The U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) consider a geothermal heat pump (GHP) the most energy efficient form of heating and cooling available. GHPs achieve such efficiency by exchanging heat underground or with a body of water, and other than the electricity to run them, they use no other energy source. Their advantages may help you decide if this system is right for your home and family.
Boilers are a common way to heat homes in Massachusetts, but an old, inefficient boiler can be a real fuel hog. Upgrading a boiler at the right time can save you a ton of money with lower energy costs in the future.
Programmable thermostats are one of the most affordable and effective ways to trim energy usage in your home, especially if you’re away on a routine basis. These devices remember when to change the temperatures in your home based on a schedule you set. Considerations for choosing the best one for your heating and cooling needs involves identifying the type you want, its features and its compatibility with your system. Read More There’s an Array of Programmable Thermostats to Select From >>
A quality heat pump is a great investment that can last for years on end, but even the best system can get a bit long in the tooth after years of reliable service. When it comes time to replace the system, you should take the opportunity to choose a replacement that offers the best in energy efficiency and performance. Read More Heat Pump Getting Up in Years? Why a Replacement Shouldn’t Be Avoided >>
We’re poised for another long, cold, Massachusetts winter. The worst thing that could happen is for the furnace to break down, leaving you out in the cold. But don’t panic. It’s not the end of the world, and the problem may be just a quick fix. Before you call in an HVAC technician for repairs, here are a few common problems to help you in troubleshooting a gas furnace. Read More How to Troubleshoot a Problematic Gas Furnace >>
As you prepare for starting up a boiler after summer, you may wonder if there are any special steps to take. Keeping your Massachusetts home comfortable this winter is a matter of preparing your boiler for a long, cold season. Read More Preparing the Boiler for Winter Use After a Quiet Summer >>
If you’re like many homeowners, you may be wondering why programmable thermostats are generating such enthusiasm. In many ways, it’s akin to why most people don’t miss cranking the windows in their cars: there are real advantages to automation. And when it comes to programmable thermostats, the advantages are plentiful, even if you never really minded jumping up and down to adjust the thermostat. Read More Programmable Thermostats Are the Way to Go When You Upgrade From a Manual Model >>
The ductless mini split heat pump is the proven alternative to space heating and cooling individual rooms. In homes where central heat and cooling isn’t installed or where extending existing ductwork to new additions or retrofits isn’t feasible, the ductless mini split provides superior efficiency combined with the power of a central system. Read More Considering a Ductless Mini Split Heat Pump? Tips for Getting More Out of It When It’s Cold >>
If you haven’t thought of water heater maintenance lately, the fall season is a good time to tend to this valuable, yet often forgotten home appliance. Read on to learn maintenance tasks you can perform, and which tasks you may want to ask your plumbing professional to handle during fall home maintenance. Read More How to Keep the Water Heater in Your Massachusetts Home Maintained >>
A fall furnace inspection is a necessity to ensure that your heating system is running safely, reliably and efficiently this winter. If you’re like most homeowners, you rely on a skilled HVAC professional to tackle this vital maintenance that keeps your heating costs under control and catches small issues before they become expensive problems. Read More Fall Furnace Inspection: Don’t Delay >>