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Carbon Monoxide Detection in Massachusetts

Carbon Monoxide Alert! What you can’t see could kill you!

Most people know the importance of installing carbon monoxide detectors in the home, but this advice bears repeating. Carbon monoxide (CO) is an invisible, odorless gas and it can kill.

Its deadly work can be through gradual exposure over time or a sudden, buildup of CO in a small, poorly ventilated room. Usually, defective combustion heating equipment is the source, although other potential causes can occur any time of year.

Just as important, be sure to test your CO detectors monthly to make sure they are still operational. Change the batteries every six months when you change the clocks for daylight savings time in early spring and late fall.

Remember that even hard-wired models have battery backups. Press the “test” button for two to three seconds. When the alarm beep sounds, release the button. If there is no beep, replace the batteries and test again. If it still doesn’t sound an alarm, replace the unit.

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SAVE $200 & Live Life Uninterrupted with a Standby Generator

New England has had it’s fair share of tough weather over the last few years.  During the variety of hurricanes, nor’easters and blizzards, you may have found yourself without power for a long period of time.  Here are a few reasons to invest in a generator for your home you may have not thought of.

  • Keep your furnace running in the cold weather or AC on in the summer. This will prevent pipes from freezing and keep your family, and pets comfortable.
  • Provide you with hot water heating.
  • Keep your sump pump system running.
  • Keep your stove running so you can cook and your refrigerator on so your food will keep.
  • Keep your alarm system on.
  • Provide power for computers, wi-fi and communications.
  • Continue to provide power for medical equipment.

How the Generac Standby Generator works:

When you experience a power outage in your home, your generac generator will detect there is a problem. Within seconds, it will automatically turn on and provide your home with power until the utility is restored, whether it’s 2 hours or 2 weeks.

This works even if you’re not home so you can have peace of mind while you’re at work or away on vacation.

Our Generac Generators also run off of propane or natural gas, which makes it easier to maintain as no manual fueling is necessary.

You can have a generator power your entire home or you can run it for specific appliances. We’ll install your electrical hook up so there’s no need to run extension cords and hope that you have it done correctly.

With the variety of weather we experience all year long in New England, a generator is a worthwhile investment for your home.

Standby generators are also a good investment for your home’s resale value, in addition to saving you money during power outages.

According to a 2014 report by Remodeling Magazine, homeowners across the country can expect to increase their resale value by 67.5 percent of the cost of purchasing and installing a standby generator. The study included the costs of the standby unit (approx 17kW), the automatic transfer switch and other electrical hardware, connecting to existing gas lines, and the mounting pad.

Save up to $200 on a Generac Home Stand-by Generator until March 31, 2016

Contact us today to get an evaluation of your residential needs for a standby generator.

3 Summer Energy Tips to Save Money

The hot days of summer can be a menace to your utility bills if you’re not careful. Here’s a trio of handy tips to keep cool and reduce your need to run your cooling system.

We previously recommended clearing the filter on your cooling system at the beginning of summer. Well, even if you did it then it’s now a good idea to check it once more. Clogged filters slow down the air flow and make your system work harder than it has to. We recommend checking the filter every month.

Remember that upright and ceiling fans do not cool rooms; they only cool people. The fan blades create a wind chill effect when they blow air on a person, but the heat produced by their motors actually warms makes the room slightly warmer. That means leaving a fan on in an empty room isn’t just wasteful, it’s counterproductive.

Your outdoor grill is probably a hit at Fourth of July parties when you load it up with burgers, hot dogs and BBQ chicken, but don’t think that’s the limit of what you can use it for. Using the grill won’t heat up the house the way your oven will so use it every chance you get. The Internet is filled with tips on how to cook all sorts of things outdoors on the grill, including corn on the cob, lobster tails and even buttermilk biscuits.

4 ways to stay cool on the 4th of July

Most people have Independence Day off from work, but your air conditioner will probably run longer than normal to comfort the people lounging around the house. Give the AC a break and cut down on your utility bill by using these simple tips to reduce the need for home cooling during your Fourth of July party.

Go for a swim

Going for a swim on a hot day not only cools you down while you’re in the water, but will leave you feeling cool and comfortable hours later. Now that it’s July, all of the local swimming holes, public beaches and neighborhood pools should be open. Show up early to beat the crowds and if you feel up for it, take a second dip in the late afternoon.

Use the BBQ exclusively

Traditional Fourth of July parties use the outdoor grill to avoid heating up the house, but some people still end up preparing side dishes inside using the oven or the top of the stove. Resist that temptation and limit the non-BBQ items to cold and room temperature foods like potato salad, chips and fruit salad that was prepared in advance.

Block out the sun

You should already keep your window blinds and shades closed during the day to stop your home from heating up, but don’t forget to shield your outdoor guests from the sun’s rays too. You can install a sunshade, umbrella or canopy pretty cheaply outside. If your garage naturally stays cool, consider opening the door and setting up some chairs inside to provide an oasis from the sunlight.

Cut that hair!

Now is the perfect time to change your hairstyle to a new summer cut, but even if you’re not making a radical departure, now might be a good time to trim things up to stay cool. As a bonus, you’ll get a chance to show it off to your family and friends at the party.

Holiday Heat Saving Tips from Wilson Brothers Heating & Cooling

The holiday season is upon us.  You may be wondering how you can save a little extra on your energy and heating bills, whether you’re traveling or hosting family.  Here are a few tips from Wilson Brothers to help you keep a few extra dollars in your pocket this holiday season.

Hosting:

  1. While hosting guests at your house you may feel the need to crank up the heat for them.  The opposite is actually true.  Before guests arrive in your home, drop your thermostat by 2 degrees and allow your guests to “naturally” heat your home.
  2. Turn down or turn off the heat in the kitchen.  You’re likely to have the stove and oven cranked all day.  Consider turning off or turning down the heat in your kitchen.  Let your food prep help to heat your home and this will also keep you more comfortable while cooking.  Once you’re done cooking, open your oven door and let the heat of the oven out (if it’s safe to do so, be careful of pets and little ones).  This heat will keep your kitchen warm for additional time after dinner.
  3. Burn smartly.  If you plan to have a fire or run your wood stove, turn down that heat! The fire is fueled by the air in the room, so once the flame is out, your furnace works overtime to replace that warm air.
  4. Make your thermostat work for you.  Programmable thermostats are your best friend all year long, but can be especially helpful during the holidays.  Program it to be lower when no one is home and when you’re asleep.
  5. Use the sun wisely.  Open your shades on the windows that get sun.  You’ll be amazed as to how much this can warm up your home!

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Traveling:

  1. Thermal curtains and insulation.  While you’re planning to be away, your house won’t be inhabited so it will make it more difficult to keep it warm.  By insulating doors, drafts and leaks in your system before you leave, you’ll keep your empty home warmer and more efficient.
  2. Turn down that hot water heater.  If no one is home, you’re hot water won’t be running.  Turn your hot water heater down to low or “vacation mode”.  Just remember to turn it back up when you return and a few hours before you jump in the shower.
  3. Turn down your thermostat but not too much.  We live in New England, we know storms, power outages and sudden cold snaps happen. Turn your thermostat down to 58-60 degrees.  This will keep your house warm enough to prevent pipes from freezing.
  4. Have a neighbor keep an eye out.  If the weather is expected to make a turn for the worse while you’re away, have a neighbor turn your heat up in case of a power outage.
  5. Turn off all space heaters.  This is the number one cause of fires during the winter.  Leaving a space heater on while you’re away can result in your home being a lump of coal when you return.

Have a happy and safe holiday from all of us at Wilson Brothers!

This isn’t Your Grandparents Heat Pump! Today’s Technology Means This Heat Pump Delivers Efficiency Even in New England!

Heat Pump Installation in Central MA

For every dollar of electricity you use on a heat pump, you get back $2 to $4 of heat. Now that is real energy efficiency! You see, a heat pump doesn’t “make” heat – it extracts heat from the outside air.

A great example of a one-way heat pump is your refrigerator. It removes heat from the air inside the refrigerator and moves it to the coils on the back or bottom of the refrigerator. A heat pump uses the same principle – extracting heat from the air and moving it to where it is needed. The winter air holds heat, even when the outside temperature gets down to zero degrees Fahrenheit.

Here’s how: when it is 47 degrees outside, an air-to-air heat pump extracts three units of energy for each unit of energy they consume. At 17 degrees, it extracts two units of energy for each unit of energy consumed. When the temperature dips even lower, that’s when your fuel-eating furnace kicks in.

Heat pumps are reliable. In fact, studies show that after 20 years of operation, more than half of the heat pumps were still working. Of those that were removed, less than half were for mechanical failures. The rest were for other reasons, such as upgrading to a newer, more efficient model or a different size.

Another reason to install a heat pump is that it “morphs” into an air conditioner in the summer. Instead of moving the heat inside, it reverses operation and collects the heat from inside the home and moves it outside. A heat pump is ideal for homes without ducts. No need to spend money to install ducts for central air. Your heat pump will provide cool air while saving energy and money.

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Heating and cooling your home accounts for about half of your home energy use. Installing a heat pump is an easy way to take a bite out of your energy bills while maintaining year-round comfort.

Five Reasons to Install a Heat Pump:

 

  1. Save money on energy year-round.
  2. Get air conditioning in the summer without ducts.
  3. Beautify your home by getting rid of window a/c units.
  4. Help the environment by using less oil or gas.
  5. Enjoy whisper-quiet operation and all-season comfort.
  6. Get a FREE ESTIMATE from Wilson Brothers today for more information about installing a heat pump and to set up an appointment for a no-obligation estimate.

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What is the Mass Save Heat Loan?

Participating lenders offer 0% loans up to $25,000 (depending on the utility and the lender) with terms up to 7 years! To qualify for this type of loan, you must have a Mass Save Home Energy Assessment and install qualified energy efficiency measures recommended by a Mass Save representative.

You can get a loan from participating banks for zero interest to install energy efficient systems! No interest at all! And … it isn’t as complicated as it might sound!

Simply call Mass Save at 866-527-7983 and request a Home Energy Assessment. There is no cost or obligation. A Mass Save representative will go to your home and check windows; doors; attic, wall and basement insulation; and light fixtures and will give you a comprehensive report with recommenda- tions on how you can save energy and money.

The following energy efficiency improvements are eligible for the HEAT Loan Program:

  • High Efficiency Heating Systems
  • Central Air Conditioning/ Air Source Heat Pumps
  • Ductless Mini Split Heat Pumps
  • High Efficiency Domestic Hot Water Systems
  • Solar Hot Water Systems
  • Attic, Wall, and Basement Insulation
  • 7-Day Digital & Wi Fi Thermostats
  • ENERGY STAR® Qualified Replacement Windows

Once your Energy Audit is completed you will receive a Heat Loan Intake Form which you will need to review and sign.

The staff at Wilson Brothers Heating and Air Conditioning will help you to navigate through the application process and provide you with a list of participating lenders. We are available to answer any question you may have about the proper equipment to install and the Heat Loan Program process.

Visit the Mass Save website to learn more about this program, available to residential customers of National Grid, NSTAR Electric and Gas, and Unitil or call Wilson Brothers at 978-433-5373 or 800-498-5373.