All The Benefits Of A New Furnace!

Why not keep your older furnace? You will face frequent breakdowns, need furnace repair more often, and see increased bills with an older furnace. Also, ditching the old system has many perks. From greater efficiency to increased comfort, here are five benefits of upgrading to a new furnace in New Jersey.

1. Improved energy-efficiency

The latest furnaces are more energy-efficient than systems that were built a decade ago. They use less energy and are more efficient in heating the room. Newer systems have an annual fuel utilization efficiency rating of more than 90 percent. The higher rating means that the furnace costs less to operate, resulting in lower energy bills.

2. New furnace + programmable thermostat = big savings

Another perk of upgrading to a new furnace is that they’re compatible with programmable thermostats. These thermostats can be programmed to set temperatures automatically. You can program them to set temperatures according to the usage during different times of the day.

For instance, you can set the furnace temperature to be lower when no one is inside the house. Also, you can set different zones in your home. This will provide you with greater control over the temperature and your heating bills.

Aside from a more comfortable home, pairing a programmable thermostat with a new heating system will result in much lower energy bills. You can save up to hundreds of dollars annually.

3. Get optimal comfort for you and your family

Modern furnaces feature variable-speed technology. Unlike traditional fixed-speed technology, technology in modern furnaces is more efficient in heating the rooms. They can generate more consistent warm air and maintain the temperature at a more constant level.

Also, modern furnaces provide superior humidity control. By upgrading to a new furnace, your home’s comfort will be improved.

4. Make your home safer

Newer furnaces also come with more advanced safety features. They are less likely to develop leaks. By virtue of being new, they’re also not going to have problems that older systems might, such as a cracked heat exchanger.

5. Feel confident with your furnace

Lastly, the perk of upgrading to a new furnace is that you will have to face fewer breakdowns. As a result, you can remain perfectly warm inside the house all throughout the winter.

The above are reasons enough why you should consider replacing your old furnace. Also, it’s important that you connect with the professionals here at Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ for regular maintenance and repairs of the furnace.  This is important to increase the lifespan and reduce the chances of emergency breakdowns. Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ are the experts you can trust. We have been serving the NJ area for years with professionalism and expertise. Customer service and care are always our number one priority. If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your HVAC or plumbing needs call toll-free @888-315-5564

Your HVAC System- Safety Tips For The Holiday Season

 

Don’t Cover Your Air Vent

Your home will surely be filled with so many items this Christmas. Decorations, presents, and Christmas trees are just a few of the things that might take up your space. But did you know that they can block the proper airflow and even increase your utility bills when placed near or in front of your vent? Be sure your vent is free from these items to keep your home warm and your energy bills low.

Don’t Cover Your Thermostat

You might be tempted to cover your thermostat with decorations so you can fully achieve a Christmas-themed home. It’s not a good idea, though! Hiding your thermostat will make it hard for the device to read the temperature accurately. In that case, your heating system can’t do its job as well. Have a little visual sacrifice by exposing your thermostat in exchange for comfort this holiday season.

Keep the Flammable Items Away

You’ll surely be using papers, fabrics, and other objects as part of your holiday backdrops. Be cautious about where you place them. Keep these flammable objects away from any heat-generating appliances such as an electric blanket, space heater, radiator, and more to avoid fire hazards.

Check Your Outdoor Unit

Don’t forget to check your outdoor unit this holiday season. Even though it is built to endure harsh weather conditions, it still needs proper care and maintenance to work properly. Take time to inspect your unit’s components for possible icing and clear out the debris that surrounds it.

Schedule Your HVAC Inspection

A malfunctioning HVAC system can spoil the fun of the Christmas evening. As soon as possible, contact Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ  for expert inspection of your comfort unit. We will help diagnose and fix the problems long before they cause major trouble to your comfort and savings.

Christmas only happens once a year, so make the most out of it! Don’t let poor comfort compromise the joy that the holiday brings.

Here at Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ, our team will ensure that your unit is working in optimum condition so you can enjoy the holiday with your loved ones. Call us today, and we’ll provide solutions that are just right for your budget.

Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ are the experts you can trust. We have been serving the NJ area for years with professionalism and expertise. Customer service and care are always our number one priority. If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your plumbing or HVAC needs call us toll-free @888-315-5564

Do This To Get The Most From Your Furnace

 Change Your Filter

 Your HVAC unit works incredibly hard during the winter and summer months. With all that hard work, your systems air filter will most likely be clogged or dirty due to all the dust and particulate matter it collects from your home.

Most HVAC systems require that you change your air filter once per month, though some high-quality filters can last a few months longer. A clogged or dirty filter affects the air you breathe, as well as the performance and longevity of your heating and cooling equipment. In most cases, your heating and cooling systems share the same air filter (you may have one or more filters in your home), so it’s important to make your filter replacements in both hot and cold seasons.

 Scheduling Consistent Maintenance Services

By having annual maintenance services completed on your HVAC system, you will ensure the best performance from your equipment, and save money on your utility costs in the long run. Most local heating professionals will provide you with a clear understanding of your heating and cooling system’s condition, whether any immediate or preventative repairs should be done, and if your filter is clogged. By having these routine maintenance checks completed, you won’t have to worry about why your house is too cold or overheated while saving money.

 Home Energy Audits

 Piggybacking off of consistent maintenance services, having a home energy audit done is also beneficial towards maximizing heating efficiency. A home energy audit allows you to learn how you’re using your energy, determine where it’s being wasted, and will help prioritize your efficiency upgrades. Once you figure out where your energy and heat is being used, Green Apple heating professionals can help review your HVAC system and suggest improvements on how to efficiently get the most out of your system.

Sealing Your Home

 Sealing your home can be incredibly beneficial when it comes to maximizing your heating efficiency. The point of sealing your home is to prevent the warm air in your home from escaping, meaning that if you have specific areas in your home where air leaks, you run the risk of losing all the moisture in your home while the cold, dry air enters your home. After you or a Green Apple heating professional perform a home energy audit to find out where the leaks are, you can then take the necessary steps towards sealing your home.

Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ are the experts you can trust. We have been serving the NJ area for years with professionalism and expertise. Customer service and care are always our number one priority. If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your HVAC or plumbing needs call toll-free @888-315-5564

The Plumbing Fixes You Need

Plumbing affects many parts of your home and you want it to work well. When plumbing breaks down, not only is this an inconvenience. It also brings worries about costly repairs.

While many plumbing repairs do require professional service, there are a few simple problems you can check for yourself. Sometimes, a simple step will fix the problem. If not, a Green Apple plumbing professional can help you. By checking first for simple solutions, you will know when you call for a Green Apple plumber that it was not something simple you missed.

Often, it’s tempting to try deeper plumbing system repairs on your own. But be aware of the many ways you can damage your pipes. You will save money and aggravation in the long run by getting a Green Apple professional to help you.

Here are some common plumbing problems that can have many different causes. For each one, there is something you can check first before calling for plumbing repair. If the first solution doesn’t work, a Green Apple plumbing professional can make the necessary repairs and get your system back up and running properly.

Low Water Pressure

This can have a number of causes that trace all the way back to the water supply, or to water leaks, faulty valves, or sediment build-up in the system. This is not a problem you want to ignore.

You can start by checking your faucet. Sometimes, the problem is as simple as a build-up of debris inside the aerator the little screen that screws onto the opening of your faucet.

If you take off the aerator and the water pressure is fine, clean the residue off the aerator and put it back on the faucet.

That’s a simple solution. If you still have low pressure after checking the aerator, a Green Apple plumbing professional can help you isolate and repair the problem.

Sluggish Draining of Tub or Sink

A build-up of hair and dirt in the drain can cause sluggish draining. Check immediately around the drain for a visible clog and remove it. See if that solves the problem. Consider installing a drain basket to prevent future build-up.

If the drain is still sluggish, the problem is deeper in the pipes. A Green Apple plumbing professional can remove the clog and check on the system for any further causes of sluggish draining.

A toilet that Continues to Run

Sometimes a running toilet means the flapper didn’t close all the way. This is easy to check and fix. Look inside the toilet tank to see if the flapper is up. Try simply pushing it down so it fits securely over the opening.

If you are familiar with the inner workings of a toilet tank, you can also check the float ball or cup, and the overflow tube to see why the water continues to flow. Check with your toilet manufacturer for a diagram of the parts inside the toilet tank, their functionality, and simple tweaks to keep them working well.

Sometimes, a repair or replacement part is needed. If one part is worn out and needs replacing, there is a good chance the other parts are worn too. A Green Apple plumbing professional can locate the problem and help you determine the most cost-effective solution

Dripping Faucet

Sometimes, all a dripping faucet needs is a washer replacement. If that does not stop the dripping, the problem is deeper in the system. A plumbing repair professional can help. While a dripping faucet might seem like a minor inconvenience, it will run up your water bill and could indicate a bigger problem. It’s best to get help while the problem is still minor.

If you take regular steps to keep your plumbing clean, check for signs of problems, and try simple solutions, you will do a lot toward keeping your plumbing system in good repair. When simple solutions don’t work, a Green Apple technician can help you find the best solution and avoid bigger problems.

Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ are the experts you can trust. We have been serving the NJ area for years with professionalism and expertise. Customer service and care are always our number one priority. If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your HVAC or plumbing needs call toll-free @888-315-5564

Tips To Prepare Your HVAC Unit For A Snow Storm

As winter sets in and temperatures begin to drop, it is essential that every home, office and other places of work be sufficiently prepared to keep their occupants warm. During the season temperature does get extreme.

Being pro-active as well as having a routinely maintained HVAC system, there should be little worry about New Jersey winter storms. However, most people are caught off-guard by storms that seem to appear out of nowhere and little time to prepare. The results can range anywhere from spending more on heating costs to no power & heat at all!

Why maintenance and preparing your HVAC system before a potential winter storm is essential.

Preventive maintenance at any time of year and especially before a winter storm sets in is essential to ensure that your home & family are protected to keep their houses warm.

By following the tips below, you are sure to cut your power usage & lower electricity bills, as well as extending the lifespan of their HVAC systems.

Replacing old furnaces and heating elements.

When properly maintained and taken care of, most furnaces will function properly from 15 to 20 years. To last this long, the system must be maintained on a yearly basis. Without proper maintenance, the HVAC furnace can be an individual’s or family’s worst nightmare, especially during extreme snowstorms.

Signs if there is a problem:

  • If the furnace is more than 15 years old.
  • Electricity bills are often higher than expected or usual.
  • The furnace is unable to warm your home sufficiently.
  • The furnace makes noise when running.
  • If the furnace has not been inspected and maintained for longer than 2-3 years.

The Basics:

  • Keep your home’s exhaust pipes clear of snow and ice.
  • Insulate any vulnerable pipes.  Wrap them with insulation sleeves to prevent freezing.
  • If you haven’t already, turn off all outdoor water lines (to hoses and outdoor spigots).
  • If any pipes get frozen and burst, turn off your water supply to that pipe and drain it by opening the faucets.  Leave faucets open until you can get the pipe repaired.
  • If you have an oil tank, make sure that you have enough oil to last.
  • Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ are the experts you can trust. We have been serving the NJ area for years with professionalism and expertise. Customer service and care are always our number one priority. If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your HVAC or plumbing needs call toll-free @888-315-5564

Your Holiday Plumbing Checklist

Use Cold Water in the Garbage Disposal

Did you ever notice how we talk about the garbage disposal a lot? That’s because we get a lot of calls about clogged garbage disposals around Thanksgiving and Christmas, and often the problems are preventable. In addition to knowing what you should and shouldn’t throw in there be sure to run cold water during and for 30-60 seconds after you put food in the garbage disposal. Hot water will solidify any grease poured down the drain by someone-who-isn’t-you (because you know better).

Do a Toilet Check

There’s no getting around it: Your ceramic throne is going to get a lot of use around the holidays. Give it a check-up. Inspect the handle, the lift arm, and chain, the flapper and break the news to it gently. Speaking of gentle, a gentle reminder to guests in the form of a polite sign about what not to put in the toilet might save you some plumbing headaches and ensure your guests save face. Keep some supplies in plain sight, too, like extra toilet paper and a plunger.

Install Drain Catchers

If you’re hosting overnight guests, they’re going to log shower time. With more showers comes more hair down the drain. Installing a drain catcher, an easy-to-find and affordable item will help prevent clogs.

Get the Water Heater Ready

More showers also mean more hot water usage. Encourage guests to put a bit of space between shower sessions in order to give the water heater tank a breather. The extra time will allow it to recover. Consider turning up the heater (no more than 120 degrees Fahrenheit) while guests are there so that a little goes a long way. Lastly, if you’re due or overdue for water heater maintenance tend to that before the holidays to avoid hot water mishaps.

Show Guests Where the Main Water Valve Is

If plumbing trouble brews, shutting off the main water valve or appliance-specific emergency shutoff valve can minimize damage and help get you into problem-solving mode. Mark the valve so guests can quickly find it in a pinch, give them the spiel about shutting off the water (for example, when the water rises in the toilet), and have them practice turning it off and on. This is a “hope you don’t have to use it” measure but a useful one should guests be home alone when a plumbing issue occurs. Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical are the experts you can trust. We have been serving the NJ area for years with professionalism and expertise. Customer service and care are always our number one priority. If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your HVAC or plumbing needs call toll-free @888-315-5564

Hot! Hot! Hot! Furnace Facts

If you have or are looking at purchasing a gas furnace, there are five standard types

  • Horizontal gas furnace
  • Package gas furnace: also comes with an air conditioner
  • Upflow gas furnace: airflow enters the bottom, and the heated air exits the top
  • Downflow gas furnace: opposite of the upflow, airflow enters the top, and the heated air exits the bottom
  • Lowboy gas furnace: shorter units designed for tight spaces

 

If your home has a gas furnace…you are not alone

Gas furnaces are the most common heating units found in homes across America. This is primarily due to the fact that they have such high-efficiency ratings and can be used in rural or remote locations. They can operate off of natural gas (if it’s available in the area) or propane, which makes them very convenient for homes with no natural gas lines.

 

 You should always look at what’s covered in the policy

Contrary to popular belief, not every component of a furnace is covered by the manufacturer’s warranty. In fact, it’s common for the more expensive parts to not be covered by the warranty. Make sure you do your research and read the fine print before making any purchase.

 

 Never store things around your furnace

Heating units are typically located in the basement where many families keep seasonal items between uses. This is a bad idea for several reasons. If you need to get to your furnace in an emergency quickly, you have no quick route to access it. And if you have a gas unit that uses a burner, you could have a potential fire hazard on your hands.

 

 Always, always commit to preventative maintenance.

If nothing else, preventative maintenance can help you spot small problems before they become significant problems. But regular maintenance on your furnace can also help prolong the lifespan of the unit and keep your energy costs down. In fact, most manufacturers require annual maintenance to maintain warranties. Make sure you add an annual check-up to your maintenance list, especially after the 5-year mark.

 

If you notice your furnace beginning to make strange noises or not performing as well as it should contact a Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ professional so they can also help you set up a preventative maintenance schedule so your system stays in tip-top shape and keeps your family warm for many years. Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical are the experts you can trust. We have been serving the NJ area for years with professionalism and expertise. customer service and care are always our number one priority. If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your HVAC or plumbing needs call toll-free @888-315-5564

How To Tell If Your Furnace Is Overworking

 

You manually adjust temperatures frequently

When it gets too cold, you turn the thermostat up, and when it’s hotter than you’d like, you lower temperatures or shut the furnace off. This may seem logical and like an efficient way to run the furnace only when you need it, but this simply isn’t the case.

Your furnace is designed to run in balanced cycles in order to keep temperatures just where they need to be. When you manually turn the thermostat on and off, you wear down the components quickly. Rather than turn the furnace up high and then lowering temperatures dramatically, it makes more sense to find a reasonable temperature and keep it there, letting the furnace run in its usual cycles.

You don’t change the air filter

Neglecting to change the air filter might not seem like a big deal to you, especially if you don’t have active allergies. But it’s not just there to clean the air. A dirty filter can actually harm a furnace (or air conditioner) because it blocks the flow of air through the system.

The blower fan has to work harder to try to suck in air through a dirty and clogged filter. Parts wear down, but what’s worse is that your furnace can overheat and shut off completely.

You don’t use a programmable or smart thermostat

Older thermostats tend to work just fine even with some brand new equipment. Many people don’t upgrade their thermostats when they replace a heating system, but we think this is a mistake. The wrong thermostat can easily overwork your furnace even if it’s working just fine.

You’ve probably left the heat on high by accident before leaving the home many a time. But a smart thermostat helps you prevent this. If you need to make an adjustment after you’ve left the home, all you have to do is open up an app on your smartphone.

You shut the vents

When you shut a vent in an unoccupied room in the home, you might think you are saving energy. After all, no one is using the room, and it only makes sense to keep from paying for that extra heat. However, closing the vent actually creates more work for your heater.

A furnace is designed and sized specifically to heat the amount of space in your home. Closing off space can lead to overheating or short cycling as the furnace may have to start and stop more often than it is meant to. Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ are the experts you can trust. We have been serving the NJ area for years with professionalism and expertise. Customer service and care are always our number one priority. If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your HVAC or plumbing needs call toll-free @888-315-5564

 

How Prevention Is Key When It Comes To Plumbing

How to Prevent Frozen Pipes

While we can’t control the weather, there are things we can do to prevent pipes from freezing. To prevent pipes from freezing and causing major damage, follow these steps:

  • Drain water from pipes that are likely to freeze. This includes your swimming pool and sprinkler water supply lines.
  • Disconnect any hoses from the outside of your home, drain the hoses and store them in the garage. Make sure to close the indoor valves supplying these outdoor access points.
  • Insulate the area around vents and light fixtures. This helps prevent heat from escaping into the attic.
  • Seal any wall cracks. Be sure to pay careful attention to the areas around utility service lines.
  • Open kitchen cabinets. This allows the warm air to circulate around the pipes.
  • Keep the garage doors closed to protect water lines.
  • Allow your faucets to drip cold water on the coldest days. The movement will make it harder for the water to freeze.
  • Keep your thermostat at the same temperature day and night. Never let it fall below 55 degrees Fahrenheit when you leave your home.
  • Ensure you have proper seals on all doors and windows.
  • Place a 60-watt bulb in areas where you’re concerned about pipes freezing. Make sure there are no combustible materials near the bulb.

Protection from Frozen Water Pipes

Frozen water pipes and the damage they can cause are a reality for thousands of people each year. That’s especially the case when you are at below-freezing temperatures for an extended period of time.

The Insurance Institute says a burst pipe can cause more than $5,000 in water damage. That’s because the damage can be extensive.

Prevention is key when it comes to protecting your plumbing. Green Apple Mechanical NJ are the experts you can trust. We have been serving the NJ area for years with professionalism and expertise. Customer service and care are always our number one priority. If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your HVAC or plumbing needs call toll-free @888-315-5564

How To Ensure Your Furnace Is Working Efficiently

Your furnace works hard to warm your New Jersey home, and you can help. Here are five ways to make sure your furnace is working efficiently this cold season.

Run Ceiling Fans in Reverse

Warm air rises, and turning your ceiling fans on reverse forces the warm air back down where you want it, ensuring your home reaches a comfortable temperature quickly. This gives your furnace a bit of help when it comes to keeping your home comfortable.

Use Your Programmable Thermostat

There’s no reason to have your furnace heating your home when you aren’t there to enjoy it. Use your programmable thermostat to lower the heat in your house while you’re away, and heat it back up to a comfortable temperature just before you come home.

Clear the Area Around Your Air Vents

When your air vents are obstructed by furniture and curtains, your furnace can’t get the air it needs to work properly. Clear the area around your air vents, and vacuum or sweep around air vents regularly during the winter months to keep dust from gathering.

Check and Replace Furnace Filters

When your furnace’s air filter becomes clogged with dust particles, it causes your furnace to work harder than usual to draw air in. Replace or clean your filters every month to ensure your furnace can get the air it needs. Mark on your calendar when to change your filter so you don’t forget this very important task.

Schedule a Furnace Inspection

Lastly, an annual inspection is important to keep your furnace running efficiently because it gives our Green Apple technician a chance to clean dust and debris from the furnace’s interior and replace worn parts. Inspecting your furnace annually also prolongs the life of the unit and can prevent costly breakdowns.

Helping your furnace heat your home efficiently saves energy and saves you money on heating costs. Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ  can help, with programmable thermostats, annual furnace inspection, and energy-efficient furnaces. Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ are the experts you can trust. We have been serving the NJ area for years with professionalism and expertise. Customer service and care are always our number one priority. If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your HVAC or plumbing needs call toll-free @888-315-5564