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.

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.

Enjoy Better Comfort & Save Energy This Winter With a Heat Pump System

Autumn has just arrived, so people aren’t necessarily thinking about the cold chill of winter quite yet. But if the telltale signs point to needing a new heating system for your home, it’s the perfect time of the year to install a new system. Fall is a great time to get into a new heating system. Outdoor temperatures are still mild enough that you probably won’t need your heating system running quite yet, allowing for the time it takes to remove your old system and replace it. And, manufacturers and utility companies often have rebates and incentives available this time of year, so you’ll likely be able to save some money.

If you’d like a system that offers not only optimal comfort, but also excellent efficiency, then why not consider a heat pump system? Many people have never really heard of heating equipment outside the traditional furnace or boiler. And, those who have heard of heat pump systems often think that they don’t work well in colder New England climates. But this is a misnomer – advances in heat pump technology have made it possible for heat pumps to operate effectively and efficiently even in colder climates.

According to the Department of Energy, “Cold climate ASHPs (air-source heat pumps) can reduce household energy consumption by up to 40 percent, with homeowners currently utilizing electric resistance (e.g., baseboard heat) or fuel oil to heat their homes likely to see the most cost savings.” How do heat pumps operate so efficiently, you may wonder. They work by using electricity to move heat from cool spaces to warm spaces, making the cool area cooler and the warm area warmer. During the colder months, they bring heat from outdoors indoors.

An added bonus? They can keep your home cool in the summer too!

The way heat pumps do that is essentially by reversing the process that keeps your home warm in the winter. They move the heat from your house outdoors, and because they move heat rather than create it, they can be much more energy efficient than traditional systems. So having a heat pump can mean better year-round comfort and energy efficiency – helping you cut your energy consumption and pay less on your utility bills.

And, you can replace your current system with heat pump technology, whether you have ducts or not. There are applications that work with your current ductwork, as well as in homes that previously used baseboard or radiant heat rather than forced air. Ductless offers the same energy-efficient home comfort as a ducted heat pump system, but can easily be installed in any room of your home. And that means you won’t have to deal with a massive renovation project, and the inconvenience and mess that accompanies it!

If you’re ready to consider an effective, efficient heat pump system for your home this autumn, Stafford Mechanical Services, Inc. is ready to assist you. We proudly service Carrier heating equipment and many other brands as well. You may contact us via phone at (860) 684-9485. We look forward to helping you with all of your heating needs.

Cooler Weather is Coming… Is Your Heating System Prepared?

Fall has arrived. We’ve enjoyed a fairly warm transition from summer into autumn, but cooler weather is on its way. Now is the time of year when people begin to ready their homes for the winter months ahead. From adding weather-stripping around doors and windows, to cleaning the gutters, it’s important to be prepared for when the snow flies. And that goes for your heating system too – is it winter-ready?

HGTV recommends that you have a professional, like one of our expert technicians here at Stafford Mechanical Services, Inc., perform a routine check on your heating system before the colder weather arrives. At Stafford, we know how important annual maintenance is for your heating system. That’s why we offer a comprehensive annual service agreement that ensures your furnace, boiler or heat pump operates effectively, efficiently and safely all winter long.

Additionally, it’s recommended that you change your filter monthly during those months when your heat is running.

Why? There are a couple of reasons. First of all, your heating system filter catches all the dirt, dust and allergens that flow through your air ducts. That means filters get clogged and dirty. Airflow is restricted, and the air that does make it into your living space is of poor quality – and that can cause allergies and other respiratory concerns.

Also, trying to push the air through a dirty filter makes your heating system work harder, which can lead to inefficiency and a shorter system life. When Stafford visits your home to perform your annual service, we’ll be more than happy to show you where your heating system filter is located, and how to change it. Of course, you’ll always have the option of giving us a call if you’d like us to change your filter for you.

We’re pleased to provide you with the maintenance you need on virtually all types of heating systems, including:

At Stafford, we’re happy to help our customers get the most out of their heating system. By choosing one of our heating maintenance plans, you’ll receive an annual cleaning and inspection of your home’s heating system. And, you’ll get priority service in the event of an emergency. Your heating system will perform more efficiently – and it will be less likely to experience a costly breakdown.

We’re pleased to service Carrier® heating equipment, and many other brands as well. Let us help you get your home heating system prepared for the cooler weather ahead by calling us today at 860.684.9485 to schedule your annual heating system maintenance appointment with us. We look forward to helping you stay comfortable all winter long!

Ductless Air Conditioning in Somers, CT

When you have a room in your Somers home that could benefit from cooling, but where ducts are either impossible or impractical, there is a solution. Ductless AC from Stafford Mechanical Services, Inc. can help you get the cooling you need all summer long. We install and service ductless air conditioning systems, helping you make use of every room in your home regardless of the temperature outside. Stafford proudly offers ductless air conditioning that will keep your Somers home cool and comfortable, even in areas where ductwork isn’t present. You’ll find it’s a great choice for sunrooms, additions, finished basements and more. What’s more, ductless AC provides energy efficiency, quiet operation, and is made to blend seamlessly into virtually any décor – leaving you with nothing to notice but improved comfort.

Choose Stafford when you need ductless air conditioning for your Somers home.

The qualified technicians at Stafford will be happy to install a ductless AC system in your Somers home. And, when you choose to work with us, you’ll be working with a full-service cooling contractor. Aside from ductless air conditioning, we’re pleased to offer our customers.
  • AC Maintenance
  • AC Repair
  • AC Installation
  • Geothermal AC
When you need ductless AC for your Somers 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.

Ductless Air Conditioning in Mansfield, CT

Do you have a room in your Mansfield home that needs cooling, but where ductwork may be impossible or impractical? Then you may want to consider ductless AC from Stafford Mechanical Services, Inc. We can install and service a ductless air conditioning system in your home, so you can enjoy every room this summer, even when it’s at its hottest outside. At Stafford, we offer ductless air conditioning that can help you keep any area of your Mansfield home cool and comfortable. Ductless AC is a perfect choice for sunrooms, additions, finished basements and more. Not to mention, ductless is energy-efficient, quiet and made to blend in seamlessly with your décor. All you’ll notice is better home comfort.

Stafford can help you get the ductless air conditioning you need for your Mansfield home.

Stafford’s team of expert technicians will be pleased to install a ductless AC system in your Mansfield home. What’s more, when you choose us to help, you’ll be working with a full-service cooling contractor. That means, besides ductless air conditioning you can choose from a range of products and services, including:
  • AC Maintenance
  • AC Repair
  • AC Installation
  • Geothermal AC
When you need ductless AC for your Mansfield 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.

Ductless Air Conditioning in Enfield, CT

If you have a room in your Enfield home that could use some cool comfort, but where access to ductwork is impossible or impractical, then why not consider ductless AC from Stafford Mechanical Services, Inc.? We install and service ductless air conditioning systems, so you can make use of every room in your home this summer, no matter how hot it gets outside. At Stafford, we offer ductless air conditioning that can help you keep any area of your Enfield home cool and comfortable. Ductless AC is a perfect choice for sunrooms, additions, finished basements and more. Not to mention, ductless is energy-efficient, quiet and made to blend in seamlessly with your décor. All you’ll notice is better home comfort.

Count on Stafford for the ductless air conditioning needs of your Enfield home.

At Stafford, you can count on our expert team of technicians to help you get the ductless AC you need for your Enfield home. Not to mention, when you choose us you’ll be working with a full-service cooling contractor. So, in addition to ductless air conditioning, we also offer a number of other products and services, including:
  • AC Maintenance
  • AC Repair
  • AC Installation
  • Geothermal AC
When you need ductless AC for your Enfield 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.