Why Choose Maintenance for My Heating System?

home in autumn with colorful treesNow that the fall season has arrived, cooler temperatures will be here before we know it. Along with the changing season, many homeowners turn their attention from cooling their homes to heating. No matter what type of heating system you have in your home, early fall is a great time to make sure it is operating properly. And the best way to do that is to make sure it gets the maintenance it needs each year.


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Just like your air conditioning system benefits from preventive maintenance in the spring, autumn is the time to have your HVAC contractor give your heating system a good checkup. That way, you can be sure it’s working properly once the temperatures start to dip down and you need it to keep you and your family comfortable. There are many benefits to choosing heating maintenance for your system – keep reading to learn more!

6 Reasons to Get Heating Maintenance This Fall

Many homeowners aren’t really sure that heating maintenance is necessary. They might feel it’s too costly, or they might not really see any good reason for it. But, getting heating maintenance on a yearly basis is important for your equipment – here are a few reasons why:

  1. It helps your heating equipment operate more efficiently. Over time, the inner components of your heating system, as well as your filter, can become dirty – and that can cause your system to have to work harder. The harder your system works, the more energy it uses, causing your equipment to operate less efficiently and your utility bills to rise. Maintenance helps ensure your system is clean and efficient!
  2. Maintenance allows for more effective heating. Through time and frequent use, your heating equipment collects dust, dirt, and debris – and this can build up inside your unit and make it hard for the components to move properly. Annual maintenance includes cleaning your system, allowing all the moving parts to work freely – helping your system heat your home more effectively.
  3. Your warranty will remain intact. Most equipment warranties require you as a homeowner to get regular maintenance in order to preserve the warranty on the equipment. Failure to do so can cause the warranty to become void – and that means you might have to pay out-of-pocket for expensive repairs or replacements.
  4. Your technician may find small problems that can easily be remedied. When it comes to major equipment like furnaces, boilers, or heat pumps, it’s much easier to take care of problems before they become larger – and much more expensive. By getting annual maintenance, your technician will have a better understanding of how your system works and its history – helping them catch small problems during maintenance.
  5. Your heating system will likely last longer. Getting maintenance not only helps your system run better on a yearly basis; it also helps it last for years to come. With proper maintenance, your system will be cleaned and tuned up every year, and any small issues will be taken care of right away. All that adds up to longer system life – and that means big savings, as equipment replacement can be costly.
  6. The air in your home may be cleaner. This is especially true if you have a forced-air heating system, where the heated air is delivered from room to room via your home’s ductwork. When your system is dirty, the air that flows through it becomes dirty as well. And, that air just keeps circulating through your home. A clean system and fresh filter help keep your home’s air cleaner, too!

How can Degree Heating & Cooling help me get the annual maintenance I need?

At Degree, we’re pleased to provide our customers with the annual maintenance they need on all types of heating systems. We offer annual service agreements which can reduce the cost of your heating system maintenance tune-up. When you rely on us to perform your heating system maintenance, you’re choosing a company that’s both reliable and professional. When you’re ready to schedule your fall maintenance appointment, simply call us at (860) 633-6122, and one of our friendly associates will be happy to assist you.

Should I Choose Ductless or Central Air Conditioning for My Home?

woman enjoys comfortable, air conditioned spaceThe summer months mean lazy, hazy days enjoying the outdoors, from beaches and picnics to fun summer sports. The warmer temperatures also mean that you probably enjoy cooling off in a nice, air-conditioned home after spending time outside. You might have an air conditioning system installed in your home that’s on the older side, or you may be considering a brand-new AC installation. Either way, there is much to consider when choosing the right system for your home and lifestyle.

Today’s air conditioning systems are built to provide homeowners with effective and highly efficient cooling. For instance, an air conditioner installed today versus one installed in 2012 may save you 20-40 percent of cooling energy costs. And, you could potentially save up to 50 percent on cooling costs if you have a system that’s more than 10 years old. As technology improves, air conditioning systems and the refrigerant they use become much more energy efficient and earth-conscious, helping you keep your home cooler while reducing your carbon footprint at the same time.

And, there are different types of systems to choose from.

Along with better efficiency and more environmentally conscious refrigerants, air conditioning systems have also been developed that can work in a variety of applications. In this article, we’ll focus on central air conditioning and ductless cooling – what they are, how they work, and what scenarios they are most suited for. Keep reading to learn more!

Central Air Conditioning

Central air conditioning has been a popular choice for homeowners for many decades. That’s because one single unit can supply cooled air throughout the entire home. Homes that have a forced-air heating system, such as a furnace, are ideal candidates for central air conditioning. Most people with a furnace already in place opt for a split system, where part of the unit sits outside the home and an indoor cabinet that contains the indoor heat container and blower.

It is essential that there is ductwork installed in the home in order to install a central air conditioning system. This type of system relies on the ductwork in the home to carry the cooled air throughout. While you can choose to add ductwork to your home in order to support a central air conditioning system, it may not be cost-effective or feasible. Fortunately, you have options for cooling a home that lacks ductwork.

Ductless Cooling

As the name implies, ductless cooling systems work without the need for ductwork. Because they don’t rely on ductwork to deliver cooled air, they are a great choice for homes that have baseboard or radiant heating. One of the main advantages of a ductless system is its efficiency. When compared to window AC systems, ductless systems offer much better energy efficiency, often consuming up to 40 percent less energy.

Ductless systems require minimal construction during installation, using a small-diameter conduit to connect the indoor and outdoor units. Unlike window air conditioners, which can be loud and obtrusive, ductless systems are usually quiet and can be mounted high on a wall or ceiling, out of your living space. Whether you have just one room that could benefit from ductless AC or an entire house, there are different configurations available to help you get just the cooling you need.

And, as an added bonus, ductless systems are available that can also provide heating during the winter months – making them a great option if you need to replace old baseboard heat.

How can Degree Heating & Cooling help me choose the best system for my home?

When you choose Degree to help you determine what type of air conditioning system is best for your home, you can count on the fact that we’re dedicated professionals. Your home comfort is always our top priority, and we’re pleased to provide you with the air conditioning products and services you need for complete comfort. Whether you’re considering a new installation, or need maintenance or repairs for your current system, we can meet your needs.

We’ll always provide you with the best quality air conditioning products as well, from names you can trust like Carrier® and Mitsubishi®. Degree wants to help you enjoy cool comfort in your home, now and for years to come. If you’re ready to talk with us about your air conditioning options, please give us a call at 860-633-6122, and we will be happy to schedule an appointment with you.

How Can I Choose the Best HVAC Contractor?

Tools for air conditioner maintenanceWhen the spring season arrives, many homeowners want to make home improvements for a variety of different reasons. Often, they want their homes to be more comfortable. This can include getting new windows installed, improving the insulation in their home, or getting maintenance on their home’s air conditioning system.

Spring can also be a good time for an HVAC system replacement, as the weather has warmed up enough not to require constant heating, but is still cool enough that air conditioning is not yet needed. For many people though, choosing an HVAC contractor can seem like a daunting task. It’s important to make sure that the company you’re hiring is reliable and trusted, and is able to help meet any home comfort need you might have.

10 Things to Look for When Choosing an HVAC Contractor

Whether you’re looking for a contractor who can maintain your home’s heating and cooling system, install brand-new HVAC equipment in your home, or provide you and your family with better indoor air quality, it’s important to do your research. Below are 10 things any homeowner should keep in mind when selecting an HVAC company to help meet their home comfort needs.

  1. Check with neighbors, friends, or family. Often, the best way to learn about home comfort companies in your area is by word-of-mouth referral. What company have they used for their HVAC needs, and were they satisfied?
  2. Check review sites and social media pages. Google Reviews, Yelp, and Facebook are all good places to check in and see what others are saying about a particular company. At Degree Heating & Cooling, we’re proud to have a 4.7 out of 5-star rating on Google, as well as a 5-star rating on Facebook.
  3. Check the local Better Business Bureau for complaints. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is a great place to look for both ratings and complaints. If you do notice a complaint, see how the company resolved it. Degree has been accredited by the BBB since 2008, and we have an A+ rating.
  4. Look for local companies whenever possible. Companies that service locally are likely going to work to earn and keep your business because they understand the importance of having a good reputation and know the power of word-of-mouth advertising.
  5. Make sure the business is locally owned. “Home-services” companies that offer everything (HVAC, electrical, plumbing, duct-cleaning, for instance) are often owned by nationwide chains. Unfortunately, that can mean they aren’t as invested in your satisfaction as a small family-owned company might be.
  6. Big box stores may offer services, but often do not have their own technicians. Many times, these types of stores use outside subcontractors to do the work, who may, or may not be local.
  7. Find a company that has been in business for at least 10 years. If an HVAC contractor has been around for 10 years or more, it’s very likely that they not only do a great job but also make customer satisfaction a top priority. At Degree, we’ve been keeping people comfortable for 28 years.
  8. Look out for a valid license number. Be sure your contractor has their license number displayed prominently on their website and vehicles, check to make sure it is valid and not expired.
  9. Be wary of high-pressure sales tactics. Good contractors want to get you into the best system for your budget. They will never pressure you into purchasing equipment you don’t need and will be honest about whether they can (within reason) affordably repair your system, or if it should be replaced.
  10. A contractor should understand local codes and ordinances. Your contractor should pull the appropriate permits and ensure an inspection is completed.

Degree Heating & Cooling is local, family-owned, and ready to help you.

At Degree, it means a great deal to us when customers trust us to help them stay comfortable. We want to help you achieve the best possible home comfort as well. We assure you that you can trust us to meet your needs, whether you need heating, cooling, or indoor air quality products and services. We’re ready to help you get the HVAC installation, maintenance, or repairs you need. Contact us online or call (860) 633-6122 to find out how Degree Heating & Cooling can be your home comfort contractor of choice.