Are Heat Pumps a Viable Option for New England Winters?

When it comes to home heating options, there are more available than ever before. Today’s heating systems are much more energy-efficient than their predecessors, and some are also more environmentally friendly. For instance, heat pump systems are considered to be both highly efficient and environmentally sound, because they don’t require fuel to operate. They extract heat from the outdoor air or ground, which is then pumped into the home. But – are they a wise choice for people living in colder climates?

Heat pump technology has been available in warmer climates for some time now. Many people enjoy the advantage of having a heat pump system, because not only does it help to heat indoors during the cooler months, but it also offers air conditioning during the summer, by reversing the process and extracting heat from indoor air and pumping it outside. This factor has made it a good choice for people living in the warmer regions, but up until a few years ago, heat pumps really weren’t considered a sole source of home heating in the northern part of the country.

New technology has made heat pumps adaptable to cold climate conditions.

Because of the efficiency of heat pumps, manufacturers realized that developing heat pumps that work well even in colder climates would be beneficial to consumers and the planet. As a result, the cold climate heat pump was developed. According to the Department of Energy, heat pump systems are now a legitimate heating solution, even for colder regions. Cold climate heat pumps are available in both central ducted models, serving homes that have ductwork, as well as ductless systems for homes that have used baseboard-type heating and don’t have ductwork.

Additionally, today’s heat pump systems use a more environmentally-friendly form of refrigerant than their predecessors, R-410A, which does not harm the ozone layer. Not to mention, this refrigerant also provides better energy efficiency. So, in addition to heat pumps providing greater energy efficiency in general, R-410A provides additional energy efficiency for these systems. The Department of Energy indicates that research shows that the annual savings over electric heat is around 3,000 kWh, and 6,200 kWh over oil heat.

Let the professionals at Stafford help you find the right heat pump system for your home.

If you’ve been considering a new heating system for your home, our experts can help. We provide a wide range of heating solutions, including heat pump and ductless systems. We’ll work with you to determine the best system for your home and lifestyle needs. And, Stafford installs quality Carrier® home heating products, so you know you’ll be getting a quality system that has been built to last, while providing you with maximum home comfort and efficiency.

To learn more, simply give us a call at 860.684.9485. We look forward to helping you with all of your heating needs, including installation, maintenance and repair.

6 Ways to Make Your Home More Efficient This Winter

When winter arrives, not only does the air become more chilling – so do your energy bills. There are many reasons why the winter months tend to sap energy from our homes. Of course, there’s the need to heat your home, and that is always a large expenditure – in fact, the Department of Energy (DOE) indicates that heating your home accounts for about 45 percent of your energy bill. Add to that the added cost of lighting your home as the days are shorter, and your utility budget can make quite an impact on your wallet.

Fortunately, there are ways you can save energy during the winter that can help when it comes time for the utility bills. The DOE offers up a few tricks and tips that can keep heating bills manageable, all while helping you keep your home warmer and more comfortable for you and your family. An added benefit? Putting these tips into effect this winter will also help keep your home cooler once Old Man Winter leaves town and the warmer weather arrives again!

Six Tips to Increase Your Home’s Energy Efficiency

  1. Make good use of your curtains. During the winter, open your curtains to let the sunshine in during the day, which will naturally provide a heat source for your home. Then, close them at night to help keep the heat inside. (Reverse the process in the summer.)
  2. Install a programmable or smart thermostat. That way, you can set your heater back a few degrees while you’re away or sleeping – a set it and forget it solution! Of course, if you have a smart thermostat, you can easily control temperatures, right from your smartphone or laptop!
  3. Ensure your home is protected against the elements. Many homes need air sealing, even if there are just small cracks or holes. And, if your home isn’t well-insulated, consider increasing the insulation. It can help keep your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.
  4. And while you’re at it… Seal your air ducts, too, and make sure they’re properly insulated. This is especially important if they’re installed in an unheated area of your home, like a crawl space or an attic.
  5. Check doors and windows. Often, they’re not completely airtight around their perimeters, and this can cause heated or cooled air to slip out, and cold or hot air from outside to come in. Fortunately, adding some weatherstripping around doors and windows is a simple solution.
  6. Be a fan of your fans. Ceiling fans, that is. By setting your fans to spin clockwise in the winter, they’ll blow the heated air that rises back down. Obviously, you’ll want to set them counterclockwise during the summer months.

And, make sure you have a reliable contractor to help you with any heating concern.

When you choose Stafford Mechanical Services to help with your home heating, we’ll make sure your heating system is running as efficiently as possible, by providing you with annual maintenance and reliable, fast repair services. And, when the time comes to replace your system, we’ll offer you quality, high-efficiency Carrier® heating equipment. So, give us a call today at (860) 684-9485 to learn more about the products and services we provide. We look forward to helping you with all of your heating needs, including installation, maintenance and repair.

Stay Comfortable Season to Season with Carrier® Ductless

Have you been thinking about replacing a radiant or baseboard heating system, but wish there was a way for you to get air conditioning in your home, too? When you live in a home with limited or no ductwork, it can seem like an impossible task to get the home comfort you need and want. But you may be surprised to learn there is a solution that can provide you with year-round comfort – ductless heating and cooling from Carrier.

A ductless system does just what it says – heats and cools your home without the addition, or need for, ductwork. Many people choose to install single ductless units in rooms like additions, converted attics or garages, or finished basements. However, you might not know that there are systems that incorporate multiple units, so you can enjoy better comfort all throughout your home. And the best part? Ductless heating and cooling offers many benefits as well.

Learn more about the benefits you can enjoy when you choose Carrier ductless for your home.

Besides offering year-round comfort, ductless systems come with a whole host of additional benefits. When you install ductless heating and cooling in your home, you’ll enjoy the following:

  • Improved Energy Efficiency: Ductless heating and cooling is highly energy efficient. Ductless systems use heat pump technology, which heats and cools by transferring heat, rather than using fuel.
  • Targeted Comfort: Because you can control each unit individually, you can enjoy comfort that is specific to your needs throughout your home. Units are easily controlled via remote, so you can change the temperature at the touch of a button.
  • Whisper Quiet: Unlike noisy window air conditioning systems, ductless heating and cooling is made to operate quietly, so all you’ll notice is better home comfort.
  • Seamless Design: Ductless units are generally mounted high on a wall, or either on or in the ceiling, so they’re out of the way. Carrier ductless systems provide a design that blends seamlessly with virtually any décor.
  • Minimal Construction: Because they don’t require ductwork, you won’t have to worry about costly or messy construction. Generally, all that’s required is a 3-inch diameter hole drilled into the wall. And, installation is relatively quick, so you’ll enjoy better comfort in no time.

If you’re ready for the year-round comfort Carrier ductless provides, call Stafford.

We’re ready to help you get ductless heating and cooling for your home. Just give us a call at 860.684.9485, and we will be more than happy to help you enjoy year-round, energy efficient Carrier comfort.

Why Choose Carrier® Comfort for Your Home?

When it comes to cooling your home, you know the equipment you choose is an investment. Purchasing an air conditioning system is an expense, and one you shouldn’t take lightly. You want to make sure you choose a qualified contractor first and foremost – one who not only installs new systems, but can provide you with the service you need after the sale. You also want a contractor who can offer you the best equipment brands possible – like Carrier cooling products.

Carrier has been the first name in air conditioning for more than 100 years. Willis Carrier designed the first modern air conditioning system in 1902, and since then, people have been choosing Carrier products for their homes and businesses. Homeowners and business owners alike know they can rely on Carrier to provide them with effective, efficient cooling all summer long. As a Factory Authorized Carrier Dealer, Stafford Mechanical Services, Inc. is proud to provide our customers with this brand.

What Carrier cooling systems can Stafford install in your home?

When you work with Stafford, we strive to provide the right Carrier cooling system for your home. With many different options to choose from, we’re able to provide you with a system that not only brings you the home comfort you need, but also works within your lifestyle needs and budget. We’ll make sure the system you choose offers you the efficiency you need, all while keeping you and your family cool and comfortable no matter how hot it gets outside.

Central Air Conditioning

Carrier central air conditioning systems are built to provide homes with ductwork maximum comfort and efficiency throughout the entire home. We offer many different models to choose from, including:

  • Infinity® Series Air Conditioner with Greenspeed® Intelligence: These units offer the ultimate in cooling and comfort, superior energy efficiency, and extremely quiet performance.
  • Infinity Series Air Conditioners: These provide quiet, highly efficient comfort, with a SEER rating of up to 21. And, they worked best when paired with Carrier’s Infinity control system.
  • Performance™ Series Air Conditioners: These systems offer a reliable, energy efficient and quiet way to cool your space, and are available in both traditional and compact configurations.
  • Comfort™ Series Air Conditioners: This series offers an economical way to get the cooling you need for your home, all while improving efficiency, especially when compared to systems 10 years old or more.

Ductless Air Conditioning

Whether your home lacks ductwork, or you need cooling for a specific space, Carrier ductless air conditioning can help you get the cool comfort you and your family need. Like the central air conditioning systems mentioned above, Carrier residential ductless systems are also available in the Infinity, Performance and Comfort lines. Business owners can choose the Toshiba Carrier commercial ductless series, to help their customers and employees keep their cool, even on the hottest days.

Geothermal AC

For incredibly efficient cooling of your home, Carrier geothermal cooling systems can provide you with an environmentally sound choice. Geothermal air conditioning works by absorbing the heat from your home, and then transferring it underground where the cooler earth absorbs it. Then, the cool water is used by the heat pump to make cool, dehumidified air for your home. Operating costs for this type of air conditioning are usually significantly less than traditional air cooled systems.

Count on Stafford to provide you with the Carrier cooling system you need.

To learn more about the quality Carrier air conditioning products we offer, and which one may be the right fit for your home and lifestyle, all you need to do is give us a call. Our comfort specialists will be happy to help you get all the information you need about our lineup of high-quality, high efficiency Carrier products. You may contact us directly at 860.684.9485. We look forward to helping you with your air conditioning needs.

How Can A System With No Ducts Keep My House Cool?

Ductless air conditioning seems to be all the buzz lately, and with good reason – this type of system is super-efficient, and there are options available that also allow it to provide heating in the cooler months. But many people still wonder if ductless AC really works as well as HVAC professionals say it does. You should know, many people are choosing ductless to cool their homes these days, and according to an article on the This Old House website, that choice is with good reason.

According to the article, one of the main reasons for people turning to ductless to cool (and heat) their homes is the unparalleled efficiency. That’s because with ductless, there are no worries about air leaks, heat gains, or pressure issues that you might see with other types of systems. And in addition to potentially saving money on your energy bills, many utility companies offer incentives to homeowners installing ductless systems, not to mention the availability of low-interest financing, making it a more affordable option.

How does ductless efficiently cool an entire home?

With ductless, you as a homeowner are able to control how much cool air is needed in different zones throughout your home. When ductless is chosen as a whole-house cooling option, there is usually more than one unit installed in the home, and you have complete control over those individual units. Essentially, that means you can keep individual spaces in your home precisely comfort-controlled, at the simple touch of a button. This multi-unit idea might have you wondering, though, how whole-house cooling can be accomplished without extensive, messy construction work.

Ductless consists of indoor and outdoor units. Because ductless systems do not require air ducts, there is no need to remodel your home. There are many options available, from a single ductless air conditioning unit, to a multi-split system capable of cooling and heating your entire home. All that’s required with a ductless system is a three-inch diameter hole to connect the electrical cables and refrigerant lines between the indoor and outdoor components. That makes a ductless system much easier to install in your home, so you’ll be able to enjoy better home comfort sooner, without a lot of clean up.

But ductless probably isn’t a great choice for northern climates, right?

Many people don’t really consider ductless cooling and heating as a year-round option because they’ve heard the heat pumps that control such a system don’t work great in cooler climates. While it’s true there was a time that heat pump systems weren’t a great choice in areas where the temperatures went below freezing, modern technology has changed all of that. New compressor technology makes it possible for today’s units to work even in areas where temperatures go down to -15 degrees Fahrenheit!

Zoned ductless systems offer ease of installation, incredible efficiency and are a great alternative in homes that do not have available ductwork. You might be surprised to learn that they can help you save up to 30 percent of electricity, when you choose ductless over window AC or central air systems that feed into aging ductwork. Modern advances make mini-split systems a viable option, even in colder climates, and the fact that they can provide both cooling and heating for year-round comfort has made them a key player when it comes to home comfort equipment.

Trust Stafford to help you get the right ductless system for your home.

To learn more about ductless cooling and heating, and if it’s the right fit for your home and lifestyle, all you need to do is give Stafford Mechanical Services, Inc. a call. Our comfort specialists will be happy to help you get all the information you need about ductless split systems. We proudly offer high-quality Carrier products for your home. You may contact us via phone at 860.684.9485. We look forward to helping you with your ductless needs.

Don’t Have Your “Ducts” In A Row? Get Ductless!

Keeping cool in the summer can be a challenge, especially when your home isn’t equipped with ductwork. Homes that use radiant or baseboard heat often do not have air ducts in their home, making it nearly impossible, without a lot of remodeling and construction, to install central air conditioning. Many people in this scenario opt for window air conditioning units, which can be loud, block views and waste energy. So what can you do if your home doesn’t have the ducts you need for central air? Choose ductless cooling and heating!

Even though ductless air conditioning has been around for a while now, many people are unfamiliar with it. Or, they may not realize how many benefits there are to choosing ductless over window AC. The fact is, ductless air conditioning provides a whole host of advantages when it comes to cooling your home. It’s versatile, too – so if you need air conditioning throughout your entire home, or just in a specific area, there’s a ductless system that will work for your unique needs.

How can I get a ductless cooling system that works for my home?

When you’re considering air conditioning, it’s always a good idea to talk to a professional, like the ones here at Stafford Mechanical Services, Inc. We can help you evaluate your current air conditioning system, and explain to you how we can make ductless cooling work for you. For instance, if you’re living in a home without ductwork throughout, we’ll explain how a ductless mini-split system can deliver targeted cooling to individual areas of your home. Or, if you already have central air but have added areas to your home like additions, finished basements, or a converted attic or garage, ductless is the perfect solution to help make those spaces cool and comfortable year-round.

So, tell me about the benefits a ductless AC system can deliver.

When you choose ductless for your home, you can expect the following great advantages:

  • Targeted Comfort: Ductless systems are generally zoned, so you’ll be able to provide just the right level of comfort depending on the unique needs of your home and family.
  • Ease of Installation: It goes without saying, but ductless systems are simpler to install because they don’t need ductwork to operate. That means a lot less construction mess, and a lot less downtime, too!
  • Better Efficiency: Ductless systems are extremely efficient, and use much less energy than window units. And because they deliver targeted AC, you have much greater control over home comfort levels.
  • Year-Round Comfort: Some ductless systems can provide heating to your home as well. This makes them perfect for additions, or other rooms you want to use all year long but don’t have the necessary ductwork.
  • Quiet Operation: Ductless systems are usually whisper-quiet, which makes them a far more appealing choice than window AC. And, they’re designed to blend seamlessly with virtually any décor.

How can I find out if ductless air conditioning and heating is right for my home?

To learn more about ductless cooling, and if it’s the right fit for your home and lifestyle, all you need to do is give Stafford Mechanical Services, Inc. a call. Our comfort specialists will be happy to help you get all the information you need about ductless AC. We proudly offer high-quality Carrier products for your home. You may contact us via phone at 860.684.9485. We look forward to helping you with your ductless needs.

Why Choose High Efficiency Air Conditioning?

How old is your air conditioning system? Did you know that if it’s more than 10 years old, it could be time to look into updating? If your system is running great, and you’re getting the energy efficiency you need, of course there’s no need for an upgrade. But if you’ve found yourself making a lot of expensive repairs in recent years, or you’re spending much more than you’d like on your home energy bills during the summer months, it’s probably time for a change.

Today’s air conditioning systems not only provide optimal comfort; they also offer much better energy efficiency than their older counterparts. According to the Department of Energy, “today’s best air conditioners use 30 percent to 50 percent less energy to produce the same amount of cooling as air conditioners made in the mid-1970s.” They add that you could save 20 percent to 40 percent of cooling energy costs by replacing an air conditioner that’s 10 years old with a newer, more efficient model.

So the major benefit of choosing to install high-efficiency air conditioning is, of course, energy savings. But what are some of the other benefits to high-efficiency AC?

When you work with Stafford to replace your old system with a new high-efficiency model, you’ll enjoy these additional benefits:

  • Quality Products: Stafford Mechanical Services, Inc. is a proud Carrier® Factory Authorized Dealer. You can trust us to not only provide high-quality, high efficiency air conditioning systems for your home. And, you can rely on our factory-trained technicians to meet all of your cooling needs.
  • Quieter Operation: Modern air conditioning systems operate more quietly. That provides you and your family with more than just cool comfort. It also keeps your home quiet and peaceful, no matter how hot the outside temperatures might get.
  • Environmentally Sound Refrigerant: Today’s air conditioning systems are manufactured using a type of coolant that is naturally more energy efficient, and does not harm the ozone layer. So while you’re staying cool, you’re also being mindful of your carbon footprint.
  • Professional Installation: When you work with Stafford, we’ll be able to help you determine just the right air conditioning solution for your home. No two homes are alike, which is why we never offer cookie-cutter solutions. We take the size of your home into account, as well as the specific needs of your family.
  • Many Options: Whether you’re considering central air conditioning, or are interested in another cooling solution such as ductless or geothermal AC, we can provide you with different options best suited to your specific needs. We take great pride in every system we install, so you can count on us for expert results.

When it’s time to update to high-efficiency AC, call Stafford to help.

If you’d like to learn more about getting high-efficiency cooling for your home, count on Stafford Mechanical Services, Inc. to assist you. We proudly offer high-quality Carrier products for your home. You may contact us via phone at 860.684.9485. We look forward to helping you with all of your air conditioning needs.

Why Getting AC System Maintenance Is Important

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, making sure your home’s air conditioning system is properly maintained is important. They inform us, “neglecting necessary maintenance ensures a steady decline in air conditioning performance while energy use steadily increases.” Getting your air conditioning system’s fins, coils and filters maintained regularly helps your unit run effectively and efficiently over its lifetime. But what if you don’t get maintenance? How will your system be affected? Is it really necessary?

3 Ways Your AC System Benefits From Maintenance

Filters: Your air conditioning system’s air filters allow air to flow freely through your system, and help keep dirt and debris from entering the air in your home. If your filters are dirty, though, they’ll block the normal airflow – and that can greatly impact your AC system’s efficiency. Not to mention, if your filter is too dirty to do its job, that dirt and debris can build up in evaporator coils and cause even more issues. Changing your filters is easy, and can lower energy consumption by up to 15 percent.

Coils: The evaporator and condenser coils in your home’s air conditioning system are kind of dirt magnets, and even with the proper filter changes, they can accumulate dirt easily. Condenser coils that are in the outdoor part of your unit are especially subject to collecting dirt – especially if you live where it’s dusty, or if there is a lot of foliage around your unit. Falling leaves, lawn mower clippings, and even dryer vents can lead to debris concerns. As a result, it’s important to have a technician maintain your system yearly.

Fins & Drains: The aluminum fins on your evaporator and condenser coils can very easily get bent. As a result, the airflow through the coil can get blocked. And, your condensate drains can get clogged easily, too, causing excess moisture in your system. Your technician has the right tools to remedy both bent fins and clogged condensate drains – helping your system work more effectively and efficiently.

Getting preventive AC maintenance yearly ensures your system is getting the checkup it needs.

When you call Stafford Mechanical Services, Inc. for your system check-up, we’ll look at a number of different factors that could affect system performance. Here’s what we’ll check for:

  • Refrigerant amounts and potential leaks
  • Check for duct leaks
  • Measure system airflow
  • Inspect and evaluate system electrical components
  • Oil motors
  • Check belts
  • Check thermostat accuracy

Call Stafford Mechanical Services, Inc. to schedule your spring air conditioning maintenance.

Stafford Mechanical Services, Inc. is ready to help you with your spring air conditioning maintenance needs. We proudly service Carrier® and many other brands as well. Just give us a call at 860.684.9485, and we’ll be happy to help you get preventive maintenance for your AC system.

AC Repair in Eastford, CT

Nobody likes to think about the air conditioning system in their Eastford home breaking down during the hottest time of the year, but if it happens to you, count on Stafford Mechanical Services, Inc. to help. We’re pleased to offer our customers 24-hour emergency repair services. You’ll receive expert repairs on your equipment, helping you and your family get back to enjoying cool comfort as quickly as possible. When you call Stafford, you can count on our talented technicians to help you get the AC in your Eastford home up and running quickly. Our team is factory trained and fully licensed, so you know you’re getting expert repair services. Not to mention, we can perform repairs on just about any make or model of air conditioning system, so even if you didn’t purchase your equipment from us, you can rely on us to help.

Trust Stafford when you need air conditioning repairs for your Eastford home.

Stafford proudly provides customers with the air conditioning repair services they need for cool comfort in their Eastford home, all summer long. Plus, since we’re a full-service AC contractor, we’re able to offer a comprehensive listing of additional services. Aside from air conditioning repair, we’re happy to offer:
  • AC Maintenance
  • AC Installation
  • Ductless
  • Geothermal AC
When you need air conditioning repair for your Eastford home, count on Stafford Mechanical Services, Inc. to assist you. We proudly service Carrier AC or any other brand. You may contact us via phone at (860) 684-9485. We look forward to helping you with all of your air conditioning needs.

AC Repair in Coventry, CT

There is never a good time for the air conditioning system in your Coventry home to break down – especially during the summer months – but if it happens to you, there is help. Stafford Mechanical Services, Inc. is pleased to offer our customers 24-hour emergency repair services. When you call us, you’ll get expert repairs on your equipment, so you and your family will get back to enjoying cool comfort in no time.When you call Stafford, you can rely on our skilled technicians to help you get the AC system in your Coventry home back up and running right away. Our team is factory trained, fully licensed and will provide you with expert repair services. Not to mention, we can provide repairs for virtually any make or model of air conditioning system. Even if you didn’t purchase your system from us, you can count on us to help.

Stafford can help you get the needed air conditioning repairs for your Coventry home.

At Stafford, we proudly provide our customers with the AC repair services they need for cool, comfortable indoor air all summer long. What’s more, as a full-service AC contractor, we’re pleased to offer a number of additional services. Besides air conditioning repair for your Coventry home, choose Stafford for:
  • AC Maintenance
  • AC Installation
  • Ductless
  • Geothermal AC
When you need air conditioning repair for your Coventry home, count on Stafford Mechanical Services, Inc. to assist you. We proudly service Carrier AC or any other brand. You may contact us via phone at (860) 684-9485. We look forward to helping you with all of your air conditioning needs.