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

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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Featured Recipe- Something Green for St. Patty’s!

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

St. Patrick's Day RecipeAre you looking for something green to bring to a St. Patrick’s Day Party? Try this traditional Guacamole recipe- with a twist!

Ingredient of the Month:


  • Many health benefits and nutrients.
  • Beneficial fats
  • Available year round
  • Use in salads, wraps, dips and stir fry


Rob’s Favorite Guacamole:

2 ripe avocados, cubed, not smashed

1 small onion, diced

1 clove garlic, minced

½ fresh lime, juiced

½ cup pomegranate seeds

Salt to taste (optional)

Corn or pita chips


Mix the onion, garlic and lime juice together.  Add salt to taste.  Carefully fold the cubed avocado and half of the pomegranate seeds in to onion mixture.

Top with remaining seeds and serve.

Basnett Plumbing & Heating has been proudly service the Metrowest area since 1987. For the past 26 years we have been providing plumbing, heating, air conditioning and indoor air quality services in Littleton, Lancaster, Arlington and the surrounding Massachusetts areas. As a family-owned business we strive to provide the best customer service and technical expertise available.

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Chelmsford HVAC Tip: Basic Terminology

Monday, April 9th, 2012

Ever try to look up basic information about your Chelmsford heating and air conditioning systems? There are dozens of terms that might as well be Greek for all you know – a mishmash of words and phrases talking about energy efficiency and air flow ratios. To make your next upgrade a little easier and give you a baseline with which to work, here are a few of the most common HVAC terms you’ll hear in the industry:

  • AFUE – Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency – This is a simple measurement of how much fuel a furnace converts into actual heat in your home. So, if a furnace converts 92% of the fuel it consumes into heat, it has an AFUE rating of 92.
  • Watts – A single watt is a measurement of electricity. Commonly, your electricity use is assured in kilowatts or kilowatt hours (kWh).
  • BTU – British Thermal Unit – A BTU is a common measurement of how much energy is produced or consumed by an appliance. When referring to an air conditioner, one “ton” refers to 12,000 BTUs.
  • SEER/EER – Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio refers to how many BTUs can be produced with a single Watt of electricity per hour. So, an air conditioner with an SEER of 14 can produce 14 BTUs of cooling per watt consumed each hour.
  • HSPF – Heating Seasonal Performance Factor – Refers to the efficiency of the heating elements in your heat pump.
  • COP – Coefficient of Performance – A measurement of how effective your heat pump is at heating a space compared to standard electrical resistance heat. The lower the temperature gets outside, the lower the COP will be. Equipment is usually measured for COP at 47 and 17 degrees to give an idea of seasonal performance of a new heat pump.
  • Refrigerant – Refrigerant is any gas that is used to draw heat from the air in a particular environment through an air conditioner or heat pump. It has a much lower boiling point than water, allowing it to cool despite the temperature outside. Currently, most equipment uses R-22 refrigerant while the new standard will be R-410A (Puron), legally required in all cooling units by 2020.
  • CFM – Cubic Feet per Minute – Used to measure the volume of air passed through an air handler by an air conditioner or furnace.

There are a number of complicated details to keep track of when choosing a new air conditioner or furnace. If you have any questions about your HVAC system, never hesitate to call Basnett Plumbing & Heating!

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