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Signs of Trouble with Your Fireplace

October 24th, 2016

We’ve already seen our share of chilly days here in Franklin Lakes, NJ, which means that — if your home has a fireplace — you’ve likely had cause to use it at least once or twice. The fall makes an ideal time to check your fireplace for signs of trouble, and if an issue arises, you can summon a repair service before the temperature drops too low.

That will help your fireplace work as efficiently as it can later in the winter, and can often lower the cost of repairs, since sooner is always preferable to later when it comes to correcting a long-standing problem. Here’s a quick list of signs of trouble with your fireplace, which you should watch for when planning to build a fire this fall.

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3 IAQ Products to Help Your Heater

October 17th, 2016

IAQ stands for “indoor air quality,” and frankly speaking it comes second only to heating here in New City, NY. That’s not surprising given how cold our winters are. But while heating should  come first, you shouldn’t ignore the benefits that indoor air quality products can provide: keeping your air clean and healthy no matter what the conditions are outside. Even more, IAQ products can help ease the strain on your heating system this winter: lowering your monthly bills and reducing the risks of a breakdown. Now is the time to install them, before the snow starts to fall. Here are 3 specific products you should consider if you’d like to give your furnace or boiler a boost this winter.

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3 Alternate Forms of Heating

October 10th, 2016

Winter is on its way here is Saddle River, NJ, and if you need a new heating system installed in your home, now is the time to act. Doing so before the snows fall means you’ll have a first-rate heating system ready to go. And if traditional boilers or forced-air furnaces aren’t quite what you have in mind, you might want to think about having an alternative form of heating installed. We’ve listed three of them below to give you a good idea of what we’re talking about.

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How to Avoid a Heating Emergency

October 3rd, 2016

Heating emergencies are no small considerations in towns like Wyckoff, NJ. Our recent winters have been colder than ever and without reliable heating, you’re apt to find your home turning into a freezer in a matter of hours. Emergency services are available to conduct heating repairs on short notice, which should come as at least a small relief. However, you can help your own cause out by working to prevent heating emergencies, starting now while the weather is still warm. Here’re a few general guidelines.

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Is It Time for a New Water Heater?

September 26th, 2016

Water heaters get put to the test during our Ramsey, NJ winters: fighting cold temperatures in parts of the home that don’t usually get a lot of heat and undergoing significant strain in the process. If your water heater’s warranty has expired, and you don’t think it will work effectively for another winter, now is the perfect time to schedule a replacement. (It gives you time to make the change at a date of your choosing, instead of during the winter when the operation becomes much more difficult.) But how can you spot the signs that you need a new water heater?

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Time to Get Your Fireplace Ready

September 19th, 2016

September is moving right along here in Franklin Lakes, NJ and fall officially arrives this week. That makes it the ideal time to take a close look at your fireplace if you have one, and get it ready for use again. Fireplaces usually sit untouched throughout the summer months but the cozy atmosphere they provide — to say nothing of inexpensive heat — can be a boon to your household. With proper preparation, you can ensure that your fireplace does its job without trouble throughout our long East Coast winter. Here’s a quick list of some steps to take to help make sure that happens.

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Schedule a Heating Maintenance Session in September

September 12th, 2016

We’re halfway through September in Mahwah, NJ, and with the official start of fall just a few days away, it’s time to look ahead to heating season and address any concerns you may have with your heating system. Regardless of whether you use a boiler, a forced-air furnace, or something more radical like a geothermal heating system, it pays to perform a quality maintenance session this month, before the cold weather begins in earnest. A trained professional can take care of it for you.

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Install a Humidifier Now

September 5th, 2016

Summer is still here in New City, NY, but fall will be here before you know it and with it comes a host of issues that local homeowners will need to address. Among them is low humidity levels, creating dry air and a distinct comfort problem in many local homes. A whole-house humidifier can solve those problems, and with cool temperatures still weeks away, now is a great time to consider installing one, when you have time to plan at leisure. 

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How Does Air Filtration Help Your AC?

August 29th, 2016

We often stress the benefits of air filtration systems to residents of Ramsey, NJ and other nearby homes. Every air conditioner comes with a filter designed to strain out dust, pet hair and other contaminants. An electronic air filter or similar device takes a more rigorous approach to the problem, as can HEPA filters and similar upgrades to your existing filtration system. They help keep your air clean and avoid the spread of germs and other contagions, and if you have family members sensitive to excessive dust (infants, the elderly or people suffering from conditions such as asthma), w high-end form of air filtration is absolutely necessary.

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Consider the Location of Your Thermostat

August 22nd, 2016

If your air conditioner just never seems to be working the way you want it to, no matter what you do, the problem may not be with the air conditioner. Your thermostat acts as the primary control system for your air conditioner, and if it isn’t functioning as it should, you might want to look there for answers. This is especially true for older homes, of which we have a number in Wyckoff, NJ and which can present special challenges for modern thermostats. In particular, you should check the location of your thermostat, which can have a huge bearing on your AC’s ability to do the job. Here’s how.

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