3 Tips for a Better Heating Experience

November 30th, 2020

freezing-womanThere are certain areas of the country where homeowners only have to run their heaters occasionally. This is obviously not the case with heating in New Hampshire. You run your heater almost nonstop throughout the long, tough heating season. And you need to know for certain that it will be there for you when you need it most. That’s why we’ve put together some simple tips for ensuring a better heating experience.

These tips won’t just help you heat your home more effectively and reliably. They’ll help you to heat your home more efficiently, as well. With winters as long and cold as ours, the last thing you want is an inefficient heater driving up your energy costs! Save money, live more comfortably, and enjoy the heating performance that we know you deserve!

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Is Solar a Good Option in the Northeast?

November 16th, 2020

Solar Hot Water | Springfield | HB Energy SolutionsWe live in and service an area of great natural beauty. The White Mountains of New Hampshire, the Green Mountains of Vermont—it really is no surprise that so many folks flock to our area for summer hikes, autumn leaf peeping, and winter skiing. They don’t seem to come around as much for mud season, but hey—we deserve something for ourselves, right?  Considering the beauty around here, it’s no wonder that so many homeowners are interested in sustainability.

If you are one of those homeowners, then you have probably already considered the installation of a solar energy system. However, you may also have considered our snowy winters, gray evenings, and ice buildup. That may have driven you away from pursuing solar too far. We’re here to tell you, as your Southern Vermont solar power pros, that solar is in fact a very viable option in our area. You just need seasoned pros like our team on your side.

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Repair Your Heater to Save $$$

November 2nd, 2020

cold-on-couchSave money? By scheduling a service that costs money? What are these people talking about?  

No, we are not going to come out and repair your heater for free. But removing the cost of the repair is not what we’re talking about when we’re talking about how repairs save you money. We’re talking about the many benefits that prompt repairs offer that save you money.

What it all boils down to is this. If you think that riding it out for a while, putting that repair you think you might need on the backburner, is the way to save money—you are absolutely incorrect. In fact, all you are doing is making the need for a more expensive heating repair in Ludlow, VT, more likely.

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Don’t Ignore These Signs of Plumbing Leaks

October 19th, 2020

burst-copper-pipePlumbing leaks are a major drag. There is no getting around that. There is also no getting around the fact that plumbing leaks can and do happen. You’re going to deal with them eventually. If you haven’t had to deal with any in your home yet, then you should consider yourself lucky. And with another Vermont winter coming in soon, additional problems like frozen pipes and rapid snowmelt flooding basements should be on everyone’s mind, too.

We’re not going to be all doom and gloom about these issues, though. Why? Because there is plenty that can alert you to the need for professional plumbing services in Ludlow, VT.  By the time you can actually see many plumbing leaks, you’ve probably missed out on some early warning signs that could have alerted you to the problem earlier on. Those warning signs are what we’re going to be focusing on in today’s post. Because of the amount of damage that water leaks can do, we strongly recommend that you schedule service at the first sign of trouble.

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What Causes Clogged Drains?

October 5th, 2020

water-flowing-down-a-drainWhen you need professional plumbing in Ludlow, VT who do you call? Hopefully, it’s our team! Especially if you have a stubbornly clogged drain.

“But wait,” you might wonder, “can’t I just tackle a clogged drain by myself?”

We know what you’re thinking–that you’ll just reach for that bottle of chemical, liquid drain cleaning solution you got from the hardware or grocery store. Unfortunately, these “solutions” can do more harm than good to your drain. This is because they’re highly caustic, and can actually eat away at the lining of your pipes, eventually leading to corrosion and leaks. The real solution to a clogged drain is professional service, whether our plumbers come out with a drain snake or hydro-jet for really stubborn backups.

But what if you could prevent clogs to begin with? You may be able to, as long as you understand what causes them to begin with. Read on to learn more!

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Don’t Let Your Pipes Freeze This Winter

September 21st, 2020

insulating-pipesLiving in as cold a winter climate as ours means facing some unique challenges that you don’t really have to think about in, say, Florida or Southern California. One of these problems is frozen pipes. If you are serious about preventing frozen pipes in your home—and you very much should be—then you are going to have to take some added precautions. Be sure to keep the following tips in mind, and contact us with any questions.

If and when you do need any repairs for your plumbing in Londonderry, VT, you need to be sure that you are working with skilled, experienced professionals. Our team fits the bill entirely. You can count on us to respond quickly to any issue you may encounter. But, as is typically the case, prevention is your best option! And preventing frozen pipes is not really as difficult as you might think—even with our winters. Continue Reading

Don’t Let Heating Repairs Sneak Up on You This Year

September 7th, 2020

couple-by-fireIt was a beautiful summer in Vermont this year, but if you’ve been out and about in the morning or evening hours recently, you know that it’s coming to a close. The fall temperatures are coming back around, and we know that a lot of you are welcoming them with open arms. Less welcoming may be your attitude toward the winter season. No matter how you feel about it, one thing is for sure—it’s coming. Is your heater ready to handle the frigid temperatures again?

If you want to be sure of this, you need to schedule routine heating maintenance with our team. That will get your heater back into fighting condition. However, even the best maintained systems will still run into problems. It’s just the reality of the situation. That’s why we want to remind you of some early warning signs that your system is in trouble. When you know what those sounds of trouble look (or smell or sound!) like, then you’ll know it’s time for heater repair in Londonderry, VT. Continue Reading

3 Ways to Prepare for Fall Air Quality

August 24th, 2020

Senior-woman-relaxingLiving in New England means looking forward to fall. If you cannot enjoy the vibrant colors and crisp air of the season—what are you even doing here? Of course, there are some issues that come along with fall. And no, we’re not just talking about the fact that it means another winter is just around the corner. We’re talking about indoor air quality.

A lot of people associate allergies and their symptoms with the bloom of spring. That’s understandable. There is a lot going on in that regard at that time. But the shift from summer into spring brings a lot of allergens with it, too. Chief among these is ragweed. So read on to learn more about protecting your indoor air quality in Southern Vermont.

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What Makes a Sump Pump So Important?

August 10th, 2020

sump-pumpAs evidenced by our latest tropical storm, weather in the Northeast can be tough to manage. There is nothing that we can do to make the rain stop coming. There is nothing we can do to prevent rapid snowmelt and the mess that comes with it. What we can do is install a great sump in your home. If you aren’t using a sump pump in Southern Vermont, then you are honestly just asking for trouble! Or, at least, inviting it into your home.

Why do that, when our plumbers are here to serve you? We install sump pumps of the highest quality. We make sure that they can live up to their potential, too. How? By offering services of the highest quality, as well. When you need your sump to jump into action, it’s never a matter of “good enough.” So keep this information in mind, evaluate your situation, and let us know if you are ready to explore your sump pump and service options.

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AC Repair: 5 Signs It’s Time

July 27th, 2020

technician-outdoor-unitIt’s been a pretty hot and humid summer thus far. That’s unlikely to change much any time soon. And that means that your air conditioner needs to continue firing on all cylinders. The last thing that you want is for your system to break down on you right when you need it most.

In truth, that rarely happens.

Yes, air conditioners do break down. That’s a fact. Want to hear another fact? That usually doesn’t happen without any type of warning sign at all. The issue is that a lot of homeowners fail to recognize the warning signs that their air conditioners in Woodstock are giving them.

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