Celco Heating and Air Conditioning Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Greenwich’

How Do Boilers Distribute Heat?

Monday, April 2nd, 2018

hydronic-heatingFor many homeowners, the word “heater” immediately conjures up and image of the furnaces in their homes. Furnaces are forced air heaters, meaning that they heat air directly and then distribute that heat throughout the house via a system of ductwork. Like any heater, furnaces have their pros and their cons. Many of these cons are corrected by the way in which a boiler, on the other hand, distributes heat throughout a house. That’s what we are going to be looking at today.

Boilers have been around for a very long time, and it is really no surprise that they maintain such a level of popularity today. While the boiler may not be right for every home or every homeowner–no heater is, or else there wouldn’t be so many options available!–it is the right fit for many situations. Read on, and be sure to contact our Greenwich, CT HVAC professionals if you have any questions about using a boiler in your home.

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How to Avoid HVAC Problems

Monday, March 5th, 2018

technician-workingEvery homeowner is eventually going to require professional HVAC repairs at some point. We apologize if that sounds pessimistic to you,  but we have another word for it: realistic. The fact of the matter is that no heater or air conditioning system will ever be 100% reliable. Mechanical systems of all kinds fail from time to time, and there is nothing in the foreseeable future that is going to change that fact. Does that mean that you should just resign yourself to an unreliable HVAC performance, though?

Of course not! While there is no way to make your system 100% reliably, you can certainly take certain measures to ensure that you are able to get the most dependable performance possible from your HVAC systems. In fact, that is exactly what we’ll be talking about in today’s post. So strap in, and take some advice from the Greenwich, CT HVAC professionals on our team about how you can limit your experience with HVAC problems.

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What Makes Commercial HVAC Maintenance a Good Investment?

Friday, March 27th, 2015

Just as you enjoy living comfortably in your home, so too do individuals within your commercial property appreciate a comfortable environment during their duration therein. Whether you own a tenancy, run a restaurant, or rent out office space, know for certain that keeping that commercial property comfortable ought to be a primary concern. That is precisely why it is so necessary that you schedule routine commercial HVAC maintenance in Greenwich. Maintaining comfortable temperatures in a commercial property can be challenging enough without allowing any HVAC equipment to fall into disrepair. Contact Celco Heating and Air Conditioning today to schedule the maintenance services that your commercial HVAC systems require to function at optimal performance levels. 

As your commercial heating and cooling systems work away to keep your commercial space comfortable throughout the year, they will inevitably accrue the general wear and tear that all mechanical systems do while in use. Routine maintenance allows a professional commercial HVAC technician to thoroughly inspect your commercial HVAC system, addressing any such wear and tear as necessary to keep every component in that system in fine working condition. Only then will you be able to stave off any necessary damages resulting from simple matters of wear and tear. If any component in your system is compromised, it can put the integrity of the system as a whole at risk.

You should also keep in mind the fact that investing in a good, comprehensive commercial HVAC maintenance plan can help to reduce the amount that you pay in order to run those systems. If your commercial heater or air conditioner is struggling due to even minor operational issues, it is going to result in subpar efficiency levels. The output of those systems will also suffer, meaning that you may actually wind up paying more in order to heat and cool your space with unimpressive results. By scheduling your commercial HVAC maintenance in Greenwich with Celco Heating and Air Conditioning, then, you can get a better performance from your heating and cooling systems while paying less in energy costs to do so.

If this is something that you’d like to  pursue – and we cannot imagine why you wouldn’t – contact us today to get your commercial HVAC system the help it needs to excel.

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How to Keep a Whole-House Generator Working Properly

Friday, March 20th, 2015

You can protect your comfort and convenience in a number of ways, as there are so many different types of HVAC systems and various appliances out there today. However, most of these devices are of little use if there is no electricity available with which to power their electrical components. That is why investing in a whole-house generator is such a great idea. When you need quality generator services in Greenwich, you need only contact the professional whole-house generator technicians on the Celco Heating and Air Conditioning staff. Not only will we help you to find the perfect whole-house generator for your home and unique needs, but we will also ensure that your system is in fine working condition.

Of course, even the best whole-house generator is going to run into trouble if it is not properly maintained. Whole-house generators require regular, professional maintenance if they are to provide you with the quality performance that you need in order to live in uninterrupted comfort. You don’t use your generator all that often, hopefully, and in order to know that it will be there for you when you need it most, maintenance is an absolute must.

There are a few tasks which the homeowner can handle his or herself in an effort to keep their whole-house generator working at peak performance levels. For instance, you may choose to change the oil in your backup generator on your own. Just like with a car, keeping clean oil in your generator is key in maintaining the quality of its performance.

If you do change the oil in your generator, make sure that you replace the oil filter as well. It does not pay to cut corners even when completing the most basic maintenance tasks. You can also change the air filter in your generator if you so choose. This is probably the simplest step to take in order to keep your generator running properly.

Even if you are comfortable with completing these steps – and you must never do anything with generator which you are not comfortable with – it is still necessary to schedule routine maintenance services. There is just no better alternative if you hope to get the very best performance thhat your whole-house generator has to offer.

If you are ready to schedule professional generator services in Greenwich with technicians you can count on, give Celco Heating and Air Conditioning a call today.

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Is Duct Sealing Really Necessary?

Friday, February 27th, 2015

At Celco Heating and Air Conditioning, we believe that our clients deserve to live in complete comfort. It our goal to ensure that they have everything that they need in order to do so. This includes quality air ducts, should they utilize a ducted forced air distribution system with their heaters and/or air conditioners. Even the best air ducts, though, and even those properly installed, can degrade in quality over time. Even if the air ducts themselves are fine, it is possible that the connections in the ductwork system may falter over the years. In such instances, professional duct sealing in Greenwich is absolutely necessary. Not every system will encounter these problems, no more than every home will require a new roof. However, should you suspect that there is a problem with your ductwork, we encourage you to contact us immediately. We’ll determine with certainty whether or not duct sealing is necessary in your home. 

Of course, before you can go about scheduling any necessary duct sealing services, you will first have to recognize that there is a problem with your ductwork to begin with. You don’t need to diagnose the issue precisely, but it does help to have some idea that there is an issue with your ducts. Fortunately, there are a few signs which may inform you of such issues. One such sign is the occurrence of strange sounds coming from your air ducts. If you hear whistling noises, for instance, when heating and cooling your home, it may be due to leaks in your ductwork. Such air leaks can lead to energy loss and reduced indoor air quality, so having your ductwork professionally sealed promptly is a top priority.

Because leaky ductwork can lead to wasted energy, a spike in your heating and cooling costs is another strong indicator that there is a problem with your ductwork. There are a few different problems that may lead to such a spike, so it is important that you have a professional evaluate the situation. You may also notice a decline in indoor air quality, as pollutants can make their way into leaky ductwork and then throughout your entire home. By sealing your ductwork professionally, our team can help you to breathe the high quality of air that you deserve.

Duct sealing in Greenwich is a service that can benefit a number of homeowners. However, it is not necessarily a service that everyone will find necessary. Should it be, though, duct tape and DIY sealing attempts are off the table. Schedule your duct sealing services with a qualified technician on our staff. 

If you believe that there may be a problem with your ductwork, it is wise to schedule service with the pros at Celco Heating and Air Conditioning to find out for certain.

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How Does Ductless Heating Work?

Monday, November 10th, 2014

If you’re looking for a reliable heating system for your entire home or a single room but don’t want to deal with the hassle of installation, you’re in luck. Ductless heating systems are now used all across the United States as a whole-home heating and air conditioning solution. Ductless mini splits are a fairly new innovation gaining a lot of popularity these due to efficiency and the ease of installation.

The system consists of two major components: the outdoor compressor unit and the indoor air handler. The only real construction that must be completed is a small hole drilled into the wall to feed through the refrigerant line. The indoor air handler is mounted up high on the wall or suspended from the ceiling and acts as the air distribution port. You will need multiple indoor air handlers to heat or cool an entire home. Let’s take a look inside these units and discuss whether ductless heating is right for your home in Greenwich.

Inside a Ductless Mini Split

A ductless mini split consists of two major components. The outdoor portion contains a compressor and an outdoor coil, while the indoor air handler contains a blower fan and another coil. The ductless mini split essentially works as an air conditioner in the summer months. Refrigerant cycles throughout the entire system. As it passes through the indoor coil, it converts into a gas and absorbs heat from the air in your home. It then travels outside to release the heat, as the blower fan blows cool air into the room.

In the cooler months, the system simply works in reverse. The reversing valve is the component that allows refrigerant to flow in the opposite direction. So, refrigerant evaporates at the outdoor coil and absorbs heat from the air outside to move into your home instead.

Is It Right for My Home?

Ductless heating may not be right for every home. If you already own a set of ductwork, there’s no reason to install a ductless heating system. In fact, you may need an additional heating system as temperatures come close to 30 degrees as your ductless unit may not be able to draw in enough heat. However, in general, a ductless mini split is one of the most efficient heating and cooling systems you could purchase for your home.

Call the expert team at Celco Heating and Air Conditioning to learn more about your options for ductless heating in Greenwich.

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What Are UV Germicidal Lights Used For?

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Air filters are very effective at capturing a number of particles in your home, but biological pollutants tend to be very small and, as a result, hard to capture with a filter. Biological pollutants are cells that live and reproduce, such as bacteria, viruses, mold spores, fungi and mildew. They can aggravate allergies and compromise health, and can pollute the air that circulates through your air conditioning system. But there is one very effective product that can destroy the biological pollutants in your home, which Celco Heating and Air Conditioning has been installing in Greenwich for years: UV germicidal lights.

What Are UV Germicidal Lights?

UV germicidal lights emit radiation in the form of UV-C rays. UV-C light kills micro-organisms by altering DNA and destroying life-sustaining proteins of the cells. This not only kills the organism but also destroys its ability to reproduce.

How Are UV Lights Used?

In an air conditioning system, UV lights can be placed over the coils and in vents. They are quite flexible, but the best placement is in areas where biological growth can occur. The lights are stationary, but kill any biological pollutant that passes underneath the lights.

How Effective Are They?

UV lights are more than 99% effective against biological pollutants.

Do UV Lights Filter Anything?

UV lights do not filter, so it is recommended that they are paired with an air filter in order to capture particles and cleanse your indoor air most effectively.

Benefits of UV Germicidal Lights

  • Better health
  • Improved indoor air quality
  • Destruction of biological pollutants
  • Flexible placement
  • Extend life of air conditioner

Are They Expensive to Run?

UV lights cost about 1 cent per day to operate.

Do They Need Maintenance?

UV lights last an average of 12 months, so it is recommended that you replace them annually. Sometimes the lights can get dusty, which may inhibit their operation, so it’s advisable to have them cleaned by a professional.

UV germicidal lights are the only air cleaner that can truly eradicate biological pollutants from your home. If you have questions about UV lights, or are interested in installing UV germicidal lights in your Greenwich home, call Celco Heating and Air Conditioning today.

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Ways that Air Filters Can Help Your Home

Friday, June 27th, 2014

When it comes to pollutants in the air, the natural instinct is to think about what’s outside – but the truth is, you can have a number of pollutants inside as well. Since most people spend a great deal of their time inside their homes, it makes sense that you’d want to maintain high indoor air quality therein. Call Celco Heating and Air Conditioning to do so.

Here in Greenwich, we have lots of greenspace, but at the same time, we are close to very busy major highways, a very active Long Island Sound and of course, close proximity to New York City. Any one of these outdoor environments can make it challenging to keep a healthy indoor environment, so when you put all 3 together, it can be tough to keep our indoor air fresh and healthy. One of the ways our customers have been able to keep their indoor air clean is by installing whole-home air filters to their air conditioning in Greenwich.

How Do Air Filters Help?

There are several types of air filters, and each cleans in its own way, but in general, an air filter captures and keeps the small micro-particles in your air, such as pollen, mold spores and dust mites. The standard air filter your air conditioner comes with is not intended to clean the air; rather, its job is to screen out debris and high levels of dust and dirt that can build up in your system. While the standard air filter can improve indoor air quality a little, the weave in the fiber is too big to capture anything smaller than normal-size dust and dirt particles. This is why, if you suffer from allergies or are sensitive to certain environmental pollutants, you may want to consider using a high-grade air filter.

Reasons to Use an Air Filter

Reason #1 – Allergies

With all the allergy medications available, it can seem like no one should have problems with allergies; unfortunately, there’s a lot more to managing allergies and allergic reactions than just taking medication. By cleaning the air with an air filter, allergens like pollen, mold and mildew spores, pet dander and dust mites can be captured and removed from the indoor air circulation, helping to curb constant inflammation and allergy attacks from these particles.

Reason #2 – Help with respiratory issues

Many respiratory issues, such as asthma and COPD, can become worse with poor indoor air quality. Having clean air in the home means those with respiratory issues aren’t using just their lungs to filter the air, helping to reduce the amount of attacks they may have.

Reason #3 – Better comfort

Breathing clean air can mean better health, better sleeping and all-around better living.

Looking to Improve Your Indoor Air?

Want better air quality in your home, but aren’t sure if an air filter is right for your air conditioning system in Greenwich?

To properly address your air filtration needs call Celco Heating and Air Conditioning today and schedule an appointment with one of our experts.

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Here Are 3 Ways to Lower Your Cooling Bills This Summer

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Making it through the summer without large electrical bills to power your air conditioner is tough. Most of the time, you have to simply accept that you need to have the air conditioner running. However, you don’t have to accept inflated bills at the same time: you’re probably paying more for your air conditioning than you have to, and through a few basic methods you can put a dent in those high cooling costs. We’ll show you how.

Celco Heating and Air Conditioning want you and your family to have a great summer, and we’re always here to help you when there’s trouble with your air conditioner.

For repairs or AC maintenance in Greenwich, CT, call our skilled and NATE-certified air conditioning maintenance experts, any time of the day or night.

3 tips to lower air conditioning costs

  • Regularly change the air filter: This is the #1 reason that many homeowners end up paying more for cooling their home than they should. The filter blocks debris from entering the air conditioner cabinet, but if it isn’t changed once a month during the summer (when the system runs the most) it will become clogged and make it difficult for air to pass through the return vents. The AC will need to use more electricity to draw sufficient air, leading to a large power drain. You can change the filter yourself, and keep it up for the rest of the season.
  • Careful thermostat control: It’s easy to abuse the thermostat by putting it at the lowest setting each time you turn it on (for most systems, this is around 50°F­) thinking that this will cool down the house faster. However, it will only keep the AC on longer, wasting energy and providing you an uncomfortably chilly temperature. Instead, program you thermostat to around 72°F during the day, and raise it at night. This change alone can save you around 30% off your bills a year.
  • Regular maintenance: The best way to save money with your AC is to schedule regular annual maintenance for it with a professional technician. Maintenance not only makes sure that your air conditioner is running without impending repair needs, but it will also clean, adjust, and tune-up the system so it runs at its best and won’t drain any excess energy. If you haven’t had your maintenance check for this year yet, hurry up and arrange it before the summer heat grows more intense.

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Is Geothermal Heating the Right Option for Me?

Friday, March 21st, 2014

When it comes to heating and cooling a home, the power of a geothermal heat pump (also called a ground-source heat pump) offers one of the most effective, reliable, and environmentally-friendly methods. These heat pumps use the earth beneath the surface as the medium for heat exchange. During cold weather, they draw heat from the ground using loops of refrigerant buried in the soil and transport it inside to air handlers, where blowers distributes warmed air into homes. During hot weather, the process reverses and the heat pumps extracts heat from the indoor air and place it into the ground.

Because of the multiple advantages of a geothermal heat pump, many people are interested in having one installed. But they often shy away because of the installation price, or worries that the system won’t work on their property. If you’re wondering whether geothermal heating in Greenwich, CT is right for your home, we can answer some of your questions here. However, you’ll should talk to a geothermal expert for a definite answer: contact Celco Heating and Air Conditioning to speak to one.

Geothermal: The (Many) Upsides And The (Few) Downsides

Geothermal heat pumps have a stability of heating power that normal “air-source” heat pumps lack. Where an air-source heat pump will struggle with the coldest temperatures in Connecticut and lose efficiency, a ground-source heat pump always has sufficient heat for heat exchange because the temperature 6–10 feet below the surface remains stable no matter the temperature above.

This efficiency means that geothermal heat pumps costs less to operate; the U.S. Department of Energy estimates a geothermal system will pay back its installation cost in 5–10 years, and it can last more than 50 years. Add to that the low emissions and quiet operation of a geothermal system, and you have an ideal-sounding comfort solution for your home.

However, the upfront costs can be intimidating, and your budget plans may not work well with the long-term expectations of a geothermal heat pump. These systems also require a large amount of space for their coils. Although different coil configurations can save space, there are some homes that simply will not have sufficient room for a geothermal heat pump to work effectively. In addition, some types of soils, such as ones with high acidity, can damage the loops and will not work for geothermal power.

Let The Professionals Guide You

You now may have a better idea if a ground-source heat pump is right for you. But call Celco Heating and Air Conditioning first to schedule an appointment to discuss your heating system options in Greenwich, CT. You may find out that geothermal is the right way to go; if it isn’t, your technician will find the alternative that will do the best job for you.

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