Spring Storms: HVAC Protection

As the cold weather slips away, the warmer weather tends to bring with it a great deal of rain and storms. Although your HVAC system is built to withstand a certain degree of weather damage, it is still susceptible to the water, wind, and electrical damages caused by severe storms or continuous downpour. Follow Broadley’s helpful tips for keeping your HVAC unit safe this spring, saving you the money and hassle of repairs or replacements.

  • Make sure outdoor air conditioning condenser are secured and covered to lessen weather related impact, as they are vulnerable to strong winds and flooding. Canvas tarps with proper ventilation openings work better than plastic, which tends to retain moisture. Trapped moisture can cause metal erosion and wire/ rubber rot.
  • Check to make sure outdoor air-conditioning condensers do not have windblown dirt and debris clogging any drains or openings. Heavy winds can even blow branches into the unit. Avoid household objects being stored too close to the unit as well to prevent damage.
  • Keep units elevated to avoid flood waters.
  • If the power goes out during a storm, generators act as a great power source alternative. The generator will then maintain continuous running service of either your air conditioner or heater until power is restored.

Staying one step ahead of mother nature when possible is always recommended. These simple tips are great for increasing the efficiency and lifespan of your HVAC unit. If something does go wrong during a storm, or you would like a professional to make sure your unit is well protected, give Broadley’s a call at (609) 390-3907. Make sure to ask about signing up for one of our service contracts as well and keep your appliances functioning efficiently year-round.

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Common Furnace Problems

Fortunately for many, this winter has been quite mild and you may not have had to run your heater as much as expected. However, that does not mean you are guaranteed to avoid issues with your furnace and should have a professional inspect the unit if you are experiencing any of the issues below. If not, you should still plan to have it inspected before the weather warms up for good in the spring. 

Pilot Light – If your furnace has started to regularly blow cold air during these winter months, this may be caused by the pilot light being out or ignition problems.

Filter – A dirty or clogged furnace filter can inhibit airflow, causing your home to be less heated than it should be. With a large portion of your energy bill coming from heating your home, you want to be sure you’re getting as much heat as you should. Filters should be changed about every two months. 

Airflow – Not only can a dirty filter cause lack of airflow from your furnace, but so can worn out bearings and broken belts. Your thermostat could also be broken if you are experiencing a reduced amount of heat in your home.

Noise – Rattling, squeaking and any other unusual sounds in your furnace should be addressed as soon as possible. These could be signs of a mechanical problem, issues with airflow or a clogged burner.

Normal wear & tear – As your furnace gets older, it is bound to decrease in

efficiency, but having it continue to run when broken is not safe. A proper furnace repair is good protocol to follow before repairs get extensive and expensive.

Lack of Maintenance – To ensure your furnace lasts as long as possible, inspections need to be done twice a year. Those times are when you first turn it on and when warm weather comes.

If you are experiencing any of these issues with your furnace or would like to schedule an appointment to prevent these problems, call Broadley’s at (609) 390-3907. We also offer our customers many financing options, so make sure to ask! Don’t delay, call today!

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Ecobee3: Must-Have Wi-Fi Thermostat

Comfort is key when it comes to enjoying your home, no matter the temperature outside. Broadley’s has made it their mission to make sure everyone is as comfortable as possible, whether it be installing a new furnace or spreading the word on Wi-Fi thermostats. A new addition to the Wi-Fi thermostat craze that’s changing households for the better is the ecobee3. This new way of heating and cooling your home just made comfort that much more attainable! Wondering why?

• Controlled by any smart phone, tablet, or computer for access around the house or on the go

• Compatible with an easily downloadable app, as well as, Siri

• Controls the temperature of more than one room to create even temperatures throughout the entire house

• Uses motion sensors to create comfort in the rooms that matter most (detects motion, or the absence of, to raise and lower temperatures)

• Conserves energy when you leave home

• Saves homeowners around 23% on annual energy costs

• Adjusts inside temperatures according to outside temperatures

• Available in sleek, modern designs

The holidays may be over, but it’s always the perfect time to treat yourself to comfort. Broadley’s is ready to install this amazing new ecobee3 thermostat in your home today! Call us at (609) 390-3907 for a no-obligation assessment with one of our Comfort Advisors.

Check out this video to see what you’ve been missing!

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NBC10: ‘Jersey Shore Homeowners Get Ready for Winter Weather’

Thank you NBC10 for sharing such an important reminder to all homeowners regarding the cold weather and winterizing your shore home. Make sure you take the time to winterize your home before it’s too late, as busted pipes can cost you thousands of dollars in damage!


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Call Broadley’s at (609) 390-3907 for help with your winterization!

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Preventing Frozen Pipes

Temperatures are dropping quickly and winter is here to stay. A serious issue that all homeowners should be aware of is the risk of frozen pipes. The damages from frozen pipes can rack up to thousands of dollars in repairs to the pipes and property. Broadley’s is here to remind you of these simple steps to take, ensuring a safe winter season.

Insulate Water Pipes

The insulation will slow down the cold’s effect to the pipes, but does not necessarily prevent freezing.

Disconnect Garden Hoses

If there is water in the hose, it can freeze and eventually make its way through the spigot and into your pipes. To maintain the lifespan of your hose, move them indoors for the winter.

Know Common Frozen Pipe Locations

As mentioned earlier, insulate these pipes in particular and keep an eye on them throughout the winter when temperatures drop below 32° F.

Keep Thermostats No Lower Than 55° F

Even if you leave the house for a few days, make sure temperatures are at least 55° F. Frozen pipes often happen while people are on vacation and forget the house needs to remain somewhat heated.

Turn Water Off When Away

If you plan to go away for a few days, turn off your main water supply and make sure all facets are drained.

Keep Certain Doors and Windows Closed

If your water supply is in your garage, make sure to keep the doors closed as much as possible. It is also recommended to keep windows located near pipes closed and to close open-air vents to prevent wind drafts during very low temperatures.

Open Cabinet Doors

When temperatures drop below 32° F, it is recommended you leave cabinet doors open that are located below sinks so that the heat from your home can warm the pipes.

Consider a Wi-Fi Thermostat

Not only does owning a Wi-Fi thermostat make your life easier and more comfortable, allowing you to stay in bed while you heat the home or to have your home heated before you return from vacation, but it can save you from the nightmare of frozen or busted pipes. Broadley’s recommends brands such as Nest, Honeywell or Ecobee. Call them for installs or to learn more about each!

If you find yourself in a situation with frozen or busted pipes, and are unsure how to handle it, give Broadley’s a call at (609) 390-3907. Remember, if your pipes do burst, make sure to turn off your water right away!

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Why Switch to Natural Gas?

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There’s been a lot of talk about natural gas as it becomes more available to South Jersey, but what exactly is it and why should you consider switching? Natural gas is a colorless and odorless fossil fuel that is being spotlighted as an excellent energy alternative in the United States and around the world. Broadley’s is here to offer some deeper insight regarding the fuel’s benefits that may make you realize it’s time to convert.

Efficiency

It makes sense to switch to a gas that saves you money and produces the greatest amount of energy for the money spent. About 90 percent of natural gas is delivered as useful energy, while this holds true for only 30 percent of energy converted to electricity in conventional generating facilities.

Clean Air for Your Family and Community

This is a huge plus for those considering alternate energy options. It is the cleanest burning fossil fuel, with very little byproducts polluting the air. Keeping your family safe and healthy is always the main priority. If there’s a less expensive alternate fuel option that will make your community healthier for your family, why wouldn’t you switch? In addition, gas means no soot, ash or unwelcomed odors. Compared to oil and gas, natural gas produces a significantly less amount of carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, and particulate matter that affects health and the air’s visibility.

Safe

It is important to know that natural gas in non-toxic. It is not poisonous or harmful to humans if inhaled in small amounts. To help detect a leak, an odorant is added to the originally odorless gas. There are no storage tanks needed, which removes the threat of oil spills and tank corrosion. The gas is piped directly to your home or business through a safe and efficient pipeline system.

Natural gas is quickly gaining popularity. It is highly dependable since it’s not easily damaged or affected by changing weather conditions. Broadley’s is all about keeping you comfortable in ways that make sense for your wallet, the test of time and your family’s safety. Give Broadley’s a call today at (609) 390-3907 for questions about switching to natural gas and the appliances needed to keep your home up-to-date on all of today’s best energy solutions.

 

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Don’t Forget the Gutters!

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The air is just starting to feel crisp and before you know it, your lawn will be covered in fallen leaves. As beautiful as the change in seasons may be, it is important to remember the proper way to care for you home during the changeover. Broadley’s would like to remind you the importance of cleaning out your gutters when the time comes! When the leaves and various other debris falls into your gutter, it becomes more than just an annoyance. The buildup keeps the rain water (and it certainly has been a rainy year) from running into the correct places, which could end in damage your home or yard.

Start by cleaning the u-shaped apparatuses that catch the water. This is simple if you are able to safely reach them and should be cleaned out any time you see buildup. The trickier part comes in the parts of your gutter system that you cannot see inside. You may need some kind of plumping snake to push out the debris from the pipes. If you cannot reach the debris, you will have to disassemble it.

The area that may cause the most issues is in the downspout. Remove the downspout and clean it out, along with the cage or landing that collects the debris. Make sure the downspout is not broken or bent, and if so, replace it. After reassembling it, run water through to help determine if you have completely removed any blockage.

It is suggested you clean your gutters twice a year unless you have many tall trees, in which case you may need to clean them more often. If you want to be extra secure when it comes to your gutters, you can install a mesh guard to prevent buildup.

While you have the ladder out and are cleaning, take the time to inspect any higher-up HVAC units. Clear the vents of debris and replace air filters. Remember that maintaining your HVAC unit helps extend its lifespan. Call Broadley’s at (609) 390-3907 to help replace air filters or to inspect the unit for the upcoming winter months.

The best way to deal with weather is to be prepared. Enjoy the season!

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“When You Give Good, You Get Good”

This past spring, our very own Keith Galletta got the call to asses a home located in Newtonville, New Jersey, not far from his own home. The homeowners Leola and Bertina are 85 and 87-year-old sisters, who were in need of a new heating and cooling system. After selecting a new unit, Keith worked on completing their credit application. In need of the women’s monthly income to finish the forms, Keith realized how little they make (less than most make in a week).

With this newfound knowledge, Keith became much more concerned about the women than the sale or credit approval. During the installation of the new unit, the team found a plumbing leak and electrical issue, which they repaired at no cost to the homeowners.

Over the summer, Keith made it routine to stop by and drop off blueberries, corn, and tomatoes. He would make sure everything was alright with ladies and their house. He had noticed from his initial consultation visit in the spring, and every time after, that there was a dead 80-foot Oak tree between the house and powerlines. It looked quite dangerous and after seeing a fallen branch during one of his visits, Keith asked if the women had inquired about having it taken down. They said they had, but the $1,500 expense was out of the question. After dragging the branch off the property, Keith said he would ask around to see what he could do about the tree.

Fortunately, Keith reached out to a guy from Egg Harbor Township named Rick Yoos. Rick often helps Broadley’s by lifting their HVAC equipment onto buildings with his mini crane truck, although his primary business is tree service. Before Keith could even finish his story and ask for help, Rick interrupted with, “what’s the address and when do you want me to do it?”

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Rick always says, “when you give good, you get good,” and showed up Saturday, September 17th at 8:30am with is new 100-foot super crane truck to take down the tree. Mark Loomis (another Broadley’s estimator), Rick, and Keith all worked to clean up the yard by 11am. They celebrated by having lunch with the ladies, courtesy of Broadley’s. It was certainly a memorable day for all involved, with the hope that good deeds continue to happen daily.

 

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Tips for Closing Your Summer Home

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As summer comes to an end and the family returns to their typical school routine, you sadly begin the process of closing up your shore house for the winter season. Your AC unit will finally catch a break, but you’re not in the clear just yet! Broadley’s is here to offer a few friendly reminders before locking the door for good that will keep your house running smoothly while you’re away.

Have your HVAC unit inspected
It’s been a hot summer and you shouldn’t leave the house until you’ve had the unit inspected. You’ll certainly be needing a few extra blankets if you come down this winter and discover a problem. If you don’t return until next summer, you may be left in the sweltering heat. By calling a Broadley’s technician, you can rest assured that if there are any issues, they will be caught and fixed. Dealing with issues now may save you a lot of money in the future.

Turn down the thermostat
Make sure you leave the house warm enough to avoid any damages, but cool enough to keep things dry. It’s recommended to set your home between 50 to 60 degrees, any lower and you run the risk of frozen pipes!

Turn off water from main supply point
Turn the water off completely to risk water freezing in the pipes on an extremely cold day. Your pipes could end up cracking and eventually bursting, causing an unimaginable amount of damage. Cracked pipes can burst at any unexpected moment, displacing your family during your vacation at the beach.

Unplug appliances
If you leave your electric on, make sure to unplug appliances such as televisions, computers, stereos, and microwaves. This helps save energy and prevent fires in case of a faulty switch or freak accident while you’re away.

Clean out the fridge
Empty out your freezer as well. If the power goes out for any reason while you’re gone, you want all food removed so that it does not go bad. It is also a good idea to thoroughly clean the actual inside of the refrigerator unit to help prevent the growth of mold and mildew.

If you believe anything is damaged or needs to be inspected as you close your home, remember to give Broadley’s a call at (609) 390-3907 before it becomes a more serious issue!

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Does Your Air Conditioning Smell When You Turn It On?

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Ever wonder why your AC smells when you turn it on? Looking for an easy enough solution to keep the smell out and your guests happy? Broadley’s is here to explain why that smell is creeping into your home and how to fix it. It’s especially important to pay attention to these seemingly mediocre AC issues during this time of transition from summer to fall. These small problems have a tendency to grow into huge problems over the colder months.

It probably comes as no surprise that a large part of the awful smells coming from your air conditioner are thanks to mold and mildew growth. It is easy for airborne contaminants to find their way into the system, even during the idle winter months. These contaminants mix with the system’s cool, damp environment to form the mold and mildew that gets released into your air when you turn on your unit. There is also the issue of dirty air filters, which you must remember to have replaced.

Another cause could be that the smells are coming from other locations in your home and traveling through the air vents or even traveling from outside and entering your home. Something as commonplace as a candle or cleaning products can be the cause.

So how do you fix it? A few easy solutions are to change your everyday habits. If you have exhaust fans in your kitchen and bathroom, make sure to turn them on while cooking and showering. If you don’t have these units already in place it may be time to consider having them installed. Vacuum, dust and clean linens frequently to remove air contaminants. When you use cleaning products, make sure chose cleaners that have less harsh fumes to improve your overall air quality.

As far as maintenance to the actual AC unit, we recommend having your air filters changed regularly. Call Broadley’s and have a service technician replace them right away. How often you need to replace your filter depends on the type of filter and other varying factors such as the environment you live in or if you have pets. You might also need to have an HVAC specialist come and clean the coils in your unit. It not only cleans your system for quality of air and smell purposes, but also increases the efficiency of your unit. This will be helpful down the road, as regular cleaning will improve the lifespan of your appliances.

Remember not to tamper with home units you are unfamiliar with and to call a professional when the times comes. Broadley’s is here to answer any questions and help you have your home smelling fresh. Call today at (609) 390-3907 or visit broadleys.net.

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