FAQs

Heating & Cooling

The experts at Powersmith will be happy to come to your home and calculate your heating and cooling “loads.” They will then be able to recommend a system that is the correct size and model to meet your home’s requirements.

Usually it’s only a matter of a couple of days. We can come out to your home at your convenience. To recommend the right size system for you, we do a lot of calculations. One thing we look at is heat loss, or the amount of heat your home lose in the winter. This is just one way we figure how much Btu “power your home’s heating system needs.

Most of our installations are done in 1 - 2 days, though every job is different and some take longer than others. Check out our client testimonials for more info! 

We use only our own BPI certified technicians to install new heating and air conditioning systems. We never hire subcontractors. Our technicians are the most highly trained in the industry. To use subcontractors would be like taking a step down. Your comfort and our reputation are too important to put in anyone else’s hands.

Air conditioners run on electricity and electricity is the most expensive energy source. Converting fuels like coal or natural gas into electricity is inherently inefficient. What’s more, much of the original electricity generated at the power plant is lost during transmission over power lines. So, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, by the time it reaches your home, electricity is only 33% efficient on average.

Absolutely! Today’s simple ductless air conditioning options make it possible to install a quiet, efficient air conditioning system in your home even if it doesn’t have ductwork. Ductless air conditioning systems consist of one or more indoor air-distribution units linked by refrigeration lines to an outdoor compressor. These flexible refrigeration lines can be positioned inside your walls and ceilings with a minimum of inconvenience. Installing ductless air conditioning costs a little more than standard central air conditioning systems but it costs much less than installing ductwork and a central air conditioner.

You bet! We can mount a cooling coil on top of the furnace and install a condensing unit outside. If you’re ready for a new furnace installation, we can recommend energy-efficient units that incorporate a/c.

 

It’s never a good idea to mix and match a/c components with different SEERs. You might save money initially by replacing only your outdoor unit with a compressor with a SEER of 13 or higher (minimum required by January 2006 mandate) and hooking it up to your 10-or 12-SEER indoor system. However, it doesn’t make sense in the long run. It’s like buying a brand-new stereo set and hooking it up to your antiquated speakers. By pairing components with different SEERS, you’re just not going to get your money’s worth in terms of comfort and efficiency. You’re better off paying a little extra up front because you’ll be saving a lot more over time. At Powersmith we have the expertise to help you choose the right efficiency system for your home.

SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio and it indicates the efficiency of air conditioning systems. The higher the SEER number, the more cooling you get per unit of energy. As of January 2006, only units with a SEER of 13 or higher can be sold in the United States. Today’s cooling units are up to 40% more efficient than those made as recently as 10 years ago.

There are two indicators of efficiency. 1. Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE): All heating equipment manufactured after 1980 is required to have a label indicating its AFUE. The AFUE ratio is a measurement of a heating system’s seasonal efficiency, taking into account how well the system performs over an entire season of starts and stops. Modern heating systems range in efficiency from 81% to 95%. If your system’s AFUE is lower than this range, talk to us about your replacement options. 2. Combustion efficiency: When we tune up your heating system, we do a combustion efficiency test that tells us how well your burner is converting oil into heat. If your combustion efficiency is below 78, you may want to evaluate your upgrade options, which could include an oil-burner retrofit. A new burner will burn the fuel/air mixture in a cleaner, more controlled manner, resulting in lower heating costs and less combustion biproducts going out of your chimney.

Installing a new furnace with a variable-speed motor is a good solution. These “smart” motors automatically adjust airflow volume and speed based on your home’s temperature requirements. There will be fewer on/off cycles, smaller temperature swings, consistent heat and lower fuel bills.

 

The basic heating principle is the same. The difference is that a boiler heats water instead of air. A circulator pumps the hot water through a system of pipes, distributing the water to radiators, baseboards or air handlers throughout the home. Some boilers are designed to create steam, which circulates by means of a system of pipes. The pipes are connected to steam radiators throughout the home.

Heat is generated by burning oil inside the furnace. This happens in the combustion chamber, which gets very hot. Air absorbs this heat in the furnace’s heat exchanger. Next, the blower sends the heated air through a system of ducts, and warm air circulates through the home.

Energy Audits

Changes in construction methods and new building products affect the whole house. Proper evaluation is important to avoid negative results. For example, only adding insulation can unintentionally increase moisture accumulation. It is vital to look at your house and how it operates as a system before implementing significant changes to the way heat, moisture and air move in your home.

Yes. In fact, some of the greatest opportunities to reduce the cost of a home performance retrofit exist right now. Powersmith will provide each homeowner their expected tax savings and even provide manufacturer's certifications and tax forms to make the process easy. For a full list of all available federal and state tax credits, please visit www.dsireusa.org.

Home Performance

Absolutely. BPI’s nationally recognized standards and quality-assurance protocols help separate the best-of-the-best from the also-rans. Not every company can make the grade, but those that do prove they have the knowledge and expertise to help customers improve the performance, decrease the carbon footprint and lower the expenses of their homes.

Depending on the scope of work required, a Powersmith installation can take as little as two days and as many as eight days. The average for most homes is three to four business days.

Yes, both in the short term and for many years to come! The energy your home requires for heating and cooling can be reduced by 25% right away. And properly insulating your walls, basement, attic and crawlspaces will save you money for more than 30 years. On average, the value of the improvements is more than 200% greater than the effort itself.

No. Our customers are free to begin saving energy right away without consent of a federal agency.

No. The tax value of your home is not dependent on installation of energy retrofit measures you perform.

What our customers are saying

 

They care for your house as if it were their own. And the difference? It's like night and day... Definitely a 10 of a 10! It's unlike another other contractor experience I've ever had before. 

Joe & Yvonne Branch, West Babylon, NY