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

Do You Need a Whole-House Humidifier for the Winter?

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

Our winters can be incredibly harsh, requiring a high level of heat in our homes. The thing is, heat can be harsh, too, and if you don’t have enough moisture in your home, the lack of balanced humidity can cause a lot of problems. Individual room humidifiers can help, but not nearly as much as a whole-home humidifier that is part of your existing heating system. The indoor air quality pros from Basnett Plumbing & Heating can help you find and install a whole-house humidifier so that you can have the indoor moisture you need throughout the winter months in Sudbury.

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Do I Need to Replace My Radiator?

Monday, October 26th, 2015

Many homes in the Maynard area use radiators as the heat distribution outlet for their boiler heating systems. Radiators can offer gentle, comfortable heat, but if the radiator has problems, it may be time to replace it with a new radiator. The heating experts from Basnett Plumbing & Heating can help you with radiator replacement, but you may first want to review the following factors to see if it is time to call us:

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Why Does the AFUE of My Heater Matter?

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

When you look for a dishwasher or new hot water heater, you probably look at the energy labeling, right? After all, you want to know how efficient your new appliance will be. It is no different when you are choosing a new furnace or boiler for your home in Carlisle: you want to know how energy efficient your new heating system will perform. And this is where the AFUE rating comes in.

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Protect Your Pipes from Freezing This Winter

Monday, October 19th, 2015

Your house in Concord, MA, has any number of pipes running through it, from small pipes to large ones. Additionally, if you use a boiler system for heating, you have even more pipes that deliver the hot water or steam to the heat distribution outlets. The bottom line: you have a lot of pipes, and it is likely that some of them may be at risk for freezing and breaking during one of our famous New England cold snaps. However, if you schedule an appointment with a licensed Basnett Plumbing & Heating plumbing expert now, you can get your pipes protected from the winter cold and breakage.

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Why Isn’t My Heat Pump Switching to Heat Mode?

Monday, October 12th, 2015

If you have a heat pump, you know how easy it is to switch between modes. All you have to do is press a button on your thermostat. But what if your heat pump won’t switch modes? At this time of year it isn’t unusual to want your heat pump to be in heating mode in the morning and then cooling mode in the afternoon. There can be a couple of reasons why your heat pump isn’t switching modes, as we’ll explain below. However, it’s critical to the safe repair and operation of your heat pump that you allow a trained expert to handle the repair work, and that’s where the pros from Basnett Plumbing & Heating come in. We have been helping customers in Harvard, MA repair their heat pump systems for years, and we can do the same for you. Here are some of the more common reasons why your heat pump won’t switch to heating mode:

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Has Your Heating System Been Maintained Yet?

Monday, October 12th, 2015

We are enjoying fairly warm days still, but the sun is dwindling and so is our warm weather. Most people in our area try to wait until at least mid-October before turning on the heat, even if it is just in the mornings or evenings, but no one wants to turn on their heating system only to find that it isn’t working properly. At this time of year we recommend a great solution to this potential problem: scheduling professional heating maintenance with one of our pros. It’s important to have your heating system maintained each year, and the fall season is a great time to get your heater ready to work for the winter.

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What Types of Heating Outlets Can I Have with My Boiler?

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

There aren’t a lot of heating systems that offer a range of ways to disperse heat to your home. A forced-air system needs ductwork to deliver your heat and a ductless system needs indoor blowers. But when you have a boiler system, you have a choice of outlets, and you can even mix them up in a combination. The heating experts at Basnett Plumbing & Heating can help you choose the right outlet for the right room, and make sure it all works together to provide the ultimate comfort in your Carlisle home.

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Benefits a Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV) Can Offer

Monday, October 5th, 2015

There’s a nip in the air reminding us that cold weather isn’t that far away. Maintaining energy efficiency is important to many homeowners in Sudbury, MA, but it can be challenging in our New England climate. However, there is a component the heating experts at Basnett Plumbing & Heating can install into your heating system that will not only improve your energy efficiency, it will also improve your home’s ventilation: a heat recovery ventilator, also known as a HRV.

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