5 Reasons to Get Commercial Freezer Service

5 Reasons to Get Commercial Freezer Service

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commercial freezer service in Kingston by North Shore Home Energy

The refrigeration units in your business are an important part of serving fresh food to your customers. However, this also means you constantly have to be on the watch for problems with your freezers. If they stop working and let your frozen food get bad, you could lose hundreds or thousands of dollars in wasted stock. To prevent these losses, you need to know when it’s time to call someone who can offer you commercial freezer service.

Here are five signs you need to call for commercial freezer service:

 

Spoiled food

The majority of commercial freezers are used to keep food frozen to prevent spoilage. If the freezers break down, they can’t keep the food from spoiling. This means you’ll have to throw out the food because you obviously can’t sell spoiled food. If you notice your frozen food is expiring before their expiration dates, you might have to adjust your freezer’s settings. If that doesn’t work, it’s time to call for repairs.

 

Heavy condensation and frost

In addition to keeping food cold, freezers help keep food dry to discourage mold growth. Heavy amounts of condensation mean you have something wrong with the unit gasket, drain tube, or humidity controls. Similarly, seeing lots of frost in your freezer means there’s a problem with the defrost system or evaporator fan.

 

Leaks

When you see water around your freezers, that’s an obvious sign something is wrong. There are a wide variety of reasons your freezers are leaking. They might be overheating or overworked, they turned off during a power surge, the drain hose might have issues, or it might be something else. Your best bet is to call North Shore Home Energy to take a look at your freezers.

 

Damaged seals

The seals on your freezer doors are designed to keep the cold in and the heat out. However, wear and tear can result in small gaps forming, allowing the cold to escape. This may force your freezer to work harder to stay cool, raising your energy bills and wearing out the freezer faster.

 

Higher energy bills

Speaking of energy bills, as a business owner, you should have a general idea of how much you spend on energy every month. If you’ve noticed an inexplicable increase, something is likely wrong with an appliance or electronic. Inefficient freezers and other appliances/electronics will use more electricity then normally to work, costing you money. If you can’t find why your bills are increasing, it might be worth checking your freezers and other electronics.

 

Why call North Shore Home Energy to fix my freezers?

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 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

R22 Refrigerant: Important Product News

R22 Refrigerant: Important Product News

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R22 Refrigerant in Kingston by North Shore Home Energy

Is your AC an older model from before 2010? If so, then this bit of industry news will be especially important to you. As you may know, your AC uses refrigerant, a liquid chemical inside your AC that allows it to cool air. Refrigerants work by moving between various components in the AC to move heat from one area to another. R22 refrigerant, also known as Freon, is one of the more well-known ones and has seen common usage. However, next year, that’s all going to change.

What’s happening with R22 refrigerant?

Introduced back in the 1950s, R22 became the AC refrigerant of choice for the residential heating/cooling industry. However, two decades later, people noticed that the usage of R22 and some other refrigerants was depleting the ozone layer. Because of this, various worldwide organizations, including the EPA, created the Montreal Protocol. The Protocol is a plan to slowly phase out ozone-depleting refrigerants worldwide. Starting in 2003, countries started enacting progressively heavier limits on R22 usage, with certain variants being banned from being produced and imported. At the dawn of 2010, Americans could no longer make equipment that used R22. However, R22 could (and still can, for now) be made and imported for use in pre-existing equipment. Come 2020, chemical manufacturers will completely stop making new R22, marking the effective end of its common usage.

Because R22 is soon going to have a much more limited supply, the prices are going to start increasing. In addition, older ACs need more frequent servicing, increasing demand for R22. Combined with strict regulations on recycling/reclaiming it and the fact that only EPA-certified technicians can buy it means the prices only increase further. This means homeowners will be paying a heavy premium to keep an older AC unit working.

So what should I do?

It’s obvious that it’s going to get more expensive to service your AC if it uses R22. If you ask one of our professionals, they’ll likely suggest you upgrade your model. North Shore Home Energy offers a wide variety of AC units from the leading brands, including Trane and Lennox. While it’s possible to retrofit your old AC to use R401a, a newer and more ecologically friendly refrigerant used by most modern AC units now, it can easily cost as much as a new unit, if not more. In addition, this almost always voids warranties and can break the unit if not done properly, meaning you’ll have to get a new unit anyway.

But how exactly do you know if your unit uses R22 refrigerant? As a rule of thumb, AC units made before 2010 generally use R22. If not, then it most likely uses something else. If you want to be sure, take a look at your unit’s nameplate or the user’s manual. You can usually find the nameplate on the outdoor condenser on your central AC system. If that fails, our technicians can always help you figure it out!

Call North Shore Home Energy today to learn more about R22 refrigerant or schedule an AC replacement!

By Brian Renadette

6 Signs You Need a Central AC Replacement

6 Signs You Need a Central AC Replacement

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central AC replacement in New Hampshire by North Shore Home Energy

As any smart homeowner knows, it’s important to give your AC annual maintenance. However, sometimes some maintenance won’t be enough to get it through the summer. Nothing lasts forever, and losing your air conditioning can be a major loss, even up here in New Hampshire. If it is still working fine, maybe you’re just being cautious and planning ahead. Whatever the case, Jones Services can tell you the signs that you’ll need a central AC replacement in New Hampshire.

Here are 6 signs you should get a central AC replacement in New Hampshire:

 

The AC reached retirement age

How long have you owned your current AC? According to the National Association of Home Builders, well-maintained AC units can last anywhere from 10 to 15 years. If your AC has reached this point and isn’t working like it used to, it might be time to retire it. It may seem like a major cost, but don’t worry! You can use this opportunity to purchase a modern unit that’s more energy efficient.

 

The AC has a refrigerant leak

A refrigerant leak is a serious problem with your AC. The leaking coolant can pose a health risk to your family and the water leakage can damage your home. Sometimes it’s possible to fix serious leaks by getting a new coil. However, a leak can generally be a sign you should get a new AC.

 

A repair would cost too much

Sometimes replacement parts and repairs for your AC don’t justify their high costs. It gets more unappealing when you’re talking about a unit with an expired warranty. If this is the case, you should pick up a new unit and get a new warranty.

 

The AC is making strange noises

Is your AC operating louder than it normally does? AC units are supposed to run quietly, so any grinding, banging, or rattling noises are a major concern. These noises can represent something like a slipped belt or broken motor bearings. If these issues aren’t fixed quickly, you’ll have a costly repair or replacement on your hands.

 

The AC air isn’t cold

If you turn on the AC and cool air doesn’t come out within a few minutes, there’s a problem. A wide variety of issues can cause this problem, like low Freon levels or a broken compressor. Whatever the case may be, it’s an obvious sign that your AC has an issue.

 

The AC needs frequent repairs

You may want to keep an AC operational for a good while through repeated repairs. However, doing this may eventually lead you to spend more than you would from getting a replacement. This is more likely if your warranty has expired and isn’t helping with repair costs.

 

Why is North Shore Home Energy my best choice for AC services?

As an HVACR company with over 25 years of experience, North Shore Home Energy is a company devoted to helping their customers. In order to best help our customers, we not only help our customers with their home service issues but also educate them on how to maintain a healthy house. As a proudly participating contractor in the Mass Save program, we can help you save plenty of money on your next purchase. Ask us about our rebates, which can go up to $3,500 with 0% financing for up to seven years! Call North Shore Home Energy today to learn more about replacing your central AC!

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

5 Benefits of a Ductless System in Kingston

5 Benefits of a Ductless System in Kingston

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ductless system in Kingston by North Shore Home Energy

A ductless (or mini-split) air conditioner is one that’s made up of multiple indoor units connected by conduits to an outdoor unit. As the name suggests, these don’t require ductwork, pre-existing or otherwise, to run. This can make them very useful for certain homeowners. Maybe you’re looking for an easy way to cool your home without installing ductwork? Read on to learn about how a ductless system in Kingston might be right for you.

Here are 5 advantages of switching to a ductless system in Kingston:

 

Small and easy to install

One of the more obvious advantages of a ductless system is that it takes up less space than other systems. They don’t require ductwork, which can be nice in older buildings, and only require some small pipes and a three-inch hole in a wall to install. They’re so easy to install and non-invasive, installation could take a single day depending on the number of units installed.

 

Versatility

Each outdoor unit can have up to four indoor units which can have individual temperature goals. This lets you have different zones to more thoroughly control your home’s temperature.

 

Energy efficient

Because they don’t make use of ducts, ductless systems are more energy efficient. Ductwork losses in central forced air systems account for more than 30% of space conditioning’s energy usage. They can lose even more if the ducts are somewhere unconditioned, like an attic. You’ll save money overall by improving your home’s temperature efficiency.

 

Quieter

Ductwork can cause a variety of noises from debris or leaks, like whistling and banging. With a ductless system, a professional will remove the ducts or seal the air registers. This’ll make your temperature systems much quieter. In addition, the indoor units are quieter than other units due to their lower fan speeds.

 

Increased air quality

With traditional temperature systems, the ducts have to get cleaning on a regular basis. Failure to do so can result in a buildup of dust, allergens, and other nasty stuff. Even if you give them a complete cleaning, you can still leave some stuff behind. With a multi-split system, you won’t have to worry about what’s in your ducts and your home’s air will be fresher as a result.

 

What makes North Shore Home Energy my best choice for home service renovations?

With over 25 years of experience in the HVACR industry, we know plenty about how to best help our customers. As a company devoted to helping its customers the best they can, we’re pleased to announce that we’re a participating contractor in the Mass Save program. When you get our help, we can offer you a rebate up to $3,500 as well as 0% financing for up to seven years. Call us today to learn more about how we can help you cool your home!

By Brian Renadette

AC Savings in Kingston: Cool and Cheap!

AC Savings in Kingston: Cool and Cheap!

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AC savings in Kingston by North Shore Home Energy

When the summer heat rolls in, you’ll likely want to stay cool. This means you’ll be using your AC a lot over a few months. However, keeping your AC on all summer will generate some hefty electricity bills. There are plenty of things you can do, big and small, to get some AC savings in Kingston this summer. Let the experts at North Shore Home Energy give you some advice on how to stay cool without breaking the bank.

Here are six tips on getting some AC savings in Kingston:

 

Stay on top of your AC’s maintenance

When was the last time you gave your AC maintenance? If the answer is earlier than “this spring,” you should call us to give it an inspection. Getting your AC an inspection can do a lot to improve your energy savings. The AC won’t have to work as hard to cool, it’ll have less mechanical issues, and any grime built up in your AC will be cleaned out. It’s a simple bit of advice, but it’s very good advice at the same time.

 

Upgrade your thermostat

Programmable thermostats are a great way to help conserve your AC’s energy usage. A major feature in these thermostats is that they are programmable and can follow a schedule. This lets you automatically adjust the temperature around the household’s schedule, so the AC turns off when nobody’s home. Other useful features include the ability to keep a constant temperature and other high-tech features.

 

Keep your home sealed

In a battle between the Sun and your AC to determine the outside temperature, the Sun will win hands-down. Because of this, you want your home to stay well-insulated. A poorly insulated home will leak cool air and let in hot air more easily. At a basic level, you can fix this by caulking leaky windows and insulating doors leading outside. If you’re looking for a more comprehensive examination, call one of our experts to check your home.

 

Close the blinds

If you have windows letting in sunlight, that can make your home hotter than you want. During the hotter parts of the day, close your blinds to keep out the sun to keep the temperature down. In addition, this also helps keep cool air inside your house.

 

Be a fan of ceiling fans

You don’t always need the air conditioner to stay cool. The National Resource Defense Council (NRDC) estimates that a ceiling fan can make a room feel 10°F less and uses 10% of an AC’s energy. There are also smart ceiling fans that can be set on a schedule, similarly to smart thermostats.

 

Get zone control AC

Zone control AC lets you choose individual areas to heat or cool. You probably have one or two parts of the house you don’t use very often. With zone control, you can cool certain parts of the house less or not at all. This lets you save money on unnecessary cooling.

 

What makes North Shore Home Energy a local expert in optimizing my AC performance?

North Shore Home Energy has over 25 years specializing in installing cooling systems. Whether they are residential high efficiency forced air systems, central air conditioning, or ductless mini splits, we know them all. Our state of the art ACCA-approved HVAC software helps us provide proper heat load calculations so we best know how to install your AC. Call North Shore Home Energy today to learn more about our cooling services!

By Brian Renadette

7 Signs You Need an AC Repair in Kingston

7 Signs You Need an AC Repair in Kingston

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AC repair in Kingston by North Shore Home Energy

Problems with your AC never seem to happen at a convenient time. Oftentimes it seems they only break down when they’re working hard on a very hot day. The best way to keep this from happening is to be aware of signs your AC needs repairs. If you know what signs to look for, you can avoid having your home become uncomfortably hot and having a totally broken down AC. Summer is right around the corner, and North Shore Home Energy wants to help you with an AC repair in Kingston.

Here are 7 signs that you need an AC repair in Kingston:

 

Increased energy bills

Have you noticed you’re paying more for your bills than you normally do? That might be a sign your AC is becoming less efficient. As your AC gets worn down, it takes more effort on its part to get the same results. This increased effort can also reduce your AC’s overall lifespan, so it’s a good idea to get it checked out.

 

Strange, loud noises

For the most part, ACs are very quiet when they run. Because of this, if you hear any loud scraping, rattling, or banging noises, you know there’s a problem. There are a few different things that could be causing the noise. There might be a part loose or broken, a component might need lubrication, or a belt might have slipped out of place. Whatever it is, it can be damaging and costly if not repaired. If your AC is being noisy, call us right away!

 

Moisture

A leaky AC can be a sign of a serious repair job. If the AC is leaking water or has ice inside it, that’s just a problem with a drain tube. The water can cause some mold and mildew, but it could be worse. However, what you really have to worry about is your AC having a refrigerant leak. Not only is Freon poisonous, but the leak is a serious AC problem. Whatever problem you have, call one of our technicians ASAP.

 

Warm air

Obviously, you bought an AC to cool your house, not sit around looking pretty. If it’s not keeping the house comfortable during hot weather, it’s time to give it an examination.

 

Low airflow

A similar issue to the air being hot is the airflow not being strong enough. It might be an issue with the AC’s compressor or possibly the ducts themselves. There’s definitely some uncertainty in this issue, so it’s a good idea to call a professional to diagnose the issue.

 

Strange odors

If the air in your home is starting to smell strange, there might be trouble. If your AC doesn’t get proper maintenance, mold might be growing on the coil inside the unit. When your AC is operating, it’ll spread that mold through the air. That musty smell could be a sign of mold in either the unit or the duct work. Alternatively, the wire insulation inside your AC might be burnt out. Either way, it’s worth calling in a professional to fix the issue.

 

Thermostat not working

Your thermostat acts as the command center for your AC. Its job is to tell the AC how much cool air to generate and constantly take measurements to make sure its working right. When the AC won’t turn on or won’t stay on for long, the thermostat might have a problem. You’ll need a trained technician to look at the thermostat, as they have plenty of complex electrical components.

 

Why choose North Shore Home Energy for my home service needs?

North Shore Home Energy is a locally owned HVACR service company with over 25 years of experience in the industry. We strive to not only leave our customers satisfied but also to help educate them on maintenance. As a proudly participating contractor in the Mass Save program, we can offer you rebates up to $3,500 and 0% financing for up to seven years. Call North Shore Home Energy today to learn more about our services and schedule a repair today!

By Brian Renadette

6 Benefits of a Yearly AC Tune-Up in Kingston

6 Benefits of a Yearly AC Tune-Up in Kingston

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AC tune-up in Kingston by North Shore Home Energy

As spring turns to summer, Kingston homeowners will be swapping out their heaters for air conditioning. But is it ready to tackle the summer heat? The people at North Shore Home Energy know that it’s a good idea to give your AC a tune-up before the warm weather moves in. That way, you’ll be able to rest easy knowing your AC will survive the summer heat. Here are six reasons you should get an AC tune-up in Kingston before the summer arrives.

Here are six ways an annual AC tune-up in Kingston can help you and your home:

 

Lower electricity bills

Summers are hot- there’s no way around it. It’s likely that you’ll want to be running your AC most days, but that can create a steep increase in electrical bills. A system with clogged filters and failing parts will need to work harder to do the same work. By tuning up your AC now, you’re increasing its efficiency and lowering your utility bills.

 

More comfort

What would you call an AC that can’t keep you cool? A bad one. Summers can be tough even for modern systems. If you want to keep your home at a consistent and comfortable temperature, you’ll want our professionals at North Shore Home Energy to make sure your AC is running at top performance.

 

Fewer breakdowns

If you use your AC system this summer, are you certain that it won’t fail to start up? Do you know for sure that it’ll run smoothly all season? If you’re not sure, give us a call! Our tune-ups come with a complete inspection that can identify problems before they cause a breakdown.

 

Cheaper repair bills

In the event that your AC winds up needing repairs, they’ll likely be cheaper if you’ve got maintenance beforehand. The reason for that is because our maintenance addresses the more costly problems (like air flow issues and broken parts) during our inspections.

 

Extended AC lifespan

If you want your AC system to stay operational for a long time, you’ll want to give it regular maintenance. By routinely checking on your AC and preventing breakdowns, we can help extend your AC’s lifespan by years. Without regular maintenance, the average AC only lasts a few years.

 

Better air quality

During the months where you never use your AC, various bits of dust and grime build up in it. When you turn it on, all that nasty junk is going to go into the air, which can hurt your air quality and aggravate those summer allergies. When you call North Shore Home Energy to give your AC a tune-up, we’ll clean it out, ensuring that your home’s air stays fresh.

 

Why should I choose North Shore Home Energy for my cooling needs?

North Shore Home Energy has been helping New Hampshire homeowners stay comfortable for over 25 years. We’re not just here to sell you a product. We also want to help you learn how to best maintain a healthy home. If you’re planning on buying from us, ask about our rebates. We’re a proud participant in the Mass Save program, so you can get a rebate of up to $3,500 and 0% financing for up to seven years. Call today to learn more about how we can help you stay cool this summer!

By Brian Renadette