NEW YORK: Petri Plumbing and Heating, a family-owned home service company that has served Brooklyn and Manhattan for over a century, offers owners of vintage homes in the city guidelines for proper HVAC maintenance and tips for recognizing when it's time to replace your system.
Brownstones and other historic homes have a lot of charm, but the older construction can make it difficult to efficiently regulate the temperature and air quality, said Michael Petri, owner of Petri Plumbing & Heating. Since June is National Homeowners Month, we want to help New Yorkers know when it's time to consider an HVAC upgrade.
Most air conditioning failures happen in early summer, when the HVAC system is strained by climbing temperatures. The risk of failure increases if the system hasn't had a professional spring tune-up. Today's modern Energy Star-certified HVAC models, however, are more efficient than older systems and offer better performance with less energy and lower costs. In addition, ductless systems, programmable thermostats and zoned HVAC technology can be used to create custom solutions for most homeowners.
Petri Plumbing & Heating advises homeowners to keep these facts in mind when considering whether to repair or replace their HVAC
The average lifespan of an air conditioner is 12-15 years.
Older HVAC systems are more likely to fail or start a fire.
The EPA's ban on the production of Freon, effective Jan. 1, 2020, could make service and repair on older units that rely on the refrigerant more expensive.
As homes and HVAC units settle, uneven spaces and drafts can allow pollen and other pollutants and irritants in, negatively affecting the air quality inside. Exposure can also contribute to the growth of mold and mildew.
A professional inspection can identify unforeseen issues that can have significant impact on HVAC performance. Systems that are too big or too small for the space, for instance, can affect performance and efficiency.
Petri stresses the importance of professional consultation and installation.
A professional will know when to recommend supplemental heating and cooling like ductless mini-splits or zoned HVAC technology to ensure whole-home comfort, he said.
As an essential business, Petri Plumbing & Heating is committed to keeping customers and employees safe while providing exceptional service. The company is practicing social distancing and ensuring technicians sanitize their equipment and work spaces as well as wearing personal protective equipment. Petri Plumbing & Heating also offers Zero Contact Service to reduce the risk of disease.
For more information about Petri Plumbing & Heating, or to schedule a service call, visit https//www.petriplumbing.com/ or call (718) 748-1254.
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