HVAC Equipment and Service

HVAC means heating, ventilation and air conditioning. We often use this abbreviation to refer to your total heating and cooling system read more.

You’ll want to find a manufacture date. This is usually located on a label on the outside of your read more.

It’s common for your heating and cooling equipment to make some noise as it operates. There are a couple of considerations that influence its sound level, including age and read more

Precision tune-ups help your heating or air conditioning equipment deliver efficient, trouble-free comfort all year read more

A Trip Charge is a fee for the expense associated with the time and travel to diagnose, inspect and provide expert recommendations for a home's heating or air conditioning system by a read more

A popping disturbance is characteristic of an undersized duct design. This happens when read more

 

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Billing by a flat rate instead of an hourly cost guarantees pricing is up-front. The price read more.

You wouldn't buy a new car and think you’d never have to fill the tires, change the oil or investigate odd noises. read more

Installing home zoning

Air handlers and furnaces aren't typically installed side by side in Roanoke. If you use a furnace, read more.
We work on all makes and models in Roanoke. read more
We have a complete offering of water heaters.
We offer financing.
Yes. Our Experts are just minutes away, whether you’re in need of a furnace repair in the middle of a cold winter night read more.
Saving Energy at Home

With energy prices going up, there are a few steps you can take to reduce the expense of heating read more.

 

If you notice your showers are turning chilly fast, your tank water heater may be at fault. read more
If your toilet continuously runs, it may be a result of a couple of read more.
One of the most common reasons your dishwasher refuses to drain correctly is because of read more.
Indoor Air Quality

No, HVAC air filters vary in quality and dimensions, and some have specifications that read more.

Absolutely. Air pollution concentration can be as much as 100 times higher inside than read more

Using a carbon monoxide detector in a central location is the recommended way read more

You may have tried to cover up indoor odors by using air fresheners or read more

A wise way to pick the appropriate humidifier

Each home has differing comfort desires, especially if someone in your read more

According to studies conducted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, exposure to air pollutants indoors can be 100 times higher than outdoors. Frequent dusting and vacuuming can help reduce the amount of dust and dust mites present in your home. However, not all read more

Depending on the model you choose and the measurements of your house, a humidifier

How frequently you should replace your air filters can depend on the following:

  • Air filter model
  • Total indoor air quality
  • Number of pets
  • Household size
  • Air pollution levels and construction near the residence
  • Your MERV rating

For common 1"–3" air filters, manufacturers usually advise you to replace them every 30–90 days. If you suffer from light to moderate allergies, you could install a better air filter or swap them even more regularly.

The short answer to "how often should I replace my air filter?":

If you don't have a smoker or pets in the home, and your filter is the frequently sold 1" filter with a MERV rating of 4, you should be able to wait up to 90 days before replacing it.

What air filter models survive longer?

Some air filters are manufactured to last up to six months, while others must be replaced every month. The more powerful the air filter, the longer it will last. In general, you should check the thickness of the filter rather than the brand. You also need to look at the MERV rating.

The MERV rating is a scale that goes from 1-20 and calculates how effectively an air filter can pull particles from the air. The higher the MERV rating, the smaller the particle that will be caught by the air filter.

While a filter with a higher MERV rating will last longer, it may also interfere with the airflow in your home. And you will have to switch out the filter more often. And if you own an older system, plan to replace the filter more frequently to preserve the life of your filter.

How often do I need to exchange my air filter based on thickness?

The longevity of an air filter also depends on its thickness. A 1" filter will have to be replaced more often than a 4" filter.

  • A 1" pleated air filter should be replaced every 30-60 days.
  • A 2" pleated air filter should be replaced every 90 days.
  • A 3” pleated air filter should be replaced every 120 days.
  • A 4" pleated air filter should be replaced every 6 months.
  • A 5” or 6" pleated air filter should be replaced every 9-12 months.

One of the perks of thicker filters is not only do they last longer, but they also have a higher MERV rating. This means they will do a better job of eliminating the particles in your home. They also create less air resistance, which can help your HVAC system run more efficiently and reduce wear and tear on components like the blower motor.

If you have a whole-house air purifier, you will also need to replace the filters more often.

How often should I change my air filter if I have a dog or cat?

If you have pets, you might need to exchange your air filter more often. Pet hair and dander can quickly clog up an air filter and lower its effectiveness. For every shedding dog you have, expect to replace the filter a month sooner than you would for a home with no pets. The same goes for cats, even though they don't shed as often as dogs. If you have a hypoallergenic or non-shedding dog or cat, you might not have to replace your air filter as often.

Though a good rule of thumb, you will need to examine your air filter more frequently to see if it needs to be exchanged. Dogs don't shed the same amount year-round. They shed more in the spring and fall when they are getting rid of their coat. Inspect the air filter monthly and replace it when it appears clogged.

Here are averages that might help you know how often you should get a new air filter at your residence:

  • Vacation house or one occupant and no pets or allergies: every 6–12 months
  • Ordinary suburban home without pets: every 90 days
  • One dog or cat: every 60 days
  • More than one pet or if anyone has allergies: 20–45 days

Yes. Carbon monoxide is a hidden threat to health and safety in your Roanoke read more

Heating units can take the moisture out of indoor air read more

Unfortunately, carbon monoxide

Stopping it from happening is the most crucial step. Taking appropriate safety read more

Many everyday products may contribute to bad indoor air quality

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless and tasteless gas. It’s made by incomplete fuel combustion frequently caused by read more

Indoor air quality refers to pollution within your Roanoke house or business. Air particles can read more

We advise periodically washing and letting water out of the humidifier’s read more

We recommend keeping your Roanoke house’s humidity amount around 30–60%. read more

Dry air triggers respiratory troubles. We recommend keeping your house’s humidity level between read more

Plumbing
While it depends on the spot and severity of leak damage, a broken water pipe.
To avoid stinky odors, you should grind up food refuse immediately with cold read more