Should You Buy a Tankless or a Traditional Water Heaters?

April 15, 2022

Should You Buy a Tankless or a Traditional Water Heaters? If you are planning on purchasing a new water heater for your home, there are several factors that you will have to consider. The following information will help you decide which type of water heater is best for your home. Here, we will look at the two types of water heaters, tankless and traditional water heaters. Tankless heaters do not require a tank to store heated water; instead, water is heated immediately when appliances and faucets call for it. These units utilize newer technology than traditional

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Common Indicators That Your Ducting Is Damaged

January 12, 2022

If you have a centralized heating and air conditioning system, you have ductwork that runs throughout all the walls of your home. This helps to provide treated air to the rooms in your home as well as circulates the air so that it can be treated by your HVAC system. Unfortunately, your ductwork may get damaged from time to time. By understanding the common indicators below, you can know to get your ductwork repaired before it gets worse. Dirt and Dust at Your Air Vents One of the most obvious indicators of damaged ducting is that

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Should I Change My HVAC Filter During a Virginia Winter?

December 16, 2021

A heating and cooling system fulfills several important functions within the home, including filtering and warming the air that your family breathes. As these systems run throughout the winter, they move air through filters that trap fine particles like dust, pet dander, and pollen. Replacing your HVAC filter regularly is a smart idea, and it may need to be done more frequently during a Virginia winter because you’ll likely be spending more time indoors. Use our guide to learn how often to perform this crucial maintenance task. Why Are Regular Filter Changes So Important?

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Do I Need to Cover My HVAC Unit During the Winter?

November 20, 2021

During the cold winter months, it’s likely that you’re trying to protect all of your outside possessions. One of these may be your outdoor condenser unit. Your first thought may be to cover your HVAC unit to protect it from snow and ice. Take the following into consideration when deciding to put a cover over your unit. Think About What’s Inside Your Unit Before you cover your outdoor HVAC unit, it’s important to think about what’s inside of it. There are various electrical components like wiring and circuit boards that are very sensitive to moisture. There

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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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