Basnett Plumbing, Heating & AC Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Heating Installation’

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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How to Find the Right HVAC Contractors for Cold Weather

Monday, October 23rd, 2017

snowy-homeSummers can get a bit warm and humid in Southborough, MA, but they are nothing when compared to the chill of our autumns and winters. The winter in Massachusetts is a time to snuggle up at home on the couch with the heater running. That is, until it breaks down and all you have left is a blanket and a warm cup of cocoa. This is not an ideal substitute, and you’ll need a heating contractor fast.

So who are you going to call? We think it’s important to know the name of a heating technician you trust, so that every year, at any time, you have someone you can trust to bring into your home if need be (or for routine maintenance services). We want to help you find the best HVAC technicians (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) for the job this winter—and every year!

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4 Tips for Replacing Your Heating Equipment

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

You need a new furnace or boiler, but where should you begin to look? Our quick guide gives you some information to get you started. Call our technicians to learn more, or contact qualified specialists in your service area.

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Have Your Heating System Ready for Colder Weather

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

We know it’s tough to think about your heater when hot and humid weather has your air conditioner up and running at all hours of the day. But the winters are even rougher, and it’s important that you have a quality, high-efficiency heater ready to go before temperatures start to drop in only a matter of weeks. Install your new high-efficiency heating system today or schedule a maintenance appointment with a qualified local technician!

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How Long Can I Keep My Furnace Around?

Monday, February 29th, 2016

We often get questions about how long a furnace is actually supposed to last. Homeowners are frustrated to learn that their older furnaces have finally broken down, and want to find system that stay around for longer. And while there’s a lot you can do to help your heating system stay in good condition, that fact of the matter is that any system such as this does eventually bite the dust.

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How Long Will My New Heater Last?

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

It’s one of the questions we get asked the most when we’re installing a new heating system: “How long will this one last?” Understandably, homeowners are frustrated when their older system breaks down far sooner than they were expecting, and they hope that we can promise them a long lifespan for a new heater.

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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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Benefits of the Different Kind of Boilers

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

If you’re looking for a heating installation for your new home in Marlborough, you may have overlooked boilers, particularly if you’ve owned one in the past. Older boilers can make a lot of noise, need frequent repairs, and run fairly inefficiently. However, most boilers today require very little energy to run, many operating far more efficiently than those built decades ago and better than many new furnaces. Furthermore, advancements in technology make today’s boilers quieter and offer better performance than ever before. Let’s look at a few of the different types you can choose between for your home.

Gas Boilers

The most common boilers found in homes are gas boilers, which rely on natural gas, usually supplied through a gas line from your municipality, to operate. Today’s gas boilers are not what they used to be, and that’s a good thing. Many gas boilers have an AFUE (annual fuel utilization efficiency) of well over 90%, meaning that a vast majority of the energy they use goes into heating your home. Besides, the comfort of the radiant heat given off by a boiler simply cannot be beat.

Oil Boilers

Oil boilers are designed for use in areas that natural gas is not as readily available. Although this scenario is somewhat rare, more and more homeowners have used oil boilers by choice recently because of the development of more environmentally-friendly oil-based fuels. The addition of these biodiesel fuels also makes these oil boilers very efficient and you could end up saving on monthly heating costs.

Steam Boilers

The term boiler is confusing to some because, usually, water is not actually boiled. Instead, water is heated to a very high temperature and then circulated through your home. However, a steam boiler heats water to a much higher temperature so that it can heat a space very quickly even in the harshest of winters. Steam boilers are more common in commercial application, though they may be used residentially in some cases.

The best person to help you choose which type of boiler works best in your home is a trained technician.

Call the friendly professionals at Basnett Plumbing & Heating and ask about heating installation in Marlborough today!

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Consider Something New for Your Heating Installation This Fall

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

When the day comes to retire the aging and inefficient heating system in your home, your first instinct will be to replace it with a similar type of heater. This makes sense, as you can use the same power source and existing distribution system, such as ductwork, hot water pipes, etc.

But perhaps this fall is the right time to look into a different type of heater. You may be missing out on some tremendous benefits—both in comfort and energy savings—available from other heating systems. For your new heating installation in MetroWest, call Basnett Plumbing & Heating and talk to our experienced professionals. They can tell you about your options for new installation, and then help guide you toward the best choice for your home. You may end up with a similar system to what you had before, but you will at least know that it’s the best of your options.

Electric furnace

Switching from a gas furnace to an electric furnace is a choice to consider if you have worries about safety. Some homeowners decide to change over entirely to electrical power for the home to increase home safety. Electric furnaces are also a less expensive option than gas furnaces.


The modern hot water boiler can achieve high levels of heat while lasting for many years. Boilers also promote better indoor air quality than forced air systems like furnaces and heat pumps because they use the clean power of radiant heating. You do not need a gas connection to enjoy a boiler’s benefits: they also come in electric and oil-burning models.

Heat pumps

A heat pump works excellently as a replacement for a furnace, since it can use the same set of existing ducts. With a heat pump, you will also have a replacement for your air conditioner, since the system works as both an AC and a heater.

Radiant floor heating

A more recent development in heating technology, radiant floor heating uses hydronic or electric power to heat up the floorboards of rooms and generate an even and cozy-feeling heat through a space. Radiant floor heating is best for new construction projects, although professionals can retro-fit a current home for this technology.

With the many possibilities for residential heating available today, you need to make sure that you have professional assistance to pick the right unit for you. Heating experts, such as those at Basnett Plumbing & Heating, will look over your home and analyze its heating needs (using a process called a heat load calculation) and determine what type of new heater will work best.

When it comes to new heating installation in MetroWest, rely on the team of professionally experienced heating technicians at Basnett Plumbing & Heating.

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Littleton, MA Heating Guide: Why You Need a Load Calculation for Your New Heating System

Monday, March 11th, 2013

A load calculation should be performed by a heating professional before selecting your new heating system in your Littleton, MA home. Only a comprehensive evaluation of your home and property, including house layout, orientation, and size, will be able to indicate what type and what size your heating system should be. For professional advice and installation of your new heating system, you can rely on the Littleton, MA heating experts at Basnett Plumbing & Heating. As one of the leading providers in the area, we can perform a comprehensive load calculation of your home so that we can make sure your new heating system works effectively and efficiently. Call us today!

A load calculation seeks to measure the potential for heat gain and heat loss of your home. There are a variety of measurements and factors to take into consideration. Heat gain is how much your heating system can produce, which is typically measured in BTUs (British Thermal Units). If your heater is too small or large, it won’t be able to create the appropriate amount of heat, which can cause all sorts of problems, from overheating your system to unpleasant indoor temperatures.

Heat loss is just as important. It is the measurement of how much heat your home will lose and how fast the temperature will fluctuate. The size and thickness of your walls, windows, floors, basement, ductwork, roof, doors, as well as the quality of your ventilation, and the slab grade all determine how much heat loss your system will undergo during the heating season. It depends not only upon the durability of these parts of your home, but also upon their installation. Like all mathematical calculations, however, it is only an estimate, and it has to make certain assumptions in the process. For example, a typical heating load calculation will assume, for the purpose of measurement, that heat transfer occurs instantaneously, and that all materials are the same.

That’s why you need a heating contractor with real-world experience. If you’re considering a new heating system for your home in Littleton, MA, call Basnett Plumbing & Heating. We can perform an accurate load calculation for your home, in order to ensure that your new heater provides lasting comfort and energy-efficiency. Call us today!

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