Posts tagged with "heating and cooling Williamsburg VA"

How to Reduce Your Home Cooling Costs

Technician checking an air conditionerWhen high temperatures strike, your first step may be to crank up your home cooling system. Though this helps you live comfortably in your home, you may notice your energy bills significantly increasing. Below are a few tips on how to reduce your cooling costs while remaining comfortable during those hot and sticky days.

Keep the filter clean: If you cannot remember the last time you checked your unit’s air filter, you could contact Art Newsome, Inc. right away. Your filter can accumulate dirt and dust, making it harder for the air to filter through the machine and be cooled. Ensuring your air filters are regularly cleaned and replaced can save you 5-15% on your energy bills.

Keep ducts and vents maintained: By scheduling regular maintenance on your unit, you can ensure the ducts and vents are adequately maintained. A specialist will also be able to check for holes or leaks, which could be drastically impacting performance and your bills.

Reduce your heat sources: Natural lighting is beautiful, but keeping your curtains wide open on sweltering days could be unnecessarily heating up your home. If you want to get the most out of your central air system, be sure to close curtains and blinds. You also want to ensure any heat-producing appliances, such as your TV or lamps, away from the thermostat. The heat emitting from these objects could make the system think it needs to work harder than it does.

When you need assistance with heating and cooling in Williamsburg, VA, contact the experts at Art Newsome, Inc. Call us today at 1-844-250-6234 to schedule your service.

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.

How to Repair a Central AC System, Part 1

Technician cleaning out an air conditioning unitIf your central air conditioning system suddenly takes a turn for the worst, there are a few common problem areas you can check. Below are a variety of different problems you could experience with your system and how to troubleshoot them.

The AC System Is Not Turning On

If the system did not turn on at all, the leading causes would be a tripped circuit breaker, a faulty thermostat, or an internal switch issue. Check to make sure your thermostat is in the “cool” position and not switched off or on “heat.” You should also check to make sure a fuse has not blown, or a circuit breaker has been tripped and reset if necessary. Confirm that all the switches in and around the unit are turned on and that the condensate overflow tray does not contain excess water.

There Is Poor Airflow from the Vents

Poor airflow for heating and cooling in Williamsburg, VA, can come from dirty filters or ductwork. Inspect all of the ductwork to ensure there are no disconnections, crimps, or blockages. Repair or reconnect as needed and if they are blocked, you may want to hire a cleaning service to ensure they are fully cleared out. You should also check the vents in each room to ensure they are fully open.

Common Heating and Air Conditioning Questions from Homeowners

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Heating and cooling systems are an essential aspect of every home – they affect your comfort and energy consumption significantly! Homeowners have many heating and air conditioning questions as they get to know their homes’ systems, troubleshoot them, and work to conserve energy.

The Support Staff at Art Newsome, Inc. holds the answers too many conventional heating and air conditioning questions. We have worked tirelessly to compile a thorough resource for you, providing easy to understand answers regarding your home’s heating and air conditioning systems, as well as indoor air quality equipment and other system components.

Below, find the answers to some of the most common heating and cooling questions we hear from homeowners just like you.

How Can I Save on Energy Costs?

There are several ways to save on your energy costs. Here are some suggestions:

  1. Upgrade to a high-efficiency system
  2. Adjust the temperature when you are gone for more than a couple of hours
  3. Use ceiling fans to move the air around
  4. Change your filters
  5. Have annual maintenance performed on your system to ensure efficient performance
  6. Install a programmable thermostat

Does a Bigger Heating or Cooling System Offer Better Performance?

No! It is important that you buy a system specific to your home’s square footage. An air conditioner/furnace that is too large will cool/heat your house faster than an adequate sized one. However, it will operate under “short cycles” causing the system to start and stop more often, increasing your electricity costs exponentially and not correctly dehumidifying the home. A system that is too small will run continuously; overexerting it to reach the desired temperature, which will also hurt your electricity bill. In the long run, short cycling or running continuously can also shorten the life of your system.

Is It Best to Repair My Heating or Cooling System, or Replace It?

It is advised to replace your system if your unit is ten years old (or older) AND requires frequent repairs. It is also recommended to replace it if the system stops working altogether – fails to heat or cool areas of your home. Another situation in which it will save you money to replace it is if the system runs excessively or constantly turns on and off (running on short cycles). All of these options will result in high electricity or contractor bills which lead to the conclusion that it would be a more economical choice in the long run to replace your current system.

Does My Air Conditioning System Need a Filter?

You can run the AC system without a filter, but you definitely SHOULD NOT! The air filter in the AC/heating system keeps the inside of your air handler or furnace clean, keeps debris off the blower motor and evaporator coil, and helps ensure that your AC system runs efficiently while minimizing the likelihood of a breakdown. Dirt is the #1 cause of breakdowns with AC and heating systems, so make sure to keep a clean filter in your AC system at all times.

How Often Do Air Filters Need to Be Changed?

Every air filter and every air conditioning system are different, so it depends on a variety of factors.

  • On average, 1″ disposable filters should be changed every 1 – 3 months.
  • If you have a thick, high-efficiency furnace filter, it could last anywhere from 6 months to a year!

Refer to the manufacturer’s recommendations when it comes to filter replacement schedule. The timing of furnace filter replacement depends on the type and efficiency of your filter, whether you have pets or smokers in the home, any allergy or asthma conditions within your family and other factors as well. To be safe, set a reminder to check your filter at least once a month and don’t wait any longer than the manufacturer’s recommended schedule to replace your air filter.

How Long Do HVAC Systems Last?

HVAC equipment’s’ life expectancy is critically dependent on the preventative maintenance and service you perform on your system. It is essential you have a qualified technician perform a bi-yearly inspection to ensure proper performance. Under the assumption that you have kept up with routine maintenance, it is suggested that a system will last anywhere from 15-25 years. For more specific information, check below.