Are you shocked and dismayed every time you open your heating bill? If you’re like most Long Island residents, wintertime brings month after month of ever-increasing energy costs. It’s no surprise many homeowners are looking for alternative methods to heat their homes this year. One option worth considering is to install a heat pump.
Lots of companies claim to put the customer first. At Tragar Home Services, it’s not just talk. Like our customers… we live, work, and play on Long Island. We are a part of the community, which is why making our customers happy and exceeding their expectations is our top priority. We can literally bump into our clients during everyday activities, which means we’re held accountable in a way national companies aren’t.
That commitment to superior customer service is one of many things that sets Tragar apart from the so-called competition. It all combines into something we call “The Tragar Difference.”
Sometimes you find spots on your glasses after running the dishwasher or get a soapy feeling on your hands after washing them. That is because your water is “hard”. Hard water is water that is high in mineral content – most often calcium and / or magnesium. Since this is caused by minerals suspended in the water, the problem can often be solved by water filtration.
The days are getting shorter and shorter lately as we head toward another winter. That also means we’re taking out the heavier blankets and bedding – and shutting the windows to keep the heat in our homes from escaping. Our home heating situation is never too far from our minds during these winter months.
Many homeowners on Long Island are in houses or units that don’t have even heating throughout… some rooms are just warmer or colder than others. One of the ways to help offset that is through the use of heat pumps. These HVAC units are designed to move warm air from one source to another. While they are useful units that help to keep your home comfortable, are they able to work well in the cold winter months?
It’s that time of year again! Fall is in the air as the days get shorter and the air gets crisp and chilly. If we have air conditioner units in our windows, we’re taking them out and storing them. If we have heating units, we’re starting to use them regularly.
Maybe this year your home heating unit doesn’t feel like it’s working as well as it did last year. Or maybe it feels like your heating unit hasn’t been working as well as it used to for a long time. It could even be that your heating unit seems to heat your home as well as it has, but it’s using more power and costing you more money to give you the same results. These are all likely signs that it’s time to upgrade your home heating unit to one of the modern heating systems. So how do we go about that?
Controlling the temperature and humidity in your basement is important for your comfort and the overall health of your home. Most basements run 15 degrees cooler than your main level floor and may not have been originally built with use beyond storage in mind.
While it’s easiest if your basement already has access to existing HVAC and ducting, there are a lot of ways to efficiently heat and cool your finished basement.
It finally feels like fall – and soon it will be winter. That means now is the time to start getting your house ready for winter, cold weather, and snowstorms.
When Should I Winterize My Home?
You always want to start winterizing your home before winter starts, and that doesn’t just mean the official calendar start of winter. It also means before freezing temperatures arrive. September, October, and November are the usual months to begin winterizing your home.[Read more…]
A lot has changed over the years on Long Island in terms of homes on the market. More and more, we’re seeing a house knocked down and two houses being built in its place. It seems like the demand for homes in the area is holding steady as more housing keeps popping up.
That said, we still have many homes that go back decades and some that are even older. You may be living in a home that was built years ago or planning to move into one soon. While there are wonderful things about living in historic houses… you may want guidance on the best approaches to fit HVAC systems in your home and keep you and your family comfortable.
So, what are some tips for buying a heating system for your historic home?
As we approach the tail-end of summer, we may still be using the air conditioning in our homes fairly regularly throughout the day. While it keeps us and our homes cool, many of us are likely keeping in mind how much this could affect our electric bill. That’s not the only side effect of using air conditioning, however.
This year had been a rough one for people suffering from allergies. Coughing, sneezing, and congestion can make being anywhere uncomfortable – including at home. It might not just be allergy season (or even allergies) that can be causing this though. It’s possible that it’s related to the air quality in your home.
So, how do we know if the air in our homes is affecting us negatively and what can we do to change that?
According to the National Hurricane Center, a hurricane only impacts the New York area every 19 years. Major ones – Category 3 or above – only happen every 74 years. Hurricane Sandy hit October 29, 2012 and resulted in many deaths and injuries… and billions of dollars in damages.
Hurricanes, though rare, are dangerous forces of nature. But knowing what to do to prepare for one can help save lives and reduce potentially costly repair bills.