It’s that season – winter, ice, and snow. Staying safe and warm, and prepping your home for snow is not hard; it just takes a little planning. So, here are some important tips to make sure your home is ready for a snowstorm, plus answers to specific questions. [Read more…] about 5 Ways to Prep for a Snowstorm
Have you ever considered the impact a pet might have on your HVAC unit? Odds are that you have a pet or two running around your place. In the state of New York, 27% of homes have dogs and 21% have cats. Some overlap does exist but in total, around half of every household in NY has a pet. In fact, 67% of all American households own at least one kind of pet. [Read more…] about 7 HVAC Tips for Pet Owners
When cold weather brings snow, homeowners start looking for a shortcut to a clear, safe path. While snowblowers are popular, a heated driveway eliminates the need for one. Yet many people assume that’s a luxury they can’t have. Actually, heated driveways are more accessible than you may think. [Read more…] about Can You Heat an Existing Driveway?
HVAC is the term for the various systems used to heat and cool a building as well as move air through the building. HVAC can be a single system or individual systems for the different functions, whether they work together or not. For example, HVAC can entail both a furnace and a ductless air conditioning system or a single heat pump system, or any other combination of heating and cooling components. [Read more…] about New Home Owner Series: What is HVAC?
Welcome to autumn, when one day is cool and the next is warm, back, and forth. You want to be comfortable while also not turning your heat on too soon. Deciding when to turn on your heat is key. If you’re a new homeowner or just want to learn how to manage your heating system better, read on. [Read more…] about When Should You Turn Your Heat On?
As temperatures cool, and you start reaching for sweaters and hoodies, it’s time to schedule your fall HVAC maintenance, if you haven’t already. Yearly maintenance is essential for a good-working system and autumn is the best time to make sure your system is running effectively and efficiently. [Read more…] about 5 Reasons You Need a Fall Maintenance Checkup
Here on Long Island, many homes still have oil burners. For a time, it was cheaper to have oil come in through New York ports, but over time the price of other heating sources decreased. According to the US Energy Information Administration, heat using natural gas has seen significant savings over oil-based heating. [Read more…] about Can I Keep My Oil Burner If I Convert to Gas?
No one likes a home that is too cold or too hot, yet even when it becomes obvious that you need to install a new boiler, HVAC system, air conditioner, etc., people often hesitate because the upgrade process is intimidating. Solving that dilemma is just one of the many reasons we created our Comfort Advisor program. [Read more…] about Why You Want a Tragar Comfort Advisor Appointment
Utility costs frequently surprise new homeowners. While smart home buyers research utility costs in their area so they can properly plan a budget, the actual costs are frequently higher. Even if the buyer asked the seller for examples of their utility costs during negotiations, lifestyle differences and temperature comfort preferences could increase costs by 25 percent or more. [Read more…] about New Home Owner Series: Ways to Save on Utility Costs
Every Long Island homeowner’s goal when winter rolls around is to stay warm. The best way to achieve that goal all winter is to think ahead. Your current heating system might not be doing the job anymore, or maybe it always left something to be desired. So instead of waiting until the cold rolls back around, start thinking about if it’s time you upgraded the heating system for your home. [Read more…] about Reasons to Upgrade Your Heating System During Spring