September 22nd, 2017
So many everyday purchases now come with a maintenance agreement option. Long available on motor vehicles and major appliances like clothes washers and refrigerators, they are now offered on computers, phones and many other electronic devices. Hearing the familiar refrain “would you like a maintenance agreement or extended warranty?” at the check-out counter has become too familiar and not always welcome. Sometimes, the item might be so unlikely to fail, or the extra protection might cost so much, that it just seems like one more scam.
September 8th, 2017
Owners of commercial buildings with multiple tenants are constantly faced with the challenge of economically modifying their properties to meet changing tenant needs. A single unit could change from a retail establishment to a restaurant to a tradesman’s shop to a professional office, each of which might have different requirements for parking, access, utilities, signage and more.
August 4th, 2017
Quality heating and air conditioning equipment, professionally installed and regularly maintained, can run effectively for up to 16 years. Would you like that kind of long-term service from the mechanical systems in your home or business?
August 4th, 2017
Keeping your home evenly cooled during the hot summer months is key to feeling consistently comfortable, but letting your air conditioning system do all the work by cranking it up high can increase wear on the system and result in steep energy bills.
July 19th, 2017
It has happened to most of us, and usually during a particularly hot and humid summer day. You’re uncomfortable and detect that your air conditioner is blowing warm, instead of cool, air!
Often there is an easy fix to this common problem. Is your system set to heating instead of cooling mode? The first recommended step is to check your thermostat settings, which can easily get switched, especially during the changeover between seasons. It should be set to “cool” mode and the fan switched to the “auto” position. Make sure the temperature setting is below what the actual room temperature is.
July 5th, 2017
When the topic is leaky basements, one usually thinks of water coming through the foundation and causing a flood. But basements that leak air can be a problem too if you have central air conditioning. When you’re paying to cool your home, a leaky basement will allow cool air to escape. This is like throwing away money. It also places a higher demand on your air conditioner, forcing it to work overtime to cool the home, shortening its lifespan, and increasing repair costs.
June 23rd, 2017
Maintaining ideal humidity levels indoors is important for a number of reasons ranging from health concerns to utility costs. Both your home and your body have ideal humidity levels at which they work optimally and most efficiently.
In dry or arid areas, like New Mexico and Arizona, humidifiers release moisture into the air to keep humidity levels at optimum levels. In the more humid climates of southern New Jersey, however, residents need dehumidifiers to remove moisture from the air to keep homes and businesses at optimal levels. Here are three reasons to install a dehumidifier.
June 21st, 2017
If you’re concerned about your summertime air conditioning bills, the solution might not lie in turning the thermostat up. Instead, take a walk through your home to see how many air leaks there are.
The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that 25 percent of the cost of heating and cooling a home is associated with the leaks found in the walls, floors, windows and doors. Fortunately, the leakage is easy to detect and seal using inexpensive and durable products.
May 24th, 2017
Like much of the country, southern New Jersey experiences seasonal temperature changes that make home heating an unquestionable necessity and air conditioning something just short of that – an amenity that you could live without if you had to (after all, our great-grandparents did), but that most people consider to be a “must-have” for modern, comfortable living. In most homes, this means two systems: a furnace or boiler for heat, and A/C for cooling. With a heat pump, however, it is possible to use a single system to keep your home comfortable year-round.
May 10th, 2017
Controlling the thermostat in extreme heat can be a lively topic of family debate. But changing the dial constantly can wreak havoc on your home cooling system and lead to increased utility bills.
Industry experts tend to agree that consistency pays off in the short and long runs. A recommended stable setting of 78 degrees F is the standard recommended thermostat setting for summer cooling. Being consistent with cooling use also keeps the indoor humidity level low, leading to increased comfort. The less humidity in your indoor air, the easier it is on your air conditioner, which has to work harder to remove indoor moisture levels.