Outer Banks Heating & Cooling Blog

Cooling Season and Dehumidification

Posted by Brian McDonald on Tue, May 02, 2017 @ 02:46 PM

As we move into what is bound to be another warm spring season, it’s important to start thinking about the health and performance of your cooling system. Humidity is getting higher and higher every year causing ducts and supply registers in the ceiling or on the walls of your home to sweat more than in past years. This “sweat” can lead to structural damage to your cooling system and your home, leading to exceedingly expensive repairs and replacements.

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Prepping Your Home for the New Year

Posted by Brian McDonald on Tue, Feb 14, 2017 @ 02:09 PM

It's hard to believe that another year has come and gone and February is already here, but 2016 has drawn to a close and we're officially into the New Year! Now’s a great time to start fresh with plans to make the year ahead the very best one yet.

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Tags: hvac maintenance

Wi-Fi “Smart” Thermostats

Posted by Brian McDonald on Tue, Dec 06, 2016 @ 03:49 PM

Winter is officially here, and while it has remained fairly warm in our area, it's only a matter of time before we're all bundled up and relying heavily on our heating systems! Before it gets too chilly outside, now is the perfect time to evaluate your heating system and the equipment you use to operate it efficiently.

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Prepping Your Home for the Off-Season

Posted by Brian McDonald on Tue, Oct 11, 2016 @ 02:21 PM

It's hard to believe it, but summer has officially come to an end and fall is here! With the colder weather approaching and everyone returning to school and work, if you haven't done so already, now is the time to make sure that your vacation home is closed up for the cooler months ahead. Before you close up your vacation home for the winter, you'll want to make sure that you prepare your home for the colder months ahead. These are just a few of the things that you should keep in mind:

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Geothermal Systems: What’s the Difference Between a Closed Loop and Open Loop System?

Posted by Brian McDonald on Tue, Aug 09, 2016 @ 12:48 PM

As homeowners and business owners, we’re always trying to find ways to save money on our energy bills and operating costs. One of the best ways to do so is to make sure you’ve got the most energy efficient heating and cooling system you possibly can. According to the EPA, there’s no contest here: geothermal systems are far and away “the most energy-efficient, environmentally clean and cost-effective space conditioning systems available today.”

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Air Conditioning Tips for Your Rental Home

Posted by Brian McDonald on Tue, Jun 28, 2016 @ 04:12 PM

Your heating and cooling system is easily one of the most important systems in your home, and whether you live in your home year round or rent it during summer months to vacationers, you're going to want to make sure that you do everything in your power to keep it running in tip top shape. Staying cool and comfortable in your rental home is an important part of an enjoyable vacation, and it never hurts to remind your renters of how best to take care of your air conditioning system in order to ensure that it runs smoothly and efficiently. We're giving you our list of basic things to keep in mind while operating the air conditioning system in your rental home this summer.

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Tags: air conditioning tips

The Importance of a Good Air Filtration System

Posted by Brian McDonald on Tue, Apr 12, 2016 @ 12:16 PM

We often worry about the air outside and the consequences of outdoor pollution, but did you know that indoor air can be up to 25 times more polluted than outdoor air? Considering most people spend an estimated 90% of their day indoors, it should come as no surprise how important it is that the air inside your home is as free of air pollutants as possible.

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Tags: hvac, indoor air quality, air filtration system

How a Home Energy Audit Can Help You

Posted by Brian McDonald on Tue, Mar 08, 2016 @ 12:02 PM

Energy efficiency is a topic that is ever increasing in popularity, especially over the past few years. If you're looking for ways to become more energy efficient, the best place to start is in your home! Having an energy efficient home is something that is not only good for the environment, but will also save you money and improve your quality of life. If improving your home's energy efficiency is something that you're considering, the first step is conducting a home energy audit.

You've likely heard of a home energy audit, but if you're not entirely sure what it entails, we're here to help!

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Tags: Home Energy Audit, Home Performance Contracting, Energy Efficiency

The Importance of Off-Season Maintenance, Especially in Vacation Homes

Posted by Brian McDonald on Tue, Feb 16, 2016 @ 11:08 AM

It's easy to put off annual HVAC maintenance, especially in your vacation home which you may not have visited for weeks or even months! Currently in the Outer Banks, 60% of the homes we service are empty, so now is the perfect time to schedule off-season maintenance! Before the summer heat hits, it's important to make sure that your cooling system is in working order, and will be able to run efficiently throughout the summer as you and your family or guests spend time there. Here are a few reasons why off-season maintenance is so important, especially in your vacation home.

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Tags: Off-Season HVAC Maintenance, Vacation Home Maintenance, Vacation Home HVAC

Advantages of Ductless Mini-Split Systems

Posted by Brian McDonald on Wed, Jan 27, 2016 @ 04:02 PM

In recent years, ductless cooling and heating systems, also known as ductless mini-split systems, have become much more widely-known and popular among users. Whether you’re looking for an affordable alternative to a central air system, or simply something that can easily control the temperature within a single room of your home, the Outer Banks Heating & Cooling team strongly recommends considering the advantages of ductless systems.

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Tags: ductless cooling and heating, hvac, indoor air quality, ductless mini-split systems