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Old Heating Tank? Now Is a Great Time to Upgrade

Your heating oil tank probably has a maximum lifespan of about 25 to 30 years – which means if your Suffolk County home was built in the mid- to late-90s, you’re probably on due for a replacement.

You may say to yourself, “my oil tank looks fine,” and that may be true. But the problem with an older heating tank – especially a single-wall model – is that it can corrode from the inside out due to trapped moisture and sediment, leaving you no indication that there’s a problem until it’s too late.

Technician adjusting thermostat for heating system

Summer’s in Full Swing – Time to Think about Your Heating System

You’re probably not thinking much about your home heating equipment as we head into the dog days of August here in Suffolk County…but maybe you should be (just a little).

Summer is actually a great time to think about your furnace or boiler – more specifically, it’s a great time to get some nagging maintenance tasks out of the way so you can enjoy a more comfortable home and lower bills all fall and winter.

Eight Summer Energy-Saving Tips

Eight Summer Energy-Saving Tips Summer has officially arrived here in Long Island – which means that hot, sticky days – and the air conditioning bills that come from battling them – will soon follow. Want to keep those bills as low as possible? Here are eight of the best ways to do it. Invest in window treatments Read more…

Home roof solar panels

Three Reasons to Add Solar to Your Suffolk County Home

Using solar energy to heat your Long Island home is great way to save on energy bills and contribute to the health of your community – not to mention a great way to benefit you as a homeowner.

Add solar panels to your home and you will:

Removing A/C filter

5 Tips for Maintaining Your Mini-Split Air Conditioning System

A mini-split air conditioner (also called a ductless cooling system) is an efficient and flexible way to cool your home: they’re a bigtime upgrade from window units in homes with no ductwork, and work really well as a zone cooling solution – even in a home with central air.

Checklist planning

Spring Checklist for Your Home A/C

Your home air conditioner is very good at its job – but there are always ways to help it work better and last longer. If you want to improve comfort and efficiency in your Suffolk County home’s cooling system this year (who doesn’t want lower bills?), try following these six tips before the cooling days begin:

Heating system

Repair or Replace: What Should I Do with My HVAC System?

It’s a question most Suffolk county homeowners dread, but all will likely face at some point: should I repair or replace my home HVAC system?

Sometimes the choice is easy – for example, if you have an older system whose performance has taken a nosedive in recent years.

Packing for vacation

Winter Getaway Checklist

Ready for a winter getaway to someplace warm? Excellent plan! Just be sure to take care of your home before you go – as we’ve seen so far in 2018, weather can change very quickly here in Suffolk County.

Here’s a quick checklist of things to do to prevent unwanted surprises when you return from your winter break:

Frozen pipe damage

Preventing and Dealing with Frozen Pipes in Your Suffolk County Home

Well, winter took a while to get here, but it has arrived with a vengeance – and with that bitter cold comes the risk for a big winter problem: frozen water pipes.

Sink plumbing

Plumbing Installations: Go Pro or Say No

Installing a sink is a project you might be tempted to tackle after watching a few YouTube videos – or one of those great makeover TV shows.

But like any home improvement work, installing a sink (or any other plumbing fixture) is much more complicated in the real world – where pipes are old and corroded, walls are rarely plumb, and you don’t get a chance for a retake – than in the world of a neatly edited DIY video.