Choosing the Right HVAC Contractor

HVAC contractor giving thumbs upWhen you need home comfort solutions from a qualified HVAC professional, it’s important to do your research. Today, there are many HVAC contractors advertising their businesses, and it can be hard to know who to trust to help meet your home comfort needs. You want a professional company that understands heating, cooling, and indoor air quality equipment inside and out, and that can provide you with a range of services including installation, repair, and maintenance.


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There are a few key factors you should consider when choosing an HVAC contractor to help meet your cooling and heating needs. Remember, you’re inviting this company into your home, and putting your family’s comfort in their hands! In this article, we’ll discuss those factors, and how Stafford Mechanical Services, Inc. stacks up.

5 Factors to Consider When Choosing an HVAC Company

How long has the company been in business?

In today’s world, many HVAC providers come and go, and that can leave you in an unfortunate situation if you have problems with the equipment they’ve installed or repaired. That’s why it’s vital that you check and see how long the company you’re choosing has been in business. The longer they’ve been in business, the more likely it is they’ve earned a reputation for customer satisfaction. At Stafford Mechanical, we have been providing customers a complete suite of heating and cooling services, including sheet metal duct fabrication, since 1991. That’s more than 30 years of helping customers stay comfortable!

What range of services does the contractor provide?

When choosing an HVAC contractor, you want a company that can help meet your home comfort needs, no matter what the weather outside is like. You’ll want to know they can help you if you have an emergency and can provide you with the services you need to help your heating and cooling system work effectively and efficiently. Stafford Mechanical proudly offers complete HVAC services to our customers, including:

  • Air Conditioning Installation, Maintenance, and Repair
  • Heating Installation, Maintenance, and Repair
  • Ductless System Installation, Maintenance, and Repair
  • Indoor Air Quality Solutions

In addition to our residential services, we provide water heating products, gas piping, sheet metal fabrication, commercial services, and even HVAC systems for your indoor pool.

What licenses and affiliations does the contractor possess?

High standards are important when it comes to the company you choose to help keep you and your family comfortable. A reputable HVAC contractor is licensed to provide the services you need and has certifications above and beyond those licenses. At Stafford Mechanical, we possess numerous credentials, so you can put your trust in us, including:

  • State of Connecticut Unlimited Heating & Cooling Contractor’s License S1
  • State of Connecticut Unlimited Sheet Metal Contractor’s License SM1
  • State of Massachusetts Sheet Metal Contractor’s License – Masters
  • Certified IGSHPA Geothermal Installer
  • Certified NATE-Trained Technicians
  • EPA-Certified Service Technicians

Does the HVAC contractor have a positive rating?

Nowadays, people are looking to the internet and social media to check out reviews and ratings when it comes to choosing an HVAC contractor. Does the business you’re researching have a social media presence? A website? What do their Google reviews look like? At Stafford Mechanical, we invite our potential customers to check out our reviews and our Facebook page. You’ll find we have a 4.6/5-star rating on Google, a 4.8/5-star rating on Facebook, and a 5/5-star rating on Review Buzz. Check out our reviews for yourself!

Does the HVAC contractor offer emergency service?

When looking for an HVAC contractor for your home, you want to find a company that can help you in an emergency situation. Equipment breakdowns don’t happen on a schedule, and a good HVAC contractor understands that. Stafford Mechanical’s service department is available 24-hours for emergency customer service and is here to assure our valued customers that even after the job is done you will be well taken care of in event of any unforeseen emergency heating or cooling repairs.

Learn more about how Stafford Mechanical Services, Inc. can help you.

Stafford Mechanical wants to help you and your family with all of your home comfort needs. As you can see, we work hard to provide you with the best professional services available, as well as quality Carrier® products that are built to provide effective, efficient heating and cooling, for years to come. Just give us a call at (860) 684-9485 and we will be happy to assist you!

It’s Almost Fall Allergy Season – Are You Prepared?

stafford_allergy-season_indoor-air-qualitySummer is winding down, and before you know it, autumn will arrive. While there are so many things to look forward to in the fall – changing leaves, crisp, sunny days, and pumpkin spice everything – there are unfortunately some culprits that can make the fall season a less than exciting thought. For many people, allergens are on the rise, and that can make autumn a sniffly, sneezy, and uncomfortable time of year.

But you should know, there are products available on the market that can help keep fall allergens at bay in your home, helping you to create a safe haven. In this article, we’ll talk about the two most common autumn allergens, how they can affect you, and the products available that can help keep them out of your indoor air.

First, let’s talk about fall allergy symptoms and the two most common culprits.


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Most of the time, people who have allergies are well aware of the fact that there is some particulate in the air they’re breathing that’s causing a problem. The Allergy & Asthma Foundation of America describes symptoms that include:

  • Sneezing
  • Nasal symptoms – itching, congestion, runny nose
  • Itchy mouth, ears, and eyes
  • Irritated eyes (red, watery, swollen)

They add that mold allergies often produce similar symptoms. Mold, however, can also get into the lungs and cause an uptick in asthma and other respiratory concerns.

Mold

While most people enjoy watching the leaves on the trees change to all sorts of beautiful colors, that also signals that those pretty leaves will soon be falling to the ground. Once there, leaves and other organic materials that are beginning to die off become the perfect place for mold to grow. Of course, you might be thinking, “How does that affect my indoor air quality and cause allergies once I’m inside?”

Unfortunately, mold can enter your home on your shoes and clothing. And, because fall tends to be a damp season, areas of your home prone to moisture, like bathrooms and basements, may grow mold more easily this time of year. If you suffer from a mold allergy, it’s important to take all the measures possible to keep mold out of your home – and out of your respiratory system!

Ragweed

Ragweed is one of the main causes of allergic rhinitis in North America, mainly because this plant can grow anywhere. From rolling meadows to cracks in the pavement, where there’s a patch of dirt, there’s an opportunity for ragweed to take root. Ragweed produces about one billion grains of pollen per plant per season, so you can see that anyone with an allergy to it is bound to suffer once it starts blooming – usually late summer throughout the fall season.

Ragweed pollen is also highly mobile and travels easily through the air. That means it can land on your clothing, your hair, and even on your pets! It can enter your home easily that way, as well as through an open window or door. While keeping ragweed pollen out of your home may seem like an impossible feat, there are fortunately some products that can help.

What types of products can help me keep my indoor air free of allergens?

Fortunately for allergy sufferers, there now are several types of products available on the market today that can help you improve your home’s indoor air quality. Learn more about the products offered by Stafford Mechanical Services, Inc. below:

Air Filtration: Did you know one of the easiest ways you can keep the air in your home cleaner and fresher is simply by making sure your system’s filter is changed regularly? Stafford Mechanical Services, Inc. is happy to help with your air filtration needs. Air filters are beneficial because they trap pollutants, allergens, and other pathogens that can cause poor indoor air quality.

Air Purification: Stafford proudly offers our customers indoor air quality (IAQ) products that keep the air in their homes fresh, clean, and contaminant-free. We offer the Air Knight, one of the most advanced air purification systems on the market today. The Air Knight system uses a unique new indoor air quality process to naturally produce ionic oxidizers that proactively seek out and purify pollutants in the air AND on surfaces.

Okay, I want to learn more about better indoor air quality. What’s next?

Fall allergies don’t have to get the best of you this year – you can count on Stafford Mechanical Services to help you get the products you need to keep mold and pollen at bay. You may contact us via phone at (860) 684-9485. We look forward to helping you with all of your comfort needs.

Do You Have Pets? Then You Might Need These HVAC Products.

For many people, sharing their home with a pet is a rewarding experience. While there are all types of pets in homes across the country, in the United States, people are most likely to own dogs, cats, or both. Of the approximately 85 million households with pets across the country, more than half of them call a canine or a feline a member of their family.

With pet ownership comes responsibility, of course. Most pet owners will tell you that they view their four-legged friend as a member of the family. As a dog or cat parent, there are a few things you can do to help your pet enjoy better comfort – and help the humans in your home in the process!

Keeping Your Pet Comfortable at Home

Most families can’t spend their entire day at home with their pets and often choose to contain them in a specific area of their home while they’re away at work or school. It’s important to keep those areas comfortable for your pets, especially during the summer months. This is especially true if you need to crate your pet for any length of time. If the room you keep your pet in while you’re away from home isn’t air-conditioned, it can get uncomfortably hot for your dog or cat. Fortunately, there is an easy way to make this space in your home more pet (and human) friendly – ductless air conditioning.

Unlike window air conditioning, a ductless unit won’t block out your furry friend’s window view, because ductless systems are attached high on your wall or ceiling. You also won’t have to worry about any cords being chewed, pulled, or unplugged like you might a window unit. And, ductless is easy to control – some systems can even be attached to your Wi-Fi, so on those days when the temperatures might get unexpectedly hot, you can turn the ductless unit on for your pet remotely. What’s more, ductless AC is energy-efficient, so you’ll use less energy than you would with a window air conditioner. And, it makes the space it’s installed in more comfortable and accessible for your entire family – furry or human!

Cutting Down on Pet Fur, Dander, and Allergies: 5 Tips

Of course, sharing a home with a dog or a cat also means sharing your home with their fur and dander. And, for pet owners who may suffer from some allergies, this can cause some discomfort. Here are a few tips to help you keep your home as free from fur and dander as possible – and a few ways Stafford Mechanical Services, Inc. can help, too.

  1. Groom your pet regularly. Cats and dogs can always benefit from a good brushing and occasional baths. This helps you control their shedding and keep unwanted hair (at least to a larger degree) off furniture and clothing. And, keep in mind that some dog breeds require frequent professional grooming to best keep their fur under control.
  2. Vacuum carpeted areas often. Especially in the spring and fall, when your pets tend to shed the most. You’ll want to vacuum at least weekly, and likely more often during prime shedding months. And, keep tiled and wood floors swept and damp-mopped as well. You may even want to vacuum your upholstered furniture, too, as it tends to be a pet hair magnet.
  3. Keep your pet’s bed – and your bed – clean and fresh. If your pet uses a pet bed, it’s important to keep it as clean as possible if you don’t want excessive fur flying around your home. If you share your bed with the resident kitty or doggo, you’ll want to make sure you regularly wash your bedding, too.
  4. Make sure your HVAC filter is clean. Your HVAC filter gets dirty with use, but when you have pets, it can become clogged more quickly. That’s because pet hair easily circulates through the air in your home – and through your HVAC system. If you know how to check and change your own filter, you’ll probably want to do so more often if you share your home with furry friends. If you’re not sure, just give Stafford Mechanical a call and we’ll be happy to help!
  5. Consider installing indoor air quality products. Many people with pet allergies still choose to keep a cat or dog in their home, in spite of feeling sniffly or sneezy. Very often, people are allergic to the dander – the tiny flecks of skin shed by pets. Certain types of indoor air quality products, like air purifiers, can help to cut down on the amount of dander in your home’s air. Stafford Mechanical offers air purification systems that can help!

Call Stafford Mechanical for the products you need to keep your family comfortable.

Whether you’re looking for a cooling system that can help your entire family – furry and human – more comfortable, or indoor air quality products that can help control pet hair and dander, Stafford Mechanical Services, Inc. can help you. Just give us a call at (860) 684-9485, and we’ll be happy to discuss your options with you!

Not Happy with Your Indoor Air Quality? We Can Help!

As we enter late-summer, many people start to see their seasonal allergies resurface. That’s because weeds and grasses like goldenrod and ragweed blossom and the leaves that fall from the trees often grow mold. As a result, those with seasonal allergies can suffer significantly.

Unfortunately, this year allergy symptoms can be even more cause for worry. Scratchy throats, runny noses, and coughing are all common allergy symptoms. The good news is, products are available that can help reduce pollen in your home – eliminating some of the worries for you.

Learn about the products that can help reduce and remove allergens from your home’s air.

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Because of COVID-19, people are spending more time in their homes than they possibly did in the past. As such, their indoor air needs to be fresh, clean, and free of as many contaminants as possible – most especially for those with allergies. The professionals at Stafford Mechanical Services are ready to help. We have the products you need to improve your indoor air quality (IAQ), including the following:

  • Air Filtration: We’re happy to help you with your air filtration needs. Our filters are beneficial because they trap pollutants, allergens, and other pathogens that can cause inadequate indoor air quality.
  • Air Purification: Our air purification system helps keep your home’s air fresh, clean, and contaminant-free. Our system uses a unique process that produces ionic oxidizers that actively seek out and purify pollutants in the air and on surfaces. As a result, it reduces the number of odors, pollutants, smoke, mold, bacteria, and viruses in your indoor air.

For those who deal with allergies or other respiratory concerns, air filtration and air purification may be vital. By choosing these products, you and your family will notice improved indoor air quality right away. The air will likely smell much fresher, and you’ll notice less dust and other particles in the air circulating around your home.

Stafford Mechanical can help you get the best air quality for your home.

Now more than ever, the quality of the air we breathe every day is crucial – especially for those with respiratory concerns You can count on Stafford Mechanical Services to help you when it comes to your indoor air quality needs. You may contact us via phone at (860) 684-9485. We look forward to helping you with all of your comfort needs.

Ductless Air Conditioning Keeps You Cool; Clears the Air

Man and woman seated on yellow couch with wall unit If you need air conditioning for your home, you’re likely discovering that you have many options when it comes to cooling systems. Traditional ducted systems are great, if you have available ductwork throughout your home. But installing ductwork can be a costly, not to mention messy, venture. And in some homes, no room was left in the walls during original construction to accommodate ductwork.

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But you don’t have to settle for either being too hot, or installing window air conditioners. That’s because ductless systems are simple to install, require no ductwork, and can be up and running in no time, with a minimum of construction. Ductless air conditioning systems only require that a small hole is drilled in the wall, to connect tubing between the outdoor and indoor units. Whether you need air conditioning in one room in your home, like a new addition, finished basement or converted attic, or you need cooling throughout, ductless is a great option.

And, ductless systems provide many other benefits, including improved indoor air quality.

Many people are turning to ductless air conditioning not only for the cool comfort, but for the many additional benefits these systems provide. Ductless AC is highly efficient, and that can help you save on your energy costs. That’s because ductless systems offer targeted, easily controlled cooling per room or zone, and many times use heat pump technology – one of the most efficient ways to keep your home comfortable. And, ductless offers advanced filtration – something that’s important to many homeowners in today’s world.

Ductless air conditioning provides multi-stage filtration that helps to decrease particulates and contaminants in your indoor air, including bacteria, dust, allergens and pollen. Some models are able to remove up to 99 percent of bacteria and viruses from the air that circulates throughout your home – making them beneficial for anyone who suffers from allergies, respiratory conditions, or who simply wishes to enjoy fresher, cleaner air.

How can I learn more about the benefits of ductless air conditioning?

You might be surprised to learn that the benefits of ductless don’t stop with improved comfort, efficiency and air quality. There are several more reasons why ductless is an incredible choice for your home comfort.

  • Ductless systems also provide energy-efficient heating.
  • Ductless systems provide extremely quiet operation.
  • Ductless systems are unobtrusive, and can blend seamlessly into your home.
  • Ductless units are easily operated via remote control.
  • Many utility companies offer rebates and incentives for high-efficiency ductless installations.

As you can see, ductless air conditioning offers incredible benefits to the homeowner, increasing the value of your home and even more importantly, the comfort of you and your family.

How can I get ductless air conditioning installed in my home?

Getting ductless installed in your home is easy! Simply call Stafford Mechanical Service and we will be glad to help you. We put our customers first – please rest assured we are following all CDC guidelines to keep you and your family safe during this time. Your comfort, health and safety is always our priority. Give us a call at (860) 684-9485 and we’ll be glad to help.

COVID-19: How We’re Handling the Crisis

Illutration of COVID-19 virusCOVID-19, or the coronavirus as it’s more commonly called, is rapidly moving and is affecting our daily lives more and more each passing day.  While most people who contract the virus will survive it, for some, like the elderly and those with compromised immune systems, it can be deadly. That’s why we’re taking every possible measure to keep our customers and our team safe.

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At Stafford Mechanical Services, we know how important it is to keep home and business environments safe and comfortable. We’re taking every measure possible to ensure our workforce is healthy, and our workplace is safe for our employees. While we’ve always taken measures to ensure that our employees practice appropriate sanitary and health measures, in light of COVID-19 we have put some additional practices in place.

Our Workforce

We have requested that anyone who is feeling ill at all not report to work. That way, we can rest assured that those on our team avoid health risks and possible sickness. But more importantly, this measure is in place to ensure that you, our valued customer, are not exposed in any way to illness. While this is not much different than how we do business normally, we are asking employees that have any symptoms of COVID-19 to stay at home for 14 days. As always, our customers and our employees are our priority.

Our Customers

As we’ve said above, Stafford Mechanical is taking every possible measure with our team to ensure that the spread of illness is contained. We’d also ask at this time that our customers who may be experiencing COVID-19 symptoms inform us before we come into your home. So, please let us know if anyone in your household has symptoms of, or has tested positive for, coronavirus prior to your appointment. Keeping you comfortable is important to us; however, we also need to put practices in place that keep our employees safe as well.

How We Can Help

Stafford Mechanical’s team is trained to keep customers and their comfort top of mind at all times. We strive to help people who are concerned about their home environment, and there are ways we can assist you when it comes to the health of your indoor air. As home comfort specialists, Stafford Mechanical proudly offers our customers indoor air quality (IAQ) products that keep their air in their homes fresh, clean and contaminant-free. We offer air filtration, humidifiers, and the Air Knight, one of the most advanced air purification systems on the market today. The Air Knight system uses a unique new indoor air quality process to naturally produce ionic oxidizers that proactively seek out and purify pollutants in the air AND on surfaces.

Communication is Key

We care about your health and well-being. You are valuable to us, not only as a customer but as someone we’ve come to know over the years of doing business with you. We know that times like this can be difficult, and uncertain. We want you to feel comfortable to communicate freely with us. If you’re concerned about us coming into your home, or you’re worried that you may be ill and are wondering how to get the home comfort assistance you need, call us. We can talk it through with you, and help you find the best solution. And, if you want to know more about our indoor air quality products that can help keep your air contaminant-free, please let us know. We want to help, and are ready to work with you during this time of uncertainty.

At Stafford Mechanical, we truly care about you, our customer. Please call us at (860) 684-9485, and let us know how we can assist you. We hope you and your family stay safe and healthy.

Stafford Mechanical Services Proudly Offers the Air Knight® Air Purifier

air knight air purifier from stafford mechanical services

At Stafford Mechanical Services, we take the health and safety of you and your family very seriously. We strive to ensure that the heating and cooling systems in your home operate effectively and efficiently by providing you with the installation, maintenance and repair services you need. But did you also know we can help you get the best possible indoor air quality as well?

Stafford proudly offers our customers indoor air quality (IAQ) products that keep their air in their homes fresh, clean and contaminant-free. We offer air filtration, humidifiers, and the Air Knight, one of the most advanced air purification systems on the market today. The Air Knight system uses a unique new indoor air quality process to naturally produce ionic oxidizers that proactively seek out and purify pollutants in the air AND on surfaces.

Learn more about how the Air Knight provides advanced, active air
purification.

  • The Air Knight® Air Purification System uses a
    unique new technology consisting of UV light energy combined with a 5-metal,
    quint-metallic core to produce a proactive, advanced oxidation to cleanse air
    and surfaces.
  • This new technology produces ionic oxidizers,
    such as hydro-peroxides, super oxide ions and hydroxides. These oxidizers
    become hydrogen and oxygen molecules in the indoor air after the purification
    process.
  • By engineering the proper UV light spectrum in
    combination with the quint metallic core, the Air Knight® produces a virtually
    maintenance free unit that reduces odors, air pollutants, VOC’s (chemical
    odors), smoke, mold, bacteria, and viruses.

Stafford wants to help you get the best air quality for your home.

Now more than ever, the quality of the air we’re breathing every day is important. You can count on Stafford Mechanical Services to help you when it comes to your indoor air quality needs. You may contact us via phone at (860) 684-9485. We look forward to helping you with all of your comfort needs.

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