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

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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4 Things You May Not Know about Your Furnace

Monday, December 18th, 2017

new-gas-furnace-in-homeWhen it comes to the heating system in your home, there’s only one component you really interact with on a regular basis—the thermostat. Most people don’t know too much about the ins and outs of their furnaces, which makes sense. That’s what the professionals are here for! Still, there are some facts about your home furnace that may be helpful to know.

We hope that you’ll take away something useful from today’s list!

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What Is the Reversing Valve?

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

Many homeowners in the Littleton, MA, area enjoy the benefits a heat pump system has to offer. However, not a lot of homeowners understand how a heat pump can offer both heating and cooling. The key component is a device called the reversing valve. However, this isn’t a simple valve like you’d find on a water heater. A reversing valve is more complicated, and as such, always requires the help of a trained expert, like the ones at Basnett Plumbing & Heating.

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Why You Should Consider a Low-Flow Toilet

Monday, July 20th, 2015

When most property owners think about conserving energy or conserving resources like water, we tend to think big. This isn’t a bad thing, but small changes can have a big effect, too. If you have been looking for a way to reduce your water usage, you may want to consider replacing your toilet with a low-flow toilet. How much water can a low-flow toilet save over a regular one? Let’s take a look.

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Why Do I Have to Replace the Air Filter in My Air Conditioner?

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

While the purpose of the standard air filter in your AC isn’t to improve your home’s indoor air quality, it does serve a very important purpose: trapping excessive amounts of dust and dirt. At this time of year, your air conditioner runs pretty regularly, so it is capturing a great deal pf particles. Air filters cannot remove these particles on their own; instead, they need to be changed out every three months to ensure they work well and your air flow is good. What can happen when you leave a clogged, dirty air filter in your air conditioning system? Let’s take a look:

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Do I Have to Have My Refrigerant Recharged Each Year?

Monday, July 6th, 2015

Most homeowners understand that refrigerant is the key chemical that makes their air conditioner function, but what many don’t understand is that the refrigerant isn’t used like a fuel. As such, it isn’t consumed and doesn’t require recharging each year. In fact, your refrigerant level should never change, and will only do so if there’s a leak in your system. Understanding how refrigerant works in your system helps explain the nature of refrigerant, so the experts at Basnett Plumbing & Heating have provided an overview for you.

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Air Conditioning Maintenance: It’s Never Too Late to Schedule It

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

Summer is here, and we are guessing that you’ve already turned on your air conditioning system at least once. While we have thankfully not had the summer humidity set in, it’s coming. Is your air conditioner ready for it? If you noticed that your AC was a little sluggish at start-up this year, or isn’t providing the level of cool air you expect, we have a solution: schedule a maintenance appointment, especially if you’ve missed it so far this year.

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What Are Some Common Repair Problems That Can Develop with Heat Pumps?

Monday, June 29th, 2015

Heat pumps are pretty ingenious systems, but because they provide both heating and cooling for your home, they also accrue twice the amount of wear and tear of a separate cooling or heating system. This means that your heat pump may be more prone to malfunction. With the Basnett Plumbing & Heating experts on your side for all of your heat pump’s needs, you won’t need to worry about having repairs properly handled. However, it is good as the homeowner to be aware of some of the more common problems that can develop with your heat pump system in Littleton, MA:

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What Does the SEER Rating Have to Do with My AC?

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

Most mechanical systems have a way to gauge or rate how it performs. Cars have miles per gallon (mpg) and furnaces have British thermal units (BTUs). Air conditioners have SEER – seasonal energy efficiency ratio. Why is SEER important to understand for your air conditioner? Let’s take a look.

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Are You Still Using a Slide or Dial Thermostat? It’s Time to Consider an Upgrade

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

Thermostats seem like a pretty innocuous components, but the truth is, they hold a great deal of power. Why? Because they control when your HVAC system turns on and off. If you are like most people, you work 5 days a week, spending at least 40 hours outside your home. Is it worthwhile cooling or heating a home that isn’t occupied? Of course not! But with an outdated thermostat, you may have no choice. The professionals at Basnett Plumbing & Heating can help you better control your cooling and heating with an upgraded thermostat for your home in Littleton, MA.

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