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4 Killers of Air Conditioning Efficiency

April 22nd, 2019

ac-moneyIn the pursuit to spend the least amount of money on their air conditioning systems, homeowners will do what they can to boost efficiency without spending any money. Unfortunately, that can lead them into some trouble.

Here are four of the biggest efficiency killers often committed by homeowners:

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What to Expect When Operating a Heat Pump

April 8th, 2019

heatpumpMany homeowners rely on furnaces for their home heating. Naturally, they’ve become accustomed to the way these systems heat the room—whether they realize it consciously or not. As a result, furnace owners who switch over to heat pumps may be alarmed by the way they operate. They might even call in for HVAC services in Queens because they’re not sure whether what they’re experiencing is an actual problem or not. In this post, we’ll go over what to expect when operating a heat pump.

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How to Keep a Gas Furnace Running Safely

March 25th, 2019

heating-system-upgradesWhen it comes to heating systems, there will always be a certain amount of risk involved. After all, high temperatures can be dangerous in any application, whether it’s in a natural gas furnace or on the stove top.

But unlike a stove top, not everyone knows how to ensure that their gas furnace is running safely. It takes a bit of technical knowledge of HVAC services in Dobbs Ferry to understand just how certain components in a natural gas furnace could result in a safety hazard. However, that doesn’t mean there isn’t advice out there that anyone can learn, such as…

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Hybrid Heating vs Individual Heat Pump or Furnace

March 11th, 2019

blue-question-markWhen it comes to installing a forced-air heating system, there are many systems available. However, there are two different approaches that can be taken:

  1. Opting for either a heat pump or a furnace.
  2. Opting for a hybrid heater, which combines a heat pump and furnace into one system.

The goal of a hybrid heater is to be as efficient as possible, and it does a nice job. However, it’s worth considering all the main features of each system in order to understand if a hybrid heater is ideal for a homeowner’s situation.

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Diagnosing Common Furnace Issues

February 25th, 2019

furnace-repairWhen encountering issues in a furnace, the source of the issues can typically be determined just by listening or taking note of its behavior. An accurate diagnosis will always require the help of a professional, but knowing what to find can help a homeowner detect an issue in the first place. In particular, the types of noises it makes and the performance issues can be very telling.

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Last Chance for Oil to Gas Conversion in Westchester County

February 1st, 2019

Now is the last chance for homeowners to convert their heating systems from oil to natural gas.

Due to pipeline constraints, ConEdison can no longer fulfill the demand for natural gas systems in more than half of Westchester County. Applications for new gas services will only be considered up to March 15, 2019.

But take note: the application period could close before that date. Applicants are being accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis until capacity is full. We suggest sending applications in as soon as possible for a chance at using natural gas.

ConEdison’s website contains information on how to apply as well as full details on the moratorium.

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Save On Heating With a Thermostat Upgrade

January 28th, 2019

man-adjusts-thermostatWhen trying to lower regular monthly heating bills, there are a range of HVAC services and upgrades that can help. Maintenance, efficiency upgrades, indoor air quality devices… But even before all of that, the first place to look should be the thermostat.

After all, the thermostat is the brain of the heating system. A poorly functioning thermostat won’t be able to make use of even the most highly efficient heater. Here’s what can be done to ensure the thermostat works at its best:

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All About Steam Boilers

January 14th, 2019

pressure-gauge-boilerFor homeowners who have used forced-air heaters their whole lives, such as furnaces and heat pumps, they may appreciate the benefits that a boiler can offer. Boilers boast a more natural form of heating, improved indoor air quality, and lower maintenance. However, even within the category of boilers, there are different types to consider. In particular, the steam boiler is one type that’s worth considering.

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3 Ways to Lower the Heating Bill

December 31st, 2018

money-home-balanceWhen it comes down to it, there are really only two methods to keep a heating bill low:

Ensure that the system is well-maintained, and use the system efficiently.

If a heater receives regular maintenance and is in good working order, there’s not much else that can be done except to use the heater better.

That may sound like generic advice, but only because it truly is that simple. This post will go over two less obvious things that can be done to ensure the heater is operating at full potential. The third thing is some advice that will help the homeowner use their system better.

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Consider This Before Installing a Whole-House Generator

December 17th, 2018

whole-house-generator-installationAn automatic standby generators, also known as whole-house generators, are truly lifesavers when it comes to a disaster. They’ll keep homes and buildings running for days at a time until power returns.

Before investing in such a piece of equipment, though, it’s important to understand one’s own expectations of the system in order to purchase the right kind.

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