for Home Energy Bills

11 October 2017

Every home owner wants to know how to save money on energy bills. Combined, Americans use nearly one million dollars worth of energy every minute. Here are some helpful tips that can lead to cutting down on your overall energy costs: Heating and Cooling Insulating your home's walls and ceilings and using caulk and weather stripping to plug air leaks near doors and windows saves 20 to 30 percent on your home heating and air-conditioning...

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Pay Less for Home Energy Bills

Time for a Heating System Tune-Up

3 October 2017

Before the colder winter hits, maximize your heating system’s efficiency and have your heating system tuned up in Chesapeake, VA. Heating and Air Conditioning Systems are an integral part of your home. Unfortunately, we tend to take them for granted when they're working. But, with a little extra help, they could be working better which would save you money. A heat pump or heating system tune-up is recommended for any system that is over a...

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Time for a Heating System Tune-Up

Prepare Your Home for Cooler Temperatures

13 September 2017

Now that fall is officially on the way, it's time to prepare your home for the cooler weather. These steps, most of which you can do yourself, will help lower your utility bills and protect your investment. For about $80 to $100, an HVAC technician will inspect the furnace or heat pump to be sure the system is clean and in good repair, and that it can achieve its manufacturer-rated efficiency. The inspection also measures...

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Prepare Your Home for Cooler Temperatures

Repair or Replace My Air Conditioner?

1 September 2017

Check these factors before deciding whether your A/C needs to be replaced. Consider the age of your A/C Age is one of the most important factors to consider when it's time to repair or replace an air conditioner. The 5,000 rule Multiply the age of the equipment by the repair cost, and if that exceeds $5,000, then replace the unit. If less, go ahead and repair it. For example, a 10-year-old unit with a $350...

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Repair or Replace My Air Conditioner?

Indoor Air Quality Affect Short and Long Term Health

8 August 2017

As we breathe in a day, we exchanges between 10,000 and 70,000 liters of air every 24 hours. And yet, air quality is often overlooked, compared to what's in our food and water. The average person spends 90 percent of his time inside and unfortunately, indoor air is far more polluted than outdoor air. According to the EPA, indoor air contains 2 to 5 times more contaminants and sometimes as much as 100 times more....

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Indoor Air Quality Affect Short and Long Term Health

Save Energy with An Air Conditioning Tune UP

25 July 2017

Getting your air conditioner tuned up is important in extending the life of your central AC, but it is also essential in the efficiency of your AC. Central Plumbing and Heating knows that your Central Air Conditioning and your heating system are a huge part of your home budget each year, there is every reason to make it as efficient as possible. In fact, one of the chief benefits of an air conditioning tune-up is...

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Save Energy with An Air Conditioning Tune UP

Landlords Must Maintain the Air Conditioning

11 July 2017

Landlords have some hefty responsibilities—include providing tenants with a roof over their head, taking care of repairs, and making sure the property is safe and up to code. But there are other obligations that they should be providing as well. It's true that landlord responsibilities vary widely because of local laws and lease terms. But some of their duties and obligations are more or less standard across the board. One of these is maintaining the...

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Landlords Must Maintain the Air Conditioning

Reasons for an AC Tune-Up

15 June 2017

Heating and cooling technicians often find mice and chipmunks and spiders and other unwelcome critters in air conditioning units during spring inspections. They make their nest in the outdoor unit’s electrical service panel and create all kinds of havoc. Even spider nests interfere with the low voltage process. The potential for a rodent invasion is just one reason why it’s important to get your air conditioning system checked, before the weather warms up too much....

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Reasons for an AC Tune-Up

Air Conditioner Tune-Up: What is it? – Chesapeake, VA

23 May 2017

Check & Clean Condenser Coil - Foreign material on the condenser coil reduces the system's capacity to remove heat from the house. Checking and cleaning the condenser coils can extends the life of the system and saves money on energy bills. Check Voltage and Amperage on Motors - Improper voltage and amperage can significantly reduce the life of the compressor, evaporator, and condenser motor. Extends the life of the system. Check and Adjust Blower Components...

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Air Conditioner Tune-Up: What is it? – Chesapeake, VA

How to Keep Your Home Cool This Summer in Chesapeake, VA

9 May 2017

When I moved from out-of-state a few years ago, I quickly realized why it seemed as though everyone had a swimming pool at home – it’s a great way to stay cool during long, hot summer days. But no matter where you live, after you get tired of going to the pool, the hot temperatures can leave you trying to find ways to keep cool and keep your electricity bill low at the same time....

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How to Keep Your Home Cool This Summer in Chesapeake, VA

Air Conditioner: Repair or Replace? – Chesapeake, VA

20 April 2017

Follow these tips to decide whether to repair or replace your central air conditioning equipment. So much has changed in the world of air conditioning in recent years that if your system has almost any significant breakdown — or if it’s just not keeping you as cool as it used to — it may be worth replacing it instead of repairing it. As of 2010, for example, manufacturers must use a new kind of refrigerant...

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Air Conditioner: Repair or Replace? – Chesapeake, VA

Repair or Replace Water Heater, HVAC and Other Household Appliances? – Chesapeake, VA

11 April 2017

Owning a home provides is a great feeling, but the burden of maintaining, repairing and replacing home appliances goes right along with it. The decision to repair or replace a broken or failing appliance is often made under pressure and without the right knowledge or information about the appliance or its expected lifetime. Water Heater Unless the water heater isn’t working properly because of a part that’s easy to replace, it’s almost never a good...

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Repair or Replace Water Heater, HVAC and Other Household Appliances? – Chesapeake, VA

Do I Need to Repair or Replace my Air Conditioning System? - Chesapeake, VA

12 March 2017

Ultimately this question can only be answered by discussing your particular situation with a qualified AC contractor that you trust. There are general considerations that will help guide your decision conversation. You must consider the age of your system(s), how often your system runs, and where you live. Remember that living here in coastal Chesapeake means can be quite corrosive to outside systems.  Generally, if your system is ten years or newer and you don't have...

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Do I Need to Repair or Replace my Air Conditioning System? - Chesapeake, VA

Energy-Efficient Upgrades for Your 2016 Taxes – Chesapeake, VA

1 March 2017

You may have heard that you can deduct energy-efficient appliances, but things like refrigerators and stoves don’t qualify. Instead, this tax credit is aimed at major systems upgrades in existing homes in Chesapeake, VA. To get this credit, you need to have purchased one of the following for a main residence that you lived in in 2016. Also, there is a lifetime total of $500 for this tax deduction, so if you’ve already hit this...

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Energy-Efficient Upgrades for Your 2016 Taxes – Chesapeake, VA

Tax Tips: Don’t Forget You’ll Get Money Back for Greening Your Home – Chesapeake, VA

18 February 2017

Good news if you are now filing taxes for 2016! Congress renewed the previously expired Residential Energy Efficiency Tax Credit. This means that any qualified efficiency updates you made in 2015 are eligible for credits when you file your taxes. Plus, updates you make in 2016 will be eligible for credits when you file next year. Residential Energy Efficiency Tax Credit The efficiency tax credit has now been retroactively renewed from January 1, 2016, through...

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Tax Tips: Don’t Forget You’ll Get Money Back for Greening Your Home – Chesapeake, VA

Steps to a Healthy HVAC System – Chesapeake, VA

9 February 2017

Buy a better filter if you haven’t already. The new high-efficiency pleated filters have an electrostatic charge that works like a magnet to grab the tiniest particles — even those that carry bacteria. Replace the filter at least every 90 days. But check it monthly. If it looks dark and clogged, go ahead and change it. If you have pets, you’ll probably need to change every month. Make sure there’s at least two feet of...

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Steps to a Healthy HVAC System – Chesapeake, VA

Tips for Maintaining Your AC Conditioning System - Chesapeake, VA

17 January 2017

The air conditioning system of your home in Chesapeake, VA is a significant capital investment for the comfort of your family. If you have your AC cleaned and maintained regularly then you will be able to save a lot of money in the long run. Routine heating and maintenance have the following benefits. Reduced energy bills Fewer chances of breakdown Increased life of the AC. Here are some tips to maintain the AC of your...

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Tips for Maintaining Your AC Conditioning System - Chesapeake, VA

Energy Efficient Ways to Heat a Home in Chesapeake, VA

10 January 2017

There are a many energy efficient ways to heat a home.  Most are easy and convenient. A programmable thermostat controls the heat, raising and lowering it throughout the course of the day according to your family’s schedule and time of day. Forced air furnaces create a dry heat that can crack and flake skin and chap lips. Many like the subtle humidity created by a boiler, it's more comfortable. And, when comparing heating bills, the...

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Energy Efficient Ways to Heat a Home in Chesapeake, VA

Ways to Increase your Homes Energy Efficiency - Chesapeake, VA

30 December 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...

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Ways to Increase your Homes Energy Efficiency - Chesapeake, VA

Furnace Maintenance and Service Plans – Chesapeake, VA

7 December 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...

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Furnace Maintenance and Service Plans – Chesapeake, VA

Energy Tax Credits will Expire Soon - Chesapeake, VA

25 November 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...

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Energy Tax Credits will Expire Soon - Chesapeake, VA

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

8 November 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,...

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

Clean Filtered Air - A Genuine Benefit to Your Employees

18 October 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...

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Clean Filtered Air - A Genuine Benefit to Your Employees

HVAC Fails Mainly Because of Lack of Maintenance – Chesapeake, VA

18 October 2016

Heating and cooling systems in Chesapeake, VA are the most important systems in your home. When purchasing or viewing a home, these are the systems that can make or break a sale. In order to keep you home air conditioning running safely and efficiently, be sure to have it properly maintained. Central Plumbing and Heating is second to none. Our technicians are all certified, factory trained to objectively evaluate your current system and have both classroom...

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HVAC Fails Mainly Because of Lack of Maintenance – Chesapeake, VA

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

30 September 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...

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

Weather Proof your Home Before Winter - Chesapeake, VA

21 September 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...

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Weather Proof your Home Before Winter - Chesapeake, VA

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

27 August 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...

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

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

15 August 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...

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

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

23 July 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...

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

Air Conditioning Tips for Hot Summer Weather – Chesapeake, VA

16 July 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...

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Air Conditioning Tips for Hot Summer Weather – Chesapeake, VA

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

28 June 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....

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

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

20 June 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...

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

Summer Air Conditioning Tips – Chesapeake, VA

25 May 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...

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Summer Air Conditioning Tips – Chesapeake, VA

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

10 May 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....

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

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

29 April 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...

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