New Home Plumbing Considerations to Keep in Mind

August 22nd, 2022

home-being-builtAre you having a new home constructed? This is an exciting time in your life! Whether you’re creating your dream living space or your home is part of a new development going up, you have a lot of decisions to make, and you want to work with the right contractors to make your vision come alive.

Working with inexperienced or unlicensed contractors can cause more harm than good, especially when it comes to home systems such as your HVAC units, electrical, and plumbing. There are a lot of things you want to consider about your plumbing before starting a new construction project. Read on to learn what they are.

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Why Do Heat Pumps Need Maintenance Twice a Year?

August 8th, 2022

HVAC-ventIf you haven’t done so already, now is the time to schedule your air conditioning maintenance appointment. This is a preventative step that homeowners need to take to guarantee that their air conditioners are able to work as efficiently and effectively as possible for as long as possible–throughout the rest of this summer and the rest of the systems’ lifespan.

Professional maintenance helps you avoid up to 85% of the repair needs your system might otherwise have, helps retain 95% of its efficiency rating, and helps your system last the expected 10-15 years.

For a standard air conditioner, we recommend maintenance tune-ups once a year. But what if you have a heat pump? Well then, we suggest maintenance twice a year, as this is a year-round system. Read on to learn more, including why biannual heat pump maintenance is so important.

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Why Should You Use a Professional for Your Plumbing Installation?

July 25th, 2022

plumber-working-on-bathroom-sinkOftentimes, professional plumbers get called to jobs where a homeowner has already tried to install or repair something on their own, or allowed an amateur to handle it, and it didn’t go as planned. Trying DIY fixes can be a great solution for a good number of around-the-house tasks, but when it comes to your home comfort and efficiency, you really should leave the work to the pros.

A professionally trained and experienced plumber will bring a lot to the table that an amateur simply can’t, and you’ll see the difference in the quality of work provided. So what is it that sets professional plumbers apart? Read on as we uncover the answer!

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“Why Would I Need a Whole-House Dehumidifier?”

July 11th, 2022

man-desk-fanHigh humidity in the summertime is a problem that we are no stranger to here in Southern Vermont. High relative humidity levels (anything above 50% humidity) make hot days feel even worse. Additionally, humidity has ill effects in other areas too, from your health to the structural integrity of your home.

If you’re struggling with high humidity in your house, the best solution is to have a whole-house dehumidifier professionally installed. Sure, you can buy a portable dehumidifier or two, but the effects that these smaller systems have are minimal at best. They also present problems of their own, such as mold growing within the system itself and not being able to provide enough coverage for the space you need it in.

Read on as we uncover some of the benefits of a whole-house dehumidifier, and when you’re ready to have one installed, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our team.

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Ducts Are Ruining My Air Quality, What Are My Options?

June 27th, 2022

woman-using-ductless-air-handlerHave you noticed that your home has poor indoor air quality? Maybe you’re dusting off furniture way more often than you used to. Or perhaps members of your household are experiencing allergy and asthma symptoms no matter what they do.

Maybe you’ve noticed it feels muggy inside when it didn’t use to, and even that you have hot spots (or cold spots) throughout your home when your HVAC systems are running. If these problems seem to be impacting you whether you’re using your heater or your air conditioner, there may very well be a shared component to blame–your air ducts.

Damaged air ducts can not only allow up to 30% of your conditioned air out, leading to expensive inefficiencies, but can also allow things in like dust, dirt, mold spores, bacteria, and even small pests. It’s just not a good situation to be in! Fortunately, there are solutions to this. Read on to learn about them!

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What’s Causing Ice to Form on My Air Conditioner?

June 13th, 2022

ice-on-evaporator-coilIf we were to ask you where you expect to see ice, you’d probably say on the streets during one of our chilly winters, or in your freezer. These answers make sense! What doesn’t make sense is seeing ice forming on your air conditioner. Perhaps you’ve never thought about this, and maybe the first time you see it you’ll think it’s normal, because after all, an air conditioner cools, right?

The problem is, ice is not a normal part of the cooling process. In fact, seeing it on your air conditioner is a sign of something going wrong within your system, and it needs to be fixed by a pro. Removing the ice on your own can damage it further plus not get to the root of the problem causing the ice. Therefore, your next step should be to call our team for professional Southern Vermont air conditioning services.

In the meantime, read on to learn more about this problem and what it means for your cooling system.

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Don’t Ignore These End-Of-Season Heater Needs

May 16th, 2022

checklist-with-red-markerWith temperatures finally warming up, we’re probably all looking forward to giving our heating systems a break for a few months, right? It almost seems silly to even say we have a spring season, given how chilly it’s been for the majority of it.

Still though, just because the chilly weather is finally on its way out, doesn’t mean you should neglect any heating care needs you might have. We get it, it’s tempting to put off repair needs, especially if your heater still seems to be running, if not at least as efficiently as it usually does. But putting it off could leave you with an inefficient air conditioner, too, depending on what the problem is, and/or it could leave you without a functioning heater next fall when you need it again.

Read on to learn some of the signs that you may need to call for heating repairs sooner rather than later.

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“What If I Bought a Home with a Sump Pump?”

May 2nd, 2022

victorian-home-in-the-snowIf you’re new to Vermont, welcome! It’s gorgeous here. Sometimes the snow sticks around a little longer than we’d like, but our summers can’t be beat, and if you enjoy the outdoors, there are countless activities to explore. Plus, we’d be remiss not to mention the craft beer scene and the pride in our locally grown food!

But enough about us–we’re sure you’ve heard it all, that’s probably why you moved here!

Let’s talk about your home. If you’ve never lived on the East Coast, then there are some things about your home that might be a bit different than what you’re used to. Shoot, even if you lived down a bit further south there could be some things that come as a surprise–like basements! And what’s in the basements of most Southern Vermont homes? Sump pumps. Read on to learn what you can expect, if you bought a home with a sump pump.

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Is It Possible You Need Repiping?

April 18th, 2022

copper-pipesYou’ve likely heard of repiping before, even if you heard it referred to as “pipe replacement.” This service is essentially the process of removing faulty plumbing from your home and replacing it with new plumbing. In most cases, this doesn’t necessarily mean that you just need one small pipe replaced. It’s quite possible that we’ll have to replace a long length of plumbing so your whole home can benefit–you may even discover you’d benefit from whole-house repiping, depending on the age of your home and the state of your plumbing system.

Properly repiping a home to avoid future plumbing problems requires necessary preparation and education, plus an awareness of the warning signs that it may be a bigger job than initially expected. This is why it’s so important to call in a pro when you need this service. But, how do you know when you actually do need repiping service in your home? Read on as we uncover many of the common signs that your home is due for repiping.

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Have You Considered a Ductless Mini-Split As Your Next Home Comfort Installation?

April 4th, 2022

ductless-air-handler-in-modern-homeAs the cooler temperatures give way to spring, you may be considering a new air conditioning installation to make sure that your family is as comfortable as possible this year. We applaud you for looking into this purchase this early in the year!

Our question is, have you ever considered the installation of a ductless mini-split? Also called simply a ductless system, ductless air conditioner, or ductless heater, these systems don’t require any ductwork, and have a number of benefits–with the main advantage being how efficient they are.

Read on as we dive into what a ductless system is and how you might benefit from this particular HVAC installation.

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