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

Avoid Toilet Clogs This Holiday Season

Wednesday, December 30th, 2015

Two of the three end-of-year holidays have passed, but there are many gatherings to be held still. Are you hosting and worried that your bathroom, and more specifically, your toilet, may take a beating? Clogs are very common at this time of year, but we have a few tips to help you prevent a visit from one of our Basnett Plumbing & Heating pros to your home in Concord, MA.

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Ways to Conserve Energy and Water in 2016

Monday, December 28th, 2015

As we close out another year, our eyes turn toward the upcoming new one. There has been a lot of focus on becoming more energy efficient this year, as well as conserving our resources. If this is something that is a priority to you in 2016, the experts from Basnett Plumbing & Heating are here to help you in any way that we can.

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Why Does HSPF Matter for My Heat Pump?

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

If you own a heat pump in Sudbury, you enjoy some nice benefits of this system: heating and cooling, the ability to use ductwork or ductless indoor blowers, and good energy efficiency year-round. Many homeowners in our area grew up with or even owned at one point a more traditional type of heating system, like a furnace or boiler. With these systems, it is fairly easy to ascertain the level of efficiency, and it is expressed in a percentage. With heat pumps, it is a little different. The efficiency ratings for heat pumps is expressed as a HSPF rating. What’s that? We’ll explain more below.

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Items to Check before Calling for Heating Repair

Monday, December 21st, 2015

It’s never advisable for anyone to take on their heating system unless they are a trained expert. However, as the homeowner, there are a few things you can check before calling us for help in order to rule out certain problems ahead of time. This helps us resolve your issue faster and more effectively. Remember that the pros from Basnett Plumbing & Heating are always here to help you with any heating repair issue you may have in Maynard, MA.

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Signs You May Need Pipe Replacement

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

No homeowner wants to think about pipe replacement in the middle of the holiday season, but if you are seeing the signs that indicate it is time, it is not something to ignore. Plumbing piping is made to be durable, but it is not made to last forever. If you have an older home, one that is 40 years old or older, you may have pipes in your home that are original. Here are some of the common signs that can indicate it’s time to call the plumbing pros from Basnett Plumbing & Heating to see if your pipes need replacing:

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Two Types of Radiant Heating

Monday, December 14th, 2015

Radiant heating has become a very popular choice for many homeowners. Whether you want to have toasty floors in your mudroom or want your whole house to benefit from a radiant heating system, the pros from Basnett Plumbing & Heating can help. But you have a decision to make with us: what type of radiant heating do you want to use? Because you have two options: electric or hydronic.

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Some Tips So You Don’t Have to Ask Santa for a New Garbage Disposal This Holiday Season

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

It is officially the holiday season, and if you are hosting any kind of holiday event in your home or business, it can be a tough month on your garbage disposal. Why? The holiday season is notorious for all kinds of materials being put down your drain, and some of these materials may be capable of putting your disposal out of commission or worse. Here are the food items that should never be put into your garbage disposal:

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What Is a High Velocity Heating System?

Monday, December 7th, 2015

We have a lot of older homes here in Concord, making it tough to have a forced-air system in the home. The reason for this is that ductwork is often needed to accommodate forced-air systems – but not with a high velocity system. Not only can you have effective, whole-home heating with a high velocity system, you can also have air conditioning, and you don’t have to worry about installing bulky, costly ductwork.

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Is Your Whole Home Generator Ready for Winter?

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

We all know what last winter was like and how, in general, New England winters can knock the power out for days. The main reason to have a whole home generator is to ensure that should a classic winter nor’easter hit, you will be able to maintain your home just about normally. However, if your generator hasn’t been maintained, you may be in for an unwelcome surprise. This is where the pros from Basnett Plumbing & Heating come in.

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