House Call Company Blog: Archive for June, 2015

Is There a Problem with My Gas Line?

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

Natural gas is one of the most commonly used resources in homes throughout Hampton Roads, if not the world. This is not difficult to understand, as natural gas is quite efficient, affordable, and, in terms of fossil fuels, clean burning. All that being said, no energy source comes free of potential dangers. With natural gas, a leak in your gas lines or gas hookups can prove to be quite dangerous. That is why the gas line experts on our plumbing staff have put together a brief list of signs that you have a problem with your gas line. Contact House Call Company if you suspect that you need gas line repairs in Hampton Roads, VA.

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3 Common Problems with Ceiling Fans

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

While some homeowners seem to think of ceiling fans as mostly decorative installations or outdated cooling supplements, those of us in the know recognize them as the powerful allies in the comfort battle that they are. Ceiling fans help to circulate conditioned air throughout homes more effectively, and most can be reversed in order to do the same with heated air in the winter season. Ceiling fans, like any other mechanical system or electronic appliance, can encounter problems from time to time, though. When you run into issues with your ceiling fans in Chesapeake, VA, you need to hire a professional technician to have them resolved. Contact House Call Company if you find that there is anything wrong with your ceiling fan or its operational quality.

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What to Think About Prior to Your AC Installation

Monday, June 15th, 2015

You’ve decided that you are ready to schedule an air conditioning installation in Chesapeake, VA, and the fact that you are reading this means that you are looking for an outstanding company to get the job done right. This is a great step toward ensuring that your new air conditioning system satisfies your needs and expectations completely, but it is just that: a start. There is a lot to consider before you go ahead with your air conditioning installation, and trust us when we tell you that it is well-worth your time to make these considerations carefully. Work with the home cooling experts here at House Call Company in order to ensure that your air conditioning installation is a complete success.

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How Too Much, or Too Little, Humidity Hinders Comfort

Monday, June 8th, 2015

When most homeowners think of maintaining a comfortable environment in their homes, they first think of their HVAC systems. This makes sense, of course, as it is this system which allows one to heat his or her home in the winter, and to effectively cool it in the summer. There are many other factors which play into residents’ overall comfort, though, with the level of humidity in one’s home being chief among them. That is why having to much or too little humidity in the air throughout your house can be such a problem. Fortunately, our staff can outfit your home with a great humidifier or dehumidifier if necessary. Contact House Call Company today if you think that you could benefit from whole-house humidity controls in Chesapeake, VA.

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Five Do-it-Yourself Tips to Save Energy this Summer

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

As summer starts to heat up and temperatures rise, many Hampton Roads homeowners are turning down the temperature on the thermostat to stay cool. Unfortunately, doing so can cause a large increase in your electricity bill! To help save homeowners money, House Call Company shares a few do-it-yourself tips that will save money and have you investing in your home. For additional tips, view the 6 DIY Tips to Save Energy this Summer Infographic.

Plug up any holes.
Don’t let the air you pay for escape! Sealing holes with foam or caulk can help eliminate problem areas. Professionals can also aid by plugging the holes in your ductwork. This will assist in keeping the air you paid for from leaking outside the home.

Close those shades.
You may be a fan of natural light, but direct sun light beaming in your home can create a greenhouse effect; essentially, making your AC unit work harder to maintain cooler temperatures. You can still let the light in; just remember to keep the shades closed on the east side of your home in the morning, south side in the afternoon, and west side in the evening.

Keep the filters clean.
ENERGY STAR® recommends checking your air conditioning filter once a month and, at minimum, changing the filter every three months. You can clean a filter by running water through it and letting it air-dry. If you have Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) filters, contact a professional to ensure its installed correctly.

Don’t forget about the attic.
To help keep extreme temperatures down, consider installing a solar-powered attic fan. Doing so will help ventilate hot air out of the attic, but beware, if your attic is not sealed properly, you could be cooling the space with your air conditioner!

Give the professionals a call!
There are many issues, which can have a detrimental effect on your home performance quality. Air leaks, faulty HVAC components and other problems may set back the performance level when it comes to heating and cooling your home efficiently. So don’t wait until there’s a problem to get help.

Contact the House Call Company home performance specialists by calling 757-394-3403.

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When to Call for Plumbing Repair

Monday, June 1st, 2015

Modern plumbing systems have changed our lives for the better in far too many ways to count. From providing us with consistent hot water in which to bathe to allowing for the convenient and hygienic disposal of wastewater, we rely upon our plumbing systems for a vast number of daily tasks and the completion of chores. It is for this very reason that any problems with our plumbing systems are so disruptive. At House Call Company, we understand how detrimental plumbing issues can be. That is why we’ve put together some tips to help you determine if and when the time has come to schedule plumbing repairs in Chesapeake, VA. Contact us today if you think that your plumbing system is in need of repair. 

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