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September 25, 2023
Ductless mini splits have been growing in popularity due to their energy efficiency and versatility in climate control. A common question many homeowners have is whether these systems can both heat and cool their homes. The answer is, unequivocally, yes. A ductless mini split provides both heating and cooling options, making it an excellent year-round
September 15, 2023
Asbestos insulation, commonly found in buildings constructed before the 1980s, has long been a cause for concern due to its health risks. Recognizing it in your attic or elsewhere in your home is crucial for maintaining a safe environment. This article aims to provide clear, professional guidance on what asbestos insulation looks like, the dangers
September 8, 2023
Fiberglass insulation has become an increasingly common choice for homeowners and builders alike, renowned for its energy efficiency and affordable costs. This article aims to provide a comprehensive guide on everything you need to know about fiberglass insulation, from its manufacturing process, to its installation and safety measures. Whether you’re a homeowner looking to cut
September 1, 2023
While homeowners are typically aware of the role insulation plays in retaining heat during cold winter months, many are unaware of its significant benefits during the sweltering summer season. Does insulation help with heat? Yes – just as insulation prevents heat from escaping in the winter, it prevents it from penetrating your home in the
August 25, 2023
The Importance of Insulation In Your HomeEffective insulation installation in your home is important beyond mere comfort—it is a matter of energy efficiency and cost savings.Proper insulation works as a barrier, preventing the flow of heat and helping to maintain a consistent temperature throughout your home. In harsh Boston winters, insulation keeps the warmth in,
August 18, 2023
In This Article:Introduction: Understanding the Importance of InsulationWhat is Spray Foam Insulation?Advantages of Spray Foam InsulationConsiderations for Spray Foam InsulationWhat is Cellulose Insulation?Advantages of Cellulose InsulationConsiderations for Cellulose InsulationKey Differences between Spray Foam and Cellulose InsulationWhich Insulation is Right for You? Factors to ConsiderCost Comparison: Spray Foam vs. Cellulose InsulationInstallation Process: Spray Foam vs. Cellulose
August 11, 2023
When seeking estimates for professional insulation installation, understanding the factors that influence costs and the importance of evaluating quality materials will help you make informed decisions for your home. However, understanding what the insulation R-ratings mean can be confusing! Read on as we help breakdown everything you need to know about insulation R-ratings.What Are Insulation
August 4, 2023
Insulating attics and crawl spaces in homes is an important part of energy efficiency and reducing energy costs. In Massachusetts, Mass Save® offers incentives to homeowners who take steps towards making their homes more energy-efficient, including adding insulation to attics and crawl spaces. Insulation helps maintain the temperatures inside a home by preventing heat from
July 25, 2023
Adding insulation to your home is one of the most effective ways to save money on heating and cooling costs, while also becoming more energy efficient. Not only can ceiling insulation help reduce energy bills, but it can also provide a number of other advantages for the homeowner as well. From Mass Save® rebates to
July 19, 2023
An electrical panel is an essential part of any home’s electrical system. It is the central hub for all of the electrical wiring and components that power your home. The electric panel controls, distributes, and regulates the electricity to every device in your home. In other words, it acts as a switchboard to ensure that
July 11, 2023
Are you looking to increase the comfort of your Massachusetts home while saving money on heating and cooling bills? The answer may be insulation. Insulation is one of the most cost-effective ways to make your home more energy efficient, reduce energy costs, and increase comfort throughout all seasons. Mass Save® offers rebates for eligible insulation
July 5, 2023
Circuit breakers are vital components of your home’s electrical system, protecting you from potential hazards and electrical emergencies. However, dealing with constantly tripping breakers can be frustrating. It is crucial to understand why circuit breakers trip and the possible causes behind these issues. In this comprehensive guide, we will breakdown how circuit breakers work, common
June 28, 2023
Maintaining a well-functioning plumbing system is essential for the comfort and livability of your home. From pipes and toilets to sewer lines and faucets, each plumbing component has a limited lifespan. Understanding the average lifespan of these components can help you anticipate potential issues and plan for their maintenance or replacement. In this article, we
June 22, 2023
Homeowners in the Greater Boston area may not be aware of the potential dangers posed by backflow sewage in their plumbing systems. A backflow sewage valve is an important part of your home’s plumbing system and should be installed as soon as possible to protect you, your family, and your property from costly damage or
June 16, 2023
Having a plumbing issue in your home is never fun, but it can be especially frustrating when you don’t even know what the problem is. One such mystery that Massachusetts homeowners often face is water heater leakage. If you find yourself with a leaking water heater, understanding why this could be happening and how to
June 7, 2023
Spring is a time of renewal and revival, but it can also be a dangerous season for homeowners in Boston. As the snow melts away and the days get longer, many people take advantage of the warm weather to do some outdoor spring cleaning and maintenance around their homes.However, this often involves working with electrical
May 31, 2023
Summer’s heat is on its way and if your air conditioner isn’t up for the challenge of keeping your home cool, it may be time for a replacement. But how do you know when it’s really time? Understanding the signs of an inefficient system can go a long way toward helping keep everything comfortable as
May 24, 2023
As the summer months approach, many of us start to worry about our electricity bills. With the heat and humidity rising, we turn up the air conditioning or run fans to cool down our homes. But this can quickly add up on your monthly bill.Fortunately, there are several simple ways you can reduce your energy
May 17, 2023
The invention of smart plumbing technology has brought about a significant change in how homeowners and landlords handle plumbing problems through plumbing automation. By investing in this technology, whether you own a home or a rental property, you can potentially enjoy a range of benefits.In this blog post, we will cover various ways in which
May 10, 2023
Are you a Massachusetts homeowner, landlord, or renter looking for an energy-efficient and cost-effective way to keep your home warm in the winter? If so, you may have wondered about heat pumps.Heat pumps are increasingly popular among homeowners because they can be a great alternative to traditional heating methods like furnaces and boilers. But before
May 3, 2023
Are you a landlord looking to improve the energy efficiency of your rental property? If so, you should be aware of Mass Save®’s rebate program for landlords. This program helps reduce the costs associated with installing energy-efficient appliances and upgrades in rental properties. With access to the same rebates and loan offerings as homeowners. This
April 26, 2023
Massachusetts residents, it’s time to take advantage of Mass Save®! This unique energy-efficiency program offers homeowners many rebates, incentives and interest-free loans to lower your energy costs and help the government meet its climate change goals. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to save money in 2023. Mass Save® incentives are available for qualifying customers of Berkshire
April 18, 2023
Want to be prepared for an upcoming storm? We have prepared a small guide on how to keep your electronics and your family safe during serious weather storms.
April 12, 2023
Well-maintained heating systems save energy, minimize malfunctions, and keep your family comfortable and safe. Winterize your heating system with these tips.
April 5, 2023
Unsure if you should purchase an annual HVAC contract? Let us help you understand what is included in your annual maintenance and how to ensure you hire professionals to keep your HVAC system running all year round.
March 29, 2023
Ever hear your furnace make a whistle? Or chirp for hours on end? In this article, our team at Home Mechanics will break down those pesky noises and what to do about them.
March 22, 2023
Find out how to reduce and remove allergens in your home — and keep them out! This article outlines our best tips.
March 15, 2023
A furnace that no longer blows heat throughout your home in the cold winter months of Massachusetts is a problem – Find out the most common reasons and what you can do about it here.
March 8, 2023
The best way to manage any sewer backup is to avoid one completely, and we’re here to help you identify warning signs of sewer back ups in your home. Read our guide here.
March 1, 2023
Ensuring you spend time in your home maintenance schedule looking after your septic tank will pay dividends as a home owner. Check out this guide on the benefits and tips of maintaining your septic tank.
February 21, 2023
Whether you’re looking to keep your loved ones more comfortable year-round, or your old window unit is in need of replacing and you want a longer-term heating and cooling solution, a ductless mini split unit might be the answer. A ductless mini-split A/C and heating system provides zone heating and air conditioning without the need
February 16, 2023
Well-maintained heating systems save energy, minimize malfunctions, and keep your family comfortable and safe. Winterize your heating system with these tips.
February 9, 2023
In this article, we will discuss these typical plumbing emergencies in more detail and provide some tips on how to prevent and prepare for them
February 1, 2023
Modern technology has done a lot of things for the world of appliances and home systems. When it comes to heating, and water heating, there’s a new product that’s taking the market by storm: the combi boiler. These units offer high-efficiency condensing with a capacity large enough to provide hot water and hydronic heat for the entire house when properly measured to fit the home and installed.
January 25, 2023
If your home needs a new heating or hot water system, you have a new choice in the matter: combi-boilers. Unlike conventional heating and hot water systems, these boilers are designed to deliver both features in one unit, giving you more energy efficiency and taking up less space in your home. Of course, the combi-boiler isn’t ideal for every installation—believe it or not, there are still plenty of use cases for conventional systems.
January 18, 2023
Heating the home and providing hot water are tasks that most of us take for granted—we just assume that our systems will work and perform at their best ability—but what happens when the system fails? Or what if you’re just noticing that your current hot water or heating system just isn’t living up to its capabilities? You have a lot of different options, but one that you should consider is the combi-boiler.
January 16, 2023
During the winter, residents in Boston may encounter a variety of frequent HVAC-related concerns. Let’s investigate them further in this blog!
January 11, 2023
Combi-boilers have been around for longer than many people realize. Even if you’re just learning about them, however, they can be a great addition to consider for your home. What is a combi-boiler, though, and what does it offer the modern home in terms of features and perks? In this guide, we’ll cover everything that you need to know.
January 4, 2023
Whether you’re just learning about tankless water heaters, or you’ve been aware of them for some time now, it helps to learn as much as you can if you’re actually considering them for your own home. In this guide, we’ll take a brief look at the details so that you can get a better idea of how to choose the right water heating solution for your home.
December 27, 2022
If you have a plumbing emergency, all you need is a skilled plumber to fix it quickly. Nevertheless, there are still certain precautions you can take to prevent them.
December 20, 2022
Choosing the right appliances and systems for your home starts by understanding all of the options available. Tankless water heaters are becoming popular and often replacing standard tank-style water heaters in new construction and with upgrades as old tanks wear out. These water heaters are fairly simple to understand, and once you learn how they work you’ll see just how beneficial it could be to install one in your home.
December 13, 2022
HVAC systems cool and warm interiors in summer and winter, respectively. HVAC systems have more than just air conditioners and furnaces. They also have air purifiers and heat pumps.
December 6, 2022
Check the heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems in your home before the Christmas season begins and before your first guest comes. To make your job simpler, here is a thorough checklist of maintenance for your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system.
November 28, 2022
Dehumidifiers are now fairly common in Boston, owing to how dangerous it has become to breathe indoor air. Check out the benefits of purchasing an air purifier.
November 21, 2022
Heat pumps, like any other device, might develop problems now and then. Let’s talk about the common problems with heat pumps and the ways to fix them.
November 14, 2022
You will be able to pinpoint the cause of pinhole leaks in your copper pipes and take preventative action using the data shown here. We will provide you recommendations on replacing your copper pipe if and when the time comes.
November 8, 2022
If you upgrade your current system, you can use models that use less energy and save money on your monthly energy bills. These are the top five benefits of investing in an energy-efficient HVAC system.
October 27, 2022
The constant sound of water dripping is an annoyance that nobody wants to have in their house. Leaks are a common source of annoyance and can even cause damage to the home on occasion. The sum of money that you will need to spend on these emergency plumbing services has the potential to make you feel utterly stressed. As a result, plumbing checkups at regular intervals have to be incorporated into the practice of routine maintenance.
October 20, 2022
When it comes to the installation of home dehumidifier mini-split systems, there are a number of aspects to consider. The newest dehumidifier split systems are significantly more energy-efficient and quieter than their predecessors.
October 14, 2022
LED lighting technically refers to light-emitting diodes; they have a substantially longer lifespan than their alternatives and are therefore the future of lighting solutions for homes and businesses. LEDs are considerably more energy efficient and economical, making them a practical option.
October 6, 2022
When it comes to home repairs, plumbing fixture repairs usually get the most attention at home, for they are the issues that are small enough to ignore. However, we cannot overlook the fact that plumbing fixtures are also a part of your everyday use. Whether it be a faucet, shower, sink, or drain, all the fixtures matter. They make your home life convenient and livable.
September 24, 2022
As a homeowner, part of making upgrades is determining whether they’re upgrades that can (or will) also add value to your home. The investment in a ductless mini-split air conditioner could be an upgrade that your home can benefit from in several ways. Of course, it’s important to take the time to get to know your options and ensure that you are prepared to make the best decision. In this process, one of the most important questions that people ask is whether mini-split systems offer a good return on their investment (ROI).
September 17, 2022
Investing in a high-quality water heater now will save money over time by reducing energy consumption, and it will also last longer, both of which are huge advantages. Here is a checklist of everything you need to think about when purchasing a water heater.
September 12, 2022
Read some of the most common reasons why residents call for emergency plumbing services and take steps to safeguard their homes from the same.
September 2, 2022
At times, these warning signs may not be out and loud but rather more silent, hence it’s more important to understand them carefully. Look out for these blowouts in the house and call the professionals to address the electrical issues in your home.
August 25, 2022
Life flows freely when our toilets are all flushing as needed and they are working as they are supposed to. We may not be able to gauge how to unclog the toilets since we have never felt the need to. It worked totally fine for years until one day it stopped working. Clogged toilets were always a problem since centuries but never really got talked about that often and hence not many know how to get around working on its solution.
August 21, 2022
There is a lot of information out there about the Mass Save program and its benefit for residential customers. However, this leaves landlords and property owners wondering if they’ve got anything to gain. The short answer is yes, absolutely. The Mass Save program is available to anyone with a residential or commercial property that upgrades to a modern heat pump or mini-split system, and it all starts with a no-cost energy assessment.
August 14, 2022
Introduction:Water heaters are an important part of every house because they heat water for showers, baths, and other tasks around the house. However, with so many different types and models of water heaters available, it can be difficult to know which one is the best fit for your home. In this blog post, we’ll talk
August 7, 2022
Ductless mini-split air conditioning systems are becoming more and more popular as people search for energy-efficient solutions to improve the cooling in their homes. There is a lot of information out there about these systems, and as with anything, it’s not all as reliable as it could be. To help you get a better idea of what these systems offer and whether they’re right for your cooling needs, we’re going to discuss some of the most common myths and the truths behind them here.
July 31, 2022
If you’re in the market for a new heat pump installation in Massachusetts, don’t just go install whatever system you can find. You’ll want to take the time to check out all the systems that qualify for the rebates from the Mass Save program. More importantly, consider getting a HEAT loan to help pay for your new system—that way you’re not shelling out the cash upfront. Here’s what you need to know about choosing a heat pump and cashing in on the Mass Save program to help fund your purchase
July 30, 2022
Nothing happens when you turn on your faucet in search of hot water. The water is still cold. So you wait a few minutes, try again, and realize you’re back where you started. Something is clearly wrong at this point.No hot water, like many plumbing issues that require maintenance, can be caused by a variety
July 24, 2022
There’s a not-so-new competitor in town that’s putting central air conditioning to the test: ductless mini-split air conditioning. These systems offer installation flexibility, and they have a smaller size, which makes for a less complex installation and operation in the first place. A mini-split system is comprised of a few components that are installed separately, and most systems can be completed within a couple of days. Still curious about these systems and how they work? Read on to learn more.
July 23, 2022
Upgrading to a new heating and/or cooling system usually starts with an inspection of the existing system. Right now, mini-split systems are growing in popularity in the U.S., and they have been a popular choice for eco-friendly heating and cooling in other areas of the world for some time now. if you’re thinking about a mini-split heat pump or want to see if a ductless system fits your needs, your first step is to call a professional for an inspection and estimate.
July 17, 2022
Although it is rare, tank-based water heaters and boilers can (and do) explode, often with disastrous results. Water heaters and boilers are built to be safe and are found in millions of homes across the United States. Failsafe devices are built into water heaters and boilers to prevent dangerous pressure levels from building up inside the devices. However, the failsafe devices occasionally fail.
July 10, 2022
There is a lot that goes into choosing the right heating and cooling solutions for your home. Some homeowners might not be familiar with the option of a ductless mini-split system, since central air and portable units are the most popular choices for U.S. homeowners. However, that’s changing with the innovations of technology and the growing demand for flexible cooling solutions.
July 3, 2022
Choosing the right heating and cooling solutions for your home is a big decision. Today, there are many options for energy efficiency, including the mini-split air conditioning system. Ductless systems have several great applications, including easy retrofitting of a cooling system when a centralized unit is going to take too much time and effort to install or replace. These systems come in all sizes and styles, too, making them flexible enough for any space.
June 26, 2022
Ductless mini-split AC systems are gaining a lot of popularity as of late, as more people search for flexible solutions for cooling their homes. Popular across Australia and parts of Europe for decades, these systems are just now trumping the standard central air unit in popularity among homeowners searching for a new cooling solution for their home.
June 19, 2022
Residents who are considering upgrading to a new HVAC system will want to explore all the perks that come from choosing a mini-split system. These systems are not new, but they’re growing in popularity in the U.S. for several different reasons. They’re efficient and work great in nontraditional spaces (garages, sunrooms, etc.)
June 12, 2022
As it gets warmer in the Boston area, you may be wondering how you can keep your ductless mini-split as efficient as possible. Since the heat is here to stay, at least for now, anyone who is living without an air conditioner should find the time to get one.
June 5, 2022
Anyone who has researched ductless mini-split heat pumps knows that they are highly efficient for cooling and heating purposes. You might not know that they also offer a great way to keep the air in your home clean and fresh. This better air quality makes your home safer and keeps you and your family healthy.
May 29, 2022
It’s becoming more common for Bostonians (and other residents of Massachusetts) to choose a ductless mini-split heat pump system for heating and cooling. There are many reasons to make the swap – such as quieter operation, more comfortable living, less expensive utility bills, and greater energy efficiency.
May 22, 2022
While many people know about the heat that ductless mini-split heat pumps offer in winter, fewer are aware of the benefits these systems provide in summer. Even in hot and humid locations, mini-splits perform exceptionally well and can ensure your home is comfortable throughout the summer.
May 15, 2022
Due to being called ductless mini-split heat pumps, many homeowners are confused about how they work to create cooling. This leads them to choose another cooling option. It can be surprising to realize that heat pumps can not only keep the home warm in winter but also keep the temperature down in the summer.
May 8, 2022
Many people select central cooling, perhaps since most of us are accustomed to it. However, it’s also not the only option. Ductless mini-split heat pumps can be an excellent choice for the efficiency and superior cooling of multiple zones. Commonly used in other parts of the world, these systems are gaining popularity in the United States.
April 30, 2022
As we move into the warmth of summer, it’s more important than ever to have proper home cooling. One of the best options for many people is a ductless mini-split system. These are used to create a cool and comfortable home while incorporating modern features for your convenience.
April 19, 2022
The most substantial benefit of mini-splits is that there is also no need for ducts in your home. If you live in a space that doesn’t already have ducts, the process of installing them can be expensive and take a lot of time. Mini-splits can be used in homes without ducts to keep all the rooms comfortable for your family.
April 10, 2022
If you live in a home without ducts and don’t want to spend a considerable amount of money installing them, ductless systems are the best bet for heating and cooling. Also called mini-split systems, they can offer full home heating and cooling in even the most extreme climates. While anyone can use a ductless mini-split heat pump, they make more sense in some situations than others. Read on to learn more about when you might wish to install mini-splits in your own home.
March 30, 2022
A mini-split is a top option for add-ons to homes or renovations when ducts aren’t installed. If you don’t want to go through the process of installing new ducts or extending existing ones, mini-splits will let you stay comfortable without all the extra work. In addition, a ductless mini-split may be used in situations where larger homes need different levels of heating and cooling in separate rooms. You can heat or cool only the spaces in use to save both money and energy. Plus, everyone can set up their space to the temperature they like.
March 20, 2022
When you consider that heating and cooling is the most considerable expense in most homes, you can see why you don’t want it leaking energy as ducted systems do. The good news is that you can choose an alternative system: A ductless mini-split heat pump can provide warm air right to the space you need it. This can save you cash and ensure you stay comfortable throughout the winter months.
March 10, 2022
Curious about ductless mini-split systems? They can offer a lot of benefits. Improved comfort and lowered utility bills are just two of them. Of course, we understand that this technology is new for a lot of people and you probably have quite a few questions. We’ve put together the answers you need to the most frequently asked questions about ductless mini-split systems.
March 1, 2022
Tired of seeing your utility bills go up every year? It’s time for something different. Adding a ductless mini-split system to your home can offer a lot of advantages, including reducing your utility costs. How does it work? We’ll explore that below.
February 23, 2022
Whether your current central HVAC system isn’t keeping your home comfortable or you’re looking for ways to reduce your energy usage, the answer could be a ductless mini-split system. Not sure if this is the right choice for you? Here are six reasons you should consider one for your home.
February 14, 2022
One of the main reasons people choose a ductless mini-split for heating and cooling is for its simple operation and installation. It doesn’t hurt that these units tend to be quiet and more environmentally friendly than other HVAC systems. Even with all these benefits, it’s essential to be aware of a few tips to optimize how you use a mini-split heat pump. This ensures it is efficient, provides optimal performance, and keeps your home comfortable for you and your family.
February 7, 2022
If you’ve seen a ductless mini-split in a home or business, you might be wondering whether it’s a good option for your needs. Ductless mini-splits are highly versatile and more energy-efficient than other HVAC systems. They can be used in condos, apartments, homes, and even historic buildings since they do not require air ducts.
February 2, 2022
If you’re building a new home and considering your heating options, consider a mini-split system. It can also be used as a complementary way to add heating or cooling to your existing home. While these systems may not be as common as central heating and cooling units, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t consider their use. The reality is that mini-split systems can offer many sources of savings. If you want to keep money in the bank while ensuring your home is comfortable in every season, a ductless system could be the perfect answer.
January 23, 2022
With winter upon us, it’s time to ensure that your home is ready for the arrival of cold weather. Winterizing your home will help make certain that you’re able to keep your utility bills low while staying warm and comfortable even during the coldest months of the year. Below, we’ll cover five critical tips to help you achieve that goal.
January 13, 2022
If you’re looking for an alternative heating solution to keep your home warm all winter, you might have looked into a mini-split system. These systems are great because they allow you to heat only the rooms you plan on spending time in during the cold winter months. Doing this can lead to increased savings on your utility bills because you no longer need to use as much energy to heat the entire house as you would with a regular central heating system.
January 6, 2022
With winter rapidly approaching, you might be wondering if your current heating system is ready to handle the inevitable freeze. Depending on which type of heating system you have, there will be certain considerations that will need to be made to ensure that your home stays warm all winter long. Whether you currently have a central heating system or multiple ductless mini-split units, here are some tips on how to make sure your system is ready for winter.
December 29, 2021
There is an alternative heating solution that can help you reduce your energy consumption and overall utility bills. This solution is a ductless mini-split unit. In this post, we will give a quick overview of the benefits of mini-split systems as well as tell you how they can help you save on your utility bills.
December 13, 2021
What are the merits of installing a mini-split unit and what advantages it has over a conventional central heating system? While both systems will do a good job of keeping you warm this winter, both come with their pros and cons
July 13, 2021
Updated: Dec 19, 2022. Looking for a more efficient, faster way to cool your home? A ductless mini-split system could be exactly what you need. However, before you decide to invest, you’ll need to know a few things, including how to size the system correctly. What Are Ductless Mini-Split Systems? First, let’s address what we mean by
July 1, 2021
With records being shattered across much of the country, there’s no arguing that summer has arrived with a vengeance. Many people find themselves wondering how to keep cool as the mercury climbs. You might even be considering adding a ductless mini-split system to help cool parts of your house. Of course, it’s not just about
June 20, 2021
Benefits of mini-splits are endless. But what are mini-split systems? As the name suggests, mini-split systems or aka ductless HVAC are heating & cooling solutions that require zero ductwork. An effective & scalable method of providing heating or cooling, ductless systems consist of one or more wall, floor or ceiling-installed indoor units connected to an
March 15, 2021
Plumbing emergencies are likely something you prefer to avoid thinking about. That’s understandable since they can be a bit messy. You can avoid dwelling on a potential plumbing emergency, but the more you know, the better prepared you’ll be when one does happen. Here, we will go over the most common types of plumbing emergencies
February 7, 2021
Updated: Dec 19, 2022Freezing pipes are among the most common and expensive problems any homeowner faces come wintertime. If pipes freeze and break, it can cause a lot of water damage to your property and possessions. This disaster is avoidable and in this article, we share with you 5 ways to prevent freezing pipes in