Latest Air Conditioning Technologies for the Home

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While many people look forward to the heat of the summer, they also plan to escape the heat every once in a while by cranking up the air conditioning. Unfortunately, many homeowners find that their AC units tend to break down when they’re needed the most. Other homeowners find that using their AC units leads to high energy bills in the summer. Fortunately, there are many air conditioning technologies being developed to deal with these issues. Here are a few of the latest up-and-coming Bellingham air conditioning technologies that homeowners can look forward to.

Movement-Activated Air Conditioning

Movement-activated air conditioning is a new AC design that depends on sensors installed on aluminum rods. These rods are hung from a home’s ceiling. These sensors are able to detect movement and activate the air conditioner. This system makes it so that the air conditioner only turns on when people are in the room. It is expected that the widespread use of motion-activated air conditioning systems will reduce utility and energy costs significantly.

Thermally Driven Air Conditioning

Thermally driven air conditioning is a system that mainly uses solar energy and some natural gas to cool homes. Not only is this system highly effective, but it is also highly efficient. Thermally driven air conditioning is currently used in some homes. However, this technology is far from being widespread right now. These systems have managed to eliminate electricity costs completely.

Ice-Powered Air Conditioning

Another example of an up-and-coming air conditioning technology is A/C ice-powered systems. These systems work by freezing water into a huge block of ice in a tank during the night. That way, the next day, the ice will melt and help cool a building. So far, these systems have been able to help cool a building for about six hours. Once the block of ice melts completely, a conventional commercial air conditioner kicks in.

If you’re interested in learning more about air conditioning technologies in Bellingham, Massachusetts, don’t hesitate to contact us here at Victory Heating Air Conditioning, Heating, and Plumbing.

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How to Maintain Your Air Conditioner and Heater

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If you want to keep your air conditioning and heating systems in tiptop shape, you should hire an HVAC company to maintain and inspect these systems every spring and fall. You can count on HVAC technicians to complete maintenance tasks that you may find challenging, such as cleaning and inspecting the mechanisms and wiring of a unit. In between HVAC maintenance visits from a technician, here are a few things that you can do to maintain your air conditioner and heater.

Get a Better Filter

If your current filter isn’t the best in terms of quality, you should buy a better filter for your HVAC system. Currently, there are high-efficiency pleated filters on the market that have an electrostatic charge. These filters act as magnets that can grab the smallest particles, even those that carry bacteria. You should replace this filter every three months, and you should also check it every month. Replace the filter if it looks clogged and dark. If there are pets in your home, you may need to change the filter every month.

Remove Debris

Every once in a while, you should check your outdoor heat pumps and air conditioning units for debris. Remove twigs, leaves, pollen or any other debris that accumulate on or around these units in the spring, summer and fall. When you use a lawn mower to cut your grass, you should make sure the clippings aren’t discharged onto the outdoor units.

Keep at least two feet of clearance around your heat pump and air conditioning units. You should also ensure that the heat pump or air conditioning unit is level. You may need to use pads to accomplish this.

If you would like to have an HVAC technician inspect your air conditioner or heater or you would like to learn more about how to maintain your air conditioner and heater in Bellingham, feel free to contact us here at Victory Heating, Air Conditioning, Plumbing.

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5 Good Reasons to Choose a Tankless Water Heater

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If you’ve been considering replacing your water heater this season, you’ve no doubt heard of the relatively new tankless water heating systems. Instead of heating a tank of water, these systems heat water on demand via a system of super-heated coils. Though they are initially more expensive than traditional systems, they are a great way to reduce your overall household energy usage as well as lower your energy bills. However, using less energy and saving money are just two of the many reasons to make the switch to a tankless system.

Benefits of Choosing a Tankless Water Heater

1. Energy savings. Because you don’t have to heat the water in a tank 24/7, even when you’re at work or asleep, you’ll use less natural gas or electricity, which helps to reduce your household’s carbon footprint.

2. Space savings. Tankless water heaters are about the size of a suitcase and hang on the wall. That’s a lot less space than the traditional water tank.

3. Lower utility bills. Of course, using less energy translates into lower utility bills. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the average household can save $100 per year by making the switch from a traditional water heating system to a tankless system.

4. Continuous hot water. Since a tankless water heating system heats water on demand rather than accessing water in a holding tank, you’ll never run out of hot water, no matter how long your shower or how many people there are in your household.

5. Longer lifespan. Another major benefit of using a tankless water heating system is that such systems last considerably longer than traditional systems. The average lifespan of a tankless system is around 20 years; the average lifespan of a traditional system is around 8-12 years.

To learn more about adding a tankless water heater in your home and/or to find other ways to save money on your home energy bills, contact us today!

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Your Guide to Hiring an HVAC Company in Bellingham, Massachusetts

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As anyone who has ever owned a house knows, no two contractors are the same, and this matters when you have a problem you want to solve as soon as possible, as efficiently as possible, and as cost-effectively as possible. Hiring a good HVAC company versus a bad one is the difference between doing a little research or, of course, not doing it.

So how do you ensure the HVAC company in Bellingham, Massachusetts, you hire is indeed a well-respected HVAC company — one you’ll be happy to call back or recommend to friends and family? Here are five guiding tips to help.

Guiding Tips for Hiring an HVAC Company in Bellingham, Massachusetts

1. The Search. Conduct a quick search online for “good HVAC companies in Bellingham MA” or other similar search terms. Write down the top 5 to 10 companies you find.

2. Excellent Reputation. Your Google results may have resulted in Google reviews, but you should also check the Better Business Bureau, which provides a rating and indicates how many official complaints there have been and if they were resolved satisfactorily. You may also want to check Angie’s List, which lists bona fide, recommended companies.

3. Certification.You want to hire an HVAC company that has technicians who are qualified to do the work. Certification like North American Technical Excellence (NATE) can offer some assurances.

4. The Call. Pick a few of the best companies and contact them. Find out if they belong to any professional associations, which could indicate that — in a world where technology is constantly changing — the HVAC company stays up to date.

5. The Visit. You never want to hire someone who offers a quote before seeing your HVAC system. The company should send someone to survey the home first and then provide an estimate.

If you need an HVAC company, it doesn’t have to be a lot of work to find a reputable, trusted HVAC company in Bellingham, Massachusetts. Just do a little research beforehand, and then you should be set to hire the right HVAC company for you.

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Ways to Conserve Water Inside Your Home

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Conserving water inside your home isn’t just about saving money or being conscious of preserving the environment, it’s about both principles. Some water-saving tactics can simplify your life and help keep your home clean. If you have children, some of these tips can help your kids get involved in smart water conservation strategies.

Turn Off The Taps

Get in the habit of turning off the taps in the bathroom or kitchen instead of letting them run while brushing teeth or washing hands. In the kitchen fill the sink with water to rinse dishes before using the dishwasher. Kids can help out by putting dishes that you’ve scraped and rinsed into the dishwasher.

Wait until the appliance is full before running the cycle for maximum water savings. It’s an age-old question but if you wait until the dishwasher is full, automatic dishwashers do use less water than washing by hand, especially if you keep the water running while you’re washing and rinsing.

Fix Leaky Faucets and Toilets

A leaky faucet that drips once every second can use up to 5 gallons of water in a day. Over the course of a year that adds up to more than 2,000 gallons.

Leaky toilets use a lot more water than leaking faucets. A leaking toilet can go through up to 200 gallons of water every day. Multiply that by 30 days and the toilet will use up over 6,000 gallons of water a month. At Bellingham water rates of $3.95 per 1,000 gallons for most homes, that’s almost $24 a month in water waste.

You may never notice water leaks until you get a bill from Bellingham, MA or one of our other nearby communities. Give us a call at Victory Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing to help conserve water and make any Bellingham plumbing leak repairs before problems occur.

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Power Up Your HVAC System to Fight Allergies

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Spring is finally here and the warmer weather will soon arrive. Unfortunately for allergy suffers, the beginning of spring also marks the start of the allergy season. If you or a family member are sensitive to allergens, you don’t have to suffer this year. Fight back against indoor allergens by replacing your old HVAC filters with new, more effective ones

All About HVAC Filters

There are several grades of HVAC filters, and knowing which ones are right for your home’s system is complicated. Typically, HVAC filters come in four different categories based on their ability to capture airborne particles.

  • Flat panel filters are the lowest level HVAC filters available. These type of filters do not generally reduce allergens in the air greatly and mainly serve to protect your home’s furnace. Flat panel filters usually have a MERV rating of four and under.
  • Medium-efficiency filters are one of the most common HVAC filters. These pleated filters are able to remove more particles from the air than a flat panel filter. Medium-efficiency filters have a MERV rating between five and thirteen.
  • High-efficiency filters are even better at removing smaller particles from your home’s air. People with moderate allergies to dust mites and pet dander should consider installing these filters. High-efficiency filters have MERV ratings of fourteen to sixteen.
  • HEPA filters are perfect for the most severe allergy suffers. While expensive to purchase, HEPA filters offer the ultimate when it comes to eliminating allergen’s from your home’s air. They can filter out the smallest allergens from your home’s air. HEPA filters.have a MERV rating of seventeen or higher.

Installing and maintaining air filters in your Bellingham, Massachusetts HVAC is a job you should leave to the professionals. If you live in Bellingham or the surrounding area, contact the air filter experts at Victory Air Conditioning, Heating, and Plumbing by calling (800) 993-4822 for a free quote.

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It’s Finally Spring! Here’s How to Make Sure Your HVAC is Ready

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It was a long winter in Bellingham, Massachusetts and you’re more than ready for spring to arrive. Now is a great time to perform several maintenance tasks for your HVAC system to ensure it’s ready for the demands of a new cooling season.

Your Outdoor Condenser Unit

The panels on your outdoor unit keep all electrical connections in place, so be sure to inspect them to see if any are missing or damaged. Next, remove the protective cover from the unit if you used one during the winter. Unfortunately, it could severely damage your HVAC system if you forget to do this and turn it on.

The suction line is the larger of the copper pipes on your outdoor unit. Its job is to supply cool refrigerant in the unit’s compressor. It can’t do this if the insulation in the pipe is damaged, so you will need to repair or replace it before proceeding. Be sure to check your outdoor unit for debris and don’t mulch around the base of the unit this spring to avoid decreased airflow.

Your Indoor Unit

Changing your air filter at the start of every season is a good habit. You will also want to inspect the coil drainage hose. It needs to be clear so it can empty water into a drain instead of having it overflow on the tray. Be certain that it’s properly attached and set to drain in the correct location.

Don’t forget to look at your return grills and supply vents to ensure they’re clean. You may need to vacuum or wipe them down to prevent air blockage. After completing all these tasks, turn your HVAC unit on and off to ensure that it cycles properly.

When it comes to air conditioning in Bellingham, Victory Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing has you covered. We are happy to perform preventive maintenance at your convenience.

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How to Check if Your Faucet Has a Leak

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A faucet leak is one of those household maintenance problems that seems like it would be obvious. When the leak appears in a place you can’t see, it can be harder to diagnose and fix. We recommend checking the following three places in your Bellingham, Massachusetts home.

The Spout of Your Faucet

Unless it’s very tiny, you can normally see this type of leak. The faucet will run and drip more as time passes. When you or another family member uses the faucet, it never shuts off completely. In addition to giving you a larger than normal water bill, a dripping faucet can stain the sink below it.

If you think the faucet is leaking but you’re not sure, dry the area underneath it and put a cup or paper towel directly below the spout. If the item is wet when you return later, then you know you’re dealing with a leaky faucet.

Base of Faucet Leaks

It’s harder to notice this type of leak because you normally walk away from the faucet first. If you suspect the base could be leaking, remove all standing water and then turn each of the handles to the on position to see if water leaks near the faucet or towards the top of the sink. The most likely culprit is a worn or dried out cartridge or O-ring.

Under the Sink Leak

If the spout and base of your faucet don’t appear to be the source of your leak, it’s likely a problem with the pipes underneath. Remove everything from underneath the sink, turn on the water and see if the pipes leak. If the leak is small, you will need to conduct the same test that you did for your faucet.

Our Bellingham plumbing company is available to help diagnose and troubleshoot your problem. Give us a call today before a small problem turns into a flood.

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Learn to Recognize These 3 Worrisome HVAC Sounds

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Most people know the usual sounds of their heating and cooling system. The groan of startup, the gentle hum of a fan, and the whoosh of air speeding through the ducts. Hearing something out of the ordinary, however, will often be the first indication that your HVAC system needs maintenance or repair. Below, learn about three common HVAC sounds and what they may mean for your system (and your wallet).

Hissing

If you hear a hissing noise, try to find the source of it. There are two likely scenarios: an air vent with an improperly fitted filter or a leaky duct. If the noise seems to be coming from an air vent, make sure that the vent filter is the proper size and is correctly set. If you are hearing the noise through a wall, it’s probably a leaky duct. A leak can be a big waste of energy, because you are essentially heating and cooling your walls instead of your home.

Rattling

A rattling sound in your HVAC system usually means there’s a loose component or foreign object in your system. If the rattling is coming from an outdoor unit, cut the power and go investigate—it’s most likely a piece of debris, like a twig or pebble, that snuck its way past the grate. If the rattling is coming from a unit inside your home, it may require a more serious repair or replacement parts.

Clanking

If you hear a clanking noise in an interior or exterior unit—similar to a rattle, but loud and irregular—you can bet that you’ve got a loose part in there. In these cases, it’s critical to address the problem before it becomes an expensive repair.

If you’re concerned about a sound you’re hearing from your Bellingham HVAC system, call Victory Air Conditioning, Heating, and Plumbing for an expert opinion!

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Common HVAC Questions From Homeowners

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Purchasing a heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system for your home can be a large investment. It’s natural to want to do a lot of research before making such a decision. Here are some of the most common questions we hear from potential customers who are thinking about an HVAC system in Bellingham.

Does a Bigger HVAC System Translate into Better Performance?

Absolutely not. The efficiency of an HVAC system depends entirely on the square footage of your home. A system that is too big for your home will result in a lot of stops and starts, which can dramatically increase your energy bill. A system that is too small for your home will need to run constantly, which also raises electricity costs and can shorten the life of your system.

Are Air Filters Required for AC Systems?

Only if you want them to last as long as possible! Dirt and debris can get into important parts of the system, leading to a breakdown. In fact, dirt is the leading cause of needed repairs in HVAC systems. A clean air filter needs to be used to keep the system running as efficiently as possible. Air filters should be replaced once every three to six months, depending on the size of your system and the type of filter that it uses.

How Long Will an HVAC System Last?

An HVAC system can endure for a lot of years as long as the homeowner keeps up with routine maintenance. With maintenance checkups twice a year, most HVAC systems can last for an average of 15 to 25 years. Furnaces will average approximately the same lifespan (15 to 25 years), while air conditioning units tend to average 12 to 15 years. Heat pumps last about 16 years on average.

If you have a more specific question about an HVAC system for your home, contact one of our technicians at Victory Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing today at (800) 993-4822.

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