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Feb 10

Fabulous Floor Heat!

Posted by C. Mason Hearn | Tags: water heater, tile, renovation, plumbing, maintenance, HVAC, floors


We just purchased a 45 year old home that has had renos but I'd like to put a heated ceramic floor for the family room in the basement. ( 24x16) It now has laminate over concrete!!! Nasty! What is the safest and best way to do this knowing that there might be basement water damage every 100 years :) The house is in a river community.




Dear Liz:

Heated floors are wonderful.  If you buy-into the magazine ads run buy floor heating companies, your naked baby and the

Jul 18

Earth-Friendly Systems Sources

Posted by C. Mason Hearn | Tags: select contractor, renovation, remodeling, HVAC, green, contractors


We are remodeling a home in Midlothian and we are trying to come up with very efficient and eco-friendly technology to integrate into the home including, solar panels, radiant heating, water recycling, geo thermal heating, heat recovery systems and smart technology.

 Is there anyone out there selling these services in Central Virginia for one stop shopping that could provide a plan to achieve the highest efficiencies based on what is available.  We moved from England and it is much easier to find these services in London as they seem to be further advanced in eco-technology. 

 Let me

Jun 01

One COOL Room - Spot Air Conditioning

Posted by C. Mason Hearn | Tags: HVAC

Dear Mason,

We do not like to run our central air during the summer.  Too expensive, and the house stays pretty comfortable without it.  While this anti-AC policy works for most of our living space it is posing a problem for our music room which, for the sake of protecting the instruments, is kept closed off from the rest of house.  No AC means that during the summer, this 12x15 room gets stiflingly hot and stuffy, borderline unusable and very bad for the instruments.  We have considered purchasing a portable air conditioner which has the added advantage of dehumidification. But alas, the

May 31

Heating and Air Equipment Replacement

Posted by C. Mason Hearn | Tags: HVAC

We have a Carrier gas heater/AC on the first floor of our house which presently is working fine. On the second floor we have also have a Carrier heat pump/AC that needs to be replaced (coils are bad). We got a quote from a local heating/AC company saying that they could replace our upstairs Carrier unit with a Goodman Heat Pump and Air Handler for $3,200 vs. a $4,200 Carrier unit. My question is should we stay with the Carrier units throughout the house since the first floor unit may need to be replaced eventually too or go with the lower cost unit.? How difficult and costly would be it be

Dec 03

HVAC Replacement?

Posted by C. Mason Hearn | Tags: HVAC

I am considering the purchase of a 1960’s home, which has a couple of old-looking heating and air conditioning systems. I am concerned that these might be in need of replacement. How would I know if these are going to be a problem?


Dear Patrick:

First, let me suggest the engagement of an independent, professional home inspector prior to making any purchase decisions on an older home. These guys are well worth their fees, to let you know what you might be getting into in regards mechanical systems, as well as the multitude of other concerns you might encounter. Naturally, expect

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