the science of comfort

Your home’s climate control systems are more sophisticated but the science remains the same. Climate knows the science behind the systems. This is the first stop in understanding how you can stay comfortable. 
Find a quick answer in our FAQ section, learn the latest in home comfort in our blog or watch what goes on inside your home’s comfort systems. Our 57 years of knowledge are here to serve you.
For the Science of Comfort, trust the penguin.
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Use the resources below to learn about your home’s comfort systems.
  • See the latest results from the Learning Lab, our blog focused on improving your home comfort. Learn about maintenance and pick up tips on how to keep your house comfortable every day of the year. 
  • COMING SOON! Really dive into how your comfort systems work with Climate’s video classroom. Learn about home improvement projects that can increase the efficiency and comfort of your home. Watch as our service manager, Corey, walks you through proper filter maintenance, troubleshoots a furnace, chooses the best insulation and more.
  • Is your comfort system getting old? How old is "old"? Find out the average lifespans of major systems and when it may be time to replace them. 
  • Need more help? You can always contact a Climate technician with any questions. 

Video Classroom 

COMING SOON! Watch Climate’s service manager, Corey, show you what’s inside all those metal boxes that make your house comfy. He walks you through proper maintenance and gives you the first steps in troubleshooting any issues you may have. Learn tips on how homeowners in the DC area can save money and make their homes more efficient. Get product reviews on smart thermostats, insulation and other DIY projects to increase the value of your biggest investment — your house.


Remember, there are no dumb questions.

  • Introduction
  • Maintenance
  • Heating
  • Cooling
  • Air Quality
  • Hot Water
What size water heater should I have?

This is a tough question to answer. Most people in a four-person family are fine with a 40-gallon gas water heater. A 50-gallon unit works for a family of five or six, and a 75-gallon unit works for larger families. If it’s an electric water heater, a 40 gallon unit works well for a three to four-person family and a 55 gallon unit for four to five people.

Should I get a tankless water heater?

Tankless water heaters are wonderful pieces of equipment. However, there are two major factors that prevent us from recommending them to our customers who already have a standard water heater. First, a tankless water heater needs to be maintained about three to four times a year. This process takes about an hour and is easily done by the homeowner. White vinegar is run through the water heater to help clean out the mineral deposits. Most homeowners don’t want to spend the time to do this. The second factor is that gas tankless water heaters require large amounts of natural gas while they are running. They also require special venting. Most of our clients spend more to upgrade their home to accommodate a tankless water heater than they recover through the energy savings.

I have heard that I need to reline my chimney to get a new water heater, is this true?
Most of the jurisdictions in the DC/Metro area require that any appliance vented through a masonry chimney be upgraded to a chimney liner. This is a very responsible thing for the code to mandate; it greatly reduces the chance of carbon monoxide poisoning. Most homes in our area haven’t upgraded their chimneys and need this liner. Your new water heater will have to be inspected by the local jurisdiction. If a chimney liner isn’t installed, your installation may violate the code.

Get a FREE consultation!

Call 703-750-4008 to talk to a Climate technician today or click below to request a consultation. 

Climate Innovations

Climate Heating and Cooling was founded in 1961 and was instrumental in many of the HVAC innovations you enjoy today. With over 57 years of experience, Climate knows the science behind the systems.

  • FIRST in the DC area to offer extended warranties
  • FIRST in the DC area to sell electronic air cleaners 
  • FIRST in the DC area to install self-balancing duct systems
  • FIRST to design and develop EXTERIOR TEMPERATURE CONTROLS for 2-stage furnaces — the precursors to wireless remote sensors
  • FIRST in the DC area to design safety pans and safety cutoffs in attic systems to prevent water damage

Comfort System Lifespans

Get a FREE consultation!

Call 703-750-4008 to talk to a Climate technician today or click below to request a consultation. 

“For the Science of Comfort, trust the penguin.”