Oasis Heating, A/C & Refrigeration Blog : Archive for October, 2016

Why Radiant Heating Is a Great Choice for New Homes

Monday, October 31st, 2016

Radiant heat: it’s the warmth you feel coming off of a hot surface, like pavement baking in the sun or a glowing lightbulb. Even though it’s the most natural form of heat—it’s the type of heat the sun gives off—many homes don’t make use of it for seasonal heating. The most common kind of heating systems found in houses use forced-air to provide comfort, i.e. distributing heat through air blown out of vents connected to ducts.

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How a Humidifier Improve Comfort and Health in a Home during Winter

Monday, October 24th, 2016

Our Virginia summers often get humid, which makes the heat much less pleasant. But during the winter the opposite problem frequently occurs: as the temperature drops, the moisture level in the air declines. This can lead to problems in a home with comfort and even health.

The best way to solve problems from low humidity if they happen in your home is to have a whole-house humidifier integrated into the HVAC system. A professionally installed humidifier will properly balance humidity levels so it’s neither too dry or too humid.

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Your Heat Pump Won’t Switch to Heating Mode: Here’s Why

Monday, October 17th, 2016

If you have a heat pump to handle the comfort needs of your home, you’ll soon switch over to heating mode for the first time in many months. You can expect the heat pump to make the transition smoothly, since all it has to do is change the direction the refrigerant flows and siphon out an amount of the refrigerant.

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Why Is My Water Heater Leaking?

Monday, October 10th, 2016

You need your water heater every day, no matter the time of year. This means the water heater undergoes an enormous amount of stress, much more than your home heating system, and all that wear can lead to malfunctions. One of the most common kinds of water heater problems is leaking. The only place where you should see water coming out of the water heater is a few drips from the pressure release valve. If you notice water starting to pool around the water heater tank, it’s crucial that you call professionals to find the leaks, discover why they’ve started, and then find a solution to the problem.

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Is It Time to Retire Your Old Heat Pump?

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

Fall is when homeowners should evaluate their heating systems and see if they’ll make it through another winter. Last week we wrote about this topic, asking if it’s time to replace an old furnace. But not every home uses a furnace for comfort; many opt for a heat pump instead, which not only takes care of winter comfort, but also summer comfort. We’ll take a look at deciding if the heat pump in your house is ready to retire and be replaced with a new unit.

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