Landry Mechanical Inc Plumbing HVAC & Electric Blog: Archive for the ‘Heating’ Category

HVAC Tips for a Better Fall

Monday, September 18th, 2023

Last week we started the discussion on why maintenance during autumn is such a good idea, but the conversation doesn’t stop there! Maintenance is only one aspect of home comfort, and today we’re going to talk about some others.

First of all, not everyone is in the best position to get maintenance right now. In fact, your AC or heating system might require repairs more than it does maintenance, and that could be the best choice going forward. But even if you’re in a perfect situation and you just had maintenance done on your HVAC system, there’s still more that can be done.

We’ll make things quick–this blog post is going to be about some great ways that you can prepare for the cold weather ahead and where you might be able to save a bit of money in the future. Start with heating repairs in Marlborough, MA and take things step by step.

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A Heat Pump Is an Excellent Choice in Massachusetts

Monday, May 1st, 2023

Massachusetts is a diverse place. From the eastern side of the state with Middlesex County and Boston, to the western side with Springfield, or the central area in Amherst, there are a lot of different people who live in different ways. We can’t simply tell you which heating or cooling system is going to be best for everyone in Massachusetts, because everyone here is different!

But, what we can tell you, is that the climate is pretty similar all throughout the state. We’re not like Florida where one part of the panhandle might be a good 20 degrees colder than the tip of Miami. With consistent temperatures, we have better ideas of what to expect throughout our seasons.

With this in mind, we’d recommend a heat pump system for nearly anyone who is looking for this kind of air conditioning and heating unit. For heating installations in Southborough, MA and beyond, this blog post will hopefully explain this additional alternative heating system.

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The Dangers of a Neglected Furnace

Monday, April 17th, 2023

Gas furnaces can scare some homeowners. It’s not really their fault, people get a scary image in their heads sometimes when they find out that a combustion system is burning gas in the basement or crawlspace of their home. What if something were to go wrong? What if the system accidentally started a fire in your house?

We want to start off by saying that everything is going to be fine. We don’t want any of our customers to panic, and we’re confident in almost all of the gas furnace technology in our industry. These systems are designed to run safely and effectively for a decade or more. However, a furnace can run into some problems that can make it unsafe if it doesn’t get the heating repair in Southborough that it so desperately needs.

Let’s discuss together some of the safety features of a gas furnace, and what can potentially go wrong if they’re left neglected.

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3 Vital Components of a Furnace

Monday, April 10th, 2023

Every single gas furnace requires the support of these three components. Without these components, a furnace could run into major problems or even start operating unsafely. With a gas furnace, there are a lot of things to consider in terms of safety and efficiency.

For starters, the system itself is burning gas in a chamber to heat your home’s air. That’s combustion, and as everyone is aware of, combustion can quickly become dangerous if there aren’t certain safety measures in place to monitor and contain it. Also, the gas that’s burning can release carbon monoxide which must be safely ventilated from your home.

All of this being said, your furnace isn’t designed to be unsafe. It’s only after neglect or emerging problems that your furnace can become unsafe. When this happens, call our team for heating repair in Southborough.

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 3 Sounds Your Furnace Shouldn’t Make

Monday, February 6th, 2023

There is, of course, more than one way to figure out whether or not you need a furnace heater repair in Sutton. However, it’s best to avoid situations that involve being entirely without heat.

One of the earliest warning signs of trouble that you can pick up on is the development of concerning noises. These are noises that your furnace has never made before which can, and probably should, worry you. While they don’t indicate an immediate breakdown, concerning noises can warn you that there are issues to address before they cost you the functionality of your heater.

Let’s discuss three of the most important warning sounds to listen for.

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Kick Off The New Year With a New Heater

Monday, January 9th, 2023
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How is your heater doing this year?

Maybe you started the year strong with goals you’re working toward already. In contrast, your heater may have kicked off the year with continued problems. Unfortunately, a good mindset won’t change much of anything for your heater. If things are bad enough, the truth is that you may need to add a heater replacement in Middlesex County, MA to that list of resolutions.

Here’s what you need to know about the signs that you need a new heater.

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Is Your Heater Acting Up?

Monday, December 26th, 2022

This is the time of the year when you want your heater working at its best. Your heater may have other plans though. Over the years, regular use and age can combine to put added stress on your heating system. Ultimately, this can lead to repair needs.

If you need heater repairs in Worcester and Middlesex County you’ll want to reach out to an expert to get them taken care of sooner than later. Here are some of the warning signs that will alert you when it’s time to call for repairs.

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Tips To Keep Your Heating Bills Low

Monday, December 12th, 2022

The holiday season is here and it can get expensive quickly. We understand that now is when your budget may be at its tightest. So what can you do to make sure your house is sufficiently heated without breaking the bank?

High energy bills are bothersome, but there are things you can do to keep them manageable. Check out the following best practices to keep your home warm and cozy during the winter without overpaying for utilities.

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It Isn’t Too Late for Heater Maintenance

Monday, November 28th, 2022

Maintenance can be the thing that makes a huge difference in keeping your home comfortable for a reasonable price this season. But maintenance is usually something that you want to think about for the fall season. So, now that we are headed into winter, you may think that it is too late to get this task done and you just have to hope your heater will make it until spring.

We are going to give you some good news: it isn’t too late to schedule maintenance! Heating maintenance in Worcester and Middlesex County can be done anytime in fall or winter as long as your heater is still in working order. So, as long as your heater is functional, you can still schedule that tune-up. Here’s why late maintenance is still very much worth your time and money.

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Furnace vs. Space Heater: Which Is Better for Heating My Home?

Wednesday, March 16th, 2022

You’re probably considering different options when it comes to effectively heating your home. Other than turning down the furnace and dressing in layers, another option is to utilize a space heater or two. The idea behind this is that less space heated equals less money spent, but is this really true? In the following article, we discuss the benefits and drawbacks of both space heaters and furnaces so you can make an educated decision when it comes to your choice of home heating system.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Furnaces

Most people use a gas furnace in order to heat their home. They’re popular because they’re easy for homeowners to use and maintain, and because they’re an efficient heating method that doesn’t cost thousands of dollars to get installed. They cost less to run than a space heater, if you’re trying to heat the same amount of space, though they don’t create the same feeling of direct warmth that a space heater does. For a heating method that has a similar cozy feeling, you’d need to use a wood stove or a boiler with radiant heat.

Though not without safety concerns, using your furnace is safer than a space heater. You don’t need to constantly keep an eye on things and a fire isn’t going to start just because you fall asleep. Though they do have more work involved than a space heater, such as changing the filter at least every other month, it’s a small price to pay for whole home comfort.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Space Heaters

When it comes to space heaters, they’re great for the convenience factor. Say you have one in your bedroom. You wake up in the morning and you’re cold enough you want to stay under the covers all day long. You reach over to flip on the space heater and within minutes your room is warm and toasty and you’re ready to start your day. Though this could be achieved with a furnace and a smart thermostat as well, the direct warmth of a space heater is a toasty feeling hard for a furnace to match.

Space heaters are great because they’re easy to use and heat up small spaces quickly. They’re definitely not without issues, however. For one, they’re less safe than central heating to operate. Especially if you fall asleep with one still running, they can be considered fire risks. If a blanket or item of clothing is accidentally tossed on one, they can catch fire and damage your home. Because of this, they require constant attention and aren’t a great option as a primary heating method.

Ways You Can Save Money With Your Furnace

Though typically the most efficient option, furnaces still use a lot of fuel in order to heat your home. They’re not as environmentally friendly as other heating methods, like ductless mini splits or geothermal heating, making energy bills higher. In order to help offset the costs, especially if you’re heating the entire home for one or two people, there are a number of steps you can take to reduce the amount of gas your furnace uses.

You can insulate your home if it isn’t already, or have another layer added since it sinks and settles over time, becoming less effective. Another option to consider is simply turning the thermostat down. This doesn’t have to be a dramatic reduction in temperature. Instead, try lowering your thermostat just two degrees, and maybe three at night since the human body sleeps best in a cooler environment. Just a few degrees makes a huge difference when it comes time to look over your heating bill come months end. A programmable thermostat is great for this, as you can set it to lower the temperature at a certain time each night, as well as when you leave the house each morning to head to work. Just upgrading your thermostat to a smarter model will save you money, provided you utilize the new settings.

Covering up drafts in your home is another crucial step if you want to save money, both on heating and cooling bills. The most common areas in need of help are around windows and under doors, but even small areas can let in cold air, like wiring installation holes and electrical outlets. If you have a fireplace, forgetting to close the chimney flue when it’s not in use is another common source of heat loss.

Lastly, keeping your furnace in good functioning order is the best way to save money. Having yearly tune-ups ensure your furnace uses only the amount of energy it needs, and no more, to heat your home. Plus, it helps the furnace last longer, a big savings when you only have to replace your unit every fifteen years.

In What Situations Do Space Heaters Make Sense?

There are a few situations where it makes sense to use a space heater. Like with the example above, if you want to use one for short periods of time for comfort, go ahead. As long as you don’t run the machine for extended amounts of time, it won’t significantly raise your electric bill. If you only want to heat a single room in your home because that’s where you spend all your time, it’ll most likely save you money. You can also utilize space heaters to heat rooms where pipes are at risk of freezing. A space heater will keep the room warm enough to prevent damage to the pipes without the cost of heating the whole house.

Have an Expert Help You Decide

Though central heating via a gas or, less commonly, an electric furnace, is the best option for most homes, there are always exceptions to the rule. Reading guides online is a good start, but it’s never a substitute for personalized advice and recommendations from a professional. Our team will inspect your current heating system and how well it’s accomplishing the job of warming your home. We’ll ask you questions about your lifestyle and home and put together a custom heating plan for your home that best addresses your needs. Even when it comes to home heating, there’s no one size fits all solution. We’re here to help you find what works.

Landry Mechanical Inc Plumbing HVAC & Electric is a provider of quality heating, cooling, plumbing, and electrical services in Central and Metro West Massachusetts, from Brookfield to Sutton. We offer everything you could need as a homeowner to keep your space safe and comfortable. From furnaces and boilers to heat pumps that both heat and cool your home, to air conditioners, water heaters and electrical services, we offer a bit of everything. With over 15 years serving the area, you can count on us to get the job done in a timely manner. If you’d like to know more about the heating options available for your Massachusetts home, give us a call today and we’ll be happy to guide you.

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