Basnett Plumbing, Heating & AC Blog: Archive for August, 2014

What’s Involved in Duct Replacement

Monday, August 25th, 2014

Branching off from your heater and/or air conditioner in your home is a vital network of ducts that distribute conditioned air throughout the rooms and then draw it back into the system to re-circulate it. Although this ventilation network is a key part of keeping your home comfortable, it’s also easy to forget that it’s there at all, since almost all of the ducts remain hidden behind drywall and flooring. Just because you can’t see your ducts doesn’t mean they won’t develop problems that will requires sealing, repairs, or even replacements.

If you notice strange smells coming from the vents, detect a rise in your home’s humidity, notice a drop in heating or cooling power, or see an unexplained rise in your utility bills, you may have ductwork trouble that needs attention from indoor air quality specialists.

For duct replacement in Weston, MA, or other services for your HVAC system, contact the team that has helped the Metrowest Area since 1987: Basnett Plumbing & Heating.

The job of duct replacement

Small gaps or holes that permit air leaks in ducts usually only require repairs. In some cases, however, ductwork will need a full replacement. This is usually necessary if you have aging ducts that have developed heavy corrosion. Sometimes, ductwork can sustain damage because of construction, and in this case, the broken sections will also need replacement. Professionals will get access to the ducts in the walls, doing their best to cause no damage to other construction material, and detach the damaged ducts from the surrounding segments to put in the new section.

Duct replacement is sometimes necessary in order to install a new heater or air conditioner. A higher-powered system often requires larger or more extensive ducts than you currently have. To accommodate the new system, the duct replacement specialists will remove older ductwork and replace them with newer ones that can handle the change in the AC or heater. During this time, the ductwork specialists will also see that older duct material such as sheet metal is replaced with more flexible material.

You can’t delay when you need work of any kind on your ducts. Those old, leaking, or damaged ducts will place enormous pressure on your air conditioner or heater, making it work much harder to achieve its normal output. Your bills will skyrocket while your comfort dwindles, and the extra stress on the HVAC system will lead to more repair bills and a shortened lifespan for the system. The broken ducts will also risk reducing your indoor air quality, letting in excessive amounts of debris into the ventilation system and out into your home. When you need top-quality duct replacement in Weston, MA, call our team of duct replacement experts at Basnett Plumbing & Heating.

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Reasons to Have a Grease Trap Installed

Monday, August 18th, 2014

Fat, oil, and grease (also known as FOG) are major causes of problems in kitchen plumbing. They seem innocuous in their liquid form when they are hot, but once they cool down they change into waxy, solid material. If this develops inside the wastewater lines of your plumbing, it will lead to high water pressure, clogging, and interference with appliances.

Although you should avoid pouring FOG down your drains (remove it to a trash receptacle), there isn’t any way to prevent all of it from entering kitchen drains—and this is especially important for commercial kitchens, which deal with an immense amount of waste product from cooking and cleaning on a daily basis. If you need special help to stop the fat, grease, and oil from going down into the wastewater system of your home or business, then the installation of a kitchen grease trap will provide immense help.

At Basnett Plumbing & Heating, we are committed to keeping your kitchen, whether in a home or a workplace, free from problems associated with FOG, and we install grease traps in Middlesex County to help with this. Our installers will find the right sized grease trap for your establishment, and we will also provide the service to keep it working effectively.

Should you have a grease trap installed?

Not every home needs a grease trap, since the amount of FOG that goes down the drain is usually small (unless you are pouring it directly down the drains, which you should never do). A simple grease trap is often all that is necessary.

But for a commercial kitchen, grease traps are vital: you have the fat and grease from fryers and grills that must be washed away. This will cause extreme damage to your plumbing and lead to enormous clogging in the pipes that will require professionals to clean out. The clogging will also lead to higher water pressure, and that will cause leaking and damage along the pipes.

The biggest problem that a grease trap can prevent is excess FOG entering the sewer system. This can cause serious issues with the municipal waste system, and as a result may put your establishment in violation of health codes. Grease traps installed for your commercial kitchen will help keep away debilitating shuts-downs for your business.

We handle grease traps for Middlesex County businesses, as well as homes, that will keep away the trouble from any fat, grease, and oil that slides down the drains.

If you do not have grease traps installed for your establishment, call Basnett Plumbing & Heating today and talk to our plumbing specialists about having the work done.

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What’s the Difference between Mechanical and Electronic Air Cleaners?

Monday, August 11th, 2014

To protect the indoor air quality of our homes, we sometimes need to do more than simply open up a few windows during the day. Adding in an air cleaning system, such as a mechanical air cleaner or an electronic air cleaner, will remove most of the contaminating particles that circulate through the ventilation system of your house. The cleaners are easy to install with the assistance of HVAC professionals who have indoor air quality experience, and the systems will work well for many years at keeping unwanted pollution from the inside of your house.

Since 1987, Basnett Plumbing & Heating has helped homeowners in Chelmsford, MA with air cleaners and other installations that improve the air inside their home. Contact us today to learn more about our improvements that will increase the comfort and health inside your home.

Mechanical air cleaners vs. electronic air cleaners

There are many choices available for installing air cleaners in a home, but they can be divided into two broad categories: mechanical and electronic. One is not automatically superior to the other; it depends on the specific home and its air quality issues.

  • Mechanical air cleaners: These cleaners are filters, such as HEPA filters. They consist of a mesh of fiberglass filaments that trap particle in the air that passes through them. HEPA filters can stop 99.97% of airborne particles down to 0.3 microns in size. These filters do not require any power to operate and are generally inexpensive; the only cost comes from installing replacements. Mechanical filters will take care of the air quality problems of most homes, but they do not affect gaseous or odor molecules.
  • Electronic air cleaners: These devices do not use filters at all, but instead electronic fields that ionize the particles of contamination that attempts to pass through them. Ionized particles are drawn down to a set of plates where they are trapped. Using this method, electronic air cleaners can prevent the passage of particles down to 0.1 microns in size, and they will also stop gasses such as carbon monoxide, smoke, formaldehyde, and odors. They are excellent choices if you need the extensive cleaning power to affect these smaller particles. They require power to run, so unless you need their action to combat minute particles, you should stay with mechanical filters.

In many cases, the best choice for the cleanest air is to have both types of cleaners installed. Rely on the advice from indoor air quality specialists to learn which option is ideal for your home. Trust to Basnett Plumbing & Heating for your indoor air quality needs.

Our experts with air cleaners in Chelmsford, MA will determine the purification system that will give you home the healthiest air possible. Call us today.

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Some Benefits of Installing a Hot Water Recirculation System

Monday, August 4th, 2014

One of the small ways that you waste water every day is when you turn on a hot water faucet for a sink or a shower, then have to wait for the cold water to warm up. The reason you have this delay is that the water in pipes cools down when the taps aren’t in use, and it takes extra time for the water from the water heater to reach you. All the water that comes from the tap before the arrival of the hot water goes down the drain.

There is a way to solve this problem: hot water recirculation systems. With the assistance of a professional plumber, you can have one put into a new home, or choose to have your current plumbing system retro-fit for one. They are an especially good idea when you need to have your old water heater tank replaced.

Basnett Plumbing & Heating offers installation of hot water recirculation systems in Sudbury, MA. We have worked with these marvelous systems for many years, so place your trust in the experience of our team.

How does hot water recirculation work?

Although there are a number of different models, the most common is a demand-controlled system that doesn’t remain on constantly, but comes on from a switch or motion detector located near each fixture. This turns on the circulation pump which stops water from entering the return line; the pump moves room temperature water from the line back into the water heater. The hot water flows to the farthest tap and the sensor then shuts the pump off, leaving the hot water ready for use. A second type of system, an integrated loop system, simply keeps hot water in constant circulation through the pipes so it is always available for the taps. This kind of system uses more energy, however.

What are the benefits?

The benefit you will experience first is the convenience of no longer needing to wait for the water coming from a faucet or showerhead to heat up. Those minutes of testing the water for your shower in the morning will vanish—and those little minutes add up to a lot of saved time over a week, and month, and so on.

The bigger advantage, however, is one you won’t see immediately: water bill savings. For an average home, the amount of water wasted each year due to waiting for running water to heat up is approximately 1,000 gallons. If you eliminate this water from your budget you can achieve tremendous savings. The hot water recirculation system will pay for its own installation in only a few years.

Installing hot water recirculation systems in Sudbury, MA is a big task, so make sure you work with expert plumbers to find out if it is a worthwhile investment for your home.

Contact the team at Basnett Plumbing & Heating to find out more about this service and other ways we can help you with your plumbing.

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