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10 Tips to Prepare Your HVAC System for Winter

When winter begins to arrive, it’s important to make sure your HVAC system is prepared to avoid any unwanted surprises (like being left in a cold, uncomfortable home). It’s essential to be proactive about maintaining your HVAC equipment in order to keep it in good condition and prevent breakdowns. In…

Difference Between Gas and Electric Furnaces

What’s the Difference Between Gas and Electric Furnaces? When winter approaches, you want to make sure your home has a reliable furnace to keep your house warm and cozy. Not all heating systems and furnaces are created equally, and it’s important to choose a furnace that suits your home’s heating…

Is Your Heating System Ready for Fall?

The worst time for your heating system to malfunction is the middle of winter, but with a little preventative maintenance you can easily avoid a frustrating (and expensive) problem later this year. As summer ends and the weather starts to cool off, now is the best time to prepare your…

5 Common Household AC Unit Issues

Repairing a broken air conditioner is both expensive and inconvenient, especially when it malfunctions in the heat of summer. The best way to avoid discomfort and repair bills is to have your AC unit regularly serviced and tuned up by an experienced HVAC professional. We’ve also compiled a list of…

Should Your Heat Pump Run All the Time?

Are you new to using a heat pump to keep your home comfortable through McLean fall and winter seasons? If so, you might be asking a question we see pretty frequently: “Should my heat pump run all the time?” We can quickly put your mind at ease and say that…

6 Reasons You Need Security Lighting

There’s nothing more important than the safety and security of your home and family. Security lighting installation is a great, budget-friendly way to add additional protection and security for your home and family in McLean and Northern Virginia. John Nugent & Sons and our team of dedicated professionals have been helping residents…

DIY HVAC, Plumbing & Electrical Quick Fixes

While our team at John Nugent & Sons is ready to solve any problem you may have with your HVAC, electrical, or plumbing systems, there are some things you can handle on your own if you’re interested in saving some money. Here are some tips and tricks for DIY, easy…

Why Should I Schedule Heat Pump Maintenance?

Like any complex system, from your car to your home, a heat pump needs regular care and maintenance to do its job properly and efficiently. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a heat pump that is maintained regularly uses up to 25% less energy than one with a poor…

How Are Furnace Filters Rated?

If you have ever visited the hardware store to pick up a furnace filter, you may have noticed that the specific size and style for your system may be available in several different ratings—and costs. Choosing the wrong furnace filter can not only affect your indoor air quality, but it…

Will Closing Air Vents Save Energy?

When you have rooms in your home that you don’t use regularly, it’s tempting to shut the air vents in an attempt to save money. After all, why should you spend energy heating or cooling a room you aren’t using? Before you do, take the time to understand more about…

Which Heating System Is Most Efficient?

When it comes to heating your home, you have three basic options: heat pumps, boilers, and furnaces. If your goal is to heat your home most efficiently, you will need to weigh your options to choose the right one. Here’s the information you need to choose the right heating system….

Troubleshooting Furnace Problems

There is no good time to have a furnace problem, and it can be especially inconvenient if it happens late at night or over the weekend when you may have to wait longer for service. Though most furnace problems should be handled by a professional HVAC contractor, there are a…

Avoid Electrical Accidents this Holiday

The holidays should be a fun, relaxing time for your family and friends, without trips to the hospital, visits from the fire department, or other unfortunate events. When you are using or installing holiday lighting, electronics, and other potentially hazardous products, you should take care to avoid accidents and injuries….

Is Your Home Prepared for Winter Storms?

While some winters can be fairly mild, others can surprise you and bring with them strong storms. Before the cold weather officially arrives, make sure your home can withstand the added stress of Mother Nature! Be sure to take precautionary steps necessary to keep your family warm and safe. Is Your…

Free Beauty and the Beast Screening on the Village Green

Join us for Movies on the Green in Great Falls on Saturday, September 9th for a free screening of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (live action version)! Popcorn will be provided, and blankets, chairs, and picnics are all welcome for a family-friendly evening of movies under the stars! Event Details: What:…

The Benefits of Choosing Carrier HVAC Products

There are few people who don’t know the Carrier name when it comes to heating, cooling, and other home comfort products. The Carrier name carries with it a reputation of quality, reliability, durability, and value because they make only the highest-quality HVAC products, including air conditioners, furnaces, air cleaners, and…

Why Does My Furnace Keep Blowing the Fuse?

Having issues with a furnace system that flips your breaker or blows fuses? The cold is seriously starting to settle in here in Northern Virginia, and odds are you’re already in need of quality heating. And absolutely nothing should stand in your way of getting exactly that. Looking for top-class…

Is An Air Conditioner Tune-Up Necessary?

As temperatures rise throughout the spring and summer, people tend to spend more time outdoors, playing, entertaining and relaxing. However, once things really start to heat up, nothing compares to heading back inside to the air conditioned comfort of your home. Keeping your AC in top condition is the best way to…

HVAC Maintenance & Spring Allergies

Springtime is a welcome relief from the harsh conditions of winter, but for those who suffer from spring allergies, it can lead to sneezing, wheezing, and misery. If you expect to find relief from allergy symptoms by staying at home, think again. Studies have shown the average home may contain…

Benefits of Installing a Programmable Thermostat in Northern Virginia

The world of heating and cooling has evolved on a grand scale since the early days of wood stoves and initial oil or gas heat. In that time, there have been endless advancements, and technology has fought hard to establish one particular aspect: control. Greater control means greater efficiency, better…

Five Signs You Should Rewire Your Home

The wiring in your home is something you likely don’t think about all that often. Mostly it’s just plug and go, with little attention paid to the outlets, wires and breakers that make the operation of your favorite appliances possible. But sometimes, those wires can give you some clear signs…

Importance of Furnace Maintenance!

You may not want to think about cold weather coming, but it’s time to start thinking about getting your home ready for the coming winter season. That means making sure that your heating system is ready to handle those days when the temperature barely rises above freezing. One of the…

Air Conditioner Replacement in Seven Corners

How long has your home been cooled by your current air conditioner? More importantly, how is it running? If you find yourself having to make frequent repairs, or if it is constantly breaking down, it may be time to replace your AC unit. Don’t let yourself become stressed by the…

Conserving Energy Around the Holidays

Holiday celebrations combined with the cold winter months often result in high utility bills—which can be a major burden around the holidays. At John Nugent & Sons, we understand that no one wants to spend their hard earned money on utility bills. But there are some ways you can maximize…

Making the Switch from R-22 to R-410A Air Conditioning Units

Refrigerants are what make air conditioning your Northern VA home possible—these liquid agents cool and dehumidify indoor air. For many years, the most common refrigerant used in air conditioning systems in Fairfax, Arlington, Centreville, Reston, and throughout the country was R-22, or Freon. However, since R-22 is a hydrochlorofluorocarbon, it…

Surviving the Heat Wave With Air Conditioning Service

We’re going to have record-breaking heat this summer, so make sure your air conditioner is ready! Nothing is worse than dealing with 100 degree temperatures outside and temperatures that feel like they might be just as hot inside! With a little air conditioning service in Northern Virginia, you can help…

Keep Your Northern Virginia Home Cool with Air Duct Sealing

There are a lot of ways to maximize your air conditioner efficiency: you should replace filters monthly, have regular professional inspections, perform repairs when necessary, etc. If you still aren’t getting the efficiency you’d like, it might be time for air duct sealing. Many homeowners can do this by themselves…

Why Do My Lights Flicker?

Be careful, flickering lights may seem like just an annoyance but they can also be dangerous! Have you noticed that all or some of your lights have been flickering? In most cases, it can be a faulty light bulb, but in other cases it can mean something more serious—and potentially…

What Causes Problems with Electrical Outlets?

You probably don’t spend too much time thinking about your home’s electrical outlets. So when there’s a problem, you might not know what to do! The most common electrical issues you may face from your outlets are overheating and sparking. The following post details the most common causes of these…

Electric Code Violation Corrections

Since 1975, the professional electricians at John Nugent & Sons have been providing quality electrical services throughout Northern Virginia, including heavy-ups in McLean, Arlington, Falls Church, Vienna, Great Falls, Sterling, Ashburn, Reston, Herndon, Chantilly, Centreville, Fairfax, and Dulles, Virginia. If your home’s electrical system isn’t up to code, contact us for code violation corrections and updates….

Tips for Air Conditioner Maintenance

When it’s hot outside, you look to your air conditioner to keep your home comfortable. To ensure it can keep doing its job for as long as possible, a little air conditioner maintenance is required. But don’t worry – AC maintenance is pretty simple and the experts at John Nugent…

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