Geothermal technology delivers incredibly high efficient comfort; up to 80% more efficient than a conventional system. It uses the earth’s constant temperatures using wells 6 feet below the surface to heat and cool your space. These highly efficient systems use electricity to move air, not to produce it. According to the Environmental Protection Agency geothermal systems are “the most energy efficient, environmentally clean, and cost effective space conditioning system available today.” Geothermal systems do not use fossil fuels, so there are no combustible gas emissions, which reduces your carbon footprint and eliminates harmful health effects. Statistics also prove that Geothermal equipment has a lower failure rate than heat pumps, gas package units, air conditioners or furnaces. Installing a geothermal heating and cooling system in your home or business has many benefits.
1. It has a life span twice that of a conventional system.
2. It is less expensive to install and operate than 2 conventional systems replacements.
3. It is the highest efficient equipment, saving bucket loads on energy usage.
4. It is earth friendly.
5. Increases your property value.
6. Fewer repairs.
When considering replacing your Geothermal system or converting to Geothermal, call a qualified contractor. Kellam Mechanical employs technicians that are certified through Geothermal specific training classes to install, repair and maintain Geothermal equipment. Converting to Geothermal is a smart choice. Kellam Mechanical offers free quotes. Now is the best time to live greener and benefit from a time sensitive tax credit of 30% that expires 12/31/16.




Kellam Mechanical opened April 1, 1995. For 21 years Scott Kellam has dedicated his time and energy into the business he loves because he loves the HVAC industry. As a teenager in 1977, he learned the trade from his father and grandfather in their family owned and operated Heating, Air Conditioning and Electrical business and loved working there until he decided to start his own adventure. When you ask him what else he would do for a living if he were not in the HVAC business, he says with a puzzled look as if there is no other possibility “Nothing, I am right where I have always wanted to be.” Bringing comfort to the families in the Tidewater area of Virginia, where he was born and raised has always been Scott’s focus. Our 4 distinct coastal seasons have kept him quite busy through the years. Making customers comfortable and happy is only half of his goal. Making his family of employees happy and comfortable is the balance. There are many details involved in making a business successful and Scott Kellam has worked hard to balance all of them. With 25 employees to help Kellam Mechanical deliver quality customer service, he has an excellent support system. In addition to running a locally owned business for 21 years, Scott has also been heavily involved in the Virginia Beach community. He loves lending his time volunteering with The Virginia Beach Clean Community Commission, The Chesapeake Bay Foundation, The Virginia Beach Education Foundation and led the local Air Conditioning Contractors of America chapter as President from 2012-2014.
Many business men work very hard for many years without recognition, but Scott Kellam is an exception. He has been blessed to receive recognition on the state and national level. On September 7, 2016 Scott Kellam received the Contractor of the Year award representing the state of Virginia through the Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Contractor Association. This was an incredible honor to be recognized for our state, but an even more prestigious award followed. On October 21, 2016 he was awarded the National Contractor of the Year through the PHCC Association. Scott Kellam graciously accepted the award in San Antonio, Texas. This was a memorable event and has inspired Scott to keep working hard at maintaining his reputable local Virginia Beach company.
Scott’s reaction to this acknowledgement: “I am honored to be considered a top leader of this industry and many thanks to our loyal customers and employees that have been along for the ride to catapult Kellam Mechanical above the average HVAC business”.


Kellam Mechanical Celebrates 20th Year Anniversary

April 2015 is very exciting for me because Kellam Mechanical entered our 20th year in business providing comfort, safety and healthy solutions to Tidewater residents and businesses.   I have enjoyed the heating and air conditioning industry for about 40 years.  The saying is so true: time flies when you are having fun.  I am proud of how many people in our community that Kellam Mechanical has brought comfort to for the past 80 seasons.  I have made so many great friends along the way with my coworkers and clients, many of whom have become like family.  They are the ones who have made us successful.  Our Kellam Mechanical comfort crew makes coming to work fun because we all understand the culture of excellent customer service.  Giving back to my community is a responsibility that I also enjoy.  Community presence and environmental preservation is important to me and to the company and I love to share all of the fun activities I have injected into my lifestyle.  I love the people I get to encounter and join forces with to make our daily living better.  Kellam Mechanical promotes green products, such as geothermal high efficient comfort equipment, programmable thermostats and tankless water heaters to name a few, but we also like to promote green practices.  As a team, we enjoy volunteering for the following local organizations and events:

Virginia Beach annual Earth Day

Virginia Beach annual Clean the Bay Day

Virginia Beach Clean Community Commission

Back Bay Restoration Foundation

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation

The first 20 years in business has been amazing and a blessing to bring so many people comfort.  We look forward to delivering heating, air conditioning and electrical excellence for another 20 years.

Know someone who wants a contractor that has staying power?  Tell ‘em Kellam for another 20 years!

Air Conditioning and Heat Pump Outdoor Clearance Distances

Did you know that lawn and landscaping maintenance can affect your indoor comfort?  Proper airflow is essential for your heating and cooling equipment to operate correctly and safely.  Restricted airflow can cause equipment to lose efficiency leading to higher monthly utility bills as well as failures which can result in expensive repairs.  Keeping your comfort system annually maintained is a sound solution and smart investment.  A skilled technician will perform tasks to keep your coils and burners clean and safe in addition to many other helpful tasks, but there are things that homeowners can do on a regular basis to ensure proper system operation.  Changing filters monthly is necessary as well as keeping equipment clear of obstructions.  To keep your outdoor equipment safe from airflow interference, it is best to allow for at least 2 feet of clearance around the unit from greenery such as shrubs, trees and ivy as well as roots, fencing, other equipment or structures.  4 feet of clearance should be allowed above outdoor unit installations.  This space also allows a technician to access all sides of the equipment for repairs and maintenance.  It is also important to install your outdoor comfort equipment free of exhaust or dryer vents because lint blown into the compressor can cause a clog and a failure.  Overgrown greenery can creep its way into your outdoor compressor and cause it to fail so get your green thumb out there and maintain your yard around your air conditioner, heat pump or package unit for the sake of your indoor comfort.

The picture shown is proof that yard growth is damaging to this Virginia Beach compressor.  Our NATE certified technician quickly discovered that the condenser fan motor failed because it was forced to work twice as hard to move air due to the restricted airflow from the bushes and the lack of space allowed between the house. This lawn condition will shorten the life span of equipment.  Shrubbery moisture can contribute to unit coil damage causing rust and corrosion.  It is also recommended to redirect rain water from dripping off the roof into the unit.  In the winter months freezing excess water can seize the fan with ice build-up or damage it with ice failing into the unit.

Schedule a qualified Kellam Mechanical technician to assist with any annual comfort system maintenance or system relocation if you have current obstructions.



What it means to TELL ‘EM KELLAM!

Tell ‘em Kellam is part of the Kellam Mechanical culture.  It represents prideful customer service and technical workmanship.  People who have a positive experience tend to share it with others in their lives…family, friends, neighbors and coworkers.  Referrals are the highest form of flattery and we welcome them.  Testimonials are especially strong when they come from someone we know and trust.  We place a large emphasis on delivering excellence to inspire our clients to “Tell ‘em Kellam”.  How do we that?  We represent professionalism through our courteous call takers, act with consideration for our client’s busy lives when scheduling, timely dispatch highly trained technicians who respectfully interact with clients, dress our technicians in clean uniforms, arrive in lettered vans and perform quality system repairs and replacements.  Success for Kellam Mechanical is measured when we hear our clients “Tell ‘em Kellam”.  When that happens we know we delivered comfort.

Society has embraced social media over the past few years and it has become the norm for consumers to refer to review sites to profile a business which influence purchases.  In fact, surveys uncovered that 90% of consumers are influenced by online reviews.   Those who have taken the time to post positive reviews have been inspired based on their expectations being met and frequently exceeded.  Our testimonials and reviews speak for themselves and we appreciate the Kellam Mechanical staff that inspired our loyal clients to share their experiences.  We even have a Tell ‘em Kellam referral program to show our gratitude for those who “Tell ‘em Kellam.

WebsiteTestimonial: June 2011

“Thank yous” to both of you, Sarah and Scott, for taking a personal interest in the lives of your customers. I can’t remember any other company that we do business with that takes such interest in their clients.  Best wishes for a continuing successful business!!!

Bill and Judy C., Va. Beach residents

Superpages Review:  August 19th, 2014

I highly recommend Kellam Mechanical for your heating, cooling and electrical needs. I just recently had my annual maintenance inspection and Jerry W. was very professional and knowledgeable when it came to explaining the process and answering questions about the best filters to use. His efficiency was a breath of fresh air in the hectic world we live in.  Thank you to Jerry and the Kellam Mechanical team for taking care of my heating and cooling needs!

Tamela Hood, Chesapeake resident

Google Review:  12/13/14

Kellam Mechanical has been servicing my HVAC systems for 10 years. They have been most professional throughout these years. My most recent dealings have been with their technician, Jerry Wagner. Jerry is always friendly, courteous and thorough during his review of my system. He always discusses with me at the conclusion exactly how my system is working. It is his concern for making sure I am content as a customer that has caused me to ask Kellam Mechanical for Jerry to always be the technician that comes to service my units. Thank you Kellam Mechanical and Jerry Wagner for always making the maintenance of my heating and air conditioning a very pleasant experience.

Joe Riddick, Va. Beach resident

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Start the new year thinking about saving on household expenses by upgrading to higher efficient heating and cooling equipment.  Installing a new system can be the first step to improving your comfort and reducing your monthly energy bills by making a smart investment.  Equipment manufactured today is considerably more efficient than in years past.  If your heat pump, package unit or air conditioner is 10 years or older or your gas furnace, geothermal system or boiler is 15 years or older, even if it is currently working, it  is a good time to start preparing for a new system in the near future.  It is better to plan for it and be ready than be forced into an emergency decision when the system fails.    There is a lot to consider when purchasing a new comfort system.

~Understanding how equipment is rated is a factor in your investment. Boilers and furnaces have AFUE (annual fuel utilization efficiency) ratings that measures how efficient the equipment operates on an annual basis.  Heat pumps and air conditioners have SEER (seasonal energy efficient ratio) ratings that measure the efficiency of the equipment operating during a typical cooling season.  The HSPF (heating seasonal performance factor) measures the efficiency of the equipment operating in the heating season.  This information can help you determine what efficiency meets your needs best.  The higher the efficiency, the lower your energy bills will be.  Consider installing reputable Energy Star products.

~Proper equipment size is crucial in bringing the appropriate level of comfort into your home.  Over sizing a comfort system can cause temperature control and humidity issues, higher energy costs and energy waste, so it is important to have a qualified contractor evaluate your home for proper comfort system design using Manual J load calculations.

~Good ductwork conditions are vital to deliver proper airflow and allow  comfort systems to operate at the efficiency rating it was designed for, so have your existing ductwork evaluated when receiving equipment replacement quotes.

~Proper installations will set up the equipment for successful operation and longevity. Flawed installations can create failures and poor efficiency, so it is important to hire a qualified, licensed contractor that complies with city codes and employs NATE certified technicians.

~Some applications are perfect for geothermal or ductless comfort systems, which are both highly efficient and have fewer repair histories than other conventional equipment, which makes them excellent investment choices.

When deciding on what equipment will meet your comfort and investment level, inquire about manufacturer rebate programs.  High efficient equipment is often accompanied with rebates, so take advantage of money back if promotions are active.  For more information on which equipment meets your comfort level best on the south side of Tidewater, call Kellam Mechanical at 757-430-0358.  We are happy to schedule a free consult.




November is the month to reflect on being thankful.  One thing that comes to mind is being thankful for the green mindset that people in our community are adopting more and more every day to improve energy consesrvation.  Educating Tidewater, Virginia residents is so important to improve our local environment.  There are many ways to become a part of the solution instead of part of the problem.  Everyday life can be enhanced so embrace simple changes starting in your own home to conserve energy and reduce waste.  Households can be altered using better products, such as installing more efficient appliances.  There are so many options to increase your household efficiency, so if all cannot be achieved at once, start planning and budgeting for smart future projects:

1. Programmable thermostats: controlling the comfort in your home with the ability to program your temperature schedule can save you up to $150 in energy costs annually according to the Environment Protection Agency and the Department of Energy.

2.  System Maintenance:  Schedule you annual heating and cooling system maintenance.  This will maximize your comfort system efficiency, saving energy costs and reducing failures.   Energy Star research found that will save about $330 annually in heating and cooling costs.

3.  Tankless water heater:  Installing a tankless water heater saves up to 50% on water heating costs, it is also a spacer saver, delivers endless hot water, reportedly has fewer failures and service rates and has a life expectancy of up to 20 years.

4.  High efficient heating and cooling systems:  Installing high efficient equipment uses less energy, saving you monthly energy costs.  In efforts to reduce energy usage, The Department of Energy is requiring a minimum 14 SEER rating in Virginia effective 1/1/15 for new equipment installations.

5.  Go Geothermal:  This is the most efficient comfort equipment on the market, using the earth to heat and cool your home and saves up to 70% on energy usage compared to a conventional system.  This technology delivers strong returns to your wallet and to the environment.

6. Vacancy sensors:  Install vacancy sensor switches to automatically turn off lights as you leave the room to save on your electricity expenses.

7.  Insulation:  A well-insulated house prevents air leakage, which uses less energy and protects your heating and cooling equipment from being over worked.

Go Green practices on a smaller project scale should be considered:

1.  Unplug appliances and electronics not in use

2.  Turn the temperature down on your water heater

3.  Fix leaky faucets

4.  Replace incandescent bulbs with CFL’s

5.  Wash clothes in cold water

6.  Close your blinds to the summer sun to keep house cooler, open them to the winter sun to warm up

7.  Seal around outlets, windows and doors to reduce air leakage

When researching household appliances to make an environmental difference, look for Energy Star rated products.  Be thankful for earth friendly practices and products available that enter into our lifestyles to bring environmental responsibility accompanied with savings.  It is time to reduce your carbon footprint.  Get started, go green and save green.

For free quotes for comfort equipment installation for the southside, Tell ‘em Kellam!



Airflow and Room Temperature Solutions

A few years ago I was driving my 8 year old son to his football game.  It was a Saturday afternoon in the fall and it was a comfortable 64 degree day.  My son was in the back seat and asked me to turn the air conditioner on.  As I reached for the controls I asked why since it was already cool and he said “because my coach told the team at practice that the best conditioned team is going to win.”  Clearly spoken from a heating and air conditioning contractor’s son!  Imagine if children’s logic reflected reality.  Our world would be a lot more interesting.

So here we are with fall setting in once again with  cool, crisp nightly temperatures accompanied with football season.  Just because the outdoor temperatures are fluctuating does not mean your indoor air has to change your comfort level.  Consistent indoor comfort is ideal.  If the room temperatures in your home vary significantly, then your system is not operating properly and you will need a service repairman to diagnose the issue.  The goal is to meet room temperatures with the thermostat setting, but concern should be noted if there is a 3 degree difference from room to room.  Room temperature fluctuations could be due to:

~Disconnected or poorly designed ductwork
~Thermostat location
~Poor insulation
~Window leakage

If you experience hotter temperatures upstairs in the summer and colder downstairs in the winter; or perhaps a room over the garage gets neglected from proper airflow, your comfort system may be insufficiently designed or sized.  A simple load calculation can be performed by a professional to determine the proper sizing required for you space. There are effective solutions to improve your comfort such as:
~Installing a ductless mini-split system
~Installing a zoning system
~Duct redesign to improve airflow
~Install a properly sized system

Every home is different, so schedule a qualified technician to determine your best solution to overcome comfort issues. To optimize the efficiency of your comfort system and reduce failures, change your filters monthly.




Kellam Mechanical Earns Energy Star Building Rating

Kellam Mechanical Heating, Air Conditioning and Electrical, owned by Scott Kellam has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) ENERGY STAR certification, which  signifies that the building performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and meets strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA.

“Kellam Mechanical is pleased to accept EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification in recognition of our energy efficiency efforts,” said Scott Kellam, President. “Through this achievement, we have demonstrated our commitment to positive environmental efforts while also lowering our energy costs. I am proud to share that Kellam Mechanical is the 1st and only heating and air conditioning residential contractor in the state of Virginia to achieve this accreditation. We not only promote green products and practices, we live it every day.”

Commercial buildings that earn EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification use an average of 35 percent less energy than typical buildings and also release 35 percent less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.  Scott Kellam constructed Kellam Mechanical’s office/warehouse in 2007 with energy efficiency at the forefront.

To earn the ENERGY STAR, Kellam Mechanical took the following actions:

·              Installed a highly efficient Geothermal system that does not use fossil fuels nor emit combustible gasses into our environment

·               Installed highly effective insulation systems

·               Installed energy efficient lighting

EPA’s ENERGY STAR energy performance scale helps organizations assess how efficiently their buildings use energy relative to similar buildings nationwide. A building that scores a 75 or higher on EPA’s 1-100 scale may be eligible for ENERGY STAR certification and Kellam Mechanical scored an impressive 89%. Commercial buildings that can earn the ENERGY STAR include offices, bank branches, data centers, financial centers, retail stores, courthouses, hospitals, hotels, K-12 schools, medical offices, supermarkets, dormitories, houses of worship, and warehouses.  

To learn more about Kellam Mechanical’s green products and practices, click here!


Customers Have Rights!

To show our customers that we value them and we have a serious commitment to customer service, we implemented a Customer Bill of Rights.  We provide this document at every visit to your home.

First, we offer a 100% Money Back Guarantee.  If you are not satisfied, for any reason, within the first year after installation, we will remove the equipment and give you a full refund.

Secondly, our employees are courteous and on time.  Kellam technicians are drug free and smoke free.  Don’t worry about finding cigarette butts on your property, because it will not happen.  We offer a Clean Home Guarantee as well as an On Time Guarantee.

Thirdly, your comfort is a priority.  With our Comfort Guarantee, we promise that there will be no more than a 3 degree temperature variance between rooms.  Our total comfort system air will be re-balanced if needed.

A 24 Hour Service Guarantee is also a part of our Bill of Rights.  If you have a problem during the warranty period with your comfort system repair and it is not completed in 24 hours, we will pay for your night in a hotel.

Kellam Mechanical takes the service to our clients seriously.  For more info or details on our Customer Bill of Rights, click here!.