If you’re using a heat pump to keep warm this winter you may notice ice forming on the outside coil. If you do, don’t be alarmed. This isn’t necessarily a problem for the system. In fact, it’s to be expected if the weather is cold enough. Under certain circumstances, however, heat pump ice can actually become an issue. Read on to find out why your heat pump collects ice, and when to call for repairs. (more…)
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Hollywood has always tried to match movies up to the seasons to draw droves of viewers to the theaters: October is packed with fright-offerings, while the winter holidays skew toward warm and pleasing family films (as well as Oscar hopefuls). Valentine’s Day falls in an odd spot when it comes to the movie release calendar, however, since February tends to be a slower time for the film industry. The studios are as likely to slot strange movies that don’t fit anywhere else in their annual schedules into the Valentine’s Day weekend as they are films with powerful romantic appeal.
So, while the second weekend of February has featured hugely successful romantic comedies like Hitch, The Wedding Singer, and (of course) Valentine’s Day, some truly weird choices have debuted in this weekend as well. And a few have even gone on to tremendous success despite the bizarre match with the holiday. Here are a couple of the odder Valentine’s Day movie releases:
- Dracula (1931): Yes, this Halloween perennial and the start of Universal Studio’s Classic Monsters actually came out on Valentine’s Day! But perhaps this makes some sense, as the Dracula legend has often received a “doomed lover” approach in the many years since Bela Lugosi made the aristocratic vampire a screen icon.
- The Silence of the Lambs (1991): Does any film seem less appropriate for Valentine’s Day than this unnerving and sometimes very violent psychological thriller? What’s even more astonishing than the film’s release date is that The Silence of the Lambs eventually nabbed the Oscar for Best Picture, an almost unheard of occurrence for a movie released so early in the year.
- Daredevil (2003): This Marvel comic adaptation featuring Ben Affleck as a blind superhero does contain a romantic subplot, but the stronger connection to Valentine’s Day may just be that Daredevil wears a bright red costume.
- A Good Day to Die Hard (2013): The least successful of the Die Hard film franchise, this is an excellent example of a studio dropping a film into a weekend where it doesn’t fit in the hopes that it works as counter-programming. (It didn’t.)
- Wayne’s World (1992): Now here is an example of counter-programming that clicked with audiences. This comedy based on a Saturday Night Live sketch turned into one of that year’s biggest hits and spawned a sequel.
Whether you celebrate Valentine’s Day with a trip to the movie theater, or you have your own special plans, everyone here at Celco Heating & Air Conditioning hopes you and your loved ones have a wonderful weekend.
If your water heater is like the ones found in most homes in the United States, it probably takes up a lot of space due to the large tank that stores hot water. This type of water heater is known as a storage tank water heater, and its design is effective because it relies on natural processes in order to make hot water available at all times. However, this means that the water heater must continue running for long periods of time, which could end up costing you quite a bit on your utilities. That’s why so many homeowners today prefer small tankless units, but does it make sense to make the switch in your home?
Storage tank water heaters are very reliable and rarely run into trouble as long as they receive occasional maintenance checks. They work in a fairly simple manner. A long tube runs to the bottom of the tank and water is heated either via an electric heating element or a gas burner. The hot water rises to the top of the tank because of the principle that heat rises, and a smaller pipe at the top of the tank allows the water to flow from the tank into the faucet. While this is generally highly effective, the extra cost of keeping water heated throughout the day and the environmental impact sometimes leads homeowners to go tankless.
Tankless water heaters can usually replace storage tank water heaters, though water heater replacement isn’t really recommended unless your existing unit is nearing its expected lifespan or if you have run into problems with your system, as this is the most cost effective time to do so. Tankless water heaters heat water immediately as it water passes through the unit and shut off as soon as the hot water demand is met, eliminating any potential standby energy loss. Though the initial cost may be high, the savings over the years should eventually make up for it.
It’s best to finalize your decision with the help of a professional technician, so that you can make sure the conditions in your home are right for any type of system you desire.
Work with the technicians at Celco Heating and Air Conditioning for superior service and expert advice on water heater replacement in Hamden.
For many homeowners, the most important consideration in choosing a new heating system is performance. And for homes already set up for furnace installation, this can be the best option for whole-home heating. However, another important consideration is your energy bills. If you use your furnace night and day, you may notice your energy bills go up and up as the months go on. So when you need a new heating unit, you may consider the energy-saving benefits of hybrid heating systems. We’ll describe the basics of this type of unit below, but for more information on hybrid heating systems in Bridgeport, call Celco Heating and Air Conditioning.
Hybrid heating combines the efficiency of heat pumps with the performance of a furnace. Heat pumps are combination heating and air conditioning systems that use refrigerant, a compressor unit, and an indoor evaporator unit to operate. In the summer, a heat pump works just like an air conditioner. Refrigerant moves throughout the indoor and outdoor units, absorbing heat from the air in your home and releasing it outside. In the heating season, however, a heat pump allows refrigerant to reverse, pulling heat from the outdoor air and distributing it to your home.
A heat pump is one of the most efficient heating systems available because it moves heat from place to place rather than generating heat. But if temperatures drop too low, a heat pump can no longer function, and you may need another source of heat.
With a hybrid heating system, a furnace kicks in as soon as the heat pump can no longer do its job. The hybrid system has temperature gauges that allow it to sense when the heat pump can no longer run efficiently. This means your heat pump will be less prone to repairs during the heating season, and you will have maximum efficiency from both your heat pump and furnace.
Hybrid heating systems must be sized precisely for your home. That’s why it’s important to choose NATE-certified technicians who know the proper installation guidelines to make your system as efficient as possible, like the experts at Celco Heating and Air Conditioning.
To learn more about hybrid heating systems and what they can do for your home in Bridgeport, give Celco Heating and Air Conditioning a call today!
This summer you’re likely cranking on your air conditioning system to keep your home nice and cool. Here at Celco Heating and Air Conditioning we love it when our customers get the best possible performance from their air conditioning systems. That’s why we’ve put together a quick explanation of a couple things that you can add to your AC system to help improve it. Give us a call if you have any questions or if you need any Stamford, CT air conditioning services.
Stamford, CT Air Conditioning Tips: 2 AC Upgrades
Check out a couple upgrades that you may want to consider for your air conditioning system.
Not many homeowners are aware of what zone control systems are or how they could benefit their home. Here’s a brief explanation. With central AC systems you have to cool your entire home all the time. If you want to adjust the temperature, you have to adjust it for the whole house. Zone control systems allow you to break up your home into designated zones that can be cooled (and heated) at different temperatures independently of each other. Zone control systems can be retrofitted into your existing ductwork easily by the Stamford, CT air conditioning experts at Celco Heating and Air Conditioning. Give us a call to learn more.
Another awesome upgrade for your air conditioning system is duct sealing. The ducts for your HVAC system are like the veins of your AC and heater. If they are clogged, pinched or leaking it can cause huge problems for your home’s comfort and efficiency. Energy Star estimates that up to 20% of the air moving through the typical duct system is lost due to leaks and cracked seals. When you get your ducts sealed you will likely be able to greatly increase the efficiency of your home and also increase your comfort as well.
No matter what kind of air conditioning system you have, call the Stamford, CT air conditioning specialists at Celco Heating and Air Conditioning today.
Memorial Day, which is observed on the final Monday of May every year, is an opportunity to honor and commemorate those military personnel who have fallen while serving their country. The day began in the aftermath of the American Civil War, when the country was damaged and in need of remembrance. Originally called Decoration Day, owing to the flowers that would decorate gravesites, its principal purpose has been to mourn those who have died during service; but it’s also a time to come together as a country and take stock of the way that our soldiers have shaped this country.
There is a national moment of silence and various events throughout the day. You may see volunteers putting flags up at your local cemetery or flowers decorating war memorials. It’s also a reprieve from our work schedule that should be enjoyed in tandem with remembrance. We wish you all the best this Memorial Day.
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