When I moved into my first place, I couldn't believe how dirty everything was all the time. I found myself dusting and mopping continuously, only to deal with a fresh layer of grime later. After awhile, I realized that the problem was blowing straight out of my air ducts. My ventilation lines were so dirty that it was spreading grime through my house every single time the air clicked on. Fortunately, I called an HVAC contractor who was able to clean my vents to a gleaming shine. I know how big of a difference cleaning up your ventilation system can make, which is why I want to spread the word.
1 February 2016
Homeowners in the Northern United States, including in snowy New England, are now able to heat their homes with heat pumps, thanks to technological advancements that improve efficiency. The Boston Globe reports that heat pumps are capable of keeping homes warm in temperatures as cold as minus 20°F. Heat pumps still, however, won't work if air can't freely flow around them. If you live in a New England and are using a heat pump to heat your home, make sure you brush snow off of it after any blizzards, or else it might freeze up.
23 December 2015
If you live in an area with cold winters, and you have an electric heating system, you can expect your energy bill to increase during the winter. However, there are many things you can do to minimize just how high it gets. For example, turning your thermostat down can save you about one percent of your energy bill for each degree you lower it for more than eight hours. Wear warm clothes or use blankets instead.
28 July 2015
Energy bills in the summer are enough to bring anyone to tears. While air conditioning is technically a modern luxury, it is difficult to imagine life without it, and for many, trying to survive without air conditioning is actually unsafe. Rather than just eating those high summer cooling bills, upgrade your system to get your budget back into line. Put In A Zone Based System Zone based systems offer several advantages over traditional systems.
10 July 2015
A problem that affects oil furnaces on a regular basis is soot accumulation in the heat exchanger and chimney. Accumulations of soot can cause problems with the furnace operation including a puffback, a localized explosion inside the combustion chamber. A puffback can be destructive to equipment and even be the source of a house fire. That's why measuring the level of soot accumulation is so important for preventing puffbacks in oil furnaces.
5 May 2015
As the price of heating oil continues to rise, you may be debating the move toward a less expensive fuel. However, purchasing a new heater or boiler (or retrofitting your house for electric heat) can be even more expensive than your current heating bills. However, there is at least one new alternative that will allow you to keep your current heating infrastructure while switching to a substantially less expensive type of fuel.