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

Is It Time to Upgrade an Ancient Heating System?

Monday, January 13th, 2020

We have many vintage homes in our area, and most of their owners love them and don’t want to make drastic modifications to them. But older homes are often difficult to heat. It’s not only due to less tight construction that allows for drafts and lower levels of insulation. It’s also the antiquated heating systems that can cost enormous amounts each winter to power. Old heat systems are sometimes Frankenstein monsters constructed of different parts, such as an oil-fired steam heating boiler, cast iron radiators, multiple different units for each floor, and electrical back-up heat.

If your home heating in Acton, MA is an old-fashioned system like a steam boiler or gas-fired oil furnace, or you’re needing to rely on space heaters for extra energy, and all of this is costing a small fortune each winter, we highly recommend an upgrade. The changes don’t have to be as drastic as they may at first appear—at least not if you work with our skilled professionals.

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Why Your Furnace Is Blowing Out Cold Air

Monday, December 30th, 2019
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A furnace generates heat. That’s the basic job from when the first central heating furnaces were created hundreds of years ago. So when you turn on your furnace to provide your house with heat during a cold winter and the only air that comes out is cold—yes, you have a problem. There may be a simple solution to this, and we’ll look into that. Or you could have a serious problem that will require furnace repair in Andover, MA from professionals.

We’re going to go through some of the basic reasons for a furnace that isn’t heating and what you can do about them. Please, if in doubt, do not attempt to make any repairs on your own. Especially with a gas furnace, trying to open up the unit and “fixing” it is potentially dangerous. (And you probably wouldn’t be able to fix the problem anyway.)

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How Electric Furnaces Can Go Bad

Monday, December 2nd, 2019
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One of the reasons furnaces are so common in homes across the country is their flexibility. Furnaces can run from a range of energy sources. Natural gas, propane, oil, and electricity. There’s a furnace to fit any home with ductwork in it, and when you rely on us as your Concord, MA, HVAC contractor, we’ll make sure you have the ideal furnace when it’s time for an installation.

Electric furnaces are common for houses without any connection to natural gas. They’re inexpensive to install, have a reliable energy source, and encounter few repair issues compared to gas and heating oil furnaces. But electric furnaces still malfunction at times—and if this happens to your electric furnace, you’ll want our technicians on the job fast to have it fixed. We have emergency service for whenever you have one these electric furnace problems strike …

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Schedule Fall Heating Maintenance If You Haven’t Yet

Monday, November 4th, 2019
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November is here and the Halloween decorations are back in the boxes. The weather is cooling down, and you may already have switched on your home heating system at least once. This means it’s time for your annual fall Andover, MA, HVAC maintenance to inspect and tune-up your heating system.

Was that a groan we heard? Yes, maintenance isn’t a word anyone likes. It implies routine. It implies shutting down something important. But the benefits of maintenance for an appliance as essential as a residential heating system can never be overstated. It’s not even as much of an inconvenience as people often think, either. When you work with our HVAC professionals to maintain your furnace or another type of heater, the job will be done fast—and you can start enjoying the benefits of uninterrupted and reliable winter comfort.

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A Vital Reason for a Pre-Season Gas Furnace Inspection

Monday, October 7th, 2019

In our previous post, we talked about our Ultimate Savings Agreement and how it sets up your home for the best possible winter. Or at least the warmest possible winter with the fewest problems and lowest heating costs. Almost every HVAC contractor offers some type of maintenance program, since it’s the best way to ensure a long and effective service life from a heating system.

In this post, we’re addressing a specific maintenance function for a specific kind of heater. It isn’t a rare type of heating system, but the most common found in homes—the natural gas furnace. If you have a gas furnace in Carlisle, MA to warm your home, a maintenance inspection is vital for safety. Even if there were no other benefits to pre-season maintenance (and there are plenty), it would be worth it alone for how it protects your family.

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The Ultimate Savings Agreement Sets Up Your Home for a Great Winter

Monday, September 23rd, 2019
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It’s officially fall, the season of changing colors and changing weather. Although winter may still seem far off enough that you can relax, right now is the best time to prepare for winter. One of the best steps you can take to have a winter that’s as worry-free as possible is to schedule maintenance to inspect and tune-up your home’s furnace or other heating system. The heating maintenance in Westford, MA and throughout MetroWest Boston to best handle this job is through our Ultimate Service Agreement.

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Why Many Homeowners Love Radiant Heating

Monday, February 25th, 2019

white-heating-radiatorThe term radiant heating has a few different meanings when it comes to central HVAC for homes. The general meaning of radiant heating is a way that heat moves: waves of heat radiate off a hot object, and those move through space without heating the air until the waves meet another object and heat it. It’s the feeling you get from the pavement on a sunny day, or when you place your hand near a hot plate.

Radiant heating also refers to types of home heating systems that use this method of heating. Most radiant heating systems use a boiler to circulate water to points in the house, raise the temperature of those objects, and send heat into the rooms. Radiant heating systems can use radiators, baseboard heaters, or in-floor pipes at the terminal points that radiate heat into the room.

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What Can Go Wrong With a Clogged Furnace Filter

Monday, January 28th, 2019

air-fliter-cuIf there was one fact about furnaces we’d love to permanently secure in everyone’s minds, it would be that the furnace’s filter needs to be changed for a clean filter every 1 to 3 months.

There is plenty of info about furnaces we’d like our customers to know, but this single fact can make an enormous difference in how often someone needs to call for heating repair in Andover, MA and how much they pay each winter for heating. It can even prevent a furnace from needing an early replacement. In this post, we’ll go over what can go wrong with a furnace due to a filter that’s become clogged because it hasn’t received a regular change.

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Why Consider a High Velocity Heating System

Monday, December 31st, 2018

woman-relaxed-on-couchIf you’re in a position where you believe you’ll need a new heating and cooling system installed for your house, one option to consider is a high velocity system. These systems can provide numerous benefits for homes, such as a better spread of heating and a reduction in energy bills.

What Is a High Velocity System?

In its basics, a high velocity system is similar to the standard HVAC system you probably already have installed. Air is heated in the unit, then sent into ducts to travel to the various rooms. Most high velocity systems are types of heat pumps, so they offer both heating and cooling.

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Uneven Heating: Here’s Why It May Be Hitting Your House

Monday, December 17th, 2018

man-keping-warmA reliable and powerful heating system is necessary to make it through one of our Boston winters. But proper home heating requires something more than just heating power. After all, a furnace that can heat up air to a comfortable 72°F isn’t much good if the heat doesn’t go anywhere. That’s why a central furnace has an air handler and a duct network. A problem that many homes face during winter with their heating is that heat isn’t reaching all the rooms evenly, leading to cold spots.

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