Archive for Energy Efficiency’ Category

Maintenance
Jan

26

2015

Maintenance

  OK, so this isn’t the first time I’ve written about this subject but it seems like it’s the gift that keeps on giving.  You’ve probably heard the advantages of regular maintenance on your heating and air conditioning system; better energy efficiency, improved heating and cooling capacity, prolonged equipment life, less emergency repairs, etc.  All true.  But is it really worth the $200 or so…

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Dec

15

2014

The Myths About Ductless Heat Pumps Part 3

    Part 3 on Mitsubishi Electric ductless heat pump myths. Myth #5 – Heat pumps don’t work in our Central Pa climate. Answer – If you said that in the mid-90’s, I would half-way agree with you.  Today, however, heat pump technology has evolved to a new level. The Mitsubishi Electric ductless heat pumps are one of the most energy efficient ways to heat…

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The Myths About Ductless heat Pumps Part 2
Dec

3

2014

The Myths About Ductless heat Pumps Part 2

  Last time, I dealt with 2 myths regarding the Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating ductless heat pumps.  This week, I hit a few more.   Myth #3 – I enjoy my hot water baseboard heat when it’s really cold out and don’t want to lose that…even though the cost of home heating oil is killing me.   Answer – Great news, you can keep…

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The Myths about Ductless Heat Pumps Part 1
Nov

24

2014

The Myths about Ductless Heat Pumps Part 1

Several years ago, Goodco Mechanical became a Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating Diamond Contractor.  Over those past 3-4 years, our sales of the ductless heat pumps have increased dramatically year to year and we are now one of the largest Mitsubishi installers in the Northeast. Quite honestly, I love this product and will be installing several systems in a new home my wife and I…

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Sep

3

2014

Bryant Evolution Extreme Heat Pump

http://www.bryant.com/products/heatpumps/extreme.shtml   Today’s post is regarding the Bryant Evolution Extreme heat pump.  It is one of the most awesome products we’ve seen in years.  I’ve attached a link to their website but wanted to provide some preliminary information to get your attention.  The Extreme came out several years ago and we have found it to be one of our customer’s favorite products.  It is Bryant’s…

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Furnace or Boiler?
Aug

27

2014

Furnace or Boiler?

                “My furnace isn’t working” is the customer’s comment to our dispatcher Deb. “OK” replies Deb, “we can send a technician out today to take a look and get that fixed for you.” Here’s the problem…when our technician shows up at the home, it’s not a furnace after all, it’s a boiler.  Luckily, our tech has been trained…

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Why regular maintenance? – Part 2 or Is that a cat in your filter?
Jun

21

2014

Why regular maintenance? – Part 2 or Is that a cat in your filter?

Something occurred this past week that made me want to embelish on a previous post  about regular maintenance I made about a month or so ago.  I have attached several pictures our technicians recently took.   You are looking at air filters that are completely clogged with dirt, dust, pollen, animal hair, etc.  When this occurs, major damage to your HVAC equipment can result.  When…

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May

31

2014

Equipment lifespan: Repair or Replace

I am often asked how long a furnace or water heater should last. This usually follows a conversation about a major repair and whether the homeowner should repair or replace.  So what are the factors behind the decision so you’re not throwing money away on unnecessary repairs. Let’s start with how long things should last.  I have some rules of thumb I like to use…

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May

17

2014

Heating & Cooling Options For Older Homes – Ductless Heat Pumps

They’re loud, inefficient and quite honestly, heavy as hell. I actually found an old one in our shop and verified that it, indeed, was heavy as hell.  These are most often used in older homes that were not outfitted with ductwork.  Up until recently, there were not a whole lot of options when it came to cooling a house without central air ductwork.  Over the past…

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