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12 Ways to Prepare Your Home for the Summer Heat

  It’s been a long winter and spring temps are still on the chilly side. But make no mistake, summer’s heat is almost here. Some of us can’t wait to bask in all the sun’s glory. But others dread the humidity and stickiness that go along with it and plan to stick close to our seasonal best friend – Air Conditioning! Whichever group you fall into, here are 12 ways to prepare your home for the summer heat. 1. Weatherstrip or caulk cracks and holes that cause drafts near doors and windows. It’s easy to [...]

Should Your HVAC System Be Replaced Before Selling Your Home?

Thinking of putting your house up for sale, either now or in the next couple years? Then you are probably considering what upgrades or repairs are necessary to appeal to buyers. Any changes you make should either increase its value or help it sell faster. Should replacing your HVAC system be on your list?

What’s a Float Switch and Why Do I Need One?

One of the smallest parts of your air conditioning system happens to be one of the most important. It’s called a float switch and it protects your home from costly water damage. Why is a float switch so important? If you've looked at your air conditioning system during the summer, you've noticed that it generates a lot of water. The water comes from the process of removing humidity from the air in the form of condensation (water). The water is caught in a primary drain pan. There’s also a secondary or emergency drip pan just [...]

Should I Repair or Replace my Furnace, Water Heater, A/C…?

“Should I repair my furnace, air conditioning system, water heater (insert any major home system or appliance), or does it make more sense to replace it?” It’s a question almost as common as “What’s for dinner?” There’s no right answer that applies to every repair or replace situation. But there are some important things to consider, regardless of the type of equipment that’s causing the dilemma. Repair or Replace Considerations Safety - The primary consideration is safety. If your system creates a safety hazard, there's no question it needs to be replaced. For example, a [...]

R-22 Air Conditioning Refrigerant Update

You’re probably aware that R-22 (also known as Freon), the refrigerant commonly used in air conditioning equipment, has been phased out worldwide. The US Environmental Protection Agency determined that R-22 depletes the ozone layer, so as of January 2020, it can no longer be produced or imported. But it’s the import and manufacturing of R-22 and systems that use it that was made illegal. It is NOT the USE of existing R-22 systems and supplies. What the ban on R-22 means for you At this time, you don't have to stop using R-22 air conditioners [...]

Don’t be Fooled by HVAC Myths

It’s April Fool’s Day! Though most historians remain uncertain as to the celebration’s origins, it’s no exaggeration that almost everyone has fallen victim to the myths and hoaxes that permeate the day. We at Levco enjoy a good joke too, but we don’t want our customers fooled by the many HVAC myths out there that could cause problems for your system. We’ve mentioned some of the heating myths before, and some of these apply to cooling systems as well. But all deserve repeating again. Here’s what you need to know: Fool: The biggest HVAC system [...]

HVAC Tips: The First Day of Spring

It's almost the first day of spring! Although it may not feel like it outside (still a chill in the air), warm weather is right around the corner.  As you get into spring cleaning mode here are a few tips to help get your home's HVAC system ready for the changing of seasons.

4 To-Do’s When Buying an Oil-Heated Home

You're buying an oil-heated home but know nothing about heating a home using oil? Not to worry! There are only a few things you should do that are just slightly different from living in a home that uses an alternative source of energy:

5 Tips for Selling Your Oil Heated Home

Spring is right around the corner and with it comes home-selling season. Preparing your oil-heated home for sale and presenting it in the best way possible is no small task. It's important to hire the right real estate agent and work with your service providers to properly present your home to potential buyers. So, if you are thinking about listing your home this spring, we have some advice to help make the process a little easier: Organize Service History and Records: Work with your home’s current provider of heating oil and HVAC service to put [...]

7 Best Ways to Reduce Energy Consumption

Whether you heat your home with oil, gas, or electricity, these 7 tips can help you cut your energy consumption and maintain comfortable temperatures in your home during the winter: