When the mercury bottoms out in thermometers this time of year, northern Connecticut households depend on well-functioning heating oil boilers and furnaces to stay warm and safe. You don’t want to have that sense of dread that comes from seeing the temperature drop in your home because of a heating system that won’t come on.
At Homestead Comfort, we help homeowners in Toland County and beyond stay warm through the iciest winter nights. There are several reasons that a furnace or boiler might not work. One surprisingly common reason is that your heating oil tank is empty. This issue is relatively easy to fix — and to avoid.
The good news is that running out of heating oil will not damage your heating equipment. Your burner will no longer work, but there should not be any lasting issues with your system.
The first thing you’ll need to do after a heating oil run-out is get more fuel. The fastest way to do this is to call Homestead Comfort and arrange an emergency heating oil delivery. We can typically get there quickly, fill your heating oil tank and get your heating equipment up and running quickly.
If you need to get your heating equipment running immediately, you can add diesel to your heating oil tank as a stop-gap. Diesel is essentially the same product as heating oil, though it does cost more. You will need to prime your heating system burner, which involves loosening a bolt on the prime port and draining heating oil into a container until all the air has bled out. You should consult your equipment manual for specific guidance.
You can check how much fuel is in your heating oil tank by checking the gauge. This is a glass or plastic vial on top of your tank with markings like your car’s fuel gauge: F, ¾, ½ and ¼. You’ll see a disk in the vial. Its position inside the vial tells you how full the tank is. When the disk is at or near the bottom of the vial (or you can’t see it at all), your tank is nearly or entirely empty.
We understand that life can get hectic, and it’s easy to forget to check your heating oil tank levels.
That’s why Homestead Comfort has developed a tried-and-tested method to ensure our customers never run out of heating oil. And you can use this service free of charge! When you sign up for automatic heating oil delivery, we handle all the fuel planning for you. Our computerized system will use your customer profile and the weather in our area to calculate how quickly you’re using heating oil. Then, we’ll send a delivery driver to your house well before you run low. Automatic Delivery is the zero-stress way to receive heating oil.
1. Home Energy Audit: Tip: Consider scheduling a Home Energy Audit. Our technicians will assess your home’s energy efficiency, identify areas for improvement, and provide tailored recommendations to make your home more energy efficient.
2. Optimize Thermostat Settings: Tip: Lower your thermostat when you’re away or asleep. Consider investing in a programmable thermostat to automatically adjust temperatures based on your schedule.
3. Regular HVAC Maintenance: Tip: Schedule annual HVAC maintenance to ensure your system runs efficiently. Clean filters, check for leaks, and make necessary repairs to optimize performance.
4. Proper Insulation: Tip: Assess your home’s insulation. Upgrade or add insulation in attics, crawl spaces, and walls to minimize heat loss and reduce the workload on your heating system.
5. Invest in Energy-Efficient Appliances: Tip: Upgrade to energy-efficient appliances, especially if your heating system is outdated. Energy Star-rated appliances can significantly reduce energy consumption.
With a few adjustments and mindful practices, you can enjoy a warm and cozy home without breaking the bank. Implementing these tips not only helps lower your heating bills but also contributes to a more sustainable and energy-efficient living space.
Insulation acts as a protective barrier, slowing the transfer of heat between the inside and outside of your home. It comes in various forms, including fiberglass, cellulose, and spray foam. The primary goal is to create a thermal barrier that prevents the escape of heated air during the winter and the intrusion of outdoor cold air.
1. Minimizing Heat Loss: Insulation minimizes heat loss by creating a barrier in key areas such as attics, walls, and floors. This ensures that the warmth generated by your heating system stays inside, providing a consistent and comfortable indoor environment.
2. Reducing Energy Consumption: When your home is well-insulated, your heating system doesn’t have to work as hard to maintain the desired temperature. This reduction in energy consumption translates to lower heating bills and a more environmentally friendly household.
3. Consistent Temperature Distribution: Proper insulation helps maintain consistent temperatures throughout your home. It prevents hot or cold spots, ensuring that every room receives an adequate level of warmth, contributing to overall comfort.
4. Preventing Air Infiltration: Insulation acts as a defense against air infiltration, sealing gaps and cracks that could allow cold drafts to enter. This not only keeps your home warmer but also improves indoor air quality by preventing dust and pollutants from entering.
5. Long-Term Cost Savings: While investing in quality insulation may have an upfront cost, it is a wise long-term investment. The energy savings achieved over the years often outweigh the initial expense, making it a cost-effective strategy for homeowners.
The connection between insulation and efficient winter heating is undeniable. As you prepare your home for the colder months, consider investing in proper insulation to maximize the effectiveness of your heating system.
With winter upon us in Tolland, Hartford and Windham Counties, the households that we serve are using more heating fuel. At Homestead Comfort, we help our customers plan for how long their heating oil will last — both in the winter and throughout the year.
Generally, you can expect heating oil to be good for between 18 and 24 months, and the premium fuel that Homestead Comfort delivers tends to last a long time. We exclusively offer Bioheat® fuel, a high-quality blend of ultra-low-sulfur heating oil and organic biofuel. This product is great for the planet, and it leaves fewer deposits in your heating system, cutting down on wear and tear.
Several factors contribute to how quickly your home systems use heating oil, including:
In general terms, a 2,500-square-foot house might use between four and six gallons of heating oil per day when it is 30°F outside. If you have a 275-gallon heating oil tank, you might use your full fuel supply in a month and a half in the winter. (We typically recommend customers contact us for a heating oil delivery when their tank is about ¼ full.)
Of course, you can have the team at Homestead Comfort handle the fuel tracking for you, and we’ll do it for free! With our free Automatic Delivery service, you don’t need to check a tank gauge or call us for a delivery. We’ll calculate your fuel use based on your customer profile and the weather, then schedule your next delivery in advance. We’ll even give you a discount on your heating oil just for enrolling!
There are some steps you can take right now to lower your winter energy costs.
Are you interested in taking the stress out of receiving heating oil (plus getting a discount) with Automatic Delivery? Contact us to enroll.
Everyone wants the safest possible environment for their loved ones. We work hard to get the healthiest food and the safest appliances. But what about the water coming out of our taps? Old plumbing infrastructure in Connecticut towns can cause harmful pollutants to enter our tap water. Also, you might have seen reports that PFAs — or “forever chemicals ” — are still being found in our state’s water supply.
In Hartford, Tolland and Windham Counties, many households turn to the water treatment team at Homestead Comfort for help ensuring clean, healthy water. One of our most popular products is a whole house water filter.
Generally speaking, water filters remove contaminants, including minerals, bacteria, chemicals and sediment, from your water. You may be familiar with the kinds of filters you attach to an individual fixture in your home.
A whole-house water filter connects to the point of entry for all your home’s water — your main water line. This means that every tap, showerhead and device benefits. There are many different methods that whole house water filters use, including carbon filters, reverse osmosis filters, water softeners and acid neutralizers.
When you install a whole house water filter system, all the water from your city or town’s lines passes through it. It catches sediment, minerals and other pollutants before they even enter your house’s plumbing.
In addition to its crucial role in your family’s well-being, a whole house water filter can ensure:
The water services experts at Homestead Comfort can get your whole house water filter in place in as little as one day, depending on the size of your home. Then, you can enjoy peace of mind knowing your tap water is free from contaminants. We’re also always available to assist with any other water treatment services you need.
Don’t fret for one more day about your home’s water quality. Contact Homestead Comfort for a no-obligation estimate on water treatment services.
Whether you’re looking to keep your house cozy in the winter, cool during the scorching summer, or just reduce your energy bills, proper insulation is your secret weapon. In this blog, we’ll dive into the world of home insulation, exploring what it is, why it matters, and how you can make your home more comfortable and eco-friendly.
At its core, home insulation is all about controlling the flow of heat. It’s like putting a cozy blanket around your house. Insulation materials are installed within the walls, ceilings, and floors to slow down the transfer of heat. This means keeping warm air in during winter and hot air out during summer, creating a stable and pleasant indoor environment.
Energy Efficiency: Insulating your home can significantly reduce heat loss or gain, leading to lower energy bills. With proper insulation, your heating and cooling systems don’t have to work as hard to maintain your desired temperature.
Enhanced Comfort: No more chilly drafts or sweltering rooms. Insulation helps maintain a consistent indoor temperature, ensuring you’re comfortable year-round.
Noise Reduction: Insulation is not just about temperature; it can also dampen sound. If you live in a noisy neighborhood or have a lively household, insulation can help keep things quiet.
Moisture Control: Certain insulation types can prevent moisture buildup, protecting your home from mold and mildew.
There are various insulation materials available, each with its unique properties. Here are some common options:
Fiberglass: Made from glass fibers, it’s widely used, easy to install, fire-resistant, and doesn’t absorb moisture.
Cellulose: Environmentally friendly, as it’s made from recycled paper products. It’s treated to resist fire, insects, and mold.
Spray Foam: This effective insulator can seal cracks and gaps, preventing air leakage. It’s water-resistant and helps deter mold growth.
Selecting the right insulation is crucial. Consider the R-value, which measures the insulation’s resistance to heat flow, the type of building, and your climate. Proper installation is also essential to maximize insulation’s effectiveness.
Home insulation is a cornerstone of an energy-efficient and comfortable home. By reducing heat loss and gain, insulation not only saves you money but also contributes to a greener planet. With various insulation types available, you can tailor your choice to your specific needs and climate. Ensure it’s installed correctly, and you’ll enjoy a cozier, quieter, and more cost-effective living space. So, why wait? It’s time to invest in your home’s insulation and reap the rewards. Contact us today to learn more about our home insulation services!
A clogged or dirty drain may be a relatively small issue, but it can also take up a lot of your time and energy. A sink that refuses to drain or creates a pungent odor in your home can put entire rooms largely out of commission. Washing dishes or hands becomes a real problem until the drain is cleaned.
The Homestead Comfort team provides comprehensive plumbing services in Hartford, Tolland and Windham Counties. Here’s what you need to know about clogged, dirty drains and how to clean them.
If a sink or fixture drains slowly, stops draining altogether or emits an unpleasant odor, there is likely some accumulation of substances in your drainpipe. It could be hair, dirt, soap or children’s bath toys in the bathroom. It could be food or grease in a kitchen sink or dishwasher. Utility sinks can accumulate any number of obstructive substances.
Do you have a situation where several sinks are clogged simultaneously? This is likely the result of a main sewer blockage. The cause of this is often a tree root, wet wipes, or some other dense object.
We tell customers they might be able to clean a blocked or dirty drain themselves, saving a service visit. Here are some easy at-home fixes.
Please avoid using caustic drain cleaners, as they can corrode the inside of your pipes and damage your plumbing.
Try these at-home solutions. If they don’t work — or if you have an issue with your main — it’s a good idea to call the plumbing professionals at Homestead Comfort. We will safely and thoroughly clean your drains to get the water flowing again. Turning to licensed plumbers is a better idea than trying more invasive fixes yourself and risking damage to your plumbing. Our team can get the job done promptly, and you’ll have peace of mind that your drains are clean and clear.
We’re always ready to help with any of your plumbing needs. Touch base with Homestead Comfort today.
Aeroseal is a duct sealing technology that has transformed the way we approach ductwork in homes. Aeroseal has gained recognition for its effectiveness and efficiency in sealing even the most stubborn duct leaks.
The process involves a few simple steps:
1. Preparation: Technicians inspect your ducts to identify leaks using advanced diagnostic equipment before sealing.
2. Distribution: The HVAC system is turned on and a non-toxic, water-based solution is blown throughout the ducts. The particles are naturally drawn to the leaks due to the escaping air.
3. Sealing: When the particles reach a leak, they bond together, gradually sealing the leaks. The process continues until all leaks are sealed, ensuring a tight, efficient duct system.
4. Verification: Post-sealing diagnostics confirm the reduction in duct leakage, our technicians will provide you with a certificate of completion showing the before and after results.
1. Energy Efficiency: Leaky ducts cause conditioned air to escape before it reaches your living spaces. By sealing these leaks with Aeroseal, you can significantly reduce energy waste, leading to lower utility bills.
2. Improved Comfort: Uneven temperatures in different rooms are often a result of leaky ducts. Aeroseal ensures that conditioned air reaches its destination, leading to a more comfortable living environment.
3. Enhanced Indoor Air Quality: Leaky ducts can draw in contaminants from attics and crawl spaces. Aeroseal prevents this by sealing off these potential sources of pollution.
4. Quick and Non-Invasive: Aeroseal is a quick and non-invasive method that typically only takes a few hours to complete. Unlike traditional solutions, it doesn’t involve the extensive and messy process of tearing apart your walls or ceilings.
5. Long-Lasting: The results of an Aeroseal treatment are long-lasting, often for the life of your HVAC system.
If you’re experiencing high energy bills, uneven heating, or cooling, or suspect you have duct leaks, Aeroseal could be the answer you’ve been looking for. Reach out to Homestead Comfort today to schedule your Aeroseal service!
Energy markets are always unpredictable, but they’ve been more volatile than normal in the last few years. You’ve undoubtedly noticed price spikes on your monthly electric bill and at the gas pump. It’s sensible to wonder if there’s any rhyme or reason to fuel pricing.
For Tolland, Hartford and Windham County households that receive heating oil delivery from Homestead Comfort, we work daily to get you the best possible price for your fuel. Let’s discuss some of the factors that affect heating oil prices.
To make sense of heating oil prices, let’s first discuss what this product is. Heating oil is a distillate of crude oil. It’s essentially identical to off-road diesel fuel. Heating oil is denser than gasoline. The burner in your furnace or boiler must mist it and heat it to an extremely high temperature for combustion.
The fuel we deliver is ultra-low-sulfur and contains 20 percent eco-friendly biodiesel. It’s called Bioheat® fuel, and it has better greenhouse gas performance than natural gas!
Here are some of the main variables that can make heating oil prices rise and fall:
Please know that we want heating oil prices to stay low, just like you. We don’t make more money when prices increase, just like your local grocery doesn’t profit when coffee costs more.
We also have many pricing and payment programs that can stabilize your bills and even save you money. Here are a few offers you can take advantage of today!
Reach out to Homestead Comfort now to see how you can enroll in these heating oil programs.
As many as 90 percent of American homes have hard water. If your home is dealing with excessive minerals in your tap water, it could impact your home appliances, clothes, dishes and even your family’s health.
Homestead Comfort’s >water services team has dealt with many hard water situations in homes in Manchester, Glastonbury and Hebron and other northern Connecticut communities. We know what to look for and how to combat the problem effectively.
Measuring hardness in water means determining how much dissolved calcium and magnesium is in it. Hard water has over 60 milligrams per liter of these minerals. (Very hard water has 121 milligrams per liter or more.)
These minerals can build up in pipes and fixtures. They can affect how well soap cleans your hands, body, clothes and dishes, and they can make foods and beverages taste strange.
Here are eight warning signs that your home might have hard water.
If you’re noticing any of these issues in your home, there is a decent chance you have a hard water problem. Luckily, Homestead Comfort has the solution.
We are proud to partner with Shaw’s Pump Company to install water treatment systems in Connecticut households.
Our hard water treatment process begins by testing your water and determining what water filtration, purification and softening systems you may need. We’ll take you through your options, then install your water treatment equipment. We’re confident that you’ll experience immediate improvements in your water quality.
Homestead Comfort also services and repairs water treatment systems. We can perform a yearly 10-point water system tune-up. We’ll test your home water’s hardness and pH levels, look at your system’s mechanisms, purge your system, change filters, reset timers and add media to your water if needed.
Suspect your home has hard water? Reach out to Homestead Comfort today for a water quality assessment.