Things to consider when choosing an HVAC company include the company’s experience and that they have the proper licensing to be doing the work, references, online reviews, and their reputation in the community.
A family in Tyngsboro was looking to replace their home’s furnace. With their existing unit still running, they were able to shop around to find a reputable and trustworthy company.
Replacing a furnace is a big job that can take several hours. Technicians will need easy access to the area and a clear space to work. This may also involve the installation of a new thermostat, depending on the age and model of the existing furnace.
A homeowner in Amherst, NH recently contacted us with questions about her upcoming furnace replacement. She was concerned about what to expect throughout the installation process.
There are some common signs to watch for that are clear indicators your heating system needs service, including hot or cold areas throughout the home, high energy consumption, unusual sounds and the age of the unit.
A homeowner in Milford noticed that her heating system was behaving in an unusual way. With winter fast approaching, he wanted to have the unit serviced before the frigid cold set in.
To save money all winter long, there are some steps that you can take to insulate your home including weather-stripping, installing a door sweep, sealing air leaks and sealing your furnace ducts. The key to improving your home’s efficiency is to seal in the warm air, while keeping the cold out.
There are federal tax credits available for Energy Star gas furnaces. The tax credit for qualifying furnaces is $150, with an additional $50 for advanced main circulating fan. There is also a tax credit of 10% on other qualified energy efficient upgrades.
A homeowner in Brookline, NH was looking to upgrade his heating system to a more energy efficient unit. He quickly learned about the tax credits that could be available to him through this type of upgrade.
A zoned HVAC system, while more cost up front, will give you better control over the home’s temperature. When properly designed, a multi-zone system can also offer significant energy savings.
The price of heating fuel can fluctuate greatly, but for the best energy consumption and efficiency natural gas can’t be beat. Not only does this have significant savings over alternative fuels, but natural gas is also one of the cleanest fuels for heating a home.
One thing to look for when hiring an HVAC company that many homeowners overlook is any local awards that the company has won. Many of these are voted on by the community, so they speak volumes about the company and the service that they provide.
Electric is one of the least efficient methods for heating a home. With most baseboards placed against the outside walls you are constantly combatting the cold outdoor temperatures and heat loss. Baseboard heaters are also often inhibited by curtains and carpeting, cutting off the circulation of warm air throughout the room. If the alternative of placing baseboard heating on an interior wall were done, this would result in a room with heavy drafts from the window.
It is common knowledge that insulation in a home, from the walls to the pipes and hot water heater, can make a difference in energy efficiency. A homeowner in Tyngsboro, MA was wondering just how much of a difference insulating her hot water heater would make and if this project would be worth the time and effort involved.