Oasis Heating, A/C & Refrigeration Blog : Archive for December, 2013

Benefits of Radiant Heating Installation

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Radiant heating is an unusual and efficient means of warming your house. It consists of pipes full of warm water or electrical coils directly beneath the floorboards of your house, warming the furnishings (and people) through the direct transfer of energy. When it comes to heating your home in Arlington VA  you have a lot of options, but radiant heating offers a number of advantages to offset the cost and effort of installation. Here’s a brief rundown of the benefits of a radiant heating system.

  • Efficiency. Radiant heating doesn’t rely on forced air to warm the room. It transfers energy directly, which means it does its job much more efficiently than forced air furnaces. You can save a considerable amount of money each month on heating bills, helping to offset the cost of installation.
  • Comfort. Unlike forced air furnaces, there are no drafts or cold spots to contend with with radiant heating. That tends to create a more comfortable environment overall, as well as preventing the spread of dust and allergens (which forced air furnaces are notorious for).
  • Cost Saving. Radiant heating systems have comparatively few moving parts, which means they require repairs less often on the average than other types of furnaces. Perhaps even more importantly, they can last a long time with proper maintenance, which not only extends the benefits of your investment, but can improve the resale value of your home when the time comes to sell.

The benefits of radiant heating installation are considerable, though it’s not for everyone. When it comes to heating, Arlington VA residents need to match their homes and their circumstances with the heating system that’s right for them. When making that decision, it helps to have trained experts on your side. Here at OASIS Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration, Inc. we understand radiant heating systems, as well as a plethora of other heating options for your home. We can discuss your choices with you, the set up an installation plan that meets your needs. If you want to see the benefits of radiant heating installation, then pick up the phone and give us a call today!

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What Kind of Issues Lead to Subpar Furnace Performance?

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

Furnace problems always arise at the least convenient times. We need reliable heating to keep our Fairfax, VA homes toasty and comfortable when the snows start to fall. And they don’t always need to involve a full breakdown either. In some cases, problems can lead to subpar performance, where the furnace continues to function but requires a lot more time and energy to do its job. What kind of issues lead to subpar furnace performance?

Some of it comes down to plain old-fashioned dust and build up. If you don’t have your furnace routinely maintained, then dust and dirt will accumulate on it. That increases friction on moving parts, as well as coating the pilot light and other key components with grime that might affect the furnaces performance. It will thus work harder in order to do the same basic job, and your monthly costs will go up as a result.

Similarly, a leak in the ducts, or a problem with one of the burners or another component will slowly leech your furnace’s productivity. Say, for example, that your furnace uses six burners. If one of those burners is faulty, the remaining five should still be able to generate enough heat to cover your home. Only they will have to use more fuel to do so and will take longer to heat your home. Again, this will end up costing you more in terms of your monthly heating bills, and the issue will likely get worse the longer the faulty component is left unrepaired.

Finally, sometimes simple age is enough to create a subpar performance. An older furnace not only has years of wear and tear to deal with, but may not be able to take advantage of new advances in technology, leaving it less efficient than more contemporary models.

If you think you are getting sub-par performance from your furnace, the next step is to contact a qualified professional to address it.  Give OASIS Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Inc. a call to set up a Fairfax, VA  furnace service today!

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How Damaged Ductwork Can Lead to Heating Problems

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

Ductwork runs from a central HVAC system throughout your house, carrying conditioned air to warm or cool your living space. Ducts play a vital role in keeping your home cozy and comfortable, and when they suffer damage they need to be repaired as quickly as possible. Here’s how damaged ductwork can lead to further heating repair needs. For more tips or to schedule a repair, call the Alexandria VA heating repair specialists at OASIS Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration, Inc..

It generally boils down to a question of efficiency. If your heating system is running efficiently, it’s delivering the most heat to your home for the least amount of work overall. The less efficiently it operates, the more energy it needs to use to warm your home (costing you money in higher monthly bills) and the more strain it puts on your system overall. That strain leads to parts wearing out more quickly, which in turn leads to further breakdowns and continued repair bills.

How does damaged ductwork feed into that? Because it reduces efficiency. If the duct is crimped or blocked, then the air won’t flow through it effectively: increasing the time it takes to warm your home. A leak or breach in the ducts will do much the same thing, while dust build-up in damaged ducts can lead to dusty components on the heater itself: increasing friction between moving parts and generally impeding the system’s ability to do its job. Like any other component, the ductwork needs to be in good shape for the heating system as a whole to function the way it should. Repair services to fix damaged ductwork will not only correct the problem at hand, but reduce the need for additional repairs in the future.

If you know how damaged ductwork can lead to further heating repair needs, then you need to call a professional as soon as you realize the problem.  For heating repair in Alexandria VA, Oasis Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Inc. has the know-how you need.

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