Your Guide to Comfort and Efficiency

5 Reasons Your Central Air Conditioning Equipment Needs a Maintenance Check

Posted by A. Borrelli Mechanical on 4/15/2019

The average cost of air conditioning repair could run into the thousands, with commercial units costing up to $15,000 to replace. If you don't want to drum up the cash for a brand new air conditioning system, there is an alternative. A professional who carries out regular AC servicing in New York can identify any problems early on, saving you money on expensive repair work.

Still not convinced? Here are five reasons why your equipment needs maintenance check.

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Energy Efficiency Tips for Spring

Posted by A. Borrelli Mechanical on 4/2/2019

Spring has sprung! As the warmer weather starts to kick in, check out these energy saving tips to keep you cool without breaking the bank.
  • Replace your inefficient air conditioner - Replacing old cooling equipment with new, energy-efficient models is the best way to save on energy costs.
  • Weatherproof your home - Seal cracks and openings to prevent warm air from leaking into your home. Add caulk or weatherstripping to seal air leaks around leaky doors and windows.
  • Lower your water heater temperature - Water heating accounts for about 18% of the energy consumed in your home. Turn down the temperature during the summer to save on unnecessary energy costs.
  • Use fans to cool your home - A ceiling fan will allow you to raise the thermostat setting about 4°F with no reduction in comfort, allowing you to lower your energy use due to A/C.
  • Operate your thermostat efficiently - Keep your house warmer than normal when you are away. A programmable thermostat can make it easy to set back your temperature.

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Westchester Natural Gas Moratorium - What does it mean for you?

Posted by A. Borrelli Mechanical on 4/2/2019

As of March 15, 2019, Con-Edison will no longer be accepting applications for new natural gas connections in most of the Westchester service area (see service map) until they can align demand with available supply. The moratorium applies to:

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Checklist: Steps to Take Before Turning on Your Air Conditioner

Posted by A. Borrelli Mechanical on 3/26/2019

Spring is here and winter is finally coming to an end (hopefully!). Before you turn on your A/C for the first time this season, be sure to take these preventative measures:
  1. Clear your outdoor unit. Your outdoor unit may have leaves and debris inside. Clean it out and wash the coils with water to ensure that the unit can efficiently collect heat from inside the room.

  2. Check electrical connections. Over time, wires can become loose and cause your system to shut down. Check these connections to ensure your system keeps running through the summer.

  3. Clean out the air filter. Your A/C most likely shares ductwork with the furnace, and also a filter. Make sure the filter is clean so it doesn’t restrict air flow.

  4. Get yearly service. It is a good idea to have an HVAC technician service your system once or twice a year. A service technician can get your unit up and running for the summer, and prevent any potential problems.

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How to Select a Water Heater

Posted by A. Borrelli Mechanical on 3/19/2019

Thanks to advances in technology, homeowners today have many options for water heaters based on different budgets, energy sources, and household sizes. Here is a breakdown of some common types of water heaters and which one could suit you best for your needs.

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Why Does My Heater Smell Like Something is Burning?

Posted by A. Borrelli Mechanical on 3/12/2019

Have burning odors been coming from your heating system? There are different types of burning smells, some of which are harmless, while others could endanger your safety. Read on to see when it might be time to call a technician.
  • Burning Dust - This is a very common odor that comes from turning on your heating system for the first time in fall. Months of disuse can leave dust that burns off when the heating system is turned on again. While this smell should go away after a couple of hours, try changing the air filters if the problem persists.

  • Electrical Burning - Wiring issues with heating systems are not common, and this smell could indicate a serious electrical problem. Call an HVAC technician immediately before the problem worsens.

  • Burning Plastic or Rubber - Rubber, plastic, or other materials can sometimes end up in your ductwork. Inspect the air vents and clear anything that might be causing the issue. If you’re unable to locate the obstruction, contacts an HVAC technician for help.

Need an HVAC Technician to Inspect Your Heating System? Contact A. Borrelli today!

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