6 Ways to Lower Your Heating Bill this Winter

Regardless of the type of heating system you have in your home, your winter heating bills are going to be higher than in the summer simply because the outside temperatures are going to decrease. Below are six ways that you can stay warm this winter for less money.

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Carbon Monoxide Dangers

Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas. It is highly toxic to both animals and humans. Carbon monoxide could kill a person or animal within minutes of exposure. It is produced whenever any fuel such as gas, oil, kerosene, wood, or charcoal is burned. If appliances that burn fuel are maintained properly, the amount of CO produced is normally not hazardous. However, if appliances are not maintained or used properly, dangerous levels of CO can result.

Hundreds of people die accidentally every year from CO poisoning caused by malfunctioning or improperly used appliances. In fact, carbon monoxide is the number one cause of poisoning deaths in the United States. It is extremely important to properly maintain all fuel burning appliances throughout the year. Also, be sure you own a carbon monoxide detector. You should change the batteries in your detector about every six months.

Mechanical Service Company can help you maintain and efficiently operate your gas appliances. We also can provide you with a CO detector to help keep you and your family safe.

The Importance of Furnace Maintenance & Inspection

Do you want to save money on your utility bills without freezing in the winter or roasting in the summer? Your HVAC system makes up about half of your energy expenditures, so this is definitely the place to look to save, but the answer may not be in changing the temperature setting. It may be investing in maintenance! At Mechanical Service Company, we want you to enjoy the many benefits of furnace maintenance.

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Why Does My AC Freeze Up When It’s Hot?

In the middle of a hot, humid Virginia Beach summer the last thing you need is for your air conditioner to malfunction. While most problems can be avoided with pre-season AC maintenance you may still experience periodic breakdowns, and as luck would have it they usually occur on the hottest day of the year. As temperatures rise your cooling system can quickly become overwhelmed and freeze up, but knowing what causes this issue can not only help restore functionality but prevent the same phenomenon from happening again next season.

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Heat Pumps vs. Central AC

Certain decisions for your home aren’t cut and dried. The decision about whether to invest in an air conditioning system or a heat pump is definitely one of these. Because of the mild climate in the Southside Hampton Roads area, both choices are a great option to cool your home, and the team at Mechanical Service Company wants to ensure you are fully informed about what is the right choice for your specific needs.

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If you are going to replace your home heating system this year you’ll want to be sure to hire a qualified professional for furnace and heat pump installation. It really is a job for a specially-trained professional; even the handiest of homeowners shouldn’t attempt to install a heating system. A quick glance at local Virginia HVAC listings might seem overwhelming. How will you know you’ve hired the right company for the job? Follow these rules to put your mind at ease:

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Prepare Your Heating System For Winter

As the weather turns colder in Norfolk, VA homeowners are beginning to think about how to keep their homes warm in the coming months. All winter long, you depend on your furnace to meet the heating needs of your home and your family. A little prevention now will go a long way during the cold months to come.

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During the temperate seasons of spring and autumn, you should schedule a routine inspection of your HVAC systems. This is the best way to ensure that your equipment runs properly when you need it the most. It seems that things fall apart when we need them most- like on the hottest day of summer or during a snowstorm. Make sure your home stays comfortable all year long by scheduling HVAC preventive maintenance.

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The key to getting the most of out your air conditioner is a two step process. The first step is choosing the right air conditioner that will best meet the cooling needs of your home and keep your family comfortable year round. The second step is making sure your air conditioner is properly installed and set up so that it functions to its maximum capacity.

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Maintain Your AC and Furnace

Now that we are at the end of the summer, it is important to take care of your air conditioning unit for next year. After all, it will get hot this time again next year and the last thing you want is to be stuck in the heat with no AC after the winter ends. The best way to protect your comfort is to hire an air conditioning specialist to inspect your HVAC equipment and make sure it is in working order at the end of the season so problems don’t persist or get worse during the course of the winter.

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5 Tips for Finding Top AC Repair in Chesapeake


At some point, all home or business owners with HVAC air conditioning units require the services of a qualified technician to make repairs or conduct routine maintenance. It’s important to find a qualified, experienced technician, because proper installation and maintenance of an HVAC system keeps it running efficiently and extends its life tremendously. Of course, we recommend you retain the services of MSCO Pro, but don’t just take our word for it. Check out these 5 tips for finding top AC repair in Chesapeake.

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One of the most common reasons property owners call for professional AC Repair in Virginia Beach, or anywhere in the US for that matter, is due to incorrect operation of the unit. When we say “incorrect operation of the unit,” we mean, leaving windows and outside doors open while the air conditioning is on, which causes the unit to run non-stop. It’s important that you make sure all openings to the outside world be closed before turning your AC on. Doing so helps extend the life of your air conditioner and reduces the number of maintenance calls it requires.

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