Celco Heating and Air Conditioning Blog : Archive for February, 2015

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 Is a Zone Heating System Installed?

Friday, February 20th, 2015

Many homes have a hard time keeping even heating throughout the winter due to your home’s orientation or other heat gain issue. There may also be disagreement between family members as to what temperature the thermostat should be set, setting the stage for constant battles over your home’s temperature. Installing zone heating in your home can alleviate these problems and more. How do you get zone heating? Call a company like Celco Heating and Air Conditioning that offers zone heating system services in Fairfield County.

The Components

There are three main components in a zone heating system:

  • Main control panel
  • Motorized dampers
  • Zone thermostats

The Process

The first step of installing any zone heating system is to determine what the zones in your home will be; you will do this with the installation technician. Once the zones are designated, the technician will install motorized dampers into the supply ductwork of your home and connect the dampers to the main control panel. The technician will then install a thermostat into each designated zone, and connect each thermostat to the main control panel. Temperatures are set on the zone thermostats, and the control panel opens and closes the dampers as needed to maintain the set temperatures.

Why Install Zone Heating?

There are a number of benefits that can be gained from installing zone heating into your home:

  • Customized comfort – because each zone is independently heated, you can customize your heating per zone versus setting one temperature on a single thermostat for your whole home.
  • Increased energy efficiency – with a zone control system, you use only the heating you need, which can reduce your overall energy usage.
  • Less stress on your system – a zone control system allows you to use less heating, which means your system operates for less time; this can reduce the amount of stress on your system.

A zone heating system can put an end to the battle over the thermostat and also help you customize your heating in a way you just can’t with a single thermostat.

If you are interested to see how a zone system can benefit your Fairfield County home, call Celco Heating and Air Conditioning and schedule an appointment for zone heating system services!

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Some of the Unusual Movies Released for Valentine’s Day

Saturday, February 14th, 2015

Hollywood has always tried to match movies up to the seasons to draw droves of viewers to the theaters: October is packed with fright-offerings, while the winter holidays skew toward warm and pleasing family films (as well as Oscar hopefuls). Valentine’s Day falls in an odd spot when it comes to the movie release calendar, however, since February tends to be a slower time for the film industry. The studios are as likely to slot strange movies that don’t fit anywhere else in their annual schedules into the Valentine’s Day weekend as they are films with powerful romantic appeal.

So, while the second weekend of February has featured hugely successful romantic comedies like Hitch, The Wedding Singer, and (of course) Valentine’s Day, some truly weird choices have debuted in this weekend as well. And a few have even gone on to tremendous success despite the bizarre match with the holiday. Here are a couple of the odder Valentine’s Day movie releases:

  • Dracula (1931): Yes, this Halloween perennial and the start of Universal Studio’s Classic Monsters actually came out on Valentine’s Day! But perhaps this makes some sense, as the Dracula legend has often received a “doomed lover” approach in the many years since Bela Lugosi made the aristocratic vampire a screen icon.
  • The Silence of the Lambs (1991): Does any film seem less appropriate for Valentine’s Day than this unnerving and sometimes very violent psychological thriller? What’s even more astonishing than the film’s release date is that The Silence of the Lambs eventually nabbed the Oscar for Best Picture, an almost unheard of occurrence for a movie released so early in the year.
  • Daredevil (2003): This Marvel comic adaptation featuring Ben Affleck as a blind superhero does contain a romantic subplot, but the stronger connection to Valentine’s Day may just be that Daredevil wears a bright red costume.
  • A Good Day to Die Hard (2013): The least successful of the Die Hard film franchise, this is an excellent example of a studio dropping a film into a weekend where it doesn’t fit in the hopes that it works as counter-programming. (It didn’t.)
  • Wayne’s World (1992): Now here is an example of counter-programming that clicked with audiences. This comedy based on a Saturday Night Live sketch turned into one of that year’s biggest hits and spawned a sequel.

Whether you celebrate Valentine’s Day with a trip to the movie theater, or you have your own special plans, everyone here at Celco Heating & Air Conditioning hopes you and your loved ones have a wonderful weekend.

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Benefits of Enrolling in an HVAC Maintenance Program

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

Heating and air conditioning systems are built to withstand a lot of wear and tear over the years, to an extent. While today’s units have longer lifespans than they once did, most manufacturers and technicians advise that it takes proper installation and the occasional maintenance visit to live up to these expectations. When you enroll in an HVAC maintenance program in Westport, CT, you don’t have to worry about scheduling maintenance each year for both your heating and air conditioning system. Instead, your contractor will call you to remind you of an appointment twice during the year.

Key Features of an HVAC Maintenance Program

If you enroll in an HVAC maintenance program, you should benefit in the following ways, although these features vary from company to company.

  • Fewer Repairs, More Savings! – The most common reason that homeowners sign up for maintenance is to save money. With an annual tune-up, most homeowners notice lower energy bills, and few are likely to notice any heating repair needs throughout the year. Cleaning and adjusting parts allows them to run more efficiently, using less energy to get your home to the desired temperature.
  • Peace of Mind – You can rest easy when you sign up for an annual maintenance program knowing that you get regular maintenance visits without having to think about it! Contractors may provide service calls or mailing reminders that you have an upcoming appointment, and you can always reschedule if necessary. You can rest easy knowing that your system is protected from dangerous gas leaks or fire hazards as well.
  • Bonus Features – You’ll most likely get bonus features such as discounts on parts and services for those enrolled in the twice annual program. At Celco Heating and Air Conditioning, we offer a 15% discount to those who sign up, priority service, additional coupons throughout the year, and a discount on duct cleaning, a valuable service that can improve your indoor air quality and keep your air conditioning and heating system running as efficiently as possible.

Celco Heating and Air Conditioning offers twice annual maintenance and peace of mind to those customers who enroll in our HVAC maintenance program in Westport, CT.

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