Heat Pump: How Can It Benefit You?

Heat Pump: How Can It Benefit You?

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force air system in Kingston by North Shore Home Energy

Is a Heat Pump Right for You?

In common terms, it functions like an air conditioner in reverse. Heat pumps move heat from one space to another by means of a compressor and circulating structure of liquid/gas refrigerant where heat is extracted from outside sources and pumped indoors. 

For climates with moderate heating and cooling needs, heat pumps offer an energy-efficient alternative to furnaces and air conditioners. During the winter, heat pumps absorb heat from the outdoors (even in cold weather) and move it into your house. During the summer, heat pumps move heat from your house and push it outdoors, thus cooling your home down. Because they move heat rather than generate it, heat pumps can provide equivalent space conditioning at as little as one quarter of the cost of operating conventional heating or cooling appliances.

Benefits of a Heat Pump

  • Low Running Costs: Heat pumps are cheaper to run in comparison to those who run on combustion. An electric heat pump can cost $500/year to run, while an electric furnace will cost upwards of $900. 
  • Less Maintenance: Heat pumps require far less maintenance in comparison to combustion heating systems. Approximately once a year certain details of the system have to be checked, which could easily be accomplished by yourself. If you are a bit hesitant, consider hiring a professional from [Company] to check on the system.
  • Safety: Heat pumps are far less likely to cause problems than other combustion heating systems. They are not generating their own heat by flame or combustion, lessening the chance of fires or gas leaks.  
  • Reduced Carbon Emissions: Heat pump systems reduce your carbon emissions and it has an efficient conversion rate of energy to heat. For example, water source heat pumps reach reasonably high efficiencies. 
  • Provide Cooling: During the warmer months of the year, heat pumps are able to reverse the flow process. Because of this, the heat pump can serve a similar function to an air conditioner. Air to air heat pumps can conveniently be switched to cooling mode during the summers. 
  • Longevity: The life span of heat pumps is relatively long. In most cases the average lifespan of a heat pump is somewhere around 14-15 years, while a furnace can burn out around 10 years after installation.

If you heat heat pump repair or maintenance, or you would like to learn more about installation, call the experts at North Shore Home Energy!

By Dan Burrows

5 Benefits of a Heat Pump Installation

5 Benefits of a Heat Pump Installation

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  • Heating
heat pump installation in Kingston by North Shore Home Energy

Heat pumps are another method of heating or cooling your house, like an air conditioner or furnace. However, it doesn’t heat or cool the air in your house like a traditional system. Instead, it regulates your home’s temperature by moving heat from warmer areas to cooler areas. Getting a heat pump installation from North Shore Home Energy will give you a great alternative from typical heating and cooling options. Read our list below to see why getting a heat pump might be an option for you! 

Here are five reasons you should consider a heat pump installation:

 

No fuel storage necessary

Various heating and cooling systems use different types of fuel, such as oil, propane, or other alternative fuel. Because of this, you’ll always have to keep a supply in your house. With a heat pump, you don’t have to worry about how much fuel you have. Heat pumps use nothing but electricity, and can always operate as long as they have power. 

 

Long lifespan

If you’re diligent about keeping them in good condition, heat pumps can last a long time. On average, heat pumps can last 14 to 15 years if cared for properly. Like many appliances, it’s a good idea to get your heat pump inspected annually and perform maintenance. If you take care of your heat pump, it will take care of you. 

 

Heating and cooling combined

If you want to keep your home temperate, you’ll generally need to buy and manage two different systems. However, like a combined HVAC system, a heat pump can pull double duty by keeping your home warm during the winter and cool during the summer.

 

Fewer carbon emissions

Heat pumps have a reputation for their high energy efficiency. Because of this, they’re likely to reduce your carbon footprint. For instance, water source heat pumps, which move heat to/from a water source, can reduce your energy usage by 30-60%.

 

Energy efficient

Heat pumps are very energy efficient when compared to similar options like gas furnaces. Not only do heat pumps run on electricity, which is cleaner than gas or oil, but they are also very efficient at using it to move heat. As a rule of thumb, heat pumps operate best when the difference between the source and supply temperatures is very little.

 

What makes North Shore Home Energy one of Kingston’s top heating and cooling companies?

With over 25 years of experience in the cooling and heating industries, North Shore Home Energy is dedicated to providing top-quality service to homes, businesses, and restaurants. Our attention to detail, on-demand service, and fair pricing will keep your home running smoothly year after year. In addition, we’re a proud participating contractor with the Mass Save program. Ask us about rebates up to $3,500 and 0% financing for seven years. Call North Shore Home Energy today to learn more about how we can help you with a heat pump installation.

By Brian Renadette

Boiler Maintenance Tips for the Holidays

Boiler Maintenance Tips for the Holidays

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North Shore Home Energy Boiler maintenance

Hot water is essential to your well-being and your health. And during the holidays, you need it for everything from cleaning pots and pans after a festive meal to taking a long, luxurious bath once all your guests have gone home again. But if your boiler is not working properly, then your life suddenly becomes a whole lot less comfortable. That’s why we’ve put together a list of boiler maintenance tips for the holidays.

Boiler Maintenance

  • Check the gas light. The gas light should burn a steady blue. If it’s yellow or some other color or if you notice soot marks around it, then it’s a sign there’s something wrong with the combustion. Call a professional immediately instead of trying to fix it yourself.
  • Remove any clutter. You need to maintain at least two feet of clearance around the appliance at all times. During the holidays, this can be more challenging, especially if you’re looking for extra storage for gifts, decoration boxes or other holiday-related items. Nevertheless, since this is about safety, you still need to keep the boiler free of clutter.
  • Perform a visual inspection. Inspect all sides of the appliance for dings, dents or leaks. If you notice serious damage, corrosion, or a leak, you’ll need to get it fixed. You should also carefully check the valves and pipes for leaks or other damage.
  • Make sure the boiler has the right pressure. While your boiler is properly calibrated for the correct pressure when it’s first installed, it will lose pressure over time. This is completely normal, so there’s no need to worry. However, you do need to maintain correct pressure. The best way to go about doing this is to review the manufacturer’s manual for the correct pressure and follow the instructions on how to adjust it.

Why Choose North Shore Home Energy?

North Shore Home Energy LLC is a small local dedicated HVAC & Refrigeration service company in the North Shore providing excellent service to homes, businesses and restaurants. With over 25 years in the industry, North Shore Home Energy is here to educate our customers on maintenance and strive for 100% customer satisfaction. Our attention to detail, on-demand service and fair pricing will keep you running smoothly year after year. We are a proud participating contractor with the Mass Save program. Ask us about rebates up to $3,500 dollars and 0% financing for 7 years.

Call Today to see how we can help you with your boiler!

By Dan Burrows

5 Signs You Need a New Furnace Filter

5 Signs You Need a New Furnace Filter

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furnace filter in Kingston by North Shore Home Energy

The average furnace has a variety of parts that allow it to heat your home. However, one part of the furnace homeowners can easily work with is the filter. The filter helps clear out the air that flows into the furnace to cool it down. While we clean it out during our maintenance visits, knowing how to do it yourself is very important. To replace it, you’ll first have to know when the filter needs replacing.

Here are five signs you should get a replacement furnace filter:

 

Low air quality

Your home’s air quality can suffer when your furnace has a dirty filter. The dust and contaminants that accumulate can often make you feel sick. If your allergies are hitting you harder lately, it might be worth checking the filter.

 

Visible dirt

It’s easy to tell if you need a replacement when you see your filter looking dirty. Dirty filters are usually gray and are covered in dirt and grime.

 

Regular replacements

There’s no exact “right” time you for replacing your filter. However, a common suggestion is every three months. You can tweak that suggestion depending on factors like your furnace’s workload or the presence of pets. If you need help determining the best ways or times to replace it, we can offer some advice.

 

Higher energy bills

Filters in need of replacement can put a damper on your furnace’s efficiency. Lower efficiency means your furnace will take more energy to heat your home, costing you more money. Also, inefficient furnaces tend to die out quicker. If you stay on top of your furnace filter’s health, you can save about 5-15% on energy costs.

 

Burning smells

A furnace’s filters or burner motor can smell like they’re burning when they overheat. This is because the clogged filter is causing your furnace to overheat, as it can’t get the airflow it needs to stay cool. A new filter can keep your furnace cool while it keeps you warm.

 

Why call North Shore Home Energy to keep my furnace working?

North Shore Home Energy LLC is a small local dedicated HVAC & Refrigeration service company in the North Shore providing excellent service to homes, businesses, and restaurants. With over 25 years in the industry, North Shore Home Energy is here to educate our customers on maintenance and strive for 100% customer satisfaction. Our attention to detail, on-demand service, and fair pricing will keep you running smoothly year after year. We are a proud participating contractor with the Mass Save program. Ask us about rebates up to $3,500 and 0% financing for 7 years. Call North Shore Home Energy today to learn more about keeping your furnace in good condition!

By Brian Renadette

6 Reasons to Get HVAC Duct Repair

6 Reasons to Get HVAC Duct Repair

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  • Heating
HVAC duct repair in Kingston by North Shore Home Energy

Getting an HVAC system for your home requires you to also get ductwork installed in your home. It can look out of place in your home, but those ducts are very important for your HVAC system. When these ducts get damaged, they’ll become useless as the air they’re supposed to transport leaks out of the ducts. Calling for HVAC duct repair requires you to be able to know that your system has a problem. At North Shore Home Energy, we can tell you about some of the problems you should look for.

Here are six issues that require HVAC duct repair to solve:

 

Dirt and dust

HVAC ducts use your home’s air, which means airborne contaminants can travel the ducts. Fortunately, most of them can be stopped by the replaceable filter the HVAC system has. However, the filter can get clogged, allowing dust to get in and damage the inner workings of the HVAC system. If your ducts are getting too dirty, you might need to switch the filter.

 

Decreased airflow

HVAC systems work by circulating your home’s air through ducts and expelling heated or cooled air through vents. However, several issues can weaken the airflow, making it hard to heat or cool your home. You might have an animal’s nest in the ducts, or the ductwork might be damaged or disconnected. Best-case scenario, there’s just some furniture or a rug blocking a vent. If you follow the ducts to where the air isn’t flowing as strongly, you might find the source of the problem.

 

Damaged ducts

Damage to your ducts, such as holes and tears, can leak the air you’re trying to heat or cool. The holes make it harder to regulate your home’s temperature and your HVAC system will become more inefficient. If your ducts are getting too holey, call us today to get them patched up.

 

Higher energy bills

Energy bills usually rise during the summers and winters. However, rising energy bills can also be caused by damaged appliances and systems. Take a close look at your HVAC system’s filters, refrigerant levels, and fans. Also, the problem can be caused by worn-down electrical connections. In those cases, you should call a professional electrician to fix those.

 

Hot and cold spots

Do you find parts of your house are still cold even when the heat is on? Damage to your ducts might cause cold air to leak, preventing your ducts from cooling your home. The reverse is also true. Having hot spots when the AC is on can also be caused by duct damage.

 

Strange noises

When you turn on your HVAC, you might hear a popping noise. That’s just the ducts expanding or contracting due to the temperature and is nothing to worry about. However, continuous loud or rattling noises are caused by damaged ducts. It’s also possible that your ducts are too small for your home. Give us a call and we can tell if you need bigger ducts or simply a repair.

 

What makes North Shore Home Energy my best bet for fixing my ducts?

North Shore Home Energy LLC is a small local dedicated HVAC & Refrigeration service company in the North Shore providing excellent service to homes, businesses, and restaurants. With over 25 years in the industry, North Shore Home Energy is here to educate our customers on maintenance and strive for 100% customer satisfaction. Our attention to detail, on-demand service, and fair pricing will keep you running smoothly year after year. We are a proud participating contractor with the Mass Save program. Ask us about rebates up to $3,500 and 0% financing for 7 years. Call North Shore Home Energy today to schedule your duct repair work!

By Brian Renadette

6 Benefits of a Boiler Inspection

6 Benefits of a Boiler Inspection

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boiler inspection in Kingston by North Shore Home Energy

There’s only two months and change left until winter starts, and it’s time to start thinking about your home’s heating. If you’re using a boiler for heat, you likely need someone to perform an inspection. Too much inactivity can be bad for machines, and the summer-long break might have hampered your boiler’s efficiency. Having a boiler fail can be extremely dangerous, and we want to ensure your safety and warmth this winter.

Here are six ways a boiler inspection can help you and your home:

 

Keep it energy-efficient

Boilers are complex machines with many parts, and some of those parts wear out faster than others. To keep your boiler efficient, you want to make sure every part is in good condition. By doing so, your boiler will use less energy to heat your home.

 

Maximize the boiler’s life

Boilers are a large financial investment, and you’ll want to maximize your investment by keeping it functional for as long as possible. Regular inspections and professional maintenance can keep your boiler running for as long as it can. Depending on who you ask, a well-maintained boiler can last ten to fifteen years.

 

Legal obligations

Certain parts of the country have laws that require you to get regular inspections. These laws are put in place to help prevent catastrophic boiler failures. If you don’t follow these laws, you’ll have to pay fines and also have a poorly-maintained boiler. Following local inspection laws will help you avoid legal trouble and ensure you and your boiler’s safety.

 

Save money on energy

Boilers are second only to HVAC systems in how much energy they use annually. However, regular inspections can help you save up to 10% on its energy usage. Also, well-maintained boilers are at a lower risk of breakdowns, which cost money to fix or replace.

 

Stay safe

Boilers generate carbon monoxide when they run, but the gas is safely vented outside your home via an exhaust pipe. However, poorly-maintained boilers may have holes in the exhaust pipe that allow the deadly and odorless gas into your home. Also, boilers are known for explosive failures, so keeping it healthy is important for your safety.

 

Maintain warranties

There are many boiler manufacturers with different ways of doing business. However, many of their boiler warranties require you to give their products regular maintenance and inspections. Failing to follow the requirements will void the warranty, disqualifying you from any money to help with repairs or replacements.

 

Why trust North Shore Home Energy to keep my boiler working this winter?

North Shore Home Energy LLC is a small local dedicated HVAC & Refrigeration service company in the North Shore providing excellent service to homes, businesses, and restaurants. With over 25 years in the industry, North Shore Home Energy is here to educate our customers on maintenance and strive for 100% customer satisfaction. Our attention to detail, on-demand service, and fair pricing will keep you running smoothly year after year. We are a proud participating contractor with the Mass Save program. Ask us about rebates up to $3,500 and 0% financing for 7 years. Call North Shore Home Energy today to schedule your furnace inspection!

By Brian Renadette

5 Reasons to Call For a Furnace Inspection

5 Reasons to Call For a Furnace Inspection

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furnace inspection in Kingston by North Shore Home Energy

With your AC properly shut down, it’s time to consider how you’ll stay warm this winter. You might have a furnace, but there’s a good chance you haven’t been using it and it has built up a bunch of dust. If you worry it might not work its best, you can always call us to perform a furnace inspection. By calling North Shore Home Energy for an inspection, you’ll be sure that your furnace will run through the winter!

Here are five reasons you should call us for a furnace inspection:

 

Extend your furnace’s life

We all know that ignoring the needs of your appliances and systems never leads to any good. Not getting regular maintenance for your furnace will hurt its energy efficiency and overall lifespan. Also, poorly-maintained furnaces are much more prone to breaking down.

 

Cheaper than full repairs

Furnace inspections cost money, but they’re a lot cheaper than repairing a broken furnace. If you call us for an inspection and we find any small problems, we’ll fix it up right then and there. This will protect your furnace from problems that could break your furnace in the future.

 

Ensure your furnace’s health

Sometimes you may not be sure whether your furnace needs to be replaced. When you get your furnace inspected, you’ll get a good idea of whether you need a replacement. If you’ve scheduled your inspection early in the season, you’ll have plenty of time to find a replacement.

 

Avoid dangerous gas leaks

Gas furnaces that aren’t properly cared for can be serious dangers for your family and home. They’re capable of creating carbon monoxide, a gas which is deadly to people and most animals. Also, damaged gas furnaces can leak flammable gasses that can ignite and cause a house fire.

 

Better energy efficiency

Running a furnace can take up a good part of your energy bill – about half of it annually, in most cases. Fortunately, regular inspections can reduce this percentage. Many mechanical problems can hurt your furnace’s efficiency, but they can be fixed or prevented with regular maintenance. Well-tuned furnaces can use about 30% less energy than usual.

 

What makes North Shore Home Energy the best choice for checking on my furnace?

North Shore Home Energy LLC is a small local dedicated HVAC & Refrigeration service company in the North Shore providing excellent service to homes, businesses, and restaurants. With over 25 years in the industry, North Shore Home Energy is here to educate our customers on maintenance and strive for 100% customer satisfaction. Our attention to detail, on-demand service, and fair pricing will keep you running smoothly year after year. We are a proud participating contractor with the Mass Save program. Ask us about rebates up to $3,500 and 0% financing for 7 years. Call North Shore Home Energy today to learn more about keeping your furnace working well!

By Brian Renadette

8 Causes of HVACR Problems in Kingston

8 Causes of HVACR Problems in Kingston

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  • Heating
HVACR problems in Kingston by North Shore Home Energy

When it comes to your home or business, there are few systems more important than your HVACR. This system consists of your home or business’s heating, air conditioning, ventilation, and refrigeration systems. However, it’s easy for problems to creep up and render some of these systems inefficient or unusable. Some of these problems include hot and cold spots, air pressure problems, poor airflow from your vents, or warm air from your AC. Fortunately, if you know what to look for, you can prevent any major HVACR problems in your Kingston home or business.

Here are eight common HVACR problems in a Kingston home or business:

 

Clogged filters

Various filters work to keep dust and other contaminants out of your sensitive HVACR equipment and ducts. If they get clogged, the HVACR can have trouble blowing air, making the air stuffy, hurting the equipment, and creating hot and cold spots. You can prevent these problems by regularly replacing the filters. When you should change the filters depends on how much you use the system and the manufacturer’s instructions.

 

Duct damage

Another problem with clogged filters is that more contaminants can get into your ducts. If the ducts are already too small, they can wind up clogged. The duct walls are also capable of developing cracks and holes that let the air out, lowering their efficiency. Also, rodents and other small animals can sometimes make their homes inside your vents. Always have someone inspect your ducts every once in a while to see if anything needs fixing or cleaning.

 

Slower fan

HVACR systems use blower fans to move air throughout your home or business’s vents. If these slow down, this can weaken your system’s heating and cooling. Oftentimes, the problem is that grime has built upon the fan blades. It’s fairly simple to fix this problem by turning off the system and cleaning the fan.

 

Low refrigerant levels

Low refrigerant levels are common in older, poorly-maintained HVACR units. In more worrying cases, the HVACR may be leaking refrigerant, which can be poisonous to people. One of our HVACR technicians can test the unit’s refrigerant levels and possibly fix the leaks if there are any. If the problem is a leak, then there’s a decent chance you’ll have to replace the system.

 

Blocked vents and registers

This is a relatively simple problem that you can fix even if you don’t have any handyman skills. If anything is blocking the vents in your rooms, you won’t be able to experience the full heating or cooling from the HVACR. Simply make sure nothing is blocking the vents. Common obstructions include furniture, rugs, and carpets.

 

Dirty coils

The condenser coil in your HVACR’s system is designed to release the heat it removes from your home. If it gets too dirty, it’ll be unable to release heat and can break. Because of this, you should clean it once or twice a year.

 

Obstructed condenser

An obstructed condenser unit is another common HVAC problem you can fix yourself. The AC part of HVACR systems has a condenser unit that is often located outside or in a mechanical room. Any sort of outdoor debris or storage equipment can crowd the unit, causing it to overheat. All you need to do is clean out anything crowding your condenser.

 

Thermostat problems

If your thermostat is causing problems, there are usually two things it can be. It can either be a low battery, which is easy to fix, or the thermostat could be faulty. In that case, we’d suggest calling for a professional.

 

What makes North Shore Home Energy your best choice for HVACR work?

North Shore Home Energy is a company with over 25 years of history and experience in the HVACR industry. Our family-owned business has been working hard to keep food cold and people comfortable. If you call us today, we can offer a free quote on your purchase. We’re also proud to be participating in the Mass Save program. As a participant of the Mass Save program, you may be able to score a rebate up to $3,500 with 0% financing for 7 years! North Shore Home Energy can help you find refrigeration that meets your needs, the needs of your customers, and the needs of your employees. Contact us today to get started!

By Brian Renadette

5 Pros of a High Efficiency Forced Air System

5 Pros of a High Efficiency Forced Air System

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force air system in Kingston by North Shore Home Energy

Forced air heaters and furnaces are a way to heat your home by burning gas, oil, or propane. By using return ducts, it takes air from your home, heats it, and delivers the air back into your home via supply ducts. These are one of the most popular types of home heating system in the country. Here at North Shore Home Energy, we can tell you what’s so great about a forced air system.

Here are five reasons to consider installing a high efficiency forced air system:

 

Low operating cost

Although they may have higher installation costs than other systems, their operating cost is much lower. Forced air furnaces are highly efficient, with efficiency rates generally in the 90% range. In addition, if you properly maintain them, these furnaces can last over two decades and are cheap to fix.

 

High air quality

A major benefit of forced air systems is how they can condition your home’s air in a variety of ways. Not only can you filter your home’s air, but you can also install whole-home humidification systems or air cleaners to clean the air as it passes through the system.

 

Quick heating

Most heating systems, like electric ones, can take a good while to get your home heated up. Meanwhile, furnaces have much quicker start times and can provide home-wide comfort in just a matter of minutes.

 

Highly safe

You may be aware of some of the dangers of furnaces. If not properly vented, carbon monoxide and other harmful gasses can get into your home and pose serious health risks. Fortunately, our furnaces have multiple safety switches that help prevent fires and toxic fumes from getting into your home. Even so, you’ll want to install CO detectors in your home if you get a furnace.

 

Compatible with duct cooling systems

If you have a central AC system, the forced air system can work with it to provide year-round comfort. Both systems can make use of the same ductwork to keep your home comfortable.

 

Why is North Shore Home Energy my best choice for purchasing a heating system?

North Shore Home Energy has over 25 years of experience with various heating and cooling systems. We’re dedicated to helping our customers get the best HVAC for their money and use it to its best potential. As a proudly participating contractor in the Mass Save program, we offer rebates of up to $3,500 and 0% financing for up to seven years. Call North Shore Home Energy today to learn more about our forced air systems!

By Brian Renadette