Ask an Electrician: How Do I Use My Ceiling Fan?

July 15th, 2019

fanSeriously? There’s a chain right on it! Just pull the thing!

Okay, okay. Most homeowners understand how to turn on their ceiling fans. That is not the subject of today’s post, though. (However, if you were wondering, yes—there is probably a chain hanging down that you can pull!)

Today’s post isn’t about firing up the ceiling fan, it’s about using the ceiling fan in the most effective way. And yes, it actually is possible to use a ceiling fan incorrectly! That may come as a surprise, but our Electricians in Alstead, NH have had to correct homeowners before.

So if you have a ceiling fan, this post is just what you need to ensure that you’re getting the most out of your fixture. And if you’ve always been on the fence about a ceiling fan, or if you think that they’re just an old-fashioned, outdated relic, this post will show you just how wrong you are! Read on to learn more. Continue Reading

Common Causes of Clogged Drains

July 1st, 2019

pipe-flowIf there is one guarantee in life, it’s that you’ll run into a clogged drain eventually.

Seeing that in print makes us realize that maybe this isn’t the catchiest phrase, but that doesn’t change the fact that it’s true. You are going to encounter clogged drains in your home at some point. When you do, you should at least know that you haven’t willingly, if unwittingly, contributed to those clogs. That’s where today’s post comes into play.

You’re not doing it on purposes, we realize, but there is a good chance that some practices in your home are actually contributing to your slow-moving or backed up drains. Keep the following information in mind, and you just may be surprised at how much you are able to reduce the occurrence of clogs in your property. There’s no fix-all cure, but if you can limit drain clogs in your home, why not do everything possible? Then, when you do run into a clog, be sure to call us to work with a trusted plumber in Chester, VT. Continue Reading

Homeowner Tips: Common Electrical Problems

June 17th, 2019

plug-in-outletWouldn’t it be nice if every single system in your home worked exactly as it should at all times? Okay, that was a nice divergence into fantasy land. Now that we’re back in reality, let’s acknowledge the fact that you are going to run into problems with the systems in your home. Your electrical system is certainly no exception to this rule. That is why it is so important to work with electricians that you can trust in Acworth, VT.

While we by no means alarmists looking to scare homeowners into purchases or plan memberships that they don’t really need, we do want to remind you that your electrical system can prove dangerous if it is not working properly. That is why you need to take any problems with the system very seriously and work with trained professionals when issues come up. Look out for these common signs of electrical problems in your home, and be sure to handle them proactively by dialing our number.

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Replacing Your Water Heater? Consider Going Tankless

June 3rd, 2019

tankless-water-heaterThis time of year, homeowners are starting to think about their air conditioning systems more and more. Sure, it’s spring in Vermont, and that means that the weather hasn’t been hot—or even particularly warm. That will change, though, and the anticipation of that change is part of why people are getting so AC-focused. Don’t overlook those other systems in your home that need your attention. Specifically, we’re talking about your water heater.

If you are ready to replace an old water heater with a newer, more efficient model, or if you’re moving into a brand new home this summer and need to figure out which appliance is right for you, give us a call. Our plumbers in Walpole, VT, are some of the finest in the business, and we’ll make sure that you have what you need. You might just decide that the tankless water heater is the answer you’ve been looking for. Continue Reading

Don’t Overlook Potential Air Conditioning Problems

May 20th, 2019

AC-technicianOkay, you’ve got your air conditioner all tuned-up for the upcoming cooling season. Maybe you even replaced an old AC with a brand new, more efficient model. Should be smooth sailing from here, right?

Well, not necessarily.

We’re not the gloom and doom type, mind you, but we are realistic. We’ve been in this industry for many years, and the fact is that air conditioning problems are inevitable. The key to a successful AC experience isn’t to avoid problems entirely, but to address them promptly when they do develop.

That means that you need to know what to look (and listen, and feel!) for. Here are some tips to help you spot problems early on. Continue Reading

Are You Frequently Tripping Circuit Breakers?

May 6th, 2019

working-on-breaker-panelIf you’ve ever worked with us before, then you know that we take the comfort of our clients very seriously.  That is why we offer such a wide range of HVAC systems and services. However, we also take your safety seriously.  That is why we strongly suggest that you leave any electrical services in Springfield, VT, to the pros on our team. Electricity is an incredible resource, but it can be dangerous if not properly used in and distributed throughout your home.

One sign that something might be wrong with your electrical system in a broad sense is the need for frequent trips to the breaker panel. If you find yourself going down to the basement or into the utility closet to reset breakers with increasing regularity, then now is the time to act. It may be an issue with a very simple fix right now, but it could devolve into a more complex—and potentially dangerous—situation if you give it enough time. Continue Reading

Can Ductless Air Conditioning Save Me Money?

April 22nd, 2019

ductless-acThe short answer to the question asked in this title is yes, it can! In fact, energy savings—which translate to money savings—are among the greatest benefits that ductless mini splits in Bellows Falls have to offer. Does this mean that spending your money on a ductless mini split is definitely going to save you money? No, because even a great system won’t impress if you fail to schedule that system’s installation and ongoing services with trained, qualified professionals.

Fortunately for you, you’ll never have to worry about a shoddy installation or subpar service quality when you work with the ductless mini split pros on our team. We service and install the finest systems from some of the most trusted brands in the industry. So read on, consider your air conditioning goals, and let us know if you think that going ductless is the right choice for your home. And keep these benefits in mind when making your choice! Continue Reading

Are You Ready for a New AC Experience?

April 8th, 2019

thermometer-in-the-redLook, we know that the temperatures outside are still pretty far from warm, let alone the level of heat that would require your conditioning system’s service. Compared to even just a week or two ago, though, it’s clear that temperatures are on the upswing. Don’t wait much longer to take stock of your air conditioning system. In our last post, we talked about getting your home ready for the cooling season. What we didn’t touch upon was potentially replacing your AC.

Tuning up your existing air conditioning system in Ludlow is definitely a must if you plan on running that air conditioner for even just one more year. If you’re not certain that this is your plan, though, then it is definitely time to start thinking about your replacement. Don’t wait until it’s the hottest time of the year and your system has broken down before doing so. You’ll run the risk of fighting for an appointment during the busiest time of the year!

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Prepping Your Home for the Air Conditioning Season

March 25th, 2019

father-son-picnicHave these people left the house recentlyyou may be asking yourself. It’s going to be a good while before I’m ready to start running my air conditioning system. Of course, we realize that you’re not going to be firing up your air conditioner to cool your home in the next few days or even the next few weeks. But that’s the entire point. You want to get your air conditioner ready before you’re ready to start using it.

It’s not all about your air conditioner, though. It’s also about your home and some parts of the air conditioning system that extends beyond the AC unit itself. Today, we’re going to give you a brief rundown of such matters that will help you to get your home ready for the warmer days ahead. And don’t worry, they’re definitely coming! It won’t be long before your ready for our AC services in Charlestown. When you are, you can count on our technicians. Continue Reading

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

March 11th, 2019
spring

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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