Why Is There Ice on My Ductless Mini Split?

February 13th, 2017

ductless-blowerWinters are famously tough in this part of the country. Frigid, sub-freezing temperatures are the norm. Because of this, many homeowners have been skeptical of using heat pumps to keep their homes warm and cozy. Because heat pumps, including ductless mini split heat pumps, transfer heat from the air outside into the house, common sense may dictate that they couldn’t handle the type of cold that we deal with in this part of the country.

Common sense isn’t always what it seems, though. In fact, ductless mini splits in Springfield, VT
have become more and more common in recent years. While it is true that heat pumps may have to work a bit harder and may lose a bit of that renowned efficiency when temperatures are very, very cold, they are actually capable of heating homes in our area all winter long. No system, of course, is totally problem free.

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Why Is Dry Air Such a Serious Concern?

January 30th, 2017

sitting-by-the-fireBecause Vermont winters can be so cold and snowy, some homeowners think only of their heating systems when it comes to living comfortably during the winter season. While your heater is obviously incredibly important to your overall comfort — and even to your safety — temperature control is not the only factor to consider. You should also keep the humidity level in your home in mind. Chances are that it is lower than it should be these days.

Cold air does not retain moisture the way that warm air does. Because of this, we start off with less humidity in the air during the winter months than we do when it is warm out. While your heater won’t actively dry out the air the way that your air conditioner can, you are already working at a deficit. Failure to add more moisture to the air as needed can have a number of negative consequences. This is why you may choose to use a whole-house humidifier in Ludlow, VT.

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Is This the Year to Replace Your Heater?

January 16th, 2017

Heaters see a lot of action in this part of the country. If your heater seems to be struggling its way through this winter season so far, you may want to start thinking about replacing your heater in Bellows Falls before embarking on another. The last thing that you want to do is to wait for your heater to completely break down before replacing it.

Keep the following points of consideration in mind, and contact us if you think the time is right for a heating replacement. Spring will be here soon enough, and if your heater will make it through the remainder of the winter, we can get a new one in place when the weather warms up. Consider your options, and contact us with any questions that you may have.

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Why Heat My Home with a Boiler?

January 9th, 2017

Hopefully you do not find yourself in need of a new heater at the beginning of the new year. Temperatures have been fluctuating, but for the most party it’s been quite cold here in Southern Vermont. If you do find yourself with a broken down heater, or if you’re just thinking about which heating replacement to choose when the summer arrives once more, consider the use of a boiler in Springfield, VT.

Not only do we install great boilers, such as the Burnham Hydronics MPO–IQ™ Boiler and the Buderus oil–fired G125BE and G115WS models, but we also deliver home heating oil at very fair and competitive prices. Whatever your boiler service needs may be, we are the professionals to call. Here are a few reasons to consider using a boiler to heat your home.

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Why Isn’t My House Warming Up?

January 2nd, 2017

You don’t need anyone to tell you that the weather here in Woodstock, VT can get quite frigid during the long heating season. If the idea of a heater that suddenly won’t heat your home fills you with fear, you are not alone. The good news is that this is not always a terribly serious problem.

Obviously, if you cannot get your heater functioning normally once more, then you’ve got a serious problem on your hands. In many cases, though, some simple trouble shooting can resolve the problem. Here are a few things to check before you call our number. Continue Reading

Water Heater Warning Signs

December 26th, 2016

It’s really shaping up to be a frigidly cold winter this year, meaning that a hot shower can be a major boost before heading out to work for the day. If your water heater is not dependable, though, you are not going to be able to enjoy that luxury reliably. We think you deserve better than this, which is why we want to ensure that you are able to spot any problems with your water heater early on. The longer that repairs are put off, the more serious the risk of damage to your system.

Whatever type of water heater you may use, be it a tank, tankless, or even a solar model, we can handle your water heater repairs in Charlestown. Stay alert and remember that any of these warning signs can suggest a developing problem. Contact us at the first sign of trouble.

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Heating Repairs: 3 Signs of Trouble

December 19th, 2016

When you live somewhere like Vermont or New Hampshire, a great heating system is not a luxury. It is a necessity. With all of the hard work that your heater is doing over the course of the heating season, it only stands to reason that it is going to get a bit worn out from time to time. The key to preventing any wear and tear on your system from doing serious, lasting damage is to schedule any necessary heating repairs in Ludlow, VT as soon as possible.

In order to do that, obviously, you need to learn to recognize the signs of trouble with your heater early on. The longer that you wait to schedule repairs, the worse off your heater is likely to be. Here are a few issues to look out for that can indicate the need for heating repairs.  Continue Reading

Take Advantage of Heat Recovery Ventilation

December 12th, 2016

When you live somewhere as cold as we do, it can be difficult to keep the air in your home fresh during the winter season. Why? Because you’re obviously not going to be cracking the windows to let fresh air in. It’s far too cold to do so, and you risk serious energy inefficiency if you get desperate enough to try that. There is a better way, though.

Using a heat recovery ventilator in Springfield, VT can help you to enjoy great indoor air quality without putting your energy efficiency on the chopping block. Read on to learn more about how these ventilation devices operate. If you think that one is right for your home, just give us a call to schedule service. Continue Reading

Now Is a Good Time to Replace That Sump Pump

December 5th, 2016

With winter rapidly approaching and the first few snowfalls already behind us, many homeowners are thinking more and more about their heating systems. We are happy to handle all of your heating services for you, of course, but there are other systems in your home that you cannot afford to ignore. Your plumbing system, for one. Continue Reading

Common Heating Issues: What Is Short Cycling?

November 28th, 2016

When you live somewhere as cold as Southern Vermont, the last thing that you want to encounter is a problem of any kind with your home heating system. Unfortunately, there is simply no such thing as a heater that is truly 100% reliable. At some point you are likely going to run into trouble with your heater, which is unsurprising given how much you’ll be using it.

One problem that a lot of homeowners encounter, and one which many let slide for too long, is short cycling. In the following post, we’ll not only explain what short cycling is, but also why it is such a problem. Should your heater short cycle, be sure to schedule service with a member of our team immediately.

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