Basnett Plumbing, Heating & AC Blog: Archive for June, 2015

Air Conditioning Maintenance: It’s Never Too Late to Schedule It

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

Summer is here, and we are guessing that you’ve already turned on your air conditioning system at least once. While we have thankfully not had the summer humidity set in, it’s coming. Is your air conditioner ready for it? If you noticed that your AC was a little sluggish at start-up this year, or isn’t providing the level of cool air you expect, we have a solution: schedule a maintenance appointment, especially if you’ve missed it so far this year.

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What Are Some Common Repair Problems That Can Develop with Heat Pumps?

Monday, June 29th, 2015

Heat pumps are pretty ingenious systems, but because they provide both heating and cooling for your home, they also accrue twice the amount of wear and tear of a separate cooling or heating system. This means that your heat pump may be more prone to malfunction. With the Basnett Plumbing & Heating experts on your side for all of your heat pump’s needs, you won’t need to worry about having repairs properly handled. However, it is good as the homeowner to be aware of some of the more common problems that can develop with your heat pump system in Littleton, MA:

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What Does the SEER Rating Have to Do with My AC?

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

Most mechanical systems have a way to gauge or rate how it performs. Cars have miles per gallon (mpg) and furnaces have British thermal units (BTUs). Air conditioners have SEER – seasonal energy efficiency ratio. Why is SEER important to understand for your air conditioner? Let’s take a look.

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Are You Still Using a Slide or Dial Thermostat? It’s Time to Consider an Upgrade

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

Thermostats seem like a pretty innocuous components, but the truth is, they hold a great deal of power. Why? Because they control when your HVAC system turns on and off. If you are like most people, you work 5 days a week, spending at least 40 hours outside your home. Is it worthwhile cooling or heating a home that isn’t occupied? Of course not! But with an outdated thermostat, you may have no choice. The professionals at Basnett Plumbing & Heating can help you better control your cooling and heating with an upgraded thermostat for your home in Littleton, MA.

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Sump Pump vs. Ejector Pump: What’s the Difference?

Monday, June 15th, 2015

They look pretty much the same and usually reside next to each, but they have very different jobs. What are we talking about? The difference between your home’s sump pump and ejector pump. While all work done to either pump should only be handled by a trained expert, it’s important that, as the homeowner, you know which pump is which should a problem develop. But once you run into a problem with either type of pump, know that you can call the plumbing experts at Basnett Plumbing & Heating for all of your needs.

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Air Conditioning 101: How Does an Air Conditioner Cool?

Monday, June 15th, 2015

As we head into summer, you may have already experienced the cool air your whole-home air conditioning system provides. Have you ever wondered: how does my AC actually cool my home? Even if you haven’t, we’re going to give you a simple explanation here. However, if you are experiencing any kinds of problems with your air conditioner in Littleton, MA, or are looking to install a new system, the AC experts at Basnett Plumbing & Heating are the ones to call!

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Gas Piping: Why It’s Important to Hire Professionals

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

Natural gas is a versatile fuel for any home as it can power a number of major appliances and your heating system. But if you’ve never had natural gas in your home, you’ll need gas piping to bring the gas from the main line into your home safely. State laws require that only licensed plumbing professionals handle your entire gas pipe installation process, and for very good reasons, as we’ll outline below. In the meantime, if you are considering adding natural gas to your home in Littleton, MA, make sure your first step is to give our experts a call.

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Zone Control: Your Solution for Customized Cooling

Monday, June 8th, 2015

The summer solstice is right around the corner, bringing with it the heat and humidity that gives us “dog days” here in Littleton, MA. A great way to find relief from the heat is to enjoy your whole-home air conditioning, but this can be hard to do when no one can agree on a specific temperature. This is where the installation and use of a zone control system can help you, your family and your air conditioning system.

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Tired of the Effects of High Humidity? Consider Installing a Whole Home Dehumidifier

Monday, June 1st, 2015

We can have bitterly cold winters and stifling hot summers here in Massachusetts, and we are no strangers to excessive humidity during the summer months. Too much humidity is bad for both you and your air conditioner, but there is a great way to remove it without having to manage separate room dehumidifiers: a whole-home dehumidifier. Whole-home dehumidifiers integrate directly with your existing air conditioning system, making their work automatic. However, not just anyone can install a whole home dehumidifier in your Littleton, MA, home: it requires the help of trained experts. The indoor air quality specialists at Basnett Plumbing & Heating have the training and experience to install and service your whole house dehumidifier – all you have to do is give us call!

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Should I Replace My Tank Water Heater with a Tankless One?

Monday, June 1st, 2015

Most homeowners don’t give much thought to their hot water heater until it’s time to replace it. If you’ve determined that your hot water needs replacement, you may be surprised at just how many options you have. One option is a tankless system. Tankless units can be a bit confusing to those who have always had a storage tank type of hot water heater because they work very differently; additionally, they look different because they have no tank. Where does the hot water come from?

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