SPS Mechanical Inc. Blog : Archive for December, 2012

Happy New Year’s Eve!

Monday, December 31st, 2012

Everyone at SPS Mechanical wants to wish you a very happy New Years! We hope you have a fun (and safe!) time saying goodbye to the old year and welcoming in the new.

If you are a person who makes resolutions, why not try to make your home more environmentally-friendly next year? Upgrading your heating and air conditioning system can reduce the amount of energy you need to keep your home comfortable. You can also save energy by adding insulation and sealing any air leaks. A greener home is not only better for the environment, but it also saves you money by reducing your utility bills. Call SPS Mechanical to learn more about the benefits of upgrading your HVAC system.

Have a great New Year’s Eve!

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Happy Holidays from Your Local HVAC and Plumbing Contractor!

Monday, December 24th, 2012

Everyone at SPS Mechanical wishes you a very happy holiday! We want to take this opportunity to thank all of our wonderful customers who make our business possible. We look forward to working with you in the future. Have a wonderful celebration, and enjoy this time with friends and family!

And a quick reminder, if you haven’t yet scheduled a maintenance visit for your heating system, you could be losing money. Annual maintenance will not only cut down on repair costs, but it also ensures that your system is running as efficiently as possible, which lowers utility bills. A comfortable, efficient home is a gift that everyone can appreciate.

Happy Holidays from SPS Mechanical!

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What Furnace Noises Mean: A Heating Guide

Monday, December 17th, 2012

A proper installation, high-quality maintenance service and exceptional repair service from your professional service provider can help to ensure the efficient, effective performance of your furnace. Part of your job as a homeowner is to pay attention to your furnace and getting it the service it needs to maintain high performance levels. A lot of people ignore seemingly minor issues with their home heating systems, taking a reactive approach to its maintenance regiment. This is one of the worst things you can do to the furnace in your Woolwich Township home. Listen to what your furnace is telling you and contact the furnace service experts at SPS Mechanical as soon as you suspect a problem with your furnace.

You may notice a lot of different sounds coming from your furnace. No furnace is completely silent during operation, but the development of new, alarming sounds requires the attention of a professional. A loud, shrill noise, for instance, may indicate a problem with the motor or some other moving part in the furnace. This may be a simple case of inadequate lubrication, but only a professional service provider will be able to tell you for sure.

Some ticking and rattling is not uncommon when your furnace shuts down. It is often just the sound of various hot components cooling off, like you hear from your car engine after a drive. If these sounds seem to be growing more and more intense, though, you may have a problem requiring repair service.

Another common furnace sound is a bumping or banging from the furnace itself – not the ductwork or pipes. While loose pipes or ductwork may rattle or bang, indicating a need for tightening, a similar sound from within the furnace may be more serious. A damaged belt may be to blame, or some other component may have worked loose.

Furnace repair is never a “do-it-yourself” project. Even if you think that an issue with the operation of your furnace is no cause for alarm, you still must contact a professional Woolwich Township heating contractor to be sure. Call us to ensure the safe, efficient operation of your furnace.

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Heating Tip: Unusual Energy Saving Tips for the Winter

Monday, December 10th, 2012

Are you looking for more ways to reduce your energy and save on heating bills in your Woodbury, NJ area home this winter? Here are some unusual energy saving tips from the home efficiency experts at SPS Mechanical.

Insulate your tank water heater with a water heater jacket.

Part of your heating bills is taken up by heating your water. If you have a storage tank water heater, you can easily find jackets to fit over the tank and reduce standby heat losses, which saves energy and money.

Close the flue when your chimney is not in use.

Chimneys are necessary for proper ventilation in many homes that are heated by fireplaces and wood stoves. If you are not using your chimney, use the damper to keep it closed to prevent heat loss.

Insulate electrical outlets.

Electrical outlets are another hidden source of heat loss. If you stand by your outlet on a wall that leads to the outside, feel for cold air or a draft around it. Adding a little extra insulation behind the outlet or buying a special cover can prevent some of this.

Lower your hot water temperature.

If the thermostat on your hot water heater is above 120°F, turn it down to this temperature. While you may enjoy extremely hot showers, you could save a lot of energy used to heat your water by lowering it even by five degrees.

Use ceiling fans in reverse.

You can save energy in the winter by reversing the direction of your ceiling fans to a counterclockwise direction. This pushes the any warm air that rises back down into the living spaces.

Call the Woodbury, NJ heating specialists at SPS Mechanical if you have further questions.

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Making Sure Your Heat Pump is Efficient This Winter: Heating Guide

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

If you are using the heating mode on your heat pump during the winter, you may be paying more than you need to in heating costs if it isn’t working efficiently. At SPS Mechanical, we want to make sure that our customers have the tools to ensure that their heat pump is working as efficiently as possible this winter.

Feel free to call one of our Woolwich Township heat pump experts if you have further questions. Meanwhile, here are a few useful tips to help you get energy-efficient heat through the colder months of the year.

  • Understand Your Thermostat Settings: If you are setting back your thermostat manually, you may be causing your heater to run less efficiently on a newer heat pump model with backup heating. This can be more expensive than keeping your thermostat at consistent temperatures due to the multistage settings of many heat pump models today.
  • Remember To Change Air Filters: Check your owner’s manual, but most manufacturers recommend changing filters once a month or as needed. In order to maintain proper efficiency, the airflow must be a certain cubic feet per minute. A dirty air filter can block airflow and reduce the efficiency over time. A technician will test airflow during a routine visit; however, make sure you change your filters often in the winter.
  • Clean Your Heat Pump Components: While you may not realize it, keeping your heat pump clean is part of maintaining efficiency. Dirty fans and other components can restrict airflow (see above tip) and reduce efficiency. If you aren’t sure how to clean your heat pump or what to look for, call one of our certified technicians for assistance.
  • Duct Cleaning: While it may not be right for every home or situation, a duct cleaning for central heating systems could greatly improve efficiency and indoor air quality. Cleaning the ductwork in your home helps improve airflow and provides an opportunity for the technician to check for other issues related to poor design or improper sealing.

Call the Woolwich Township heat pump experts at SPS Mechanical any time if you have questions about how to maintain the efficiency in your heat pump all winter long.

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