Virginia Beach HVAC Contractor Blog

Welcome to the Virginia Beach HVAC Contractor Blog provided by Hawkins Heating & Air Conditioning. Topics blogged about below include many HVAC Contractor tips and articles from our expert contractors, resources, specials, news and other updates from our team here at Hawkins Heating & Air Conditioning.



Dirty Ducts

You should consider having the air ducts in your Virginia Beach home cleaned if: There is substantial visible mold growth inside hard surface (e.g., sheet metal) ducts or on other components of your heating and cooling system. There are several important points to understand concerning mold detection in Virginia Beach heating and cooling systems: Many…




SEER Made Clear

The U.S. Department of Energy claims that the energy we use in an average Virginia Beach home is responsible for twice as many greenhouse gas emissions as an average car. This is due to the fact that much of the energy we use in our buildings comes from fossil fuels. Therefore, any conservation action plan…




The Results Are In: Top 4 CO Detectors

A carbon monoxide (CO) detector is the kind of thing you want to know works.  This is one indoor air quality issue that cannot go unchecked. You can find detectors that need to be hardwired into your Virginia Beach electrical system as well as simpler plug-in and battery operated models. To sort out which detectors…




All CO Detectors Are Not Created Equal

If your Virginia Beach home uses natural gas, or if you have a wood or gas fireplace, you need a carbon monoxide detector. In fact, even if you have an all-electric home, you might consider getting a detector if you use a backup general or other carbon-fueled heat/power source. Inhaling too much carbon monoxide (CO)…




Memo: Don’t Forget to Conserve Energy & Save Money!

Heating and cooling your Virginia Beach home uses more energy and drains more energy dollars than any other system in your home. Typically, 43% of your Virginia Beach utility bill goes for heating and cooling. What’s more, heating and cooling systems in the United States together emit 150 million tons of carbon dioxide into the…




The EPA and New Indoor Air Protocol

New guidance will help ensure that home energy upgrades protect the health of Americans while saving energy and money. The EPA has developed a new voluntary guidance document, Healthy Indoor Environment Protocols for Home Energy Upgrades, that provides a set of best practices for improving indoor air quality in conjunction with energy upgrade work in…




Causes For Virginia Beach Furnace Repairs

As soon as you notice that the general temperature of your house is continuously dropping, there is a great chance that your furnace has stopped working. There are various reasons behind this sudden breakdown. Usually, these problems may warrant various types of Virginia Beach furnace repairs. While some of the furnace unit problems may be…




What Does MERV Have To Do With My Filter?

The MERV rating indicates the percentage of particles the air filter will remove from the air passing through it. In general, a MERV rating of 6 indicates that the filter will capture up to half of the particles in the air; a filter with a rating of 8 will trap 70 to 85 percent of…




Combat Winter Skin in Virginia Beach

Read here to learn about the top 10 causes of dry skin — and what to do about it. 1) Winter weather: Dry skin is especially common in the winter months, when the humidity level outside drops. When Virginia Beach air is cold and dry, the water in your skin evaporates more quickly; this makes…




More Fit for Your Furnace

The right amount of heat in your Virginia Beach home is very important: an oversized furnace can waste a lot of energy and a lot of your money in the process – and an under sized furnace will not be able to heat your home to the necessary level for you and your family to…




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