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

How to Save on Heating Costs in the Winter

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018

Are heating bills keeping you down this season? A variety of items in your home are most likely contributing to your high heating costs, including keeping your thermostat on high, spaces in your door and window thresholds that allow air to escape or having an older or poorly maintained furnace.

This winter, take a look at these tips to save money on your next heating bill.

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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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Planning for an Emergency Loss of Heating in Winter

Monday, November 7th, 2016

You can never be too prepared when it comes to keeping your household safe in case your furnace, heat pump, or radiant heating system fails on you during the chilliest day or night of the year. This is a particular worry if you have a home with infants, elderly, or infirm people. So while it is still fall, take some time to lay out preparations for what to do in case of a broken heating system.

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3 Ways to Keep Your Indoor Air Clean

Monday, July 25th, 2016

Are you frustrated by the way that your air smells? An odd smell is one of the most common indicators that your indoor air should be evaluated, but it’s not the only one. In fact, indoor air quality is not so easily assessed by the senses alone, and it may take a professional evaluation to figure out what’s exactly in your air. Let’s take a look at three ways you can keep your indoor air clean! 

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Ways to Stay Cool During an Air Conditioning Emergency

Monday, June 13th, 2016

We offer 24/7 emergency repair service for air conditioning when our customers need it. We understand that when the temperature rises, it’s vital to keep your home cool—especially if there are elderly people or young children indoors. When an air conditioner suddenly ceases working, or it won’t blow out cool air, it’s has to be repaired as fast as possible.

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Dealing with Indoor Allergies Using Your Air Conditioner

Monday, May 30th, 2016

Summer is almost here. But that doesn’t mean that allergy season is just going to stop and all the pollen floating through the air disappear. This is a time when indoor allergens are going to be at their worst because homes are going to be shut off from the outside in order to keep the heat at bay.

However, you can use your air conditioner to help deal with your indoor allergens. Here’s how.

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The AC Air Filter: How Often Should It Be Changed or Cleaned?

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

Most of the jobs involved in regularly maintaining an air conditioning system must be handled by HVAC professionals. There’s an important exception, however, which is changing (or cleaning) the air filter. A maintenance technician will do this job during the regular tune-up and inspection, but the filter needs to have this done more than once a year.

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Here Comes Allergy Season! And Here’s How to Get Ready for It

Monday, March 14th, 2016

Allergy season usually starts in early April, just as spring is getting underway. When the temperature rises above 60°F and stays that way for three to four days, plants start to release more pollen into the air. And that’s when your allergy problems will start..

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Here’s How Often You Should Change Your HVAC System’s Air Filter

Monday, February 29th, 2016

Regular professional maintenance is a job you must schedule twice a year for your residential HVAC system: once in the spring for the air conditioner, and once more in fall for the heater. But between these times, there’s a key maintenance chore you need to take care of on your own, which is to change out the air filter on the AC/heat pump/furnace. If you neglect this task, the filter will rapidly become clogged and start to cut off airflow into the system. This will mean a drop in energy efficiency and possible repair troubles in the future. If left long enough, a clogged air filter can even shorten the lifespan of an HVAC system.

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The Best Thermostat Settings for the Winter

Monday, January 11th, 2016

A few weeks ago, we wrote a post about why it’s a good idea to upgrade to a programmable thermostat. This week, we’re going to look at how to put that programmable thermostat to best use. The finest technology in the world can still result in energy waste if it isn’t handled correctly. Here’s the way to handle your programmable thermostat during the winter so that your family members receive the comfort they needs without creating needless energy drain.

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