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How Often Should You Change Your Furnace Filter in Newport News, VA?

As residents of Newport News, VA, we understand the importance of a functional heating system, especially when the chilly winds of winter sweep across our city. An often overlooked but crucial component of this system is the furnace filter. At Colonial Home Services, we are committed to helping our community stay informed about best practices for home maintenance. Let's dive into the significance of changing your furnace filter and the recommended frequency for our region. Why is Changing Your Furnace Filter Important? Your furnace filter plays a pivotal role in: Enhancing Air Quality: The filter captures dust, pollen, pet dander, and other airborne particles, ensuring cleaner, healthier air circulates in your home. Improving Efficiency: A clean filter means better airflow. Your furnace doesn’t have to work as hard, which can lead to energy savings. Extending Equipment Lifespan: Clogged filters can make your furnace overwork, causing wear and tear. Regular replacements can prevent unnecessary damage and extend the life of your equipment. How Often Should You Change It? The frequency of changing your furnace filter largely depends on various factors including the type of filter you have, your living habits, and specific conditions in your home. Here's a general guideline tailored for Newport News residents: Standard Fiberglass Filters: Every 30 - 60 days. These filters are typically less dense and

Should you Replace Polybutylene Piping In Your Home?

If your home was built any time during the late 70s through the mid-90s, there is a very good chance that the builder used polybutylene tubing for much of your plumbing. Polybutylene resin is a saturated polymer that can be molded into a number of forms and shapes. It is resistant to chemicals, acids, alcohols, and fats and was seemingly the perfect solution for replacing traditional water pipes. However, as these piping systems began to age, their reliability was called into question. And as it turns out, polybutylene pipes begin to deteriorate after 10 – 15 years. A good home inspection can determine if your plumbing uses polybutylene piping, but a visual inspection can only go so far. As the deterioration happens from the inside out, only a licensed plumber can determine if there are any issues. If your home was one of the millions of households built during this time using polybutylene plumbing it’s recommended to get your system checked out. Polybutylene Piping? Call Today! We have plumbers On-Call and Standing By. Call Now! Polybutylene pipes can fail due to either faulty installation or chemical reactions between the polybutylene and chemicals put in the water supply (chlorine for instance). This can cause the pipes to become brittle and begin to fail. Once this reaction happens, these cracks can lead

Caring For You Through COVID-19

Dear Colonial Family Member, The safety and wellness of our clients, team members, and families are our top priority. In the home services industry, we have a unique role in the current situation. In accordance with the CDC and other government guidelines, we have immediately taken the following preventive measures to help reduce your risk of exposure to COVID-19. We are implementing increased cleaning regimes of our office and service vehicles, to keep our team members healthy in order to serve you. As always, we will wear new and clean floor savers whenever we are in your home Our servicemen will be wearing latex gloves at all times while working in your home. Team members who are not feeling well are instructed to stay home, to enable them to recover more quicker. You can also help by washing your hands frequently and using hand sanitizer when interacting with our staff. With the recommendation of social distancing and self-quarantining, the needs for home maintenance are likely to increase. While there is a lot of uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 and its effect on our daily lives, one thing is certain: Colonial Electrical Services will continue to provide worry-free electrical services. Sincerely, Your Team at Colonial Electrical Services

Powering Your Home and Business With a Generator

Having a generator installed at your place of work or home can be a life saver. It not only provides peace of mind that you will have power during times of need but it could save you money, prevent grievances and literally save lives as well. We all know that life's most precious commodities can often be needed when unavailable. Here are a few things that having an at home or commercial generator can help prevent you from experiencing. Loss of Data We run our every day business around the data that we retrieve and create. Unfortunately, we can often lose data for a variety of reasons when the power goes out. Sometimes this means the loss of a few hours of work and at other times it means the loss of an entire database. Obviously it is important to keep backups, but a generator can save you the time and money of recovering your backup to work properly. Installing a standby generator will prevent any down time and will help you to keep the integrity of your data in tact. Reduced Ability to Work Down time... We've all experienced it due to power outages and for other reasons as well. One of the most frustrating times you can experience this is when you are right in the middle of

How To Properly Replace a Light Fixture

Light sources are one of the most important elements of any room, no matter where it is located within a dwelling. With proper lighting, even an enclosed space can be used during any time of the day and night. This provides the users of that space with comfort and accessibility during times of need. Before the invention of the readily available power grid, people resorted to burning devices to provide a space with light. We then moved onward and upward with lamps, inset lighting, and entire lighting systems until we've arrived at the innovations that we have today. Thankfully, some of these innovations are ones that the properly prepared home owner can handle themselves. In this article, we will review the steps for properly replacing a light fixture. Just one of the many lighting devices that can be found in your home. Before we move into the proper steps to replace a light fixture, we would like to encourage you to practice safety when attempting this yourself. Working with any electrical project can be dangerous without the right precaution. Make sure the breakers for the rooms you are in are switched off and you are wearing protective gloves as a backup precaution. 6 Steps to Replacing a Light Fixture Removal: 1. Turn the necessary power off This may seem obvious

Why You Should Buy a Whole House Surge Protector

Do you have sophisticated appliances and electronics in your home? In the world we live in today, everyone has them and it is likely that you do to. If this is the case, you should safeguard your electronics from potential surges using whole house surge protectors. Consider the times that you've seen lights flickering in your house, or your computer locking up for no good reason! It turns out that it takes as short as a millisecond for a power surge to take place which is just a fraction of the time your eyes take to blink. Unfortunately, we often take these little spikes lightly, but what we do not know is that, the spikes are capable of greater damage to a home than we can't often fathom unless it has happened to your before. Now, you might be wondering "what can I do to prevent power surge issues?". The best, most affordable and simple way to avoid these losses is to install a whole house surge protector in your home. Below, you will find more information on how whole house surge protectors work and what they do. Protecting electronics before a surge Fact: Most dangerous surges originate from appliances and systems like AC units and not from the breaker itself. This may cause you to ask yourself "Then, why

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