In 1993, only 68 percent of homes in the United States had air conditioning. By 2017 that number had jumped to 90 percent. Today, an air conditioner is a standard appliance in Virginia and as essential to most families as a car, a microwave, or a refrigerator.
Air conditioning units have made incredible leaps in technology and efficiency in the last few years, making installing and operating a Richmond home or small office air conditioning unit incredibly affordable.
In 2010, the most common refrigerant used in small air conditioning units, R-22, was banned in the European Union (EU) and the United States as part of a phaseout of ozone-depleting chemicals. In preparation for the ban, the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) industry moved toward R-410A as the replacement for R-22.
The adoption of R-410A in home and small office air conditioners began a new era in high-efficiency air conditioning systems. Air conditioning units are more efficient, have a smaller footprint, and quieter than ever before.
Synergy Technical Services has been replacing older R-22 units with new R-410A equipment for years. Call our team at 804.608.1050 and we will help you find the right unit for your home. Request air conditioning service online today.
Just like your water pipes, air ducts hidden above the ceiling can leak and cause major damage to your home. Instead of water, air ducts leak conditioned air in wall and ceiling spaces wasting energy and promoting mold growth in places you can’t see.
Unfortunately, our Synergy Technical Services experts find a lot of Richmond homes with old, leaking ducts. Sometimes the duct systems have been leaking for years wasting thousands of dollars in energy costs.
The telltale signs of damaged ductwork are high utility bills, damps spots on the ceiling near vents, or noisy or whistling sounds coming from the walls. If you smell mold or other bad odors coming from your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system, do not waste time thinking things will improve. Have one of our professionals check the air ducts system right away.
Old ducts can be brought back to life. Duct cleaning, resealing leaky joints, or replacing noisy sections of ductwork can restore efficiency and bring comfort back to your Virginia home. Call us at 804.608.1050, as we can propose the right solutions to fix noisy and inefficient duct systems. Request air duct service online today.
If you are a Richmond homeowner, you have probably faced heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system decisions. Perhaps you had to select an HVAC system when you built your Virginia home. Maybe you needed to hire one of our professionals from Synergy Technical Services to perform a repair, inspection, or maintenance on your air conditioner or furnace. Throughout these HVAC experiences, you may not have run across a piece of equipment known as an air handler.
For those who have selected a traditional air conditioner or furnace, you may have no need to purchase or use an air handler. However, if you use a heat pump, an air handler is most certainly part of your HVAC system.
The air handler itself resembles a furnace and resides inside the home. Although traditional furnaces include a blower as part of their package, heat pumps do not. As a result, heat pumps require an air handler to move air around the inside of your home.
One advantage of an air handler is it tends to distribute your heated or cooled air more evenly throughout your home. That means you will have less of a chance of one room being too warm while another is too cold. Additionally, air handlers can deliver a higher level of indoor air quality, because there is less condensation and they are easy to clean.
The era of ultra-high efficiency heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) units is here. Ductless systems are small, wall-mounted, single-zone heating and air units with cooling Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) ratings near 30 compared to standard units with a typical SEER around 18. It is not uncommon in Virginia for homeowners to see substantial savings in their energy bills the first month after installation of a mini split system.
Mini split units solve multiple problems at once. High efficiency makes a ductless system an outstanding replacement for an older HVAC unit. The ability to connect multiple ductless units to one condensing unit creates a zone control system, bringing high efficiency to multiple rooms. These systems offer extra benefits for your Richmond home and can save you money overall.
Is your home right for a new ductless system? One call to Synergy Technical Services at 804.608.1050 and we can survey your home to see which ductless system will serve you best. Request ductless system service online today.
Just like your veins and arteries carry around blood, oxygen, and nutrients to each part of your body, your home’s air duct network transports heated and cooled air from your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system to meet the needs of your entire family, regardless of which room they are in.
Synergy Technical Services is dedicated to helping you keep your home’s circulatory system clean and in good working order through services such as air duct cleaning. When you call our team, we will send out trained professionals to inspect your air ducts, loosen the debris found in them, vacuum them out with powerful equipment, and flush the entire system to leave the inside of your air ducts free from dust and dirt.
Consider giving your Virginia home a little extra cleaning care by investing in duct cleaning services. Just like you clean the dust off the surfaces of things in your home as well as sweep, mop, and vacuum your floors, your air ducts accumulate a great deal of grime and dirt over the years.
Every family has dust, mites, dirt and insects in their air ducts. Those families who have pets may add dander to their air ducts, and remodeling debris can also gather in your Richmond home’s air ducts.
In our do-it-yourself (DIY) society, it’s tempting to look up just about any home repair problem online and attempt a repair yourself. Electrical work, however, should not be one of these areas as the risks of electrical shock or fire are too high. Rely on our Synergy Technical Services professional to ensure the work is done properly, safely, and within code.
If you are having an electrical system problem in your Richmond home, call one of our licensed electricians to evaluate the situation. You may need a repair, expansion, or inspection of your wiring system or your circuit breaker panel. Our team can provide advice and suggestions to help bring your electrical system up to a safe and efficient level for your home’s needs.
Many Virginia homeowners may also be thinking about adding some of the cool new technologies available today. Some of these can benefit from upgrading your electrical system.
Our professional electricians can also help install and set up some of these improvements such as outdoor lighting systems, emergency generators, or smart home networks. Some security systems such as an alarm system or hard-wired smoke or carbon monoxide detectors can be installed by our team as well.
If you need more information about these or other electrical services, call Synergy Technical Services at 804.608.1050. We would be happy to look at your specific home situation and provide advice, tips, and suggestions. Request electrical service online today.
The last 10 years have seen incredible advancements in home-heating technology. The standard efficiency home furnace installed in most houses in Virginia is becoming obsolete. In its place is an impressive lineup of gas furnaces that do everything from make instant hot water, warm radiant floors, and feed radiator systems.
This new supply of gas heater is more compact and more efficient than ever. In addition to our fast furnace repair, replacing an older gas furnace with a new, 95 percent efficient condensing furnace is one of Synergy Technical Services’s most common heating equipment calls.
A condensing furnace achieves high efficiency by using the hot combustion gasses, or flue gas, to add an additional stage of heating to the water. Extracting more heat from the flue gas causes the gas to condense in the furnace, creating cooler flue gases that can be vented with PVC pipe instead of expensive double wall flue pipes. Richmond homeowners realize immediate savings on their gas bills with a condensing furnace.
Gas fireplaces have come a long way in the past couple decades. There are many options available with something for every taste. A gas fireplace could be a great option for you if you are looking for that type of ambience in your Richmond home.
These fireplaces are easy for our professionals to install and look amazing. The newest models are much different than the models of even five years ago. When you add a wide variety of styles, the easy on and off switch, and the sheer coziness of a fireplace to your Virginia home, a residential gas fireplace becomes a much more appealing option.
It is worth noting that while these may seem easy to install and a tempting do-it-yourself (DIY) project, these fireplaces need to connect to a gas line. Anytime you are working with gas, you can’t take chances—installing a gas fireplace is best left to the professionals.
The most common service we at Synergy Technical Services provide to our customers in Virginia is the repair and maintenance of residential and light commercial heat pumps. We are known throughout the Richmond area as the company to call when customers need heat pump and mini split heat pump maintenance. In addition to making quick and affordable repairs, we provide residential and light commercial maintenance maintenance agreement plans and full unit replacements.
There is a dizzying array of choices when it comes to replacing and installing heat pump systems. What manufacturer is best? Should you buy a high-efficiency or standard-efficiency heat pump? What about all the different kinds of thermostats?
Homeowners should not make these decisions on their own. We love to help our customers make informed choices regarding their new uni—choices that fit their needs and their budgets.
Is there anything that can’t be done nowadays on your smart phone? It seems like every day there is something new we can control with an app. More recently, homeowners in Virginia have begun merging their phones with home automation systems—giving them control of their home system not possible just a few years ago. Burglar alarms, lighting, and the heating and air conditioning systems are now all controllable through smart home apps.
Synergy Technical Services has stayed on the cutting edge of home automation, and we were one of the first contractors in the Richmond area to offer heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) services as part of a home automation package. Our customers who have implemented smart home options with their HVAC and lighting report they save more on their energy bills compared to standard programmable thermostats.
Almost any home is a candidate for a home automation system and smart home installation. By calling us at 804.608.1050 , you can discuss home automation with our HVAC professionals and let us show you all the ways to modernize your home and save money in the process. Request home automation service online today.
Indoor Air Quality
Do you find yourself feeling tired all the time? Are you suffering from allergies, asthma, or constant respiratory distress? Although these things can originate from many different sources, poor indoor air quality is a possibility.
Our team at Synergy Technical Services here in Richmond wants to help you ensure a healthy home. We will come out and test the air quality in your Virginia home. If they find any issues, they can provide remediation services to help you improve it.
Everyone has dust and dust mites in their home as well as some level of chemicals released from carpeting, cleaning supplies, and other household substances. In addition, if you have pets, you will generate more hair and dander. Smoking also adds particulates to the air. All of these things can contribute to an indoor air quality problem.
Testing of indoor air quality is something we do every day. If we find issues, our experienced professionals might recommend remediation such as air duct cleaning or replacing your air filters in your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system. A wide variety of air filtration and air purification systems are available on the market today as well, which can help improve your indoor air quality.
Everything has its season, and your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system is no different. Your furnace puts in overtime during the chilly winters while taking a rest in the summer, and your air conditioning unit works on the opposite schedule in Virginia. Our team at Synergy Technical Services recommends that right before your furnace or air conditioner goes into high gear you schedule an HVAC maintenance service call.
Our trained professionals will conduct a complete inspection and cleaning of your HVAC system. Talk with us about our multipoint inspection. It includes a filter change, lubrication, pressure and safety check, and much more. You will also have a trained eye on your system so any potential problems can be caught quickly and repaired before your HVAC system stops working.
In the long run, investing in HVAC maintenance can save you a great deal of stress and money in your Richmond home. A well-maintained system will not only function better, but it will consume less energy every day. In addition, it can help increase the working life of your whole system, making it less likely you will have to invest in a new furnace or air conditioning unit prematurely.
When you are ready to schedule your HVAC maintenance visit, contact Synergy Technical Services at 804.608.1050 . We would be happy to answer questions or share more details. Request HVAC maintenance service online today.
A good plumbing system is a key component in a reliable, smoothly operating Virginia home. Without it, all kinds of problems can develop. From minor inconveniences like a leaky sink or a clogged toilet to minor emergencies such as a ruptured sewer line, faulty plumbing can quickly cause havoc in your home.
Our team at Synergy Technical Services know you do not want to waste your valuable time fixing messy issues, and our Richmond-based plumbers are dedicated to helping you address these problems in a timely and efficient manner.
Our friendly professionals are eager to help install, expand, or repair a plumbing system for you. Whether you are putting in the pipes of a newly built house or fixing a dripping faucet, our job is to make your plumbing setup is something you can trust.
Our experienced plumbing team is trained in finding solutions for your unique plumbing system. Since each situation is complex and different, it is important to let the professionals deal with it. Our specialists are equipped with the necessary tools and knowledge to deal with your plumbing problems.
In addition to our installation and repair services, we will also perform maintenance checkups. Prevention is often a cheaper, easier alternative to a cure, and by discovering and fixing little issues, we can forestall expensive, difficult situations such as major water damage.
Whether you need help with a clogged sink or a complete system overhaul, call Synergy Technical Services at 804.608.1050. Our team is waiting and ready to help you. Request plumbing service online today.
No one likes dealing with a lack of hot water in your Virginia home. In general, barring some major catastrophe, the fault lies in the type of water heater you use. Regardless of where you are in your water heater’s life cycle, it’s worth looking into the new alternatives on the market and the benefits they may bring to your home.
The first option many Richmond homes come with is a tank water heater. These are generally heated by gas, electricity, or oil, then heat and store your hot water. However, they can run out at inconvenient times and can cause large amounts of water damage should the tank ever leak.
The second option is a tankless water heater. These systems heat water only upon demand, regardless of how much you may want at the time. They also are highly energy efficient since you are only using the water you need at the time—you are not spending money to keep a tank of water hot waiting to be used. Since these heaters do not have storage tanks, they have a smaller footprint in your home, making for versatility in installation locations.
When you are ready to learn more or to make needed improvements in your water heater, whether it is a replacement, new installation, repair, or maintenance, our Synergy Technical Services professionals at are ready and waiting for you—give us a call at 804.608.1050. Request water heater service online today.
Zone Control Systems
As an energy-conscious Virginia homeowner, you may have relied on diligence and basic technology to try to reduce your energy consumption at home. You may have responsibly programmed your thermostat to reduce consumption while you are at work or asleep. You may even police your Richmond home regularly, closing and opening room vents as needed. And you may take on extra inconveniences to reduce your overall carbon footprint each day.
Our team at Synergy Technical Services can now provide you with an easier way: zone control systems. These systems are designed to connect to your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system. Each zone has its own thermostat, and the system can be programmed to automatically open and shut zone dampers as the system receives temperature adjustments.
Zone control systems allow you to boost or lower the temperature of your bedrooms, for example, to achieve comfortable sleeping conditions. If you are entertaining in your main living areas, you can adjust that particular zone to manage the temperature for a greater number of people. Or, you can keep your home office zone comfortable while the rest of your home stays in energy-conservation mode during business hours.
Zone control systems, when installed properly and professionally, can help you reduce your energy consumption throughout the year while increasing your family’s comfort levels.