April 23rd, 2018
Spring is usually the time when homeowners with old air conditioning systems look into replacement options, and while conventional centralized air conditioning systems are common in most homes, they’re not the only options out there. Some homes–especially older homes built before the advent of air conditioning–lack the ability to support the ducts that make central air conditioning possible. Others can support central air, but can’t be cooled as effectively with it as they might with an alternative system.
Any home looking at installing a new AC this spring, and which doesn’t believe that a centralized system is quite right, can explore alternative means of cooling. Two of them are discussed at length below.
April 9th, 2018
Summer weather will be here soon, and households that have struggled with staying cool and comfortable may want to consider a replacement. And if centralized air conditioning has been an issue–either because the home was built before the advent of ducts or because some architectural quirk prevents ducts from being installed–you might want to consider the advantages of a ductless air conditioning system. Installing one now could be the best decision you ever make.
March 26th, 2018
With the coming of spring comes spring cleaning operations in homes throughout the area: a chance to air out the house after a long, stuffy winter. Part of those operations should include a long, thorough assessment of the heating and air conditioning system, and perhaps to consider some upgrades. Indoor air quality products can be connected to existing HVAC systems and do wonders for solving all manner of problems. What kinds of indoor air quality products are there, and what kinds of benefits do they provide? A short list of options follows.
March 12th, 2018
Late winter tends to see more furnace and heater repair calls than other times of the year. Most homes have been running their heaters nonstop for months, and all of that wear and tear can add up. This is especially true in the case of older heating systems, which may be experiencing more problems than less worn systems at the end of heating season.
The weather is still far too cold to go without a heater, especially at night when temperatures really drop. The good news is that a number of heating repair services can be found in the area, giving homeowners options when it comes to getting the issue resolved. But which company makes for the best fit? Ultimately, only the homeowner can answer that question. However, there are some firm guidelines that can help point smart homeowners in the direction of a high-quality service. Three of the most important can be found below.
February 26th, 2018
In the heart of winter, a heater breakdown can be a real emergency. Homes with malfunctioning heaters need to get them taken care of quickly, before the indoor temperature drops too low, and any heating contractor worth its salt will do so with all deliberate speed. But older heaters that run into trouble raise a difficult question: is it better to spend the money on repairs? Or would that money be better spent on a new heater instead of wasted on the old one?
At the end of the day, only the homeowner can make the decision to repair a faulty heater or replace it. There are, however, several key factors that can make that decision a lot easier.
February 12th, 2018
Forced-air furnaces are a common means of keeping homes warm in the area during our long, cold winters. They usually run on a daily basis for months on end, and few homes can go without them for even a few hours. Furnaces are comparatively simple forms of heating: using burners and heat exchangers to warm the air in a centralized location, then blowing the heated air through the home via a series of ducts.
The system is efficient and inexpensive, especially when you used models with the EnergyStar label, but like any system, it runs into trouble from time to time. When it does, homeowners need to move fast to get the problem treated, let their house turn into an icebox while they wait for repairs. The sooner one can spot the signs of a serious problem, the better.
January 29th, 2018
Winter has hit the area hard already, and temperatures are apt to stay quite chilly for several months to come. Almost every home experiences a sharp upswing in heater use this time of year, and by default, that means paying higher monthly bills. But those high bills can disguise some unnecessarily high costs, which prudent homeowners can lower by improving the heating efficiency of their homes. Some steps are do-it-yourself options, while others require the attention of a professional technician. But all of them can help cut into those pesky monthly costs without reducing comfort levels when they’re needed the most.
January 15th, 2018
Winter means cold temperatures, and this year looks to be one of the coldest on record. A quality heating system is an absolute must for every household in the area. However, while many homes in the area use stand-by systems like forced-air furnaces and boilers, they’re not the only systems available. Few people consider such alternatives, but while furnaces and boilers are inexpensive and effective, they don’t always make a good fit for every home. An understanding of other options can be extremely helpful when the time comes to install a new heating system in the home.
January 1st, 2018
Winter is officially here, and cold weather in the area is nothing to joke about. When temperatures drop, the freezing cold can affect health as much as comfort, and a reliable heating system becomes absolutely essential. Homeowners become accustomed to paying higher monthly heating bills in the winter, since everyone runs their heaters much more often. But just because people pay more in heating costs during cold weather doesn’t mean they should pay more than is absolutely necessary. Prudent homeowners can find easy ways to improve home energy efficiency and lower their monthly bills in the process.
Some steps are simple, such as setting the thermostat a few degrees lower than normal and wearing warm clothes in the house. Others, however, can be a bit more involved. A brief list of suggestions is included below.
December 18th, 2017
New properties usually don’t start construction until the spring, when the weather is more pleasant and work can be conducted without delays caused by snow or cold temperatures. But such projects are usually in the planning stages at this point of the year, and when it comes to new structures in this part of the world, a reliable HVAC system is absolutely necessary for the building to stay safe and comfortable.
For that, you need the services of a quality HVAC contractor: someone who knows how to work with a larger construction team, and who can install the right system for the space regardless of the circumstances. There are a number of companies in the area which can serve as HVAC contractors, but it pays to find the right service for the job in question instead of relying on someone less suitable. There are several qualities to look for in an HVAC contractor, which can include the following.