Efficiency Standards for HVAC Equipment: Are They Going Up Soon?

In an effort to reduce energy consumption, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) worked with a group of utility and HVAC industry experts in 2009 to improve efficiency standards for HVAC equipment. The increased efficiency ratings were to go into place in 2013, but a court order delayed their implementation because the new increased efficiency standards for gas furnaces and boilers would cause financial harm to some homeowners. Continue reading “Efficiency Standards for HVAC Equipment: Are They Going Up Soon?”

WiFi Thermostats Are Cutting Edge, but What Do They Do?

We have long praised the benefits of owning a programmable thermostat. Not only do they help reduce energy consumption by working less while your family is away or asleep, but they’re a confident way to see that your family remains comfortable no matter where they are in your home. But, programmable thermostats do have a few disadvantages that WiFi thermostats skirt.  Continue reading “WiFi Thermostats Are Cutting Edge, but What Do They Do?”

Gas or Oil Heating: Which Is Best for Your Long Island Home?

gas heating oil heatingWhen choosing between gas or oil heating, it’s important to consider both the advantages and disadvantages that come along with each method. During the fall and winter, most Long Island residents seek cost effective, energy efficient heating to keep their home cozy and warm. From the furnace’s efficiency rating—also known as an annual fuel utilization rating, or AFUE for short—to the monthly cost of fuel, you’ll want to calculate these and other additional factors into your final decision.  Continue reading “Gas or Oil Heating: Which Is Best for Your Long Island Home?”

Got Your HVAC System Installation Quotes? There’s an Art to Choosing the Right One

hvac system installation When something goes wrong with your HVAC system, you may find yourself overwhelmed by the entire process of heating or cooling replacement. Finding the right company isn’t simply a matter of choosing the lowest of the HVAC system installation quotes. You want to consider quality and value as well.  Continue reading “Got Your HVAC System Installation Quotes? There’s an Art to Choosing the Right One”

Knowledgable Long Island Homeowners Understand These 9 HVAC Terms

 

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It ‘s to your advantage as a homeowner to understand some of the HVAC terms you may hear when you’re shopping for a new cooling or heating system for your home or when you’re communicating with HVAC technicians. Knowing these nine HVAC terms will help you make informed decisions concerning this major investment in your home. Continue reading “Knowledgable Long Island Homeowners Understand These 9 HVAC Terms”

Before Investing in an HVAC Upgrade, Get Load Calculations Performed

load calculation, Long Island, New YorkUpgrading an HVAC system could be one of the most complex purchases you make as a homeowner, and the critical first step is a load calculation. Continue reading “Before Investing in an HVAC Upgrade, Get Load Calculations Performed”

Ensure Your Family’s Safety at Home With Carbon Monoxide Detectors

carbon monoxide detectors, Long Island, New YorkCarbon monoxide is a poisonous gas that’s colorless and odorless, making it impossible to know if you’ve been exposed without the use of carbon monoxide detectors. Continue reading “Ensure Your Family’s Safety at Home With Carbon Monoxide Detectors”

Tackle End-of-Season Air Conditioner Maintenance to Prolong System Life

end-of-season a/c maintenance, Long Island, New YorkAs the seasons change, so do your heating and air conditioning requirements. Continue reading “Tackle End-of-Season Air Conditioner Maintenance to Prolong System Life”

Not Sure Where Your Long Island Home’s Inefficient? A Home Energy Audit Can Help

energy efficiency puzzle-home energy audit - Long Island, New York A professional home energy audit is the first step toward optimizing your home’s energy usage. Continue reading “Not Sure Where Your Long Island Home’s Inefficient? A Home Energy Audit Can Help”

Let Federal Energy Tax Credits Ease the Pain of an Ailing A/C

federal energy tax credits, Long Island, New YorkThe cost of replacing an air conditioning unit can be quite a shocker for the average homeowner. But a homeowner who’s ready to purchase a new A/C this summer can get some financial relief by choosing a system that qualifies for federal energy tax credits. Continue reading “Let Federal Energy Tax Credits Ease the Pain of an Ailing A/C”