Basnett Plumbing, Heating & AC Blog: Archive for December, 2012

Happy New Year’s Eve!

Monday, December 31st, 2012

Everyone at Basnett Plumbing & Heating wants to wish you a very happy New Years! We hope you have a fun (and safe!) time saying goodbye to the old year and welcoming in the new.

If you are a person who makes resolutions, why not try to make your home more environmentally-friendly next year? Upgrading your heating and air conditioning system can reduce the amount of energy you need to keep your home comfortable. You can also save energy by adding insulation and sealing any air leaks. A greener home is not only better for the environment, but it also saves you money by reducing your utility bills. Call Basnett Plumbing & Heating to learn more about the benefits of upgrading your HVAC system.

Have a great New Year’s Eve!

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Happy Holidays from Your Local Littleton, MA Plumbing and HVAC Contractor!

Monday, December 24th, 2012

Everyone at Basnett Plumbing & Heating wishes you a very happy holiday! We want to take this opportunity to thank all of our wonderful customers who make our business possible. We look forward to working with you in the future. Have a wonderful celebration, and enjoy this time with friends and family!

And a quick reminder, if you haven’t yet scheduled a maintenance visit for your heating system, you could be losing money. Annual maintenance will not only cut down on repair costs, but it also ensures that your system is running as efficiently as possible, which lowers utility bills. A comfortable, efficient home is a gift that everyone can appreciate.

Happy Holidays from Basnett Plumbing & Heating!

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MetroWest Plumbing Question: What is a U-Bend?

Monday, December 17th, 2012

If, like many homeowners, you do not understand much about your indoor plumbing, you are far from alone. A lot of homeowners give very little thought to the very fact that their plumbing is there at all. Of course, this is only true when the plumbing is operating properly. When you experience problems with your plumbing it is much more difficult to ignore just how necessary the effective, efficient operation of this important system really is. At Basnett Plumbing & Heating, we understand that many homeowners are not very well-versed in plumbing terminology, but a basic idea of some essential plumbing components is a bit of knowledge any homeowner in the MetroWest area can benefit from.

One very important little piece of your plumbing system is the U-bend or drain trap underneath all of the sinks in your home. This innocuous bit of pipe serves a very important function. Thanks to its shape it dips below the drain pipe under your sinks. While water is running it forces water through this drain trap, up and out of the system for disposal. When the water is shut off, though, the last bit of water from the sink has no way to escape, and becomes trapped in the drain trap.

This may sound like a problem, but that is actually exactly what the U-bend is designed to do. By maintaining a small amount of water in the pipe system below your sinks foul sewer odors are prevented from coming up through the drains in your sink. If there is a clog in your sink drain due to hair or other debris it will often become lodged in the drain trap, making for easy clog removal that anyone can handle. Simple pull off the drain trap and clear it out before replacing it.

The expert plumbers at Basnett Plumbing & Heating know that only a certified plumber should handle any repair or maintenance service on your plumbing system in the MetroWest area. A little working knowledge of components such as your drain trap, though, will allow you to take care of a very minor issue on your own, though. Contact Basnett Plumbing & Heating for more tips on how your plumbing system works and what you can do to keep it operating efficiently.

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Acton, MA Heating Tips: 3 Ways To Make Your Furnace More Efficient

Monday, December 10th, 2012

Are you looking for ways to make the furnace in your Acton, MA home more efficient this winter? The heating specialists at Basnett Plumbing & Heating are here to help. In addition to our installation, maintenance, and repair services, we are happy to provide expert advice and tips.

Here are three ways to make your furnace a little more efficient this winter.

Schedule Routine Furnace Maintenance

If you want to make sure that your heating bills don’t skyrocket due to poor maintenance, hire a professional HVAC technician to perform yearly tune-ups. You can also help by changing air filters and making sure your furnace is working properly. Test the thermostat if you know how to ensure that you are getting accurate readings.

Take Care of Home Performance Issues

Is your home properly insulated and sealed? Weatherization is important when trying to get the most out of any heating system, especially a forced air furnace. Adding insulation, upgrading doors and windows, air sealing, and insulating and sealing ductwork are all ways to do this. Make sure your home has enough insulation before you consider upgrading to double-paned windows and doors.

Other Heating System Upgrades

It’s also important to consider other smaller heating system upgrades in your home. Ask your contractor about upgrading to a digital or programmable thermostat. You’ll need to make sure that it works with your particular furnace model.

Contact the Acton, MA heating experts at Basnett Plumbing & Heating for more heating and energy-saving tips.

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Hydronic Heat and How It Works: A Reading, MA Heating Guide

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

While many people in Reading, MA enjoy the reliable and comfortable heat provided by their boiler, few actually know how they work. At Basnett Plumbing & Heating, our heating technicians have been providing boiler services throughout the Reading, MA area for many years. We thought it would be helpful if we put together a quick explanation of what hydronic heat is and how boilers work.

Hydronic Heat

Put simply, hydronic heating is the use of water or steam to transfer heat into a space. Some of the most common types of hydronic heating systems are hot water radiators and radiant floor heaters.

How Hydronic Systems Work

Hydronic heating systems are pretty simple. Here are their essential parts:

  • Boiler or heating tank – A large tank where the water is heated or vaporized.
  • Piping – In modern systems this is almost always PEX tubing. In older systems you’ll likely find steel or copper pipes.
  • Pump – The pump keeps the water circulating through the system so that it is always hot.
  • Heat exchanger – This can be the radiator in each room, the floor or wall piping or some other element that transfers heat into the room.

Types of Hydronic Systems

There are many different types of hydronic heating systems available on the market.

  • Hot water radiators – While their name might imply that they provide radiant heat, they actually form a hot air convection current in the room. The radiators are fed hot water by a boiler.
  • Steam boilers – These are some of the oldest hydronic systems. They are almost identical to hot water radiators.
  • Under floor and wall radiant heating – These systems actually do provide radiant heat. A series of coils are installed in the floor or wall. Hot water or steam is circulated through them that provides comfortable heat to the home.

If you’re interested in learning about the benefits of hydronic heating, call the experts at Basnett Plumbing & Heating. Our plumbers have years of experience working with all types and brands of heating systems. We would love to talk with you about any issues that you’re having or new installations that you’d like to do. Give us a call today!

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