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plumber connecticutA leaky pipe or clogged drain can cause stress if you aren’t well-versed in plumbing. We understand that getting quotes from a professional can be a hassle when you aren’t sure what the work should cost. It’s hard to shake the fear that you might be getting taken for a ride.

With that in mind, we want to take you through the variables that affect the cost of plumbing jobs that Homestead Comfort handles in Windham, Tolland, and Hartford counties. We’ll also give you some tips for limiting how much you spend when hiring a plumber.

Factors That Affect a Plumbing Expense

Many variables affect how much you pay for even run-of-the-mill plumbing jobs.

  1. The area of the country you live in determines the average rate for plumbing work.
  2. The type of job is a significant factor. For example, a clogged drain will require less time and labor than installing a new sink.
  3. The materials involved will affect the cost. Particularly for an installation, high-end materials will tack on additional expenses.
  4. Urgency is always a factor. An after-hours emergency repair to restore hot water can be pricier than a non-urgent job.
  5. The personnel required generally affects the cost. Work that involves multiple assistants will be pricier. But as we’ll discuss later, choosing a cheap, unlicensed plumber is not a good idea.

Additionally, plumbing work can escalate. You might have outdated pipes or valves that need to be replaced, or there could be water damage or mold. The unforeseen issues will increase the cost of the work.

4 Tips for Limiting How Much You Spend on Plumbing Work

The costs listed above aren’t minor. So how can you be sure you’re getting a fair deal for quality work? Here are four ways to limit your financial risk when it comes to plumbing.

Get to know your home’s plumbing

You don’t need to become a professional. Just learn the basics, like where your main shutoff valve is and approximately how old your pipes and water heater are. This will help a lot when discussing your plumbing service needs.

Ask for written estimates

As discussed, plumbing jobs can balloon in cost. When looking for a plumber, ask for written quotes so you can compare the services included.

Use a licensed plumber

You might be tempted to go with the cheapest option out there, but this can lead to more expenses down the road. At Homestead Comfort, all our plumbers are licensed by the State of Connecticut, certified by manufacturers, trained, experienced and insured. You can be confident that our quoted price will be transparent and fair — and we’ll do the job right the first time.

Arrange multiple plumbing jobs on the same day

If you already have someone coming for a plumbing installation or repair, think about whether there’s other work they could do. If there’s an old faucet you’ve meant to update or a clogged drain in the guest bathroom, consolidate these jobs into one visit. It will probably save you money!

For the most dependable plumbing team in eastern and northern Connecticut, contact Homestead Comfort today.

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Common questions about our duct sealing service

duct cleaning connecticut Are you experiencing uncomfortable room temperatures, rising heating and cooling costs, or drafty areas? Aeroseal is essential to having an energy efficient and comfortable home.

What is Aeroseal?

Aeroseal is a simple process that ensures tight sealing of your duct work in just a few hours. Our team connects our proven technology to your home’s duct work system to distribute the sealing formula and eliminate leaks. The formula is a non-toxic, water-based formula that effectively seals all the holes in your duct work. Sealing your duct work will prevent conditioned air form escaping into the attic or basement and prevents dusty attic air from being pulled into your living space. Overall, Aeroseal greatly increases the efficiency of duct systems and provides comfort where it was intended to go.

Aeroseal improves comfort in your home immediately, removing “dead zones” so you can get the most out of your system. Sealing your leaky ducts will result in:

Common Questions

How long will it last?

Aeroseal is guaranteed for at least 10 years in residential applications. Based on longevity testing, sealant has an expected life of at least 40 years.

Is the sealant safe?

The sealant is a non-toxic water-soluble compound and has been used in hospitals, schools, surgery centers, and government facilities all over the world.

What is the sealant material made of?

The primary component is Vinyl Acetate Polymer, a common component used to make things like: baby pacifiers, chewing gum and envelope adhesive.

How long does it take to dry?

It depends on how much duct work you have, and how many leaks you have, but generally about two hours.

Have peace of mind seeing real-time results while leaks are being sealed. Our technicians will leave a certificate of completion showing the before and after results. Get comfortable, breathe healthier air, and save money with Aeroseal from Homestead!

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Modern versus conventional heating oil

bioheat provider connecticut Believe it or not, heating oil once held a reputation as being “dirty.” But that’s not true today. There’s no need to hold back your love of modern heating oil! You can feel confident in your fuel choice, because heating oil has only gotten better over time! The heating oil you’re using in your home’s furnace or boiler isn’t the same smelly, smoky heating oil of a few decades ago. Advances in technology have allowed heating oil to burn cleaner, be more efficient and be better for the Connecticut environment we all love. Those advances allow Homestead Comfort to exclusively deliver Bioheat ® fuel and say goodbye to old-fashioned heating oil. Read on to learn more about the benefits of modern heating oil.

Organic heating oil – is that thing? Yep!

Bioheat fuel is a major player in the heating oil revolution. Ultra-low sulfur heating oil is blended with up to 20% biofuels to create the Bioheat delivered by Homestead Comfort. Unlike traditional heating oil, these biofuels are renewable resources, including:

With these natural and organic ingredients, it’s no wonder modern heating oil is so much cleaner than in the past!

Bioheat fuel compared with conventional heating oil

Bioheat fuel holds its own against traditional heating oil. You’ll see that Bioheat can offer you:

Homestead Comfort offers comfort you can count on

Compared to the conventional heating oil of the past, Bioheat fuel is better for the environment, your home and your wallet. For more than 30 years, Homestead Comfort has been providing Tolland, Hartford and Windham counties with dependable heating oil delivery, quality HVAC and comfort equipment service, plumbing service, water services, home energy services and more.

Become a Homestead Comfort customer and enjoy clean-burning, efficient Bioheat fuel in your home!

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heat pumps connecticutSo, what is a heat pump anyway? A heat pump is used to heat and cool a home. A heat pump can replace traditional central air conditioning and furnace equipment. The basic functionality of a heat pump is to move heat from one location to another. On the cooling setting, it is moving heat from inside your house to the outside. The reverse is true on heating mode when it moves heat from the outside, into your home.

Fun fact: Did you know that heat is present in the air until a temperature of -460 degrees Fahrenheit? This temperature is known as absolute zero.

Components of a heat pump
Heat pumps can be broken into two categories, outdoor units, and indoor units. The outdoor unit is a condenser and functions similarly to a traditional central air conditioning. The advantage of a heat pump is that the function can be reversed to provide heat in the home, whereas A/C cannot.

The indoor units come in variety of styles. These include wall mounted heads, ceiling cassettes, floor mount units, and air handlers with ductwork. These many options provide flexibility to heat and cool your home the way that’s best for you. An added benefit is you can choose to only condition the spaces you use.

Air conditioner vs. heat pump: what’s the difference?
Heat pumps and air conditioners are similar in functionality. Minus a few small technical differences, heat pumps and air conditioners are identical in the way they cool your home, with no real difference in comfort quality, energy efficiency, or energy costs.

The main difference between heat pumps and air conditioners is that a heat pump can also heat your home. By adding in the capability of reversing its function, a heat pump is capable of blowing warm air into your house. An air conditioner on the other hand needs to be paired with a furnace which burns fossil fuels.

It’s our goal to deliver reliable comfort to your home! With the most advanced heat pump technology available on the market today, you can expect maximum comfort year-round.

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Our Refer-a-Friend program rewards both you and your friend

referral program connecticutWith fall weather finally upon us and frigid winter nights just around the corner, we know that lots of folks in Tolland, Hartford, and Windham Counties are starting to think about their home heating. At Homestead Comfort, we commit daily to providing dependable heating oil delivery and equipment service. We’re gratified that so many of our neighbors have placed their trust in us.

So, if you have a friend, relative, coworker or neighbor who’s concerned that their heating oil provider isn’t up to the task this winter, we’d love for you to share your positive experiences about Homestead Comfort with them. If they become a customer too, then you BOTH can receive a reward!
Here’s how it works:

Our Refer-A-Friend reward program

We love when satisfied customers tell others about the service they receive. Spreading the word about Homestead Comfort is easy. Just go to our Refer-A-Friend page and fill in the form. We’ll get in touch with your friend, and if they become a Homestead customer, you’ll both receive a $50 account credit. It’s as simple as that!

What separates our heating oil delivery from the competition?

Unlike some other fuel companies out there, Homestead Comfort is a full-service home comfort partner.

We offer services and customer programs that our competitors can’t. For example:

Ready to refer a friend to Homestead Comfort? Drop us a line today.

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As the leaves fall and the temperatures start to drop, you know that soon you’ll need to turn on your heating system to keep your home cozy and comfortable for the winter. Before that first cold day, there are a few steps you should take to ensure your system is working.

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  1. Do a test run: Run your system for 10-15 minutes to ensure it is blowing warm air or the baseboard heat is warming up. If it emits a strange odor, makes a loud noise, or only produces cold air, you should immediately shut the unit off and contact Homestead to have one of our experienced techs get it back in shape for the winter season.
  2. Test your thermostat: Switch your thermostat to heat to be sure it is communicating with your heating system. If it seems like it’s not communicating with your system, put in fresh batteries. If that doesn’t help, consider replacing the thermostat.
  3. Schedule an annual maintenance: We recommend cleaning your system once a year. This helps your system keep running at optimal performance and lowers operating costs. Having professional maintenance annually will also increase the longevity of the system.

Benefits of getting your annual inspection done by Homestead.

We will:

Perform an 11-point oil heat tune-up: including, vacuuming the interior, replacing the oil cartridge and air filter, checking and testing safety controls, checking and adjusting fan belts, lubricating motors, inspecting oil tanks, and performing an efficient test for ultimate performance.

Perform an 18-point gas heat tune-up: including, checking voltage, lubricating all moving parts, checking, and adjusting belt tension, checking air filters (cleaning or replacing), cleaning and testing safety controls, checking gas pressure, vent piping, and leaks, cleaning gas burners, and checking the heat exchanger and condensate pump.

When it comes to heating installation, maintenance, or repair Homestead is here for you! Be ready for that first chilly winter day.

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Fun Fact: Bioheat® Fuel is a blend of traditional heating fuel with renewable biodiesel. Biodiesel is a renewable liquid fuel made from byproducts that would otherwise be wasted, like soybean oil, canola oil, animal fats, and used cooking oil.

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Why we deliver bioheat fuel:

We deliver Bioheat fuel because it is cleaner, safer, cost-effective, and has low carbon emissions. Homestead’s Bioheat contains up to 20% biodiesel, which makes it the best choice for your home.

Why Bioheat is a great renewable energy option?

Become a Homestead customer and enjoy clean-burning, efficient Bioheat fuel in your home!

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Geothermal Energy: Heat within the earth

What is it:

Geothermal energy is the thermal energy in the earth’s crust that originates from the planet’s formation and from the slow decay of radioactive particles in the earth’s core.

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How it works:

Geothermal systems also called ground-source heat pumps, transfer heat to and from the ground for home cooling and heating respectively.

The system uses closed-loop piping and circulates fluid through it. Either horizontal trenches approximately 6′ deep or vertical wells are used to capture the energy within the earth. In the winter, as the fluid circulates through the loop, it absorbs the heat from the ground around it. The heat pump extracts the heat from the fluid as it puts it into your home.

By switching the direction of the heat flow, heat can be removed from your home and sent back into the earth keeping your house comfortable on the warmest summer days.

Like other new HVAC systems that rely on renewable energy, the upfront cost of geothermal can be high. Although, these additional costs will be returned in energy savings in 5 to 10 years (depending on the cost of energy). These systems are great for the environment and your energy bill! Additionally, geothermal is a great option for anyone looking to build a net zero home.

When it comes to environmentally friendly HVAC systems, geothermal heat pumps are a promising and increasingly popular option. Want to learn more about how geothermal is right for your home? Get in touch with us today!

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Ductless mini-split systems offer efficient air conditioning — and heating too!

mini split cooling connecticutDo you live in an older home that doesn’t have ductwork? Many homeowners in northern Connecticut mistakenly think houses without ducts have to muddle through the summer using inefficient, cumbersome window air conditioners.

There is a much better solution! With a ductless mini-split system, you can enjoy powerful cooling in every room of your home without ducts or vents. Mini-splits are long-term, flexible home comfort options that provide heating as well!

Homestead Comfort is a Diamond Elite Contractor for Mitsubishi Electric, the most trusted name in ductless heating and cooling systems.

How does a mini-split work?

A ductless mini-split consists of two parts: there’s an air handler situated inside your living space and a compressor, which sits outside. These two components connect via a thin pipe through your walls, and you can connect multiple air handlers to a single compressor!

The system uses heat exchanger coils to move warm air from one location to another. In summer, it draws warm air from inside our home out while simultaneously cooling air and forcing it back into your living space. During winter, the process is reversed. The compressor draws warm air from outside to heat your home.

The benefits of a mini-splits

These electric systems are economical, efficient and adaptable. Some of their specific benefits include:

Are you ready to experience the unparalleled comfort of a Mitsubishi Electric ductless system? Contact our team for a no-fee mini-split consultation!

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home water filter connecticutA whole-house wa­ter filtration system provides protection throughout the entire home. Even for those with treated city or municipal water, this type of system is recommended. Accord­ing to the Centers for Disease Control; even though Environmental Protection Agency regulates and sets standards for public drinking water, many Americans use a home water treatment unit to:

Most homeowners want to improve the taste of their drinking water. If you draw water from a well or live in a rural region with no treated water supply from your municipality, you may want to consider the installation of a water filtration system. Most tap and well water in the U.S. con­tains moderate to heavy levels of contam­ination from industrial and environmental pollution. All sources of water, whether a lake, river, glacier or well, contain some level of contamination. This is very recent­ly illustrated by the number of beaches and swimming holes that have been closed or restricted due to bacteria levels. Contami­nants range from naturally occurring min­erals to increased bacteria levels due to not only wildlife use of lakes and streams, but also man-made chemicals and byproducts. Surface water like that of rivers or lakes, can also be exposed to acid rain, storm wa­ter runoff, pesticide runoff and industrial waste.

The same holds true for homes with municipal or city water. While water from municipal sources is treated, there is still the possibility of harmful contaminants such as lead and chlorine. Just think of Flint, Michigan.

Water private wells or public water sup­plies can be contaminated by disease-pro­ducing pathogens, hazardous household products and agricultural chemicals.

In these cases, you would want to con­sider installing a whole-house filtration system to provide you the extra protection from every water source in your home. Many contaminants can not only be in­gested but can also be absorbed and in­haled.

In many cases, the majority of contam­inant levels are not high enough to cause immediate sickness but are more likely to have chronic health effects. These ef­fects occur long after repeated exposure to small amounts of a contaminant. Although whole-house filtration systems may cost more to install, you’ll have to decide if the peace of mind is worth the price in the long run.

Benefits Of Whole-House Water Filtration Systems:

  1. Clean filtered water is available from every water source in your home.
  2. Healthier drinking and cooking water.
  3. Healthier showers and baths. Skin and hair that are free of contaminants.
  4. Softened water provides for not only spotless glasses, but also less scale in showers, tubs, sinks, and pipes resulting in reduced clogging, and increasing the lifes­pan of household pipes and appliances by as much as 25%.
  5. Filtered water reduces corrosion and improves pH levels also extending the life of household fixtures. It not only aids in preventing rust stains in sinks, tubs, dishwashers, and toilets, but offers soft­er, brighter and longer lasting clothing. A carbon filter effectively removes chlorine, chloramines, and odor. The outcome is chemical free, clean, fresh drinking water for the whole household.

Still not sure?

Get a certified water test, completed by a state certified lab. You should get a certifi­cate listing any contaminants in your water and their levels. Many companies offer in­stant on-site water testing, however these tests are not certified and there is a margin for error.

Homestead is a local family-owned business providing heating, cooling, plumbing, water, fuel oil delivery, and home energy solutions to North Central Connecticut. Homestead acquired Shaw’s Pump and offers full water treatment ser­vices including whole-house system in­stallations, certified water testing, well pumps and tank installations.

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