Frederick, MD Air Conditioning Why Install a New Air Conditioning System

Is your AC old? Does it require frequent repairs? Are you tired of high energy bills and think you can do better? There are numerous systems on the market today if you’re considering installing a new air conditioning system in your home, and it can be difficult to know which ones are right for you. Call Larry & Sons today for excellent consultation and AC installation services in Frederick, MD.

  • Old age and frequent repairs: If your AC is old, then you should at least be considering the possibility of replacement. After all, you don’t necessarily want to wait until it has completely broken down to make your decision. But if it’s old and also requires frequent repairs, you should probably consider replacing it with a new model, whose performance would give you the comfort and confidence you deserve this cooling season.
  • Energy efficiency: Another consideration relates to energy efficiency. This is the ratio between the electrical energy input and the total cooling output. You need to make sure that the operation of your AC is efficient or else you will simply be paying too much to keep your home cool. The energy efficiency of today’s central air, ductless and geothermal heat pumps is considerably higher than those systems of even just 10 years ago.
  • Ducts, ductless, or geothermal? Which brings us to the next question: what type of system do you want? If you already have ducts installed in your home, then you may want to consider a forced air distribution system like central air. But if you’re looking for something that doesn’t use ducts, then a ductless mini split is a great way to improve your energy efficiency. Geothermal technology is also an innovative way to cool and heat your home.

Call Larry & Sons today for more information and for Frederick, MD air conditioning services

Hagerstown Heating Tips: Troubleshooting Furnaces

If you want expert heating service in Hagerstown, call the professionals at Larry & Sons. You can count on us to troubleshoot your furnace quickly to figure out what the problem is whenever you are having issues. Here are some troubleshooting guidelines to keep in mind when you call for a repair.

One of the most common problems with furnaces is not turning on or providing enough heat. Always check the air filter first. Is it dirty, clogged, or did the filter door not get shut properly the last time it was changed? Make sure nothing is blocking vents if it isn’t providing enough heat, but if it won’t turn on, check the power source. There could have been a limit or safety switch that was accidentally set off.

Check your fuse box to make sure you don’t have a blown fuse. If your furnace has problems on a regular basis or has been consistently causing power surges, there could be an electrical problem. This could be a safety issue, so call a technician ASAP if this is happening.

For gas furnaces, there could be a problem with the pilot light. Make sure the pilot light is always blue and not flickering. If the pilot light doesn’t turn on or causes a loud banging noise, call a technician to diagnose the issue. If everything checks out, make sure the thermostat is on the right setting and temperature.

It could always be something simple like the thermostat setting, but call one of the Hagerstown furnace technicians at Larry & Sons whenever you cannot get your furnace to work properly.

Frederick Air Quality Tip: How to Reduce Dust in Your Home

Dust can be an irritant for some people who suffer from allergies and asthma. It can also carry harmful bacteria and viruses. We put together a quick list of some strategies that can help you control the dust levels in your home.  Some of these are pretty easy and others require the services of a Frederick air quality professional.

Vacuum Thoroughly

Vacuuming your house regularly and thoroughly is a terrific way to get rid of dust. Dust naturally settles on anything that it touches and your floor is no exception. If you can, use a vacuum cleaner that has a HEPA filter. This will make sure that more contaminants and dust are trapped in your vacuum.

Manage Your Textiles

A big part of your dust is the result of the natural breakdown of the clothing, bedding, furniture and drapes. All of these textiles break apart and release tiny shreds of material into the air. Managing these items is a great way to reduce dust. You should wash your bedding once a week. The collect a lot of dust over time and washing them will remove that.  Also, using leather furniture as opposed to couches and chairs covered with fabric will also reduce the amount of dust created in your home. Another good idea is to beat or vacuum your cushions and rugs once a month.

Upgrade Your Home’s Air Filtration System

There are a number of great products on the market that are specifically designed to improve that air quality in your home. If you have a duct system in your home then your air handler most likely has an air filter in it already. However, this filter is not typically designed to improve air quality. It’s usually there to keep large pieces of dust or dirt from building up on the moving parts in the handler. Installing a separate air filtration system can potentially decrease the amount of dust and allergens that are in your home. These systems use a series of high quality filters and ultra-violet light to trap dust, pollen and pet dander and also kill bacteria, viruses, and mold spores.

If you have any questions or concerns about the air quality in your home in Frederick, call the specialists at Larry & Sons. Our technicians have more than three decades of experience working with all kinds of  indoor air quality issues and can answer any questions you might have.

Gettysburg Plumber’s Guide: Environmental Benefits of Trenchless Repair

Pipe replacement is a messy business. For decades, the only real way to do it was to rumble in with a big machine (or men with plenty of shovels) and dig up your Gettysburg property to access the leaking, cracked pipe. However, with modern technology, trenchless pipe repair and replacement is now possible and while the biggest benefits are to your wallet and your lawn, you might also be interested to know how environmentally friendly the process is.

Less Resources Needed

Have you ever seen someone digging up a pipeline? The equipment needed is impressive. Backhoes, trucks and multiple workers to get the old pipe out of the ground and a new one in. And once the process is completed, the concrete and lawn destroyed by the digging need to be replaced. It’s a very invasive procedure.

With trenchless technology, most of those resources are not needed. This means less fuel used to power large machines, less destruction of your property and no impact on the roadway or sidewalks that would require paving once completed.

Existing Pipe Pathways

Have you ever considered the impact a pipe line being laid has on the ecosystem beneath your property? Digging up all that space and displacing plants, animals and insects alike can have a tremendously negative impact on the micro-ecology on your property.

Trenchless replacement allows a plumber to use the existing pipe pathway beneath your property, which avoids displacing anything with fresh digging. It also doesn’t impact the plants or trees growing on your property. You gain a new pipe line without any damage to the carefully manicured landscaping you’ve done on your property.

Minimal Subsoil Impact

Even when laying new pipes, trenchless technology only affects the space underground where the pipe will be laid. This tears up far less of the subsoil which has a less extensive environmental impact on the water shed around your home.

There really is no reason to use a traditional exhume and pull pipe replacement method when trenchless technology makes it possible to just as easily replace the pipes for the same or less money and minimal environmental impact. Depending on your circumstances and the scope of the work that needs to be done, your pipe repair or replacement may be significantly better served with trenchless technologies.

If you have any questions about trenchless or no-dig technologies, give Larry & Sons Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning a call today!