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Summer Checkups

The Summer heat has your Air Conditioning unit running constantly. In the middle of summer, it is important to make sure that your unit is running well. With the high amount of use this season, it is vital that you replace the filter in your Air conditioner. Replacing the filter allows the airflow in your home to become cleaner. A clean filter will trap more pollen, dust, dander, and other air particulates that can cause respiratory issues, especially in young children. A dirty filter prevents air from flowing as quickly, which can cause you to use more electricity before your home becomes cool. It is also a good idea to vacuum the return vent in your central air system to remove excess dust and debris before it enters the system.
The Summer is an excellent time to have your heater inspected, too. It is important to have a HVAC professional inspect your heating unit before the weather gets cold. Any repairs that your heater might need can be taken care of before the fall if the issue is found now.
Contact us today for more information on heating and air conditioning maintenance, repair, or installation by calling 718-761-2300.

Kohler Generators

When storms or disasters leave your family in the dark, having the right power generator can change the outcome of the situation. You and your family deserve the best, which is why we at Gregg Mechanical deliver to you Kohler Generators. The powerful Kohler generators can restore power to your home within 10 seconds after a power outage. Kohler uses a powerful commercial-grade engine into every generator, so that you can have a reliable energy source whenever you need it. Some electronics, such as computers, televisions, or cell phones require a certain quality of electricity, otherwise they will get damaged while plugged in. Kohler generators deliver that type of energy to your home. Everything from your central air system to your security system can be run off of a single Kohler generator. There is also no need to worry about refueling it, because it runs off of your home’s natural gas. These generators also come with a 5 year-2000 hour warranty.
Contact us today for more information on heating and air conditioning maintenance, repair, or installation by calling 718-761-2300.

Change Your Furnace Air Filters

With the recent cold fronts, your furnace may be running more often than not. Now is a great time to change your air filters, which will keep your furnace running more efficiently, while keeping the air that blows through the vents cleaner. A dirty air filter can cause congestion, asthma attacks, and more dust in the house. If you don’t change your filter, the quality of your furnace can decrease overtime. Dust, pollen, pet dander, bacteria, and mold spores are trapped by a furnace air filter, but can pass through a dirty one. Replace your filter every month or two.
Contact us today for more information on heating and air conditioning maintenance, repair, or installation by calling 718-761-2300

Winter Air Conditioning Maintenance

Your Air Conditioner may not see use in the cold winter, but you should make sure it is up and running. Air Conditioners should be checked and maintenanced during the winter while you and your family are not relying on it to keep your home cool. While the heat runs strong in your home, the proper care and maintenance on your air conditioner can keep you home cool in the summer without issues.
Filters in an A/C unit should be cleaned or replaced regularly, to keep it running efficiently. A dirty filter can make your air conditioner use up more energy than necessary. The evaporator coil and condenser coils in an A/C can become dirty over time, even with clean filters. Dirty coils can become insulated, which prevents them from absorbing heat and producing cold air. Covering your outdoor central air unit during the winter can keep it from harmful weather or debris.
If your air conditioner requires more than regular maintenance, hire a licensed professional for your service work. Contact us today for more information on air conditioning maintenance, repair, or installation by calling 718-761-2300

Heating and Air Conditioning Maintenance

When dealing with the heating and air conditioning systems for your home, the old saying “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” can be risky. Your heating and air conditioning systems work to keep you and your family comfortable 24/7, so timely care is essential. The proper maintenance of these systems can keep the bills down and your home comfortable for many more years than a unit that is left untreated.
Why should you perform regular maintenance on your heating system? In addition to the units lasting longer, systems that are properly and regularly maintenance can provide a lot more for a house, and keep you from spending thousands fixing problems. Unchecked systems can cause a variety of issues in your home, such as Carbon Monoxide leaks, corrosion, soot buildup, heat loss, and more. The proper and regular maintenance, performed by a licensed professional 1 to 2 times a year, can lead to lower heating bills, less fire hazards, and can improve the overall efficiency of your heating unit.
Water heater maintenance is also vital in any home. Water heaters that are properly maintained can last longer and will keep extra costs down on the heating and water bills. Pipes are more prone to freezing during cold weather if the water heating system is not properly maintained.
Air conditioner systems should be serviced before the spring and fall, where you will need them to cool down your home. Air conditioners and central air systems should be regularly checked to maintain proper temperature control in a home.
Contact us today for more information on if a gas or electric furnace is right for your home or business, and how we can install it by calling 718-761-2300.

Winter Warning on Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide alarmWintertime is an important time to make sure your carbon monoxide detector is in working order. There is an increased risk of incidents due to the fact that during winter your windows and doors are usually closed to conserve energy. This doesn’t allow gases like  to escape from your home. Carbon monoxide is called the silent killer. It’s a colorless and odorless gas, but the use of a properly installed and maintained carbon monoxide detector along with a properly ventilated home and a properly maintained heating system can prevent most cases of carbon monoxide poisoning. Please perform regular checks on your carbon monoxide detector. Do a test and battery check according to manufacturers recommendations at proper intervals. This can save your life, and the life of your loved ones. Have your heating system checked annually and your fire and carbon monoxide detectors regularly. Keep a set of fresh batteries available at all times.  Make this winter a warm and safe one. If you have questions call us.If your Carbon Monoxide detector alerts you contact the Fire Department. If you have questions on maintenance call us at 718-761-2300.

Tankless Water Heaters

Today’s modern household uses a large amount of hot water; from cleaning, showers, the dishwasher, the laundry room, and more. When using a water heater with a tank, it can take a while for the water to get warm. Waiting for the shower to warm up everyday can run up the water bill. Tankless water heaters can deliver hot water on demand to each system in your home that uses hot water individually.
How do they work? As the hot water faucet is turned on, cold water moves along the pipes into the heating unit. Electric or gas heating units warm the water quickly as it rushes through the system, giving you constant hot water. The process is extremely quick, and you don’t have to wait for the water tank to heat up. Tankless water heaters avoid the heat loss from not using all the water in the tank. You can add more tankless water heaters to each system using hot water in your home. On demand water heaters are also great for bathrooms that are far away from a heating system, outdoor hot tubs, or as a booster for a solar water heating system.
Most tankless water heaters last around 20 years, whereas most water storage heaters have an expected lifespan of 10-15 years. Easily replaceable parts can extend life expectancy for many more. Based on the amount of hot water used in your home, tankless water heaters can make your home up to 50% more energy efficient.
Do discuss the installation and use of tankless water heaters in your home call us at 718-761-2300.

Gas or Electric Furnaces

As the winter becomes harsher with the new year, heating systems can be vital to you and your family. The first home furnaces may have burned coal and wood, but modern clean energy standards and the need for efficiency brought us natural gas and electric heaters. While gas and electric furnaces have their pros and cons, the choice should come from your home’s specific heating needs. Let our professionals help you in making this decision before choosing to ensure the best heating possible for your home.
While both gas and electric furnaces use different methods and resources to heat a home, the distribution of heat from both are the same. Both systems use air vents and blower fans to move heated air around your home. A gas heater uses gas jets to combust natural gas and produce heat. This heat is then transferred into the air by the heat exchanger. Blower fans then move the heated air throughout the home. Electrical furnaces use a series of heating elements, which are electric coils that heat up as a current runs through them. Based on the amount of heat required, a different number of coils may be used. The blower fans then distribute the air heated by the elements throughout the house. The efficiency of electric furnaces go above gas heaters. While the gas furnaces burn constantly, even when you’re not home, electric models can heat specific rooms or turn off completely when you are away.
Electric furnaces usually have a lower initial installation cost than most gas models, but the cost of electricity is generally higher than natural gas. We offer the best of Lennox and Rheem gas heaters and Mitsubishi electrical heaters to provide you and your family the best comfort and energy efficiency possible during the cold seasons. Contact us today for more information on if a gas or electric furnace is right for your home or business, and how we can install it by calling 718-761-2300.

Whole-Home Humidifier

Homes without the proper humidity can be dangerous to the health of the residents and cause damage to the building. Proper whole-home humidification can help prevent the spread of diseases, lower the amount of allergens in the home, save you money on energy costs, and lower the amount of repairs to a home. A whole-home humidifier can keep the humidity of a house uniform and efficient.

Dry air can lead to a multitude of health problems. Cold and flu viruses spread faster in low humidity spaces. Drier air can cause sore throats, bloody noses, itchy eyes, dry mouth, and cracked skin. Air with less relative humidity can also aggravate allergies much easier, leading to more severe health risks. Asthma symptoms are more easily aggravated in dry air as well.

When the air in a home is dry, you will feel colder at higher temperatures. Homes with higher relative humidity require less heat to keep residents warm. For every degree you lower the thermostat, you save about 4% on your heating bill. Dry air can cause significant damage to a home. Woodwork and walls can crack in low humidity, and lead to repairs. Electronics in dry air can cause static shocks that can hurt you and the machines. The stronger the shock, the more damaging it can be to the electronics.

Portable humidifiers can not even compare to the power of a whole-home system. A home system checks the air outside for temperature in order to maintain the proper humidity throughout a home. A portable model only covers one room, and can over-humidify an area. A portable model also can lead to the spreading of hazardous microbes or bacteria that develop in the stagnant water inside the device.

Contact us today to get the details on how we can install a whole-home humidifier for you by calling 718-761-2300.

 

Winterization Checklist

As we move through December and into the new year, the harsh cold of the Winter can leave an unprepared homeowner to deal with a lot of damage; and a lot of bills. Preparing your home for the coming snow and ice can save you money when it is time to pay the heating and electric bills. This is a list of important factors to keep in mind when it comes to winterizing your home:

Exterior

Rake away weeds and leaves from the foundation of the home. The rotting vegetation can loosen the foundation and cause drafts in a basement.

Make sure that the exterior wall insulation is well placed and that there is the correct amount of it.

Insulate water pipes. Drain and properly store all hoses. Drain and turn off any sprinkler systems.

Clean out the gutters. Leaf, snow, and ice buildup can lead to heavy gutters that can fall off and damage the house.

Remove tree branches that hang over electrical wires or your home.

Have a professional open your central air unit and turn off the disconnect switch first to prevent accidental use in winter. Clean the outside of the unit, removing dirt and leaves, and allow it to dry before covering it with a heavy material to prevent damage from snow and ice.

Doors and windows

Remove debris from around doors and windows. Be sure that all of your windows and doors have no breaks in the seams surrounding them. Weatherstripping should be installed around the windows and doors.

Ductwork, Fireplaces, and Furnaces

    Check the filter on your furnace. Based on the model you own, it may need to be changed every 1-6 months. Make sure the pilot light is lit and the blower is working. Hire a professional to inspect the furnace and see if it works safely and efficiently.

Clean out fireplaces often, so that there is less soot buildup. Keep the chimney clear of obstructions or debris, and keep the chimney flue closed unless it is in use.

Have your duct work inspected for mold, pests, dirt, or debris. Duct insulation should be installed, especially near exterior walls or regions of the house that are not used often.
This holiday season, keep your family safe and warm; with a heating system you can trust. Call us at 718-761-2300 for repair or installation on your home heating system.

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