House Call Company Blog: Archive for the ‘Heating’ Category

Heater FAQ: Know the Major Differences

Monday, January 13th, 2020

From furnaces to boilers, there is no shortage of options when it comes to heating systems that can work for your home. The problem isn’t choosing a bad heater, since all of these heaters can work in the roles that are right for them, the issue is more figuring out which heater is right for your particular home.

If you’ve been looking into having a furnace, boiler, or heat pump professionally installed in your home, then we understand the obnoxious amount of work that goes into researching each one. Not only is the research a hassle, but you’re often taking the advice from someone who is trying to sell you that service. A heat pump specialist is going to try and tell you that a heat pump is right for you, and a furnace manufacturer will tell you that a furnace is right for you.

If you’re trying to lower the chances of heating repair in Portsmouth, VA by having the perfect system installed in your home—keep reading and we’ll fill you in without the bias you’re used to.

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Signs You Could Use a Furnace Replacement

Monday, December 30th, 2019

No, we’re not just talking about replacing your furnace for fun. Furnaces have a set lifespan that they really aren’t supposed to keep working past. If your system is 20 years old or older, you could be plagued with high fuel bills, inefficiency, poor home heating quality, and even safety concerns.

We like talking about replacements because there’s a constant misconception with heating systems that you should use it until it breaks down on its absolute last day. However, what homeowners don’t like to think about is that furnaces are not people. We don’t want to keep them around as long as we can, because soon they start doing more harm than good. A family that uses a gas furnace, constantly paying for furnace repair in Chesapeake, VA 10 years longer than they should be, means a higher net cost that can sometimes be too much to handle.

Don’t ruin your budget with a heater that’s barely working. Get a replacement today.

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Gas or Electric: Which Furnace Is Right for You?

Monday, December 16th, 2019

While this might be an easy choice for some people in our area, the question isn’t always as simple as it seems for others. We get it, if you’ve got the natural gas pipelines already installed in your house then it’s quite easy and affordable to have a gas furnace installed as a next step.

However, for those that are looking to save every penny they can, what are the exact differences in costs between gas and electric? How much does a natural gas furnace cost compared to an electric furnace in energy costs? What about initial costs?

If you’re wondering these questions then you’re not alone. Hopefully, we can shed some light on the intricate differences between these two types of heaters. If you’re looking to forego heating repair in Chesapeake, VA and you’re thinking about upgrading to a furnace that’s right for your home—keep reading and we’ll give you some tips.

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Why Might a Furnace Blow Out Cool Air?

Monday, March 25th, 2019
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We may be closing out the heating season now that April is nearly upon us, but that doesn’t mean that it is time to push your heater out of your mind entirely. Particularly not if that heater failed to live up to your high expectations this past heating season. It may be late in the game, but you don’t want to put any necessary furnace repairs in Chesapeake, VA, on the backburner.

A relatively common issue that some homeowners encounter with their furnaces is the blowing out of cool air. This air does not have to be as cold as the air outside to indicate that there is a problem. It just has to be cooler than the air that should be coming out of the furnace. If you’ve identified this problem in your home, then the obvious next question is—what gives? Today, we’ll explore some potential causes.

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Heater Installation Tip: Size Matters

Monday, February 25th, 2019
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Investing in a new heating system is not just a major expense. It is also a decision that will have major implications for your comfort moving forward. Hopefully, this heater is going to be serving you and your home for many years to come. It’s a long-term investment, and one that you want to get the greatest return possible on.

That is why you need to take a number of different factors into serious consideration when investing in a new heater. The size of that heater is one such factor. Now, nobody expects you to properly size the heater on your own. That is why you must work with trained professionals. Schedule your heating installation in Chesapeake, VA with us, and that will be the case.

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Malfunctioning Heaters Burn—Through Money!

Monday, February 11th, 2019

Essentially, your heater is a machine that allows you to convert dollars into heated air. “Burning money” is more than just an expression in this context.

While you may not like to think of it that way, it does help illustrate why efficiency is so important. The higher your efficiency, the less money you have to burn.

Lowered efficiency means you need to spend more money to get the same level of heating. One of the biggest drags on efficiency is a malfunctioning heater or HVAC system. Here’s why:

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Why Is My Heater Short Cycling?

Monday, November 19th, 2018

chilly-manDo you think that “good enough” is good enough when it comes to the way in which your heater operates? If so, we’ll be seeing you for heating repair in Norfolk, VA, before long. Don’t you think it makes more sense to have “minor” issues with your heater resolved before they inevitably become major issues? Because even those problems that you think you can live with or ride out are going to hit a point where they either become intolerable or they start to affect your system in a more severe way.

A prime example of this is short cycling. When it first starts, it is easy to say well, I’ll deal with this for the time being. What homeowners fail to realize is that, while their systems are still technically running, they’re not running properly. That leads to a lot of damages that could have been easily avoided if more prompt action were taken. So read on, and be sure to reach out if you have any concerns about your home heating system.

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Get That Heater Tuned Up Today!

Monday, November 5th, 2018

servicing-furnaceHomeowners today are generally well-informed, and they are savvy enough to recognize a scam when they see one. We wouldn’t dream of selling our valued clients services that they don’t really need. We also hope that you wouldn’t dream of skipping over routine heating maintenance in Chesapeake, VA, because you think it is a scam—or for any other reason. Trust us when we tell you that this is a decision you will regret. Why?

Because routine heating maintenance is, without exception, your best bet for keeping your heater in the best working condition possible. We are going to get into some of the specific benefits of scheduling routine heating maintenance in the following post. Before we go any further, however, we want to recommend that you enroll in our Peace of Mind Priority Membership Club. That way, you’ll enjoy even more benefits to go along with those that routine maintenance has to offer your HVAC systems.

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Waiting doesn’t make it better!

Friday, August 31st, 2018

When I was younger I would drive my car until the wheels fell off. I would never dream of doing that now, I want to make sure my family is safe and I want time to make the right buying decision and consider all my options. Funny, I still have customers call me when they need a new unit right now​.

That’s just bad for everyone.

When you are hot and miserable you aren’t as likely to make a good decision, or have time to consider all your options. It’s not always the price you pay today, but how much that AC unit is going to cost to run for the next 15 years.

Now you have one more reason to do the right thing…Trade in your older, inefficient air conditioner while it is still working and you could make a big difference in your home and in your community.

Right now, when you trade in that old working AC it will be donated to Youth Challenge. This will help them in many ways. Your unit will be sent to the Youth Challenge Thrift Store where it will be reconditioned and then sold to help someone less fortunate, all the proceeds go to help Youth Challenge and you get a nice charitable tax deduction. They take the broken ACs too!

So start saving money today on your energy bills, and save money on your taxes next year…All while helping out a great organization and the community.

Still not convinced, how about 0% interest for 5 years.

Call 757 398 1820 to schedule your appointment service@housecallcompany.com

 

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Simple Tips for Better HVAC Efficiency

Monday, January 29th, 2018

money-out-of-chimneyWe all want to live comfortably in our homes, right? Of course. That is why we have heating and air conditioning systems to begin with. What we don’t want, however,  is to have to spend more than we should in order to live in that level of comfort. Yes, heating and cooling your home is going to come at a cost. It should not be a cost so high, however, that you are doing a double take each and every time you open up the utility bills.

That is why we’re taking an opportunity to share with you some simple tips about how you can enjoy better HVAC efficiency all year long. Don’t worry, we’re not just going to tell you to replace your HVAC systems with more efficient models. That will, of course, result in better efficiency, but it is not necessarily an expense that every homeowner is going to be able to handle at any given time. No, these tips from our Chesapeake, VA HVAC pros are simpler and won’t drain your bank account.

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