Midlothian Mechanical Newsletter
August 23 2017
Save Money With Proper Heating System Prep This Winter
Temperature decreases often lead to a utility bill increases. Many homeowners just accept this as a fact of their existence. But what if it didn’t have to be that way? What if we could share with you ways you can save money with proper heating system prep this winter? There are many measures that can be taken with the maintenance of your heating ventilation air conditioning system to prepare it for the winter. Preparing your HVAC for winter can cut your electricity usage, lower your bill, and extend the overall life of your HVAC system.
Aside from just checking the heating duct, a quality HVAC contractor will also inspect the heating systems belts, motors, electrical switches, thermostats, and gas pressure to ensure that your HVAC system is well prepared for the frigid winter months. Midlothian Mechanical is one of the metro Richmond's largest heating and air conditioning service companies and one of a few offering a sophisticated computerized dispatch and maintenance management system. Don’t leave deficiencies to chance. Your wallet and your comfort depend on it! A full list of our HVAC services can be found here.
When a home’s temperature is controlled using a heat pump, there are several steps that can be taken in order to prepare the heat pump for winter. The heat pump should be unobstructed so that air can circulate through it properly. Building a shelter or something to go to your heat pump, however, is not recommended. The manufacturer should make a special cover that is designed to ensure that no accumulated snow or ice falls on the heat pump fan to interfere with the air flowing through the pump. If ice forms on your heat pump, do not chip at it with a tool but instead just melt it with hot water so that the pump does not get damaged. In order for your heat pump to survive the winter, you should always properly maintain it. Having a professional check these conditions is always recommended!
A thermostat should be checked and up to date before the first frost. Older thermostats use mercury and that can be very inaccurate. If your thermostat uses batteries you should make sure that either the old ones in it are still good or that you just go ahead and put a new set in to ensure that your thermostat will work all winter. If you have a digital thermostat in your home it should be be programmed. You will be able to set your heat to cut on or cut off whenever you would like. This can greatly reduce the impact of your utility bill.
Heating ducts should be cleaned and inspected periodically to provide efficient heating and allow fresh clean air to flow through your home. The heating ducts should be routinely inspected to make sure that there are no punctures, dents, or disconnected parts. If your ducts are damaged it can cause that electricity bill to go up because warm air is being blown out and wasted. Often it takes a trained eye to see these concerns. Midlothian Mechanical, serving the greater Richmond region, can help!
You should always keep a check on your air filter as well. It is very important that you check your air filter regularly because if it were to become clogged it would interfere with the air flowing through it. It is recommended that you should replace your air filter every month to ensure the best efficiency. There are even filters that you can purchase that are reusable. They can just be rinsed off and reused like new. If you plan to change your filter monthly then a reusable filter might come in handy and save you a lot of money as well.
There’s no one else in Richmond, VA that you could call “Commercial HVAC & Residential Heating and Air Condition Installation, Service and Replacement Experts”…except Midlothian Mechanical, Your AC Doctor. Call us today or fill out the contact form and someone will return your inquiry promptly. Save money this winter with proper heating system prep. Save money with Midlothian!
November 10 2016
Winter Heating Tips
There are many household heating tips to keep you warm this winter. Want to save money on your heating expenses? Reduce the amount of energy you use and add years to your heating system by following these simple tasks.
Have your ceiling fans run clockwise. Run them on low to allow them to circulate the warm air that accumulates at the ceiling. Heat rises!
With today’s technology, installing and maintaining a programmable thermostat to schedule when your heater comes on is simple. You can program the heater to only warm the house when you are home. Set it to heat up a half hour before you come home. Night time is a good time to run the system a little cooler to and save an your heating bill. Use those blankets!
Don’t Heat The Whole House
If you live in a two-story house and only use one floor, close the vents on the other floor. Consider installing a zone system to enable you to set different thermostat settings for different parts of the house.
Replace Your Filters
Some filters need to be replaced every month to allow for good air flow. Owning a pet increases this need.
Weather Stripping Replacement
Make sure windows and doors aren’t leaking out warm air. Sealing your home will save you money on heating costs.
Consider a Heating System Upgrade
If you are spending money heater repairs to an old unit, you may actually save money by switching to a new higher seer unit. Newer heaters heat better on less energy and with the new technology, they can keep you more comfortable and they are more reliable.
Maintain Your Heating System
The EnergyStar program recommends bi-annual maintenance for your HVAC system. If you haven’t had any heater maintenance in a while, a tune-up may be just what your heating system needs. Don’t forget to have the duct work inspected for holes, leaks and blockages that would prevent your system from heating properly. Bad ducts can cause your heating system to work harder than it needs to which shorten the life of your heating system.
July 05 2016
Air Conditioning Repair Service In Richmond
We know that you have many choices for an Air Conditioning Repair Service in Richmond. Being faced with vast competition, Midlo Mechanical is committed to offering the highest quality Air Conditioning Repair Service. We understand that you have many choices. That’s why we've decided to build our company on quality and customer service. We want to pass that service commitment on to you.
When you call us at Midlo, we will respond immediately. We know that most of the time, you will call when your AC unit is in need of immediate repair. We know the sensitivity of the situation and are mindful of your needs. Once you call us, we will quickly send out a certified technician to quickly and correctly diagnose your Air Conditioning Repair problem. Once we arrive at your home or place of business, they will respectfully gather all the necessary information in order to perform a complete and accurate diagnostic. We will help to educate and explain exactly what the issue is, and what it will take to fix it. We pride ourselves on satisfied customers.
Call us today, 1 (804) 379.6222, or fill out the service repair form!
February 17 2015
We will be open tomorrow! Office will open at 10:00am. All our technicians are ready to get your heat fixed quickly. Give us a call 379-6222. It's a great day at Midlothian Mechanical
February 10 2015
Spring like weather, rain turning to snow and temperatures dropping like a rock. You have to love Virginia weather. We are here 24 hours a day with office hours Monday through Saturday to help you stay ahead of the weather and keep you comfortable. It's a great day at Midlothian Mechanical!
January 17 2015
Looks like we may get some winter weather. Make sure your heat pump stays clear of ice. If you have a 90% efficient gas furnace be sure your drain line does not freeze. We will be here if you need us. 379-6222. It's a great day at Midlothian Mechanical.