Archive for the ‘Heating’ Category

Heating FAQ: Why Choose Wood Pellets?

Monday, December 2nd, 2019

daughter-mother-snowIn this day and age, you’d have to be an exceedingly choosy customer to claim that there aren’t enough heating options available to you. In fact, we’d go so far as to suggest that there are actually so many different options to choose from that the real trouble is simply narrowing down your heating options. One that you certainly should not overlook is the burning of wood pellets in New Hampshire. You’d be missing out in doing so.

While there is no single heating option that will best suit everyone—there wouldn’t be so many different options if this were the case—it is tough to argue against the many benefits that a wood pellet stove has to offer. What kinds of benefits, you ask? Well, that just so happens to be the subject of today’s post! Keep the following information in mind, and let a member of our team know if you’re ready to expand your heating experience into the wood pellet realm.

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Don’t Forget About Your Heater’s Filter!

Monday, November 18th, 2019

filterWhen you live in Vermont, you have to deal with the winter season.  It’s coming around each and every year,  and when it comes around, it can really stick around. But you don’t need us to tell you that our winters can be pretty intense. What you might need reminding of, though, is one of the most effective ways in which you can set your forced air heater up for success. That is by changing the air filter as needed. What does “as needed” mean in this case?

Well, typically, it means every 1-3 months.  That’s not a hard and fast rule, as some homes will require changes more frequently. However, no home should really push it beyond that 3 month mark. Why is changing the filter so important? That’s the focus of today’s post, so just keep reading to learn more. Suffice to say, it has major implications for your heater in Ludlow. Don’t put this critical system at risk.

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How Ductless Heating Benefits Homeowners

Monday, November 4th, 2019

ductless-technicianIf you are considering the installation or replacement of a heater in Bellows Falls, VT, then you should definitely give a ductless mini split some thought. Sure, lots of homes in our area stand by their furnaces, boilers, and even wood or pellet stoves, but who’s to say that something a bit newer in design isn’t exactly what you’re looking for. After all, you’ll simply never know what it is that you’re missing out on if you fail to explore your options!

In today’s post, we’ll be digging a bit further into how ductless heating actually works, and how its design and operation can benefit homeowners. Is this the right heating system for every home?  No—but then, there is no single heater that can claim to be! After all, if there were any singular heater that best suited every home, you wouldn’t have so many different options demanding your attention! Be sure to contact us when you need heating services of any kind. (more…)

Keep Your Heating Costs in Check This Winter

Monday, October 21st, 2019

don't-forgetWhen you live in the Southern Vermont or New Hampshire areas, you know what’s ahead of you when winter starts to settle in. You’re going to be up early shoveling out the cars. You’re going to be driving home in the dark after work, as days get increasingly shorter. And you’re going to be running your heater a whole lot. It’s that last point that we want to talk about today.

We’re not going to offer to chauffeur you around or shovel out your vehicles, but we can help to keep your heating costs manageable. There are a few things that we can do, and a few tips that we can share to help you maximize savings. And no, don’t worry. We’re not going to suggest that you reign things in at the thermostat and trade off your comfort for energy savings. Keep this information in mind, and reach out to our heating professionals with any questions that you may have.

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Spring Is Coming—but Heating Repairs Can’t Wait!

Monday, March 11th, 2019
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Don’t let thoughts of spring lull you into a false sense of heater security!

Okay, so we are going to have to make another slog through mud season before spring arrives. Still, it feels close, doesn’t it? Especially after this winter? It’ll be so nice to put the shovels away! To get rid of the lingering salt and sand! To shut off the heater for the—well, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Even clear and sunny days, even those this close to spring, can come with some very cold temperatures around here.

The fact of the matter is that you’re going to need your heater for a bit longer.  And that means that you need your heater to be functioning properly for a bit longer. And that means that you cannot afford to turn a blind eye to any problems with your home heating system, even if it is getting pretty late in the heating season. Any and all heating repairs in Southern Vermont need to be handled swiftly, regardless of the date!

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Furnace Problems: What Are Some Red Flags?

Monday, January 28th, 2019

dog-blanketWe took a beating with a heavy snowstorm just this past week, and the frigid temperatures that followed prove once again just how reliant we really are on our home heating systems here in Southern Vermont. If you have any concerns at all about your heater, including your furnace in Bellows Falls or the surrounding area, then you really do need to take prompt action. The longer that you wait to schedule any necessary furnace repairs, the worse off your system is likely to be.

If you’ve been keeping up with our blog, then you’ve certainly seen us address this topic before. It is one that we like to come back to from time to time, though, because you never know when problems with your furnace are going to strike! And, frankly, it is easy to “forget” what you’ve read previously when the time comes to really apply the situation. Scheduling immediately furnace repair may not be “convenient,” but it is much more convenient than scheduling emergency repairs when your system breaks down!

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What Are the Benefits of Using a Boiler?

Monday, December 17th, 2018

question-markIt’s a little late in the game to be having a new heater installed around here. The cold of winter came pretty early this year, and it doesn’t seem to be letting up anytime soon. So, hopefully, you’ve already got yourself a great heater installed in your home. If your existing heater is giving you trouble, though, or if you’re just planning ahead to a replacement come springtime, this may be the post you’ve been waiting for. Don’t rush the decision-making process.

If you’re serious about replacing your heater, or if you’re deciding on a new system for a new home that you’ll be breaking ground on when the ground is breakable once more, a boiler in Bellows Falls may be just what you’re after. Boilers are the very definition of an “oldie but a goody”. Read on to learn more about the many benefits that you’ll enjoy when you choose to heat your home with a boiler—and leave its installation and service to us!

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What’s the Cause of My Heating Inefficiency?

Monday, 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. (more…)

When Do I Schedule Heating Repairs?

Monday, 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.  (more…)

Forced Air Heaters Need Fresh Filters

Monday, 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. (more…)