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Can a Mini Split Handle Boston Winters?

November 20th, 2023

There are drawbacks to ductwork. Damage or just slow deterioration over time can cause massive inefficiency, and they aren’t the most efficient way to distribute warmth or coolness to begin with. And then there’s the fact that many homes in New England simply weren’t built with ductwork and have never had it added.

The mini split, a ductless system, is ideal for either eliminating old ducts or for modernizing and air conditioning homes that never had ductwork. A mini split is available as a heat pump, which provides both cooling and heating. But can it provide enough heat for a Boston winter? Keep reading to learn the answer!

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What Temperature Should I Set My Thermostat to in Winter?

November 6th, 2023

As the weather gets colder and colder, it’s time to figure out exactly how to stay cozy this winter without paying unnecessarily high heating bills. In our area, heating comprises the majority of your utility bills for the year which is understandable in this cold climate. How can you strike a balance between keeping warm and saving money? By setting your thermostat properly this winter. Here’s how.

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What Exactly Happens During Heating Maintenance?

October 23rd, 2023

The importance of getting heating maintenance done every year cannot be overstressed. It’s critical for keeping your efficiency high and your chance of requiring repairs low. It helps ensure that your home will be effectively heated and that your system will last as long as possible, keeping your home cozy for many winters to come.

Even if you already knew all that, you might not know exactly what your technician will be doing when they come to perform heating maintenance. What exactly are the steps that need to be taken to maintain your heating system, and why? Here are the details.

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Don’t Get Left in the Cold: Preparing Your Heating System for Winter

October 9th, 2023

The leaves are turning red and gold, the children are getting ready for Halloween, and temperatures are dropping. It’s time to prepare yourself for the coming winter.

There are many tasks that might be on your to-do list such as tidying up the yard, finding your snow shovel, and pulling the bin of hats and mittens out of the attic. But don’t forget about heating maintenance!

Having your heating system maintained before the cold weather hits provides a wide array of benefits. Here are some of the biggest ones.

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5 Signs You Need Boiler Repair

September 25th, 2023

Congratulations on owning a boiler for your home heat! Boilers are great systems: they’re efficient, they can last up to thirty years with proper maintenance, and perhaps best of all, they rarely require repairs. But there are no guarantees that anything will operate perfectly all the time. If something’s wrong with your boiler, you should get repairs promptly before things get worse. Here are 5 signs to watch out for.

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What Constitutes a Water Heater Emergency?

September 11th, 2023

If you imagine what would lead you to call for an emergency plumber, you’re probably picturing broken pipes gushing like geysers. Sometimes, plumbing emergencies actually do look like that!

But sometimes an emergency can start out with more subtle signs. When it comes to your water heater, you may be able to prevent the worst disasters by knowing the first signs of an emergency. Here’s what to look for.

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4 Common Summer Plumbing Emergencies

August 28th, 2023

We all know about the worst plumbing emergency winter has to offer: frozen, burst pipes. But other seasons have their risks as well. During the summer, there are unique strains on various parts of our plumbing systems. If you know what to look out for, you can prevent some of these issues from occurring, or at least catch them promptly and make sure they get addressed when they do occur. Here are four of the plumbing emergencies you’re most likely to encounter during the summer.

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What’s the Difference Between Ductless & Ducted Heat Pumps?

August 14th, 2023

If you’re considering getting a heat pump for your home, that’s great! But you’ve still got some research to do. Can it fully replace both your air conditioner and your heating system? What are the options? What are ducted and ductless heat pumps, and what are the benefits of each? Knowing these details will help you make a decision you’ll be happy with long term. 

Getting the Right Size System

Before you settle on a specific heat pump, some calculations need to be made. A qualified technician can assess the size and layout of your home to determine the size of the heat pump system you need. Just like a traditional central air conditioner, a heat pump must be chosen to precisely fit the needs of the home.

If it’s either too large and powerful, or too small and not powerful enough, extra wear and tear and strain on the compressor will occur, increasing the likelihood that the heat pump will need frequent repairs, and shortening the life expectancy of the system.

Heating Potential

Because heat pumps transfer heat from one location to another rather than generating heat, they are the most efficient option that exists for home heating. And it doesn’t need to be warm in order for the system to bring warmth into your home—the outdoor air just needs to be warmer than the very cold refrigerant.

In temperatures as low as 40 °F, heat pumps maintain this incredible efficiency, so spring and fall heating costs can be reduced dramatically. But our winters drop well below that temperature, sometimes for weeks at a time! We’ve got good news, though. A dual-fuel system can provide auxiliary heat as needed during the deepest winter chill. You can also consider a cold-weather heat pump that works efficiently in colder temperatures.

Ducted Vs Ductless

If your home already has a system of ductwork, the simplest heat pump installation would make use of that existing framework and continue to use the ducts to convey heat throughout your home. If your home has no ductwork, or the ductwork is in very poor condition, you might consider a ductless mini split alternative in Boston.

This involves making a small hole in your exterior wall for the conduit which contains refrigerant, drainage, and power lines. Inside your home, air handlers are mounted on walls in separate parts of the home, each with its own thermostat for zone control, further reducing energy waste by only heating or cooling as necessary.

If your home does have ductwork and you’d like to continue to use it, you should have it inspected to see if any sealing or repair is necessary. While the operating cost of a ductless system is lower, the inconvenience and expense of the more complex installation might affect your choice as well.

Specific recommendations based on your home, your needs, and your budget can be provided by a member of our team to help you decide how to move forward.

Reach out to Cooling Unlimited, Inc. to speak with qualified heat pump experts.

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6 AC Sounds That Mean It’s Time for Repair

July 17th, 2023

You’re probably pretty good at spotting the signs when a person isn’t feeling well. Coughing, sniffling, fever, stomach symptoms, aches, and pains can be pretty obvious. And of course, most people are able to describe how they’re feeling.

But your air conditioner can’t tell you what’s wrong, can it? You have to be able to spot the symptoms of AC problems. One of the best ways to do this is with your ears. Listen for these telltale sounds. 

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Why Choose a High Velocity Air Conditioning System?

July 3rd, 2023

It’s been about fifty years since most newly-constructed homes in the US started to be built with ductwork to accommodate the central air conditioners which were becoming so popular. But these systems were a little slower to catch on in northern regions which were less dependent upon air conditioning, and in New England in particular, many of our houses have been standing for much longer than fifty years. If you want to install a central air conditioner in your home, you might encounter some challenges. High velocity AC systems might provide the solution. 

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