In 1993, only 68 percent of homes in the United States had air conditioning. By 2017 that number had jumped to 90 percent. Today, an air conditioner is a standard appliance in and as essential to most families as a car, a microwave, or a refrigerator.
Air conditioning units have made incredible leaps in technology and efficiency in the last few years, making installing and operating a home or small office air conditioning unit incredibly affordable.
In 2010, the most common refrigerant used in small air conditioning units, R-22, was banned in the European Union (EU) and the United States as part of a phaseout of ozone-depleting chemicals. In preparation for the ban, the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) industry moved toward R-410A as the replacement for R-22.
The adoption of R-410A in home and small office air conditioners began a new era in high-efficiency air conditioning systems. Air conditioning units are more efficient, have a smaller footprint, and quieter than ever before.
Burns & McBride Home Comfort has been replacing older R-22 units with new R-410A equipment for years. Call our team at 302-273-1341 and we will help you find the right unit for your home. Request air conditioning service online today.
Clank! Clank! Clank! After banging on the pipes for hours, Dad emerges from the basement, face covered in soot, and announces the boiler is dead. It is a scene from the movies we have all seen. But a lot of families in go through that every winter. If it happens to you, our boiler professionals at Burns & McBride Home Comfort are ready to help.
We do not want you to have a middle-of-winter emergency. Our heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) team wants you to be confident your boiler will not only get through this winter, but work efficiently for many winters to come.
With a boiler maintenance agreement plan, we will tune your boiler each winter, perform routine preventative maintenance, and help shut it down when the season ends.
Properly maintained boilers can last as long as 20 years. Call us at 302-273-1341, as we are here to see you through the full life of your boiler and help you replace it when the time comes. Request boiler service online today.
The era of ultra-high efficiency heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) units is here. Ductless systems are small, wall-mounted, single-zone heating and air units with cooling Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) ratings near 30 compared to standard units with a typical SEER around 18. It is not uncommon in for homeowners to see substantial savings in their energy bills the first month after installation of a mini split system.
Mini split units solve multiple problems at once. High efficiency makes a ductless system an outstanding replacement for an older HVAC unit. The ability to connect multiple ductless units to one condensing unit creates a zone control system, bringing high efficiency to multiple rooms. These systems offer extra benefits for your home and can save you money overall.
Is your home right for a new ductless system? One call to Burns & McBride Home Comfort at 302-273-1341 and we can survey your home to see which ductless system will serve you best. Request ductless system service online today.
The last 10 years have seen incredible advancements in home-heating technology. The standard efficiency home furnace installed in most houses in is becoming obsolete. In its place is an impressive lineup of gas furnaces that do everything from make instant hot water, warm radiant floors, and feed radiator systems.
This new supply of gas heater is more compact and more efficient than ever. In addition to our fast furnace repair, replacing an older gas furnace with a new, 95 percent efficient condensing furnace is one of Burns & McBride Home Comfort’s most common heating equipment calls.
A condensing furnace achieves high efficiency by using the hot combustion gasses, or flue gas, to add an additional stage of heating to the water. Extracting more heat from the flue gas causes the gas to condense in the furnace, creating cooler flue gases that can be vented with PVC pipe instead of expensive double wall flue pipes. homeowners realize immediate savings on their gas bills with a condensing furnace.
The most common service we at Burns & McBride Home Comfort provide to our customers in is the repair and maintenance of residential and light commercial heat pumps. We are known throughout the area as the company to call when customers need heat pump and mini split heat pump maintenance. In addition to making quick and affordable repairs, we provide residential and light commercial maintenance maintenance agreement plans and full unit replacements.
There is a dizzying array of choices when it comes to replacing and installing heat pump systems. What manufacturer is best? Should you buy a high-efficiency or standard-efficiency heat pump? What about all the different kinds of thermostats?
Homeowners should not make these decisions on their own. We love to help our customers make informed choices regarding their new uni—choices that fit their needs and their budgets.
Indoor Air Quality
Do you find yourself feeling tired all the time? Are you suffering from allergies, asthma, or constant respiratory distress? Although these things can originate from many different sources, poor indoor air quality is a possibility.
Our team at Burns & McBride Home Comfort here in wants to help you ensure a healthy home. We will come out and test the air quality in your home. If they find any issues, they can provide remediation services to help you improve it.
Everyone has dust and dust mites in their home as well as some level of chemicals released from carpeting, cleaning supplies, and other household substances. In addition, if you have pets, you will generate more hair and dander. Smoking also adds particulates to the air. All of these things can contribute to an indoor air quality problem.
Testing of indoor air quality is something we do every day. If we find issues, our experienced professionals might recommend remediation such as air duct cleaning or replacing your air filters in your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system. A wide variety of air filtration and air purification systems are available on the market today as well, which can help improve your indoor air quality.
Everything has its season, and your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system is no different. Your furnace puts in overtime during the chilly winters while taking a rest in the summer, and your air conditioning unit works on the opposite schedule in . Our team at Burns & McBride Home Comfort recommends that right before your furnace or air conditioner goes into high gear you schedule an HVAC maintenance service call.
Our trained professionals will conduct a complete inspection and cleaning of your HVAC system. Talk with us about our multipoint inspection. It includes a filter change, lubrication, pressure and safety check, and much more. You will also have a trained eye on your system so any potential problems can be caught quickly and repaired before your HVAC system stops working.
In the long run, investing in HVAC maintenance can save you a great deal of stress and money in your home. A well-maintained system will not only function better, but it will consume less energy every day. In addition, it can help increase the working life of your whole system, making it less likely you will have to invest in a new furnace or air conditioning unit prematurely.
When you are ready to schedule your HVAC maintenance visit, contact Burns & McBride Home Comfort at 302-273-1341 . We would be happy to answer questions or share more details. Request HVAC maintenance service online today.
No one likes dealing with a lack of hot water in your home. In general, barring some major catastrophe, the fault lies in the type of water heater you use. Regardless of where you are in your water heater’s life cycle, it’s worth looking into the new alternatives on the market and the benefits they may bring to your home.
The first option many homes come with is a tank water heater. These are generally heated by gas, electricity, or oil, then heat and store your hot water. However, they can run out at inconvenient times and can cause large amounts of water damage should the tank ever leak.
The second option is a tankless water heater. These systems heat water only upon demand, regardless of how much you may want at the time. They also are highly energy efficient since you are only using the water you need at the time—you are not spending money to keep a tank of water hot waiting to be used. Since these heaters do not have storage tanks, they have a smaller footprint in your home, making for versatility in installation locations.
When you are ready to learn more or to make needed improvements in your water heater, whether it is a replacement, new installation, repair, or maintenance, our Burns & McBride Home Comfort professionals at are ready and waiting for you—give us a call at 302-273-1341. Request water heater service online today.
While you may not think twice about maintaining or updating your heating and cooling system, a quality heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system does not have to simply be a traditional setup. In , it is worth looking into different systems and services that work with your HVAC system in order to provide a more pleasant home for all concerned. One of the best add-on options available today is a whole-house dehumidifier system.
These handy units do one thing well: they pull the extra moisture out of your home. However, this has a lot more benefits than you might think. Removing the extra humidity can lower your allergen level, prevent mold growth, and remove dirt and dust before it settles in your home. If you have been dealing with any of these issues, it is worth a hard look to see where improvements could be made.
If you have ever dealt with sharp, dry air in your home, you know how unpleasant it can be. No one wants that type of home atmosphere on a regular basis. Additionally, there are very real health issues unbalanced humidity levels can cause. If you are facing these problems in , it may be time for you to look into installing a whole-house humidifier.
The simplest explanation of these systems is they work in tandem with your existing forced-air heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system to balance the level of humidity in your home’s air.
What are the differences between the different whole-house humidifier models? What are the advantages and drawbacks of each one? And which one is best for your needs? That is where our Burns & McBride Home Comfort professionals at 302-273-1341 can help you discover the best solution for your needs. Request whole-house humidifier service online today.