Posts made in September 2018

3 Reasons Why You Should Have Your Furnace Checked

Technician checking furnace ductsWith the fall season on its way in, cold weather will soon be upon us. Before you turn on the heat on that first chilly day, you want to ensure your furnace has been serviced and is ready to go for the winter.

Below are three reasons why you should have your furnace checked now.

  1. It Prolongs Your Furnace’s Life

When you put off your annual furnace inspection, you are running the increasing risk of a breakdown. The last thing you want is your heat to stop working on a cold day this winter, so contact the experts at Art Newsome, Inc.

  1. It Prevents Carbon Monoxide Leaks

Another critical reason to have your furnace serviced is that it can help prevent carbon monoxide leaks. Carbon monoxide can be deadly, and can easily go undetected if you do not take the proper precautions. Having your furnace inspected before regular use will help ensure no leaks take place.

  1. It Replaces Worn Out Parts

If your furnace does need work done, it is better to complete it before needing it. Ensuring all of your parts are in working order will help improve the efficiency of your heating unit as well as prevent breakdowns on the coldest night of the year.

Do not wait until it is too late to have your furnace checked. Art Newsome, Inc. provides exceptional heating service in Williamsburg, VA, to help keep your home warm and comfortable all winter long.

5 Bad Heating, Cooling and Ventilation Habits to Avoid

While we’re still in the spirit of the end of summer and preparing for the heating season, we wanted to provide you with five of the worst HVAC habits we see often and offer tips on how to break them. By reversing these five bad habits, you will be well on your way to saving energy and money on your HVAC system this coming season.

  1. Neglecting to Change Your Filters

Dirty filters block airflow, and significantly lower the quality of your indoor air. We strongly recommend changing your air filters on a monthly basis — creating a new habit that is inexpensive and easy to do.  Shoot us your email address and we will send you a monthly reminder!

  1. Obstructing Your HVAC Equipment

Blocking airflow with plants, toys, furniture, shoes, etc., will significantly decrease your HVAC system’s efficiency and performance. Too much damage to this equipment over time could result in costly emergency repairs.

  1. Misusing Your Thermostat

It’s important to fully understand how your thermostat works, and avoid constantly adjusting it. Turning your air conditioner or furnace on and off adds a lot of wear and tear to your unit. Additionally, consider setting your thermostat back during certain times of the day, especially when you aren’t home. Reducing your temperature by just one degree will reduce your energy bills by 1-2% percent. This is a great way to save energy and money without even feeling the difference in temperature.

  1. Closing Your Vents and Registers

Your HVAC system is designed to heat or cool a certain space in your home. If you close your vents or registers, you change the amount of space that needs to be heated or cooled, therefore making your system work differently than it’s supposed to. This may lead to your system running longer than it needs to, resulting in damaged components or a shorter system life.

  1. Ignoring Preventative Maintenance

We always say, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” and we’re sticking to that! Having ANI look at your heating and cooling system twice a year — in the spring and in the fall — may prevent serious (and expensive) issues with your HVAC system. Preventative maintenance is also a great way to save money during peak seasons.

Have you scheduled your first preventative maintenance appointment for the upcoming season yet? If not, give us a call at 873-0345, and we can help!

What Are Fin Combs and How to Use Them

Technician maintaining outdoor AC unitFin combs, or a coil fin tool, are specialty tools that are used to straighten bent fins within an AC or heat pump system. These fins are found on the condensing units and are made from a thin aluminum metal that can become damaged over time. Anything from twigs and sticks, hail, high-pressure power washes, and more can cause your system’s fins to become bent and damaged.

Since these bent fins will restrict air flow and cause a whole variety of problems with your unit, a fin comb is a necessary tool for your HVAC system maintenance. These tools can come with multiple or interchangeable heads with different sizes and counts to match the specifications of your system. To use it, you draw the comb carefully along bent coil fins to straighten them out as you go.

These tools are a great asset to your HVAC maintenance; however, we do not recommend using them if you do not have any handyman experience. When in doubt, maintaining your HVAC system is best left to the professionals at Art Newsome Inc. Our contractors have experience working with heating and cooling in Williamsburg, VA, and will provide all of the necessary checks and fixes to keep your machine running efficiently.

To schedule maintenance for your AC or heat pump system, contact Art Newsome Inc. today at 1-844-250-6235. We service residents in Newport News, VA, and the surrounding communities.