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An Aquatherm system uses the hot water heater in your home to heat the rooms in your house. This type of HVAC system uses the gas or oil water heater to provide heat to an air handler that distributes the warm air through your home. This type of system can require you to install a larger water heater with a greater BTU input. The air handlers are usually placed in a closet, garage, or mounted on the ceiling. This system takes up less room than normal HVAC systems and eliminates the need for a second flue needed with gas furnaces. The advantage to homeowners is because the water in the water heater is moving so often the tanks to get as much build up in them, which increases their life span. Another advantage is the warm air that comes through the system is not as dry compared to the air a gas furnace heat can produce.

Please call Southern Goodman if you are interested in hearing more about the Aquatherm system at

(804)745-0294

 


 

SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, which measures air conditioning and heat pump cooling efficiency. This is calculated by the cooling output for a typical cooling season divided by the total electric energy input during the same time frame.

Each system, an outdoor compressor and matching indoor unit is tested and awarded an Energy Efficiency Rating. This can be related to miles per gallon (mpg) rating for your car. The more cooling/heating a system puts out for each unit of energy it consumes, the higher rating it will receive. A higher SEER rating means great energy efficiency. In turn, this means lower utility bills and less of an impact on the environment.
Also, a great benefit is tax reductions and some utility companies will offer compensation to homeowners that install high-efficiency systems.

The federal government requires the heat pump to be at least a 13 SEER model. The SEER rating can range from 13 to 20 and there are many different factors that can go into how your heat pump performs in your specific home. A SEER rating from Energy Star is not an exact measurement, but represents the potential efficiency of the HVAC unit. Some factors that go into this are the climate, size of your home, and the quality of the air ducts throughout your home. That being said, a higher SEER number may not be appropriate for your heating and cooling needs. The HVAC unit should be purchased according to the size that is right for your unique home.

Southern Goodman has qualified technicians that are able to examine your home to determine the correct SEER rating appropriate for your home.

Call us today at (804) 745-0294!

 


 

The cold and flu season is upon us and it is in full force. The flu virus can actually live on surfaces for up to 48 hours!! No wonder the kids are bringing it home from school for the whole family. There are several things we can do to keep the flu virus from spreading around your home and from person to person.

  • Frequently wash hands or use hand sanitizer, especially if you have been out in public or in contact with someone sick
  • Use paper towels for drying hands or use a separate towel from whomever is sick in your home
  • Wipe down surfaces in your home that you touch the most such as counters, door knobs, and phones
  • Wash sheets and towels often in hot water, because germs can live through cold washes
  • Install an air scrubber in your HVAC system to clean the air 24/7

In only 30 minutes the Air Scrubber Plus® technology reduces over 90% of the pathogens in the air – which is 50 times more powerful than typical HVAC filtration! These scrubbers work 24/7 in your living environment, continuously reducing airborne and surface contaminants, mold, dust, pollen and odors. Contaminants from school, daycare or the office follow us home on hands, clothes and shoes and land on our doorknobs, counter-tops, and floors. Air Scrubber Plus® contains ActivePure™ Technology, proven to destroy up to 99% of all surface contaminants. Additionally, this breakthrough technology scrubs, purifies and cleans the air you breathe by reducing approximately 90% of airborne contaminants.

Keep your family healthy this flu season by following a few simple tips and installing an Air Scrubber Plus®!

Find out more by CLICKING HERE or call us today for more information at (804) 745-0294!


 

Many times when HVAC technicians come to your home it’s like they’re speaking a different language. One term you may have heard them use is “BTU.” We are here to help you understand this term a little better. A BTU is an acronym for “British Thermal Unit,” and is used as a measurement of heat energy. To clarify this, one BTU is produced when a 4″ wooden match stick is burned completely or the amount of energy used to heat 1 lb. of water by 1 degree.

When looking at furnaces or heat pumps you can see that there are 2 BTUs listed on the equipment. The first number is the amount of fuel the unit burns, or the input. The second number is the usable heat the unit generates, or the output. These numbers are for specific models and relates to what size the equipment should be for your home. The input number shows the capacity or size and can range from 40,000 to 1000,000. The output shows you how efficient the unit is. For the most energy efficient unit, compare the AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency). If this number is high on a furnace it means it is more efficient and doesn’t waste as much energy.

The higher the BTU number the more heat the unit can produce. Although, bigger is not always better in this case. The equipment can short cycle if it is oversized for your living space, this means it will make the space too hot when it cycles on and too cold when it cycles off. A qualified HVAC tech can correctly size the equipment needed for your unique space.

To calculate this correctly the HVAC tech bases it on specific conditions:

  • Square footage of your home
  • Ductwork design
  • Height of your cielings
  • Location of your home
  • Size and type of your windows
  • Quality and type of the insulation

Southern Goodman has qualified technicians to properly calculate the size of your HVAC equipment. We will get you up and running in no time!

Call us today!
(804) 745-0294

 

Power Surges Can Affect Your HVAC System

Power surges can be caused by a number of things, such as lightning strikes, downed power lines, faulty wiring, or power grid problems. These power surges can cause irreversible damage to your electronics, appliances and HVAC system. The biggest problem with power surges and HVAC systems is that there is no way to tell how much damage it will cause to your system until it happens. A large power surge, such as a lightning strike, can cause immediate failure, and in some cases, the HVAC unit will have to be replaced. Some HVAC systems can withstand a power surge and look like there is nothing wrong. Although, over time hidden damages may cause the unit to become less efficient and could lead to premature failure. Your HVAC system is an important part of your home and can be very expensive to replace.

Surge Protection For Your HVAC

There is a way to safeguard your system from power surges for your heating and cooling systems. We can install a whole-home power surge protector at the primary breaker box to help protect your unit from damage. This component will shut your HVAC system off to save its electrical components. If your system does get shut down due to a power surge, call your HVAC company to restart it. We do not want something to happen to your unit after the storm has passed!

This is very important that homeowners make sure their HVAC system is correctly protected and will not be damaged by power surges. If you have any questions or need more information about power surge protection, please give us a call at

(804) 745-0294


Mini splits are a ductless form of heating and cooling. Mini split systems are a more targeted form of heating and cooling certain rooms or spaces in your home. The indoor unit is mounted on the wall or ceiling and the refrigerant is pumped in through refrigerant lines that run to an outdoor unit. These are mostly used for homes that have built additions onto or enclosed rooms that the ductwork doesn’t reach to. Mini Split HVAC systems follow ENERGY STAR standards and can lower your cooling cost by up to 30% compared to conventional room air conditioners. Although, mini split systems can cost 30% more than most room air conditioners.

Mini Splits are good for homes with:

  • Multi zone living spaces
  • Enclosed patios
  • Attics or basements
  • Additions or renovations
  • Unoccupied rooms
  • Hot and cold rooms
  • Homes without space for ductwork

Mini split HVAC systems come in many different sizes and need to be in the appropriate location. Southern Goodman installers must correctly size each indoor unit and the best location for it’s installation. If it is over sized or incorrectly located, the air handlers often start short cycling which wastes energy and won’t provide the proper temperature. Please give us a call if you would like more information on installing a Mini Split system in your home for your heating and cooling needs.

(804) 745-0294

 


In the market for a new water heater? There are several pros and cons for going traditional or tankless. Some questions you may want to think about are: How much water do you use daily? Do you have the room to hold a bigger tank if needed? What kind of fuel type do you have (natural gas, propane, or electric)? These are all questions that a qualified technician can answer when he comes to your home. Southern Goodman has installed all types of traditional and tankless hot water heaters. We are more than happy to give you some options on what will be best for you and your family. Until then, here is some information to help you get an idea of what you’re looking for.

Traditional Hot Water Heaters

Traditional Hot Water Heaters uses electric or gas and preheats about 30-50 gallons of water in a tank. When someone uses the water for a shower or laundry the tank refills to be reheated again.

Pros

  • Initially much less expensive than the tankless
  • Easy and relatively inexpensive to replace

Cons

  • Higher Utility bill – to heat and reheat the water especially in the winter increases your utility bill
  • Big and hard to hide – occupy a lot of room and cannot be put outside
  • Can run out of water – Having big family? They all have to shower, do dishes, and laundry and that requires a lot of water. If you’re the last one to take a shower you might not get any hot water. BRRRRR!
  • Shorter Life – On average, traditional hot water heaters last about 10-15 years.

Tankless Hot Water Heaters

Tankless Water Heater uses electric or gas to warm up cool water whenever you need it.  On-demand!

Pros

  • Saves money on your utility bills – Tankless water heaters can be 24-34% more energy efficient than traditional
  • Small and easy to hide – They are smaller and can be put almost anywhere
  • Longer Life Expectancy – They last for 20+ years
  • Hot Water on demand – Provides 2-3 gallons of hot water per minute

Cons

  • Higher initial cost – They are more expensive than the traditional hot water tanks
  • Retrofitting adds to upfront cost – It is more complicated installing a tankless so the installation cost is higher

If you are ready to look into your options on both of these hot water heaters, give us a call at

(804) 745-0294

 

 
We are experiencing the time of year where we might need the AC on during the day and the heat on at night. With Virginia weather being so unpredictable it is normal for us to switch our thermostats from hot to cold rather quickly. What if your heat pump won’t switch to heat? Don’t panic! There are a few reasons this can occur and it can be a very minor issue. Our technicians are more than capable to fix the problem to get you heat when you need it. Below are a few problems that might occur if your HVAC unit won’t switch to heat.

Thermostat Problem


The thermostat is what tells your HVAC unit what you want it to do. Make sure the thermostat is set correctly, especially if it is a programmable thermostat. If this is not the problem, then it may be something that needs to be repaired. Over the years dust and dirt can get into the thermostat and affect how it operates. Or, the wires can become corroded that connect your thermostat to the HVAC system, cutting the electricity. These problems require a certified technician so they can repair or replace the thermostat.

Leaking Refrigerant


Refrigerant is a necessity to have your unit heat or cool your home. Your heat pump has to be charged to an exact amount for your HVAC system to function at it’s highest efficiency. If your system is low on refrigerant it usually means there is a leak in your system somewhere. To heat your home, the refrigerant absorbs the heat in the air and blows it into your home.

Reversing Valve Malfunction


The reversing valve in your heat pump is what allows the unit to switch from cooling to heating mode.  This valve can get stuck between modes or in one position. The It can get stuck in a certain position, whether it be a specific mode or in between modes. If the reason the valve is stuck is because of the solenoid, it can be repaired. Although, if it is attributed to a refrigerant leak or another issue, it may have to be replaced.

Do not try to replace the reversing valve on your own. This requires a certified technician because even a slight mistake can become an entire unit replacement. Our technicians will be more than happy to help you with all of your heating and cooling needs this year. Call us today at

(804) 745-0294

Single-Stage vs. Variable-Speed

Single-stage air conditioners operate on one speed – full blast. The AC is either 100% on or 100% off, there is no in between. This has shorter, more frequent on and off cycles. Single-stage systems are less expensive to install than variable speed units, but your energy bill is lower with a variable speed unit. A system costs less to operate when it isn’t turning on and off as frequently. It takes a much greater amount of energy to power on and off a system than to have it running for longer cycles. More and more homeowners are buying variable-speed options for their heating and air-conditioning units. Variable speeds give you more control of the temperature in your home. The zoning is better for the unit to adjust the temperature throughout your entire home.

Positives

Variable-speed technology gives you more options and benefits. These compressors operate at different speeds depending on how much cooling you need. Variable speed allows you to cool your home at lower speeds for longer periods of time. This type of unit still allows a higher speed for when the outdoor temperatures get very high. In the long run the variable speed motors cost much less to operate than single-stage and save you money. These motors are much quieter than the normal single-stage motors. You won’t hear the unit click on with a burst of air, it will gradually reach the speed needed. Variable speed motors also offers more control over humidity and moisture. Longer run times mean the AC unit has more time to remove the humidity from the air in your home.

Negatives

Variable-speed units cost more int he beginning the single-stage units do. They are also more complicated so you will need a technician that is certified to work on this type of unit. If something does go wrong with your variable-speed unit outside of the warranty, it is more likely to cost more than the single-stage.

Variable-speed units are great if you are looking for a unit that is energy efficient, lowers your energy bill, and give you more control of the temperature in your home. If you have any more questions about these hvac systems, please give us a call at

(804) 745-0294

Common Energy Efficiency Myths Debunked

Keeping Your Thermostat at a Certain Temperature Saves Money

If you are gone during the day turn your thermostat 5° – 8° higher in the summer and 10° – 15° lower in the winter. Then when you get home set your thermostat to the setting you’re most comfortable at. This will save you money and keep your unit from working hard to cool/ heat a house that isn’t occupied. Another option would be to install a programmable thermostat. Check out our blog on the different thermostat options HERE!

Your Home Cools and Heats Faster if Set Higher or Lower Than Needed

Your unit will not work faster if you crank your thermostat up or down to heat or cool your home. The role of a thermostat is simply to regulate temperature. The HVAC unit ends up working longer, but the temperature is not attained faster. Also, a programmable thermostat would help regulate temperatures to your unique schedule. Curtains and shades can also be used to regulate the rooms temperature by controlling sunlight.

Leaving Ceiling Fans on While not in a Room

There have been claims that this helps in cooling. However, the fact is that these fans just move the air around. You can save money by turning off the AC and using the ceiling fan only when the room is occupied, otherwise turn the fan off if you leave the room.

Electric Space Heaters Help Save Money

This depends on whether one uses the device correctly. Typically, electricity is more expensive than natural gas. If you’re only heating one room, you will need to lower the heat in the other rooms to actually save money. Using space heaters to heat rooms is rarely as efficient as a furnace.

Leaking air is Caused by Doors and Windows

Always check your doors and windows during the different seasons and apply weather stripping. While these play a significant role in leaking air they are not the big reason for air leaks.

The duct work is the main reason for your energy bill to go up if they’re leaking. If your ducts are leaking the efficiency of the HVAC unit drops significantly. Aeroseal can reduce duct leakage by up to 90%! The best part is Aeroseal does not stick to the inside of your duct work! The only sealant remaining in the ducts will be at the spot of the leak that was sealed. A protected HVAC system can last up to 15 years or more at peak efficiency, saving you money on your utility bill every month and reducing the need for expensive service calls. A dirty, unprotected system may need to be replaced in as little as five years. Find out more about Aeroseal HERE!

Please let us know if you have any questions at (804) 745-0294!

As a homeowner with a unit that utilizes R-22 refrigerant you may have a lot of questions about the phase out. If you have a HVAC unit that was installed before 2012, you probably use R-22. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) implemented a nationwide R-22 phase out to be completed by 2020. This seems like a decent amount of time, but you should start thinking about your options before it’s too late. The R-22 freon that is used in older units is depleting the ozone layer of the Earth. Systems leaking R-22 are very harmful to the environment and can be very costly. This refrigerant is being replaced by R-410A, a safer material, that is not harmful to the Earth’s ozone layer.

What does this mean for you?

  • You will still be able to have service performed on your R-22 unit, but it will come increasingly more expensive.
  • The availability of R-22 will decrease and there will be no guarantee that it will be accessible.
  • Eventually, the only way to get R-22 will be from recovering it from systems that are no longer in use.
  • Replacing your AC system may be the best solution.

Replacing your entire unit can be quite expensive, but it could be more cost-effective in the long run. If your system is over 10 years, the unit is leaking, or your energy bills have begun to increase, these are all signs that it is time to replace your HVAC system anyways. If you decide to go with a new unit, the best option is to pick one with an ENERGY STAR rating. The unit doesn’t use as much energy and will save you money on your energy bill. Although, if you are not ready to completely replace your unit yet, don’t worry! Southern Goodman does recommend you get on one of our membership plans to keep your unit clean and running efficiently. This can help prevent leaks and other costly repairs.

If you have any questions about the R-22 phase out or our maintenance plans please give us a call at (804) 745-0294!


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Happy first day of Fall! Temperatures are still pretty warm, but will be dropping soon. Before you flip your thermostat from cool to heat there are a few things that you need do to get your HVAC system ready. By performing maintenance checklists during the Fall and Spring seasons you can increase the efficiency and prolong the HVAC systems life expectancy. Just like your car, you wouldn’t go without changing your oil for 100,000 miles. The same logic is important for your heating and cooling system. Preventative maintenance can help you avoid system failure in severe hot or cold weather. Southern Goodman has great maintenance plans that cover your unit and make sure it won’t cut out on you when you need it most. Below are just a few of the many checks the technician will do during your fall maintenance visit.

  • Clean leaves, debris, and dirt from around the unit
  • Inspect unit for proper refrigerant levels
  • Flush and treat condensate drain with anti algae
  • Test thermostat for proper calibration, operation, and level
  • Inspect and test capacitors
  • Inspect fan motor and fan blades for wear and damage
  • Lubricate moving parts as needed
  • Test and inspect contactors for burned or pitted parts
  • Inspect and clean outdoor coil, evaporator coil, and condenser coil
  • Test safety devices for proper operation
  • Monitor and measure amperage and volts on compressor

For more information on our maintenance plans visit our page HERE or give us a call at

(804) 745-0294

Once your unit is installed you may think you are covered because your HVAC system is under warranty. Did you know there are several ways that your warranty can be voided? If, for some reason, your unit cuts out before the warranty is up and the manufacturer won’t cover it, it could cost a lot of money. No one wants to be stuck in a situation like this one. We have some tips on how to avoid this and for you to make sure your HVAC system is covered!

Here are some ways your HVAC warranty can be voided:

Failing to Register Your HVAC System

Once your heating and air conditioning unit is installed find your warranty information immediately to make sure it is registered. Here at Southern Goodman, we register your HVAC units for you as soon as they are installed. This information should be provided to you during the walk through of the system or mailed to your home within a couple weeks of the installation. Do not wait any longer, if the company does not register your unit you will end up with a very limited, shortened warranty.

Using Off-Brand Parts

If there is a repair that needs to be done, always check with the installation company that they are from the original manufacturer.

Not Having Annual Maintenance

Preventative maintenance is very important and most manufacturers will not honor your warranty if you haven’t had maintenance on your HVAC system annually. Small problems can become bigger problems as your system continues to run. Just as your automobile needs regular maintenance so does your air conditioning system.

Not Having Records of Annual Maintenance

When you get preventative maintenance on your heating and cooling system, keep your invoices! This will be the best way to keep track of when the maintenance was performed so you can avoid any issues with the manfuacturer warranty. Also, make sure the invoice says exactly what was done during the maintenance so you have proof everything was done.

If you need a maintenance performed on your HVAC unit, CLICK HERE, for more information on our maintenance plans or give us a call to schedule at

(804) 745-0294!

Ultraviolet lights are often put into the HVAC system to protect your home and system from mold, bacteria, and other allergens. Many hospitals, labs, clinics, and treatment centers use UV lights for air purification, sterilization, and disinfection. When installed in your heating and air conditioning system, they can help clean the system and the indoor air your breathe. UV lights are a proven defense to protect your home and HVAC system. Installing the ultraviolet light near the coil will kill microbes as they pass through the system. In areas like Virginia that have a high humidity problem this is the best way to combat the mold and mildew that can form on your coil. The air ducts in your home can also contain mold, mildew, and bacteria. A UV light can be installed to sterilize your ducts so the spores don’t blow out through your vents into your home. This is a chemical-free way to reduce the allergens in your home and keep your family healthy. Ultraviolet lights attack the DNA of the bacteria causing them to kill their cellular functions.
A protected HVAC system can last up to 15 years or more at peak efficiency, saving you money on your utility bill every month and reducing the need for expensive service calls. A dirty, unprotected system may need to be replaced in as little as five years.

There are two highly effective products that Southern Goodman trusts to get rid of the harmful bacteria in your HVAC systems:

 

Patriot UV Light

The Patriot UV Light uses germicidal UV-C light to sterilize mold, germs, bacteria, allergens and other microbes. This significantly improves the air quality in your home and the longevity of your HVAC system. The UV light can only kill microbes on the surfaces the light shines on and the air that passes through the system.

 

Air Scrubber Plus®

The Air Scrubber Plus® uses technology that actively sends scrubbers into the environment to reduce contaminants on surfaces as well as airborne pollutants. With enviro scrubbing technology protects your investment by producing negative and positive charges (ions). These charges cause dust particles to be attracted to one another and clump together. Once the dust particle is large enough, it is caught by your heating and cooling system filter or drops to the floor. The process keeps your heating and cooling system coil cleaner and your family healthier.

BENEFITS:

  • Reduces smells / odors
  • Controls mold, bacteria, and allergens
  • Reduces colds and flus – germs are not re-circulated through the HVAC system
  • Prevents algae growth by reducing the clogged condensate drain lines
  • Maintains a cleaner HVAC system by improving cooling efficiency
  • Reduces electricity costs by maintaining a cleaner coil making your HVAC more efficient

Call us today to find out more information on how a UV light can help the air quality in your home and protect your HVAC system at

(804) 745-0294

 

There are so many thermostats out there it may be hard to figure out which one is right for your home. The first thing to think about when looking at thermostats is the schedule that you have. Programmable thermostats come in three different types, which allow for your family to keep a flexible schedule. Are you gone during the week and home on weekends? Are you on business trips a lot? Do you work weekends or night shifts? These are all questions to go over before choosing the thermostat that is right for you.

Three Types of Programmable Thermostats

  • 7-day thermostats will let you set your temperature for each day of the week. This one is provides the most flexibility for homeowners that are in and out of the home.
  • 5-2 day thermostats allow you to set a daily schedule during the week and then a separate schedule for the weekend.
  • 5-1-1 day thermostats you can set your weekday schedule and then set separate schedules for Saturday and Sunday. This is similar to the 5-2 thermostat, but with the exception of the weekend schedule.

Programmable Thermostat Features

  • Vacation/Hold – This feature allows you to set your thermostat maximum energy savings while you are on vacation or a work trip. You can also go back to the old schedule when you get back in town.
  • Alert Capabilities – This is a great feature to have so you know exactly how your system is working. It will alert you when something is wrong with your HVAC system, when the filter needs to be changed, and can help prevent costly repairs.
  • Wifi Enabled – This allows you to adjust the temperature of your home from your mobile phone. This feature is nice because when you’re 10 miles away it will start warming or cooling your home. This way, when you step through the door, your home is already at a comfortable temperature.
  • Full Memory Save – If you live in an area where your power goes out sometimes, this is great to have so your scheduled program will remain saves even in the vent of a power outage.
  • Adaptive Recovery – This feature starts the heating or cooling process before your scheduled time. For example, if your scheduled program is set to 73° for 5:30pm, your home will be 73° at 5:30pm. The thermostat doesn’t send the call for cooling or heating at 5:30, it starts the process before your desired time so it is ready when you walk in. The only downside of this is it is not the most energy efficient feature.
  • Auto- Changeover – When the weather changes so will your thermostat. This feature automatically switches from heating to cooling when the temperature outside changes. This is helpful when the temperature is high during the daytime and cold at night.

Choosing the right thermostat for your home, HVAC system, and lifestyle can seem a bit overwhelming with all of the different brands out there. Southern Goodman is happy to assist you in your decision purchasing your new thermostat. These programmable thermostats can be a big money saver and a great way to keep your home comfortable every time you walk through the door.
Please give us a call at (804) 745-0294 to get your next thermostat installed today!

 

Does your home have…

  • hot and cold spots?
  • excessive dust or allergens?
  • high utility bills?

Aeroseal might be exactly what you need!

The #1 reason home owners want Aeroseal Home Duct Sealing is because they have hot and cold rooms or high temperature differences between upstairs and downstairs. Leaky duct work causes these issues not delivering conditioned air to these spaces and gets stuck behind your walls.

If you notice dust collection in your home and around the registers this may be another sign that your ducts are leaking. The ducts in your home are usually in attics and crawlspaces, if there are leaks in the ducts they pull dust, mold, and other allergens into your home. This causes indoor air quality issues and tremendous allergy problems. That being said, the sealant used by Aeroseal is non-toxic and has been used in hospitals, surgery centers, and government institutions.

The average home and commercial energy bill is spent on 50% of heating, air conditioning, and ventilation. That means on average, you spend 30 cents of every $1 on heating and cooling your home and it may be thrown out the window due to the leaks in your duct work. Aeroseal is guaranteed to last for 10 years and stress tested for 40 years in residential homes.

You can see a water leak, but an air leak is invisible. Duct leaks can be difficult and costly to find with duct work hidden between the walls, floors, and ceilings of any residential home or commercial building. The older, traditional use of mastic or taping of leaks not only is less effective than Aeroseal, but also can be very labor-intensive and expensive and can only be applied to ducts with physical access.

Aeroseal is only available through your local heating and air conditioning specialists.
Learn more about Aeroseal HERE!
Call us at 804-745-0294 to get your ducts sealed and start saving money today!

There have been several major hurricane’s this season and we want to make sure everyone knows the most important Hurricane Safety Tips for your family! Hurricane Harvey caused devastation to Houston and now another one is right around the corner. With Hurricane Irma destroying islands, creeping towards Florida and possibly making it’s way to Virginia, we want to make sure everyone is ready. Here are a few tips that will help you stay safe and prepared!

  • Make sure you have the proper tools and knowledge to turn off the gas, water, and electrical, including your HVAC systems
  • Have a well stocked first aid kit, flashlight, and plenty of batteries
  • Trim trees and shrubbery, especially ones with weak or dead branches
  • If you can, move grills and outside furniture inside. These can become deadly flying objects.
  • Stock up on water bottles – drinking water may not be safe
  • Fill bath tubs with water – this can be used to flush toilets
  • Stay tuned to local stations about flood warnings before going outside to start clean up
  • Always have an evacuation plan for your family in case you have to leave your home
  • Keep shoes and jackets near the door in case you need to exit quickly
  • Report downed power lines and stay away from them
  • Do not attempt to drive in flooding water

These are just a few things you can do to keep your family safe during the hurricane season this year. We know these hurricanes are terrifying for you and your family and being prepared is the best way to keep yourself and those around you safe. Southern Goodman is dedicated to making sure your home is comfortable and you are as stress free as possible.

If there is anything we can do for you after a storm to get your heating and air conditioning systems back up and running, CALL US!

(804) 745-0294

Is your home humid?

Indoor humidity can make your home very uncomfortable in the summer months. For your home to be at it’s ideal comfort level the indoor humidity should be between 30-50%. Although, humidity in the summer is inevitable, especially in Virginia, there are ways to keep the humidity down in your home.

Do not underestimate the importance of keeping the humidity at a proper level. Improper indoor humidity levels are often underestimated and can lead to many health hazards. Excessive moisture in the air can lead to mold and mildew, which can contribute to the increase of allergies, colds, headaches, asthma symptoms such as wheezing, shortness of breath and a chronic cough. Over an extended period of time, high indoor humidity can cause major issues to your home such as drywall crumbling and rotting wood.

Here are some ways to combat the humidity in your home:

  • Ventilate – Ventilation can reduce humidity by increasing the air flow throughout your home.
  • Leaking Pipes – Fixing any leaks coming from the pipes will decrease the humidity. This includes condensation from hot or cold-water pipes.
  • House Plants – Having too many house plants can increase the humidity in your home. Cover the exposed soil, otherwise, water will evaporate into the air increasing the humidity and causing you to water them more often.
  • Fans – Fans can help move the air around and help with evaporation.
  • Replace Filters – Replacing filters will decrease the humidity. A clogged filter will slow down the air flow.
  • HVAC Maintenance – A dirty unit will prevent your HVAC unit from circulating and removing water from the air. It is very important to keep your unit clean and operating at its highest efficiency. We are able to test for excessive moisture levels. In many cases, cleaning or adjusting your HVAC unit can
  • Install A Dehumidifier – Our technicians can install a dehumidifier in the heating and cooling system to provide a non-invasive way of achieving air quality throughout your entire home. When in the market for these products ask for energy-efficient models. This will help you save money on your electricity bills and will help the environment! Another added benefit of installing a dehumidifier and reducing the amount of water vapor in the air is reducing the workload on your HVAC system, which also saves you money!

Southern Goodman has experienced technicians that can find the option that is best for you and unique to your home. Our comfort specialists are available every day of the week to provide you with a fair and accurate estimate on your HVAC system. We can help you and your family beat the humidity!

Check out our HVAC maintenance plans and keep your system running at its highest efficiency!

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When was the last time you changed the filters in your home?

 
Getting your HVAC units inspected twice a year is the best thing you can do to keep your unit running efficiently! Although, the technicians don’t stop by every couple months to change the air filters in your home – this is completely up to you. Changing this filter is very important to the air quality in your home. If these filters are dirty the maintenance the technician does is not nearly as efficient. These filters can become clogged with hair, dust, dirt, and pet dander which can reduce airflow, in turn forcing the unit to work harder. This can put a drag on the unit which forces your energy bills to go up and wears the heating and air conditioning unit components quicker. Changing your filters is a quick task that can make a monumental difference.

Most filters can be purchased at your local hardware store or from your HVAC company. You can find the proper size of your filter by looking at your current filter, usually they have their dimensions on the outer part of the frame. If you can’t seem to find it, next time your technician is out for your HVAC maintenance ask him to check it for you. Most disposable filters should be changed at least every three months or as soon as once a month. This all depends on your unique household, such as how many people live in the home, if you smoke inside, have a wood fireplace, and have indoor pets.
Not all filters are disposable, some can be reusable. Make sure you follow the instructions to clean the filter specifically designed by the manufacturer. The cleaning techniques to clean a reusable filter usually include using a hose or vacuum .

When removing the old filter make sure your heating and cooling unit is off. You never want to have your unit on and not have a filter in place. Remove the filter carefully so you can avoid knocking the dirty particles back into the ducts. It is always smart to inspect the old filter before throwing it away. You should see dust and dirt, but if the filter is damp or moldy call your HVAC company. If ignored for to long, mold circulating through your home can be extremely harmful to you and your family’s health. A damp filter could be a sign of a leak in the HVAC system or a condensation problem.

Changing your air filter often is a simple way to prevent costly repairs on your HVAC system.

If you have any questions on changing the filters for your heating and air systems please do not hesitate to call us at 804.745.0294!

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Save Money This Memorial Day!


With Memorial Day coming up we remember all of our fallen heroes who have served in the United States armed forces. We want to thank them and their families for paying the ultimate sacrifice.

This weekend is also a way to bring in the summer, fire up the grill, and turn your AC on. Southern Goodman Mechanical wants to make sure you are comfortable this holiday weekend. Below are a few tips on how to save money and keep your HVAC system running efficiently for years to come!

 

Here are a few HVAC tips to lower your energy bill!

Replace your air filters – At a minimum you should change your air filters every three months. This could become more frequent during heavy use months like winter and summer. If the filter looks dirty after a month, change it! A clean filter can prevent dust and dirt from building up in the system and could lead to an expensive replacement. Dirty filters slow down the air flow into the rooms of your home and makes your unit work harder which wastes energy.

 

Install a programmable thermostat – This will help you save on your energy bill by adjusting the temperature when no one is home and turning it back to a more comfortable temperature when you are home. Your unit won’t be keeping an empty house cool or warm and will save you money!

 

Have your ducts sealed properly – The ducts allow the air to move from your unit and could potentially cause huge energy bills. Make sure you have your heating and cooling duct work sealed so the system is not heating and cooling your attic or crawlspace.

 

Protect your outside unit – A tree or an awning can provide cool shade to your unit and cut down on your energy consumption making the unit not work as hard. However, make sure that branches, leaves, or other debris don’t get stacked up or inside the system that could cause expensive repairs.

 

Check your vents – A clean vent keeps debris from flowing through the air in your home. Also, if you notice a room that is unusually warm, check your vents first. The vents in your home could accidentally be closed during cleaning throughout the year.


Stay cool this Memorial Day!

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Check Out These Great Spring Cleaning Tips!

Spring is bringing us warmer weather which is great for opening the windows, and letting in the fresh air we have been missing through winter. Although, Spring brings a lot of allergens and keeping your units and filters clear will help your family stay healthy this spring! A spring maintenance takes care of dust buildup, dirty or clogged filters, and other issues that could prevent your family from enjoying the healthiest indoor air quality. We don’t want you to overlook your HVAC system on your spring cleaning list this year! Here are a few things you can do to keep your unit running at it’s highest efficiency.

  • Clear at least two feet of space around the outdoor units
  • Replace filters at least every 60-90 days to keep the air quality in your home the healthiest.
  • Clear all debris such as pollen, leaves, or grass around your units. Remember, when you mow the lawn to not let grass shoot out at the units.
  • Schedule a Spring Maintenance

Regular maintenance prevents breakdowns and avoids other costly replacements that you do not want to deal with once summer is in full swing. Your technician will perform a thorough inspection of the equipment in your home during your spring maintenance.


Here are some of the biggest factors that are taken care of during your maintenance visit.

 

1. Dirty Coils –

The coil can get coated with dirt and dust which can make it hard to transfer the air. Your air conditioner has condenser coils that release heat outside of your home, and evaporator coils that remove the heat from the air in your home. If these coils are not treated and cleaned it can make your unit work harder and run longer causing your electricity bill to go up and your unit to fail.

2. Electrical Wiring –

During your spring maintenance your technician will inspect and tighten all of your electrical connections so they do not cause a power loss that could take out your HVAC unit.

3. Calibrate Thermostat –

To ensure proper operation of your AC unit your technician will test your thermostats for correct temperatures being maintained, programmed schedules are functioning, and batteries are new.

4. Fan Blades –

Cleaning the fan blades in your HVAC unit is essential for the highest proficiency. They are exposed to all of the elements throughout the seasons and if they are coated with grime, the fan speed can slow down which can put a huge strain on the motor.

5. Refrigerant Levels –

Refrigerant is what runs through your coils that removes the heat and humidity from the air in your home. Your technician will test the refrigerant charge to ensure your system is not leaking. If the AC unit is low on refrigerant there may be a small hole in the line that can cause the system to lose cooling power. The technician can find and fix the leak before you even notice you have a problem!

6. Clogged drain line –

Clearing the lines and drains is a simple process that can prevent a huge problem. If there is a water leak it could end up with a dangerous mold growth in your system.

For more information on our maintenance plans CLICK HERE!

Here are some great ways to save some green this St. Patrick’s Day!


Find out how simple it is to save on your electricity bill with just a few tips on your air filters, thermostats, ducts and much more!

Air Filters
Change the filters in your system every month or two to keep your system running at its peak efficiency. One of the number one reasons a HVAC unit failed is because of a clogged air filter.

Cracks & Leaks
Don’t let all of your heat and ac get out through the cracks around your house. Make sure you seal your doors and windows to keep them from costing you hundreds!

Update Your Thermostat
Programmable thermostats can save you money on your electricity bill too! These thermostats can be set to automatically turn down the temperature in your home while you’re at work and turn back up when you get home!

Seal Ducts
Have a qualified technician come out and check your ducts for holes or cracks. You can lose a significant amount of air causing you to heat and cool your attic or crawlspace. Sealing the holes or cracks in your duct work can save you money and keep your unit running efficiently.

Maintenance
Schedule a preventative maintenance twice a year for your heating and cooling units to keep them running smoothly. You wouldn’t go an entire year without getting an oil change on your car would you? We want to make sure a small problem doesn’t turn into a big one!

Installing An Energy Efficient System
HVAC systems can cost as much as a new car, but choosing one with a higher SEER rating will save you money in the future. HVAC systems are sensitive and need to be properly installed and calibrated for the unit to run at full efficiency.

Southern Goodman Mechanical is here to help you! Our technicians and office staff are here 24/7 to help you with any of your HVAC needs! Call us today to set up an appointment with one of our qualified technicians!

In honor of President’s Day we have some fun facts about the history of air conditioning in the White House. In the pre air conditioning era of the 19th century some Presidents chose to leave Washington during the hot and humid summer months for cooler areas. Virginia has been experiencing some warmer than normal temperatures for February this year and some of us are already turning our AC units on! Check out these interesting facts about the evolution of air conditioning in the White House!

1881 – President James A. Garfield was shot in the summer of 1881 and U.S. Navy engineers improvised an air conditioner to keep his sickroom cool in an attempt to save his life. The air conditioner they put together was an electric blower that forced air through cotton screens that were kept wet with ice and water through a duct. The device did lower the temperature and humidity in the room, unfortunately he only lived 80 days after being wounded.

1909 – President William Howard Taft attempted to install a type of air conditioning that consisted of electric fans that blew over bins of ice in the attic. This cooled air was forced through the duct work of the heating system. Unfortunately, this system never worked very well and was dismantled.

1930 – Not until 1930, when President Herbert Hoover was in office, did they install a central air conditioning system. The reconstruction of the West Wing was due to a Christmas Eve fire in 1929.

1933 – Only three years later when President Franklin D. Roosevelt was in office did they add air conditioning units to the private quarters of the white house.

1952 – During President S. Truman’s time in office they were forced to do a major reconstruction of the White House. There were multiple contributing factors that forced this renovation such as adding plumbing, heating and elevators, the third floor addition, and fires with poor renovations. The White House got a complete makeover and that included the revamp of all the mechanical systems, including the air conditioning units.

1964 – The 36th President of the United States Lyndon B. Johnson would keep the White House air conditioning so low during the summer he slept with an electric blanket!

We hope you enjoyed some of these facts about the HVAC in the White House! Let us know if you need your air conditioning serviced as the days get hotter!

 


 
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It’s Valentine’s Day and your HVAC system needs some TLC too! Your heating and air system gets you through the hottest summers and the coldest winters, so why not show it some love? Here are a few reasons to love your HVAC system this Valentine’s Day.

  • Love Your System – Your HVAC system aids in our health providing great indoor air quality. The air pollutants and allergens are removed from the air in your home and replaced with clean air. This keeps you healthy by removing dust, pollen and dander. With a quality heating and air system you can be sure to have clean, healthy, filtered air in your home!
  • Enjoy Your System – Your HVAC system is the heart of your home. The extreme temperatures that Virginia brings each year can be unpredictable! One day your heat is on and it’s 32 degrees outside and the next you have to turn your AC on because it’s 79 degrees! Through all the ups and downs of Virginia weather your HVAC unit has to consistently make your home and family comfortable.
  • Give Your HVAC A Gift – It is easy to forget to replace the filters around your home, but this is the easiest thing you can do to ensure your HVAC system is running cleanly and efficiently. Not only does it keep the air in your home clean, but it extends the life of your unit and saves you money on your energy bill!
  • Plan A Date For Maintenance – Just like your car needs an oil change and tune up, your HVAC unit deserves the same courtesy. Having regular maintenance performed on your system increases the lifetime of your unit and decreases the chances of your unit breaking down when you need it the most. Some systems can cost as much as a car! Don’t put off preventative maintenance on your heating and air system. Get your HVAC system checked in the fall and spring to make sure your unit is running at its peak efficiency throughout the year.
  • Make Sure Your Unit is Comfortable – Placing furniture or curtains in front of your vents can make it hard for your unit to ventilate the rooms in your home. Let your system breathe by moving furniture at least 6 inches away from your vents. Also, don’t forget to clean around your unit outside. Remember to keep leaves, snow, and weeds away from your unit throughout the year for your HVAC units best performance.

Call us today and show your HVAC system some love by getting your maintenance scheduled!

Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us at Southern Goodman!

Here are some questions you should ask about your new HVAC system!

  • How old is it?
    • If your system is over 10 years old you should plan to replace it within the next few years. Most HVAC units are only designed to last for 10-15 years.
  • What type of system is it?
    • In order to be sure you are receiving the right maintenance and upkeep, you need to know what kind of system you have. This new home could have a heat pump, straight AC, furnace, boiler, mini-split, or a combination of these.
    • Also, make sure you know how many system you have and where they are located. Some systems are in the crawlspace or in the attic.
  • When was the last HVAC inspection?
    • Do the previous homeowners have copies of the inspections or maintenance done on the unit? If no, it would be a good idea to get a certified HVAC inspector to come out and take a look at the unit.
  • Is the heating and cooling system under warranty?
    • If the HVAC system is brand new it should be under warranty and you will want to get it switched into your name.
    • Also, you should ask about a homeowner’s warranty that may cover the heating and cooling in the home. According to Home Warranty, 50% of the claims they pay on are from heating and air conditioning systems.
  • Is the HVAC system efficient?
    • If the system is energy efficient it should have an Energy Star label on the outside of the unit.
    • Your heating and air is half of your yearly energy bill, so it is extremely important to have your HVAC system properly maintained.
    • If you do get it inspected make sure it is the correct size for your home.