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Dec 19, 2014 3:16:19 PM by Bill Eberhardt - 0 comments

Preventing Black Marks on the Walls From Your Baseboard Heaters

We recently received a call from a long-time Levittown customer in North Park that was concerned about black marks on the walls above his baseboard heaters. This is referred to as ghosting or thermal tracking, which is a relatively common phenomenon that plagues both old and new construction. Here’s a look into the causes and some things you can do to prevent it.

The dirty streaks that can appear above your baseboard are mostly created by dirt, dust or carbon soot from a number of sources like fireplaces, cigarette smoke, pets, cooking byproducts, etc. that are spread by the natural convection created by the heating cycle. If the warm, dirty air from the baseboard heater comes in contact with a cool wall or one with a higher moisture concentration the dusty particles are deposited.

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Dec 11, 2013 4:37:11 PM by Paul Giorgi - 0 comments

Replacing HVAC Equipment In Older Homes

We love working with people who have older homes and would like to replace existing equipment or add additional systems.

Because we started as an oil service company, most of our customers had older homes with hot water boilers with baseboard or radiator heating systems. A lot of these homes have boilers that are very old - some as old as 50 to 60 years old. Many of these boilers are as a big as a small car and are extremely inefficient. We have replaced many of these boilers and replaced them with new high efficiency units a third the size. In a lot of these cases we install an indirect domestic hot water tank and have seen reductions in Oil usage as high as 40 percent.

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Nov 19, 2013 11:30:03 AM by Paul Giorgi - 1 comment

Is it worth adding Central Air Conditioning for resale?

In the past couple of months we have had an increasing number of people who are calling us about adding central air conditioning, strictly as a benefit for resale of their homes. The majority of these calls are older homes with hydronic heating with either baseboards or radiators and no existing duct work. In most cases these people are looking for high velocity or Mitsubishi ductless splits systems which our company has come to specialize in. These systems use no duct work at all or use compact air handlers and small 2 inch duct work which can be installed in existing homes with little or no modification to the existing structure.

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