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How Homeowners Can Reduce the Risk of Drain and Sewer Clogs

Flushing the toilet seems so mundane until the waste water backs up and starts spilling over the rim. Drain and sewer clogs can cause inconvenience, a smelly house, and even a noxious mess. Reducing or eliminating the risk of these clogs is the best way to keep them from happening.

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Gas and Oil Furnaces Offer Different Pros and Cons for Massachusetts Homeowners

Before you install a new furnace in your Massachusetts home, you may have to decide between oil or gas as the fuel source, depending on where you live. Both gas and oil furnaces have advantages and disadvantages, and the following guide will help you determine which option may be best for your home.

Gas Furnace Pros and Cons

furnace2Natural gas furnaces are more efficient overall than oil furnaces, with AFUE ratings of 89 to 98 percent common today, as compared to modern oil furnaces, which have AFUE ratings of 80 to 90 percent.

Gas furnaces require less maintenance, with only one or two service visits needed annually, depending on the model, while oil furnaces require more frequent maintenance due to soot buildup and oil filter changes.

Gas furnaces also tend to be quieter and cleaner to operate, and natural gas costs as little as a third of the price per heating season.

On the other hand, gas furnaces tend to be more expensive than their oil counterparts, by up to 25 percent for the most efficient models, and your home must be located in an area that has natural gas service installed.

Oil Furnace Pros and Cons

Oil furnaces are convenient because they can be installed in remote areas that aren’t serviced by natural gas lines. The home heating oil is delivered as needed by a fuel company, and typically routine furnace maintenance is included as part of the delivery contract. Oil furnaces are less expensive than comparable gas furnaces, and they often produce more heat per BTU of fuel used.

The major disadvantages of oil furnaces include the requirement for on-site fuel storage and the higher expense of home heating oil per heating season. Oil isn’t as clean-burning as gas, requiring more frequent maintenance, and oil furnaces tend to be louder and less efficient than gas models.

For more information about the differences between gas and oil furnaces, talk to our home heating professionals at Rodenhiser Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning. We’ve served the Route 495/128 area of Massachusetts since 1928.

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Balanced Airflow Is the Key for Comfort

balanced airflowCentral HVAC units are specially constructed to provide an entire building with heated or cooled air. Why, then, do so many buildings end up with uncomfortable hot or cold spots? In many cases, it boils down to unbalanced airflow in the building. Read More Balanced Airflow Is the Key for Comfort >>

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There’s an Array of Programmable Thermostats to Select From

programmable thermostat 8Programmable thermostats are one of the most affordable and effective ways to trim energy usage in your home, especially if you’re away on a routine basis. These devices remember when to change the temperatures in your home based on a schedule you set. Considerations for choosing the best one for your heating and cooling needs involves identifying the type you want, its features and its compatibility with your system. Read More There’s an Array of Programmable Thermostats to Select From >>

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Energy-Saving Tips for the Changing Seasons — Try Them in Your Massachusetts Home

Energy-Saving Tips for the Changing SeasonsEnergy-saving tips are applicable any time of year, but even more so after a hot summer and high energy bills. As the leaves fall, turn over a new leaf of your own and make these changes around your Massachusetts home.  Read More Energy-Saving Tips for the Changing Seasons — Try Them in Your Massachusetts Home >>

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How Sealing and Insulating the Home Can Keep You Cool This Summer

seal and insulateEveryone loves summer, but here in Massachusetts, the seasonal heat can be uncomfortable for many. We always take steps to ensure our homes are ready for the harsh winter weather, but it’s equally important to seal and insulate the home envelope for summer, and this is especially true for older, multi-level homes. Read More How Sealing and Insulating the Home Can Keep You Cool This Summer >>

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How Does Central A/C Work?

central a/cWhen the mercury rises on the thermometer, air conditioning can play a big part in your home comfort. Many times, homeowners have only a minimal understanding of their HVAC system, which can make an A/C upgrade or replacement even more difficult. So how does central A/C work?  Read More How Does Central A/C Work? >>

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Put the Air Conditioning Condensing Unit On Your Spring Cleaning List

Put the Air Conditioning Condensing Unit On Your Spring Cleaning ListThe last problem you want to have in the dead of summer is a malfunctioning air conditioner. That’s why it’s important to remember to include air conditioning maintenance on your Spring cleaning list. Specifically, you will want to examine and clean the air conditioning condensing unit to ensure optimal performance during those hot summer months. Read More Put the Air Conditioning Condensing Unit On Your Spring Cleaning List >>

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Humidification Systems in Your Home Can Work Wonders for Your Comfort

humidification systemsWhen it comes to your home comfort, air quality is just as important as air temperature, if not more. In fact, if anyone in your home is in poor health or suffers from asthma, maintaining an excellent level of air quality in your home is extremely important. Along with air filter replacement and keeping your ducts clean, humidification systems can make an impact on your home’s air quality. Read More Humidification Systems in Your Home Can Work Wonders for Your Comfort >>

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Generators: Don’t You Wish You’d Had One This Past Winter?

time for a generatorWhen inclement weather hits, two groups of homeowners emerge: those who are grateful they own a generator and those who wish they did. It seems that every year there are more and more reports of severe weather, and you never know when your area could be hit. For this reason, it’s wise to consider buying a generator or upgrading the one you currently have. Read More Generators: Don’t You Wish You’d Had One This Past Winter? >>

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