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.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Reasons to Hire a Professional Air Conditioning Contractor

Plenty of individuals are interested in being able to handle almost all household repairs themselves these days. However, it is in one’s best interest to hire an air conditioning contractor if they suspect that something is wrong with their air conditioning system. Below are three reasons you should call a professional for your air conditioning needs.

1. People might end up damaging their air conditioning systems if they try to work on them independently.
 

Air conditioning systems are very intricate. The condenser coils of air conditioning systems are fragile enough that they will eventually degrade if they aren't cleaned often enough. These are not the sort of components that people should be handling without the right amount of experience.

2. Many independent individuals who are not professional HVAC specialists will not have the equipment that they need in order to repair everything effectively.

Some of the best HVAC equipment is very expensive. People should not assume that the equipment they have around the house will be sufficient for the task at hand. You won't always be able to find adequate substitutions for the tools that professionals use. The tools will need to be HVAC tools in order to get the job done well, and an air conditioning contractor will already have them.

3. Professionals may be able to detect additional problems at the right time.

There are plenty of home repair enthusiasts who might be able to diagnose specific problems. However, they still might not know air conditioning systems well enough to be able to identify problems that are in the early stages of development. Professional HVAC specialists will do this as a matter of course.

We encourage you to give New England Cooling Towers, Inc. a call with any air conditioning needs.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Air Conditioning Tips: How to Reduce Your Energy Bill This Summer


Saving money on your energy bill this summer doesn't mean your home has to become a sauna. With temperatures quickly rising, you shouldn't have to sacrifice your family's comfort. However, if your monthly budget is already stretched thin and you're dreading the start of the cooling season, take a deep breath and implement the money saving tips provided below.

Keep the Sun Out
Although you may think it sounds too simple to be effective, closing your window blinds or drapes to block out the sun can lower the temperature in your home. Your blinds and drapes can also insulate your windows, which will stop the cool air your air conditioner produces from escaping your home.

Furniture Placement
If your couch is sitting on top of an air conditioning vent, the obstruction is going to cost you some money at the end of the day. A blocked vent is unable to properly circulate air, which leads to ineffective cooling. Before you turn on your system for the summer, go from to room to ensure no furniture is hindering your air conditioner's air flow. If you do find a covered vent, simply rearrange the furniture in the room to optimize your system's cooling ability.

Install a Programmable Thermostat
When you're not at home your thermostat should be set at least 4 to 6 degrees higher than when you are in the house. While you could manually make the adjustment before heading out for the day, it's easy to forget, and while that may not seem like a big deal, continuously doing so will definitely send your energy bill soaring. Installing a programmable thermostat allows you to preset temperatures, which guarantees you won't waste energy or money when your house is empty.

Have Your Air Conditioner Tuned-Up
Properly maintaining your air conditioner is key to you saving money on your energy bill each month. If your system is dirty or malfunctioning, you aren't only throwing money away, but you're also at risk of your A/C breaking down. Unfortunately, major repairs are expensive. However, you can avoid them by hiring a professional to tune-up your system once a year.

Questions? Call New England Cooling Towers today at (978) 649-6001.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

When Was The Last Time You Replaced Your Hot Water Heater?

The majority of hot water heaters can last anywhere between ten to fifteen years before they have to be replaced. If the parts in your water heater are beginning to corrode, or if you are noticing a buildup, your water heater's efficiency is likely decreasing. There are a few signs to look for when you want to determine if you need a new water heater.

Noise

If your water heater has been making noise, such as knocking against a wall or creaking loudly, that could certainly be annoying. Strange noises coming from your water heater could be caused by a build up of sediment. A flushing of the water heater tank can solve the problem.

Temperature

You will definitely notice if your water heater is not getting to the right temperature. If it is not getting hot enough, you may need to adjust the temperature on your water heater. The best temperature to set your water heater is typically between 120 and 140 degrees. If you have no hot water at all, a heating element could be broken. It is not difficult to replace a heating element, and the replacement would mean you would have your hot water running again.

Here are some things you will want to pay attention to when considering replacing your water heater:
  • The age of your water heater
  • If there is any leaking from your water heater
  • The quality of water you are getting out of your heater
  • The number of times you have called a repair person
  • You do not remember the last time you replaced your heater
Before you make any kind of repairs or buy a new water heater, you should look for every piece of information you can that will help you make the best decision. Call New England Cooling Towers today at (978) 649-6001.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Maintaining an HVAC System Before and During Fall & Winter

As the cold weather season approaches, it's just about time to turn on the heating system in your home! Your HVAC system has likely gotten a nice break between summer and fall, which means there are a few things you should keep in mind before turning your system back on to not only prepare it for winter, but also keep it running efficiently throughout the colder season! Here are some tips to help you maintain your HVAC system before and during fall and winter:

Get Your System Checked. If you haven't done so already, now is the time to schedule your annual maintenance on your heating system. It can be easy to wait until something is broken to call in a pro, but preventative maintenance is the best way to ensure that no small issue turns into an emergency. The last thing you want is to wait until the frigid temperatures set in to discover that your heater isn't working properly!

Check Your Filter. One of the easiest ways to keep your HVAC system running smoothly is to keep the filter clean. Depending on what type of filter your system has and how long you've had it, you'll want to either clean or replace it before turning on the heat for the system. A clean filter will help to keep your system running as efficiently as possible, which will make your home warm while keeping your energy bills low!

Examine Blower Doors. Blower doors are installed to make sure carbon monoxide and other toxic gases are able to exit your home. Needless to say, properly installed and sealed blower doors are imperative for keeping your family safe, especially when your heating system is running. Make sure your blower doors are completely sealed and continue to check them periodically throughout the season.

Adjust Air Vents. Air vents play a huge role in the way that warm air flows and is distributed throughout your home. It's important to ensure that air is able to flow through all of the air vents in your home. If it's not, this could be indicative of an obstruction or clog, and may need to be dealt with by a professional. If air is flowing freely, be sure to adjust vents so that air flow is focused on the rooms of your home you use the most. Here's a hint: close air vents in unused guest rooms to heat the areas of your home you do use more efficiently!

If you have any additional questions about the best way to prepare your HVAC system for the cold winter months, give us a call! We'd be happy to share all of our advice for keeping your system running smoothly throughout the winter!

Interested in preventative maintenance for your system? If so, call New England Cooling Towers today at (978) 649-6001 and we’ll send one of our certified HVAC contractors to your home to inspect your HVAC unit.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Prepping Your HVAC System for Spring and Summer


Spring is here (thank goodness!) and that means the hot summer weather isn’t far behind!  Prepping for the beach and pool are fun ways to get ready for the nice weather, but making sure your HVAC system is running smoothly is even more important to us. We want to be sure your HVAC system is ready to handle the hot and humid weather. 
 
Not sure where to begin? No problem! One of our HVAC contractors will be able to inspect your HVAC system to make sure it’s in top shape for the hot weather ahead. Below are a few of the items our contractors check when inspecting HVAC systems.
  1. Check, clean and replace (if needed) the air filters.
  2. Inspect to see if there are any issues with the HVAC unit.
  3. Clean the condenser coils
  4. Check the air ducts and seal any leaks that may have occurred.
  5. Clear out any debris that has settled around the HVAC system, i.e.: branches, trash, etc.
  6. Calibrate your thermostat.
  7. Thoroughly clean the system.
Call New England Cooling Towers today at (978) 649-6001 - we’ll send one of our certified HVAC contractors to your home to inspect your HVAC unit.


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