High Utility Bills? How You Can Improve Energy Efficiency This Winter.

It’s inevitable – once Old Man Winter settles in, you can count on an increase in your utility bills. Everyone expects it to happen, but nobody likes it. The Department of Energy estimates that in most homes, 45 percent of utility costs in the winter months go to paying for heating costs. That might leave you wondering if there’s anything you can do to keep costs at bay.

Fortunately, there are some measures you can take that are easy to implement, and can help you save energy not only this winter, but year-round. While by themselves these may seem like small changes, when you add them all together they’ll provide you with improved home efficiency, helping to cushion those months where energy bills are higher.

Five Ways You Can Start Saving Energy Today

  • Change out lightbulbs. If you have old, incandescent lightbulbs in your home, it’s a good time to make the switch to more efficient ones. There are several energy-efficient types of lightbulbs available today, including halogen incandescents, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and the most popular choice, light-emitting diodes, or LEDs.
  • Many times, people leave chargers and small appliances (like can openers and blenders) plugged in without really thinking about it. The thing is, those items continue to use energy, even when they’re not performing their duties. An extremely easy way to keep the energy-sapping at bay? Simply unplug when not in use!
  • You’ve got the power. The power to choose a smart power strip, that is. By trading out your old power strips with smart (or advanced) power strips, you can make your home more energy efficient. This is because equipment typically plugged into power strips – TVs, cable boxes, entertainment systems, etc. – continue to sap energy even when not in use. Smart power strips can detect when devices are in standby mode, and cut off power and save energy.
  • It’ll all come out in the wash. Washing with cold water when you do laundry can cut the load’s energy use by more than half. Today there are many cold-water detergents available that effectively ensure your laundry gets clean. And, when you can, wash a full load, since your machine will use the same amount of energy regardless the size load you wash.
  • Get smart. Choosing a smart thermostat is a great way to start saving on heating and cooling your home today. These thermostats connect to your Wi-Fi and are able to auto-adjust to the needs of your home and family for optimal comfort and performance. They can “learn” your schedule, keep track of your home energy use, and allow you to control your HVAC system online.

Petcosky & Sons can help you save energy, too.

At Petcosky & Sons, we proudly offer our customers high-efficiency heating and cooling equipment, so if it’s time for new heating or air conditioning, we’ll make sure you get a system that keeps your home comfortable while saving energy. Additionally, we offer maintenance for your systems, designed to help them keep running at their best and most efficient. To learn more about ways we can help you stay comfortable and save energy in the process, give us a call at 607.797.0160, and we’ll be happy to assist you.

Warm Up Their Holiday with the Gift of HVAC

Do you have someone on your holiday giving list who has everything, and you’re not sure what to get them? Have you ever considered the gift of better home comfort? By giving your loved ones home comfort and safety solutions, you not only give them a unique, thoughtful gift – you help them stay comfortable all year long. And that’s a gift that keeps on giving!

At Petcosky & Sons, we’re happy to help you get the home comfort products for those hard to buy for people on your list. We have the experience you need so you can rest assured your gift will be of the best quality, with the best service available as well. We take pride in making sure that everything we install is built to last, and the installation is completed by expert technicians.

Three Gifts of Comfort Your Friends and Family Will Love

  • Ductless: Do you have a friend or family member who has recently renovated a space in their home, like a garage, basement, or attic? Those areas might not have access to the home’s duct system. That can mean they’re too chilly to use in the winter, and too warm in the summer. But when you give them the gift of ductless cooling and heating, they’ll be able to enjoy their new space all year long – without the need to install additional ductwork.
  • Home Safety Devices: It might not seem like a very dazzling gift, but it definitely shows you care when you give those you love home safety devices like carbon monoxide detectors and smoke detectors. These devices can be lifesavers, and today’s technology makes it possible for certain models to be accessed remotely. These “smart” smoke and carbon monoxide detectors can warn you of concerns, even when you’re not home.
  • Smart Thermostats: Many people have turned to smart thermostats in recent years as a means of creating both a more comfortable and more efficient home environment. These thermostats have many advantages – they can be controlled remotely via phone or computer, they can “learn” the habits of the household, and can do a better job of keeping temperatures regulated throughout the day and night.

Petcosky & Sons can help you give the gift of home comfort solutions this holiday season.

Think the gift of HVAC might be perfect for someone on your list this year? Then give Petcosky & Sons a call. No matter what your needs, we’re here to help. Just call our trusted team at Petcosky & Sons at (607) 797-0160, and we’ll be more than happy to assist you.

Choose Petcosky For the Heating System Services You Need

Even though it’s technically still fall, winter’s chill is upon us. We’ve had snow already, and chances are, you’ve put your furnace to use. It’s important in our area to have a heating system that’s in good working order once the cold weather hits. There are measures you can take to ensure your heating system is working properly, and one of the best things you can do is to make sure you get the annual maintenance you need.

Why is heating system maintenance so important? Well, there are several reasons. Most of the time, people don’t really know what maintenance is all about. They might not really see the necessity of it as a result, but getting the proper furnace maintenance can help you get the most out of your system, and reduces the likelihood of needing repairs during the winter.

5 Reasons to Call for Heating System Maintenance

If you haven’t gotten your maintenance yet, there’s no better time than the present – here are five reasons you should call your heating contractor and schedule an appointment today:

  1. Heating system maintenance can help your furnace, boiler or heat pump operate more efficiently. Heating systems can get a buildup of dirt and debris that can make it harder for them to run. Annual maintenance provides system cleaning that makes your system operate more easily – and as a result, more efficiently.
  2. Getting maintenance can help catch small problems before they become larger ones. By having a qualified technician check out your heating system on an annual basis, you’ll be more likely to catch small problems. And that can save you from the headache and expense of a larger repair or replacement.
  3. You’ll have better indoor air quality when you keep your equipment maintained. Part of preventive maintenance is cleaning or changing of your heating system’s filter. That not only allows your system to operate more efficiently, but also helps keep it from blowing dirty air around your home.
  4. Heating maintenance helps maintain your warranty. You might not realize it, but chances are preventive maintenance is a stipulation on your heating system’s manufacturers warranty. If you don’t get the required maintenance, it could void your warranty – and cost you money down the road.
  5. Your system will likely last longer. That’s because maintenance service includes a system cleaning, which helps remove buildup, gunk and dirt from your system. This allows the mechanical parts of your system to work better and more smoothly, helping preserve your system and allowing it operate more effectively and efficiently.

Count on Petcosky & Sons to be your full-service heating contractor this winter.

Aside from heating system maintenance, we’re also pleased to provide our customers with heating repair and installation services as well. So, no matter what your heating concerns this winter, we’re ready to help. Just call our trusted team at Petcosky & Sons at (607) 797-0160, and we’ll be more than happy to assist you.

Getting Your Plumbing Ready for Cooler Weather

As you know, the cooler months can wreak havoc on your plumbing. If water freezes in your pipes, it can cause breaks in your plumbing – which can lead to leaks and damage. This can be even more of a problem if you tend to travel a lot or are away from your home for extended periods of time during the winter months. That’s why it’s important to get your home’s plumbing in check during the fall season.

Fortunately, there are steps you can take as a homeowner to get your plumbing winter-ready. You can take these measures on your own, or, if you’re not sure what to do, you can call your plumber to help. Either way, these are all considerations you’ll want to make in order to ensure that your plumbing performs well and stays intact, no matter how cold it gets outside.

6 Tips for Winterizing Your Pipes

  1. Insulate your pipes. Wrap your pipes in insulation sleeves or foam pipe insulation, making sure not to leave any gaps. Keep in mind, PVC pipes are more resilient to the cold than metal pipes.
  2. Make sure your exterior is airtight. Seal any places where cold air can creep in and affect your plumbing.
  3. Keep your interior warm enough. If you’re home, this probably won’t be a problem, but if you’re traveling or living away for part of the year, make sure your indoor temperature is kept at a level that will prevent your pipes from freezing.
  4. Let your faucet drip a bit. If you’re away from home, or dealing with a heating emergency, keep one of your faucets dripping slightly so water can move freely through your pipes.
  5. Insulate your space. If you have a crawl space, make sure you have adequate insulation. Pipes in crawl spaces freeze faster than pipes in basements, so keep your crawlspace well-insulated and free from drafts.
  6. Use heat tape if needed. Many people prefer to use heat tape to keep plumbing from freezing, but make sure you follow the safety recommendations in order to avoid a fire hazard.

Choose Petcosky & Sons to help with your plumbing winterization needs.

We’re pleased to provide you with the plumbing services you need in order to ensure your plumbing stays unfrozen and leak-proof all winter long. Just give us a call at 607.797.0160 to learn more about the plumbing maintenance services we offer, and we will be more than happy to assist you.

Choose Ductless for Year-Round Comfort

When it’s time to update your home comfort system, you might be wondering if there’s an all-in-one solution that can keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter. You might be surprised to learn that a ductless system can do just that! While some ductless units provide air conditioning only, there are configurations that allow for both cooling and heating – and that means year-round comfort for you and your family.

Ductless is incredibly versatile. For instance, you can choose it for a room that might not have access to your home’s HVAC system, such as an addition, converted attic or garage, or finished basement. But there are multi-unit systems available that are perfect for homes where ductwork is impossible or impractical, like homes that have baseboard or radiant heating systems.

Ductless is a great alternative to window AC and space heaters.

When it comes to your home comfort, ductless provides a solution so that you no longer have to rely on window air conditioning or space heaters to stay comfortable. Window air conditioners can be loud and obtrusive, blocking one of your window views and creating uncomfortable noise in your space. Space heaters can take up valuable floor space and can be dangerous if tipped over. Both can be inefficient – they tend to use a lot of energy and that can be costly when it comes time to pay the utility bills.

Ductless can be the solution to your heating and cooling needs.

There are many reasons that you might choose ductless to cool your home in the summer, and heat it in the winter. Here are a few that you might be surprised to discover:

  • No ductwork? No problem. That’s because, just like the name indicates, ductless heating and cooling does not require ductwork to operate. And, it only requires minimal construction to install, so you don’t have to worry about messy, costly renovation.
  • Ductless is extremely energy efficient. Many systems operate via heat pump technology, which provides incredible efficiency. Many people who choose ductless heating and cooling find that they save money on their energy bills compared to traditional systems.
  • Targeted comfort is at your fingertips. Most ductless systems operate via remote control. That means you can individually control your home’s comfort room to room. That helps your home stay more comfortable, all while being more energy efficient.
  • Ductless systems are non-obtrusive. Ductless is very quiet – usually no louder than a whisper. And, because it mounts on the wall or ceiling, you won’t have to worry about it taking up space in your room. Ductless units blend in seamlessly with virtually any décor, too.
  • Ductless can provide better indoor air quality. Each unit has a filter, so that means the air circulating through your home is continually having dust, dirt and microbial particles removed. And that means cleaner air for you and your family to breathe!

Getting ductless heating and cooling is as easy as calling Petcosky & Sons.

If you think ductless heating and cooling might be a great solution for your home comfort needs, all you need to do is give Petcosky & Sons a call. We can help you find the right system for your home, and can explain all the benefits a ductless system can provide. Just give us a call at 607.797.0160, and we’ll be more than happy to assist you.

Let Petcosky Be Your One-Stop Home Comfort Professional

Trust is important. Having someone come into your home to do work, whether it’s fixing your leaking kitchen sink or maintaining your air conditioning system, can be stressful. When you have to juggle a variety of contractors for your home needs, it can get downright confusing! Fortunately, when you choose Petcosky & Sons to help you with your home comfort needs, you’re choosing a full-service contractor.

Our team of professional HVAC technicians and plumbers can help you get the services you need, from a name you can trust. We’re proud to have provided plumbing, heating and air conditioning services for more than 56 years. Our sales force and skilled craftspeople can help you find the right plumbing and HVAC solutions for your home – helping you and your family stay comfortable.

We provide complete products and services for your home comfort needs.

When you work with Petcosky & Sons, you’ll have access to our complete lineup of HVAC and plumbing products and services. Let us help you in the following areas:

Plumbing

When you need quality plumbing products and services, we can help. Our plumbing technicians are fully qualified to repair and install all types of plumbing, both inside and outside your home, and we can help you get the plumbing equipment you need, too. Choose us for:

  • Kitchen Plumbing
  • Bathroom Plumbing
  • Hot Water Heaters
  • Water Softeners
  • FloodStop™

Heating

Your heating equipment will be in good hands when you choose Petcosky to assist you. Whether you need a complete heating system installation, or maintenance or repairs on your current system, our technicians can help. For your convenience, we offer:

  • Heating Maintenance
  • Heating Repair
  • Heating Installation
  • Furnaces
  • Boilers
  • Heat Pumps
  • Ductless Heating
  • Oil-to-Gas Conversion

Air Conditioning

At Petcosky, we provide top-of-the-line air conditioning systems and expert service, so you can rest assured you and your family will enjoy optimal indoor comfort when the outdoor temperatures are on the rise. We can help you with all your AC needs, including:

  • New Central Air Installation
  • Ductless Air Conditioning Installation
  • AC Repair
  • AC Maintenance

We can be your one-stop home comfort contractor – just call us!

As you can see, no matter what your need may be – plumbing, heating or cooling – Petcosky provides the products you need, as well as the exceptional services. We want to help you simplify your life and enjoy the best in home comfort. No matter what your needs, we’re here to assist you. Just call our trusted team at Petcosky & Sons at (607) 797-0160, and we’ll be more than happy to assist you.

Got Plumbing Issues? Petcosky Can Help!

You rely on Petcosky & Sons for the expert HVAC services we provide. You know you can trust us to help you and your family stay comfortable, no matter what the weather is like outside. But did you know you can count on us for your plumbing needs as well? Not only do we offer full-service plumbing solutions, but we also can provide you with specialty products that make your life easier. When you choose to work with us, we’ll help solve your plumbing problems effectively and efficiently.

When you have a plumbing problem, time is of the essence. Leaking pipes and flooding can cause massive damage to your home and your belongings. You need the issue taken care of promptly, without the worry that the problem will come back. At Petcosky, we know how important it is to take care of your plumbing concerns quickly – and we take pride in doing the job right the first time. Our master plumbers have the experience necessary to get the problem fixed – and get you back to a comfortable, leak-free home.

Our broad array of plumbing products and services ensure you’ll get the stress-free solutions you need.

Learn more about our complete listing of plumbing products and services below:

  • Kitchen Plumbing: Whether you’re faced with a kitchen plumbing concern, need new plumbing installed, or are building your kitchen from the ground up, Petcosky can help. Not only are we available for plumbing fixes like leaky pipes and dripping faucets, our plumbers provide professional installation services, using the best products on the market.
  • Bathroom Plumbing: A running toilet, a clogged bathtub drain, or a leaky faucet are all problems of the past, when you choose us to help. We’ll fix any bathroom plumbing concern you might have. And, if you’re remodeling your bath, count on us to install your tub, sink, shower and toilet. You’ll get amazing service, delivered by our master plumbers.
  • Hot Water Heaters: You rely on your water heater to provide hot, fresh water for cooking, cleaning and personal hygiene. We’ll ensure you get the best hot water heater products on the market, expertly installed. Our hot water heaters are efficient and durable, and we help you find the right one for your home and lifestyle.
  • Water Softeners: Hard water can wreak havoc on your household appliances, as well as your skin and your hair. Not to mention, it can have an unpleasant taste. But mineral deposits and lime buildup are a thing of the past, when you have us install a water softener in your home. We install softeners from Master Water Conditioning, quality products that help solve your hard water concerns.
  • FloodStop™: Nobody wants to think of the damage that can be caused by home flooding. When you choose FloodStop, you can stop damage before it really starts. FloodStop offers superior leak detection, shutting off the water supply at the first sign of a leak. That way, water damage is minimized, and our expert plumbers can come in and fix whatever the problem may be.

Plumbing problems are no problem, when you choose Petcosky to help.

When you need plumbing products and services for your home, count on the experts at Petcosky & Sons. No matter what your plumbing needs, from kitchen and bathroom plumbing to specialty items, we’re here to help. Just call our trusted team at Petcosky & Sons at (607) 797-0160, and we’ll be more than happy to assist you.

Stay Cool With Ductless Air Conditioning This Summer

Do you have an area in your home that could benefit from air conditioning during the hot summer months, but where there is little or no access to ductwork? Could be you’ve recently converted a garage or an attic, finished a basement, or built an addition. You created those spaces to be enjoyed. Of course you want them as cool and comfortable as the rest of your home! But without ductwork, you might feel like you don’t have a lot of options. Fortunately, there is a solution – ductless cooling!

The main benefit of ductless air conditioning is that it can be installed in areas where ductwork is impractical or impossible, so that you can get the cooling you need, anywhere in your home. You’ll be able to enjoy year-round comfort, too, because there are also ductless systems that can provide air conditioning in the summer, and heat in the cooler weather. Not to mention, with mini-split systems, it is possible to add ductless to your entire home, making comfort precise and creating zoning that allows for better efficiency and energy savings.

There are many great advantages to choosing our ductless systems for your home.

Why choose a ductless system for either your single space or for your entire home? To take advantage of the many benefits this type of home comfort system has to offer, including:

  • Comfort Control: Ductless systems are usually easily operated via a remote control. There are some configurations that hook into your home’s Wi-Fi. This allows you to control them via an app from your smartphone or device – even when you’re not home!
  • Quick Installation: Ductless systems are fairly simple to install, with a minimal amount of construction work or mess. Because they don’t need ductwork to operate, most of the time the only construction work required is a three-inch hole drilled that will allow your technician to connect the indoor and outdoor components. 
  • Year-Round Use: While you can get ductless air conditioning only, as we said above it also is available in a configuration that can both heat and cool. This is because these types of ductless systems use heat pump technology, which moves heat rather than generates it. And that makes ductless super-efficient.
  • Energy Efficient: As we mentioned, ductless systems are built to be extremely efficient. They’re more efficient than window AC or space heaters, and can even help to balance your home’s current HVAC system. That helps your existing system provide optimal comfort and energy savings.
  • Consumer Friendly: Of course your ductless system will keep you comfortable. But ductless is also whisper-quiet. That way, you can enjoy that comfort without the noise (like you might get from a window unit, for instance.) And, it is generally mounted on the ceiling or high on the wall, blending in with your living space.

How can I learn more about ductless cooling and heating for my home?

Getting the ductless system you need is as easy as calling Petcosky & Sons. We’re pleased to offer quality-crafted Carrier® products that are built to keep you comfortable, maintain energy efficiency and to last. Just call our trusted team at Petcosky & Sons at (607) 797-0160, and we’ll be more than happy to schedule an appointment with you to see if ductless is the right choice for your home.

Replacing Your Baseboard or Radiant Heating System? Go Ductless.

Is it time to replace the steam heating system in your home? Then you should know there has been a breakthrough in heating technology. Ductless heating has been around for awhile. Up until recently, however, it was primarily geared toward areas that were more temperate. That’s because ductless heating uses a heat pump, which extracts heat from the outdoor air.

In the past, heat pumps simply weren’t built for the rigors of climates like ours in NY and Northern PA. Older heat pumps had to work too hard to extract heat from the air in colder climates. But according to ENERGY STAR, today’s heat pumps have combined advanced compressors and refrigerants to make ductless heating available to virtually everyone.

What is ductless heating?

Ductless heating is, quite simply, exactly what its name implies. It is a heating system that does not require ductwork installation. And that’s good news for people with older homes that use steam or electric heat. The way ductless works is by connecting the indoor unit to an outdoor unit via a small, 3″ pipe. Multiple units can be connected to the outdoor unit. Not to mention, there are numerous additional benefits to choosing ductless heating as a replacement for your home’s heating system.

ENERGY STAR touts several advantages of ductless, including:

Ductless heating systems also provide cooling. You’ll have heat in the winter and air conditioning in the summer when you choose ductless. It’s essentially both heating and air conditioning in one, convenient unit.

Each room is climate-controlled. Because individual ductless units are installed in each room of your home, you have complete control over the temperature of the room you’re in. And, changing the temperature with a ductless unit is right at your fingertips – either via remote control or smartphone for many units.

You can save energy – and money – with ductless. ENERGY STAR-certified units can really help you save on your utility bills, especially if you’ve been using electric heat and room air conditioners. Ductless heating uses 60 percent less energy than traditional electric heating systems. Not to mention, ductless can cut cooling costs by 30 percent. Bonus – no more bulky, noisy AC unit blocking your window view!

At Petcosky & Sons, we can help you get a ductless heating system for your home, so you can start enjoying better comfort and energy efficiency quickly. You won’t have to deal with the mess of renovation and ductwork installation, either! Not to mention, we install high-quality Carrier® ductless heating and cooling products, engineered for the cold climate we live in.

When you need ductless heating from a name you can trust, contact Petcosky & Sons. No matter what your ductless heating needs may be, we’re pleased to offer you quality-crafted Carrier products. Just call our trusted team at Petcosky & Sons at (607) 797-0160, and we’ll be more than happy to assist you with your home comfort needs.

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Air Conditioning is Important for Elderly Binghamton Homeowners

When summer arrives and the temperatures start to heat up, people in Binghamton rely on AC to keep cool. Air conditioning is a great way to escape from the hot, humid outdoor weather. Most people just think of it as a way to keep comfortable once the mercury rises. For some, however, having AC in their home can be a lifesaver.

One population that is particularly prone to heat-related illness is the elderly. There are a few reasons why older people have more trouble than others when it’s hot out. In a report by the UC Davis School of Medicine, they note that hot weather is a big concern for the aging population. The report indicates that senior citizens account for a large portion of heat-related hospitalizations and deaths.

How can air conditioning help seniors in Binghamton?

To see how air conditioning helps, it’s important to understand why the heat affects seniors more than other groups. First of all, many older people have poorer circulation. That makes it harder for them to keep blood flowing properly, which helps people stay cool. Many take medications that make regulating body temperatures more difficult. Some have weight and mobility issues that keep them from being able to move to a cool area when the temperatures soar. And, those with dementia may not be aware that they feel thirsty or hot. Home cooling for the elderly is not only important, but often necessary.

If you have an elderly family member, knowing that hot temperatures can be harmful or even fatal is your first step. Helping them get reliable home cooling is the next. At Petcosky & Sons, our ultimate goal is working with people in Binghamton to ensure their air conditioning needs are met. We want our customers to enjoy comforting, efficient AC so that they can enjoy the best quality of life possible. Petcosky & Sons understands that many older people are on a tight budget, which is why we strive to provide people with the best AC for their needs – and their wallet.

Count on Petcosky & Sons to help when you or your loved one need AC in your Binghamton home.

At Petcosky & Sons, we’re ready to help meet the air conditioning needs of your Binghamton home. We want you to stay safe and comfortable, no matter what the weather outside is like. We offer both central air conditioning and ductless AC options. Plus, you can count on us when you need AC maintenance or repair, too. No matter what your air conditioner needs, we’re here to help. Just call our trusted team at Petcosky & Sons at (607) 797-0160, and we’ll be more than happy to assist you.