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 3 Ways To Optimize Your Indoor Air Quality

February 24th, 2020

clean-clear-freshStaten Island is still cold and spring is only being hinted at by the fact that temperatures have been above freezing for a while. With that said, no one is about to crack a window to let in the breeze for some fresh air because that fresh air is still really cold. But fresh air does sound quite good, especially when you’ve kept your house buttoned up for months on end and you’d been breathing filtered air all day long.

This craving for fresh air may be a sign that your indoor air quality needs a bit of a boost. And thankfully you can accomplish this goal without having to compromise your comfort. If you are looking for ways to improve your IAQ (indoor air quality), just keep reading to discover our tips and learn how we can help you.

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Is the Kettle On Or Is It Your Boiler?

February 10th, 2020

kettle-and-smart-temperature-meterYour friends are over and, because it has been so cold, you made some nice hot tea for everyone to enjoy. Between the tea and the boiler, you and your guests should be nice and comfortably warm.

Your only problem right now is that you could swear you can still hear the kettle whistling to alert you that the water is hot. You’ve checked the stove is off and the kettle is quiet, so where is that noise coming from?

The source of the sound may actually be from your boiler. And while the tea is nice and warm, if your boiler is making this noise, everyone may not be able to get as warm as you originally thought.

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Quick Tips to Improve Your Heating Efficiency

January 27th, 2020

warm-woman-coffeeStaying warm here in Staten Island is no joke. While our summers aren’t exactly tepid, our winters certainly aren’t mild either. And when we say that keeping the home warm isn’t a joke we mean it–especially if you have elderly individuals or children in your home.

There are times though that we all might get worried about how hard our heaters are working. After all, most of Staten Island is full of the sound of furnaces and boilers working overtime right now. But what if there was something you could do to help make your heater’s job just a bit easier?

The truth is, there are actually a few ways to make things easier on your heating HVAC system.

If you are interested in helping ease the job your heating unit has to accomplish, we can help. After all, we are a well-known and trusted Staten Island HVAC company that not only provides great services, but likes to make sure we do everything possible to keep our customers in the loop on how to optimize their comfort.

And on that note, here are a few tips to help you help your heater!

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4 Boiler Repairs You Might Need

January 13th, 2020

big-blue-question-markStaten Island is still quite cold. After all, the weather up here doesn’t mess around during winter and it can often last a lot longer than we would like. With that said, it is clear to see why it pays to have a working heating system such as a boiler that you can rely on. With use comes wear and tear however and we doubt that, if you have a boiler, you’ve spent any time with this system turned off in recent days.

What we want to focus on is this: Your boiler might have a repair need right now that, while it isn’t impeding on your comfort right now, could worsen and cause your system to shut down. What can help prevent this from happening? Well, for one, knowing what to look for will give you the ability to realize that your boiler needs helps. For two, having a professional team like ours to call for boiler repair service allows you to set up repairs before they get any worse.

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Do I Need To Replace My Water Heater?

December 30th, 2019

showerhead-dripping-close-upAfter working all day and then visiting the gym, you are really looking forward to that warm shower at home. It is just the thing you need to relax and wind down for the night. This is why, when you step under the stream and instead find it to be not just lukewarm but ice cold, you are pretty upset.

Losing your hot water is annoying at best. At worst, however, it belies a bigger issue: there is something wrong with your hot water heater. Usually your hot water won’t just give out without a warning. But, if you suddenly find yourself without any warm water, or pick up on any of the other signs below, there is a strong chance that you require water heater replacement in Staten Island, NY.

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Furnace Age—What Can You Expect From Yours?

December 16th, 2019

cold-man-with-thermostatWe know age is just a number, but when it comes to your furnace, its a number that counts. This is because the age of your furnace can affect everything from it’s ability to provide heat to your decision about when you need to replace your system.

Of course, there are several factors that can affect how poorly or how well your system runs at (almost) any age. What you will want to know when you are reaching out for furnace service in Staten Island, NY is your system’s age and what could affect it s ability to do its job. After all, even a fairly new furnace can fail if something big goes wrong.

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Improve your IAQ with an HRV or ERV

December 2nd, 2019

comfortable-child-relaxedYou like enjoying the clean warm air that is being pumped out of your vents. But every once in a while, that air can feel a little artificial and you wish you could open up a window and enjoy the fresh air too. Unfortunately, it is too cold out and you’d rather not run your heater just to have the hot air get sucked outside.

What if we told you there was a way to meet in the middle and get fresh air without wasting warmth or energy? There is a way and we think you should know about it. If you are craving fresh air during the cool months when you are running your heater, you may want to look into Heat Recovery Ventilators (HRVs) and Energy Recovery Ventilators (ERVs). These nifty systems can provide you the best of both worlds and are available through your local Staten Island, NY, HVAC company.

If you are ready to learn more about HRVs and ERVs, we urge you to read on.

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If You Haven’t Scheduled Heating Maintenance Yet, Don’t Delay

November 18th, 2019

wrenchesThe year seems to have flown by and you’ve gotten a lot done. It is only now that you realize that with everything you have been doing you blanked on scheduling your yearly maintenance appointment to get your heater checked.

The first instinct might be to say, “Oh well,” because it is probably too late, and promise to make a mental note to schedule maintenance next year. Your heater will make it through winter, no problem!

But we want you to know that it isn’t too late. And late maintenance is most certainly far better than none! You can still easily schedule a heater service with a professional before the temperatures really drop to ensure peace of mind and long-lasting system reliability.

If you are still wondering why you should bother with maintenance for your heating system, we can tell you why.

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Are Ductless Heaters More Prone to Breakdowns?

November 4th, 2019

ductless-system-repair-technicianNo one enjoys calling for repairs. Repairs for your car, home or phone are never something that any person enjoys scheduling because making that call inherently means that there is a problem.

Having a heating system that operates efficiently and rarely needs repairs can assuage a lot of the stress attached to requiring frequent repairs. After all, you really shouldn’t need to call for repairs to your system more than once a year, if that.

But what if one type of heater inherently requires more repairs? If you are one of the many individuals who uses ductless heating systems in Staten Island, NY, you may find yourself wondering about this. After all it may just seem like a system that operates without ducts would be prone to encounter more problems.

The reality is that this just isn’t true!

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Let’s Talk About Your Boiler and Rust

October 21st, 2019

boiler-repair-technician

When some people think of rust they might picture an old gate with rusty hinges, or rusty pipes in an abandoned building. Less likely to come to mind if the image of a boiler that is beginning to corrode.

Rust is never a good thing when it comes to your home’s comfort systems. Picturing a rusted pipe probably made you cringe because you know it indicates a leak. When your boiler begins to rust, you should have the same reaction.

But what causes your boiler to rust? And how do you fix the issue?

We can provide you the answers below. In the interim, however, we encourage you to reach out for professional help if you think that your boiler might be beginning to rust.

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