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Why Is My Crawlspace Warm in the Winter in Salisbury, NC?

This winter, homeowners throughout the Salisbury area will turn on their heating systems, filling their homes with warm, comfortable air. However, if you’ve noticed your crawlspace seems to be as warm as your house, you could be facing a potentially serious HVAC dilemma. Let’s look at what causes this problem and how Beaver Brothers, Inc. can solve it.

Leaking ductwork can make your crawlspace warm

A properly sealed and insulated crawlspace will be protected from the adverse conditions of the outdoors. Even so, the temperature in a crawlspace typically won’t be drastically different from that of the outside air. So why is your crawlspace warm during the cold of the winter? Well, the problem most likely lies with your HVAC system’s ductwork. A leak in a duct will allow warm, treated air to flow into the crawlspace, as opposed to the living spaces of the house. If you’re not sure whether you have leaky ductwork, take a look at your utility bill. Although energy costs do rise in winter, wasted heat will cause bills to skyrocket. In addition, heating your crawlspace the same way you do your home can create conditions that are conducive to mold growth.

Have ductwork inspected and repaired

In addition to keeping your crawlspace warm, leaking ductwork is often indicative of other issues with an HVAC system. Cracks and holes in ducts are caused by dirt, debris, and other particles being forced through the ventilation system. These in turn result from an inefficient furnace or a dirty filter, which can lead to mold and mildew and extensive repairs. To properly maintain ductwork, it should be well-sealed and insulated, and any tears or holes should be repaired or covered with the appropriate HVAC tape. Preventative measures such as these also protect your home during the summer, as wasted air-conditioning is no better than wasted heat. If your ductwork is in need of maintenance or repair, look no further than Beaver Brothers, Inc. Our experience servicing HVAC systems in Salisbury has kept equipment running smoothly and homes comfortable for nearly 100 years. Call us today!

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rowancodowntownAt Beaver Brothers Inc., we’re proud to call ourselves long-time members of the Salisbury, North Carolina community. And although our town is a great place to be year-round, autumn is a particularly special time. As October approaches, Salisbury gears up for its annual October Tour, a tour of the town’s historic homesteads complete with dining and musical festivities. We at Beaver Brothers are proud to sponsor this celebration of our home’s history, and as we near our 100th year in business, we’d like to reflect on our shared history with Salisbury.
 

Salisbury, NC – A Rich History

Salisbury was founded as the seat of Rowan county in 1755 at the convergence of two Native American trails. The town saw many changes in the decades that followed, and one of the greatest agents for development was the railroad. In the mid 1800s, the North Carolina railroad made its way through the city center, spurring urban growth and a burgeoning commercial district. By the turn of the century, Salisbury had become a strong working class community with an economy largely based on textiles and manufacturing. It wasn’t long after that the original Beaver brothers went into business, providing much needed services to the people of Salisbury. In 1919, Clarence and H. Clifford Beaver began offering hydronic heating and plumbing installation and maintenance, starting a tradition of quality service and community trust that is continued today by Mike and Trip Beaver. As our town has grown and evolved, so have we. Today, Salisbury boasts the only 10 gigabit municipal internet service in the WORLD! Our company has progressed accordingly, using cutting edge HVAC technology to deliver the most efficient and eco-friendly heating and cooling solutions for southern homes. Beaver Brothers, Inc. has been keeping area homes and families comfortable for nearly 100 years, and we look forward to the next century in our hometown.
 

Beaver Brothers – Proud Sponsor of the October Tour

In recognition of our long and rewarding relationship with Salisbury, we are honored to sponsor the 2016 October Tour. The event offers a glimpse into our great town’s history as well as the experience of our vibrant contemporary cultural scene. Whether you enjoy historical homes, fine artwork, or wine and dining, October Tour has something for you and the family. Tour dates are Saturday, 10/8, and Sunday, 10/9; all other information can be found at https://www.octobertour.com/. Come see why Beaver Brothers, Inc. is so proud to call Salisbury, NC home.

Girl sitting on a radiatorHVAC systems are designed to efficiently provide your home with comfortable air. The type of system that you have can determine just how well it will perform its function. Most HVAC systems either use one of two schemes: heat pumps, or central air-conditioners combined with gas furnaces. Each of these operates differently and can offer specific benefits. However, some homeowners may find that combining the two models with a dual fuel heat pump will deliver the most efficient A/C and heat. The experts at Beaver Brothers in Salisbury, NC having been providing quality solutions for homeowners since 1919!

Heat Pump vs. Gas Furnace

Central A/C and furnace systems use an air conditioner to cool air while the gas-powered furnace separately heats air. Heat pumps do both tasks, moving heat out of a home to cool it and transferring heat from outside to inside to warm it up. While heat pumps can be far more efficient and cost-effective, central air systems often prove to be more reliable, particularly in colder climates when stronger heat is needed more often. Read more

tech-workingNo matter how reliable your HVAC system is, at some point it will need to be replaced. When that time comes, you’ll want to upgrade to a system that meets or exceeds your expectations for home comfort. An up-to-date HVAC system will ensure that your home receives the most efficient air-conditioning and heating for years to come. This can be a big investment, and proper installation is the most crucial way to protect it. The experts at Beaver Brothers adhere to the highest installation standards, and they guarantee all their work for 1 full year.

Properly installed HVAC systems are essential to long-lasting and dependable A/C and heating. If your HVAC isn’t installed properly, the quality of equipment will make little difference in the long run. These are just a few of the many reasons why you should choose professional HVAC installation. Read more

Geothermal systems are the most efficient method for heating and cooling available today. Often times, people shy away from geothermal systems because of their high upfront cost. But when you compare the long term costs of traditional HVAC systems (maintenance, repairs, replacements) alongside its environmental repercussions, the geothermal system will always come out on top. Read below to see the top 3 reasons why Beaver Brothers, Inc. thinks you should consider this system for your home or business!

 

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Lower Utility Bills

Geothermal systems don’t have to generate their own heat. Instead, they simply grab it from the earth and move it into your home using an underground loop system. This requires up to 5 times less the amount of energy as a traditional HVAC system. Of course, this results in a significantly lower power bill.

 

Environmentally Friendly

Recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Geothermal is the most environmentally-safe and cost effective HVAC system available. Since there is no combustion happening in a geothermal system, the amount of harmful gasses released into the air is minimized. At Beaver Brothers, we pride ourselves on being environmentally-safe with our services, and we are proud to offer the greenest solution on the market!

 

Long Life Span

Unlike a traditional HVAC system, geothermal systems can last for over 25 years. If they are installed correctly, the system should require little to no maintenance except for periodic checkups and air filter replacements. If you add up the cost of replacing a traditional HVAC system every 10 years, the geothermal solution proves to be the most cost effective.

 

As you can see, geothermal systems are a very robust solution for all areas of heating and cooling. If you are interested in learning more, take a look at our Geothermal page or give us a call at  704-766-8889 to see if this is the right system for you!

Ductless heating and air. What a concept! Eliminating the quagmire of sprawling ductwork underneath a home or building? It sounds too good to be true, but it is. HVAC industry figures confirm that ductless heating and cooling is soaring.

“It’s without question one of the fastest-growing segments in North American HVAC,” said Tom Lahutsky, senior product manager, Lennox Intl. Inc., in an online article in Air Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration News. “This growth, which means more units are being shipped, pulls all the manufacturers in.”

That’s great for HVAC business everywhere, but what exactly does ‘going ductless’ mean? Ductless heating and cooling systems utilize heat pump technology to distribute warm or cool air more quietly and efficiently than electric furnaces, baseboards, and wall heaters. An indoor unit, mounted on a centrally located wall in the home, works with your existing heating system. Just one ductless system is enough to heat and cool an average-sized home. An outdoor unit connects to the indoor unit with a small bundle of cables, including a refrigerant line, requiring only a three-inch wide hole for installation.

“The total available market for ductless products in North America is second only to light commercial in all HVAC categories,” said Jeff Peters, a ductless portfolio leader at Trane, in the same article. “Significant attention and energy is being expended to educate and create awareness in the marketplace.”
As more and more people become aware of the advantages of ductless products, the market will continue its upward climb.

“You’re going to see ductless continue to expand in the home and in multifamily environments as well,” noted Meredith Emmerich, general manager of ductless and VRF (variable refrigerant flow) systems for Carrier Corp. “It’s traditionally done very well in commercial applications, but homeowners are starting to understand there’s a solution for their needs….It’s a solution that can go in fairly easily that makes their homes much more comfortable.”

At Beaver Brothers, we’ve supplied our customers with trusted heating and air conditioning service for more than 95 years. We like to think that we wouldn’t be in business that long without paying attention to new innovations—like going ductless. Give us a call at (704) 637-9595 today and let our experts check out the condition of your heating system.

Looking for ways to help save money on heating costs during the winter is a concern for everyone! The most important tip is to make sure that your heating system is working properly. Set up an appointment with us and we’ll come out and inspect your system. While you’re at it, ask us about our Planned Maintenance Agreement, and we’ll call you when it’s time to inspect your heating and air systems all year round!

Here are some great tips to prepare your home for the fall and winter months from the US Department of Energy’s website:

Take Advantage of Heat from the Sun

Open curtains on your south-facing windows during the day to allow sunlight to naturally heat your home, and close them at night to reduce the chill you may feel from cold windows.
Cover Drafty Windows

Use a heavy-duty, clear plastic sheet on a frame or tape clear plastic film to the inside of your window frames during the cold winter months. Make sure the plastic is sealed tightly to the frame to help reduce infiltration.
Install tight-fitting, insulating drapes or shades on windows that feel drafty after weatherizing.
Adjust the Temperature

When you are home and awake, set your thermostat as low as is comfortable.
When you are asleep or out of the house, turn your thermostat back 10 -15 degrees for eight hours and save around 10% a year on your heating and cooling bills.
Digital thermostats provide a more accurate reading and some can be programmed to adjust the temperature in your home at certain times of the day or night. Ask us about the many digital thermostat options that are available.
Find and Seal Leaks

Seal the air leaks around utility cut-throughs for pipes (“plumbing penetrations”), gaps around chimneys and recessed lights in insulated ceilings, and unfinished spaces behind cupboards and closets.
Add caulk or weatherstripping to seal air leaks around leaky doors and windows.
Maintain Your Heating Systems

Schedule service for your heating system. Find out what maintenance is required to keep your heating system operating efficiently. Call us to schedule your appointment!
Furnaces: Replace your furnace filter once a month or as needed.
Reduce Heat Loss from the Fireplace

Keep your fireplace damper closed unless a fire is burning. Keeping the damper open is like keeping a window wide open during the winter; it allows warm air to go right up the chimney.
When you use the fireplace, reduce heat loss by opening dampers in the bottom of the firebox (if provided) or open the nearest window slightly — approximately 1 inch — and close doors leading into the room. Lower the thermostat setting to between 50° and 55°F.
If you never use your fireplace, plug and seal the chimney flue.
If you do use the fireplace, install tempered glass doors and a heat-air exchange system that blows warmed air back into the room.
Check the seal on the fireplace flue damper and make it as snug as possible.
Purchase grates made of C-shaped metal tubes to draw cool room air into the fireplace and circulate warm air back into the room.
Add caulking around the fireplace hearth.
Lower Your Water Heating Costs

Water heating can account for 14% to 25% of the energy consumed in your home.
Turn down the temperature of your water heater to the warm setting (120°F). You’ll not only save energy, you’ll avoid scalding your hands.
Lower Your Holiday Lighting Costs

Use light-emitting diode — or “LED” — holiday light strings to reduce the cost of decorating your home for the winter holidays.

(Source: https://energy.gov/energysaver/articles/fall-and-winter-energy-saving-tips)

We believe that the best reasons to use sustainable features in a home are to save money or for the pleasure of the occupants. (Saving energy is an important side effect.)

But for one feature that checks all three boxes, consider radiant heating. On a cold, rainy day, there’s nothing that feels better upon waking than putting bare feet onto a warm floor heated by a radiant in-floor system.

Rather than rely on inefficient forced-air systems — which start with cold outside air, and then must expend energy to heat it before moving it inside — radiant heating uses a warm surface to transfer heat into a space. It’s much like shining a light on a wall. And as we learned in physics class, warm air rises, so a heated floor soon means a heated room.

In general, there are two types of radiant heating systems, according the National Association of Home Builders: dry-system radiant tubing, with electric-powered tubes positioned above the floor and in between two layers of plywood, or under the subfloor; and hydronic radiant-floor systems, with looped tubes pumping heater water beneath the finished floor. The water is heated by gas, wood or oil boilers; solar water heaters; or a combination of sources. Hydronic systems tend to be the most efficient, says the U.S. Department of Energy.

Can you imagine anything cozier in the morning than putting your feet onto a shag rug, warmed by radiant heat under the wood floors?

A benefit of radiant heating for allergy sufferers: The absence of outside air moved in and around a home can reduce allergies.

As for the financial savings, radiant flooring is reported to save 20 percent to 40 percent  in heating bills, according to the National Association for Home Builders.

Ceramic tile is the most common and effective floor covering for radiant floor heating, because it conducts heat well and adds thermal storage. Common floor coverings like vinyl and linoleum sheet goods, carpeting, or wood can also be used, but any covering that insulates the floor from the room will decrease the efficiency of the system.

If you want carpeting, use a thin carpet with dense padding and install as little carpeting as possible. If some rooms, but not all, will have a floor covering, then those rooms should have a separate tubing loop to make the system heat these spaces more efficiently. This is because the water flowing under the covered floor will need to be hotter to compensate for the floor covering. Wood flooring should be laminated wood flooring instead of solid wood to reduce the possibility of the wood shrinking and cracking from the drying effects of the heat.

Most of us flip on our central heat and air units regardless of the season, expecting the usual flow of either warm or cool air. When the cycle is interrupted, we know it—and feel it—instantly. Knowing a little about how your heat & air system works is important—if nothing else to calm you down while waiting for a qualified repair service, like Beaver Brothers, Inc., to arrive! All climate-control devices or systems have three basic components: 1) a source for warmed or cooled air, 2) a means to distribute that air, and 3) a control to regulate the system, meaning a thermostat.

When the furnace is turned on, it consumes the fuel that powers it, whether it be gas, oil, or electricity. As fuel is burned, heat is produced and channeled to the living areas of your home through ducts, pipes, or wires and then is blown out of registers, radiators, or heating panels. When an air conditioner is turned on, electrical power is used to cool a gas in a coil to its liquid state. Warm air in your home is cooled by contact with the cooling coil, and this cooled air is channeled to rooms directly from the unit itself.

While radiant and gravity systems are also in use in many homes, particularly older houses, for our purposes we’ll restrict our content to the forced-air system, which distributes heat produced by the furnace?or the coolness produced by a central air conditioner?through an electrically powered fan, which forces air through a system of metal ducts to the rooms in your home.

The thermostat, which regulates the temperature of your home, responds to changes in the temperature of the air where it is located and turns the furnace or air conditioner on or off as needed. The thermostat’s key component is a bimetallic element that expands or contracts as the temperature increases or decreases in a house. The latest heat and air-conditioning controls use solid-state electronics. Typically, they’re more accurate and more responsive than older systems. But repair to solid-state controls usually means replacement.

At Beaver Brothers, we’ve supplied our customers with trusted heating and air conditioning service for more than 94 years. Our friendly experienced staff stands ready to help you with all your indoor climate needs. But don’t wait for your heat or AC to give out! Give us a call at (704) 637-9595 today and let our experts check out the condition of your heat and cooling system, or visit us on line at www.beaverbrosinc.com.

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