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Don’t Count Out a Ductless Air Conditioner! Here Are Some Benefits

April 12th, 2021

ductless-air-handler-mounted-on-wall-in-modern-homeSpring is here, with summer not too far behind. If you were considering replacing your aging air conditioner, we have a great option for you—a ductless air conditioner!

You’ve probably seen one before, even if you didn’t know what it was called. Their air handlers are seen in many hotels and even Dr. offices these days—typically mounted up high up on a wall and looking like a sleeker version of a window unit. They’re also called ductless heat pumps because they operation on the same technology. That is, they not only cool but they also heat. Read on as we uncover some of the top benefits of installing a ductless air conditioner in your home!

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5 Signs Your Indoor Air Quality Is Suffering

March 29th, 2021

woman-with-concerned-look-on-her-faceWhen our customers hear the term indoor air quality, they usually consider the temperature of their air. This is an important part of indoor air quality, but not the end of the story. The air quality of your home is impacted by a number of factors—how humid or dry it is, how stale the air is, and the number of allergens in the air, for example. Without the right IAQ products and services in place, your indoor air quality can actually be far worse than the quality of the air outside.

The good news is, we have all the solutions you need! From air purifiers and whole-house filtration systems to humidifiers and dehumidifiers, you’re in good hands with our team. But how do you know if you actually need something like an air purifier or humidity control system? Read on to learn 5 signs that you just might:

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Does My Heat Pump Need Fall and Spring Maintenance?

March 15th, 2021

floor-mounted-heat-pump-air-handlerThe short answer to the question of whether your heat pump needs fall and spring maintenance is, “yes.”

But not to worry, we’re going to elaborate. We would never just tell you to schedule an unnecessary service for the sake of it. Biannual heat pump maintenance is necessary.

You see, heat pump systems—as you know if you have one—are 2-in-1 heating and cooling systems. Not only do they provide effective heat in the wintertime, but they offer efficient air conditioning in the summer, as well.

HVAC maintenance is what allows our technicians to fully inspect, clean, and adjust your air conditioner in the spring, and your heater in the fall. This allows them to both operate as effectively and efficiently as possible, for as long as possible. But this doesn’t mean you get to skip a maintenance session if you have a heat pump! Since it does twice the work, it needs twice the care. Read on as we uncover more about the importance of professional heat pump maintenance and how it can prevent sudden and costly Oradell, NJ heating repair needs.

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End-of-Season Furnace Repair Needs

March 1st, 2021

technician-working-on-furnaceWhile it may not seem like it in recent weeks, winter is going to come to an end soon, giving way to warmer weather. But, since it is still cold for now, you’re getting a lot of use out of your heater. Is it going to make it through the rest of the heating season?

The answer to this question is dependent on a few factors. First off, did you have it professionally maintained in the fall? If you did, you likely have nothing to worry about. If you didn’t, and it’s an aging system, you might be in trouble. You should definitely watch and listen for signs that your furnace is in need of repairs. Neglecting repair needs this late in the season can leave you with a completely broken down heater either this season or next fall when you go to use it again.

Give our team a call if you notice any of the following indications of a furnace in disrepair:

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What Does It Mean When a Boiler Has a Scaling Problem?

February 15th, 2021

pressure-gauge-on-a-boilerHave you ever been told by a professional plumber or HVAC technician that your boiler can be affected by boiler scale? Perhaps you’re not sure how seriously to take this warning—scaling is a common problem but it doesn’t sound all that threatening right? Unfortunately, it can be, if it’s ignored for too long.

What causes scaling is high levels of minerals in the water—namely calcium and magnesium. This is also known as hard water and it leaves behind mineral deposits in your plumbing system, including in your boiler or water heater. It can lead to a reduction in heat among other issues.

A boiler that suffers from scaling and scale building for too long is in danger of breaking down, or even springing a leak. Read on as we explain further.

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Is Going Ductless a Good Idea?

February 1st, 2021

woman-using-remote-to-turn-on-ductless-air-handlerPerhaps you’ve heard of a ductless system before, but don’t quite know what it is or why it’s so different from a standard HVAC system.

For starters, it’s a heat pump system which makes it a singular alternative to owning both an air conditioner and a heater—making it a great option when you have an outdated or malfunctioning heater and air conditioner to replace.

Ductless heat pump systems are great for keeping homes warm in the winter and cool in the summer. But is this the right system for your home?

Choosing the right HVAC systems for your household can seem daunting, especially since there are many fantastic options to choose from. Our best advice is to talk to a professional before making any final decisions. After all, not all homes are created equal and a ductless system may not be the best choice for your specific living space. But for many, it’s a very worthwhile investment. Read on to learn more!

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Signs That Your Boiler Is Crying Out for Help

January 18th, 2021

boiler-gas-regulatorAre you one of the many homeowners who rely on one of the most dependable heating systems around? That’s right, we’re talking about the boiler. Since boilers have fewer moving parts than their furnace or heat pump counterparts, they accumulate less wear and tear, and in general last longer as a result.

However, boilers cannot work flawlessly forever. You will eventually need to schedule boiler repairs, and hopefully long before it turns into a large repair emergency. Of course, the best way to prevent unexpected boiler problems is with routine maintenance. Annual boiler maintenance will help you fend off the worse boiler problems—but it’s still important to know the signs that your boiler needs repair. Read on to learn what these signs are, and don’t ignore any cries for help—give us a call!

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Beware These Signs Your Heat Pump Needs Repair!

January 4th, 2021

vent-low-on-wallWhen you live in a climate like ours, one that changes drastically from one season to the next, then it’s nice to know that you can enjoy the comfort brought to you by a year-round heat pump system. Whether it’s one of the coldest days of the year or the hottest, you can rest assured that your heat pump will keep you comfortable—that is, until it stops keeping you comfortable.

Let’s face it, nobody likes waking up to a cold house in the middle of winter, and realizing that while their heat pump is supposed to be warming their home, it seems to have stopped working or stopped working as well as it should.

There’s no HVAC system on the market that escapes the need for repairs, though keeping up on your biannual maintenance needs certainly can help with this. What’s important is to know when your heat pump is showing signs that it even needs repair. What are these signs?

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What’s Happening When My Furnace Blows Cold Air?

December 21st, 2020

woman-inside-with-parka-on-drinking-out-of-mugThis is, of course, a very concerning problem to have on a cold fall or winter day—feeling cold air come out of your vents is the last thing you need, after all. If you have in fact discovered you’re experiencing this problem, the best thing you can do to get your system back on track is give our team a call!

We won’t be able to definitively tell you why your furnace is having this issue through a blog post, but we can speculate and let you know what the problem may be, which we’ve done below.

Just remember, furnace repairs are never something to attempt on your own. You can accidentally do more harm than good, without actually resolving the problem. Keep reading as we go over what could be happening when your furnace blows cold air.

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Don’t Ignore These Heater Sounds!

December 7th, 2020

woman-holding-hand-to-ear-to-listenThroughout the lifespan of your heater, there are certain noises that come from it that are easy to “tune out.” For instance, if you live on a busy street, you get used to the noise of cars zipping by, right? The same concept applies to the gentle rattling of your ducts when your furnace turns on or the whoosh of air coming through the room vents. If there’s ever a heater noise you can’t tune out though, because it’s loud or very unusual, then it’s definitely not a noise you should ignore.

Usually, these types of sounds indicate that something has gone wrong within your furnace, boiler, or heat pump, and you need to pay attention, then give us a call! By alerting our team ASAP, you’ll help ensure that your heater operates as it should and is able to provide your household with efficient and effective heating throughout the years.

Not only this, but staying on top of your heater problems protects your safety too—particularly if you have a gas-powered heater. These heaters aren’t dangerous by nature, but they can become so if they are not properly cared for. Read on as we uncover some alarming noises you should never ignore, and what they likely mean for your heating system.

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