Upgrade to a Boiler Heating System and Save $100 Now

With autumn officially here we probably shouldn’t be too surprised that the temperatures are now falling into the 30s. Foliage is changing fast and frost is in the forecast for northern Vermont. It won’t be long before the snow flies. As we wake up to a chillier house each morning, thoughts turn to our heating systems and when we’ll first turn them on. If you’ve been considering an upgrade, you can get $100 off a furnace and boiler installation and replacement at this time.
 
Upgrade to a Boiler Heating System and Save $100 Now
 
Autumn is your last chance before winter sets in to get that new heating system installed. Don’t make this be another year that you spend in a drafty house with outrageous repair bills for that old furnace. No matter which type of heating system you go with – boiler or furnace — it’s important to consider the advantages of each.
 

How Boiler Systems Work

A boiler heating system uses water to distribute heat throughout the house. We install a network of pipes through the subfloor of each room in your home. When the system is turned on the boiler heats and distributes water throughout the pipes. As the water flows through the network of pipes, the heat radiates off the pipes and into the rooms of your home. Forced air furnace systems, are different in that they use air to circulate heat throughout the house.
 

Advantages of Boiler Systems

A boiler system uses less energy than a forced air system does meaning your electric bills are going to go down. Water is a better thermal conductor than air. This means it warms up faster and retains heat for longer. Boilers also heat rooms much more comfortably than forced air systems, because this method of heat distribution prevents hot and cold spots from forming.
 
Stay warmer with a boiler heating system
 

Local Installation

At Plumb Perfect we can install Weil McLain GV90+ and HTP VersaFlame high mass combination boilers for you in the greater Champlain Valley area. Whether you need the traditional reliability of American made Cast Iron oil or gas boilers, or the latest high efficiency boiler systems, we have the experience necessary to help you make the best choice for your home.
 
High efficiency modulating water boilers are the fastest growing segment in hydronics. These products are generally lightweight, space saving, and utilize advanced controls and operating systems.
 
Cast iron boilers are known for their rugged reliability, operating efficiencies and longevity. Our products range from small residential boilers to the large cast iron models.
 
Give Stan a call at Plumb Perfect at 802-233-5564 when you want to talk heating systems and specifically boilers.

 


DIY Spring Plumbing Maintenance for Your Kitchen & Bath

It’s not by accident that people get the urge to clean when springtime rolls around. After being cooped up indoors all winter this is when we open the windows and let the fresh air blow through. For your home, a thorough cleaning is a fresh start and with cleaning comes fixing those little things you may have just put up with all winter long. Plumbing maintenance is needed in the kitchens and bathrooms as they are the rooms that get the most use and traffic of anywhere in your home. So, it’s no wonder that when things go wrong these are the locations.
 
Keep up with the small fixes mentioned below and you won’t need to call in the professionals, like Stan the Plumber. But should you fall behind, or have no desire to do your own plumbing maintenance, Stan takes pride in his service response time. Just give him a all.
 
DIY Spring Plumbing Maintenance for Your Kitchen

Kitchens

Check for drips from the faucet and handles. Replace washers if needed. If you’re unable to stop the leak, call Stan at 802-233-5564.
 
Make sure your kitchen sink has a strainer in place to prevent debris from going down the drain.
 
Look under the sink for leaks from the pipe joints or drains.
 
Turn water supply valves on and off beneath the sink to prevent them from freezing in place.
 
Check the dishwasher, ice maker and washing machine supply hoses for leaks or bulges. Replace every 10 years or if showing signs of weakness. Consider using stainless steel hoses which are more reliable and less prone to bursting.
 
To eliminate odors from a garbage disposal, grind ice cubes and lemon peels in the disposal for about 30 seconds.
 
DIY Spring Plumbing Maintenance for Your Bath

Bathrooms

Check for drips from the faucet and handles. Replace washers if needed. If you’re unable to stop the dripping, call Stan at 802-233-5564.
 
Check to be sure the sink plunger seals the drain completely and doesn’t leak.
 
Look on the floor beneath the toilet tank and in front of the bowl to be sure there is no water accumulating. This would indicate there’s a leak.
 
Inspect the toilet bowl and tank for cracks or leaks. If cracks are found, call Stan at 802-233-5564 to replace the toilet.
 
Make sure the toilet flushes properly the first time. If the handle must be jiggled to stop the water from running or held down for a thorough flush you may need to replace worn tank parts.
 
Be sure the shower drain has a strainer in place. Occasionally remove it to pull out any hair or other items that may clog up the drain.
 
Clean the shower head by removing it and soaking in vinegar. Soak overnight then and gently scrub before replacing. This will remove accumulated mineral deposits.
 
To find slow water leaks in your home take a reading on your water meter before bedtime. The next morning, without using any water overnight, take another reading. If the reading has changed you have a leak that should be located and repaired.

 

 


Free Plumbing & Heating Inspections for First Time Homebuyers

If you’re a first time home buyer you may be tempted to buy an older, fixer-upper home to save money. We understand how tempting it could be. We’ve seen the same shows on TV that you have about saving money by renovating falling down homes and then flipping them. But without professionally done plumbing and heating inspections, do you really know what that home is going to cost you?
 
Free Plumbing & Heating Inspections for First Time Homebuyers
 
The demolition and remodeling of bathrooms and kitchens are some of the largest expenses of remodeling or updating a home. It’s important to know what you’re getting into before you sign that purchase agreement.
 
Maybe you are handy at fixing things but there could potentially be a lot of underlying safety and construction issues that your untrained eye may not recognize. These can result in huge unexpected costs down the road.
Free Plumbing & Heating Inspections for First Time Homebuyers
If you’re getting a loan from a lender to buy the house, you will be required to pay for a home inspection, whether it passes or not. That’s money you won’t get back if you decide not to buy the home.
 
Stan the Plumber is offering free plumbing and heating inspections to first time homebuyers in Chittenden County, Vermont. Whether you’re buying an older home, a newer house, or a condo, let Stan give your plumbing, heating and fixtures a thorough inspection before you make that purchase! Give him a call today at (802) 233-5564 or fill out the Contact Us form on our website.
 


It’s Not Too Late to Get That Energy Star Tax Credit

If you’ve installed an Energy Star certified water heater, boiler, furnace, heat pump, biomass stove or air conditioning system in 2015, you may be eligible for a tax credit of 10% of the cost up to $500 or for a specific amount anywhere from $50 to $300. Whether you had us at Stan The Plumber do the installation, did it yourself, or had another company do the install, you may still qualify.

2015 tax credits on Energy Star appliances

 

Encouraging both homeowners and commercial businesses to improve energy usage and efficiency, Congress has voted to extend the Residential Energy Efficiency Property Credit through 2016. This means you could potentially save quite a bit of money on specific improvements and updates around your home. And it’s not too late to apply!

 

Here’s some of what qualifies for federal tax credits:

  • Water Heaters, non-solar — Tax Credit: $300
  • Gas, Propane, Oil Hot Water Boiler — Tax Credit: $150
  • Gas, Propane, or Oil Furnaces — Tax Credit: $150
  • Biomass Stoves — Tax Credit: $300
  • Air Source Heat Pumps — Tax Credit: $300
  • Central Air Conditioning — Tax Credit: $300
  • and other certain home appliances.

 

solar panel tax credit

 

Going solar really does pay off

In addition to the above, the following solar systems provide a federal tax credit of 30% of the cost including installation with no upper limit:

  • Solar Water Heaters
  • Geothermal Heat Pumps
  • Small Residential Wind Turbines
  • Solar Panels (Photovoltaic Systems)

Tax credits for the above solar energy systems are available through December 31, 2019. After that, the credit decreases to 26% for tax year 2020; then drops to 22% for tax year 2021 and then expires December 31, 2021.

 

The deadline to file taxes for 2015 has been extended to April 18, 2016. If you’ve already filed and forgot or didn’t know about these federal tax credits you can always file an amended return.

 

It’s also important to know that you will need to use Form 5695 Residential Energy Credits. These deductions are only applicable to your primary residence, but in certain cases a secondary residence could qualify. If you’d like more detailed information regarding these tax credits check the ENERGY STAR website.

 

If you are interested in replacing your older, non-energy efficient appliances with a cost-saving Energy Star certified appliance, we can help you with that. Give Stan a call at (802) 233-5564 and we’ll set up a time to get together.

 


Welcome to Our New Plumbing Blog

We’d like to graciously welcome you to our new Plumbing blog! Whether you found your way here from our Facebook page, Google+ or through our Stan the Plumber website, we’re so happy you’ve arrived.

Each month we’ll be posting about topics of interest to both homeowners and professionals in the HVAC and plumbing industries. We’ll talk about our services, products, tell you about special rebates and lots more.

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When you’re considering upgrades to plumbing or heating or even full renovations, give Stan a call at 802-233-5564 and let him give you a price you’ll be pleased with!