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.



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

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

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?

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

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)

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…




How Dry I Am In Virginia Beach

I’m sure you are well aware that winter is a time of colds, cracked lips and inflamed sinuses. But you may be surprised to learn that humidifiers can help. This is because the major culprit is often dry air. The fact is that in winter we tend to seal ourselves up in our Virginia Beach homes…




Don’t Forget Fresh Furnace Filters in Virginia Beach

If you live in a Virginia Beach home with furnace heat that you use regularly, or are getting set to use your heater throughout the winter, then one of your major home maintenance priorities is to make sure that your heater’s filters are changed regularly. There is no reason to worry however; changing your furnace…




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