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April 10, 2018

Summer’s coming fast, and along with laid-back summer fun will come uncomfortably warm weather and a whole host of outdoor allergens that can put a damper on things. You can’t do much about the weather, but a few key upgrades to your house in the Chesapeake area that can help you and your family have a more comfortable and healthy summer at home.

Repair or Upgrade Your Air Conditioning

It’s a good idea to check your AC unit before you need it, so you’re not caught without air conditioning when the hottest days of the year roll around.

  • Is your AC unit making strange sounds when it runs?

Other than the sound you might expect when turning on any unit, such as a low hum, your AC unit shouldn’t make a lot of noise. Banging, squealing, flapping, whistling, tapping and buzzing are all signs that something is broken, loose or otherwise not operating correctly and should all be looked into.

  • Were your fuel bills high last summer?

If your AC unit isn’t running smoothly, then it is running harder and more often than it should be. This causes it to use more energy and to jack up your energy bills in the process. It also interferes with the unit’s ability to properly cool your living spaces.

  • Has it had regular maintenance?

If your unit has had regular maintenance, then it should be running quietly and efficiently. If it has not, it’s a very good idea to sign up for a maintenance plan, which will ensure your unit continues to run effectively and minimize the need for repairs.

Check Your Attic Insulation

Attic insulation is a key player in home comfort both in the winter and in summer.

  • Did you feel drafts over the winter?

Drafts are a sure sign of a poorly air sealed and insulated attic. It means that air is escaping out through your roof and outdoor air is being pulled in to replace it. That escaping air translates into escaping energy, and it will keep you feeling cold in winter and hot in summer.

  • Is your HVAC system running constantly?

Without proper insulation in your attic, your heating and air conditioning systems work constantly in an effort to hold the temperatures you’ve set on the thermostat. This wastes energy and money.

  • Are your energy bills higher than they should be?

With air escaping and heat entering, your HVAC system will run constantly, so it’s no wonder that your energy bills will be high. An insulation upgrade will increase comfort and result in more reasonable utility bills.

Improve Your Indoor Air Quality

It’s easy to forget about the air you breathe in your home. But since people spend nearly 90% of their time indoors, and pollutants can build up to be worse indoors than outdoors, it’s critical to pay attention to conditions in your house that contribute to poor indoor air quality.

  • Have you noticed any strange odors?

Any uncontrolled moisture in your home can cause mold and mildew. Mold and mildew are not only ugly and smelly — they will also ruin your belongings and rot the wood in your home. Worse yet, mold releases spores which are toxic and can cause serious illness.

  • Have family allergies been kicking up?

Have you or other family members been experiencing fatigue, headaches, itchy throats, coughing, and other discomforts? These can be caused by pollen and other pollutants that have gathered and circulate in your home.

  • Have you changed your HVAC air filters lately?

Clogged filters won’t keep dirt, debris, dust mites, pet dander and other allergens from circulating through your home, over and over. Check and change your filters regularly to keep the air you breathe as clean and healthy as possible. Consider installing an air purification system to trap pollutants.

Enjoy a Comfortable Summer with Help from Russell’s

Russell’s Heating & Cooling has been serving Virginia and North Carolina for over 40 years, helping customers live more healthy and comfortable lives through home energy improvements. We have the knowledge and expertise to thoroughly evaluate your home’s energy consumption and guide you toward the best solutions for you and your family.

Contact us or call (VA) 757-995-2807 / (NC) 252-489-4431 to start preparing your home for a healthier and happier summer today.

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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
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    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