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.

Residential Oil to Gas Conversion

oil to gas conversionsWith fuel oil costs seemingly constantly on the rise, many homeowners are turning to oil to gas conversion. When you choose Stafford Mechanical Services to help, we’ll offer you the smooth transition from oil to gas you need. Your home will experience better comfort and energy efficiency, and you’ll reduce your carbon footprint, because gas offers cleaner energy.

Stafford provides safe, reliable oil to gas conversion for your home.

Our expert HVAC technicians are fully licensed and have received extensive training, and will handle your oil to gas conversion with ease. You’ll know the work they do for you will be completed professionally and with your safety in mind. And, we’re pleased to provide you with all the heating services you need to stay comfortable, including:

When you’re considering oil to gas conversion for your residence, Stafford Mechanical Services, Inc. is ready to help. We proudly install Carrier heating products, and we service Carrier 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.

Using Oil to Heat Your Home with Furnaces from Stafford

oil to heatAt Stafford Mechanical Services, Inc., we work hard to help your family stay warm all winter long. If you use oil to heat your home, Stafford is the right choice for your home heating needs. We specialize in heating systems that use oil, such as oil furnaces and oil boilers. Not only do we provide top-quality heating equipment, but we also provide oil furnace and oil boiler repair and service. You’ll never be left out in the cold when you work with us!

If you use oil to heat your home, Stafford can help meet all your needs.

By choosing Stafford for your home’s oil heating needs, you’ll have access to our comprehensive listing of products and services. We install premium Carrier® oil furnaces and boilers, and provide a full suite of heating services. These include:

No matter what your oil heating need, Stafford Mechanical Services, Inc. is ready to help. We proudly install Carrier oil heating products, and we service Carrier 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.

Carrier® Oil Furnaces Will Keep You Warm All Winter Long

Have you been thinking about replacing your old, oil-burning furnace? We understand – it can be a tough decision because, like any other large equipment purchase, it can be costly. But if the furnace in your home is older, has needed frequent repairs, and simply isn’t performing as well as it should be, it may be time. Additionally, older furnaces can be inefficient, and that can mean you’re paying more than you need to in utility bills each month.

The good news is, if you need to replace your heating system, modern furnaces are far more efficient than their predecessors. While you’ll have an upfront cost when you purchase a new furnace and have it installed, you could likely save money in the long run. Between not having to foot the bill for the costly repairs that are often common with older furnaces, to paying more than you need to in utility bills, replacing your system could be your most cost-effective option.

Carrier offers a range of efficient, effective oil furnaces for your home.

Carrier oil furnaces provide efficient heating to your home, as well as variable-speed models that can conserve energy, keep you and your family more comfortable, and even help reduce summertime humidity. Carrier equipment is designed to last for years to come, and is available in a variety of models to fit virtually any situation. You can choose from the Performance™ Series or the Comfort™ Series – we’ll professionally install it, so you can count on better comfort in no time.

Performance Series Oil Furnaces

The Carrier Performance Series oil furnaces offer efficiency and durability, all with quiet operation. You’ll get up to 86.6% AFUE, and many sizes in the series are ENERGY STAR® qualified.

Comfort Series Oil Furnace

The Carrier Comfort Series oil furnaces are built to provide you and your family with reliable comfort – without breaking the bank. Not to mention, fuel efficiency is much better than older models, getting up to 86.6% AFUE.

But do I really need to replace my old oil furnace?

According to the Department of Energy (DOE), most systems that are 20 years or older are simply not capable of providing the same level of energy efficiency a modern system can offer. It’s a dramatic difference, too – the DOE tells us that old, low-efficiency systems only get between 56% and 70% AFUE. That means replacing your furnace with a new Carrier oil furnace could mean an increase in efficiency of 30% – keeping you more comfortable and helping you save on your energy bills.

If you’re ready to install a new oil furnace in your home, Stafford Mechanical Services, Inc. can help. We’re ready to assist you with your Carrier oil furnace installation needs. You may contact us via phone at (860) 684-9485. We look forward to helping you with all of your heating needs, including installation, maintenance and repair.

When You Need Heating Services, Trust Stafford Mechanical

The cooler weather has arrived, and with it, the need to make sure your heating system is working properly. Have you turned your heating system on yet? If the answer is yes, is it keeping you as comfortable as possible? When you need help getting your heating system in good working order, it’s important to find a contractor you can rely on. When you choose Stafford Mechanical Services, Inc. for your heating needs, you’ll have no worries.

At Stafford, we offer a complete range of heating services, for all types of systems. No matter if you have an oil, propane or natural gas furnace or boiler, or heat pump system, we’re always happy to help. We can provide you with maintenance and repair on most types of systems, and when the time comes to replace, we’re happy to provide you with quality Carrier® heating equipment for your home.

Learn more about the services we offer and our line of Carrier heating equipment.

  • Heating Repair: Our expert technicians are specially trained to troubleshoot your heating equipment, and get the needed repairs made as quickly as possible. We’re pleased to help you, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
  • Heating Maintenance: When you choose one of our maintenance plans, we’ll provide you with annual cleaning and inspection of your home heating system. Your system will operate more efficiently and effectively. And, you’ll get priority service in case of emergency.
  • Heating Installation: Count on Stafford to provide you with the very best heating equipment. You’ll receive professional installation, and no job is ever complete until you’re satisfied with the work we’ve done for you.
  • Carrier Heating Products: We’re pleased to be a Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer, offering you the very best in heating products and services from the leading brand in the home comfort industry. We proudly provide Carrier furnace, boiler and heat pump systems.

Call us when you need heating system assistance.

At Stafford, we want to make your home a cozy haven, no matter what the weather outside is like. We care about you and your comfort, and you’re always our top priority. We’re ready to assist you with your heating needs. 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.

Get the Maintenance You Need on Your Carrier® Heating Equipment

When you invested in your Carrier® heating system like a furnace, boiler or even a water heater you chose quality and craftsmanship. Your Carrier heating equipment is the heart of your home – keeping it cozy and comfortable, no matter how cold it gets outside. Not to mention, if you chose an ENERGY STAR® qualified model, you also selected home comfort that would not only keep you warm, but would provide energy efficiency and lower your utility bills.

Even the very best home comfort equipment benefits from maintenance, however. Think about it – you wouldn’t want your luxury automobile to go without oil changes, new tires every so many miles, or its yearly tune-up. Your heating system is just as important. So, when fall arrives, you should schedule your heating maintenance – so your system will stay its most effective, efficient best.

Stafford can help you get the maintenance you need on your Carrier® equipment.

When you choose heating maintenance for your Carrier furnace from Stafford Mechanical Services, Inc., you can keep your heating system running smoothly and efficiently all winter long. We provide the expert preventive maintenance you need to help ensure your system will run great this winter, and for years to come.

We’re proud to help our customers get the most out of their home heating system. By choosing one of our comprehensive maintenance plans, you’ll receive an annual cleaning and inspection on your furnace. Additionally, you’ll get priority service in case of emergency. You can count on your system operating more efficiently, and you’ll reduce the chances that it could experience a costly breakdown.

Count on us to help you with all your home heating needs.

At Stafford, we’re pleased to provide you with maintenance on your Carrier heating equipment, including gas, oil and propane systems, delivered by our expert technicians. And, we proudly offer a complete range of services for you, including new furnace installations and furnace repair. You can rely on us to not only install the very best Carrier heating equipment in your home, but keep it running beautifully for you for years to come.

Stafford Mechanical Services, Inc. is ready to assist you with your heating maintenance needs. 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.

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.

Give Your Home Comfort System The Love It Needs

It’s easy to take your home comfort system for granted. It works quietly in the background, helping you stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer. As long as you and your family are comfortable, you might not pay much attention to it at all. But, when something goes wrong, you’ll likely find yourself in a frustrating predicament either requiring costly repairs or potentially, even system replacement. But there’s good news – a little love goes a long way when it comes to your home’s heating and cooling equipment.

And the best way you can give your home comfort system the love it needs is by choosing annual maintenance. When you count on a qualified contractor to provide you with the preventive maintenance you need for your heating and cooling equipment, you’re helping to ensure that your system operates effectively and efficiently all year long. What’s more, getting preventive maintenance can help prolong the life of your system as well. And, that can help you save money now and in the long run, too.

Annual maintenance from Stafford is one of the best gifts you can give your home comfort system.

At Stafford, our professional technicians provide homeowners with the very best annual maintenance available. When you choose one of our comprehensive maintenance plans, you’ll receive an annual cleaning and inspection of your home comfort system. What does this mean for your system? Here are just a few benefits:

  • Moving parts are cleaned and lubricated. This helps your system operate more effectively and efficiently. It also allows our technicians to take note of any small problems. That way, they can them repaired before they become larger, more costly issues down the road.
  • Filters are changed. Believe it or not, changing the filter in your home comfort system is one of the best ways you can improve its operation and efficiency. Equipment has to work extra hard when pushing heated or cooled air through a dirty filter. Not to mention, your home’s air will be cleaner, too.
  • Maintenance helps keep your warranty intact. Many people don’t notice it, but often in the fine print of their equipment warranty is the requirement of annual maintenance. And, if they don’t get maintenance as outlined, this can often mean that the warranty on the equipment becomes void.
  • Your equipment will last longer. Think about it this way – what if you never got your car inspected, or the oil changed, or installed new wipers or tires when needed? It probably would not last very long. Furnaces, boilers, heat pumps and air conditioners are mechanical like a car, and require maintenance in order to run optimally, and keep running that way for years to come.

Show your home comfort system the love by getting preventive maintenance and taking a few simple steps.

While we can’t emphasize enough the importance of annual maintenance, there are a few things you can do yourself to keep your comfort system running smoothly. As we mentioned above, changing the filter is important, and a part of annual maintenance. But, when your furnace or AC is running continually during the very cold and very hot times of the year, your filter probably should be changed monthly for the maximum benefit. You can do this quite easily yourself, but if you’re not sure how to, our technicians will be happy to show you or do it for you.

Also, a programmable thermostat can work in harmony with your home comfort system, helping maximize your heating and cooling, which in the long run provides greater equipment efficiency. There are even smart thermostats available that actually “learn” homeowner habits and adjust temperatures accordingly. These can be controlled easily from your phone or computer, even when you’re away from home.

Stafford Mechanical Services, Inc. is ready to help you show your home comfort system the love it deserves. 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 with your preventive maintenance needs.

Advantages of High Efficiency Heating Systems

Over the years, there have been many advances in home heating systems. Today’s equipment is definitely not your grandfather’s, and modern systems are made with energy efficiency and environmental friendliness in mind. Many people still prefer to use gas or oil-burning furnaces for their homes. There has been a movement toward improving these types of systems so they’re much more energy efficient, still while providing you and your family with the comfort you need.

According to the Department of Energy (DOE), most older furnace systems had efficiencies that ranged between 55 and 70 percent. What this meant for homeowners was that anywhere between 45 and 30 percent of the energy used by these furnaces was lost – making them inefficient, and home heating costly. Now, furnace systems can achieve much higher efficiencies – some up to 98.5 percent! That translates into much less money spent on fuel bills for you, and much less pollution output for our planet.

Many types of high efficiency heating systems are now available.

The DOE indicates that if your heating equipment is old, worn out, inefficient or significantly oversized for your home, the best and easiest solution to the problem is to replace it with a newer, more advanced model. At Stafford Mechanical Services, we can help ensure that your new system not only provides you with better efficiency, but also is the right size and configuration for your home. We can also help you heat areas of your home where ductwork is impossible or impractical, with super-efficient ductless heating.

By adding ductless heating to spaces that have not been typically heated, you’ll be able to balance out the temperature in your home, and your gas, oil or propane furnace won’t have to work as hard. The result is much more comfortable home and better energy efficiency. And of course, maintaining your new heating system will help it stay at its most efficient and effective, so be sure to contact Stafford for your annual heating maintenance needs.

When you count on Stafford Mechanical Services, Inc. to help you with your heating needs, we’ll help you get the right system for your home. Our professional technicians will provide you with high-quality equipment and expert installation. We proudly offer Carrier® heating equipment, as well as many other brands. Just give us a call at 860.684.9485, and we’ll be happy to discuss the best type of heating for your home with you.