We are proud to announce we have a published cover story in PHC News this month! In the article we discuss our ongoing work in the hospitality industry and event venue spaces. Another great install with U.S. Boiler Company‘s products. … Read More

Let’s Talk About Piping Size

In life, we look at objects and try and determine what the size can tell us: how big is it or how small. We look through neighborhoods and see the varied sizes of homes and possibly their values. People tend to believe that bigger is better. Being a hydronic contractor, everything is about what size fits the need at hand and the mechanics being used to provide solutions and solve problems. When we deal with boilers, pipes and pumps how big or small really make all the difference. Not remembering that “Size Matters” can severely impact the quality of installations contractors perform.… Read More

Gas Conversion: More Return than the Stock Market

You come home from work and you find in your mailbox, or taped to your door, the bill for the latest oil delivery. With a heavy sigh, you see the price which appears to increase at mind-boggling levels each time you receive an invoice. As you enter your home, you are immediately greeted by the deep, acrid smell of oil in the air. The delivery person has once again overfilled your tank. Not only have they squeezed more money from you, you now must deal with the repercussions. Now may the time to think about a gas conversion… Read More

Spring Is Well Season

The winter months are ending and you’re thinking it’s time to get outside.  The time has come to think about flowers, gardens, washing your car and maybe even power washing the house.These are all great ideas but have you thought about your well?  We have all made it through the cold of the winter and although this year wasn’t a terribly cold or snowy winter, it likely still had an impact on your homes mechanics.… Read More

Heat Pump Water Heaters

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In the past ten years, we experienced a craze over high-efficiency equipment in homes. This is largely due to skyrocketing and unpredictable energy costs.  The most improvements have been in the gas equipment that can be installed and retro fitted into existing structures.  But what about those folks that don’t have natural gas or the ability to install a propane tank?… Read More

What To Do When Your Quietside Boiler Goes Quiet

A decade ago a Pacific Rim manufacturer developed a product called the Quietside Boiler and Quietside Water Heater. The typical scenario unfolds with a well-dressed salesperson entering your home with the goal of selling you a product. They may be entirely polite, dressed in a white shirt, and begins to “listen” to your list of wants and needs for a home heating/hot water solution. After the conversation progresses, the salesperson recommends a seemingly cost effective solution that will give you “endless hot water, at a massively reduced cost”. You feel excited at this prospect and sign on the dotted line.… Read More

Advancements in Boiler Technology

Humans have made incredible advances over the last 60 years in technology and communication.  In 1957 we saw the launch of Sputnik 1, the first rocked into space. IBM wrote the first programming language and The UK Medical Research Council revealed the first evidence to support tobacco smoking causing lung cancer.  Truly revolutionary things happened in 1957 and the rate and magnitude of these discoveries has only increased.… Read More

Boiler Maintenance Best Practices

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Imagine it is midnight, on the coldest night of the winter, where the heat in your home suddenly stops working. Even if you do not notice it immediately, the chill you wake up to signifies there is a major issue. Many people who own a home heated by a boiler, be it oil or gas, have had to call on a company to fix a problem that occurs on a cold night.… Read More

Service Contracts Enhance Warranties

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Warranties for our appliances, homes and utilities are an attractive way to provide peace of mind for our purchases. It could be as small as a kitchen appliance or as large as covering your home. Most of the time this can be enough to handle any small issues that can come up with the covered items but it can also be good practice to invest in Service Contracts to fill in any gaps in coverage.… Read More

Reducing Water Pressure to Increase Savings

Do you pay a water bill?  Sewer too?  I can bet it has gone up in the recent years.  You may be able to get it under control and save money in the process.  Our approach is: “We need to reduce your water pressure.”

Many times, when telling a client that they need to reduce pressure within their home or business we are often met with skepticism.  This is understandable because when we think of low pressure, we think of showers being weak or taking forever to wash our hands. Measuring water pressure is easy and its part of every service call we do involving a plumbing or water heating issue.… Read More

Guide to Heating and Cooling for New Home Owners

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As a new home owner, I never knew what went into the maintenance and care of my heating and cooling systems, let alone my water heater, until I worked for a company who installs, repairs, and services them.

One never realize how important these systems are in your household until one of them has an issue or fails entirely. Your heating, cooling, and water heater systems are like the “silent bills” waiting to happen in your household. If they are not properly installed, serviced, and repaired when needed, you will end up spending thousands of dollars in repairs and replacements, not just in equipment but possibly in household damages which end up going through your home owner’s insurance.… Read More

Thermal Expansion and Your Plumbing

Thermal expansion takes place every time your water heater heats or reheats water. The dangers of this kind of expansion is when you heat an object in a closed environment/space you must predict and manage that expansion. For example, a helium filled balloon is filled in an air-conditioned store in the summer time. It’s filled and looks great. You take that balloon out to your car place it inside and go into another store. You come back and that balloon has popped. The gas inside the balloon heated, expanded and broke your balloon.… Read More