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Get your HVAC unit ready before dog days of summer

The ability of your HVAC unit to face the heat of a Virginia summer can ensure you stay in climate-controlled comfort through the “dog days.”

Because of this, Shelby Strang and Faye Gibson of Peninsula Heating and Air in Hayes recommend making sure your unit and home are prepared before temperatures reach their peak.

Gibson highlighted regular maintenance and tune-ups, as well as in-home air filter replacement and ways to keep an existing system functioning well.

Strang said that this regular maintenance can catch inefficiencies in a unit, such if it is not properly charged. “If the system is not properly charged, you may still feel cool but your power bill could be astronomical,” she said.

Gibson also recommended using cheaper paper filters as opposed to thicker filters marketed to reduce allergens, as these thicker filters negatively affect air flow through ducts and put more strain on an HVAC unit.

For homes where allergens are a serious concern, Gibson ...

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