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

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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Should My Furnace Be Making That Noise?

Monday, December 3rd, 2018

woman-surprised-by-noiseProbably not.

Yes, that answer is a bit flip. But if a sound from a furnace is significant enough for you to ask the question, chances are high it’s an abnormal sound. You’re accustomed to the noise your home’s furnace makes—at least if you’ve already had it working for one winter—and when a new sound interrupts it, you’re right to be concerned. It might be a small issue, or it could be a warning you need to have furnace repair in Andover, MA from professionals.

(And we do mean professionals. Never try to go “do-it-yourself” with a furnace fix, and don’t let amateurs take on the work either.)

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The Big Benefits of Fall Heating Maintenance

Monday, October 8th, 2018

calendar-scheduling-bookEvery fall, we make a big push with our customers and soon-to-be-customers to schedule maintenance for their heating systems. This isn’t something we do just so our technicians can keep busy during the crunch seasons of summer and winter. We do it because any HVAC company worth hiring recommends it, and so does the US Department of Energy. In over thirty years in business, we’ve seen the major benefits of routine heating maintenance. We’ll explain below what these benefits are so you’ll know not to miss a fall maintenance inspection and tune-up for your heating system.

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Can a Gas Furnace Become Dangerous?

Monday, March 26th, 2018

gas-furnace-burnersThere are many options for home heating available today, such as boilers that can run from a variety of fuel sources and energy-efficient heat pumps that work as both heaters and air conditioners. But the heater still found in the majority of homes is the gas furnace. A gas furnace offers tremendous heating output to keep back the worst of winter chills, even for a drafty home. Because natural gas is one of the less expensive energy sources, gas furnaces help to save money.

But … people are sometimes wary of using natural gas to heat their homes because of safety concerns. If you’re considering the installation of a gas furnace in Littleton, MA for your home—possibly as a spring install to prepare for next winter—you may feel hesitant because of safety worries. Can a gas furnace actually become dangerous?

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When Your Heating System Shows Signs of Failure

Monday, February 12th, 2018

cold-man-thermostatWe know how easy it can be for life to get in the way of doing things that are important for your home’s maintenance. We’ve all forgotten to clean the gutters in time for winter, or neglected to clean the top of the ceiling fan for several months—but we usually learn from the mistake. Missing out on service for your heating system, though, is one mistake we don’t want you to have to learn from.

A heating repair can cost a lot more when it’s caught too late. Know the signs of heating failure and know what to do when you suspect a problem with our short guide, and call our experts for more information.

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