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Preparing for the Colder Months Ahead

Believe it or not, fall is right around the corner. As we cherish these last days of warmth and sunshine, we may also be thinking about fall cleanup, and the list of things we can do to welcome the changing of seasons and prepare for the colder months ahead.

A typical fall “to-do” list may include things like: looking for a good deal on heating oil or firewood, pulling the snowblower out of storage, preparing for leaf cleanup, or scheduling a time to get the snow tires put on the car…

But how many of us think about changing the air filters on our heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems?

We know it may seem like a trivial detail when compared to something more obviously tangible, such as, planning for snow removal, or making sure you have enough firewood to keep from freezing, but actually, these filters may be a bigger deal than you might think.

Let’s pose a question: How well would you be able to breathe with a mouthful of dirt?

This question may sound a bit silly, but if you were to take a close look at the intake area of your heating and cooling unit, you’d see where we’re going with this.

In order to heat or cool your building, HVAC units draw air in from the outside, warm it or cool it, then release it back into your work or living space at the temperature you dialed on the thermostat. But what happens when the flow of fresh, outside air gets partially (or significantly) blocked? Well, lots of things; none of which are good for you, your system, or your wallet.

Let’s explore…

The fact is, the ability for your system to circulate fresh air is one of the most essential elements to proper overall functioning. When the air filters become clogged with dust and debris, it is effectively like making your system have to breathe through a straw. Or, to keep with the original analogy, like breathing through a mouthful of dirt. Not pretty.

When the airflow gets blocked, it puts excessive strain on the blowers and mechanisms responsible for moving air through the system. This yields a number of significant issues. Here are a few of the most common:

• Reduced Efficiency

When airflow gets restrained, the overall volume of conditioned air gets reduced, leading to the system having to work for longer periods of time to produce the same effects. The end result of this is increased energy usage and a big, fat sting to your wallet. We get it, nobody wants to spend their hard-earned money on an air filter. There are about 1,000 things more exciting to purchase. But, look at it from the bright side, with all that money you’ll be saving by controlling your utility bills, you can afford to go out and treat yourself!

• Allergens (Ah…Choo!)

Imagine air moving through an old, dirty air filter literally caked with allergy-inducing contaminants, then being pumped through ductwork into your home or workspace. If this doesn’t tickle your nostrils like a turkey feather, then you’re either one of the rare individuals with absolutely zero allergy issues, or an alien. The worst part of this, is that when allergens start to work their way through your first line of defense, (a.k.a. Mr. Air Filter) they can begin to backup and accumulate in your ducts. Once this happens, they can literally end up getting pulled into the air you breathe for months as they slowly, but surely release themselves.

• Short-Cycling

A good quality system is designed to cycle on and off periodically throughout the day. However, when an air filter becomes clogged, and the performance of the unit is compromised, these cycles start occurring at a more rapid pace. This is not only annoying, but puts extra strain on the system, creates more temperature fluctuations, and uses excess energy.

• Reduced longevity and costly service and/or replacement

Your heating and cooling system will last a lot longer if you pay attention to maintaining it. Air filters stop dust and dirt from building up on your unit’s internal components. When they are neglected, they cause a lot of additional and unnecessary wear and tear that can lead your unit to fail. Now, instead of swinging by the hardware store during your morning errands, you’re calling a service technician out for a costly repair or replacement.

• Uneven Heating or Cooling

Just like your car would sputter or stall with poor fuel or air supply, so will your HVAC unit if gets all plugged up. When air cannot move properly through the system, areas within your building or home can begin to feel uneven, leading to a less than optimal level of comfort.

So, as you begin to prepare for fall cleanup and winterization over these next few weeks, you may want to add “install new air filters” to your to-do list. It’s a quick, easy, and inexpensive action item that will pay dividends in the future.

Better yet, give us a shout at Suburban Companies and schedule your annual maintenance appointment. Taking a proactive approach to keeping your HVAC system up to snuff is the best way to make sure it’s operatiing at an optimal rate – stretching the life of the technology and the money in your wallet.

Meet Us at Westwood Day and Win the New Carrier® Côr™ Thermostat!

Join us on Saturday, September 29th for Westwood Day which takes place from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM at Westwood High School. This year we’re proud to be a Gold Sponsor of the event and will have a booth setup to meet up and chat with any of our fellow community members about your HVAC needs, and, of course, we’ll be glad to collaboratively talk through what’s going on with the Patriots…

We’re of the belief that local businesses should support the community and serve and participate in local activities such as Westwood Day, so we’ll be flying our communal colors all day long. There’s so much to look forward to including (but not limited to):

  • 5K Road Race
  • 1 Mile Fun Run
  • K9 Demonstrations
  • Fire Department Demonstrations
  • Car Show & Touch a Truck Event
  • Animals Rides and Petting
  • Face Painting
  • Sports Events
  • Crafting Stations
  • Inflatable Bounce House Activities
  • Roaming Railroad
  • Food Vendors
  • Music / Dancing
  • And so much more…

What do we at Suburban Companies have in store?

Well, we enjoy meeting people, understanding your needs, and engaging in community minded environments. Our how is Westwood, thus we’re proud to support and share a day with our hometown. Visit us at our booth where we will be conducting a raffle that will occur live several times during the event (at 11:30, 1:00, and 2:30 respectively). We’ll be giving away the new Carrier® Côr™ Thermostat with professional installation and training on how to use. Anyone that visits the booth and registers for the drawing will receive a free gift just for entering. We will also have HVAC service and install incentives at the booth in conjunction with sales and technical people to answer any questions.

Many people don’t understand that they can be more comfortable in their own home. Our expert staff will be available to answer your questions in person. Comfort, reliability or energy savings – these all things to consider and all things you can achieve. Let’s talk about it at Westwood Day! We can’t wait!

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The Ins and Outs of smart Buildings

You may be noticing a growing number of buildings toting the claim of being “green” more and more these days. In response to increasing pressure from a variety of civic and municipal groups, many companies are choosing to make the extra investment in building structures that can be certified environmentally friendly by organizations like the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Environmental Energy and Design (LEED) or BREEAM, which stands for Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method. While this trend has skyrocketed in the last few years, the movement to construct more “sustainable” buildings has actually been around for over 20 years. However, as advances in technology continue to grow exponentially, we are beginning to see a new trend within the trend, “smart buildings.”

So what is a “smart building” exactly?

The term smart building has come into place to describe buildings that employ the use of automated, high-tech controls to monitor and manage many of the interior components that contribute to a building’s overall performance. The consumer market is now flooded with an assortment of sensors, monitors, and dashboard units designed to integrate with a building’s lighting, heating, cooling, and water systems. Many of these dashboard platforms offer users the convenience of monitoring and controlling their buildings right from their smartphone.

Temperature a little warm in meeting room C?

No problem.

A couple quick commands from a smartphone dashboard and problem solved. Even things like window blinds, gas fireplaces, and drop down video screens can be controlled with these devices. What used to fall into the realm of futuristic imagination has now become a reality.

However, beyond just offering convenience, or appeasing the younger tech-savvy (and tech infatuated) millennial generation now entering the workplace full-force, these smart controls offer another key contribution: they can dramatically impact the “greenness” of a building.

Let’s zoom in and look at one application of this…

As changes in the climate pair with increasing world population, effective water management is becoming a hot topic in sustainability. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), commercial buildings consume roughly 17% of the public water supply annually. According to a paper published by the University of Michigan’s Center for Sustainable Systems, total U.S. public water use in 2018 was 322 billion gallons per day. We don’t even need to do the math to know that 17% of that is a very big number.

Now, there’s a common saying that is highly relevant here:

“If you’re not measuring it, you’re not managing it.”

That’s where smart controls come in. These new monitoring technologies allow building occupants and managers to set up cloud-based sub-metering systems that show water consumption on an almost minute-to-minute basis, allowing for detailed analysis of where water is being used, how much is being used, and when it is being used. From this specific data, intelligent, informed choices can be made on how to implement practices to conserve and eliminate unnecessary waste.

It’s clear then, that smart controls can have a real place in LEED and other sustainable buildings, moving the sustainability movement far beyond the focus on a building’s materials, durability, and insulation compliance, by integrating sustainability into the interior components, monitoring the precious resources the building and its occupants consume on a daily basis.

Another huge opportunity here, is the use of smart controls with heating and ventilation. Take a look at this statistic:

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, about 48% of a building’s total energy use is consumed by heating and cooling.

In mid-size and large commercial buildings, this can mean substantial energy use. Of course, this also opens up a huge opportunity for energy savings. Just as sub-metering systems can help analyze and significantly reduce water consumption, smart controls on heating and ventilation systems can do the same.

Here’s a quick example: Say it was an especially cold day, and one of your clients came in for a meeting chilled to the bone. To make them more comfortable, you turn up the temperature in the meeting room a few degrees. The meeting concludes, and you pack up and head home for the day. Once you get home, you realize that you forgot to turn the heat back down. With a traditional thermostat, your choices are either to drive all the way back to the office, or just let it go until you (hopefully) remember to turn it down the next day. With smart controls however, correcting the issue can be done right from the comfort of home, in less time than it might take to check your email.

In conclusion, in addition to having a high-performance, professionally maintained heating, ventilation and cooling system, consider implementing one of the many smart control products on the market to reduce your monthly energy bills and to do your part to help us all get a little more “green.”

Questions? Comments? Contact a Suburban Companies today and Take Comfort.

 

 

How Polluted is Your Home?

Here’s an interesting question: Did you know that formaldehyde is one of the most prevalent indoor air pollutants?

If you just did a double-take, you’re not alone.

Many of our customers are shocked when they discover that this notoriously toxic compound can be found in the air they breathe within their own homes. Fortunately, there are a number of ways that homeowners and heating and air professionals can work together to reduce levels of this harmful substance and improve indoor air quality.

Let’s explore some of these strategies so that you can protect your home and loved ones from this silent danger!

But first, let’s take a look at what exactly formaldehyde is and how it can enter the home.

Formaldehyde is an aldehyde, belonging to a class of substances commonly referred to as VOCs or volatile organic compounds. At room temperature, formaldehyde is a colorless, yet strong smelling gas, that was proven through studies in the 2011 National Toxicology Program to be a known human carcinogen. Formaldehyde exposure has also been linked to a range of other health issues. Short-term exposure symptoms include inflammation of the eyes, nose, and respiratory tract, as well as headaches. More long-term exposure can affect memory and cognition, skin lesions, asthma, and cancers of the nose and throat.

So, with all the known dangers of this compound, how does it make its way into our homes?

Although dangerous to our health, formaldehyde does have some remarkably useful properties when it comes to industrial use. One application is in the production of resins and adhesives that are used to manufacture pressed wood building products such as plywood and particleboard. Other popular uses of formaldehyde-based resins are in polyurethane, carpeting adhesives, insulation, pre-finished flooring, and even to add strength to common household items such as paper towels.

Due to its prevalence in this wide assortment of home materials, formaldehyde gets introduced to the home during any construction project, whether it’s a new build, or a remodeling project. Additionally, formaldehyde can continue to make its way into the home even after any building projects are complete, such as, when we vacuum the carpet (thereby releasing trapped gases), use certain cleaning products or paints that contain the substance, or use printers and copiers that release ozone, which can react with other VOCs to produce formaldehyde.

Now that we know a bit more about what formaldehyde is and how it gets into our homes, let’s talk about what we can do to keep ourselves safe.

Take Steps Towards Prevention

Like the old saying goes, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Now that you are informed about the potential dangers of building materials containing formaldehyde, you can do your due diligence to select products that are free of the harmful chemical. To start:

  • Look for building or remodeling supplies that are labeled to meet safety standards as issued by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) or the California Air Resources Board Airborne Toxic Control Measure (CARB ATCM).
  • Use outside agencies like Greenguard, a division of Underwriters Laboratories (UL), that help homeowners identify products and materials that have low chemical emissions.
  • Select paints and finishes that are labeled “no-VOC.”
  • Use insulation that is free of UF foam.
  • Let any materials that may still contain small amounts of formaldehyde to sit outside for a number of days to “off-gas” before installation.
  • Carefully read the label of cleaning supplies and other household products. Generally, formaldehyde will not be spelled out clearly, but if you see the ingredients imidazolidinyl urea, quaternium-15, or diazolidinyl urea, that is a clue that they contain the compound and should be avoided.

Ensure That You Have the Right Ventilation

Making sure that your home has the proper air-circulation, ventilation, and temperature and moisture control is a critical part of managing indoor air quality. Let’s look at some of these in more detail:

  • Stay cool. When the temperature in your home gets too high, VOCs like formaldehyde become even more volatile. Having a high-quality home air conditioning system installed and serviced by a professional is a key component of air safety.
  • Use a high-quality air filtration system. Many home filtration systems are designed only to remove particulate matter from the air. However, there are systems that additionally target gaseous compounds. Seeking the assistance of a knowledgeable, well-trained heating and ventilation specialist will help you select a system that is right for you.
  • Check your appliances. Proper ventilation also includes making sure that your appliances are ventilated properly. Combustion, whether it is from a wood stove, gas or propane cooking appliance, or even a gas dryer in the laundry room, is a prime source of formaldehyde and other toxic air pollutants. It is a good idea to have a professional check the ductwork and ventilation systems on all the appliances in your home that use combustion.
  • Manage moisture. High humidity levels in your home can exacerbate issues with formaldehyde. Especially in areas like the bathroom and kitchen, your home should be equipped with high quality ventilation to remove the high amounts of moisture from cooking and showering. To really maximize this, consider speaking to a professional about some of the latest systems that include built-in moisture sensors. These systems will provide maximum performance, and can also provide the convenience of automatic operation, as well as energy savings by shutting off when they are not needed.

Go Green – Literally

One simple, tried-and-true strategy for reducing the effects of VOCs is plants. Beyond absorbing CO2, plants can help absorb formaldehyde and other noxious compounds from the air in your home. According to research, mums, Boston ferns, spider plants, philodendron, and golden pothos ivy are species that are particularly helpful to have around.

According to Bill Wolverton, a NASA scientist that studied the effect of house plants on indoor air quality, the magic number of plants seems to be about two “good size” plants per each 100 square feet of living space.

As an added bonus, you’ll have some nice scenery to go with that sharp new HVAC system.

Formaldehyde and indoor pollution can mean serious and scary business. But now that you know a thing or two about what causes this pollutant and how to prevent it, you’re on your way to building and maintaining a living space for you and your family that is fresh, healthy, and vibrant.

If you have any questions and/or concerns about the air in your home or office, feel free to contact Suburban Companies today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bolstering Your Home’s Insulation Practices

You know what’s curious? People often think about the insulation in their home when winter is coming and they’re looking to keep as much heat in their home as they possibly can. But what about summer? Here we are in the throes of it and we hardly hear folks talking about how they need to keep things tight in order to keep the cool air in…

It’s a juxtaposition, that, in essence is solved by thinking about the air in your house as a solo entity. Whether you’re looking to keep it warm in the winter, or cool in the summer, the idea is to keep both of those uniquely treated environments in the home. Thus, you’re looking to achieve the same goal.

That said, let’s talk insulation. You can have the latest and greatest heating and cooling solution at the core of your home, but if your house isn’t bundled up and sealed tight, all that energy is flushing right out of the walls and into the ether. Not only are you losing money on your utility bills that you could allocate elsewhere, you’re also taxing that expensive HVAC unit. When it works harder, it degrades and dies younger.

Think insulation.

This goes beyond the pink rolls of insulation that immediately come to mind.

Yes, those walls are important. But so is:

  • The attic
  • Your windows
  • The doors
  • Chimneys (active or inactive)
  • The floors
  • Any nook, cranny, or crevice that air can escape from – if it’s a question, it’s a concern

A well-insulated home can literally save you 30%+ on your energy bills –not only in the winter months, but year-round.

There are benefits outside of merely saving money on utility costs of course. Proper insulation also:

  • Prevents moisture condensation
  • Reduces capacity and size of new mechanical equipment
  • Enhances process performance
  • Reduces emissions of pollutants
  • Increases safety and protection of elements
  • Increases acoustical performance: reduces noise levels
  • Maximizes return on investment (ROI)
  • Can improve appearance

We at Suburban are first-and-foremost concerned with your comfort and saving you some green, so consider proper insulation which achieves both. And if you need someone to help point you in the right direction, give us a call today!

Combating Coil Corrosion

A recent study put together by Carrier showcases an alarming bit of evidence with regard to coil corrosion within HVAC systems in homes or office buildings. There are two basic kinds of corrosion that coils experience. The first is pitting corrosion, which is often caused by exposure to fluoride or chloride.

Fluoride can find its way into the fold via municipal water supplies while chloride on the other hand is found in such “everyday” products as snowmelt, detergents, cleaners, carpeting, and assorted fabrics. Pitting corrosion occurs when chloride or fluoride ions find their way to the metal of the coil through condensate. These chloride and fluoride ions literally attack the metal tubing of the coils which can form pits that lead to pinholes which causes the system to leak refrigerant – a serious issue from a few different vantage points…

Formicary corrosion, which can also cause pinholes, is generally caused by exposure to acetic or formic acids which are present in (again) such “everyday” products as cleaning solvents, insulation, aerosol sprays, wallpaper, adhesives, cosmetics, disinfectants and deodorizers, tobacco and wood smoke, paints, plywood, and many other pretty basic materials around the house. Formicary corrosion appears as multiple pinhole leaks at the surface of the metal (copper tubing) that are NOT visible to the naked eye.

As stated in the study; “While the potential sources of agents that can cause pitting corrosion in indoor coils are numerous, there is increasing evidence showing the home environment to be a primary contributor to coil corrosion. The trend in home construction is to improve energy efficiency by making homes “tighter.” This decreased ventilation results in higher concentration levels of indoor contaminants. In addition, environmental refrigerant mandates now heighten the awareness that all leaks be located and repaired.”

This is an issue.

There are three conditions required for formicary corrosion to occur:

  • The presence of oxygen
  • The presence of a chemically corrosive agent (organic acid)
  • The presence of moisture

So how are companies looking to combat corrosion in the coils of their HVAC related products?

There are four common coil “coating” materials that wrap the tubing and protect against negative environmental stimuli. This include:

  • Polyurethane
  • Epoxy
  • Flouropolymers
  • Silane

Another proposed remedial effort is to increase the thickness of the copper coil pipes.

All of these have unique problem sets.

Carrier has found and proven that the best combative material that protects against coil corrosion is tin plating. Extensive Carrier testing has proven that tin plating is effective against corrosion. Simply thickening the pipe only prolongs the saturation and deterioration served by corrosive agents. The tin plating barrier called ArmorCoat prevents the attack from occurring by providing a legitimate, proven barrier against the corrosive agents – making your HVAC system stronger, safer, and more efficient.

If you have questions or think your antiquated equipment may be suffering from the ill effects of corroded coils, contact Suburban Companies today.

Six Common Problems Trigger the Need for AC Maintenance

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Comfort is important in the summertime. Not only are we trying to control the temperature around us, we’re also trying to combat the actual quality of the air, which is typically full of fluctuating humidity levels, and vast allergens – especially here in the greater Boston area. That said, if you experience any of the following misfortunes, contact Suburban HVAC today to get you through to the other side of discomfort, which, of course, is absolute comfort…

Have you ever asked yourself?:

Why Won’t My AC Turn On?  

This is the obvious one. If your air conditioner won’t turn on, no comfort can be achieved. It’s either a minor or major problem. There’s typically no in-between once your unit has reached that point. First, be sure that your thermostat isn’t set for a temperature that your home or office is currently at. If that’s not the case, check for a blown fuse. ACs pull a solid amount of power to kick on, and sometimes hiccups happen in that process. If you don’t have a blown fuse, call a professional – we’ll come and figure out what’s going on under the hood…

Why Isn’t the AC Cooling this Place?

We’ve all been here. It happens. You got your AC fired up, you’re looking for some semi-quick relief, and the only thing that comes is more sweat. The culprits of such an injustice may include closed vents, which block cooled air from entering into the room, leakage around the refrigerant lines, clogged filters, antiquated/worn out components, and more… Who you gonna call? Suburban. We’ll send one of our qualified, award winning technicians to assess the problem and cool you down (and your property). Sound good?

What is that Noise?

Ah, yes, the old “strange noise coming from the appliance” gag. Sometimes it’s not a gag at all, though. With regard to air conditioning, HVAC units can produce certain sounds during their uptick and normal operations, and, quite frankly, we all get used to these creeks, moans, and sounds over time. However, if you hear a strange sound coming from your AC that you’ve never heard before, turn the unit off and call for help. You don’t want to do more harm by “pushing it.”

Is this Thing Low on Refrigerant?  

Probably not a question the general consumer asks, but hey, you never know…. This may be a remedial solution to the question you asked yourself above about why the sweat is increasing on your brow after you’ve fired up the AC. If you have reason to suspect that your unit isn’t working the way it should, it’s quite possible that the unit has low refrigerant levels. That said, you shouldn’t be the one that addresses this issue. Leave it to a tried and true professional. Leave it to Suburban – and take comfort. (Yes, we say that a lot… And it’s because we care.)

What are These Puddles Doing Here?

We’ll see your question and raise you one… Is your unit draining properly? If it isn’t, you’re doing a massive disservice to your comfort and to your equipment. Disjointed drainage can damage the working components of your HVAC system as well as potentially cause issues with your property. The only way to really make sure that your cooling solution is draining properly is to have it maintained by a professional who will take a close look and make sure everything is operating at an optimal level, saving you pocket loads of money from myriad vantage points, as well as, you know, keeping you, the family, and/or your coworkers cool and comfortable.

*Bonus Question!

Is My HVAC Contractor Doing What They Claim to be Doing?

Fair question! Poor Maintenance leads to poor performance. Poor performance leads to poor comfort. Poor comfort leads to unhappy customers. Unhappy customers lead to… (you see where we’re going here…)

The theory here is simple: To keep your heating and cooling units operating up to and above standard operative levels, you need to have them professionally maintained on an annual basis, and before the heat starts hitting you prompting a reactive response (as opposed to a proactive one…). Failing to get professional maintenance service can result to unnecessary costly repair bills, and lofty energy bills as well. All that said, how do you know you can trust your chosen HVAC contractor? If you live in Massachusetts, and primarily in the greater Boston region, the answer is easy: Suburban Companies. We’ve won 7 consecutive Carrier President’s Awards which is literal proof of the effort we put in to the quality work we do in our industry. Your comfort is our comfort – and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Stay cool this summer, and, looking ahead, keep warm when winter begins to set in. Contact Suburban today for all your HVAC needs – from new and restored equipment to scheduled annual maintenance plans.

 

 

Take Back the Comfort of Your Air as Summertime Temperatures Begin to Rise

Dehumidification

The Imperative Advantages of Proper Dehumidification

Spring is quickly turning to summer here in the Northeast. With that steady high temperatures will start to seep in to our daily existence and, with the moisture that is emitted from vegetation and passing storms, the humidity levels will begin to rise as well. We all know about the oppressive state humid air can leave us feeling. It’s not fun. It’s sticky, and, if not managed in our home and office, can lead to heightened levels of discomfort, as well as cause potential damage to our properties.

Thus, the value of a proper dehumidifier or full-on HVAC solution will bring you exponential value beyond mere physical comfort.

It’s all about control. Keeping the humidity level of your home at 50% or lower is ideal. If those humidity and water vapor levels present in the air creep above 50 percent, you can expect the production/presence of:

  • Mildew
  • Dust mites
  • Mold

These three main issues/occurrences can lead to terrible allergies and asthma – compromising your personal health.

Did you know that it’s not just the temperature outside that contributes to moisture in the air in your immediate surrounding environment? It’s true. An average sized family can realistically build up around 15 liters of moisture in a single day through such imperative acts as:

  • Breathing
  • Cooking
  • Bathing/showering
  • Washing and drying clothes
  • Accessing the refrigerator
  • And more…

Dehumidifying the air in your home or office prevents the buildup of moisture that can occur in:

  • Wall linings
  • Roofs
  • Furnishings
  • Framing
  • Anywhere it can be absorbed – wood loves moisture…

If moisture is built up in these areas mold can form and grow – especially thriving off of the heat of typical summer temperatures…

Molds and mildew, can, along with wreaking havoc on the structural integrity of your home, discolor clothing as well as natural wood furniture. Mold can grow practically everywhere which results in damage to personal belongings and property, effecting the integrity and value of everything they inhabit. And, of course, there’s that compromised health bit too, which is the most important thing, right?

The benefits of controlling the humidity of your home and installing and/or maintaining the proper dehumidifier or full-on HVAC solution include:

  • Elimination of musty odors
  • Maintaining structural integrity
  • Reducing sweating on cold water pipes
  • Reducing sweating/water absorption into wood and fabrics
  • Saving energy and money on your cooling bill by making the air dry, which, for all intents and purposes, makes for a cooler, more comfortable feeling environment.

Suburban Companies are here to help you combat any humidity related issues you may be having at your home or office. Feeling that moist stickiness in the air is not a way to spend your summer, and compromising the health of your personal being, along with that of your belongings and property are not cool. Not cool at all. Take comfort. Call Suburban today! We’ll help you take back control of your environment.

Spring Into Summer with Optimized Comfort

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Spring Into Summer with Optimized Comfort

Spring didn’t come easy this year. In fact, it’s up for debate if it’s actually here, or if we’ll get more snow tomorrow. Mother Nature couldn’t make up her mind as to what she wanted to do with temperatures, elements, etc. Over the last few weeks we’ve, at times, awoken to warm sunny days, followed up by cold frosts on the windshield. It is New England, but these fun little environmental “tricks” never get easier.

That said, it’s time to think about your HVAC environment and get it prepped for the change of the season so that it, like us, doesn’t catch a case of the sniffles…

Remove cold weather covers

– Seems obvious, but sometimes a reminder isn’t the worst thing in the world, right. If you’ve got your outdoor HVAC coil/unit covered in a weatherproof lining or blanket, it’s time to fold it up and store it until next winter.

Clear debris

– If your yard looks like our, you’d never know we did any cleanup in the fall. Between snow, melt off, wind, snow, melt off, wind, snow… on and on, this year, more than ever, it looks like the trees shed year-round. Clear up those leaves, needs, pinecones, branches – whatever the debris may be that surrounds your equipment.

Do a visual inspection

– After you’ve finished clearing, give things another close look. Not only around the machine, but give a look at the coils too to make sure nothing suspect is caught, which could/can compromise optimized productivity.

Inspect pipe insulation

– The insulation around the pipes wear with age and environmental agitation (from weather, creatures, etc.). Make sure they’re not “weathered” too bad. If they are, that old, ratty insulation may need to be addressed.

Clean vents and grilles

– This falls right in line with the whole “visual inspection” thing. You want the vents and grilles clean and free of debris if you want to achieve optimal comfort in your home or business.

Change air filters

– A fresh air filter means cleaner, fresher air around you. And clean air is good air.

Adjust settings on your thermostat

– Another “reminder.” Your thermostat is only as “smart” as you program it to be. If your settings are still defaulting to winter and it’s 70+ degrees out, things might start to get a bit balmy indoors.

Check indoor condensate drain

– Drainage is important. If it’s not happening properly you risk damage to your equipment and property. Make sure things are “running” smoothly.

Check and clean dehumidifiers

– As we know, things here in Massachusetts can start to get sticky real quick. Majority of us enjoy cool, “dry” air. Your dehumidifying capabilities are greatly compromised if things are clogged and dirty.

Reverse ceiling fan direction

– This is a tip not everyone is aware of. Look at your ceiling fan. See the switch? The one that isn’t an “on/off” switch? That nifty little feature enables you to change directions of your fan, which is convenient for seasonal air movement. In the winter it’s nice to blow “down” to keep heat in. In spring/summer, it’s nice to aid in pulling that heat up and out.

Schedule system maintenance

– All of the above can be taken care of as part of your trusted, proactive maintenance contract you can schedule with us at Suburban. Keeping your HVAC equipment up to snuff, much like you would your car with a mechanic, can save you money in the long run and ensure the longest possible life for your equipment. Because comfort is key.

Replace antiquated equipment

– The benefits of installing new equipment have never been greater. There are rebates and cost savings opportunities abound. Suburban can you help you navigate all of this – from choices, to financing, acquisition, installation, and maintenance. Antiquated equipment isn’t helping you or your home or business. It’s costing you more money than it’s worth. Not to mention, compromising your environmental comfort as well

Contact Suburban today, and take comfort! We’re here to answer any questions you might have and the serve all of your HVAC needs.

Expanding Our Territory

Territory Expansion

We’ve expanded our service area! It’s true. And we’re excited about it…

Suburban Companies has long been a leader in the HVAC industry – providing exemplary product installations and ongoing service calls for the life of any heating and cooling equipment. But don’t take our word for it. “The proof is in the pudding,” as they say. We’re proud recipients of seven (yes, seven!) straight Carrier President’s Awards, which is an industry achievement bestowed on few – let alone maintained for so long. If this were professional sports, we’d be an often-discussed dynasty that record books never forget.

Our new service area includes such towns as Cohasset, Duxbury, Marshfield, Norwell, and Scituate Massachusetts.

Since 1963 we’ve been making sure the heating and cooling systems of every home we walk into here in the state of Massachusetts is comfortable and operating at an optimal level. So, when the time comes, call Suburban – and take comfort. Or, if you’re of a more proactive mindset, let’s get you registered for our coveted maintenance schedule which gives you peace of mind in knowing your heating and cooling equipment is up-to-snuff, maintained, and ready to go – leaving you free to not have to worry about calling to figure out why your heat isn’t working at 2 in the morning…

And heck, even if your property is located outside of our service map, if you’re a Massachusetts resident in need of residential HVAC service of the highest quality, please don’t hesitate to give us a call and we’ll do our very best to get you taken care of!

Our experienced technicians are NATE*, QIV*, and EPA* certified. They receive ongoing training to stay on top of the latest trends in:

  • Heating and air conditioning technology,
  • HVAC service solutions
  • Energy efficiency standards.

No matter what the make and model, you can trust us to get the job done right.

Suburban – for all your HVAC needs…