Thursday, March 29, 2018

4 Reasons to Install a New Air Conditioner This Spring

If your air conditioner is underperforming, it might be time to install a new unit. Should you do it now, or wait until summer? In many cases, spring is the better choice. Here are four reasons you should schedule your air conditioning installation this spring.

You will save money. Older air conditioning units are less efficient than newer models. Replacing your old air conditioner with a high-efficiency unit can save anywhere from 20% to 50% on cooling costs which is a good reason to install a new air conditioner this spring so that you can save money on your cooling bills when you use it the most.

You'll save time. HVAC technicians are in high demand during the summer months, leading to longer wait times. During the off season, it's easier to schedule an appointment when it's convenient for you. Want to save even more time? During your installation, have your duct and cooling system inspected, too. You can address any need repairs before the summer heat arrives.

You'll be sure you're getting the best air conditioner for your home. Installing your new air conditioner in the spring gives you more time to do research and prepare. You will have time to compare different models and select the best option. Your HVAC technician will be available to answer any questions you may have and recommend the best air conditioner for your home.

You will have peace of mind. You don't want to wait for scorching temperatures to hit, only to discover that your air conditioner doesn't work. By installing a new air conditioner now, you won't need to worry. You'll know that you can rely on your air conditioner when it counts.

We encourage you to give us a call! We’re here to help

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Is Your Heat Pump Running?

Your air conditioner is going to act differently throughout the seasons, no matter what system you have. But if you've recently moved into a home with a heat pump instead of a more traditional model, then it's important to take note of which behaviors are typical and which are not.

How often should your heat pump be running in the winter?

Once the temperatures start staying below freezing, your heat pump will be running almost constantly. They don't work like furnaces, which generate heat in cycles once the internal temperature dips below your thermostat's setting. Instead, they pump air between the inside and outside until the temperature reaches the right point. Heat pumps are often also matched with an auxiliary heat source -- a furnace, a heat strip, or a stove -- that can make up the difference when air exchange doesn't provide enough heat. However, as a general rule, heat pumps work slower and less dramatically than furnaces; they will be working almost constantly, and that's fine when it's cold.

How often should your heat pump be running when it's warmer out?

Warmer in this context means above the low- to mid-thirties. Above this range, heat pumps should be able to pull enough heat from the outside air to keep your home comfortable, and it shouldn't be a constant effort for the pumps to maintain that internal temperature.
Then again, if the heat pumps aren't turning off, something is wrong with your unit. The most common culprits are:
  1. an outdoor unit that's icing over
  2. too much demand for your unit, which is usually caused by poor insulation or a pump system that's too small for the property
  3. lack of tune-ups; since every air conditioning system needs a quick look-through, cleaning, and filter replacement.
If you have any questions or service needs, please feel free to contact us at New England Cooling Towers, Inc.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Benefits of Hiring a Heating Contractor

Your home furnace is a very important appliance as it is responsible for keeping your home warm and safe. Due to the importance of it, having access to a heating contractor to provide repair and maintenance services is extremely important. There are several important services that a heating contractor in Lowel MA can provide to you and your furnace.

Improve Efficiency

One of the services that a heating contractor can provide to you is to ensure it is running efficiently. While a furnace will be able to last well over a decade, they do tend to break down and run less efficiently overtime. If your furnace is not running as efficiently as possible, this could lead to higher energy bills. The contractor will be able to complete a check of your furnace and determine why the furnace is not working as efficiently as possible.

Ensure Safety

Another valuable service that a heating contractor can provide is that they can help to ensure the safety of your furnace. While furnaces are relatively safe appliances, they do pose a number of potential risks to you and your home. Some of the biggest risks can include leaking carbon monoxide, leaking gas, and the potential for a fire occurring. A heating contractor will be able to complete a range of different tests on the furnace to ensure it is running safely and will be able to fix any issues that they find.

Installation and Consultation

If you are in need of a new furnace, a heating contractor will also be able to help you by finding and installing a new furnace for you. The contractor will be able to help you to determine what type of furnace best meets your needs. Once you decide on a furnace, the contractor will be able to make sure it is properly installed and working correctly.

If you are looking for a reliable heating contractor, make sure to contact New England Cooling Towers, Inc for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Should Your New Heater Have a Humidifier?

One of the rules we all grew up with was that electricity and water don't mix; even if we never learned more than that, that primary safety rule governs how we use and store appliances. But sometimes there's no separating the two: both good coffee and good air quality break the rule. It's becoming more and more common to combine a heater in Tyngsboro MA with a humidifier.

Is it safe to have the two right next to each other?

New furnace models are being made available with furnace humidifiers. Because the two separate devices are built together, they're safe to run. Modern furnaces are undergoing a lot of changes, such as changing from standing pilot lights to electric ignition and the addition of several safeties cut-offs and sensor, and using an in-built humidifier can make the air much more pleasant.
But if your central heating system isn't built to accommodate a humidifier, give the two a bit of space. Humidifiers don't soak the surrounding air with moisture or create areas of standing water, but they can develop leaks. If you only recently considered adding a humidifier to your home's air system, start with a room unit. You can adjust it to different levels, see if it increases the comfort level, and then decide if you want a larger unit or to go room by room.

Why do people use humidifiers in winter?

Winter air is relatively dry, especially if you have severe winters. Heating that already dry air will make it even more parched, and that can worsen winter illnesses, skin conditions, or respiratory conditions. Dry air is also more expensive to heat: because it doesn't have moisture to help hold the heated temperature, you have to replenish the energy more frequently.

If you need a heating service contact New England Cooling Towers, Inc for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Monday, November 27, 2017

3 Smells That Indicate Your Furnace is Malfunctioning

Your furnace can emit all sorts of smells. While some are less serious, others can indicate a major problem. To help you distinguish between a not so significant issue and an urgent malfunction, we've listed 3 odors you shouldn't ignore when it comes to your furnace.

Burning Dust

Most homeowners, at one time or another, have noticed a burning dust smell coming from their furnace. This is especially common when the heat is turned on for the first time. The dirt and dust that has gathered inside the furnace, as it sat unused, is being burned away. While this is normal for a short period, it shouldn't continue after your furnace's initial start-up. However, if the smell does not go away, you may need to change the air filter. Replacing the filter on a regular basis helps maintain a healthy furnace. If you have installed a new air filter, and the smell is still present, you are likely dealing with a more serious issue. Calling a heating repair specialist to inspect your system is the next best step.

An Electrical or Metallic Smell

When components in your furnace are overheating they will produce a distinctive electrical or metallic smell. Unfortunately, the odor can indicate a number of malfunctions, such as, a burned-out motor or frayed wiring. If you get a whiff of either of these smells while your furnace is on, stop what you are doing and immediately shut it off. Continuing to run your system may be dangerous. Once the furnace is no longer operating, contact a HVAC professional to inspect and repair your furnace.

A Sulfur or Rotten Egg Smell

To help people easily detect a leak, a harmless sulfur containing chemical called mercaptan is added to gas. The chemical causes gas to smell like rotten eggs. If your furnace is on and your home is suddenly filled with this unpleasant odor, a gas leak is most likely the source. Immediately gather your family and exit your house. Once everyone is out of your home, you should call for emergency assistance. After the gas to your home has been turned off, call a HVAC technician to come locate and repair the leak.

Furnace malfunctions are bound to happen, however, you can ensure they happen less frequently by having your system serviced at the start of the heating season. If you would like to schedule an annual furnace inspection, please contact New England Cooling Towers today to take a look at your appliance.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

How to Keep Your Family Safe and Your Furnace Well Maintained During the Heating Season

We often take our furnaces for granted. They provide our homes with heat and ensure our families warmth during cold winter days and nights. Unfortunately, not properly maintaining your furnace can lead to unsafe conditions. If you haven't paid much attention to your furnace lately, we suggest reading the safety tips below.
  • Keep the area around your furnace clutter free. Stacked boxes or other flammable materials are best kept as far away from your furnace as possible. Storing objects, especially easily combustible items, near your furnace is a huge fire risk. Keeping the area clear is the only way to guarantee you are not creating a fire hazard in your home.
  •  Only trust a professional to install your new furnace. Although DIY projects are in right now, there are still many home endeavors you should not try yourself and installing a new furnace is definitely on that list. Hiring a professional who understands every intricate part of your new heating system is essential to a safe and proper installation.
  • Install and maintain your carbon monoxide detectors. Known as the invisible killer, carbon monoxide is an odorless and colorless poisonous gas. Undetected leaks in your home, due to a faulty furnace, can have devastating consequences on your family. Installing detectors throughout your house is the only way to know if a leak has occurred. We recommend having a detector installed near your furnace and on every floor of your home. It is also crucial to replace the batteries in your carbon monoxide detectors every year, and be sure to test them once a month to confirm they are working properly.
  • Schedule an annual furnace inspection. An inspection performed by a HVAC technician at the start of the heating season can alert you to big and small issues with your furnace. While there are numerous benefits to having your furnace inspected, the safety of your family is by far the most important.
Ignoring unusual smells and strange noises coming from you furnace is never a safe or smart decision. If you are experiencing either situation or you simply want to schedule a yearly furnace inspection, please contact New England Cooling Towers, Inc today to make an appointment.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Maximizing Your Furnace's Fuel Efficiency with an Automatic Vent Damper

In a time when energy prices seem to be increasingly rising, it is natural to be worried about the costs associated with operating your furnace. Fortunately, there are numerous things you can do to help keep your fuel costs down. One useful strategy is to have a heating contractor add what is known as an automatic vent damper installed in your flue. To learn more about how this component can boost your heating efficiency, read on.

Automatic Vent Damper 

The purpose of an automatic vent damper is to prevent heat from escaping your exhaust flue. This allows the heat exchanger inside of your furnace to extract a greater amount of thermal energy, which then passes on to the rooms of your home. This helps to reduce the number of times your furnace has to turn on--and thus the amount of gas it consumes in heating your home.

A Closer Look 

An automatic vent damper does not close off your flue all the time, however. If it did, poisonous exhaust gases would build up to dangerous levels inside of your furnace. Instead, an automatic vent damper is designed to only close the flue when the furnace’s burners have shut down. At all times when the furnace is running, it must remain open; in fact, a special electrical switch prevents the furnace from starting up unless the automatic vent damper is in its open position.

The moment your furnace’s burners shut down, however, the automatic vent damper closes. This helps to keep the residual heat trapped inside of the furnace for a greater period of time, thus maximizing the amount that can be passed on to your home.

We encourage you to call New England Cooling Towers, Inc with any questions or service needs you may have.