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.



Combat Winter Skin in Virginia Beach

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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

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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…




Baby Wants a Disposable Electrostatic AC Furnace Filter

If you have a newborn, it is likely you have not given consideration to your furnace filter when thinking of your baby’s safety, but it is VERY important. The indoor air in most Virginia Beach homes is much more polluted that the outside air. The EPA says that “….indoor air can be be more polluted…




AFUE Explained

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AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) ratings are something that every Virginia Beach homeowner should learn about and be aware of. AFUE ratings are governmental standard of the measured thermal efficiency of furnaces, boilers, hot water heaters, etc. This is not the only measurement available to determine the energy consumption of any such system, and does…




Flu-like Symptoms? Carbon Monoxide May Be the Culprit

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Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless and toxic gas. Because it is impossible to see, taste or smell the toxic fumes, CO can kill you before you are aware it is in your Virginia Beach home. At lower levels of exposure, CO causes mild effects that are often mistaken for the flu. These symptoms include…




Home Heating Fuel Options: How to Calculate Cost Difference

When choosing a heating system for a new Virginia Beach home or replacing an existing system, consumers often want to compare the cost of heating fuels. Because fuels are measured and sold in different units such as gallons of oil, therms of natural gas, or kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity, comparing the price of dissimilar…




Have You Said Hello to Your Thermostat Today?

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Thermostats are essential components of HVAC systems, without which they simply would not function. They help to regulate temperature, whether warmth or cooling is required. These components are designed to shut off automatically once the desired temperature has been reached. These simple devices measure room temperature and compare it to the reading set on the…




Duel Costly Fuel With Dual Fuel Systems

Hybrid Heating Systems are a Growing Trend  The use of “Hybrid” Heating Systems is becoming a very common practice. With fuel prices acting like a ride at the county fair, (out of control and unpredictable) the installations of Hybrid, or Dual-Fuel Home Comfort Systems has increased dramatically. The Duel Fuel application allow you, the Virginia…




Furnaces Then and Now

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According to Wikipedia, a furnace is a device used for heating. In American English and Canadian English, the term furnace on its own is generally used to describe household heating systems based on a central furnace known either as a boiler or a heater in British English, and sometimes as a synonym for a kiln,…




There is a Season – Turn, Turn, Turn (Your Virginia Beach Ceiling Fans)

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I treat most mechanical things this way: flip a switch, it starts running, I’m happy. Then I go about by business never giving the mechanical thing another thought. Well, today, I learned that sometimes you need to know what it really means when you flip a switch. For example, the direction a ceiling fan should…




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