In an oil-heated home, your boiler is one of the most important pieces of equipment. It not only keeps the house warm in these cold New England winters, but it heats the water for showers, baths, washing dishes, and keeps the pipes from freezing and bursting. Some days you may not notice it. But because it is also a big investment, its important to know when it may need replacing before it costs you more in repairs, becomes unsafe, or completely stops working on a cold, snowy night. But how do [...]
When your air conditioner isn’t functioning properly, it's hard to know when to repair or replace your air conditioning equipment, keeping in mind what's best for your wallet. Depending on the nature of the problem, you might even be able to DIY a repair and save yourself the cost of an unnecessary maintenance call. So make sure to do your research before making an investment.
June 21st means summer is finally here! School is out, temperatures are rising and now is when we all start to feel that heat and HUMIDITY. Don't sweat it, here are a few tips to efficiently keep your home cool this summer...
Tip: Upgrading your thermostats can result in increased comfort, lower energy bills, and extended equipment life. Increased Comfort: The temperature sensors on older thermostats become inconsistent as they age and also do not allow you to turn on the system automatically 20 minutes before you arrive home. This added control and programmability allows you to have the home exactly the temperature you want it to be, whether you are in the home or not. Wi-Fi thermostats allow you to tweak settings and controls through a smartphone no matter where you are [...]
It is not uncommon for summer to bring temperatures upwards of 100 degrees here in Connecticut. It is important to stay mindful of how much weather can dictate our lives and daily actions. Extreme heat creates discomfort in us all, not to mention it can affect our overall productivity and cause us to become fatigued or irritable. So how do you stay cool? A simple answer would be to blast the air conditioning and create a nice wintery environment at home. By the end of the month, however, you will notice [...]
"It’s 90 degrees outside and my house won’t get down to a comfortable temperature." "I try not to use the air conditioning because the electric bill gets too expensive." "The HVAC technician is at my home more often than my friends." If you find yourself saying any of the above or have another complaint about your air conditioning system, it might be time to replace some of your equipment. How do you know if your system simply needs a tune-up or a complete replacement? There are a lot of factors that [...]
R-22 REFRIGERANT PHASE OUT If you are reading this, you’ve probably heard about the R-22 refrigerant phase out. Maybe it came up in conversation at a family gathering, or maybe you asked your neighbors why they were doing work on their air conditioning system and they mentioned that the refrigerant, would soon be illegal in the U.S. Those conversations might have triggered a lot of questions in your mind, such as “If my AC system uses R-22, do I need to replace it?” and “if I don’t do anything, will I [...]