Posts Tagged ‘Southern Vermont’

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

Monday, 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?

Monday, 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

Monday, 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?”

Monday, 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?

Monday, 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?

Monday, 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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Water Heater Installation: 4 Reasons You Might Want to Go Tankless

Monday, March 21st, 2022

tankless-water-heaterWhen you hear the term “water heater,” your mind probably envisions a large tank full of water that’s hooked up to multiple pipes and water lines, right? Well, what if you took away the tank? Would it still be a water heater?

Yes! The fact is, you don’t actually need to have a storage tank full of water to get hot water in your home, thanks to the introduction of tankless systems.

A tankless water heater is pretty much just what it sounds like–it’s a water heater that doesn’t require the use of a tank holding multiple gallons of water. This is a great piece of technology with a number of benefits. If you’re seeking a new, energy-efficient option for your water heating needs, then this may be just the system for you!

That said, they’re not right for every home, but we invite you to learn about some of their key features to figure out if it’s right for your situation. Read on as we uncover 4 reasons you might consider going tankless.

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What You Need to Know About Heat Pump Maintenance

Monday, March 7th, 2022

white-question-mark-on-blue-circleIf you’ve been following our blog for a bit, then you’ve probably seen us mention maintenance before. This is because air conditioning and heating maintenance are so vital to the health and efficiency of your home comfort systems. But it’s also important to know that not all HVAC systems are created equal, and therefore may have different maintenance needs.

For instance, if you have been using a heat pump to stay warm this winter and are using this same system to cool off this spring and summer, then you need to schedule maintenance again. While more traditional central air conditioners and central furnaces only need professional maintenance once a year, a heat pump needs this service twice a year. Read on to learn why!

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Busting Common Heating System Myths

Monday, December 27th, 2021

white-question-mark-on-blue-circleWhen it comes to maintaining your heating system–whether you use a furnace or a heat pump–there are a few care tips that we’ll never stop talking about. Professional tune-ups, for example, are always recommended. For traditional furnaces, you should be getting professional maintenance done once a year, while for a year-round heat pump system that both cools and heats, maintenance should be done every 6 months since this type of equipment gets a lot more use.

Did you know, however, that there might be some heating system myths that are getting in the way of caring for your system, and in the way of your comfort? In addition to providing quality HVAC services all year long, we’re happy to help bust some common heating system myths so you can properly address any issues you might be having with your furnace or heat pump, and enjoy long-lasting equipment. Read on to learn more!

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Solar Power and Energy Efficiency: What You Should Know!

Monday, December 13th, 2021

solar-panels-on-roof-of-homeThe first thing homeowners tend to ask when presented with the opportunity to go solar in their home is, “is it worth it?” The short answer to this is, “yes, absolutely!” Sure, you’d probably expect us to say that, but allow us to elaborate!

With the number of advancements being made in solar energy technology throughout the last decade and beyond, right now it really is a great investment to go solar. Perhaps at this point, you’re thinking, “but it’s cloudy and grey for, like, half the year!” First off, that’s not entirely accurate and secondly, there are systems in place for this, including a battery backup for your solar system.

Additionally, homeowners qualify for a number of incentives by going solar, both federally and locally. So, if you’ve been considering getting solar panels installed to save money on your electricity needs, now is a perfect time! Read on to learn more.

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