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October 17, 2018

HVAC—do you know what it means? Sure, the H is for heating, the AC is for air conditioning. But that darned V… what’s it stand for again?

Ventilation is a little different than your heating and air conditioning systems, but it plays an integral part in keeping your home comfortable and healthy, especially here in Virginia. If you are thinking of updating any of your HVAC equipment, read on to learn how ventilation can impact the health and comfort of your home!

The Importance of Proper Ventilation

In a perfect world, your home was constructed without any holes or gaps, making it air tight. But this is a lofty goal, especially as a home settles over time. The majority of homes contain small gaps and cracks that allow unconditioned air to infiltrate living spaces, from the attic to the crawlspace and everywhere in between.

Controlling the air that circulates in your home is key to maintaining healthy indoor air quality, and this is primarily done using a mechanical ventilation system. Proper home ventilation replaces the stale air that your heating and cooling system recycles over and over; plus it can filter out any unwanted pollen, pollutants, and other contaminants from entering your home in the first place. It also aids in removing any volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) that furnishings release inside your home.

What a Well Ventilated Home Looks Like

Making sure that your home is properly ventilated begins with air sealing your home and plugging any holes where air is able to freely move back and forth. It is also important to make sure any and all ducts are free of leaks.

Your home likely already has some form of mechanical ventilation—bathroom fans and range hoods are mechanical systems that remove air from your home and put it outdoors.  But these smaller systems only slowly replace the stale air on your home.

Installing a whole house ventilation system (usually in the attic) will not only replace the air in your home at a quicker rate but also remove any harmful contaminants using integrated air filters.

Updating your HVAC Equipment? Call the Experts at Russell’s

Each home is its own unique system. From top to bottom, each area of your home and the equipment inside of it contribute to your home comfort and energy efficiency. When you are looking to upgrade your furnace, air conditioner, heat pump or ductless mini split, make sure you go with the local expert that will take your whole home into account.

When it comes to breathing healthier air and staying comfortable in your home this fall and throughout the ensuing winter, look no further than Chesapeake’s own HVAC experts at Russell’s.

Don’t forget about the V in HVAC! Ventilation is integral for a healthy and energy efficient home. Call the full service HVAC specialists at Russell’s for your Chesapeake heating and cooling needs. Contact us, or call (VA) 757-995-2807 / (NC) 252-489-4431 today!

Breathe healthier air, keep your home comfortable, and save on your energy bills.

Russell’s has got you covered from top to bottom.

(VA) 757-995-2807 / (NC) 252-489-4431

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Regular annual maintenance keeps your system operating at peak efficiency. Experience has shown that a system that runs well keeps your utility costs in line — in fact, independent 3rd party research shows that you can save over $30 per month on utility bills.


Just like your annual physical at the doctor’s office keeps you healthy, an annual tune-up or safety and efficiency check on your heating and cooling systems can keep your home working smoothly.

What Our Customers Are Saying

  • I can't complement your team enough on the wonderful job done with regard to the installation of the new system in our home. More specifically, we want to recognize the outstanding efforts of: Roberto-- the initial visit and diagnosis of the problem.

    Dan & Connie, Virginia Beach
  • I recently had your team install a new gas package unit including all new duct work at my house in Chesapeake. I had a split system that had undersized ducting which was removed by your installers.

    Mike & Sandi, Chesapeake, VA
  • We purchased a one time service for $79. They came out on time, checked out the geothermal system...they were very professional and kind.

    Nicholas H., Chesapeake, VA
  • We would like to thank your company for an excellent job. We are very pleased with the new (Mitsubishi ductless mini split) system that was installed last week. It works wonderfully at heating our home.

    Danny and Teresa S., Chesapeake, VA
  • Not one single idea for improvement. Keep doing what you do. OUTSTANDING!

    Charles J., Norfolk, VA
  • Great job!...World class employees!

    Colleen & Jim C., Suffolk, VA
  • Everything went great! This is the second big project we've had done through Russell's and we couldn't be more happy! We had the most dedicated, polite, and respectful crew! The team consisted of Elliot, Chase and Sean. Sean was here for the removal process on day one, and did awesome!

    J. Luhan, VA Beach
  • Hi Nate, please pass along our appreciation for you, Elliot and Steve. We are very happy with you being able to arrange our ( Lennox ) replacement system so quickly!

    T. Johnson, VA Beach
  • Thank you for running a top notch company and sending over to us two excellent folks Terry and Shawn. They did an awesome job putting in our new furnace system. Also thank you for Donald and Nate who did a superb job as well. Please reward these guys with some sort of commendations or rewards....

  • ...folks need to know how wonderful working with Russell's Heating & Air Conditioning is. They were very professional all the way thru the process of getting our unit installed down to the payment plan. I have been telling our neighbors and my co-workers about the experience.

    Pamela F., Chesapeake, VA
  • Every moment from the time an appointment was set up until the day the work was completed was a pleasure. Every employee was a delight to work with. The proof that the product was great came when the electric bills started coming in the airconditioning season.

    Douglas P., VA Beach
  • I am extremely satisfied with both the Lennox unit I purchased and the employees of Russell's. Even with poor window and door quality in this overly tired house, I am actually cooled off sufficiently enough to call it chilly.

    Robin W., Chesapeake, VA
  • Over the years I have gained the utmost trust in my service technician Corey Lesko's knowledge and work ethic while servicing my system.

  • I am writing this letter to commend your company on a great job! We were very pleased with how the company performed in every area...the installers did an impeccable job. They were very knowledgeable, efficient, and hard workers—staying focused to the task in the extreme heat.

    Pastor Larry E. O'Brien, Churchland Assembly of God
  • A year ago, I contracted with Russell's to tune up and clean the heating and cooling system. How impressively your specialist cleaned my system...he also found a defective automatic (programmable) thermostat. Quite quickly, he replaced my automatic thermostat. The results?

    R. Snider, Norfolk, VA
  • You recently installed a new Trane unit for us. We want you to know we are completely satisfied. The outside unit is now a hum versus the roar of the old one...we also want to recognize the installer...we cannot overstate what we think of his workmanship.

    K. Hawkins, Portsmouth, VA
  • Great and prompt service – as usual. Everything from ordering the a/c unit to installation went smoothly. Thanks for everything.

    B. Fenstermaker, VA Beach
  • Everyone was very nice. I felt well informed about my purchase. Your staff is great! I don't usually return opinion forms, but you need to know you have a staff you can be proud of!

    V. Horn, Chesapeake, VA
  • You have a new customer for life and I will definitely tell all my friends about your prompt, courteous service, your knowledgeable technicians, and your very reasonable prices. Thank you very much Russell's. You warmed much more than just my heart!

    G. Knoop, Chesapeake, VA
  • Your company was very responsive to my needs. The quality of your work was extremely high.

    Ms. Bright, Chesapeake, VA
  • Your workers actually made this total replacement project an enjoyable learning experience...they were always willing to stop and answer any questions. Their pleasant and cooperative attitudes cannot be praised enough!

    J. Wellons, Portsmouth, VA
  • Very pleased with both the price and service. The installation went off without a hitch and everything exceeded our expectations. When finished, the work areas, including the attic, were so clean you couldn't tell anything had been done.

    T. Marsh, VA Beach
  • Great expertise and timely service.

    H. Turbeville, Chesapeake, VA