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

How Does Hybrid Heating Work?

Monday, October 30th, 2017

house-in-snowAnswering the question posed in the title of this blog with a simple “very well” obviously would not make for much of a post, would it? While that would be a true answer, we would like to take this chance to talk a bit more in-depth about hybrid heating systems, how they work, and the benefits that they have to offer. Something tells us that many homeowners in our service areas will like what we have to say.

That being said, of course, we also want to remind you that no heating system is going to function as effectively and reliably as possible — or even safely — if it not expertly designed and installed in your home. That is another reason why you want to work with the pros on our staff. We possess the skill and expertise necessary for ensuring that you get the most from your hybrid heating system. Our Milford, CT HVAC technicians are some of the finest in the industry.

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HVAC Tips: Consider Ductless Heating

Monday, October 16th, 2017

We’re getting there, aren’t we? Slowly but surely, we’ve been shedding the warm summer weather and moving closer and closer to another freezing winter season. If you are thinking about replacing your heating system this year, you really should not wait too much longer before doing so. Before you know it, you’re going to be needing that heater to be working regularly. Of course, that doesn’t mean that you should rush through the heating system selection process, either.

No, what you need to do is familiarize yourself with your home heating options, and make sure that you are choosing the heater that best suits your needs. One that we often find ourselves recommending is the ductless mini split. With a ductless mini split, you can enjoy many different benefits that other systems simply cannot match. Just remember that you’ll only enjoy those benefits to the fullest when you schedule your ductless mini split services with Milford, CT HVAC professionals. Look no further than those on our team.

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Problems Caused by Damaged Ductwork

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

The ductwork that forms the channels of your ventilation system must maintain a constant seal. This way, the air that travels through it will not drop in pressure and affect the airflow from the vents. However, should the seal break, air pressure is only one of the problems that can occur.

You need to have professionals repair damaged ductwork—this isn’t a job for commercial duct tape! If you feel air that’s the wrong temperature coming from the vents, detect musty odors in the air, or notice a build-up of dirt in your home, you may have leaky ducts. Call the team at Celco Heating and Air Conditioning to handle the repairs for your ductwork in Milford, CT. We’ve kept ventilation systems in prime shape since 1976.

What can happen because of damaged ducts?

  • A drop in heating/cooling power: Because a leak in a duct will lower the air pressure inside, the airflow from the vents into rooms will plunge. The power to heat and cool will drop with it. During heating season, heat will also escape from the duct breaks, and during cooling season, heat will enter the breaks.
  • Rise in utility bills: Losing air pressure, as well as an increase of dust and dirt entering the ductwork, will put additional stress on the air conditioner/heater. This will make it strain to work, and will turn the system inefficient. You can expect a rise in your utility bills because the HVAC system has additional stress. (There’s also a higher chance it will incur repairs.)
  • Lowered indoor air quality: Any dust or debris that enters into ductwork can also then enter the air in your house. A break in a duct will make the situation worse. Since these leaks will usually open onto closed and dusty spots in a house (crawl spaces, between walls), they will draw in large amounts of contamination. They can also permit moisture in and cause bacterial growth, like mold. This will have a negative effect on your air quality.

Hire professionals for your duct sealing

For duct repairs, trust to experienced duct sealers to take care of the problem. They will track down all the leaks and use mastic sealant or metal tape to patch up the leaks and restore your ventilation to leak-free state.

For your Milford, CT ductwork issues, make the call to Celco Heating and Air Conditioning. We handle other air quality improvements, as well as repairs for many types of HVAC systems.

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3 Things to Consider Before Air Conditioning Replacement

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Air conditioning replacement is a serious undertaking and most of us would prefer to just keep going with our existing units before buying a new one. Sooner or later, however, your existing system is going to wear out, and when it does, a new one will be necessary. Here in Milford, air conditioning replacement services are on hand to do the job, but how do you know that the time has come to install a new system?

AC Replacement Considerations

  • “How much am I spending?” A major repair could feel like quite a pinch, and with an older unit, it may not be worth the price when you can just buy a new AC for just a little more. More importantly, wear and tear on your existing unit could severely reduce its efficiency, resulting in much higher monthly bills. If you’re feeling that pinch, it might be time to invest in a new air conditioner instead of sticking with the old one.
  • “How frequent are repairs?” Similarly, individual repairs to your air conditioner may not be much in and of themselves, but if you’re making them fairly often, it could be a sign that your existing unit has just about run its course. Frequent repairs could eventually mean throwing good money after bad, and a new unit could be the solution you need.
  • “How old is my unit?” If you have an air conditioner that’s more than ten years old, it might not mean anything in and of itself, especially if you’ve kept it well maintained. On the other hand, if your older unit exhibits signs of wear or is undergoing frequent repairs, then its age may be the final sign that a new air conditioner is needed.

If, after considering these things before air conditioning replacement, you need to go ahead with a new unit, then the experts at Celco Heating and Air Conditioning can help.

Here in Milford, air conditioning replacement services don’t come with any more professionalism or commitment to quality than ours. Give us a call today and let us show you what we can do!

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What’s Involved in Fireplace Replacement

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Fireplaces are wonderful additions to your home, providing inexpensive heating as well as a marvelous romantic atmosphere. But they can also suffer damage from inclement weather and other issues, and sometimes replacing an old fireplace is preferable to installing a new one. Here in Milford CT, our technicians experienced in fireplace installation services will be happy to replace a damaged or ineffective fireplace for you, and will also help explain what’s involved in fireplace replacement. A brief rundown follows.

In Milford, CT, fireplace installation can be performed by experienced professionals here at Celco Heating and Air conditioning. Schedule an initial consultation today. 

First of all, the technician determines which aspects of your existing fireplace can remain, and what kind of space is available for a new one. Things such as the venting pipe might not require replacing, and the technician will need to make careful measurements of the hearth and the height of the chimney to ensure that the new fireplace matches the old one.

The old fireplace is then carefully dismantled, using supports and stabilizers to maintain structural integrity of your home in the process. Again, depending on the nature of the damage in question, you may be able to retain certain components from the old system. The technician will then place metal hearth strips at the base of the structure and ensure that the fireplace is level. He or she will then assemble the chimney sections, which can be anything from a large venting pipe to a brick edifice depending on your fireplace. The firestop spaces will be installed in the top of the chimney (providing air space to protect the rest of the home’s structure from any heat from the fireplace). An insulation shield will be put in, followed by the chimney assembly itself. (That last step will include securing the chimney so that it remains stable within the space.) Roof flashing and any chimney tops will be added, and finally any missing components of the hearth will be installed.

Knowing what’s involved in fireplace replacement means understanding that you need a quality professional to put it together.  We have the skills you need to make such a project work beautifully, so pick up the phone and give us a call today!

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Signs You Need to Install a New Fireplace

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

If you look over the estimates for the longevity of various home heating systems, you’ll notice that one stands far above the others: the fireplace. While other heaters are considered fortunate if they last 25 years, fireplaces can endure for up to 100 years. Fireplaces are often known to last longer than the houses around them.

However, a fireplace will still succumb to the ravages of time. If you live in an older home that inherited a fireplace, you may find that it needs replacement. When that happens, call Celco Heating and Air Conditioning for new fireplace installation in Milford, CT.

How will you know that an old fireplace needs retirement? Here are some of the tell-tale signs:

  • Moisture and leaking: One of main signs of severe damage to a fireplace is the presence of moisture entering it. If your chimney begins to leak, it means water is getting through the building material. Another indication that this is happening is when you notice damage to the wallpaper around the fireplace, showing where water is escaping through the chimney wall. The reason this is so serious is that moisture inside the bricks will cause them to crack (known as spalling) and eventually crumble. The situation will get worse during the winter as the water freezes and expands. Have a fireplace installer look over your hearth and chimney to determine if replacement is the best option.
  • A leaning chimney: If you notice from the outside of your home that the chimney of your fireplace seems to be leaning, you have a serious problem. A leaning chimney will put huge stress on the building material of your home, and if it falls, it could rip away a large section of the wall. When a chimney starts to lean, it usually means catastrophic damage to its foundations. You will need to have a complete replacement.
  • Cracks in the flue lining: The lining inside your fireplace’s flue helps it vent correctly. But it also prevents heat and flames from escaping the chimney and the hearth and reaching combustible building material. When the flue starts to crack, the fireplace can become a major safety hazard. Don’t ignore this problem and think the fireplace’s durability will protect it. Have an inspection done right away to see if you should have a new fireplace installed.

We realize that taking out an old fireplace and putting in a new one is a large task. However, if you call the fireplace replacement experts at Celco Heating and Air Conditioning, they will take care of the job quickly and with as little interruption to your daily life as possible. Trust your fireplace installation and other heating service installations in Milford, CT to us.

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