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Is Your Home Still Too Cold? Here Are 4 Possible Reasons

March 19th, 2018

man-keping-warmWe may be in for a wet and cold stretch here at the beginning of spring—although that’s not much of a surprise in Staten Island. Even though this is the time of year when we recommend customers arrange for a professional inspection and tune-up for their air conditioning system (prep early, you never know what’s around the corner), staying warm is still going to be the first priority for the next few weeks.

But has staying warm in your home been difficult this year? If you’re experiencing cold spots in your house and find more often the family congregating in only certain areas because of the poor heating, there are things you can do about it. But first, let’s find out why it’s happening.

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How a Malfunctioning Thermostat Affects Your Heating

March 5th, 2018

setting-thermostatThe thermostat appears to be a simple device. You adjust it and program it so you have the indoor climate you want, and probably don’t give much more thought to it than that. (Unless, of course, you’ve got family members arguing over what temperature to set it!)

But many common problems homeowners encounter with their heating systems can be traced to thermostat malfunctions. These problems can be mistaken for issues in the heater itself, and this is one of the reasons you always want to call on professionals for any service for your heating in Staten Island, NY that you might need. The experts can detect if the trouble is in the heater or if the thermostat is at fault.

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Thinking About a New Water Heater? Go Tankless!

February 19th, 2018

tankless-water-heaterThe water heater is a heating system in your home that goes to work every day of the year. It doesn’t matter if its 10°F outside or 100°F or any range between—you need hot water for daily chores. Cooking, cleaning, showering. Your water heater consumes the most energy of any heating system in your house, and it does it year-round.

That’s why we recommend you give careful consideration to your next water heater installation in Woodbridge, NY. No water heater lasts forever, and if your current one is over 15 years old or has started to fail to deliver the amount of hot water you expect, it’s time to plan for a new one. And why not make a big change from a standard storage tank water heater to a tankless water heater?

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Benefits of Having a Ductless Heating and Cooling System

February 5th, 2018

ductless-mini-split-on-wallDuctless heat and cooling systems, a.k.a. ductless mini split heat pumps, are popular in Europe and Japan and have also become common in businesses in the U.S. Only recently have they started to enter residential buildings, but homeowners are finding they’re a great option to standard central air.

A ductless mini split is a heat pump that doesn’t attach to a single indoor unit, but instead links to multiple indoor air handlers. These units are small and mounted up on walls. They send conditioned air straight into rooms without the need for an inch of ductwork.

What are the benefit of having a heating and cooling system like that? Quite a few!

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When Are Repairs No Longer Enough for a Heating System?

January 22nd, 2018

question-mark-badgeWhat’s the average lifespan of a central heating system in a home? There’s no single right answer, because it depends on the type of heater, how much it works, and how regularly it receives professional maintenance. (The correct regularity for maintenance, by the way, is every fall.) What’s important about a heater’s lifespan is to recognize when it’s coming to the point where repairs are no longer enough—it’s time to have the heater replaced with a new unit.

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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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