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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.

Professional Tune-Ups and Maintenance During the Off-Season

The harsh winter is dying out, which will eventually lead to a harsh summer. In the spring, your heating and air conditioning systems get a rest from constant use. This is the perfect time to get your systems tuned-up and maintained by our licensed professionals. Tune-ups make sure that your system is up and running for when you need them, and it is best to have them done when you are not relying on them to keep your home comfortable. Before making the switch from the heater to the A/C, have both checked and get a tune-up from our professional service staff. Keep your home, and your family comfortable all year long with properly working and maintenanced heaters and air conditioners.
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

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.

Winter Heating Safety Tips

Unsafe heating equipment, such as radiators, fireplaces, and space heaters may help warm the house; but can cause fires and burns to your family. In the event that you use one of these this winter in addition to your standard heating system, it is important to keep you and your family safe. Here is a list of safety tips for unsafe winter heating.

  • Never use ovens, stoves, ranges, or grills to heat your home. In addition to the noxious fumes produced by them, fires can be very easily caused by them
    Around any space heaters or radiators, set up a 3 foot area devoid of any flammable objects or children. Never hang laundry or curtains over a space heater. This can help prevent fires or burns.
  • Install fire and carbon monoxide alarms, and be sure to check them every 2 months to ensure your family’s safety.
  • Kerosene heaters should be turned off and moved outside before they are refilled. Overfilling a kerosene heater can cause fires or explosions, as the fuel may expand as it heats up. Always use the correct kind of fuel for space heaters that use it.
  • Never use an extension cord on a space heater of any kind. Also, never leave them unattended. Turn them off before going to bed or leaving the room.
    Keep candles at least 1 foot away from any and all things that are flammable, such as curtains, tablecloths, or papers.
  • Have your chimney cleaned and inspected each year before use. Never burn anything other than regular hard wood in a wood stove or fireplace. Do not burn garbage, plastic or processed wood (painted, finished, or treated with chemicals).
  • Fireplaces should be equipped with a sturdy screen to prevent fires around it. Ashes should be cooled before they are removed and/or dumped.
  • You and your family should make a plan in case of a fire, and discuss escape routes for multiple scenarios. Plan out a meeting place away from the house in the event of an emergency.
  • Finally, have a licenced professional install your home central heating equipment and water heaters according to the local codes and manufacturer’s instructions.

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.

Radiant Floor Heat

underfloor heating and coolingRadiant Floor Heat

The perfect heating system is quiet, efficient, clean and keeps your feet warm. Radiant floor heating does that exactly. Radiant floor heating gives you heat right where you want it. It is hidden beneath your floor so it’s as beautiful as the floor you just installed. Radiant heat works like this, The warmth comes from electric wires or hot tubes of water, depending on the heating system installed. Heat naturally rises and feeling warmth from the floor is definitely better than standing on a cold floor. Radiant heat solves this problem beautifully.

Baseboard or radiator heating is efficient, but you can’t put furniture where you like and many of the units are unsightly. Radiant heat works beautifully in basements kitchens bathrooms and areas with tile or hardwood floors. Radiant floor heat is wonderfully efficient but may cost more to install. Gregg mechanical installs and repairs all kinds of heating systems. Radiant Floor Heating is just one of them. Give us a call to see if Radiant Floor heating is right for you. 718-761-2300

HVAC Q & A

What do rating numbers mean?
The U.S. government requires an efficiency rating of all air conditioning and heating equipment. The rating reflects the percentage of energy used efficiently, with a higher rating indicating higher-efficiency. The next two topics address this issue in greater detail.

What is a SEER?
There are special names for the efficiency ratings of various types of equipment. Air conditioning equipment is rated by the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating, or SEER. The higher the SEER rating, the more efficient the unit.  New equipment manufactured today by the manufacturers must meet at least a 13.0 SEER rating, with some manufacturers producing equipment as high as 21.0 SEER.

What does HSPF stand for?
There are special names for the efficiency ratings of varying types of equipment. Air conditioning systems equipment with a heat pump function are rated by the Heating Seasonal Performance Factor. The higher the HSPF rating, the more efficient the unit.  HSPF is a ratio of BTU heat output over the heating season to watt-hours of electricity used.

What does AFUE stand for?
There are special names for the efficiency ratings of various types of equipment. Gas furnaces are rated according to their Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency, or AFUE. The higher the AFUE rating, the more efficient the unit.  Natural draft furnaces or boilers typically have an efficiency rating of about 80%.  Manufacturers, like Lennox, have developed more efficient furnaces to operate at a 98% efficiency; meaning 98% of the energy costs you are putting into your furnace are being used to heat your home, unlike natural draft furnaces that only use 80% of your energy costs.  Boiler like the Weil McLain Ultra also provide high efficiency operation topping 95% AFUE.

Should outdoor units be covered in winter?
It is not recommended. Air conditioners can accidentally turned on by someone in your home without them knowing that the outdoor unit has been covered, whereby creating potential damage to your condenser and it's internal components.  The outdoor condenser is built to withstand the environment and should not be covered.

Should a thermostat be set to “auto” or “on”?
Preferably auto. That way, the fan operates only when the temperature requires it. This is the most used and the most efficient setting. However, there are advantages to using the “on” setting on your thermostat.  Air is constantly filtered through the unit’s air filter, and the constantly circulating air results in more even temperature throughout the house.

Can shrubs or flowers be planted around an outdoor unit?
Yes. However, we recommend that plants be no closer than 18 inches to the unit. This allows for plenty of room for air circulation in and out of the unit. Without this room for air circulation, the unit could overheat, resulting in a premature need for service.

If an outdoor unit needs replacing, should the indoor unit be replaced too?
It is recommended that both the indoor and outdoor equipment are replaced together, especially with the new EPA requirements to phase out R-22 refrigerant.  Currently, there are other options to replace just one of the components without the other, with the price of inefficiency and high energy costs.  That, however, is subject to change with the upgrades in building codes and National energy codes being enforced gradually, state by state.  The efficiency rating on a condenser is based on the entire system being replaced.

How do I know what size unit our house needs?
A Gregg Mechanical Corp. specialist will consider many factors before making a recommendation on the properly sized equiment for your home. Factors like the square footage of your house, the climate, the number and type of windows installed, insulation, and even the number of people living in the house are all part of the proper calculation of the air conditioning system needed for your complete comfort.

What is the difference between a split system and a package unit?
A split system uses indoor and outdoor components to provide a complete home comfort system.  A package unit or self-contained unit houses all the required coils, blowers, mechanical components and heating components needed to properly condition the space.  A package unit is typically used in commercial applications or in condominiums and apartments.

Who do I contact for air conditioning products and service?
For questions concerning new products, energy efficiency ratings, or repair and replacement services, simply call Gregg Mechanical Corp. at (718) 761-2300 – we can answer all of your heating and cooling questions.

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