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Protect your home’s water with well equipment & services

well pump repair connecticutIf you’re part of the 15 percent of Americans who receive water from a private well system, you know that it comes with its own set of challenges. Unlike the other 85 percent of the population, you’re entirely responsible for your own water. While this means you aren’t paying a local utility, you’re also on the hook for equipment upkeep, water storage and testing.

Homeowners with private wells need a partner who understands their unique challenges and concerns. In Tolland, Hartford, and Windham Counties, families turn to Homestead Comfort for well water services.

Here’s a rundown of the well services we offer.

Homestead Comfort’s 13-Point Inspection

Our water services team has the training and experience to comprehensively inspect your home’s water setup. Our 13-Point Inspection includes:

Pump and Tank Installation and Maintenance

A well pump consists of both the actual pump and the motor that controls it. There are many types of pumps serving many kinds of wells, but all of this equipment generally lasts between eight and 15 years before needing to be replaced.

Our technicians have significant experience installing, repairing and performing routine maintenance on all kinds of well pumps — deep and shallow, new and old. Our service can prevent:

We can also handle repairs and service for your onsite water tank. When these tanks become corroded or spring leaks, you risk not only expensive replacements but also a significant loss of water that your home and family rely on.

Overall, the Homestead Comfort team can fix poorly performing or faulty equipment. We can also help you secure and install new equipment if your current pump system is ready for retirement or not correctly sized to your well.

If you’re experiencing poor water pressure or quality from your private well, contact Homestead Comfort today for an inspection and service. We’re ready to help!

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Concerned about the taste, smell, or color of your city water? Mineral build-up around faucets? Spotty glasses? Dry skin and hair? The good news is it’s treatable with a whole-house filtration system from Homestead. Here are 5 advantages:
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1. Safe Drinking Water

Even if your water comes from a water treatment plant it can still contain contaminants. The only way of truly knowing what’s in your water is by testing it. Installing a water filtration system ensures that you’re drinking and using clean, pure water.

2. Better Tasting (and smelling)

Filtration systems are highly effective at reducing and/or removing chemicals and contaminants from your water. No more bad taste or smell, no buildup or corrosion damage, and no more bottled water.

3. Home Appliance Longevity

The system increases the lifespan of your home’s plumbing system and all your water-using appliances. Without proper filtration, the contaminants in the water damage your home’s plumbing and appliances over time. When water is filtered it is free of sediment, chlorine, and other chemicals that buildup in your pipes.

4. Better for the Environment (and your wallet)

If you have fallen into the habit of buying plastic water bottles because you dislike the taste of your home’s water now is the time to invest in a whole-house water treatment system. Your home will have pure, filtered drinking water from every plumbing fixture. Think about how much you could be saving!

5. Easy Installation

This system takes a day to install depending on the size of your home. Once completed you’ll have purified, clean water from your kitchen sink to the bathroom shower head. The best part is this system is maintenance-free. No yearly maintenance costs, no more bottled water, no more filters, and no more softeners!

If you experience any of these issues, you may consider investing in a whole house water filtration system for your home. Changing your water will truly change your life! Call Homestead today to get your system installed.

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Our Pros Can Handle It!

local plumber connecticutFor so many households across Tolland, Hartford, and Windham Counties, Homestead Comfort is a go-to partner for heating oil and HVAC services. We genuinely treasure this trust and loyalty — and we want to make sure you know about another crucial service we offer.

Our team includes expert plumbers, all licensed by the State of Connecticut, ready to handle any plumbing issue your home may have.

Common Plumbing Problems We Handle

Some of the most frequent issues our team encounters are:

You can be confident that our plumbers will investigate your issue and resolve it completely the first time. We can handle any problem you throw our way.

Keeping Your Drains Unclogged and Flowing

The most common plumbing problem homeowners contact us about is clogged drains. In particular, bathroom drains can become clogged with hair and products. Kitchen drains, too, can become blocked with food waste. If you have a slop sink in your garage or basement, it can get clogged with any number of things, and outdoor drains are prone to natural debris and litter.

A clogged drain is more than an annoyance. It can lead to health risks, as bacteria and microorganisms breed in the plumbing. It also creates strain on your home’s pipes. And the caustic clog removers you find at the grocery store can further corrode your plumbing.

But Homestead Comfort can help — our plumbers have the skill, experience and equipment to clear the clogs safely and successfully. We clean both residential and commercial drains.

Our Plumbing Team Brings Their A-Game

Not only are our plumbers state-certified; they also have manufacturer certifications. And they bring the same expertise, professionalism and friendliness as our drivers and service technicians.

Our plumbers will take all necessary safety and hygiene precautions and leave your home as clean or cleaner than when they arrived. And we always respect your family’s preferences regarding personal protective equipment and safe social distancing.

Not a Homestead Comfort customer yet? We want to show you what a difference our full-service, locally-based company can offer. Drop us a line today!

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Improve Your HVAC System’s Performance & Extend Its Life

furnace filters connecticutWe can all breathe a sigh of relief that the cold weather finally gave way to spring. Hopefully, a comfortable, carefree summer is not far away.

There’s even a chance you’ve powered down your furnace for the season. But have you checked its air filter lately? If not, you should do so now since your furnace has been running overtime through a northern Connecticut winter. During the heating season, you should ideally check your filter monthly.

But having a dirty, clogged air filter can also affect your home in the warmer months.

3 Reasons To Check Your Furnace Filter

Why is it so important to check your furnace’s air filter, especially when it isn’t the heating season? Here are three problems that a dirty filter can cause:

Dirty filters restrict airflow. This makes your HVAC system work harder to heat and cool your home. You’ll be less comfortable, and your energy bills will go up.

Dirt and dust will get into your heating equipment. This buildup isn’t good for your system. Over time, it will lead to expensive repairs.

It will negatively affect your indoor air quality. Dirty, clogged filters lead to dust, mold, and allergens circulating through your home. You might experience dry, itchy skin and worsened allergies as a result.

Luckily, checking your air filter is extremely simple, and replacing it, if necessary, is affordable.

Checking & Changing a Furnace Air Filter

Your furnace’s air filter can generally be found in a rack at the return or the entrance to the blower compartment. You can confirm its location with your furnace owner’s manual. Sometimes instructions are printed on the furnace itself.

Turn off your furnace and slide the filter out. Then, hold it up to the light. If you can’t see the light shining through, it’s dirty and needs to be cleaned or replaced.

An air filter with a metal or plastic frame can likely be washed. Disposable filters have cardboard frames. You can buy a replacement filter at almost any home store. It won’t cost much to replace, but the benefits of having a clean filter for your furnace are priceless!

Homestead Comfort is northern Connecticut’s most trusted provider of heating oil and HVAC services.

Join our family of customers today!

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From Clean-Burning Bioheat® to Cost-Saving Geothermal

green home services connecticutOver half a century ago, Americans took to the streets in nationwide protests demanding government action to address polluted air and water. That was the first Earth Day, and less than a year after it, the Environmental Protection Agency was created.

Earth Day is an annual reminder that, for all the progress our country has made, we have a long way to go. Climate change is a persistent and intimidating threat. Individuals often feel powerless to address it, but – in concert with initiatives from larger public and private entities – each of us can make everyday choices that positively impact the planet.

Homestead Comfort offers homeowners throughout Tolland, Hartford, and Windham Counties several ways to make their HVAC systems more eco-friendly.

Our Heating Oil is Sustainable and Clean Burning

We are proud to deliver Bioheat fuel to all our heating oil customers. Bioheat is a blend of ultra-low sulfur heating oil and up to 20% biofuel. Biofuel is a gallon-for-gallon replacement for petroleum-based fuel, and it’s composed of renewable, organic resources like plant oils, animal fats, recycled restaurant cooking oils, tallow and even algae.

The components of biofuel are natural byproducts of food production, so no food is sacrificed to make your heating oil. Combustion of biofuels recycles carbon-dioxide emissions through renewable plant materials and other biomass feedstocks. This gets us closer to net-zero emissions every day.

Plus, Bioheat burns cleaner, leaving fewer deposits in your equipment. This prolongs your system’s life and leads to fewer repairs!

Thermal Technologies Greatly Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

One of the most effective and environmentally-friendly HVAC options out there is geothermal heating, also called ground source heat pumps.

These pumps transfer heat to and from the ground in a closed loop. Cycling in one direction, they provide robust, high-quality heat to your home during cold months. In the other direction, they reliably cool your home during the summer.

This frees your HVAC system from fossil fuels, and it dramatically reduces your home’s reliance on the electric grid. As a result, many homes cut their energy expenses by 65%. The lifespan of in-home heat pump equipment is about 25 years, while the geothermal loop can last 50 years! You’ll see long returns on your investment.

Homestead Comfort Can Assess and Optimize Your Home’s Energy Efficiency

You don’t have to overhaul your entire HVAC system to make your home more eco-friendly. We can help you ensure that you aren’t wasting energy with a home energy assessment.

As an authorized contractor for Energize CT’s Home Energy SolutionsSM, Homestead Comfort offers top-to-bottom home consultations. We test your heating and cooling equipment, perform blower door and draft testing and check your home’s insulation, lighting and appliances.

From there, we can make recommendations to reduce your carbon footprint and lower your energy bills at once!

If you’re ready to upgrade your home’s comfort and sustainability, contact us today!

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Spring Is a Great Time to Upgrade to a New Model with TankSure® Protection

oil tank installation connecticutIf you’ve recently powered down your oil-fired furnace or boiler for the season, it’s a good idea to give your oil tank a check.

A heating oil tank’s lifespan is between 15 and 30 years. Because of this longevity, there’s a decent chance that you’ve never had to replace one before may not know what to look for. It can be even more challenging because most deterioration occurs inside the tank, where you can’t see.

Never fear — the professionals at Homestead Comfort can help you assess your tank’s condition and, if necessary, arrange for a replacement.

Signs that Your Tank Might Be in Trouble

It’s not always easy to tell if your oil tank needs to be replaced. Here are some telltale signs that it might be nearing retirement:

if you notice any of these issues — or if you find that you need more heating oil despite no increase in your home’s usage — call your home energy provider today for a tank assessment.

Families throughout Tolland, Hartford and Windham Counties trust the service technicians of Homestead Comfort. We use state-of-the-art ultrasonic equipment to measure the thickness of your tank and determine if it should be replaced.

What to Do If Your Tank Needs to Be Replaced

Replacing a heating oil tank isn’t most people’s idea of fun, but we can make the process very smooth and painless. We look at your old tank’s dimensions and capacity, your home’s size and your lifestyle to find the correct replacement tank for your family.

Protect your Heating Oil Tank with TankSure

As with any significant purchase for your home, it’s essential to protect your heating oil tank. Many homeowner’s insurance policies will not cover costs associated with tank repairs. Luckily, Homestead Comfort offers TankSure coverage.

When you have TankSure, we regularly monitor your tank for corrosion using our ultrasound technology. You’ll have significant coverage if you need to replace it. Some folks even receive discounts on their homeowner’s insurance!

For just pennies a day, you can get peace of mind with TankSure.

Are you concerned about your oil tank’s health? Contact us today to schedule an assessment.

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Unsurprisingly, we’ve been getting many calls around two connected issues: the surge in fuel prices and supply concerns. People are astounded by how much prices have risen and how fast. So are we. They are also concerned that there will be interruptions in supply that will cause them to run out of fuel.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine shocked energy markets, sending crude oil to record territory.
  
To give you a sense of how this affects your heating oil price, in early March, we received notice at night from our suppliers that their prices were going up by 20 cents per gallon the next day. The next day, prices went up three more times—a total of 60 cents in just 24 hours. Prices continued to surge—a total of $1.25 in one week. Normally, they might change 5 cents in a week.

What’s Coming Next?

We don’t know where things will go from here. One thing we can tell you is that we hate this as much as you do. Some people are under the misconception that when prices rise, we make more money. The opposite is true. People cut back usage. They have trouble paying their bills, and our receivables skyrocket. Meanwhile, we must pay our suppliers in just ten days. We must borrow much more from the bank. It is an awful mess for everyone.

One thing you can count on is that we will not let you run out. We have been in business for many years and have very strong relationships with suppliers and financial institutions. We are already getting calls from customers who are with other companies that can’t say the same. These customers are unable to get deliveries for 20 days out. You don’t have to worry about that with us.

If you are having trouble paying your bill, talk to us before it becomes a problem. Many times, we can work out something to give you more time, especially if you’ve been with us a while. We can also set you up on a monthly payment plan.

Nothing will make us happier than when prices start dropping. Until then, trust us to look out for you, and let’s pray for the people of Ukraine.  

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Simple Precautions To Save Your Plumbing and Your Sanity

home winterizing connecticutWinters can be intense in northern Connecticut, and we don’t blame you for wanting to escape the cold.

But it’s important to prep your home if you’re going to be away for even a couple of cold nights. You don’t want your home’s plumbing to face sub-freezing temperatures, or you might return to a frozen or burst pipe. That will ruin your vacation calm pretty quickly.

Luckily, you can avoid this scenario with a few simple winterizing tips.

Insulate your exposed pipes

If you can see a pipe, it is vulnerable to freezing. This is especially true if the pipe is near an external wall. Exposed pipes in your garage, basement, attic, or crawlspaces need special attention, so consider wrapping them with insulation sleeves or heat tape.

While you’re at it, you might want to consider optimizing your home’s insulation. Even newly-built houses can benefit from additional insulation. Our expert team members can help.

Invest in a smart thermostat

If you’re leaving home for an extended period, you will undoubtedly want to lower your heating. That is fine, but don’t turn it off completely. Before leaving home, lower your thermostat to 60° and set your fan to “auto” rather than “on” to prevent it from running 24/7.

However, the best way to ensure that your empty home does not become dangerously cold is with a smart thermostat. These Wi-Fi-enabled devices let you monitor and adjust your home’s temperature wherever you go with a smartphone or tablet!

Shut off your main water valve

This might seem obvious, but it’s still worth considering: your pipes won’t freeze if there’s no water in them.

You can clear your home’s pipes reasonably quickly. Before you leave on vacation, shut off the main water valve to your home and open all your faucets. When the taps run dry, you know your pipes are clear.

With these easy steps, you can feel secure that your home’s plumbing will remain safe while you’re away. If you do have a plumbing emergency, though, the experts at Homestead Comfort are on call to repair your pipes.

Are you looking for a heating and cooling company that will keep your family warm and comfortable? Contact Homestead Comfort today to become a customer.

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Commit To Caring for Your Heating & Cooling Equipment This Year.

hvac maintenanceThe beginning of a new year is full of good intentions. We vow to lose weight, read more, and finally unpack those moving boxes collecting dust in the corner.

If you’re like many Connecticut homeowners, you’ve probably been putting off some critical maintenance and improvements to your heating and cooling systems. These unattended fixes could be reducing your system’s efficiency, increasing your energy bills, and even making your home less safe.

Luckily, now is an excellent time to make these fixes and boost your HVAC system to the next level! Here are six home heating and cooling resolutions for the new year.

Invest in Carbon Monoxide Safety

The beginning of the year is an excellent time to make sure that each floor in your house has working carbon monoxide detectors. They are available at most home improvement stores, simple to set up and quite affordable. But the peace of mind they provide you and your family is immeasurable.

Give Your HVAC System a Tune-Up

Maintenance for your heating oil-powered system is essential to ensure its peak performance. Homestead Comfort technicians can perform routine service on your equipment to improve its efficiency and lifespan. Also, remember: an annual tune-up is usually required to stay in compliance with equipment warranties.

Perform a Home Energy Assessment

Did you know that you can save as much as 20% on your home heating and cooling costs with proper insulation? Even newer homes can benefit from additional heat containment material. Homestead Comfort can perform a full home energy assessment where we test the efficiency of your insulation, weather stripping, HVAC system, lighting and appliances. You will be amazed at the effect this can have on your monthly bills!

Take Full Advantage of your Thermostat

Looking for even more HVAC savings? You can reduce your energy costs by ten percent by lowering the temperature in your home by just 7°-10°F for 8 hours each day. With a programmable thermostat, you can do this automatically. You may even conveniently set your lower temperatures for when you are out of the house.

Start Automatic Heating Oil Delivery

We all know how busy life gets, and it can be easy to forget to check your heating oil tank levels. However, no homeowner wants to run low on fuel when temperatures drop. Happily, there’s a way to guarantee that you always have ample heating oil: automatic delivery. Using your past energy usage and current weather conditions, we estimate when you are ready for a refill and schedule a convenient, preemptive delivery.

Treat Yourself to New Appliances!

Is it time to upgrade your home heating and cooling equipment? Are you ready to ditch the window air conditioners and get a ductless mini-split system before the summer? Would a new standby generator provide additional peace of mind? This is a great time to treat yourself to a brand new appliance from Homestead Comfort. We can even help you secure rebates for your new equipment!

Homestead Comfort proudly serves families and businesses in Tolland, Hartford and Windham Counties.

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Extend Its Life with Tank Protection

lifespan of oil tanks connecticutHow long should a heating oil tank last? We hear that question quite a lot but unfortunately, there’s no definitive answer.

That’s because the life of your tank depends on a lot of factors, including:

If you want to see some average life spans based on construction and materials used, please go here.

The good news is that modern heating oil storage tanks have come a long way from designs of the past, offering virtually leak-proof performance for decades.

In the past, oil tanks were constructed almost exclusively from steel, which were prone to internal corrosion in the presence of condensation (water). Steel tanks are still available today, but they are built to a much higher standard than in the past.

Protecting Your Tank

Replacing your home’s heating oil tank, especially if it has failed, can be a hassle and pretty expensive.

You may not know that most typical homeowner’s insurance policies don’t cover these costs or any other cleanup costs. They also won’t cover damage to things like plants, shrubs, or items in your basement damaged by leaked heating oil. But there is a solution.

For just pennies a day, you can feel secure with heating oil tank protection from TankSure®.

How Does TankSure Work?

It starts with Homestead Comfort carefully monitoring your heating oil tank. Our experienced, knowledgeable service professionals will use ultrasonic equipment to test your tank. The ultrasonic equipment uses the same fundamentals as a medical ultrasound to measure the thickness of your tank. We use these measurements and data to determine when your tank should be replaced.

Your tank’s thickness measurements, physical characteristics, and surrounding environment will be analyzed with our tank profiling software to determine if it needs to be replaced. If your tank needs replacement in the future, a portion of the cost will be covered by a $1,000 TankSure warranty.

Enrolling in TankSure may even get you a discount on your homeowner’s insurance policy!

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Decades of Outstanding Service

Since 1989, Homestead Comfort has been meeting the fuel, heating, cooling, water, plumbing, and energy needs of homes and businesses in Tolland, Hartford, and Windham Counties.

We’re family-owned and treat our customers like the neighbors that you are. Our standards for service are high, and every day each one of our employees does their very best to uphold those standards.

Homestead Comfort is your one-stop-shop for everything related to comfort in your home.

Relax this winter, become a customer today.

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