Oasis Heating, A/C & Refrigeration Blog : Archive for the ‘General’ Category

What Your High Energy Bill Could Mean

Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

What Your High Energy Bill Could Mean

It’s the end of the month, and you’re going through your bills. You’ve paid your rent or mortgage, the credit cards, and the water and internet bills. You come at last to the electric bill, only something looks different. This month, the energy bill is through the roof. It’s higher than it’s ever been, and you can’t begin to imagine why. You think back through the last month and can’t remember having the heat cranked up, or leaving the lights on all night. So what’s going on?

A few possible culprits could be causing an unusually high electric bill. Some of them are fairly harmless, but some of them the may indicate a severe problem lurking beneath the surface. If you happen to notice an anomaly such as this in your electric bill, don’t ignore it. The problem could be more serious than you think.

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The Benefits of a Maintenance Service Contract

Monday, January 16th, 2017

The second half of January puts us midway between when the season for turning on heaters starts, and the time when the air conditioners kick in. If you don’t have a maintenance service contract with a trusted HVAC company (take a look at ours) then right now is great time to plan ahead and arrange for it.

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The Difference with Quality Professional Furnace Installation

Monday, December 26th, 2016

We understand that homeowners are on the hunt for ways to save money, especially at the end of the year when finances often get a bit tight and everyone is starting to plan for the year ahead. Unfortunately, the quest to find bargains on services often ends up backfiring.

For a service like the installation of a furnace to handle the heating for the rest of the winter, you never want to go to any contractor who isn’t qualified and experienced to handle the job. And don’t even think about taking on furnace installation as a “do-it-yourself” experiment!

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The Chill Is Setting In, But There’s Still Time for Heating Maintenance

Monday, November 28th, 2016

We’re starting to experience colder and rainy weather as we head into the final month of the year. Do you have confidence that your heating system will be able to work at its best through the coming winter? No matter your answer to that question, if you haven’t scheduled a professional inspection or tune-up for your heater, now is the time to take care of it. It isn’t too late!

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A Reminder about Changing Your HVAC System Air Filter This Winter

Monday, November 14th, 2016

Whether you use a furnace (electric or gas) or a heat pump to provide cozy indoor temperatures for your family during the winter, you need to pay attention to an important maintenance task: regularly changing the air filter. A forced-air system like a furnace must draw air from inside the home to heat it and then send it out through the ventilation system. The filter prevents debris that the blower fan will draw in from the rooms from entering into the furnace or heat pump and damaging components. (It isn’t specifically designed to improve air quality, however. You need to install a special set of filters for that.)

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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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Should You Get a New Furnace in Time for Winter?

Sunday, September 25th, 2016

Here we are in the fall, and we can expect to enjoy some gorgeous weather in Virginia in the coming months before the winter cold really arrives. During this space between the temperature extremes of the year is when we recommend that you evaluate your home furnace to see if it needs to be replaced. If you have a furnace that’s only a few years old, it will probably be fine for the winter—as long as it receives its annual maintenance inspection and tune-up. (Get on the schedule for maintenance before it gets crowded!)

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How a Furnace Tune-Up Keeps Your Furnace Safe

Monday, September 19th, 2016

A question that heating professionals often hear is whether natural gas furnaces are safe or not. It’s understandable that people might worry about the safety of a gas furnace, since CO poisoning is a major health concern. However, the modern gas furnace is manufactured with safety as the uppermost concern. Gas furnaces have multiple safety features that help to protect homes from dangers due to combustion and toxic gases.

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We Answer Some Questions about Heating Maintenance

Monday, September 12th, 2016

The official start of fall is September 22, and that’s why we’ve already started to recommend our customers schedule their seasonal heating maintenance. Right now is a great time to get on our work calendar for a tune-up and inspection of your furnace or other residential heater. This way you’ll head into the cooler weather with confidence that the heating system will work as it should, with low chance of malfunctions and high chance of saving you money on energy bills.

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My Water Heater Is Rusty: Should I Replace It?

Monday, August 1st, 2016

Rust is never a good sign—on anything. Although you might expect to notice rust on your water heater at some point because it has water in contact with metal, rust and other types of corrosion are generally rare for a water heater until it’s near the end of its service life. The inside of the tank is glass-lined to keep water out of contact with the tank walls, and there are other precautions in place to defend against rust.

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