Why Should I Choose a Ductless Mini Split System?

December 3rd, 2018

ductless-blowerWinter really got off to a strong, early start this year, didn’t it? You’ve already busted out the shovel and the ice melt, and you’ve certainly been running your heater regularly for some time now. How is your heater doing, though? Are you already starting to worry that it may not really be up to the challenge of warming your home for the rest of the winter season? Are you thinking about replacing it in the spring for any reason?

Whatever the case may be, we strongly suggest that you consider using a ductless mini split heating system in Southern Vermont. These systems, simply put, offer a lot of unique benefits that other, more standard heaters cannot. Think we’re exaggerating? Then check out today’s post! We’ll cover the way in which ductless heating systems work, and how it is that they benefit homeowners in so many different ways. If you’re ready to heat your home differently, contact us to get started!

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Ice on My Heat Pump: Should I Be Concerned?

November 19th, 2018

iciclesMaybe. We apologize for not giving a solid answer right off the bat, but the fact is that giving a solid answer would require a lot more information. The reason? There are a few different potential causes of ice developing on a heat pump. It may not always be a major issue, but it certainly can be. The fact that it may be a problem with a relatively simple solution should not lull you into a false sense of security.

When it comes to your heater in Bellows Falls, VT, you always want to know that it is functioning properly. Even “minor” issues can lead to serious problems when you experience winters as cold as ours. Heat pump technology has come a long way over the years but, like any other technology, it has its limitations. You’re going to need repairs at some point. When that time comes, you can always count on our heating technicians to get your system back on track.

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What’s the Cause of My Heating Inefficiency?

November 5th, 2018

money-chimneyHeating a home in Southern Vermont doesn’t always come cheap.  There are a lot of great heating systems out there that have outstanding efficiency ratings.  There are also ways in which to improve efficiency by improving your home itself. That being said, you still may run into higher heating costs than you anticipated at the start of the heating season. Whether your heater has significantly dropped off in overall efficiency or you just have a hunch that you’re paying more than you should,  there are a few factors to consider.

In today’s post, we’ll explore some of the potential causes behind reduced heating efficiency in Woodstock. We’ll also clue you in on some ways in which you can resolve those problems. With our help, you’ll be heating your home in a more affordable manner in no time. Winters around here are too long and way too cold to compromise when it comes to heating energy efficiency. Keep more money in the bank while keeping your home cozy. Continue Reading

When Do I Schedule Heating Repairs?

October 22nd, 2018

hello-winterThat weather forecast is definitely telling us something, and that something is that winter is on its way once more! You’ve already been running your heater, we’re sure, but its days of work are in their infancy for this heating season. There is a whole lot more, a whole lot colder, weather coming our way, and you need to know that your heater is going to be there for you throughout the worst of it. Routine maintenance is the best insurance in this regard.

Even when you have your heater in great working condition, though, there is a chance that it is going to run into operational problems of some kind. There is simply no such thing as a 100% reliable heater, and anyone claiming that they have one to sell you can probably find you a really good deal on a bridge, too.  Continue Reading

Forced Air Heaters Need Fresh Filters

October 8th, 2018

cold-couple-couchThis summer may have felt like a long one at points, but it is time once again to turn our attention turn our heaters here in Vermont. And if you use a forced air heating system in your home, such as a furnace or an air-source heat pump, then you need to make sure that you have a fresh air filter in place. The last thing that you want is to face problems with your home heating experience due to keeping a dirty filter in your heater.

While most heating maintenance in Southern Vermont is going to require the skill and expertise that only trained professionals can offer,  that doesn’t mean that this simple maintenance step should go unfulfilled. Simple does mean inconsequential in this instance, and the fact is that changing your air filter regularly is the best possible thing that you can do for your heater on your own. So read on, keep your filter in mind, and make sure that you’re able to live warm and comfortably this winter. Continue Reading

Feel That Chill? Time for Heating Maintenance!

September 23rd, 2018

working-on-furnaceHere in Southern Vermont, the cool (and outright cold!) weather can come a lot early than it does in other parts of the country. While we enjoyed—or at least tolerated—some very hot weather this past summer season, you’ll notice that those humid, 80+ degree days have fallen off of the forecast now. It happens every year,  after all. You know what else should happen every year, right around this time?

Your heating tune-up in Ludlow!

Chances are that, if you’ve been in this part of the country for any amount of time, you already know how vital a great heating system really is. What you may be hesitant to believe, however, is just how important of a role heating maintenance plays in keeping great systems,  well, great! That is what we are going to talk about today, so take these tips to heart and remember to schedule your heating tune-up with the professional heating technicians on our team. Continue Reading

How Do Solar Energy Systems Work, Anyway?

September 10th, 2018

solar-skySure, I’d like to go solar. 

Sure, I’d like to save money when using electricity in my home. 

Sure, I’d like to make the greener choice when it comes to powering my appliances and electronics. 

Sure, it sounds great, but I can’t just count on the sun being out all of the time—so I guess solar is not for me, right? 

Wrong.

We get it, you want to be able to use electricity in your home reliably. That means that you cannot really turn to solar power in Southern Vermont. Just think about how early it gets dark out in the winter season!

The fact is, however, that solar energy is a viable energy option, even if the sun goes down early (as it does for so much of the year around here). How is this possible? Well, keep reading for some more information regarding the way in which solar energy systems actually work.

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Signs of Bad Electrical Wiring

August 27th, 2018

wiringElectricity is one of those things that is pretty easy to take for granted in this day and age. After all, we’ve had electricity available to us in our homes throughout our lives. It’s just always there. And that’s a great thing. Forgetting about the dangers that electricity can pose just because it is such a regular part of our everyday lives, however, is not a great thing. In fact, that mindset can actually lead to some dangerous situations.

Today, we want to talk about some warning signs that you may notice if your electrical wiring is problematic. Are all of these warning signs indicative of an emergency situation? Of course not. Should the resolution of any and all problems with your electrical system and wiring be treated as a top priority, though? You betcha. We are not alarmists here, but the fact of the matter is that compromised wiring is a fire hazard. So look out for these signs of trouble with electrical wiring in Acworth, NH. Continue Reading

The Mysterious Case of the Flickering Light

August 13th, 2018

CFL-bulbDo you spend your nights reading in the low, flickering light of an oil lantern? If so, you have some antiquated tastes. There’s nothing wrong with that,  though. What there is something wrong with is sitting in the low, flickering light of—your indoor lighting system. If you use electric lighting in your home, which we’ll go ahead and assume is the case,  then you should be enjoying even, consistent light throughout your home. If your lights are flickering,  then you have a problem.

Is every case of a flickering light going to wind up being something very serious? No. Is every case of a flickering light potentially serious and deserving of prompt attention? Absolutely, yes. Today,  we are going to give you some tips about why your lights may be flickering, what you may be able to do in order to resolve the problem, and when you should contact our professional electricians in Ludlow, VT. The last thing that you want is to avoid this “minor” problem, only to discover the hard way that it was a lot more serious than you thought. Continue Reading

Avoiding Clogged Drains in Your Home

July 30th, 2018

drainWhen homeowners run into problems with the systems in their homes, the last thing that they want to hear is an accusation that they themselves are to blame for the problem. The fact of the matter is, though, that many instances of clogged drains are actually the direct result of user oversight. Can being more careful completely eliminate the risk of clogged drains in your home? Of course not. Will it help to limit the occurrence of clogged drains? You bet.

Our plumbers in New Hampshire have some tips to help you avoid clogged drains in your home. As you’ll see, most of these tips are really quite simple. It is often the most simple things in life that are overlooked, however, so we think that this reminder is well worth the read! Be sure to put these practices into place, and remember that we are here to help if you do encounter clogged drains in your home. Continue Reading