Good HVAC habits to remember in 2019

Good HVAC habits to remember in 2019

Everyone at Short Pump Heating and Air wishes you a happy and healthy New Year. While still in resolution mode, we wanted to provide some tips for keeping your HVAC equipment happy and healthy in 2019. Following some simple guidelines can help to improve the efficiency of your heating and cooling equipment, avoid unnecessary repairs, and help extend the life of the HVAC systems.

1.Check and Change your Filters Regularly

Most homeowners are aware that a clogged filter is bad for the HVAC system. With that said, we have many service calls every year that are caused solely by a clogged filter. It is important to remember to at least check your filters every 30 days. Many times they will last longer than 30 days, but it is always a good idea to at least check them. Dirty filters will reduce the efficiency of the heating and cooling system. Dirty filters can also cause unnecessary equipment breakdowns. Keeping a clean filter will help keep your equipment running efficiently and help with your indoor air quality in your home or office. Setting a reminder on your calendar or your phone is a good way to remember to keep your filters clean.  

2. Keep the areas around your HVAC equipment clean

Check the area around your outdoor unit occasionally to make sure it is clear. Many times mulch will pile up or shrubs will grow against the heat pump or air conditioner outside. This can cause problems with the HVAC system and also make it difficult to service. Also check the areas in your attic and crawlspace to make sure boxes and other items are not disturbing the air handler, furnace, or duct work. We see a lot of duct work that has been crushed by items in the attic. Keeping things clean goes a long way in helping to keep your HVAC system in good shape. 

3. Do not close too many vent registers

All HVAC systems are sized to distribute a certain amount of air to the home. I visit many homes that have far too many vents closed. It is okay to close 1 or 2 vents, but more than that can cause damage to the system. A big misconception is that closing vents in rooms that are not used will help the system’s efficiency. This is not true. If anything, the system works harder. Closing too many vents can strain the compressor and motors. When in doubt, leave the vents open. 

4. Remember to schedule your preventative maintenance

We believe that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” especially when it comes to your heating and cooling systems. It is always important to have your HVAC maintenance scheduled at least once per year. Preventative maintenance is a great way to keep your systems clean and efficient. Regular maintenance can also help prevent costly breakdowns. It also gives you priority service with our company, as well as repair discounts if you do need any HVAC repairs throughout the year. 

5. Leave your thermostat alone

It is best to leave your thermostat at or near a set temperature throughout the day (especially with a heat pump). Turning your system way back while at work, and then cranking it up (or down depending on the season) later in the day is not more efficient. The system has to work extra hard to catch back up.  

6. Remember to call Short Pump Heating and Air at 804-364-9040 with any HVAC related questions or concerns. We are a leading HVAC service and installation provider in the Richmond, VA area, and are always happy to help our customers any way possible!

To Our Wonderful Customers:

To Our Wonderful Customers:

It’s the season to celebrate and gives thanks. All of us at Short Pump Heating and Air take this opportunity to celebrate our community and give thanks to our customers.

We wish you a happy holiday and the most joyous New Year. This is a time for family, and it is also a time for our clients, without whom, we would not exist.  

We appreciate your business and are grateful to be able to work with you. Our customers have allowed us into their homes and trusted us with their most valuable asset. This is why we value our customers. It’s a relationship built on community and trust.

Keep in mind that your heating and cooling problems are our problems, as well. You do not want to have your heating system fail when you need it the most. If an emergency does arise, you know that Short Pump Heating is ready assist with all of your furnace and heat pump problems. Call us anytime at (804) 364-9040.

Remember, the New Year is an excellent time to schedule a checkup for your HVAC systems. Small problems can easily be resolved before they turn into major concerns. We want to continue keeping your heating and cooling systems in top working condition.

Your home and family are important to us. We are grateful to be a part of your lives. This is the season to celebrate life, and all it has to offer. Make every moment count!

How to Prevent Holiday Fires and Stay Safe

How to Prevent Holiday Fires and Stay Safe

We want everyone to have a safe holiday. The holiday season is all about joy and family. It can also involve a lot of open flames and cause serious property damage. When a home is filled with flammable objects, the risk of fire can increase up to 35 percent. Don’t let needless disasters happen to you when they can easily be prevented.

We at Short Pump Heating and Air are a part of your community. It is important to us that our customers remain safe and sound through the New Year and beyond. To ensure that everyone enjoys a safe holiday season, we offer the following tips.

The Stove

The holidays are all about friends and families getting together over a holiday meal. The excitement of celebrating can make people distracted and forget that there is something cooking on the stove, until the house becomes filled with smoke….

To keep this from happening, carry a pot holder with you as you leave the kitchen to remind you that the stove is on and something is simmering. Always keep a fire extinguisher within easy reach in the kitchen. Before the season even begins, check your smoke alarms to make sure they are is in good working order.

Many people  like to enjoy a tasty, deep-fried turkey. Regardless of how cold it is outside, make sure the deep fryer is outside, a minimum of 10 feet from your home.


Tis the season for candles, and they are beautiful and romantic. They can also turn into a serious fire hazard. Make sure your candles are placed on a sturdy base and never leave your candles lit when unattended, even when leaving the room for a short time. Don’t forget that children are curious and will be drawn to lit candles. Their clothing and hair can catch fire in seconds.

Consider LED candles as a safe alternative to regular candles.

Christmas Trees

Christmas trees dry out quickly and easily. They can be a stunning part of the holiday tradition, but the earlier you buy one, the sooner it will become dry and flammable. Make sure any outlet used for lights isn’t overcrowded. Don’t place your gorgeous tree near a space heater. Remember to water your tree every day to prevent it from drying and becoming more flammable.


Fireplaces turn magical during the holiday season. The chimney, after all, is Santa’s entryway into the house. Never allow children to be unattended when a fireplace is lit. Make sure ashes are moistened and disposed of properly. Always make sure the fire is put out before going to bed. 

Decorative Lights

Check your holiday lights before you hang them as the strings can become frayed with use. Decorate the outside of your home by using clips instead of nails when hanging strings of light.


With fireplaces and candles being lit, matches can be left within reach of curious children. Take that extra step and keep matches and lighters out of children’s reach.

Everyone at Short Pump Heating and Repair wishes you a joyful and safe holiday season. Call us at (804) 364-9040 for any inspection or emergency needs. We care about the safety of your home. We are always here to help with your heating, cooling, and plumbing repair needs.