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HVAC Tips: Signs That You Need Heating Repairs

Monday, November 27th, 2017

cold-manWinters in New England really can bring a picturesque image to mind, and it is an image that the reality of snow-covered hills can often fulfill. As beautiful as winter in this part of the country may be, however, your overall enjoyment of it is going to depend upon a number of factors. Your commute, a good pair of boots, and, of course, the overall performance quality of your home heating system. If your heater is not functioning properly, no amount of idyllic scenery is going to make winter enjoyable.

The key to avoiding discomfort during the winter season is not to guarantee that your heater cannot and will not encounter operational problems.  That level of reliability is simply impossible for any mechanical system. Rather, it is to recognize the signs of trouble with your heater early on, so that you can schedule prompt heating repairs. The sooner that you do so with the Norwalk, CT HVAC professionals on our team, the better off your heater and your comfort will be.

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HVAC FAQ: Why Choose a Radiant Heating System?

Monday, November 13th, 2017

in-floor-heatingWhen you live in Connecticut, you know to expect cold and snowy weather throughout the winter season. That means that you also know how important it is to have a great heating system installed in your home. If you have a home under construction or are ready to replace your existing heating system, though, you may be wondering what type of heater to move forward with. One that is well-worth your consideration is the radiant heating system. Today, our Norwalk, CT HVAC pros will help you to understand why.

We should also note before we go any further that the installation of a radiant heating system is a pretty big undertaking. The ideal time for the installation of a system like hydronic in-floor heating is at the time of construction or during renovations. You’ll see why just below. That being said, you can count on our professional heating technicians to guarantee that your new heating system is expertly installed and functioning at peak performance levels.

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Take Advantage of Our Residential AC Maintenance Program

Friday, March 13th, 2015

Spring has finally arrived: the season of air conditioning maintenance. You may not think of spring that way, but it is good to keep AC maintenance in mind as this part of the year begins. Before moving into the hot weather of the summer, it is wise to take precautions to see that the cooling system that will keep your home comfortable is up to the task.

Air conditioning maintenance isn’t a minor chore that you can do on your own; it’s a professional job that requires HVAC technicians with special training and experience. To sign up for an excellent residential AC maintenance program in Norwalk, CT and throughout Fairfield County, call up Celco Heating and Air Conditioning today. Our maintenance plan will not only see that your air conditioner is ready for the summer, it will also take care of your heater in the fall and deliver you other benefits as well.

Why a professional maintenance program is beneficial

Signing up for a residential air conditioning maintenance program isn’t just a good idea: it’s mandatory if you want to receive a full life from your AC and keep energy bills under control. Each year that an air conditioning system goes without routine maintenance from a professional, it will start to lose its energy efficiency, raising the cost to run it. This increase in operating stress will also cause the system to age faster and need to have a replacement much earlier.

An air conditioning system that receives regular maintenance will also suffer from fewer repair issues and a reduced chance that it will break down during a hot summer day. Simple peace of mind that your AC will keep working through the hottest months of the year is perhaps the best benefit of routine maintenance.

The maintenance program from Celco Heating and Air Conditioning has some other important advantages to consider: you will receive a 15% discount on our other services; you’ll be able to jump to the head of the line when you need fast assistance; and we will give you a 10% discount off duct cleaning. You also won’t need to worry that you’ll forget to schedule maintenance every spring: our technicians will contact you to remind you when your system is due for its regular inspection and tune-up.

To find out more about our excellent residential AC maintenance program in Norwalk, CT, just give us a call today. It’s never too soon in the spring to get started with preparing your air conditioner.

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How Can I Get Zone Control in My Home?

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Zone control is a unique feature in some homes, but one that nearly any homeowner can benefit from. With a zone control system, you’ll get individual thermostats installed in each room or zone, which any family member can control separately from the other rooms. This helps to keep everyone more comfortable, and it can save homeowners a lot of money. If you shut off the air and heat or adjust the temperature in a room that goes unoccupied throughout the day, you can potentially save hundreds of dollars in heating or air conditioning bills over the years. And a zone control system can help to keep temperatures even in homes where maintaining consistency is difficult, such as those with multiple floors or unusual architectural designs.

If you’re worried that your current forced-air air conditioning system cannot accommodate zone control, never fear. Most ducted heating and AC systems can be modified to include zone systems. Dampers are installed throughout the ductwork in any area of the home you’d like to control separately from the others. These dampers open and close to increase or decrease airflow. Each damper hooks up to its own thermostat, but you can also control all of the thermostats at once with a master thermostat.

This job will require a specialist. The technician needs the proper tools in order to cut access holes into the ductwork. Furthermore, the technician must select the proper size and shape of damper for the job and the ideal location in the ducts for the damper to perform most effectively.

Don’t have any ductwork for zone control in your home? Renovating your home to accommodate ductwork is quite a task to take on, and can be rather inconvenient and time consuming. However, you can still get zone control when you choose a professional for ductless AC installation. This is not the same as those noisy window units to which you may be accustomed. Ductless ACs contain an outdoor unit just like a traditional split system air conditioner and several indoor air handlers mounted high up on the walls. Each air handler comes standard with its own thermostat for built-in zone control, and these are some of the most efficient systems for those without any ducts.

Call Celco Heating and Air Conditioning to learn more about how you can get ductless air conditioning or forced-air zone systems in Norwalk.

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Repairs Your Generator May Need

Monday, September 8th, 2014

With the colder weather season approaching, you will probably start thinking more about your whole-house generator and if it is ready for the possibilities of power outages during stormy weather or other emergencies. A generator that needs repairs and is in danger of failing the moment it’s first needed is no better than no generator at all, so make sure that you have all necessary repairs for the system done before winter arrives.

The best way to discover if your generator needs repair work is to arrange for regular maintenance. You should always have an inspection and tune-up for the system during the fall so a technician can find out if there are any repairs the generator needs done.

To schedule maintenance for your generator, call Celco Heating and Air Conditioning. We specialize in maintenance, repair, and generator installation for Norwalk, CT.

What sort of repairs might a generator require before the winter? Here are few of the more common ones:

Sealing leaks

If your generator uses stored heating fuel (propane, oil, gasoline), it might develop leaks if left without attention for too long or if it sustains damage due to the weather. Technicians will locate any places where leaking is occurring during a maintenance check and handle the repairs to seal them up.

Repairing natural gas fuel line

If a connection to a municipal natural gas line is available, most homes rely on gas-powered generators because of their convenience and dependability. However, it’s possible for low-flow in the gas line to impair performance, or for the line to become blocked. Technicians can safely resolve this problem. (It is very important that you do not try to tamper with a natural gas line on your own.)

Replacing corroded spark plugs

Spark plugs can suffer from corrosion, causing them to fail. Usually, repair technician will simply replace the corroded plugs for new ones.

Lubricating motors

The motors inside the generator need to have occasional lubrication to keep them from suffering from mechanical stress and possibly burning out.

Fixing electrical components

Like spark plugs, the wiring in a generator can start to corrode over time, and this will affect the proper flow of voltage. Wiring can also fray, severing connections. Technicians will replace and tighten wiring where necessary.

Keep in mind that if your generator received poor, amateur installation in the first place, it will either encounter problems with overloading your home’s circuit breaker panel or fail to provide you with adequate power when you need it. There is usually little that can be done to repair a generator that is the wrong size for a home, and often the best route is to have professionals replace it with a new unit. If you think the only way to solve the repair problems is with new generator installation in Norwalk, CT, contact Celco Heating and Air Conditioning. We offer full service for generators and have 24-emergency service so your back-up generator is ready whenever you need it.

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How Dehumidifiers Help Your Air Conditioning

Monday, July 14th, 2014

Here is something you may not have known about your air conditioning: it helps to dehumidify your home. The evaporator coil in the inside cabinet removes heat from the air, but as it removes heat it also removes moisture, which gathers along the coil and then drips down into a pan and a drainage system. When you hear the sound of water inside your AC, that’s water vapor behing removed from your home’s air.

There is a bit of bad news to this bite of information, however: an air conditioner’s dehumidifying power is rarely enough to make your home more comfortable, or to protect it from the dangers of high moisture levels. Air conditioners are not designed specifically to dehumidify; to handle that properly, you need to have a dedicated whole-house dehumidifier installed into your ventilation system.

We will see that your air conditioning gets the full benefit of a quality whole-house dehumidifier.

For assistance choosing among the many available dehumidifiers in Norwalk, CT, call Celco Heating and Air Conditioning and speak to one of our indoor air quality professionals.

How does a dehumidifier help my air conditioning?

The main job that a dehumidifier does for your home is make the people inside it more comfortable. When humidity is lower, the human body can easily release heat through sweat. As the vapor level in the air increases, evaporation through sweat slows down, and the body feels hotter because of trapped heat. With a dehumidifier working for you, your home will feel cooler. And that means you will need to run your air conditioner much less in an effort to keep cool. In situations with very high humidity, the comfort resulting from the power of a well-installed dehumidifier will be enough that you can cut your air conditioning use by 30%, which will lead to significant savings. (The dehumidifier does require power to run, but it is negligible compared to running the AC.)

The reduction of work the air conditioner must do also means the air conditioner will not wear down as fast. You can expect fewer repairs visits from technicians and a system that will last longer before needing replacement.

The lowering of humidity also means less moisture condensation inside the air conditioner. Too much condensation moisture in an AC can cause clogs in the drain from the growth of algae, and you will end up with an overflowing pan and water damage around the air conditioner.

Should I have a dehumidifier installed?

If your home is always stuffy, hard to cool, and you often find water moisture on your windows and other surfaces, then you should definitely invest in a whole-house dehumidifier. For a second opinion, call Celco Heating and Air Conditioning, where dehumidifiers in Norwalk, CT and other parts of Fairfield and New Haven Counties are one of our specialties.

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3 Advantages of Modular Commercial Air Conditioning

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Keeping your business cooled down during a long summer is vital for protecting your revenue. An overheated building means unproductive employees and unhappy customers and clients.

Searching for the right commercial air conditioning in Norwalk, CT may seem intimidating, but you only need to find the right professional commercial HVAC installer to handle the work (contractors who only do residential installations are not suitable) and most of your worries will vanish.

Call Celco Heating and Air Conditioning today and talk to our commercial air conditioning specialists about how we can cool down your business.

One of the options you have is modular air conditioning, and we’ll explore this possibility here.

What is modular air conditioning

Modular ACs are commercial units that come in separate modules able to integrate in a variety of ways and sizes. The purpose of these systems is to shift away from the traditional installation style of putting in a system from the ground-up at a business. Instead, the modules are created off-site, and the installers select a configuration of the different modules to fit with a business’ size and layout, all without sacrificing customization.

What are the advantages of modular ACs?

  1. Fast, phased installation: Putting in a modular air conditioning system does not have to be done all at once, causing a shutdown of your business while the work is done. You can easily tailor the installation schedule around your work, and not the other way around. Because the modules are smaller than a traditional central system and already completed off site, they can be quickly installed.
  2. Easily increase the cooling load: Modular systems come in units of 12-ton, 15-ton, 20-ton, and 25-ton modules to fit your cooling requirements. These can be put together into units up to 50 tons of cooling power. You don’t have to replace a smaller system for a newer one if your business grows and needs additional comfort levels.
  3. Efficiency: The individual modules of modular ACs are extremely durable, capable of dealing with weather extremes. Because of their rooftop location, they are easy for repair technicians to access out of the way of your workspace.

Although modular commercial air conditioning for a Norwalk, CT business may sound like the ideal answer for your comfort, it isn’t perfect for every company. You will need to consult with commercial HVAC experts; they will survey your workspace, make important heat load calculations, and recommend which systems can provide you with the comfort you and your employees/customers need.

Celco Heating and Air Conditioning takes pride in the service we offer for commercial heating and cooling. Since 1976, we’ve kept businesses in Fairfield and New Haven counties shielded from the weather outside.

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Things to Prepare For With Radiant Heat Installation

Friday, March 7th, 2014

Radiant heat describes one of the three ways that heat travels: radiant heat moves in electromagnetic waves from a hot surface, traveling without warming the air until it strikes another solid object and transfers its energy to it. In terms of heating your home, radiant heat refers to a heating system that sends warmth into your living space by heating up elements in your floor or your wall, usually through hydronic power (heated water).

Radiant heating has been popular in Europe for years, and is now making an impact in North America. If you are planning to have radiant heating installed in your home, here are a few things to prepare for. Call Celco Heating and Air Conditioning to schedule your radiant heat installation in Norwalk, CT.

The Installation Process Can Be Extensive

If you are retro-fitting your home for radiant heating (instead of installing it as part of new home construction), you should be prepared for a longer installation process than you would experience for a new furnace or heat pump. The installers will need to excavate your floors to place the PEX pipes that will carry the hot water, and then lay down subfloors. The amount of skilled work involved means that you should never entrust the job to amateurs.

Your Heating Bills Will Drop

Hydronic heating from a standard boiler already costs less to run than a furnace. But a radiant system will make your heating bills drop even further because of their high efficiency at supplying warmth. They lose little heat in the process of transferring the hot water to the pipes under the floor, and the speed with which they raise the temperature of a room (starting from right under your feet and rising up) means you will need to run the system less often than you would a forced-air heater.

You’ll Have Much Healthier Air

Heating systems that use ventilation ducts to distribute conditioned air will collect dust, dirt, and other contaminants along the way. Regular cleaning of the ductwork will reduce this, but it can never eliminate it entirely. But radiant heating is clean heat that needs no ductwork. You can expect a reduction in various cold and flu-like symptoms in your house. People with allergies will especially notice a change in their condition with radiant heat.

Although the amount of work needed to install radiant heat may sound intimidating, remember that with the right contractors handling the work, it will go smoothly and as fast as possible. Call Celco Heating and Air Conditioning for all of your heating installation needs in Norwalk, CT. Trust to our more than 35 years of experience with delivering quality heating to our customers.

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When Should I Replace My Heater?

Friday, November 1st, 2013

A heater is an important part of your life during a long winter season—as well as during the occasional cold days that crop up the rest of the year—but no heater will last forever. Eventually, you will have to swap out your old system for a new one. This is a big step to take, since installation requires time and money. However, the investment you make in a new heater will reward you immensely in the future with better quality heating and more energy-efficient performance.

So how can you tell that your old heater has come to the point where a new installation is the most cost- and comfort-effective way to go? We’ll offer you a short guide here of some of the tell-tale signs that you should schedule heating replacement in Norwalk, CT with Celco Heating and Air Conditioning. We have 35 years of experience with heater replacement, so if you want an expert’s opinion on your old heater’s performance to help you make the decision, contact us.

Warning signs it’s time to replace your heater:

Mounting repair needs: Look over the last three years’ worth of repair services you’ve needed for your heater. Most likely, if you’ve had multiple service calls, they will continue in the future—and probably increase. This is the strongest sign that your heater is nearing the end of its lifespan. Ask a technician if a replacement will cost less in the future than continuing repairs.

Elevated heating bills: As a heating system wears down, it will begin to drain more power in order to provide the same amount of warmth. You’ll see this reflected in your power bills. A sudden spike in energy costs may indicate a need for repairs, but if the inflation remains, then you should look into getting a new heater.

Constant noisy operation: Heaters that develop malfunctions often warn their owners with unusual noises like clanking and groaning. But if your boiler, furnace, or other system begins to make a continuous loud series of noises during regular operation, its parts might be too aged to work properly.

Keep in mind that all of the above problems are not 100% guarantees that you need to get a new heater, even though they are major warnings. Bring in an HVAC professional to inspect your system to give you a more definite answer—as well as options for a new system to replace your old one if that ends up as your best choice.

Celco Heating and Air Conditioning has NATE-certified technicians on staff, ready to assist you in making the important choices regarding a heating replacement in Norwalk, CT, as well as perform the necessary installation. Call us today to schedule an appointment.

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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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