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Why Your Heat Pump May Not Be Heating Your House

January 8th, 2018

heating-cooling-homesOne of the biggest advantages of a heat pump is that it can work as two different types of comfort systems. During hot weather, it works just like a standard air conditioning system. When the weather turns colder, the heat pump can switch over to working as a heater. Essentially, the function of the two coils switches so the heat pump draws heat from outside and brings it inside.

But what if your heat pump is turned to heating mode, but your home is either not getting warm enough, or it’s not getting warm at all. Let’s take a look at what might be happening, because there are a number of different possibilities. In many cases, you may need to schedule heating repair in Edison, NJ for the heat pump.

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You May Need Duct Testing to Help with Heating Problems

December 25th, 2017

inside-air-ducts“Why can’t my heating system keep up in the winter?”

We hear this question often. When something isn’t working with a home’s heater during a New York winter, it means miserable days until it’s fixed. There also isn’t a simple answer to the question, because many different troubles might lurk behind the furnace or heat pump that’s falling behind on the job. For example, a furnace that was poorly installed (a huge risk with amateur work) may be unable to output sufficient warmth. This is called an undersized heater, and the solution is to replace it.

The heater could also be suffering from a number of malfunctions, such as clogged-up burners, a congested air filter, or issues with the blower fan. Sometimes, the thermostat could be at fault. In most situations, a repair technician can restore the heater to proper operation.

There’s another possibility, which is that the heater is fine—the problem is damaged and leaking air ducts. Solving this problem requires having professionals do duct testing and sealing.

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Need Fresh Air In a Stuffy Home This Winter? Try an ERV

December 11th, 2017

heating-cooling-vent-homeAny home can stay warm through the roughest winter thanks to the power of modern heating systems. But heating a home can also make it feel stuffy. This is often a complaint people have about gas furnaces, but it can happen with boilers and heat pumps as well. The obvious solution is to open up some windows—but that lets in blasts of cold air, leading to discomfort and making the heating system work extra hard trying to overcome it.

However, we propose another solution. One that allows you to vent out the stale and stuffy air in your house and replace it with fresh air from outside, but without having to open up the house to cold drafts and driving up your energy bills. And that solution is an ERV.

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Helping to Prevent Furnace Hazards This Winter

November 27th, 2017

gas-furnace-flamesThe best way to keep a home warm through the heavy cold of a Staten Island winter is with a natural gas-powered furnace. Few other types of heating systems can provide the level of heating a gas furnace can, so even homes that have trouble with drafts can enjoy the right amount of heating to stay warm. Natural gas is a less expensive energy source than electricity and propane, which helps make those winter utility bills much easier to bear.

However, gas furnaces do require some special cautions to keep them operating safely. We don’t want to give you the impression that these heating systems are inherently dangerous. But any appliance that burns natural gas has the potential for the leak of toxic emissions and combustion hazards, no matter how many safety precautions are built into it. We want you and your family to have a worry-free winter with your furnace, and here are steps to help that happen:

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Signs You May Need to Call for Furnace Repair

November 20th, 2017

furnace-repair-technicianThe furnace is one of the oldest types of heating system still found in homes. When we first started in business back in 1930, our company delivered coal, which was the principle fuel that furnaces used at the time. Our business changed along with furnace technology: residential furnaces no longer run from coal, but from natural gas, electricity, or liquid propane. We work with a range of furnace types, and we also deliver natural gas to homes. We’re the people to contact whenever you have trouble with your furnace in Staten Island, NY. We’ll work to have your furnace back in working order, and back it up with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

But furnace malfunctions can be a bit tricky and insidious. There aren’t always easy to identify when they start up. Below is a short guide to some common signs that your furnace has problems and you should call us to check it out.

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Some Benefits of Using a Boiler System for Heating

October 30th, 2017

boiler-residentialThroughout New York, there are two types of heating systems found in most homes: the forced-air furnace or the hydronic boiler. Both types of heaters have long histories, going back to times when they both used coal as fuel. In fact, when we started in business back in 1930, we delivered the coal furnaces in buildings burned to generate heat.

Today, most boilers and furnaces run from natural gas, which is also one of our specialties, as we’re an ESCO (energy service company) that allows customers to purchase their home’s natural gas directly from us. Furnaces and boilers can also operate from electricity, which generally makes them more expensive to run.

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How to Shut Down an Air Conditioner for the Season

October 16th, 2017

air-conditioning-outdoor-unitOctober is usually the last month air conditioning systems here see any work for the remainder of the year. It’s heating season once more, and that means furnaces and boilers are turning on and air conditioners are going to go into hibernation until after the spring thaw.

But wait… air conditioners shouldn’t simply be left alone after they stop work for the year. Unless you use a heat pump for your home comfort, which is both a heating and air conditioning system, you need to take a few steps to shut down your air conditioner for winter. This way, you’ll protect it and see that it’s in top shape in the spring when it’s time to arrange for its regular maintenance. These steps will also help prolong the air conditioner’s lifespan so you won’t end up replacing it years before its time.

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Is It Time to Replace Your Old Furnace This Fall?

October 2nd, 2017

home-basement-furnaceNow that it’s October, it’s a good time to start making winter preparations with your heating system. It’s always best to have these jobs done when the weather is still warm and you don’t have to worry about going without your furnace for a few hours, or even a few days. We recommend you schedule heating maintenance in Staten Island, NY during October so you’ll have plenty of time to take care of any repairs the system might need.

Or have the furnace replaced entirely.

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If Your AC Can’t Keep Up, Don’t Turn the Thermostat Down

September 18th, 2017

adjusting-thermostat-to-66-degreesIn our previous post, we looked at a common issue that an air conditioner can run into at the end of the summer: having trouble keeping up with the heat. We listed some of the signs you can look for that will inform you that it’s time to contact our specialists in air conditioning in Staten Island, NY. You want your air conditioner repaired, even at the end of the warm season: it’s always wise to fix anything before it has a chance to create more damage and raise expenses.

However, when homes start to grow hotter than normal while the air conditioning system is running, people often resort to a simple “solution”: they turn down the thermostat further. The recommended temperature setting during the summer is 78°F (this comes from the Department of Energy). If you’re used to having the thermostat at this temperature, but your house begins to feel hotter, you’ll feel the temptation to lower the thermostat setting to make up for it.

This is a mistake! There’s something wrong with the HVAC system somewhere, and lowering the thermostat will not solve the problem. It will probably make it worse!

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Is Your AC Making You Sweat at the End of Summer?

September 4th, 2017

women-with-fanNew York summers can get pretty miserable right as they’re about to make their exit. August and September can bring in some muggy, sweaty days. Your home’s air conditioner won’t get much of a break until we’ve gotten clear into October.

How is your AC doing right now? If it’s handled the summer in decent shape so far, but it’s starting to act like it has run a marathon and is slowing down before it keels over… the smart move is to give our experts a call and have it checked out and fixed. We know it’s tempting to let it go because the hot season is almost over, but trust our decades of experience on this job: ignoring a repair need is almost guaranteed to cause it to become worse! Plus, you don’t want to risk your AC conking out on you during one of these last heat spells. If it’s already got a malfunction, the sudden pressure on it to deal with a sweltering day can cause it to shut down. We’ve got your back with air conditioning service in Staten Island, NY when that happens—but wouldn’t you rather it didn’t happen in the first place?

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