My system does occasionally break down but I donít want to buy a completely new one. Not sure if you should repair or replace? Well, consider this: if you're operating an inefficient system that breaks down a lot, it's likely that it's going to break down again. That means more expensive emergency service calls or possible damage to the other components of your heating and cooling system. Also consider the ongoing cost factor. You could save up to 60% on your energy bills with new high-efficiency equipment. You see, even if your air conditioner is only a few years old, it could be terribly inefficient by today's energy efficiency standards. Installing a new, high-efficiency cooling system can actually pay for itself in energy savings within a relatively short time. Contact us and let us explain the details to you. What options do I have in replacing my furnace? Two stage gas valves regulate the flow of gas to limit waste. Variable speed blowers allow the unit to monitor and change it's speed depending upon the conditions in your home. This limits blower noise, reduces electrical demands and provides even heat cycles in your home, all while saving you money.
My heating and central air units are more then 20 years old. Should I consider replacing them? If the systems are working and have had regular maintenance, that's good news. What needs to be considered is their efficiency. Today's high efficiency heating and cooling units can save you hundreds of dollars each year in your heating budget.
How can a variable speed fan help me to save on my heating and cooling costs? Variable speed fans operate on a simple principle: they are able to spin at different speeds depending on the heating and cooling needs of your home. Usually, they operate at lower speeds, delivering a steady, reliable stream of warm or cool air to your home. This helps control humidity levels, utility costs and system noise. When conditions become more extreme, the fan speed increases so that the system can meet increased demand, guaranteeing that on even the hottest days or coldest nights, youíre comfort needs will be met.
I have a wood/fireplace that is used in the cold weather. Are there any special points to remember about using them? Have your chimney/wood stove/fireplace checked annually by a professional chimney sweep. When not in use, keep the damper closed to reduce heat loss. Also, if your fireplace is open, consider installing glass fireplace doors to further reduce heat loss.
Iíd like to install air conditioning but donít want ductwork. Can I do that? Of course, you can. There are new ductless systems which can be operated by remote control and are remarkably quiet. Give us a call and we'll give you more details.
Do you have emergency services? Emergency services are available on the weekends if you call our pager at 508-301-1010.
Are there many options for filtering and humidifying air? Yes, there are, from the Skuttle 190 Humidifiers to the high efficiency Air Bear and Clean Effects air filtration systems, there's a unit to suit your needs. We'd be happy to go through the features of each with you.
Are there any other tips for keeping down heating costs? - Use kitchen and bathroom ventilating fans sparingly. In just one hour these fans can blow out a houseful of warm air. - Make sure your home is properly insulated. You can install most insulation yourself and the energy savings will more than pay for the materials over time. - If you have an attached garage, keep your garage door shut.
What do I do if my heating or cooling system wonít work? Do you have electricity? Neither system will work if there is a power outage. Check for a blown fuse or circuit breaker and reset. If the circuit trips again, call Prevett Heating and Cooling to diagnose and fix the problem.
For Heat, check to see if the emergency furnace shutoff switch is in the ON position. (Typically located near the furnace room and has a red faceplate.) Also, check your fuel supply. If oil or propane is low, call your supplier for a refill. If you heat with natural gas be sure the main is open. If you still have no heat, call Prevett Heating and Cooling for a priority service call.
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