Oasis Heating, A/C & Refrigeration Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Alexandria’

Shutting Down the Furnace for Warmer Weather

Monday, February 27th, 2017

girl-welcomes-in-spring-weatherFirst thing’s first: we aren’t out of the woods yet when it comes to cold weather. Last week saw some warmer days here in Northern Virginia, but March is notorious for the way it can take sudden turns and hurl chilly weather our way. You may still need to have your home’s furnace running a few more days before it’s time to settle in for a pleasant spring and hot summer.

However, this is the time of year to start making plans for the change from heating season to cooling season. One of the most important steps to take is to arrange for a spring maintenance visit from our HVAC experts to see that your AC is ready to go to work when necessary. Signing up for a maintenance contract with us means benefits for both your cooling and heating.

We also recommend taking steps to shut down your furnace. This means doing more than simply stopping use of the furnace! You’ll save energy and help keep the furnace in the best possible shape if you follow these steps:

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Which Is Better: Air Filters or Air Purifiers?

Monday, January 9th, 2017

If you’re asking this question, it’s almost certainly because you have concerns about the quality of the air in your house. Maybe there’s an increase in illness, or the air feels dustier and dirtier than normal. Or you may have read some of the worrying statistics about air quality in homes—most of which are true.

Whatever the reason, you’re wondering if you should have an air purifier or an air filter installed. Air filters are non-powered systems that use fiber weaves to trap unwanted particles, while air purifiers are electrically-powered devices that use ionization, ultraviolet radiation, or other methods to remove pollutants.

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Problems with Your Electric Furnace? Let’s Look into It

Monday, December 5th, 2016

Not every house has a connection to a natural gas line, and some homeowners prefer the safety of only relying on electricity to power appliances. For these homes, an electric furnace is always a good alternative source for warmth. Along with their flexibility, electric furnaces tend to have longer service lives than gas furnaces and they cost less upfront to install.

No furnace can be 100% free of problems, however. In this post, we’re going to look at what you can do if your electric furnace begins to lose its heating ability—or it stops heating altogether.

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Tankless Water Heater Not Working Right? We Can Help!

Monday, November 21st, 2016

Although the storage tank water heater is the most common way for homes to receive the hot water necessary for daily chores, the tankless water heater is gaining rapidly in popularity. If you have a tankless water heater, than you probably can’t imagine switching back to using an old tank model. After all, a tankless water heater uses much less energy, it never runs out of its hot water supply, it takes up 80% less space, and it lasts for many years longer with far fewer repairs than a standard water heater.

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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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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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Here’s What Can Happen if You Aren’t Changing Your AC’s Air Filter Regularly

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

A part of air conditioning and heating maintenance that we stress often is changing an HVAC system’s air filter regularly. As we come to the last month of summer, any air conditioner that has a clogged filter because it hasn’t been swapped out for a fresh one can start to cause multiple problems. Below are a few of the issues your AC might face if it still has an old filter.

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Some Things to Consider for New Water Heater Installation

Monday, June 20th, 2016

The water heater is one of the most important appliances in a home. Unlike the air conditioning and the heating systems, a household water heater is expected to work throughout the year, no matter the season. You always need hot water for cooking, cleaning, and bathing. When you’re in the process of having a water heat put into your house—whether it’s the first installation for a new home or a replacement system for an older unit—you need to put some extra thought into your options.

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Does My Water Heater Need Regular Maintenance?

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

We like to place special emphasis on routine maintenance for your air conditioning and heating systems. Right now, for example, is the time when you should schedule AC maintenance so the system is prepared to handle the rigors of the coming summer. In fall, you’ll arrange for maintenance for the heating system.

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Regular Maintenance and the Air Conditioning Compressor

Monday, March 21st, 2016

A few weeks ago, we posted a reminder that now is the best time of the year to schedule annual inspection and tune-up work for your residential air conditioner. You can take advantage of the more open schedule of HVAC technicians and get your AC ready for the summer heat in plenty of time.

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