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Experts in Heating and Air Conditioning Richmond VA Residents Have Relied on Since 1943

President W. Gerald Speeks

As a young boy Gerald rode with his father, W. Gwyn Speeks delivering oil and helped by pulling the hose to fill the oil tanks. At the age of 16 he sold his first Heating System. Eventually he took over the day to day operations of the company. Gerald and his wife Joan who is also involved in the company are life time residents of Chesterfield County. His hobbies include traveling the country showing Quarter Horses with his Granddaughters and fishing on the river in Deltaville, VA.

Vice President – W. Greg Speeks

Greg, following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather joined the family business full time in 1985. Their hardwork and dedication layed a strong foundation that has enabled the company to grow and prosper. Today, Greg oversees the day to day operations of the installation department. In addtion to work, Greg enjoys his hobby as dog breeder and exhibitor of Shelties and spending time with family and friends.

Service Manager – TJ Garrett

TJ has been in the heating and air conditioning Industry since 1983. He started his career as a service technician with WG Speeks, Inc. Since 1998, TJ has been managing our Service Department. With his knowledge and skills, we are able to hire trained and qualified technicians to service our clients in Richmond, VA. TJ resides in Chesterfield County with his wife and children. Outside of work, TJ enjoys spending time with his family and fishing on the river in Deltaville, VA.

Members of our Heating and Air Conditioning Richmond Sales Team

John Boyer

John has been in the heating and air conditioning industry for 18 years and has been a member of our sales team for 7 years. His knowledge and dedication make him an important asset to our company. John resides in Henrico County.

Ronnie Hall

Ronnie has been in the industry for 20+ years and a member of our team for the past 14 years. He started at WG Speeks, Inc. in our installation department and moved to our sales department in 2003. His understanding and passion for the business make him a valuable member of our team. Customer Satisfaction is his main priority. Ronnie and his wife reside in Chesterfield County. His hobbies include playing softball and spending time with his grandchildren.

Pam Stinson

Pam has been in the heating and air conditioning industry and a member of our sales team for 28+ years. Her hardwork and strive for satisfaction with her customers make Pam a valuable asset to our sales team. She moved to the Richmond, VA area in 1964 and now has resided in Powhatan County for the past 16 years. Her hobbies include showing her horses at equestrian events and taking care of her Rat Terrier, Charlie.

Sep 12
Central Air Myths

Summer is coming to an end, but temperatures are still on the rise in Richmond, VA. So don’t expect to turn off that A/C anytime soon! In fact, you can expect to have your cooling system on well into September. So, many people might be wondering, how do you keep your energy bill from rising along with the temperature? Or maybe you have an energy efficient central air system and the cost is still high? Learn the facts! Many people have misconceptions on the techniques for cooling down a home but they can end up costing themselves much more by putting stress on their cooling systems.  Learn to separate fact from fiction and what you can do instead, to keep that energy bill down.

Myth 1: Turning the thermostat farther up or down will cool or heat your home faster. FALSE. Turning the thermostat at a higher or lower temperature than your desired temperature, does not cool or heat your home any faster. We recommend you only set your thermostat to the temperature you desire, so you don’t stress out your cooling system. To speed up the process, you can make sure your vents are clear and your filter is changed on a regular basis.

Myth 2: Closing the vents in unused rooms will save energy and lower your electric bill. FALSE. Do not close vents in unused rooms, this does not save energy but actually the opposite since your cooling system has to work harder to cool your home. To make sure your cooling system is working as efficiently as possible, make sure to open all vents and clear them of any dust, debris or obstruction. Having clear vents, saves energy and lowers your electric bill.

Myth 3: Using duct tape to seal ducts for a central air unit is a good idea. FALSE. Don’t let the name fool you, duct tapeshould never be used to seal air ducts. Duct tape allows too much air to escape and will simply fall off in few short weeks. A better solution is to use mastic sealant, although it can be difficult to work with and messy if you don’t know what you’re doing. For best results contact a professional. For more energy saving tips or to schedule maintenance, contact WG Speeks in Richmond, VA!

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Jul 31
Tips on Saving Energy with Central Air Cooling

 

Energy bills are high in the summer, especially when using a central air cooling system. Central air is typically more efficient for cooling and while that is a must during the warmer months, it can also generate higher costs than air conditioning units. Fortunately, this does not have to be a catch-22 situation; you do not have to sacrifice comfort to save on your energy or vice versa, by using simple tips and low cost solutions you can stay cool and comfortable without breaking the bank. Reduce your high electric bills with these energy saving tips:

 

  • Setting the thermostat at a higher temperature.
  • Turn off central air when no one is home.
  • Work with the weather—on breezy days or nights open the windows.
  • Make sure all vents and ducts are cleared of dust, dirt and debris, and not blocked by furniture.
  • Changing the air filter consistently.
  • Make sure the condenser coil in your system is clean and clear from obstruction.
  • Make use of curtains and drapes.
  • Install weather stripping.
  • Equip your window with heat rejection/UV window films.
  • Use fans to help circulate air.
  • Planting trees and large shrubs around your home provide a natural shade.
  • Turning off heat producing appliances when they’re not being used.
  • Upgrade units that are over 10 years old to more efficient HVAC units.

 

Last but not least, it’s imperative that you schedule regular maintenance on your cooling system. Having your central air system inspected before and after the cooling season, can help prevent any malfunctions and ensure that your system is performing optimally during the summer. Schedule an inspection if you notice your cooling system is not working properly or making weird sounds. Small malfunctions can worsen overtime and end up costing you a fortune on your energy bill, as well as a hefty repair bill.  For more energy saving tips or to schedule maintenance on your central air cooling system, contact the professionals at WG Speeks in Richmond, VA.

 

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Jun 24
Too Many AC Repair Calls? When to Consider Replacement?

 

Air ConditionerRichmond, VA is feeling the heat this summer as temperatures reach the hottest stretch of weather since last July. With the high temperatures, humidity and high UV index, it may actually feel several degrees hotter. Your cooling unit is never more important than when weather is at its most extreme. Is your air conditioner working at its best capacity? Do you find your cooling system isn’t offering much relief from the blistering heat? If so, it might be time to consider a replacement. There are several things you can look at to help you determine if it’s time to put the ole’ AC out to pasture.

Time might not be a luxury when dealing with a malfunctioning air conditioner. To make it easier, we have compiled a short list of the most important signs that your AC unit needs to be replaced:

Too Many AC Repair Calls. Too many repair calls is a strong indication that your AC needs to be replaced. It might not be worth either the time or money to continue repairing it. Meanwhile, a malfunctioning air conditioner can amplify your energy consumption. Poor performance. High energy bill. No, thanks.

  • Age of the AC unit. Did you know the lifetime of an air conditioner is less than 12-15 years? If your model is 12 years old or close to it, its performance might be dwindling. There is no saving an air conditioner once it has reached the end of its life span. Out with the old, in with the new.
  • When the constant cost of repair outweighs the cost of replacement. Most AC repairs are pretty easy and affordable. If your technician hands you a high estimate for repair that means your AC is in pretty bad shape to begin with. If it seems cheaper to replace it than to repair it, it’s a no-brainer.

 

Don’t fear change, when it comes to replacing your AC.  Newer models are actually more energy efficient and perform better. High temperatures also can be a risk to your health, so stay as cool as you can this summer and contact a professional at WG Speeks Inc, for all your cooling needs.

 

 

 

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Central Air Myths
Posted on 09/12/14

Summer is coming to an end, but temperatures are still on the rise in Richmond, VA. So don’t expect to turn off that A/C anytime soon! In fact, you can expect to have your cooling system on well into September.

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