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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.

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.

Generators to Protect Your Home During Hurricanes and Power Outages.

As Hurricane season approaches every homeowner needs to ask themselves if they are prepared. Staten Island has been hit hard over the last few years by hurricanes.  Sandy showed us that you can’t be to prepared. If you were affected by power outages in the last hurricane you probably looked into getting a generator. Right after Sandy there was a shortage of generators and qualified contractors to install them properly. Gregg Mechanical can install a generator that automatically starts and restores power in seconds, whether you’re home or away. These generators will keep your critical hard-wired systems going when you need them most.  AC, heat, sump pumps, security systems and large appliances are no problem for a properly installed Kohler generator. You won’t need to refuel it because it runs  on your home’s natural gas. It delivers high quality power that won’t harm your electronics.

Standby Home Generators can be used to keep your power on when there’s an outage. The right generator can keep your family safe by powering your home security system, heating and air conditioning, and it can keep you food from spoiling by powering your refrigerator and freezer along with your lights, television and PCs. It keeps our lines of communication open during an emergency.  It’s one of the best investments you can make for your home. Your generator is installed outside  your home like your air conditioning unit.

Contact us today to get the details on how we can install a generator for your home. 718-761-2300

 

Take Care of Heating and Cooling Systems 365 Days a Year

Let Gregg Mechanical take care of your Heating and Cooling Systems 365 Days a Year with a Service or Maintenance Agreement.

Did You Know?

  • Some air conditioning and heating problems can DOUBLE operating costs without reducing comfort.
  • Up to 80% of all air conditioning compressor failures could be eliminated if the problems that lead to the failure were corrected in a timely manner.
  • A freon (refrigerant) undercharge of only 10% can increase operating costs by almost 20%
  • Freon should never be replaced. If it must be added every year, there is an expensive leak that should be repaired.
  • A dirty evaporator, condensor and blower could increase air conditioning or heat pump electrical usage by 50% or more.
  • Just a 100th of an inch of dirt or film on an evaporator coil can reduce it's efficiency
  • Un-repaired small problems can lead to very expensive repairs.

According to studies conducted by the utility companies, you can SAVE up to $30 a month on your utility bill by making sure that your air conditioning system is cleaned and serviced regularly. The average residential air conditioning unit tested was 3.3 tons.

The study concluded that air conditioning maintenance benefits the consumer by:

  • Increasing comfort
  • Lowering operating costs
  • Increasing system capacity
  • Insuring longer equipment life

 

15 Point Air Conditioning Maintenance and Safety Check

  • Install gauges and check operating pressures.
  • Check voltage and amperage to all motors with meters.
  • Check CFM across evaporator coils.
  • Check for adequate refrigerant charge and possible leaks.
  • Check evaporator superheat.
  • Lubricate all moving parts.
  • Check belt and adjust tension.
  • Check filters.
  • Check pressure switch cut-out settings. (if applicable)
  • Check compressor contactor.
  • Check all wiring and connections.
  • Clean and adjust thermostat.
  • Clean condensing coil.
  • Check that condensate drain is open.

15 Point Gas Furnace Maintenance and Safety Check

15 Point Gas Furnace Maintenance and Safety Check

  1. Check and adjust thermostat.
  2. Clean and adjust all safety controls
  3. Clean burners and controls
  4. Clean and adjust pilot assembly
  5. Adjust burner for efficiency
  6. Check for gas leaks in furnace
  7. Lubricate moving parts
  8. Check belt and adjust tension
  9. Check filters
  10. Check draft pipe and draft diverter
  11. Check fan control
  12. Check manifold pressure
  13. Check furnace for cracked heat exchanger
  14. Check temperature rise
  15. Check complete furnace cycle

Routine Service

  • Maintains high efficiency
  • Lengthens equipment life
  • Avoids costly breakdowns
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