Bud Matthews Services Blog

Is a Ductless System Effective for Home Heating?

November 26th, 2018

ductless-mini-split-on-the-wallIf you think of a central heating system for a home that doesn’t use any ducts, you might first think of a hydronic boiler system. It’s true that boilers don’t need any ductwork because they send heat into rooms by circulating hot water into terminal points, such as radiators. These objects radiate heat off in waves directly into the rooms.

But unless a home was constructed to work from a boiler system originally, using a boiler isn’t an option for a new heating installation or replacement—not unless the home undergoes extensive restoration. What we mean when we talk about “ductless heating” is a ductless mini split heat pump, a forced-air system that is able to provide multiple rooms with heated air, but doesn’t need a ventilation system to transport the air.

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The Way Furnace Energy Efficiency Is Measured

November 12th, 2018

money-savings-houseEnergy efficiency is a major concern homeowners have when they are shopping for new appliances. Because furnaces are vital for home comfort and consume large amounts of energy during the winter, their efficiency ratings are important to consider when the time comes for a new system installation.

If you are currently in the process of replacing a furnace, or putting in the first furnace in a home, you might be wondering how to read efficiency ratings. We’re glad to help, and we can deliver any furnace service in Durham, NC and the surrounding areas you may need.

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Common Toilet Repair Problems

October 29th, 2018

toilet-plumbing-concerned-womanThere are a number of important plumbing fixtures in your home that demand fast attention when something goes wrong with them. The bathroom toilet is probably the most prominent—when a toilet won’t work, or is leaking or overflowing, it’s something you’ll want to have repaired immediately. Unless the issue is a simple one (and we’ll look at some examples), you’ll need to call a plumber in Chapel Hill, NC to repair it. A professional plumber, not just a “handyman” who has a few different sizes of plungers and a hand-cranked drain snake. You can’t afford to take chances with this vital part of your home’s plumbing, so only work with a licensed plumber.

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Uneven Heating: Why It’s Happening in Your Home

October 15th, 2018

cold-sweater-manWe know the weather is still warm, but it’s already time to consider your home’s central heating—because soon it will be one of the most crucial systems in your house. We strongly advise you have regular maintenance for your heater with our technicians. We make it simple with our HVAC maintenance agreement. Once you have this service completed, your home’s heating system has the best chance of running through the winter without major problems.

However, maintenance cannot stop all problems, particularly for an old heating system. One trouble you may run into is uneven heating around your home. Family members may start to complain about their rooms feeling too cold, while elsewhere you may encounter rooms becoming too stuffy. Why does this happen? There are several possible explanations.

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Sending the AC Off Right (Repair Anything That’s Wrong)

October 1st, 2018

autumn-backgroundI guess we gave the whole game away in the title! But you aren’t reading our blog for suspense thrillers with big twists at the end—you want to know how best to take care of your HVAC equipment, and we’re here to help. We’ll assist with any HVAC services in Hillsborough, NC you may need, including for your heating system. But right now, we want to concentrate on the air conditioner, which is coming to the end of its season of heavy work. The cool weather is coming, and it’s time to set up the winter vacation plans for the air conditioner.

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Is It Safe to Have Plastic Pipes for Drinking Water?

September 17th, 2018

cpvc-pipesYou want your family to have clean drinking water—it’s the least you can expect from the water in your home! But sometimes water treatment systems are necessary, such as water purifiers and filters.

But what about the pipes in your house? We often hear questions from our customers about whether their pipes may be adding toxins into the water supply. Plastic pipes are becoming more common for both hot and cold water lines carrying fresh water, and we’re going to take a look at any safety concerns your home’s plumbing may have.

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What Does My Home Need to Benefit from a Heat Pump Water Heater?

September 3rd, 2018

closeup-hands-under-falling-waterOnce upon a time, homeowners had few choices when it came to new water heater installations. Everyone used storage tank water heaters, and that was that.

But now we live in times when homeowners can select water heaters with better energy efficiency, such as the tankless water heater and the heat pump water heater.

Just because new choices exist, however, doesn’t mean they’re the right choices for everyone. A heat pump water heater, for example, won’t work for all homes. If you’re curious about whether your home meets the conditions for an effective and energy-saving heat pump water heater, we can help you out with the facts.

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When Even the AC Is Too Hot: Why an Air Conditioner Overheats

August 20th, 2018

thermometer-going-redWith the weather so hot at summer’s end, everything is in danger of possibly overheating—including your air conditioner. Air conditioning systems are designed to operate in hot weather. Otherwise, they wouldn’t be much use to anyone. But the extra load of work, combined with all the strain and wear the AC has accumulated already during May, June, and July, can cause the motors or other components to overheat.

If your air conditioner stops cooling or its fan breaks, call for a Cary, NC, HVAC contractor to get the issue fixed. Any air conditioning technician worth calling knows all the different reasons why a cooling system might fail toward the end of the summer. Below we’ve listed a few of the most common ones that we see when we’re helping rescue ACs in August and September:

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Is My House in Danger of Slab Leaks?

August 6th, 2018

question-mark-badgeYou probably aren’t aware of this, but a large part of the plumbing for your house is located down in the concrete foundation slab. It’s an easy way to pipe water into the house, and it keeps the pipes out of the way. But it doesn’t necessarily keep them out of the way of harm. If your home has hot and cold water pipes down in its foundation, the house is at risk of slab leaks at some point. And slab leaks are costly, wasteful, and can even create health troubles due to mold growth.

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What Tools Do I Need for Sewer Cleaning?

July 23rd, 2018

dog-with-phone-off-hookYou’ve got something wrong with the sewer line for your home. Maybe multiple drains are blocked or bad smells are wafting from sinks around the house. The sewer line probably needs to be cleaned out to restore your home’s drainage system. Here are the tools you’ll need to clean the sewer line:

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