Programmable Thermostats – Save 10%-15% on your Heating & Air Conditioning Bills

In today’s economy, every dollar counts – especially when it comes to the rising cost of energy. Did you know that programmable thermostats are one of the most reliable energy savers available? With the high temperatures that are often synonymous with summer a small investment in this type of device makes perfect sense.

A programmable thermostat is designed to adjust your home’s temperature automatically to save energy when your family is sleeping or away from home. If used appropriately, a programmable thermostat can save you up to 10% – 15% on heating and cooling costs by simply adjusting your thermostat 10°–15° (plus or minus) for eight hours. Read more »

4 Tips for AC Maintenance

When you own a home, it’s important to understand how to maintain your most important investments, including your air-conditioning system. In fact, the best time to service your system is before it’s actually needed. During the spring, routine Air Conditioning maintenance is most important as your air-conditioning system will be working overtime to keep your home cool in the upcoming months. Keeping up routine maintenance, could be the difference between relaxing in cool comfort and sweating a costly breakdown. Read more »

How to Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in your Home

Risk of carbon monoxide poisoning increases during the winter and stormier seasons as use of gas furnaces and generators increases dramatically. Although you cannot see or smell carbon monoxide, it is responsible for more deaths than any other poison. This colorless, odorless poison is dangerous at any level including low levels which can get a person very sick, moderate levels can result in permanent neurological dysfunctions, or worse at high levels carbon monoxide may result in death.

Carbon monoxide poisoning can result whenever any fuel such as gas, kerosene, oil, wood, or charcoal is burned. The amount of carbon monoxide emitted from appliances that burn fuel yet are maintained and used properly is typically not hazardous. However, if appliances are either used incorrectly or not working properly, then dangerous levels of carbon monoxide can result. In fact, literally hundreds of accidental deaths are caused every year from carbon monoxide poisoning that results from malfunctioning or improperly used fuel-burning appliances.

Below are a few tips on how you can protect your family and yourself from carbon monoxide poisoning:
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Leaky Air Duct Dangers

With summer quickly approaching, Texas homeowners are getting ready for the hot days ahead and thinking about the rising costs of air conditioning bills. However, before the hot months are upon us, it’s a good idea to evaluate your current air conditioner system to make sure you don’t have leaky ducts. Read more » Named Times Union “Best Of” 2012! hosted it’s annual employee appreciation breakfast this morning and celebrated being named Times Union “Best Of” for the sixth straight year! President Andrea Crisafulli Russo thanked the employees for their dedication to professional excellence and commitment to exceptional customer service.

Everyone here at would like to extend a special thank you to our longtime customers for recognizing us with this honor! As a locally owned and operated business, we have been proud to serve the Capital District for over 70 years and look forward to a bright future.

Thank you!

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Save big on air conditioning

As the summer months approach followed by rising temperatures, it’s almost impossible to live without air conditioning. However, with the costs of energy these days, it’s almost equally as difficult to watch our electric bills go up exponentially.

What’s a homeowner to do? While turning off the air conditioner might seem like the only option, anyone suffering from allergies and asthma will tell you that air conditioning can be a lifesaver – especially when the humidity increases. Therefore, before you switch off the A/C, below are a few tips to help you continue to keep your home comfortable in those hot months without draining your wallet.

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Consumer Tax Credits for Energy Efficient Appliances Has Been Extended into 2011 With Revisions

Last year, the federal government instituted the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 which provides a tax credit to help offset the costs of making energy efficiency improvements to your home – including energy-efficient windows, insulation, doors, roofs, and heating and cooling equipment. If you install any of these qualifying energy efficiencies in your existing home you could be eligible to receive a tax credit for a percentage off of the cost of your purchase.

The 2009 tax credit expired on December 31, 2010. However, the government recently signed a bill to extend this deadline to December 31, 2011. Read more »

Why Upgrade to a High-efficiency Heating System?

With summer right around the corner, the last thing on any Capital District homeowner’s mind is their heating system. Believe it or not, now is actually the best time to consider upgrading to a high-efficiency system furnace or boiler heating system.

When winter is over, many people stop worrying about their heating system because they won’t need it for a while – “out of sight, out of mind” so to speak.  If you wait until Fall to begin the replacement process, you will have missed the opportunity to take advantage of the time you have now to do the proper research involved for this important purchase.  Many of the best deals for furnaces and boiler replacements are available by HVAC contractors in the Spring and Summer months when they are looking to move equipment out of inventory.  They will often offer very aggressive package deals for heating system replacements with central air conditioning.  Keep in mind, if you wait until it is an emergency situation, you run the risk of making a decision in a rush and perhaps even paying more than you need to. Read more »

Top 5 Energy Saving Tips in Houston

We are all looking for ways to save money in our daily lives and would like to help save the environment and be a little “greener” while we are at it.  By decreasing your own individual energy consumption, you not only reduce your monthly utility bills but learn ways to be more eco-friendly at the same time. Read more »

Common Heating and Furnace Problems

Now that winter is here it’s a good time to be aware of the most common problems with your heating system or furnace.

You know the saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” That’s true for most things, but not for your HVAC system.   It pays to have your furnace or boiler serviced each year.

By the time you contact a qualified HVAC company like for a “simple” repair, there may be significant unseen damage to your system which may have been prevented. Here are 5 most common heating and furnace problems we uncover during a routine repair or service call. Read more »