Basnett Plumbing, Heating & AC Blog: Archive for the ‘Energy Savings’ Category

Energy-Saving Tip: Turn Down Your Water Heater Temperature

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

As summertime approaches, your bills can start to feel a bit out of control. You’ve just gotten a break from the high cost of heating in the winter, and now you have to manage outrageous summer cooling costs.

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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 Consider the Installation of a Heat Recovery Ventilator?

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

We’ve had a heck of winter this year, and you may be wondering how to best ventilate your home during hard winters without compromising your energy efficiency. A great tool that has helped many customers is the heat recovery ventilator. This device works with your existing heating system to allow pre-treated, fresh air into your home while boosting your energy efficiency. You may be asking, how does that work? We’ll explain more below about how a heat recovery ventilator can benefit your Newton, MA home.

What Is It?

A heat recover ventilator, also known as a HRV, is a specialized ventilation system that uses the thermal energy from your outgoing, stale, warm air to pre-treat the incoming fresh, cool air.

How Does It Work?

A HRV is small device that seamlessly integrates with your heating system. At the core of the device is a heat exchanger. As the warm, used air from your indoors is expelled to the outside, a small fan pulls fresh air from the outside into the core of the heat recovery ventilator. In the heat exchanger, the thermal heat from the indoor air is applied the incoming fresh air, adding warmth and humidity to it; this pre-treated air then passes into your heating system and becomes part of the air in your heating cycle.

What Are the Benefits of a Heat Recover Ventilator?

There are a number of benefits to a heat recovery ventilator worth considering:

  • Improves indoor air quality – a HRV provides a continuous stream of fresh air for your home, which greatly improves ventilation and your overall indoor air quality.
  • Improves energy efficiency – the pre-treated air that enters your heating system from the heat recovery ventilator is already warmed; this means your heating system doesn’t have to work as hard to heat your home and as a result, uses less energy.
  • Takes stress off your heating system – when your heating system doesn’t have to generate as much heat, it doesn’t have to work as hard. This helps reduce premature aging and wear and tear levels.

If you are interested in what a heat recovery ventilator installation can do for your Newton, MA, home, call Basnett Plumbing & Heating and schedule an appointment.

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Heating and Air Conditioning Rebates for Massachusetts Residents

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

Energy Rebates | Littleton | Basnett Plumbing & HeatingHurry these rebates only last a few more months! If you are interested in upgrading your heating or cooling system find out about the money saving rebates available for MA residents by calling Basnett Plumbing & Heating today! When you purchase qualifying equipment through Basnett we can help you get the most out of your purchase by explaining which rebates you qualify for and helping to fill out the rebate paperwork. You can also get great financing deals, including Mass Save HEAT Loan Zero Interest Financing. Basnett Plumbing & Heating offers plumbing, heating, air conditioning and water heater services in Littleton, MA and throughout the MetroWest area.

There are rebates available for all of the following products and systems:

  • Heat Pump Water Heater
  • Central Air Conditioner or Heat Pump
  • ENERGY STAR® Heating and Cooling Installations
  • Residential High-Efficiency Heating Equipment
  • High-Efficiency Oil and Propane Heating System
  • Home Energy Assessments
  • Residential High-Efficiency Oil or Propane Indirect Water Heater
  • 7-Day Programmable Thermostats
  • Weather Responsive Controls for Oil or Propane Forced Hot Water Heating Systems

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Call Basnett Plumbing and Heating for Your Cooling Needs!

Friday, June 8th, 2012

Stressed over energy costs? Don’t beat yourself up! Basnett Plumbing and Heating has the solution for all of your plumbing, heating and cooling needs. Basnett has been proudly serving the MetroWest area for 25 years.

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Rinnai Tankless Water Heater: Up to $925 in Rebates!

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Purchase a Rinnai Tankless Water Heater between May 1st and July 31st, 2012 and receive up to $125 off in rebates. Receive up to $800 in rebates on qualifying water heater from GasNetworks. Get a $125 rebate for any Ultra Series Tankless Water Heater from Rinnai and an $800 rebate from GasNetworks on that same model! Get a $75 rebate on any Luxury Series or Value Series Tankless Water Heater from Rinnai and a $500 rebate from GasNetworks on that same model.

With a tankless model you can enjoy endless hot water, lower energy bills, longevity, space savings, and ENERGY STAR approval. Call Basnett Plumbing and Heating for all your On-Demand Tankless Water Heater needs! Get more information on the Rinnai rebate, and the GasNetworks rebate.

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Still River Heating Tips: Simple Steps to Prevent Heat Loss

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

There are two fundamental ways to make your Still River house warmer. One is to generate heat, which is the job of your furnace or boiler. The second is to keep the warm air in — and thereby keep cold air out — which is the job of your system of insulation.

The idea that the physical structure of a home can be a component of the HVAC system is one that is often overlooked, but when you think about it, it makes sense. The insulation, windows, doors and building materials that comprise your home are designed to keep the place warm against the cold and vice versa.

So, when bolstering your HVAC system to promote efficient heating, it is important to also consider heat loss and how to prevent it. This is a process that can get out of hand if you go overboard, so it is important to prioritize. Let’s look at the top 3 places to start when trying to prevent heat loss.

  1. Doors and Windows:  If you have older doors and windows, they could be a source of heat loss in your house, even if they are always closed. Replacing your windows and door with Energy Star rated ones will make sure that you are not losing heat to the outside AND still getting all the heat energy from the sun. Installing storm windows or putting up heavy curtains in winter can also help cut down on your heat loss.
  1. Seal off drafts. If any opening to your house, such as windows and doors, is improperly sealed, improperly installed or if the surrounding construction is deteriorating, you can lose a lot of heat. Check any drafts that you notice that might indicate a problem, and also if your vents and air ducts are leaky.
  1. Start at the top. If you want to go farther in sealing your house up against the cold, it is time to work on the insulation. When installing new insulation, remember that heat rises, so you get the most bang for your buck by starting at the top. If you only have the budget or time to insulate one space, make it the attic. You can work down from there.

These areas should be your top three priorities on your mission to prevent heat loss in your Still River home. If you start here, you will get the best gains with the least effort. If you have any questions about how to keep your home warm this winter, give Basnett Plumbing & Heating a call!

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