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Meet The Staff – Mathew Furrier

Matt FurrierOn this week’s “Meet the Staff”, we are introducing Mathew Furrier, who has been in the industry for fifteen plus years, and has worked with Morris Heating & Air Conditioning for over seven. As a Project Manager, Matt wears many hats! He is one of our lead installers as well as an on-call service technician.

Matt is known as a meticulous and hard-working team member who is dedicated to solving even the most complex HVAC problem.  He believes in quality work and his commitment to his craft is obvious in the high praise he receives from his customers…. “Very pleased with the professional service. Mathew was knowledgeable and took his time resolving our air conditioning problem … He patiently explained in detail everything he was doing to fix the problem. After replacing the capacitor, our air conditioner is now successfully up and running, thanks to Mathew. We highly recommend Mathew” Bob and Joan D. Gloucester, MA

When asked what he enjoyed most about working at Morris Heating & Air Conditioning, Matt cited above all else, the opportunity to work alongside a highly dedicated and skilled group of technicians and service providers.  Because of his stellar reputation in the field and with customers, Matt is regularly called upon to work on Morris’s highest profile projects, from multi-million dollar homes with complex installations to the well-known This Old House renovation in Arlington, MA.

Matt does enjoy constructing duct work transitions from flat sheet metal, but his whole life isn’t HVAC!  When he’s not working (and yes, during the summer especially — he does work a lot!), Matt is an avid mountain biker, loves CrossFit and is a father to two amazing kids.

Watch our blog for more profiles of exceptional Morris Heating & Air Conditioning team members.  If you’d like to talk to us about your next project, please call Morris Heating & Air Conditioning at 978-356-9900 or click here.

Allergies and Your Air Systems

Flowers are blooming, the grass is greener, and trees are filled with new leaves. For some of us, these signs of spring and early summer can only mean one thing…allergies.

Flowers blooming in spring

Allergy season can get the best of us and some years are worse than others but for those of us with allergies it’s like a miserable cold which feels like it’s never going to end. With the right tips and tricks, however, the air your home can be the one place you can get some relief. Many think just using air conditioning systems will filter out the nasty allergens from the air, but this isn’t always the case. With the warm weather fast approaching, it is imperative to ensure that your air conditioning system is clean and working properly.

Follow along to find out the best ways to minimize allergies in your home!

  • Maintenance – It is recommended that every person maintain their AC system annually but this is especially important for allergy sufferers.       Dirty coils and dirty filters often clogged with pollen equal dirty air. Do not skip this important service.
  • Check your indoor vents –Are they clean and free of dust as well?
  • Windows – Pollen and dust are free to invade your home through open windows, even with window screens open. Remember to keep your windows closed as your AC can help keep filtered air throughout your home. Only open them when the wind is calm. Fix or replace any broken or drafty windows. Consider replacing drapes and blinds with washing-machine safe materials.
  • Monitor the humidity in your home. At Morris Heating & Air Conditioning we have many options available. Consult your Comfort Advisor for the best solution for your family.
  • Go ductless – Ductless heating and AC systems have reusable filters, many of which lasts up to 10 years. Because these filters are washable and easy to clean, allergy sufferers can easily clean them on a regular basis, unlike traditional systems. The Mitsubishi ductless system also offers a multistage filtration system which is excellent for allergy sufferers. For more info on single and multi-zone ductless systems, watch: https://morrisheatingandair.com/ductless-heating-and-ac/

If you suffer from allergies you may have heard toss the carpets, keep draperies to a minimum, damp mop, don’t vacuum etc. But have you considered consulting your HVAC partner? After all, when you turn on your AC this summer you need to make sure that the air you are breathing is exceptionally clean. At Morris Heating & Air Conditioning the options are endless. We have simple plug in solutions like the Guardian Air to more advanced options like Lennox’s Pure Air system for those desiring whole home air purification. For more information, please call the Morris Heating & Air Conditioning team at 978-356-9900 or visit us on line at https://morrisheatingandair.com/

Are you Throwing Away Money on Heating and Cooling?

The summer is fast approaching, which means there will be days when we cannot go without using our AC. Similar to those long winter days where the heat is set high, many homeowners don’t know the most effective way to use their system that still benefits them and saves them a lot more.

Throwing away money on heating and cooling

Half of the energy used in your home goes to heating and cooling. As a result, making smart decisions about your home’s HVAC system can make a big difference in not just your bills, but also to the comfort of your home. Follow along for tips on how to save money when using your heating and cooling system!

  • Set and forget your thermostat – This is a common mistake we all make, especially when dealing with hot summer days. To achieve maximum savings, adjust your thermostat whenever you leave your home for eight hours or more. For example, set it up eight degrees in the summer, and lower it eight degrees during the winter.
  • Check – It is also important to check periodically the right temperature for the time of day and if it is turning on and off at a specific time.
  • Maintenance – Many homeowners believe that by not regularly checking up on maintenance they are saving money, but this is false. Keeping up-to-date with the latest repairs is one of the top ways you can save money. It will not only lower your energy bill, but will also lower the frequency of costly repairs too. Maintenance should be performed regularly, at least once a year, to keep the system running smoothly, efficiently and safely. https://morrisheatingandair.com/air-conditioning/annual-air-conditioning-maintenance/
  • Clean – Replacing the air filter regularly can help prevent dust and dirt from building up in the rest of the system. Cleaning the outdoor and indoor coils on your cooling system, can also help maintain its proper function–especially during the warm weather.

These are easy to remember tips to help you say a little money this summer. For more great tips, give the heating and air conditioning team at Morris Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 978-356-9900 or visit us on line at https://morrisheatingandair.com/

Asthma and Indoor Pollutants

If you suffer from allergies like 55% of all Americans do, then you know just how miserable it can be. Add to that the estimates from the Centers for Disease Control that 1 in 5 people suffer from asthma related to indoor allergens, and this becomes a huge problem. What are these indoor pollutants and how can families improve their indoor air environment?

asthmatic woman with inhaler

The first step to dealing with indoor pollutants and the asthma that may be triggered by them, is to find out what is causing the allergic reaction. Allergy specialists point out that there are a number of indoor allergens such as: pollen that has entered the home, dust mites, dust particles, mildew, smoke, perfumes, pet dander, or cleaning products. After determining what the allergen is via an allergy test, the goal is to then improve indoor air quality in order to reduce or potentially eliminate allergies and asthmatic reactions. Here are a few steps your family can create an allergy-free and asthma-free zone in your home.

  • Reduce Pollen Indoors – Pollen is one of the major allergens as it is released by trees and flowers throughout the spring and summer. Pollen counts are usually highest from 5 AM to 10 AM so avoid open windows during that time. Consider using your air conditioning during times when pollen counts are especially high or when there are ozon or pollution warnings. Modern HVAC units have filters that can work very well at stopping pollen from entering your indoor spaces. If you find pollen building up on your surfaces you may want to keep the air conditioning on regularly.
  • Change Filters and Clean Ductwork – If your allergen is dust, cleaning your HVAC system regularly could help immensely. Ask our technicians at Morris Heating & Air Conditioning when your air filters were last changed and when the ductwork was last cleaned. Better yet, ask about our ductless units that can not only save you from having ductwork, but are an excellent option in terms of indoor air quality. Reusable filters last up to 10 years and homeowners can easily clean them as often as they’d like. Click here for a simple video showing you how it’s done! https://youtu.be/6MiaxGpPbKc. Ductless systems also offer advanced multi-stage filtration on all systems to remove contaminants that trigger allergy and asthma systems, spread illness and impact air quality.
  • Evaluate your Home – If you or a family member are reacting to household products, perfumes, or wood smoke – clean it all out. Perfumes, aerosols, and wood fires can be detrimental to your health if they are triggering asthma or a reaction. In addition to household products, be sure that all of your gas appliances vent to the outdoors including ovens, dryers and oven hoods.

If you have taken all the precautions to make your home safe from indoor pollutants and want to consider a new or updated air conditioning or heating system, call our Comfort Advisors at 978-356-9900 or contact us here at Morris Heating & Air Conditioning. We will evaluate your current system and help you make your house cleaner and safer. We have options ranging from simple plug in systems like the Guardian Air, to the Lennox Pure Air system for those customers in need of the top of the line air purification system.

Is It Time to Repair or Replace My Air Conditioning?

Spring is finally here and it seems like summer is right around the corner too. Many homeowners across the area have begun firing up the air conditioning only to find that it needs repairs or isn’t working quite as well as it once did. The question may be, “Is it time to replace my air conditioning system or is repair the best choice?”

In determining repair vs. replacement, there are many considerations. There are no hard and fast rules to making this decision, but here are just a few items to take into consideration before taking any action or making that big decision to purchase a new AC system.

Consider the Age of the System – When it comes to repair vs. replacement, the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Energy’s joint ENERGY STAR program recommend systems older than 10 years old be replaced. The average air conditioner lasts 10 to 15 years so if you are nearing the outer edge of the lifespan, you may want to consider a replacement. However, if the unit is newer you should research the warranty and see what may or may not be covered.

Consider Past Maintenance – Over the past few years the cost of refrigerant has soared due to EPA regulations on the HVAC industry. If refrigerant is leaking or needs to be “topped off” regularly then you may be spending more than you should for each service call and top off. How often the system is repaired, and regularly maintained should all be considerations. Of course every situation is different but the service team at Morris Heating & Air Conditioning often looks to the 50% rule. By this we mean that if the cost of repair vs. replacement is less than half of its value and you haven’t required monthly service calls to keep your system up and running, repair may be easier on your checkbook.

Of course, you should consider your comfort level – is your AC system keeping you cool and comfortable? If the answer is yes, you are probably still looking at a well-functioning system. If not, replacement may not be the answer, but give us a call to get to the bottom of why you are not getting proper function from your AC system – more often than not, lack of annual maintenance is the culprit.

Calculate Savings

Consider Money Savings – If your system is more than 10 years old and repair costs are approaching 50% of the value of the system, a great deal of energy can be saved by upgrading to a newer, more efficient system. By replacing your air conditioning system, you can also take advantage of the smart, new features, tax rebates/credits and incentives that are offered on energy efficient systems. The average savings of a new energy efficient system is estimated to be around 20% with ductless models averaging even higher.

There are still other factors to take into account such as how long you plan to live in the home, current energy bills, indoor air quality concerns (especially if you have a family member with asthma), humidity or musty/mold issues. Air conditioning technology has come a long way in the past few years.  For a free inspection of your current system, call Morris Heating & Air Conditioning or visit our website at http://morrisheatingandair.com/air-conditioning/air-conditioning-installation/

Spring and Summer Energy Saving Tips

Did you know that heating and cooling a home accounts for almost half of a home’s energy use? Climate control is an essential part of New England homes, as this area is known for its changeable weather patterns. Since we can’t control the whims of Mother Nature, we must control what we can – how we use energy in our homes. So as the temperature and humidity begins to rise this spring and summer, what can we as homeowners do to reduce our energy bills yet stay comfortable?

Let’s take a look at both inexpensive changes that you can make as well as some simple actions that are FREE.

  • Get an Energy Audit –  Recommended by the Department of Energy to identify areas of your home where energy is being lost. While homeowners can conduct their own simple walk-through and spot many problems, we recommend a professional home assessment to prioritize and pinpoint each area where energy is being lost. Go to www.masssave.com for more information on free energy audits in your area.
  • Use Nature to your Advantage – Evenings in the spring and even in the summer tend to cool off in New England. Use this to your advantage by opening the windows when the sun goes down and allow for air to cross ventilate. This means you will save energy on cooling and still provide cool air in your home. In addition, use indirect sunlight during daylight hours to light main rooms instead of turning on lights. On that same idea, keep window shades drawn in rooms where direct sunlight can heat up a section of the house during peak sunlight hours. All of these actions are easy to do and free!
  • Use a Programmable Thermostat – Installing and using a programmable thermostat can save homeowners up to 10% a year on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY.gov. Set your thermostat as high as comfortably possible in the spring and summer. The smaller the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures, the lower your overall cooling bill will be. In addition, set the thermostat to go off while you are regularly out and turn back on right before you return home. WiFi thermostats are also a great option and rebates up to $100 are available through MassSave.
  • Avoid Adding Heat to your Home – Appliances such as the computer, stove, and dishwasher can add unwanted heat to the interior of your home. On hot days avoid using these items and grill outdoors if that is possible.
  • Maintain your Heating and Cooling System – A spring clean & check of your air conditioning  system will enable you to keep the system operating efficiently when the summer heat arrives. Plus, this simple annual maintenance of your AC system can reduce annual operating costs by as much as 30%.  70% of AC system maintenance calls are on systems who have not been serviced annually.  Find out more about this important annual service here http://morrisheatingandair.com/air-conditioning/annual-air-conditioning-maintenance/

 

Save money on your heating and cooling system and splurge on a weekend at the beach!  For more mey saving tips, call Morris Heating & Air Conditioning We have a whole team ready to pass on more tips to to help you lower your energy bills this spring!

 

Thinking About Replacing your Heating or Cooling System?

Has it been a long winter for you with a heating system that isn’t warming your home evenly and consistently? Or are you already planning ahead for the summer and thinking about how hot and humid your home gets?  In either case you may be planning to replace your aging heating and cooling system with something more efficient and environmentally friendly. Morris Heating & Air Conditioning can help you choose the right system for your home so you can start enjoying the benefits whether it is the dead of winter or the dog-days of summer.

cool off this summer with morris

Benefits:

The benefits of investing in a newer more advanced system are numerous.

  • Cost Savings – Did you know that if your heating or cooling system is more than 12 years old, replacing it with an ENERGY STAR qualified model could cut your cooling costs by 30%? (EnergyStar.gov)
  • Comfort Level – With a new system, your home will be noticeably more comfortable with even and consistent heating or cooling. No more worrying about having some rooms that are extremely hot while others are too cool.
  • Ease of Use – HVAC systems have come a long way in the past few years and are now accessible remotely via your smartphone, tablet or other device. In addition, programmable thermostats provide unprecedented control over temperatures in specific zones of your home.  Plus smart technology is rewarded by MASSSave in the form of rebates!  Check out their website for the most up to date information.
  • More Options – Depending upon your home’s needs you can choose from several types of heating and cooling options including: central air conditioning, ductless systems, heat pumps, or split systems.
  • Environmental Impact – A new high efficiency heating and cooling system is not just good for your wallet and comfort level but also for the Earth. High efficiency systems have less waste, use less energy and reduce your overall personal carbon footprint.
  • Increased Resale ValueProspective home buyers see the value in an energy efficient heating and cooling system. It could raise the value of your home and help it sell faster!  

2017 Rebates are excellent.  If you’re interested in discussing your options with a Morris Heating & Air Conditioning Comfort Advisor, call us today at 978-356-9900 for more information.  We offer free estimates and all of our work is backed by a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee.

The Annual Service Check: What it Includes and How it Benefits

Can you feel it? Spring is right around the corner. The weather is slowly improving and the temperature is rising. Just think, a few weeks from now you might even be thinking about outdoor activities, longer daylight hours and, eventually, that first time you turn on your air conditioning system! Here at Morris Heating & Air Conditioning we recommend an annual service check up on your HVAC system. The benefits to this clean and check go beyond guaranteeing your comfort during the warmer months but also could extend the life of your air conditioning system. Here are some common questions we receive about regular service for HVAC systems.

Spring is coming

“When should I schedule maintenance on my HVAC system?”

This is a common question and the answer differs depending upon the type of system you currently have in your home. For a system that heats and cools: perform maintenance in the spring and fall. For cooling system maintenance only: perform maintenance at least once a year. For furnace maintenance only: also perform maintenance at least once a year. . So this is the right time to be scheduling your regular maintenance if you have a heating and cooling system or cooling alone.

How will the check up benefit my system? This is a great questions with several answers.

  • Homeowners who keep their HVAC systems clean and operating efficiently can count on the electric meter moving slower than systems that have been neglected. Our research has shown that regular maintenance can reduce energy bills by as much as 30%.
  • HVAC systems that have regular maintenance have longer lifespans.
  • An inspection of airflow can make certain that delivery of air is even and consistent throughout your home or business.
  • Troubleshooting during regular maintenance can anticipate repairs that will need to be made rather than finding out on the hottest day of the year! We estimate that regular maintenance can reduce equipment breakdowns by 95%.
  • The more efficient your system the lower the impact on the environment.
  • Service contracts can mean discounted annual maintenance.
  • Most manufacturers require annual maintenance to uphold their equipment warranties.

What checks will be completed during an annual maintenance visit?

Morris Heating & Air Conditioning technicians complete a 20 Point Annual Check Up including:

  • Air Conditioning Filter Replacement
  • Secure and Check Electrical Controls
  • Check Condensate Pump and Drain Lines
  • Check Safety Controls
  • Check Thermostat Calibration
  • And Much more — please call our service department for a comprehensive review of this important service appointment

To schedule your annual service appointment with our A+ BBB rated team, call Morris Heating & Air Conditioning at 978-356-9900 or click here http://morrisheatingandair.com/contact/

To Duct or Not to Duct?

While deciding whether to add a traditional air conditioning or a ductless air system may not be in the realm of questions that Shakespeare would ask, the question of whether “To Duct or Not to Duct,” is still commonly asked in our line of work. Last week we discussed the advantages of ductless heating and air conditioning for homeowners and businesses. But, how do you know that this technology is something you want for your home?

living space without ductless vent

Here are some top considerations that our clients have mentioned before deciding whether “To Duct or Not to Duct.”

 

  • Aesthetics – Appearance is often a top concern especially in residential spaces when it comes to adding ductless or traditional heating or cooling units. Homeowners want their interior decor to remain intact or at least not cause massive upheaval in each room. Adding ductwork may have that effect. While adding ductwork means that it will be hidden behind walls, it also means the loss of ceiling height or wall space. Ductless units tend to be small, but traditionally they mount on the wall close to the ceiling.  If that is objectionable to you and you are still interested in exploring ductless technology, Mitsubishi has a whole host of products.  With ductless you now have choices in color, mounting options, heating and/or cooling combinations and more.  Plus, just about every Mitsubishi ductless unit you purchase will be eligible for some kind of rebate due to their excellent energy efficiency.  
  • Existing Ducts – Does your home have existing ductwork? Is it in good condition or would it need to be replaced? If you can answer yes to both questions then maybe hooking up to an existing system may be the way to go. If you lack ductwork or have no idea how it was maintained either during your time as homeowner or by previous owners, you may want to investigate ductless.
  • Humidity Issues – Does your home have humidity issues? Does one room tend to get more humid than others?  Humidity affects air quality  and can be directly correlated to the condition of your ductwork.  Mention any humidity issues to your Comfort Advisor when considering any new HVAC system.
  • Zoning – Does your home have uneven heating and cooling? Is there a room that is horribly warm due to an inefficient system, daytime solar heating or other reasons? If so, then ductless may be the option for you since multi-split systems can independently control different cooling and heating needs.                             

Each home is unique and requires a heating and cooling system specifically designed for that particular home.  There is no one size fits all approach when it comes to HVAC.  Sometimes ductless works great a sunroom, an addition or an entire home…and sometimes a conventional system will be your better choice. To set up a free consultation with Morris Heating and Air Conditioning to help you decide whether “To Duct or Not To Duct.”  or to learn more about ductless  visit http://morrisheatingandair.com/ductless-heating-and-ac/

 

Heat Pumps 101

When it comes to heating and cooling your home or place of business there are many options out there that can get somewhat confusing if you are not familiar with the technology. We are often asked about the growing popularity of heat pumps, their advantages, and how heat pumps work in a variety of situations.  Here is a quick heat pump cheat sheet to help our customers and those looking for alternatives for heating and cooling.  

 

A heat pump is a device that uses a small amount of energy to move heat from one location to another. Heat pumps are typically used to pull heat out of the air or ground to heat a home or office building, but they can be reversed to cool a building. If you have a hot tub or swimming pool, you may already have a heat pump and understand a little about how it works. A simple analogy is that, like your refrigerator, heat pumps use electricity to move heat from a cool space to a warm space, making the cool space cooler and the warm space warmer. (Source- Department of Energy) Because heat pumps move heat rather than generate heat, heat pumps can provide equivalent space conditioning at as little as one quarter of the cost of operating conventional heating or cooling appliances.

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Some of the advantages of a heat pump include:

 

  • A heat pump can be seen as “All in One Service.” This is due to the fact that the same unit delivers both heating and cooling all in one!
  • Heat pumps are easy to use and simple to install.
  • Heat pumps can save on your energy usage and bill. The most common type of heat pump is the air-source heat pump, which transfers heat between your house and the outside air. According to Energy.gov, “If you heat with electricity, a heat pump can trim the amount of electricity you use for heating by as much as 30% to 40%. High efficiency heat pumps also dehumidify better than traditional central air conditioners, resulting in less energy usage and more cooling comfort.”
  • Since heat pump is zone based you can increase the comfort level of your home by adjusting the heating and cooling needs that are unique to each room.
  • Tax credits – Depending upon the type of heat pump you choose, there are often federal tax credits and incentives to take advantage of.

 

Want to know more about how a heat pump could help trim your bills and add comfort to your home?  For a free consultation with a Morris Heating & Air Conditioning Comfort Advisor, click here http://morrisheatingandair.com/contact/ or call us today at 978-356-9900. The experts at Morris Heating and Air Conditioning will happily evaluate your needs.