Should I Turn Off My Gas Furnace in the Summer?

April 12, 2021

You might not be needing your gas furnace during the summer, but does that mean you can switch if off it for the season? Are there any advantages of turning it off or should you just leave it on, in case you need to use it? Are there any disadvantages of turning off the gas furnace? Read on to find out. Energy Savings It a common misconception that if you are not using the gas furnace, you will not be consuming any gas or electricity. If you have a gas furnace with a pilot light,

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How Does Geothermal Heating Work in the Winter?

January 21, 2021

While a furnace can do a great job of keeping your home warm in the winter, it does come with a few drawbacks. One of the biggest of those is the cost of energy. A furnace can use significant amounts of natural gas or electricity over the course of a heating season. To help drastically reduce your energy usage this winter and throughout the year, a geothermal heating and cooling system makes a lot of sense for your Chesapeake home. To understand how a geothermal system works to keep you warm in the winter, check out this basic information from

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Understanding the Marvel of Two-Stage Heating

November 21, 2020

In some cases, major innovations can come from upgrades to common products. This is certainly true of the two-stage furnace, an energy-saving new take on an old concept. At Simmons Heating & Cooling, we recommend two-stage heating for many homes. Here is some information about how it can help you in your Chesapeake area home. Variable Power Settings The key to two-stage heating is variable power settings. These variable power settings allow a furnace or a heat pump to produce different volumes of heated air to distribute throughout your home. For example, many two-stage furnaces from Simmons Heating & Cooling run at

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Why Is Fall a Good Time to Upgrade Your HVAC System?

October 14, 2020

People who have struggled through long, hot summers often feel immense relief when fall arrives. Their HVAC systems get some relief as well since the air conditioner will no longer be working overtime. The furnace, however, will soon find itself called back to duty when fall ends. And fall only lasts for three months. Once December comes, so does the winter weather. We all get a temperate breather in the autumn, and so does the HVAC system. That’s why this is a good opportunity to consider replacing it. Some homeowners might feel they have plenty of time

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Want To Save Energy and Money? Consider a Zoning System

August 7, 2020

A quality air conditioning system will be a lifesaver when your home gets too hot. However, you might have concerns about the cost. There’s no doubt that these units consume a lot of electricity. By the end of a hot summer month, you may accumulate a pretty huge utility bill. Fortunately, there are ways to set up your AC to save on expenses. Simmons Heating & Cooling in Chesapeake, VA, can assist you with a smart thermostat that allows for zoning. We can help you figure out the best areas to control with zoning and set them up for you. You won’t

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Why Isn’t My Air Conditioner Cooling The House?

June 5, 2020

You’ve invested in an AC to keep your home cool during these hot summer months. If it isn’t doing its job, however, the climate of your home will be insufferable. Let’s take a look at why your air conditioner might not be cooling the house. Poorly Positioned As impressive as your AC may be, it’s of no use if the unit isn’t positioned properly. An AC that faces a wall does nothing but keep the wall cool. Instead, you’ll want to position the unit to face the majority of your home. This is true whether you

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Do Air Conditioners Bring In Fresh Air From Outside?

May 10, 2020

Touch a button on your thermostat, and before you know it, cold air begins flowing from your vents and cooling down your home. While this process may seem almost like magic, the truth is that there’s a lot of science and engineering involved. Though you probably won’t be stopped on the street and asked how your air conditioner cools your Chesapeake, VA, house, it’s still good to know so that you can more easily troubleshoot any problems that might occur. To shed a little light on the subject, we at Simmons Heating & Cooling will look at whether or not your air conditioner

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