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

Upgrading Your Thermostat: Simple and Effective

Monday, March 20th, 2017

hand-adjusting-thermostatJust last week the Northeast was being pummeled by a late season snowstorm. When something like that happens, it can be a bit difficult to believe that spring is already here today. It’s certainly still chilly enough to feel like winter, but it won’t be too much longer before the days begin to warm up. Very soon, we’ll be reminding you to get your air conditioning system tuned up for the summer season. Today, though, we want to recommend a very simple HVAC upgrade that can prove seriously beneficial.

Replacing your thermostat in Westport, CT may not sound like much of a priority. After all, your existing thermostat regulated your heater just fine throughout the winter. Do you really want to settle for “just fine,” though? You don’t have to replace your entire HVAC system to start enjoying a better overall heating and cooling performance. You may just need to change the way in which you control your current setup.

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Has the Time Come for a Heating Replacement?

Friday, February 17th, 2017

boiler-pressure-guagesConsidering the cold, snowy weather that we have in this area during the winter season, it is difficult to overstate just how important it is that you have a great heating system in place. If you want to get the most from any heating system, a professional installation and regular maintenance are key. Even the best heating systems from top manufacturers, however, will not last forever. You don’t want to wait for your heater to break down entirely before replacing it.

That being said, we also understand that you don’t want to waste your money by replacing your heater prematurely. It can be a difficult line to walk, deciding when the time is right for a new heater in Stamford, CT. Fortunately, there are a number of factors to consider that can help you to make the right decision for your particular situation.

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Why Choose a Hybrid Heating System?

Monday, February 6th, 2017

warm-and-cozyWinter weather here in the Northeast can be pretty extreme. It is no surprise that homeowners in this part of the country take their heating systems very carefully. While we are definitely not out of the woods quite yet, we are getting closer and closer to the end of the year’s heating season. If you are thinking about replacing your heater once the winter has passed, then you should give some thought to using a hybrid heating system in Fairfield, CT.

With a hybrid heating system, you reap the benefits of using a heat pump while also enjoying the peace of mind in knowing that you have a gas furnace on deck. Combining heating systems may sound like an odd decision at first, but it can help you out greatly. Let us know if you decide that a hybrid heating system is the way to go.

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How Can I Benefit from Duct Replacement?

Friday, December 12th, 2014

The ventilation system connected to an air conditioner and forced-air heater is essential for proper comfort inside a home. The ductwork must retain an airtight seal so that the air inside won’t lose pressure and won’t either gain or lose heat. Should the integrity of the ducts decline because of holes, gaps, or lose connections, it will jeopardize the entire HVAC system.

Celco Heating and Air Conditioning offers services to care for residential ductwork, such as duct sealing. But sometimes sealing holes along ducts is insufficient for restoring the HVAC system; in these cases, replacing the ducts is the better option. Ductwork replacement is also helpful for upgrading to a new heating and cooling system, where the older ducts are not suited to the replacement system, or in situations where the ducts were poorly installed in the first place. Our ductwork specialist will provide you with the duct replacement in Hamden, CT that you need. Call us today to set up an appointment.

How ductwork replacement will benefit you

  • Energy savings: When ducts sustain enough damage that they require replacement, they will have a devastating effect on energy efficiency. Air leaks and drops in air pressure will press the heating and cooling system to work harder than they should, and you will see energy bills skyrocket. Fully replacing the faulty ducts will shore up your HVAC system against large energy losses.
  • Indoor air quality improvement: When you consider that most of the ductwork runs through closed-in, dusty areas of a house (between the walls, through ceilings, crawlspaces), you’ll understand why a broken duct can allow in so many harmful contaminants. You don’t want such pollutants, many of which are toxic, to end up blown into the house. New ducts will help you protect your indoor air from a steep decline.
  • Better comfort: Along with reduction in airflow and temperature changes that will reduce the level of heating or cooling that you receive, damaged ducts can also lead to changes in the humidity inside the ducts and consequently inside the house. New ducts will keep your comfort levels stable. They will also help with upgrades to your heating and cooling system so you will get the most out of a new installation.

Make sure you watch for warning signs that you may need new ducts put in: loss of airflow from the vents, rumbling and rattling sounds, odd odors, and massive leaps in heating and cooling costs. At the first indication that your home’s ducts are losing integrity, call Celco Heating and Air Conditioning. We will determine if you need ductwork replacement in Hamden, CT, and can supply whatever work necessary to secure your ventilation system.

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Will My Furnace Make It Through Another Winter?

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

It’s a question we hear in a lot of forms, but what it boils down to is this: is it time to replace your existing furnace? Sometimes the answer can be obvious, such as when you have an old furnace that breaks down for that final time. But other times it may not be as clear, and to arrive at the answer that works for you, you’ll need to consider a few factors. No matter what your decision, whether it’s to repair your existing furnace or replace it, know that the trained technicians at Celco Heating and Air Conditioning can meet all your heating needs in Stamford.

Factors to Consider Before Replacing

When your situation isn’t cut-and-dry, review these factors:

Age of Your System

The average lifespan of a combustion heating system is 15-20 years. Once a heating system reaches this age bracket, things like needing repair, corrosion and overall poor performance can accelerate. Age is one of the top reasons to replace a system, but when you combine the age of your system with other issues, it may be time to consider replacement.

Number and Types of Repairs

Every electro-mechanical device will need repair during its lifetime. But if you are making many repairs to your heating system, or making costly repairs to your heating system, you may want to review how much these repairs have cost. Repairs add up, and at some point you may spend an amount equal to a new system. If this is the case, you need to decide if your money is better spent on your existing system or on a new one.

Energy Efficiency

One of the telltale signs of a fading heater is higher energy bills. This is because an aging or older system has to work harder to achieve your set temperature than it used to, and when it works harder, it uses more energy. Today’s furnaces are much more energy efficient than ones from just 10 years ago, so if you are losing money each month in high energy costs, you may want to explore what a more efficient system can do for you.

If you are still having trouble trying to decide whether or not it’s time to replace your, contact Celco Heating and Air Conditioning today.

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Reasons to Switch from Oil to Natural Gas for Heating Your Stamford Home

Friday, January 31st, 2014

Running a boiler or a furnace from a supply of oil was a popular choice for home heating for many years. Today, using oil has subsided considerably as more people use natural gas to fuel their heaters, and for many good reasons, as we’ll consider here.

If you are still using an oil furnace or boiler for your heating in Stamford, CT, we strongly urge you to consider a conversion over to natural gas. This can be an involved and difficult process, but with the assistance of Celco Heating and Air Conditioning it will go much smoother for you. We specialize in helping homeowners make the switch to natural gas, so please call us when you’re ready to take advantage of the many benefits of an oil-to-gas conversion.

Why you should convert from oil to natural gas:

  • Natural gas is much less expensive: Natural gas burns more fully than oil, so it is a much more efficient type of heater. The U.S. Department of Energy did a study to find out how much less natural gas cost as a heating fuel than oil. The results showed that an average family using oil paid approximately $2500 per year on heating, while a family using natural gas paid approximately $800. Over the lifetime of a heater, this will add up to tremendous savings.
  • Natural gas is more convenient: A pipeline brings natural gas straight into your home. But oil requires a ready supply that you have to have delivered to you. If you forget to schedule delivery, you might be stuck without any heating at all.
  • Natural gas is better for the environment: Because natural gas burns more completely than oil, it creates fewer emissions and has a much smaller impact on the environment.
  • Natural gas is domestically produced: If you are concerned about U.S. dependence on foreign oil, a conversion to natural gas is a good way to foster energy independence, since it is produced domestically.

Schedule oil-to-gas natural conversion today

Celco Heating and Air Conditioning can help you make the transition from oil to natural gas and guide you through all the necessary steps to bring you the benefits of this improved heating source. Call us today and talk to one of our oil-to-gas conversion specialists to see how we can help you; our offered heating services in Stamford will help ensure you’ll have many more comfortable and affordable tomorrows.

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What Type of Fireplace Emits the Most Heat: Gas or Wood?

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Today, we tend to think of fireplaces as cosmetic parts of our home: they turn living rooms into more attractive places to gather, and they add an ambiance of the holidays to any time of the year.

But fireplaces can also serve as adjuncts to your heating system, providing warmth to rooms to assist a furnace, boiler, or heat pump. If you are looking for fireplace installation that goes beyond a pleasant-appearing home addition to provide you with additional heating as well, talk to our Stamford, CT fireplace experts at Celco Heating and Air Conditioning. We have more than three and half decades of experience with fireplace installation.

What type of fireplace delivers more heat?

Fireplaces come in a greater diversity of types than they once did. The traditional wood fireplace now has competition from the gas fireplace. Gas fireplaces have some major advantages over the standard wood kind (chief among them: no need to keep getting more wood and tending to the fire), but the important issue here is if gas fireplace emit superior heat.

Let’s turn to the U.S. EPA on this issue. A difficult part of answering the question is how variable and unpredictable the heat from a wood fireplace is. The heat depends on the amount of wood put on, as well as the type of wood. You can more easily predict what a gas fireplace will produce, since it’s only the flick or a switch or the turn of a handle to bring on the flames.

The EPA, however, does not recommend an older wood-burning fireplace as a primary source of heat. “Draft from a fireplace tends to suck all the warm air in a home and take it up the chimney. If you use a fireplace, expect other rooms in the home to be cooler due to escaping warm air. And, if you’re using central heating while burning in a fireplace, expect your heater to work harder to maintain temperatures around the house.” The EPA then emphasizes that this does not apply to gas fireplaces, which require less venting and burn more efficiently.

So the question is not so much which one emits more heat; it’s which one prevents the loss of more heat. In this regard, the gas fireplace clearly comes out on top. However, we cannot deny the greater pleasure people get from the crackling sound and wonderful aromas of a wood fireplace. There are types of wood fireplaces that can help heat your home, such as high-efficiency fireplace inserts. If you don’t want to go with a gas model, be sure to ask your installer about these great options.

We can custom design a fireplace to fit your needs, so when you need a fireplace in Stamford, CT, call the specialists at Celco Heating and Air Conditioning.

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Oil vs. Gas: Which One is Better?

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

In Northeastern towns like Norwalk, CT, oil to gas conversion operations are becoming increasingly popular. New England residents traditionally relied upon oil furnaces to heat their homes during our chilly winters. Gas furnaces offer a more modern alternative, prompting a rise in oil to gas conversion calls. That makes it appear like gas furnaces are superior to oil furnaces, though the question is a bit more subtle than that.

Oil vs. gas: which one is better? Read on to discover the answers.

The biggest advantage gas has over oil furnaces is that gas is cheaper than oil. Natural gas prices are comparatively low, and fairly stable. Oil prices, on the other hand, are at the mercy of a volatile and fluctuating market, which can play havoc with your household budget while attempting to obtain adequate heat in the winter. Oil also tends to be much less “clean” than gas, releasing more pollutants into the air and generally harming the environment. Couple that with older, more inefficient oil heaters and the appeal of a gas conversion becomes self-evident.

The biggest advantage oil furnaces have over gas furnaces is that they’re not connected to a centralized system. Installed gas service lines link gas heaters in a neighborhood together. If something goes wrong with the line, then multiple homes will be affected. Oil heaters, on the other hand, are more self-sufficient, and can act independently of outside factors. Add to that the cost of oil-to-gas conversion, and it leads some oil furnace owners to stay right where they are.

Despite that, the benefits of gas furnaces are self-evident, especially considering the money that consumers can save in monthly costs. The question of “oil vs. gas: which one is better?” remains in the hands of consumers. If you live in towns like Norwalk, CT, however, oil-to-gas conversion may look quite appealing, and the experts at Celco Heating and Air Conditioning are standing by to help. We can provide you with detailed options for such an operation, then convert your furnace with professionalism and care. If you’ve decided to “go gas,” then give us a call today for your Norwalk heating service needs. We’ll make you happy that you did.

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Which Type of Heating System is Right For My Home?

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

It’s a fair question: which type of heating system is right for my home? In New England towns like Fairfield CT, heating issues are of paramount concern. We need reliable heating systems to handle our harsh and punishing winters, and the type of system you select is going to stay with you for years. It pays to think carefully about the options available to you. Many people think of heating systems as traditional gas or oil furnaces, but there are many more choices on the market.

A few of them are listed below:

  • Geothermal systems. These heaters draw upon the ambient heat of the ground, which doesn’t change temperature, to heat your home. A closed loop of tubes runs beneath the ground, swapping heat and shuttling it back into your home. It tends to work well in houses on a large property lot, though vertical shafts can solve the problem if you don’t have a lot of space.
  • Heat pumps. Heat pumps work on the same principle as air conditioning, cycling refrigerant through a self-contained loop to cool the air. The only difference is that the loop is “reversible,” using the same process to bring warm temperatures in and cold temperatures out. Heat pumps are versatile and use less energy than gas furnaces, but sometimes struggle in places with cold climates.
  • Radiant heaters. Radiant heaters install coils or tubes in the floor, which are then heated to warm your home. This produces very little waste, as well as eliminating drafts and other problems that arise with a system that uses ducts. The downside is that installation is often quite expensive, and can require some major upheavals as your floors are altered to accommodate the heaters.

If you need advice on deciding which type of heating system is right for your home, call upon the experts at Celco Heating and Air Conditioning. Our Fairfield CT, heating contractors are no amateurs. We can discuss your options with you, then install your new heating system with courtesy and care. Call us today to set up an appointment.

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What Are Some of the Benefits of Heat Pumps?

Monday, September 30th, 2013

You may have heard of a comfort system called a heat pump, but don’t know exactly what it does or what makes it different from the many other HVAC systems available. That’s understandable. The name “heat pump” can be a bit misleading: although it can provide you with effective heating in your home, it can also function as an air conditioner! Although there are some drawbacks to heat pumps, and not every Colorado home will benefit from getting one installed, they offer a number of tremendous advantages that should put them high on your list of heating systems to consider.

For answers to more questions about heater models and installation, contact Celco Heating and Air Conditioning. We’ve been offering heating services to Fairfield, CT for over 35 years.

We’ll describe a few of the benefits a heat pump can offer you.

The biggest appeal of a heat pump is that it offers a two-in-one solution for comfort: warmth in winter, cooling in summer. A heat pump operates similar to a standard air conditioner. It uses refrigerant cycling through a closed loop to remove heat from one location and release it in another. But where a regular AC can only run the process one direction—absorbing indoor heat on the evaporator coil and then releasing it outdoors from the condensing coil—a heat pump can switch the direction of the refrigerant and make the evaporator coil act as a condensing coil, and vice versa. Now heat comes into your home. With a heat pump, you’ve got Colorado’s warm and cold weather covered in one installation.

Because a heat pump uses forced air to distribute heating or cooling through your home, it can hook up to existing ductwork with few issues. If you already have a central air conditioner or furnace in your home, getting a heat pump installed will present little trouble for trained technicians.

But before you leap at getting a heat pump, remember that each home has specific needs. A heat pump may not fit the needs of your home. Contact a professional HVAC company to help you make the choice. Experts can perform a heat load calculation to determine what system will work best for your house. No matter what system you end up getting installed, Celco Heating and Air Conditioning has the experience with heating Fairfield, CT homes to get the installation done right.

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