House Call Company Blog: Archive for April, 2015

Have You Considered Outdoor Lighting for Your Home? How About 3 Reasons Why You Should?

Monday, April 27th, 2015

When you go outside at night, are there poorly lit locations in your front yard that does not give you the feeling of protection? Can you walk safely through a well-lit walkway? Are you able to enjoy a view of the flowers and landscaping features outside of your home? If the answer to any of these questions is no, it may be time for a change. Consider a new outdoor lighting installation from the skilled and licensed electricians at House Call Company. We can discuss your outdoor lighting plans for your home in the Chesapeake, VA area. You deserve the ideal configuration to bring life to your landscaping, and make your guests feel safe and welcome. Take a look at a few of your options below.

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Is Ductwork Necessary for Whole-House Cooling?

Monday, April 20th, 2015

Traditional, split central air conditioning systems utilize air ducts in order to distribute cooled air throughout home. The problem with this, of course, is the fact that not all homes have air ducts in place. Furthermore, many homes simply cannot accommodate the installation of bulky ductwork therein, and many homeowners simply don’t want to go to the trouble of having air ducts installed. Others don’t want to deal with the potential problems that damaged or leaky ductwork can lead to. The good news for any such homeowners is that air ducts are no longer a necessity when it comes to whole-house cooling. Call House Call Company today to learn more about the benefits of using a ductless air conditioner in Chesapeake, VA.

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House Call Company Shares “Story of My Wife” Video Contest Winner

Monday, April 13th, 2015

As Hampton Road’s premier HVAC company, we like to have fun around the office! In that spirit, the House Call Company team created a video parody of the One Direction song “Story of My Life.” Take a look at The Story of My Wife video below:

We had so much fun creating it that we hosted a video contest for consumers to submit their parody video! The winner of The ‪Story of My Wife video contest‬ is……. Caylin W. from Suffolk! Below is her adorable submission putting a fun twist on our parody by creating “Story of My Bear.” Take a look:

We truly appreciate everyone who participated in this fun contest. Be sure to follow House Call Company on Facebook and Twitter for future contests and promotions!

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When to Schedule Air Conditioning Repair Services

Monday, April 13th, 2015

Nothing would make us happier than to install an air conditioning system in your home and know that nothing will ever go wrong with that AC. However, in the real world, problems with mechanical systems are inevitable, and your air conditioner is not the exception to this rule. In order to best protect your comfort and the condition of your home, we suggest that you schedule any necessary air conditioning repair services at the very first signs of trouble with your system.

To achieve this goal, of course, you must learn to recognize the warning signs that your system is struggling in the first place. Here are a few tips to help you do so. Call House Call Company if you believe that you require any air conditioning repair in Chesapeake, VA.

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Top Four Ways to Reinvest in Your Home This Tax Season

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

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Paint a Room

For the cost of an inexpensive gallon of paint, you will be able to freshen a room with just a little bit of elbow grease. If you think you might be putting your house on the market sometime soon, painting the space in neutral colors will be more appealing to home-buyers. If you’re not looking to move, a new coat of paint in a color of your choice will personalize the room and drastically update the space for a fraction of the cost of a remodel.

Revamp a Bathroom

According to the 2014 South Atlantic Cost vs Value Report by Remodeling.com, a mid-range bathroom remodel can recoup almost 73 percent of the costs invested! Improvements like replacing light fixtures with LED lighting, adding ceramic tile and installing a dual flush toilet will revive the space while improving the value of the home.

Add Curb Appeal

While changing your home’s siding will give it a new look as well as add value, it isn’t the first step to improving curb appeal. Rather, use your funds wisely by pressure washing the exterior, tidying up the lawn and adding colorful plants and swapping your dated mailbox with an upscale version. Small updates will go a long way!

Make Energy Efficient Updates

When doing home improvements, choosing more energy efficient options make a big difference on utility bills. Replacing the five most frequently used light fixtures in a home with ENERGY STAR® qualified lighting can save about $65 each year in energy costs. Additionally, installing geothermal heating and cooling systems will deliver great comfort at a reasonable price, as they are the most efficient and comfortable systems available.

A home is likely one of the biggest assets a person can have. As such, it makes financial sense to take good care of it! Call us to see how we can help!

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How to Use the Sun in Order to Cool Your Home

Monday, April 6th, 2015

When homeowners think of ways in which to stay cool throughout the hottest time of the year, the mind may not immediately jump to the use of the sun’s energy. After all, it is the sun beating down upon us which puts us in such an uncomfortably hot situation to begin with. However, with the use of a solar air conditioning system, you can put the sun to work for you even as you cool down your living space. The installation and servicing of any solar AC system must be completed by trained, qualified professionals, mind you. For dependable solar air conditioning services in Chesapeake, VA, call Home Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.

How a Solar Air Conditioner Works

There are actually a variety of different solar air conditioning systems and model types, so it is important that you work with a knowledgeable party in order to determine how best to cool your own home with the use of solar energy. The most common and recognizable option, though, is by powering an air conditioner with the use of solar energy gathered by a photovoltaic system. Photovoltaic, or PV panels, are installed on one’s property, often right on the roof of the home, and these panels are used to collect energy from the sun, which is then converted to electricity for use in the home. It is this energy which powers the AC in a solar air conditioning system.

What About Hot, Cloudy Days?

It is a common misconception that it must be clear and sunny in order for the effective and reliable use of solar energy. In truth, there is still plenty of solar energy to be had even on those days when it is cloudy and overcast. You’ll notice that you are not living in perpetual night even on such gray days. For further peace of mind, though, a solar energy system may be backed up by the grid, which also allows you to send surplus energy back to the grid. This can help you to roll back your meter when producing a lot of electricity. You may also want to consider storage batteries, which can save energy harvested from the sun for later usage.

Make sure that you call Home Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. when you are ready to schedule any solar air conditioning services. We offer a variety of options, including the SunSource Home Energy System from Lennox. These systems utilize PV panels with a solar-ready, highly efficient AC or heat pump. When you work with us, you’ll be able to cool your home in an efficient, effective, and environmentally friendly manner.

 

 

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