Thursday, June 20, 2019

7 Tips to Find a Good Contractor for Air Conditioning Installation

Many people postpone their air conditioning installation. After all, it's a big job and likely to take a few days to get done. Plus, you want to make sure that it gets done right the first time around. So it's important to find a good air conditioning contractor i.e., someone who will not overcharge you and will do a good job. You don't want your air conditioning breaking down a few months after you've installed it. Here are some things you can look for in a good air conditioning contractor:

  • 1. They'll Give You an Estimate: No good air conditioning contractor is going to start working without giving you an estimate of how much things are going to cost.
  • 2. They're Detail-Oriented: They'll make sure that they understand the specs of your house—its square footage, the height of the ceilings and the amount of usage that can be expected—before starting work.
  • 3. They're Efficient: A good air conditioning contractor isn't going to start the work one day, then leave it pending for several days. They understand that you need to live in the house. So they'll focus on your job for as long as it takes and get it done before moving on to another job.
  • 4. They're Reasonably-Priced: A good air conditioning contractor isn't going to charge you the moon for a small job. On the other hand, they're not going to undercharge you and do the job badly either.
  • 5. They're Pleasant to Work With: They're professional and courteous. They have answers to all your questions. And they're punctual too.
  • 6. They'll Be Available for Repairs and AC Service: After all, getting an AC system is not just about installation. It's also about maintenance.
  • 7. They Understand Your Needs: Air conditioning doesn't work on a one-size-fits-all basis. Each house is different and each customer's needs are different. Your air conditioning contractor will understand that.

Contact our team at New England Cooling Towers, Inc. a call today to schedule a maintenance check, installation, repair, or anything else you need. We’re here to help!

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

4 Effective Ways to Reduce Allergens this Spring

It's that dreaded time of year again, when spring allergies have got you feeling at your worst. Most people who deal with springtime allergies know exactly when the pollen is in the air. Here are four effective ways to reduce allergens this spring and improve your quality of air inside your home.

Get Your AC Unit Serviced by a HVAC Technician

Schedule an appointment to have your air conditioning unit serviced. AC units need regular maintenance to operate properly. The best time to schedule maintenance is the beginning of spring. However, it's better to do so late than to not get it serviced at all. As the months get warmer, the need to run your air conditioner grows. Keeping your air conditioning unit free of dust and other allergen particles will help reduce allergy symptoms. However, waiting until the last minute could have you sniffling, sneezing, and overall feeling poorly. It could also lead to an AC unit that stops working in the dead of summer.

Change AC Filters

Check your AC filter to see if it is clogged with dust and needs changing. Filters get dusty quickly; they become clogged with particles that travel through the air. Changing a filter is easy and will improve the air flow and quality in your home. However, be sure you are using the most effective filters. Ask your New England Cooling Towers, Inc. technician for their recommendations.

Keep Windows Closed

Keep windows closed on days the pollen count is extremely high. On low count days, you can crack a window, but remember to check window sills just to be sure nothing is blowing inside. Sometimes, it is best to avoid opening windows in bedrooms to keep pollen away from your bed linen and mattress.

Clear Out Debris Around Outdoor AC Unit

Keep your outdoor AC unit free of debris and dust. If debris is kept around the unit, unwanted dust particles will eventually end up in your home. Usually, while an HVAC technician is servicing your unit, they will make sure debris and other items are not clogging the system and interfering with proper air flow. Preventative maintenance care for your system is a healthy way to manage your air quality and reduce allergens throughout your home.

To find out more about keeping your air conditioner operating at its best, contact our team today.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Need a New Heating System? Read This Before Installing

Did your heating system just break down? Or, do you need to replace your old one? Whether the pilot light won't stay lit, the heater smells like it's burning, or the system makes frightening noises, it's probably time for an upgrade. With cold weather still upon us, it's natural to rush the buying process. However, it's best to take things slow and do your research first. Here are four things you should do before installing a new heating system:

1. Research Different Options

When it comes to heating, you have options. Don't be so quick to settle on the first one you see. There are furnaces, boilers, heat pumps, fireplaces, old-fashioned wood-burning stoves, and even radiant floor heat. Another option is to invest in a few electric space heaters. For more information about your options, speak with a qualified heating installation technician.

2. Consider Your Budget

Obviously, heating systems aren't cheap. They use lots of energy, and energy costs money. Of course, you must also factor in the price of installation. While you don't need to buy the most expensive heating system on the market, you shouldn't buy the cheapest either. Heating that's less expensive probably won't be as long-lasting as a more expensive system. Try to find a balance between a high-quality heating system and cost-efficiency.

3. Determine Efficiency Level

Different heating systems put out different energy levels. Efficiency is the ability to produce as much heat as possible at the lowest possible cost. When it comes to achieving efficiency, it's best to go with a heat pump as they use less electricity yet are still effective in heating your home. Although a high-efficiency heating system will have a higher initial cost, you'll save more money in terms of gas or electricity usage.

4. Conduct a Heating Load Calculation

Consult with an HVAC technician to perform a consultation to determine the type of heater is best and how much heating is needed based on the size of your home. If you avoid this step, you run the risk of installing a heating system that won't be effective in heating your home.

Contact us today if you have any questions about your existing heating system or would like to learn about installing a new one.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Common Late Season Furnace Problems

Many homeowners prioritize furnace maintenance before autumn comes around, and that’s a good thing! However, it’s important to prioritize furnace maintenance year round. As winter comes to an end, consider the wear and tear your furnace has endured over the last few months.

It’s common for furnaces to manifest late season problems, and it’s crucial that you don’t ignore them until fall comes back and you begin to rely on it to keep you comfortable again. Address any late season furnace problems as soon as possible because if you let a broken furnace sit all summer, it will come out of the season even worse off.

Common late season furnace issues include:

  • Dirty Burners – Over a season of use, the burners in your furnace can accumulate a lot of dirt. This makes it difficult for those burners to reignite when needed. Typically this manifests in a "boom" noise that comes with delayed ignition. Delayed ignition takes a toll on a furnace, making dirty burners an issue that needs to be addressed immediately.
  • Ignitor Failure – Instead of a pilot light, many furnaces have changed to an electronic ignitor to light the gas and run the heat. However, these ignitor often wear out before the furnace itself, making it so they may need replacement. If your heat has stopped turning on late in the season, this could be the cause.
  • Motor Failure – If your furnace is igniting, but the air isn't getting into your home, it could be an inducer motor failure. This motor pumps air into your home, and when the motor goes out, that doesn't happen. Typically you will notice a distinct and annoying screeching sound when a motor is going out.

As you can tell, the most common late season repairs come from the items in the furnace that are subject to frequent repeat use. Thankfully, these repairs are usually rather simple to fix. If you think your furnace should be looked at by a professional, contact us today to schedule a time of service.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

5 Reasons to Have Your Furnace Inspected This Winter

Now that winter has arrived, you depend on your furnace to keep you warm. An annual inspection and regular maintenance are essential to keep your heating system running smoothly. Unfortunately, many homeowners neglect to have their furnaces inspected each year. Here are five reasons why annual heating service is important.

Catch Problems Early

A number of heating problems can be avoided with routine maintenance. Regular furnace inspections allow you to detect any problems and fix them before they become more serious (and more expensive). Compared to the high cost of an emergency heating repair, regular maintenance is a worthwhile investment.

Extend Your Furnace's Lifespan

Not only will regular maintenance let you address potential problems early, it also ensures that your furnace keeps performing at its best. When your furnace isn't running as efficiently as it should, it creates additional wear and tear. Routine heating maintenance ensures that your furnace will last as long as possible.

Save Energy and Lower Heating Costs

Keeping your furnace in good working order ensures that it's running as efficiently as possible. Heating costs account for as much as 42% of your utility bill. By properly maintaining your furnace, you can enjoy significant savings on your winter energy bills.

Stay Comfortable

Nothing is worse than having your heating system stop working in the middle of a cold night. Annual furnace maintenance ensures that your heat keeps working when you need it most. Your home will stay warm and comfortable all winter long.

Increase Safety

An unchecked furnace carries the risk of a gas leak or a carbon monoxide leak. Gas leaks and carbon monoxide leaks are dangerous. Having your furnace inspected each year will ensure that any potential safety issues are dealt with right away. Contact us at New England Cooling Towers, Inc. today to schedule a maintenance check and you'll have peace of mind knowing that your furnace is working comfortably and safely.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Don't Let These Common Furnace Mistakes Ruin Your Winter

As the temperature outside descends into below freezing territory, you rely on your furnace to keep your home and family warm. Unfortunately, the health and dependability of your heating system can drastically drop when your furnace is not properly attended to. Homeowners often make a handful of mistakes that put their unit in jeopardy of breaking down. To help you avoid or correct those missteps, we've listed them below.

Ignoring the Warning Signs

As long as hot air is blowing through your vents, it's easy to believe your furnace is functioning at its most optimal level. However, strange noises, abnormal smells, and physical indicators can point to an impending breakdown. Ignoring these signs will only turn a potentially easy repair into a more serious and expensive malfunction. As a responsible homeowner, it is important to have all unusual symptoms addressed by your New England Cooling Towers, Inc. HVAC specialist to ensure your furnace doesn't call it quits during a particularly cold winter day.

Not Replacing an Old Furnace

Nobody likes spending a large amount of money at once, however, when it comes to replacing your furnace, putting off the purchase year after year can end up costing you an even larger amount of cash. The average life expectancy of a heating system is around 15 years. If your unit is close to that age or older than that, and it's experiencing frequent malfunctions, it's time to start shopping for a new one. While the initial cost may feel like a hard pill to swallow, the money and stress it will save you in the long run is well worth the investment.

Not Having Your Furnace Tuned Up at the Start of Each Season

A furnace tune-up ensures your system is clean and its many components are functioning properly. Often times, homeowners will put off a tune-up simply because their unit ran perfectly fine the previous winter. This way of thinking does not take into consideration the wear and tear your furnace inevitably experienced last heating season. Ignoring the need for a tune-up can cut back on your system's efficiency and increase its chances of breaking down at some point during the winter. If you didn't get your heating system tuned up at the beginning of the season, don't worry; scheduling a tune-up in the middle of the season is still extremely beneficial and will help your system run smoothly for the rest of the winter

If you're concerned with your furnace's performance or you would like to schedule a tune-up, please contact us today.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

5 Important Benefits of a Commercial HVAC Maintenance Agreement

Your business relies on its heating and cooling system throughout the year. Regular maintenance is critical to keep it in good working order. That's why an HVAC maintenance agreement is a worthwhile investment. Here are several benefits that an HVAC maintenance agreement can offer your business.

Extend the Life of Your Heating System

Your heating system is a large investment. Like all equipment, your HVAC system is subject to routine wear and tear. However, proper maintenance can significantly increase the lifespan of your equipment. Annual maintenance will keep it running for years to come.

Low Operating Costs

Proper maintenance can significantly reduce your HVAC system's operating costs. During a routine maintenance, your New England Cooling Towers, Inc. HVAC technician can address minor problems before they escalate into bigger, more expensive repairs. You'll ensure that your business is not interrupted by a costly HVAC failure.

Energy Efficiency

A lack of maintenance will have an adverse effect on your HVAC system over time. As your furnace starts to wear out, it will work harder and longer. Regular maintenance ensures that your heating system delivers energy efficient performance, leading to energy savings and lower utility bills.

Optimal Comfort

A well-maintained heating system is essential to keep your customers and employees comfortable. Your HVAC system should provide consistent temperatures and balanced humidity throughout your building. Inconsistent temperatures are often a sign that your furnace needs to be repaired.

Priority Service

Enjoy priority service with a maintenance agreement. You'll be able to focus on your business and know that your heating problems will be fixed as soon as possible. Contact us today to find out what additional services you can receive with a maintenance agreement from New England Cooling Towers, Inc.