Will a Two-Stage Furnace Lower Your Energy Bills?

Filed under: Brooklyn furnace

Did your HVAC professional suggest a furnace replacement for your Brooklyn home and you are weighing your options about a standard and a two-stage furnace, then you are at the right place. Energy bills are of prime importance when it comes to furnace replacements and you should choose an alternative furnace in a manner that the new furnace helps you save in every possible way while keeping you and your family warm. Here are some of the tops considerations you need to pay heed to before making a decision about the furnace.

 

Standard furnaces

A vast majority of the standard furnaces provide an efficiency of about 80 percent AFUE. This is quite low compared to what is offered by any standard two stage furnace which is often in the range of about 98.5 percent AFUE. The main reason why this happens is because of the type of burners used by the standard furnaces. When a standard furnace operates, it opens all the valves at a high and this can often lead to a loss of fuel. Making this a poor and an inefficient choice for furnace replacement.

 

Two stage heating furnaces 

A two stage-heating furnace as the name suggests uses two burners that operate at a high flame and a low flame giving a more uniform fuel consumption. The high burner turns on whenever there is a need to heat the rooms quickly and the low burner operates whenever there is a need to regulate the heat in a room. This way the heat is uniform and the fuel consumption is reduced significantly making a two-stage furnace ideal for low energy bills with a furnace replacement.

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Posted on March 25th, 2014 by admin

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Energy Star Dishwashers Can Save You Water and Electricity

Filed under: Energy Saving Tips, Plumbing

A dishwasher install is an excellent way to reduce your work in the kitchen. However, getting a wrong dishwasher can easily lead to additional utility and energy bills as these dishwashers may consume more water and electricity to get your dishes clean. Here are some tips about how you can save when using a dishwasher install for your Brooklyn home.

 

Non-energy star dishwashers 

A non-energy star dishwasher uses about 6 gallons of water to clean your dishes in one cycle. When compared to doing the same job by hand, a dishwasher helps you save water. However, there are some older models that consume as much as 10 gallons of water and this could be an issue for you. As a result, it is always a good idea to get this dishwasher install replaced with a new one for your Brooklyn home.

 

Energy star dishwashers

Energy star dishwashers provide you with greater savings in terms of water and electricity usage. This dishwasher install is designed to consume as low as 4 gallons of water while consuming as little power as possible.  You not only save water, but electricity as well.  Your utility and electricity bills reduce significantly if you are using a dishwasher for your home. However, it is always recommended to follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully for best results when using an energy star dishwasher in your Brooklyn home.

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Posted on March 11th, 2014 by admin

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5 Reasons to Change Your Furnace Air Filter this Winter

Filed under: Brooklyn furnace

Reduces energy costs

Changing your furnace air filter during the winter season will help reduce your overall energy costs. When the filter gets clogged, it requires more energy to work harder. This, in turn, puts a lot of pressure on your air conditioning and heater to work double and increases your monthly expenditure.

 

Clean air

For homeowners that have families in Brooklyn, it is best to change your furnace air filter to ensure a healthy living the members of your household. Replacing the filter is an inexpensive and easy step, which will improve the quality of air in your house and also save you a lot of money.

 

Extends your HVAC unit’s life

Changing your filter will increase the life of your HVAC unit. One of the main reasons why air conditioners and heaters have problems is because of a dirty filter. A cleaner filter will reduce the amount of energy that the unit has to spend to generate clean air.

 

Maintains healthy air quality

Dirty filters worsen the air quality of your home, which leads to an unhealthy living. Family members who have asthma will be facing breathing problems frequently if the furnace air filter is not cleaned.

 

Keeps your cooling and heating systems clean

A cleaner filter reduces the chance of repairing your heaters and air conditioning in your house. Dirty filters pollute the HVAC system, which will require more servicing, and repairs. This can lead to spending a lot of money on repairs.

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Posted on February 11th, 2014 by admin

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How to Spot a Plumbing Leak

Filed under: Brooklyn Plumbing Repairs, Leaky Pipes

If you have received a huge utility bill from your service provider owing to leaks in plumbing and are wondering how to fix them, here are some simple leak detection tips that will help you mitigate the problem.

 

Finding the spots

Check all the water connections in the kitchen, bathrooms, sprinklers in the garden area, sinks and laundry area – there could be a hidden leak somewhere. There could be leaks from your geysers, washing machines, dishwashers or air-conditioning units – examine the surrounding walls and floors for dampness or peeling paint. Rusting pipes or valves are also a dead giveaway of a leak in the connection.

 

Your meter won’t lie

If all these leak detection methods don’t work, there is one that won’t fail you – the meter reading. Close all the water connections and valves when you won’t be home and note the meter reading. Later, check the reading back to see if there is an increase – if so, then, there are leaks. It is then time to bring a professional plumber from your Brooklyn neighborhood to stem the leak.

 

Frozen pipes in winter

There is a danger of pipes freezing owing to the cold conditions in Brooklyn and other localities of New York region. Pipes can burst and flood your living space, so make sure to cover faucets with insulation pack that can be bought in any home store. Also, a good step would be to shut off water connections to the outside of the house.

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Posted on January 21st, 2014 by admin

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5 Reasons to Install Fire Sprinkler System

Filed under: Fire Prevention, Sprinkler system

Immediate activation of sprinkler heads

Fire sprinkler systems are essential tools when it comes to dousing fires, helping in saving lives and preventing damage to both life and property in offices, schools, factories and such public places. Today, sprinkler systems have become a common feature in many Brooklyn homes. The sprinkler heads turn on automatically in case there is a fire. The sprinkler head located closest to the fire starts spray water at the fire, and most of fires are put out with just one sprinkler, as they are very effective.

 

Small size

Fire sprinkler systems for residential settings are much smaller in size when compared to commercial sprinklers. You can install them into your ceiling with relative ease. You can also choose from a variety of options, and some of them can also be concealed by pendants or ceiling plates, ensuring that they will not damage the beauty of your home.

 

Immediate rescue from fire

Unlike smoke alarms, which only alert the homeowner in case there’s a fire, sprinkler systems actually extinguish the fire, thus reducing the extent of damage to property and increasing safety.

 

Low cost options

Fire sprinkler systems are very affordable. Depending on the location of your home and the water pressure, added fees will not exceed 1 to 2.75 per cent of the total purchase and installation costs.

 

Water Savings

Studies suggest that firefighters use around 3000 gallons on average to put out a fire in a residential setting. Fire sprinklers, on the other hand, use only around 340 gallons, making them a better option as it uses much lesser water.

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Posted on January 7th, 2014 by admin

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Furnace Inspection

Filed under: Brooklyn furnace, Brooklyn Heater

Keep Your Home Warm This Winter

With the increasing expenses in energy bills, emergency services and costlier heating devices, there are many steps you can take to keep your home warm without spending too much. One of the easiest ways to prepare for the winter in your Brooklyn home is to opt for a thorough furnace inspection. This will ensure that your home’s heating system is working in optimum condition and does not cause any failures during harsh winter nights.

 

Simple techniques you can apply

Apart from a furnace inspection, you can use many techniques to keep your home shielded from the biting cold. Ensure that you close all windows to prevent cold air from coming in. sealing your windows will also help make your home warmer as the glass leads to greenhouse effect. You can use clear curtains over the windows to ensure that your home is getting adequate sunlight. Ensure that your house experiences minimum draft by sealing shut all doors and remove any obstructions from the windows to welcome maximum sunlight. If there are rooms in your home that are not currently being used, shut the doors to minimize air circulation.

 

Make your home more comfortable by laying down carpets and rugs to prevent heat loss. This will also help you maintain lower settings on your thermostat and help save on electricity bills. If your Brooklyn home has an attic or crawl space, ensure that you insulate it. Cooking inside the house can distribute warm steam and raise the temperature and lower the humidity. Dressing appropriately with warm sweaters and drinking hot beverages can also reduce your dependence on electrical heating appliances and keep your warm during the winter.

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Posted on December 24th, 2013 by admin

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How to Prevent Winter Plumbing Problems

Filed under: Piping, Plumbing Repairs

Plumbing problems come to the surface when temperatures dip to freezing lows. During icy weather in Brooklyn, the pipes in the home may freeze due to number of reasons. The most common reasons for frozen pipes are:

ñ Pipes are poorly protected, and insufficiently insulated pipes can have no hope for frozen pipe prevention.

  • If a pipe is exposed to icy droughts, generally a result of gaps or cracks at the point where it enters the home.
  • If pipes are positioned inside cupboards, then warm air of the home may not reach the pipes as cupboard doors remain closed most of the time.

 

Methods to prevent pipes from being frozen

For frozen pipe prevention, and to make sure that there is free flowing water this winter, follow these simple steps in your Brooklyn home:

  • Get insulation: Insulate the water tanks sides and the house loft. Wrap pipes in lagging- a material made of foam to reinforce and insulate pipes.
  • Do not let the cold get in: Check whether the thermostat of the automatic boiler is working properly. It is better to open the trap door of your house loft and any other sink boards to admit heat.
  • Examine pipes on a regular basis: If you are going on a long vacation, ask your relative or friend to ensure that the pipes have not frozen or burst. Also, conduct periodic maintenance.

 

If the pipes freeze

If your frozen pipe prevention measures were too late in the day, or it was too cold, then you could be dealing with a frozen pipe. In that case, you will have to defrost the pipe.

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Posted on December 10th, 2013 by admin

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Is Your Heat Pump Installed Correctly?

Filed under: Heat Pump Install

A heat pump install in your Brooklyn home can’t only helps in conserving energy, but also significantly reduces your energy bills. Heat pumps operate by transferring warmth around instead of using energy to create heat. Pumps get their heat from the ground or the air outside your home during the winters. During summer months, they prevent warm air from entering of your home.

 

How Exactly do Heat Pumps Increase Savings?

Heat pumps redistribute warmth instead of generating it, and hence consume less energy as compared to boilers, furnaces, and air conditioners. If you have a HVAC unit in addition to your heat pump, it will consume lesser energy to provide you with the warmth you require to ensure comfort during the cold winters. Given that pumps already consume less energy, adding HVAC systems can further enhance savings.

 

Why You Need Professional Installation?

Professional workmen must carry out heat pump install, as they are familiar with all the specifications of the appliance and can fit it in the right manner. Professional heating services can help you identify the right model and size of heat pump for your home’s specific requirements. Professional contractors will also have a good idea about the right placement for the device. If you want your heat pump to operate efficiently without giving you any operational troubles, installation must be done perfectly, and we assure quality when you choose us to handle the installation of your heat pumps.

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Posted on October 29th, 2013 by admin

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Do You Need Your Sump Pump Inspected?

Filed under: Sump Pumps

With the approaching winter each year, you may undertake many projects to prepare your Brooklyn home for the colder months. One important aspect of this yearly maintenance you shouldn’t forget is sump pump inspection. Apart from cleaning and winterizing the drain pipes in your home, checking the sump pump for any damage or inconsistencies can save you large repair bills when winter is over. Sump pump is an important component for basement waterproofing and is considered to be the heart of the function.

 

Why Are Sump Pump Inspections So Important?

While you may invest in interior and exterior drain tiles to provide waterproofing, a faulty sump pump can affect the process. The tiles may be effectively sending water to the sump pump, but if damaged you will have to handle a wet and moldy basement. Some of the most common problems that can occur with sump pumps is the failing of switches, motor burn out, clogged debris, impeller clogging, switch floats set too low or too high, failed or jammed check valves.

 

What to Check during Sump Pump Inspections

The method of sump pump inspection is pretty simple. Remove the cover of your sump pump and slowly pour about a bucket of water into the basin. After you have filled it, observe whether or not the sump pump started working right away or did any water overflow before it started. These small signs are telltale factors of wrong settings or damaged components. If the sump pump sounds strained or doesn’t start at all, get professional assistance right away.

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Posted on October 15th, 2013 by admin

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Problems with Unclogging Pipes in Buildings

Filed under: Brooklyn Drain Clearing, Brooklyn Drain Repairs, Brooklyn Plumbing Repairs

Symptoms of clogged drains

When living in buildings, many disagreements between residents are often a result of drainage problems. Most Brooklyn residents don’t even consider their drainage system until they are faced with the worst possible scenario. The reason for clogged drains can be detected by first checking the drain or sewer to locate the exact spot where the problem has occurred. Residents must establish whether the clog is on a private or a public drain. A professional plumbing company can be of great help in times when you need to unclog pipes and drains.

 

Detecting Clogged Pipes in Buildings

When water leaks from pipes or drains, a good amount of soil is also affected, thus resulting in leaving the ground soft. Neighboring properties may also be affected by blocked drains. Plumbing companies can help in lifting manhole covers to run water and identify leakages or blockages. Video inspection is becoming increasingly popular as it is a great way to have your plumbing problems inspected without causing much damage to the property around the clogged pipe or drain.

 

Causes of Clogged Drains

The drainage systems of most old buildings are likely too old themselves. Corrosion can lead to drain problems that will require professional solutions. Tree roots are also common problems that lead to cracked and damaged pipes. Pipes that are cracked, deformed, collapsed or broken can also be the result of fracture because of heavy vehicles moving on the ground above.

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Posted on September 17th, 2013 by admin

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