Frequently Asked Question

A: Yes, we are licensed and insured. Our Maryland HVACR license is: #18273 and our Virginia HVACR license is #2705143865.

A: HVAC stands for Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning. All these three components provide comfort in homes and buildings. Also, they provide thermal comfort and standard indoor air quality.

A: Your HVAC equipment should be inspected, cleaned and serviced at least once a year. However, for improved performance and equipment life, we suggest having the heating system checked in the fall and the air conditioning checked in the spring. If you have oil-fired equipment, it should be cleaned at the beginning of each heating season.

A: Replacing filters regularly helps to improve the performance of system and indoor air quality. Southern Pride Service recommends that you replace disposable filters or clean washable filters each month.

A: First, check that the air conditioner or furnace is turned on. Next, check that the breakers and the disconnects are turned on and make sure the thermostat is set correctly. Then check for strange smells and unusual noises.

A: If you want a dual-fuel heating system, you can easily add split systems to your existing fossil-fuel furnace. A dual-fuel system will use the heat pump as the main heating source. Talking about the fossil fuel furnace, it acts as a supplement in extremely cold weather when additional heat is needed.

A: Southern Pride Service will determine ductwork requirements and any minor modifications, if needed.

A: You'll need to know how much energy costs you'll save each year with a geothermal system. You must calculate the price difference between the Geothermal installation and an ordinary heating system and central air conditioner. Compare the results to how long you plan to live in your home or value added to the sale of your home to help make the decision.

Example: If your utility use savings is $700 per year with a geothermal system and the price difference is $2,000 between it and your old HVAC system, your payback will be less than three years. However, if you install a geothermal system in a new home, the monthly savings in operating costs will offset the additional monthly cost of the mortgage.