House Call Company Blog: Archive for the ‘Home Performance’ Category

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


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Don’t Make These Efficiency Mistakes This Summer!

Monday, March 13th, 2017

son-and-fatherIt seems like it’s been a long time coming, but spring is going to be here very soon. Once spring really settles into place, it is only a matter of time before the heat of summer returns. Before we re-enter the cooling season or welcome summer’s arrival, we want to remind you of a few ways in which you can protect your energy efficiency during the summer months. Any number of oversights and user errors can result in an inefficient air conditioning performance.

Keep this information in mind over the coming weeks and months, and be sure to contact our building science professionals if you have any questions about ways in which to boost your home’s performance. With our help, you won’t have to worry about sacrificing comfort for efficiency, or vice versa. We can help you to get the most out of your home and your air conditioner in Norfolk, VA this summer.

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Schedule a Blower Door Test to Ensure Code Compliance

Monday, December 5th, 2016

An energy audit is a great and necessary way in which to determine the air tightness of a home. While some natural ventilation in a home is beneficial, too much of that natural ventilation is a big problem. That is why scheduling a blower door test in Chesapeake, VA is such a good idea.

In fact, if you are having a new home constructed, a blower door test is going to be mandatory. Why? Because new home construction projects must meet certain air leakage criteria in order to be code compliant. Scheduling your blower door test with our team will ensure accurate results, and you can count on us to address any issues that we may come across.

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Why Is My Home Heating Up Unevenly?

Monday, November 7th, 2016

When the worst of the winter weather settles in here in Virginia, you want your heater to run reliably. Running reliably isn’t really enough for true comfort, though. Your system must work at peak performance levels in all regards, and that includes the distribution of heat throughout your home.

If your house is not heating up evenly, there are a few different issues that could be to blame. The best thing to do is to call in our heating professionals to evaluate the situation. We’ll get to the bottom of your uneven heating in Portsmouth, VA.

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Building Science Tip: Seal Your Ductwork Against Air Leaks

Monday, June 27th, 2016

Back in March we blogged about how air sealing can benefit you and your home. As important as it obviously is to resolve existing and prevent future air leaks in your home’s thermal envelope, though, you must keep in mind the air systems that are within your home, as well. We are speaking specifically about the air ducts that you use to distribute both heated and cooled air throughout your home. If those ducts are leaking, then you are going to run into a number of different problems. Even if your ductwork is designed and installed according to building science best practices, leaks may develop over time.

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Some Building Science Tips for a High Performance Home

Monday, June 13th, 2016

When you think of your home, you may fail to understand it as high-performance system. Well, hopefully it falls into the category of “high performance”. If not, you may be paying too much to live to uncomfortably in your house. Building science has come a long way over the years, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to build a brand new home in order to get a better performance from your residence. If you are planning on any remodeling services, there are some design tips that can help you to put better building science to work for you. There are also ways in which to make your existing space perform better too, though.

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How Can Professional Air Sealing Benefit Me in My Home?

Monday, March 28th, 2016

No matter what the age or size of your home may be, we believe that you should be able to both heat and cool that home efficiently. However, for many different reasons, a lot of houses throughout the area have air leaks, and these air leaks make it all but impossible to heat and cool a home both as efficiently and effectively as possible. If you suspect that you are suffering the ill-effects of air leaks in your home, contact a member of our staff today. We offer exceptional air sealing services in Chesapeake, VA, and we’ll make sure that your home is sealed up properly.

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When Is Duct Sealing Necessary?

Monday, December 21st, 2015

If your air ducts are leaking, then you are going to encounter a number of different potential problems in your home. By having your air ducts effectively sealed by a qualified professional, you can ensure that you are not wasting the energy that you’ve used to heat or cool that air, in addition to avoiding other issues. All that being said, though, you must first recognize that duct sealing in Suffolk, VA may be necessary to begin with. Read the following post for a few tips regarding how to do so. If you believe that duct sealing may be needed in your home, be sure to hire the pros at House Call Company to get the job done right.

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Take Advantage of Our EcoEd Learning Series

Monday, November 16th, 2015

Have you ever wished that you understood more about the way that your home works, but are unsure where to begin? Well, you don’t have to become a general contractor in order to do so. You simply need to give us a call, and sign up for our great EcoEd Learning Series. There are still a few great events coming up in November, and you don’t want to miss out on this opportunity to learn more about your home and the services that it needs from some of the most knowledgeable professionals in the industry. Space is limited, so if you see something that you’re interested in, contact House Call Company today to reserve your spot in the presentation(s) of your choosing. 

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Is the Insulation in Your Home Sufficient?

Friday, March 13th, 2015

“I need more insulation.”  We get that call a lot and it’s usually because the homeowner is cold and figures it has to be the insulation.  The truth is, that’s only a part of the issue.  Your house is a complicated set of systems that all must work together for you to be comfortable.  Insulation is one of those systems.

So Does Your House “Stack” Up?

The answer is yes.  Every house is a victim of “The Stack Effect.”  Everyone knows that hot air rises and when it does in your home, it escapes through holes you don’t even know are there.  Gaps around lights, ductwork, pipes, and electrical wires all allow air to escape into the attic.  Your house cannot exist in a vacuum, so it pulls cool air in to replace what it’s lost.  That’s that little breeze you feel and don’t know where it came from and that’s why you call us.

But insulation alone doesn’t solve the problem.  Insulation is measured in R-value where the R stands for resistance.  The R-value of insulation is a measure of the resistance to heat flow a particular material has, not the resistance to air flow.  Insulation does not stop air flow.  Your furnace filter is made out of fiberglass and, just like a filter, insulation allows air to pass through.  Air you have paid to heat and cool.  Sealing those gaps and holes throughout the attic keeps that air in, saving you money and keeping you comfortable.

Call The House Call Company today to have one of our Comfort Techs visit you and explain how air sealing and insulating your home is the right way to save on energy and  keep you comfortable.

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