Celco Heating and Air Conditioning Blog : Archive for October, 2014

Why Boiler Installation May Be the Right Heating Choice for You

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Boilers are sometimes seen as “old fashioned” when it comes to heating a home—which is a bit strange since furnaces are actually a much older type of heater. Boilers are still an excellent way to provide your house with winter warmth, and in many cases a boiler might be the number one choice for you. For more information on boiler installation in Shelton, CT and throughout Fairfield and New Haven Counties, contact Celco Heating and Air Conditioning today.

Some benefits from installing a boiler

Boilers have a number of advantages that may give them the edge when it comes to choosing new heating installation. Here are a few:

  • Even, efficient heat: One of the problems with heating that both furnaces and heat pumps encounter is that they do not evenly spread heat through rooms. The heated air blows out of vents and then drifts to the top of a room where it gathers. But boilers use radiant heat coming from radiators or baseboard heaters, which create a fast and even distribution of heat through a room. Baseboard heaters, which combine radiant heat and a convection current, are especially fast and effective at delivering warmth.
  • Longevity: Few home heating systems have the lifespan possibilities of a boiler. They have only a few mechanical parts that can wear down over time, so a boiler can easily make it past 20 years of service if it receives the proper care.
  • Low repair needs: Linked to their small number of moving parts, boilers usually have fewer repair problems that will require calling for professionals. A properly maintained boiler should give you many years of pleasing and problem-free warmth.
  • Clean heat: Unlike furnaces and standard heat pumps, a boiler does not use ductwork to send heated air to the rooms. This means that a boiler will not pick up dust and dirt contamination. The radiant heat that comes from baseboard heaters and cast iron radiators is clean and won’t lower your indoor air quality. This is especially beneficial if you have people in your home who suffer from allergies or asthma.
  • Quiet operation: If you are tired of noisy, rattling furnaces, a boiler will be a great relief, since it will make hardly any noise at all.
  • Flexible energy source: Boilers can run from different energy sources: natural gas, electricity, oil. No matter your home’s available power and your budget, there’s a boiler to fit it.

Although boilers make excellent options for home heating, they still are not ideal for every household. We have almost 40 years of experience installing all kinds of heating systems in homes, and we will help you find the solution to efficiently and effectively keep your household cozy through this winter and many to come.

Before you decide on a new boiler installation in Shelton, CT, contact the home heating experts at Celco Heating and Air Conditioning. You’ll be glad you did!

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Why Schedule Maintenance for Your Automatic Standby Generator

Monday, October 20th, 2014

An automatic standby generator can keep your home and family members safe and comfortable in the event of a power outage. Power outages are a very real possibility here in Hamden, but your automatic standby generator switches on as soon as the electricity cuts out. This type of unit is wired to your home’s existing wiring system so that it can sense when there is no longer a current flowing through the home.

Homeowners choose automatic standby generator installation for a variety of reasons. For one, it’s never pleasant when the lights switch off and could even pose a safety issue in some cases. For people who work from home, a working computer and internet connection is a necessity, while other households may need electricity for medical equipment or other important components of the home. A shut-down heater or air conditioner can be another major problem for some homeowners, and a warm refrigerator can ruin hundreds of dollars of groceries quickly.

Maintaining Your Unit

If you own an automatic standby generator, it’s important to do all you can in order to ensure it kicks on as soon as you need it. You can test out the automatic standby generator by running it and checking for any error codes that indicate it is low on fuel or coolant. However, there may be other problems with your system that a maintenance technician can detect even sooner, to prevent problems from occurring later on.

There are a couple of reasons to schedule maintenance regularly with a trained electrician. For one, an electrician can catch any minor problems early on, to prevent them from developing into costly repairs. Second, electricians can replace spark plugs and any filters to ensure it’s in optimal condition and begins running immediately when it senses an outage. And a final reason to schedule maintenance is that your automatic standby generator may simply need a few adjustments from time to time to ward off repairs and keep it working at its best.

Your automatic standby generator should be in top shape year round because a power outage can occur when you least expect it.

Call the experts at Celco Heating and Air Conditioning for regular maintenance or if you’ve decided on automatic standby generator installation in Hamden.

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The Reason for Unusual Noises from Your Water Heater

Monday, October 13th, 2014

You may not realize how much hot water you use until there is a problem with your water heater. Hot water helps clean your laundry and sanitize the surfaces of your home as well as your dishes. And after a long day or a chilly night, a hot shower is often the key to your relaxation. Unusual noises from your water heater may indicate that failure is inevitable, and you may be at risk of losing hot water very soon. That’s why it’s important to call a technician for water heater repair at the first sign of problems so you can get rid of the noise, prevent sudden failure, or replace your water heater if necessary.

The experts at Celco Heating and Air Conditioning have years of experience performing water heater repair in Fairfield, so you can get the job done as quickly as possible.

Some Common Problems

Water heaters will last many years, especially if you call a technician for maintenance services every year. However, even with maintenance, these problems may cause you to hear unusual noises.

  • Sediment in the Tank: The most common reason for banging noises from the water heater is sediment that has settled in the tank over time. Minerals may build up in the tank as a result of hard water, leading to small pieces of sediment that may knock against the tank and eventually cause clogging. A professional technician can flush the tank to drain the deposits and check for damages.
  • Leaks: A water leak may cause you to hear bubbling or dripping from your water heater. Or, you may notice a sizzle as water leaks onto the burner. In either case, a professional is best suited to examine your unit and make sure it has not corroded through.
  • An Issue in the Pipes: If you hear a banging or knocking noise whenever you shut off the hot water, it may not be a problem with the water heater. Water hammer is instead caused by a problem with the air chambers in your plumbing system.

When you need water heater repair in Fairfield to be completed quickly by professionals in the field, call Celco Heating and Air Conditioning today!

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What Is Hybrid Heating?

Monday, October 6th, 2014

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!

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