SPS Mechanical Inc. Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Heating’

What to Look for in a New Heating System

Monday, February 13th, 2017

Choosing a new heating system to install can be kind of like going to the dentist: you know it has to happen (because the consequences for not doing it are worse) but that doesn’t mean you’re going to enjoy it. A lot of homeowners have this attitude when it comes to shopping for a new heating system; they just want to find something that works and get it installed as quickly as possible.

While it can be tempting to cut corners in the decision-making stage, it’s a really bad idea to actually do it. If you’re not careful when selecting your new heating system, the one you try to install may not end up working at all. Know beforehand which factors to pay attention to, and how they fit into your heating needs.

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What Is Boiler Kettling?

Monday, November 9th, 2015

Have you ever heard your boiler making a deep, rumbling sound while it was on? If so, you may have a kettling problem. Boiler kettling is a pretty big threat to the health of your boiler, and can cause quite a bit of damage if you let it continue. Let’s take a look at why boiler kettling happens, and what you can do to stop it.

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Common Heat Pump Problems During Heating Season

Monday, October 19th, 2015

As we get further into heating season, it is important to keep an eye on the heating system in your home for problems that may crop up. Today, we are going to take a look at heat pumps. Read on for a list of some of the most common heat pump problems that occur during heating season, and when you should call for repairs.

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The Benefits of Installing a Boiler Heating System this Fall

Monday, October 12th, 2015

Heating season is most definitely here, though we have a little bit of time before things start to get really cold. If you are in the market for a new heating system, now is the perfect time to get one installed. You don’t want to be without heat in your home when it starts to snow outside, after all. Why not consider installing a boiler system in your home? If you’ve never thought about the benefits of having a boiler-based heating system, read on to find out more.

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The Advantages of Radiant Heating

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

If you’re looking into a new heating system, the best time to call an HVAC technician is now, before the season starts to get any colder. And one system that has gained a lot of popularity is radiant floor heating. With radiant heating, you’ll feel warmer throughout the day in any area of the home.

You use radiant heat every day when you step outside to absorb the radiant energy of the sun’s rays. Radiant heating systems differ in that they transfer radiant energy through a heat source and an object such as the floor. Underfloor radiant heating systems are one of the most efficient ways to keep family members comfortable day and night. Here are some of the advantages you’ll notice right away when you schedule radiant heating installation today.

No Ducts

Forced-air heating systems, such as furnaces and heat pumps, generally have filters that keep some pollutants out of your home. But as fans distribute air to your home via the ducts, you can still expect these systems to move some dust and allergens around in your home, which could trigger respiratory problems. Radiant heating does not rely on ductwork, which can not only prevent health issues, but also decreases energy loss.

Energy Savings

Ducts may account for more than 30% of energy lost during heating. Radiant heating systems won’t ever have to deal with this loss, and most are extremely efficient, saving homeowners up to 40% on their bills over older forced-air systems.

Comfort

One of the key reasons homeowners love radiant floor heating is that these systems provide even heating for maximum comfort throughout the day. An underfloor radiant system heats up every surface it comes in contact with, including your bed and the other furniture in your home. Unlike forced-air systems, which may not heat an entire room with ease, floor systems distribute heat evenly, which means you’ll feel radiant energy as soon as you step onto the floor.

Consider replacing an older inefficient heating system by calling an HVAC contractor today. If you’re thinking about radiant heating, talk to one of our experts about whether this efficient, practical heating system is the right choice for your home. Call the friendly professionals at SPS Mechanical Inc. today for the answers to all of your questions about heating services in Sewell, NJ!

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Heating Question: Is Spring a Good Time for Oil to Gas Conversion?

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Here in Haddonfield, heating still means using oil furnaces for many people. Oil furnaces were in use for many years in this part of the country and for a lot of homes, their reliability has trumped the higher fuel costs that they entail. But with winter finally coming to an end, some homeowners are pondering an essential heating question: is spring a good time for oil to gas conversion? It almost certainly is.

The spring means you won’t need your heater as much or as often. It also means that, if you’re handling a lot of serious issues with your oil furnace, you may be thinking about an upgrade or a conversion already. Problems during heating season and concerns about next season could easily prompt a homeowner to consider the move now. With reduced use, you have the luxury of shutting your heater off for a few days to facilitate the conversion, as well as allowing you to schedule the operation during a time that’s convenient to you. In the winter, with your heater called upon for daily use, such flexibility usually isn’t possible. It’s also better to perform the conversion before the summer begins, when concerns about your air conditioner may take center stage and you’ll need to table an oil-to-gas conversion project for another time.

Oil to gas conversion makes all kinds of sense. Once it’s in place, you can save a great deal on heating expenses, as well as helping to promote a cleaner environment and reducing our reliance on fossil fuels. With the cold weather ebbing away, there’s no reason to hesitate. If you are thinking about gas to oil conversion or need any other heating service in Haddonfield, call the experts at SPS Mechanical Inc. We have years of experience handling these kind of problems, and with us as a guide, you can expect your conversion to go smoothly and without a hitch. For an operation like this, you need to leave heating questions to the experts. Contact us today to set up an appointment and let us show you what a difference we can make!

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Saving Energy with a New Boiler

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

If you’ve decided to install a gas boiler in your home, you are making an investment in long-term performance and energy savings. Boilers have a reputation for longevity, easy maintenance, and relatively few repair needs. This long service life means a lengthy period of payback for your initial installment costs.

Boilers will save you money in other ways, although it will require some work from your end. We’ll look at how you can save on your energy bills with your new boiler in Gloucester County, NJ. Call SPS Mechanical Inc. today to talk to our boiler specialists and find out your options boilers and how you can make the most of a new installation.

The energy saving possibilities of a new boiler

A boiler will provide you an immediate reduction on your bills if you’ve switched from a gas or electric furnace. Since boilers do not use air ducts to send heat around your house, but instead pipes leading to radiators and/or baseboard heaters, they lose less heat during their heating cycle.

Boilers score much higher AFUE ratings than the majority of furnaces. Look for a boiler with the U.S. Department of Energy’s ENERGY STAR label. A boiler that qualifies for the ENERGY STAR label must have at least an AFUE of 85%, which is 6% more efficient than models that meet the federal minimum standard for federal efficiency, and 7% more efficient than the ENERGY STAR requirements for a gas furnace. You can also choose to invest in a high efficiency boiler that has improved heat exchangers that rapidly move the heat from the gas jets to the water in the tank. Talk to boiler installation technicians to find out which systems will work best for you.

To receive the maximum savings from your new boiler, it must be properly sized for your home: this also requires the work of professionals. Make sure you start out with an installation that will let your boiler deliver you the most energy-saving performance possible.

Although boilers have simple maintenance, that doesn’t mean you can slack off on scheduling it. Make sure you arrange an annual visit from a technician who can check to see that all the components of your system work well, and no repair need will impair its performance. Only a boiler in the best working shape will return the savings you expect from its AFUE rating.

Start with professional installation

Have experienced boiler installers involved from the beginning. They will assist you with selecting an efficient unit, sizing it, and then installing it properly so you will start out with high energy savings. Rely on the same team for maintenance as well.

SPS Mechanical Inc. has a team of expert installers ready to help you with a new boiler in Gloucester County, NJ. We are also available 24/7 for emergency repairs.

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Why You Should Rely on NATE-Certified Technicians for Heating Repair

Monday, February 24th, 2014

You should always hire a professional contractor when you need heating repair in West Deptford, NJ. But… what exactly sets a professional apart from the amateurs? And even among the professionals, how can you pinpoint the ones with the best training?

It’s wise to be cautions regarding the credentials of anyone whom you are considering hiring to handle as important a task as taking care of a home heating system. But there is an easy path to finding quality repair: make sure to call a contractor who employs NATE-certified technicians.

SPS Mechanical Inc. takes pride in offering a staff with experienced NATE-certified repair specialists on call 24 hours a day. Make us your first call for heating repair.

What does NATE-certification mean?

NATE stands for “North American Technical Excellence.” It is the only certification recognized throughout the HVAC industry. The NATE Technical Committee that oversees certification is comprised of industry experts from around the nation. The rigorous test that applicants must pass covers a wide variety of topics to make sure that anyone who earns certification has the training for real-world application of their skills with heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. As of January 2014, NATE certification lasts for two years, after which a technician must earn 16 hours of specially related continuing education within a two-year period or opt to re-take the test.

Examples of NATE-certification test questions: “What is the CFM requirements of an 1,800-ft house with 8-ft ceilings if five air changes per hour are needed?” “How fast does air with the velocity pressure of 0.20 in w.g. move through a square duct?” and “A sling psychrometer uses two glass-stem thermometers. One measures dry-bulb and the other measures _____.”

But the NATE-certification test also covers proper customer service and procedures. A technician who has passed the NATE-certification test has demonstrated proper and clear communication skills with customers and knows how to handle other routines of the job away from the technical aspects.

With NATE-certified help for your heating, you know you are getting what the rest of the HVAC world recognizes as “the best.”

How can I tell if a contractor employs NATE-certified technicians?

Any contractor proud of its NATE-certified employees will display a NATE badge on their website.

Where can I find NATE-certified technicians?

Right here at SPS Mechanical Inc.! Not only do we have certified technicians, but we are also a member of the Air Conditioning Contractors of America. We have the skills required to deliver the repairs you need for cooling and heating in West Deptford, NJ. Call us any time of the day or night.

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3 Important Facts about Oil to Gas Conversion

Monday, January 13th, 2014

If you are still using oil to fuel the furnace or boiler heating your home, then it might be time for you to take into serious consideration a conversion to natural gas. Many homes have already undergone the oil-to-gas conversion to their benefit—and the benefits are numerous.

Here are 3 important facts we think all homeowners who current rely on oil for heating need to know about making the conversion. Call SPS Mechanical Inc. for additional information, as well as to schedule a conversion or any other heating repair in Sewell, NJ.

1. It can save you money

We can rely on studies by the federal Energy Information Administration to tell us that an oil-to-gas conversion will save you a significant amount on your heating bills each winter. The EIA’s 2011 study showed an average family would save close to $2,000 over a single winter by changing from burning oil to burning natural gas. This will quickly offset the cost of conversion. This, of course, varies by region because fuel costs can be different.

2. It can help the environment

Natural gas is one of the cleanest-burning fuels available, producing fewer sulfur, carbon, and nitrogen emissions than oil. It also doesn’t leaves behind ash particles after burning. This decreases such environmental dangers as smog, acid rain, and greenhouse gasses. If you are interested in helping the planet while saving money, than natural gas is the perfect route to take.

3. You must have it done by specialists

Obviously, you can’t perform an oil-to-gas conversion on your own without training: you wouldn’t even know where to begin. However, you can’t simply turn to any heating contractor to do the work; you need to hire a contractor who specializes in this service. If you can hire a contractor that handles both standard home heating and conversions, then you’ll have the convenience of only dealing with one company, which will make the job go much smoother.

Keep in mind, when you are considering a conversion to natural gas, that a natural gas line into your home can do more than run your furnace or boiler. It can also be used for ovens, stoves, and even some models of clothes dryers. You’ll be making a large investment in home comfort that affects many aspects of your life.

SPS Mechanical Inc. has you covered when it comes to oil-to-gas conversions. We can help your whole house make the switch, with little inconvenience to you. Contact us today for details about our services and other heating repair in Sewell, NJ.

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Oil vs. Gas Heat

Monday, December 16th, 2013

For many years, oil was one of the most common methods to fuel furnaces and boilers. Today, however, natural gas has superseded oil and now is the most popular fuel source for home heating.

Why has natural gas overtaken oil? In the oil vs. gas conflict, what tilts the scales in favor of natural gas?

We’ll explain the advantages that gas-heating has over oil-heating. If you want to make the change from one fuel to the other, you’ll need the services of a company that specializes in oil-to-gas conversion. Let SPS Mechanical Inc. handle the task for you, so you can get the most efficient and effective heating in Sicklerville, NJ.

Why you should consider converting from gas to oil

  • Gas is more environmentally friendly: If you want to “go green,” then natural gas makes for a significant improvement over oil. Natural gas has fewer emissions than any other fossil fuel when it burns.
  • Gas is more energy-efficient: Natural gas burns more completely than oil does, resulting in much less energy waste and lower bills. In 2011, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) did a test on the efficiency of gas vs. oil, and found that an average family saved close to $2,000 during a winter using natural gas instead opposed to oil.
  • Gas is more convenient: If you’re tired of having to wait for delivery of oil—and sometimes having it run out during the coldest days of the year—you won’t have those worries with natural gas, which the city pipes straight into your home.
  • Gas can give you a rebate: Because utility companies want to encourage homeowners to switch to  natural gas, many offer a rebate if you have an oil-to-gas conversion. This rebate can be up to $400, an additional savings on top of the money you are already saving from gas’ efficiency.

One company can do it all for you

When you contact SPS Mechanical Inc. for an oil-to-gas conversion, you’ll have one company handling all the steps of a complex process. We will take care of removing your old heater as well as attaching the piping necessary to bring gas from the main line into your home for your new gas heating system. We will make safety a priority at every stage of the conversion, so you will end up with a new, improved source of fuel without any worries about your safety. Call SPS Mechanical Inc. today to get started with the change from oil to gas.

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