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Complete Heating Plans offer confidence and security in your HVAC system

heating repair massachusetts On frosty winter nights like the ones we experience in Massachusetts, it’s good to have a robust, well-functioning heating system. At TF Complete Heating & Cooling, we install top-quality home comfort equipment and keep it operating for years. Families in Bristol, Worcester, Middlesex and Norfolk counties depend on our team to stay warm all winter.

For total confidence, we recommend that customers protect their home heating investment with a service plan. It’s an affordable way to guarantee your equipment gets the repairs and maintenance it needs. Here are a few of the benefits a service plan provides.

Regular maintenance

First and foremost, a service plan typically includes an annual tune-up as part of its coverage. This is the case with our Complete Heating Plans. A comprehensive yearly tune-up is almost worth the price of the service plan on its own.

Annual maintenance is vital to the longevity and performance of your furnace, boiler or heat pump system. Here are a few of the substantial advantages you can expect:

A service plan does more than protect your heating system. It ensures that it operates with maximum effectiveness.

Discounts on repairs and diagnostics

Unfortunately, every heating system needs repair from time to time. Considering the unforgiving winters in our part of the Northeast, this equipment has to work pretty darn hard. Over time, that can lead to mechanical issues even if you’re keeping up with your maintenance.

But when your heating system is protected with a service plan, these repairs won’t bust your home budget. Our service plans promise 15 percent off all repairs and diagnostic fees!

Peace of mind

Perhaps the most important benefit of a heating service plan is the confidence it provides. You don’t need to worry about being without heat in the middle of a frigid winter night. You’ll receive priority emergency service.

If you have a no-heat issue, just call us, and we’ll get someone to you fast. And we will not leave until your system is fixed and you are Completely happy.

Sign up for a Complete Heating service plan today!

Countless customers have saved a lot of money on repairs and maintenance costs by protecting their home comfort systems with a Complete Heating Plan. Our plans are affordable and keep your equipment running at peak efficiency.

Get in touch with TF Complete Heating & Cooling today to enroll in a service plan.

The pros and cons of forced air, steam, and hot water heating systems

home heating massachusetts At this time of year, you really need a heating system that can stand up to a New England winter. If you’re building a new home or replacing an underperforming heating system, there are many choices out there. Two of the most common options are boiler and furnace systems.

At TF Complete Heating & Cooling, we have extensive experience installing, servicing, and repairing furnaces and boilers in Bristol, Worcester, Middlesex, and Norfolk counties. Here’s a rundown of how these heating systems differ, plus some factors you should consider before choosing one option over the other.

Choosing between a furnace or a boiler

If you’re trying to choose between a furnace and a boiler, consider the advantages and disadvantages of each before making your final decision.

How furnaces work

Furnaces are the heart of a forced-air heating system. They heat air, which a blower transfers into a home’s living spaces through ducts. If a home has vents that blow hot air, it most likely has a furnace system.

Furnace Pros Furnace Cons
Furnaces typically begin heating your home more quickly than boilers. The forced air of a furnace system can transport dust, debris, bacteria and other airborne impurities.
Furnaces generally cost less than boilers. Some people find furnaces loud.
The ductwork that a furnace uses to transfer hot air can be used by a central air conditioner in the summer. Furnace systems can dry out the air in your home.

How boilers work

Boilers work with a home’s plumbing instead of ducts. Rather than heating air, they heat water, then transfer either steam or hot water through pipes to radiators or radiant flooring systems. There is no forced air in this system.

Boiler Pros Boiler Cons
Many people find the moist heat that boilers produce to be more comfortable. Boiler installation is generally more expensive and labor-intensive.
Boiler systems will not negatively impact your indoor air quality Boilers can take longer to heat your home than furnaces do.
Boilers run more quietly than forced-air systems. Boilers can leak and cause water damage.

Count on TF Complete Heating & Cooling for your heating installation

Whether you need a boiler or furnace installation, the expert technicians at TF Complete Heating & Cooling can handle it. If you require changes to your plumbing or ductwork to accommodate the equipment, we take care of that too. We take care of the most intensive prefabrication in our shop to minimize the disruption to your life. Often, we can have the installation complete in one day.

We stand behind our work and want to be your home comfort partner for the long haul. If you need maintenance or repair services, our team is there to help you. We also offer affordable service plans to ensure your boiler or furnace keeps working at peak performance for years to come!

Do you need a boiler or furnace installed? Let’s start the process right away. Contact TF Complete Heating & Cooling today.

Choosing between a home warranty, a service plan or no protection at all

furnace in home warranty massachusetts Your furnace is one of the most expensive items in your home. Taking good care of it is crucial both to your family’s comfort and your household budget. Half of the average home’s energy spending goes to heating and cooling.

At TF Complete Heating & Cooling, we always recommend that customers take the proactive step of protecting their heating equipment with some form of coverage. Your home insurance will rarely cover the cost of a furnace replacement, and manufacturers’ warranties are often quite narrow about the parts they replace.

So, many homeowners in Bristol, Worcester, Middlesex and Norfolk counties go with a home warranty company. Let’s discuss what this coverage offers for your heating system.

What is a home warranty, and what does it cover?

A home warranty is a policy that protects you financially with regard to your heating systems, air conditioning, and other major appliances. Homeowners typically have the choice of covering one appliance/system or a bundled group. Like standard insurance, these warranties involve a monthly premium. Some of the biggest companies in this sector are American Home Shield, Liberty Home Guard, and Select Home Warranty.

With a home warranty, you are covered for furnace breakdowns caused by normal wear and tear, as well as improper installation or poor maintenance. Some plans cover replacement parts too and offer guarantees on their repairs. This typically extends to the ductwork of your heating system too.

Home warranties do not cover damage to your equipment caused by accidents or natural disasters.
An alternative to a home warranty is a service plan from your home comfort provider.

What does a service plan cover?

Heating and cooling companies like ours offer service plans for heating equipment, including furnaces. Our affordable Complete Heating Plan provides a range of benefits, including:

The annual maintenance visit is essential and worth the price of the coverage by itself. Getting an annual tune-up ensures your equipment is working at peak efficiency. Our technicians will catch small issues before they become expensive repairs. Notably, most manufacturers’ warranties require you to get a yearly tune-up to maintain coverage.

In this regard, a service plan is often a better deal than a home warranty because it ensures continued high performance from your furnace, not just a discount when it breaks down.

TF Complete Heating & Cooling is your full-service heating partner

If you’re looking for a dependable company that will handle furnace installation as well as repairs and maintenance for years to come, TF Complete Heating & Cooling is there for you. Keeping your home warm and safe is our top priority, no matter what weather a Massachusetts winter throws our way. And our service plans ensure that your heating equipment operates well.

If you need service for your heating system, drop us a line today.

How to get the most from your heat pump this winter

heat pump energy massachusetts We don’t need to tell you that prices are higher these days. With supply chain issues, record-high inflation, and global conflicts roiling the market, American consumers are feeling the financial pinch. That’s true in the grocery and at the gas pump. It’s also the case when it comes to heating your home.
Many Bristol, Middlesex, Norfolk, and Worcester County homeowners are installing electric heat pumps, a heating and cooling system that has long been popular in Southern homes and overseas. Many of our customers want to know how much electricity they can expect to use with a heat pump.

How does a heat pump system work?

A heat pump moves heat between the inside and outside of your home. It comprises two essential parts: a compressor that sits outside your home and an air handler inside. In the winter, a heat pump compresses air from the outside, heating it and moving it into your living space. In summer, the reverse happens. The heat pump pulls warm inside air and expels it outside.

How much electricity do heat pumps use?

You can expect to use more electricity with a heat pump. Depending on how long you run it, the cost of electricity in your region, and how many air handlers your home has, this cost can be considerable, possibly more than a thousand dollars extra per year. But it will be largely offset by the reduced fuel usage you experience by not running a boiler or furnace.

It’s worth noting, however, that many of our customers choose to keep their furnace or boiler even after their heat pump installation. This is a backup heat source for the coldest weeks of the year.

Four wintertime heat pump tips

Now that you have a sense of how heat pumps work and how much electricity they use, let’s discuss some ways to use your heat pump efficiently this winter:

  1. Set your system to 68 degrees Fahrenheit. The U.S. Department of Energy suggests that this temperature is a good balance for energy savings and comfort.
  2. Be ready for long cycles. Unlike furnaces, heat pumps do not blast hot air to bring your room, then shut off. They run longer to regulate your temperature. So, don’t be surprised by longer heat cycles.
  3. Don’t fiddle with the thermostat. Because heat pumps cycle longer, it’s generally not a good idea to futz with the temperature in your home. Lowering it a degree or two will not significantly reduce the heat pump’s electric usage. Set your temperature and stick with it.
  4. Keep your heat pump in good condition. One of the significant positives of a heat pump is its lifespan, which can exceed 15 years. Of course, you want to make sure it stays in good condition to extend its life and ensure efficient energy use. The NATE-certified technicians at TF Complete Heating & Cooling can handle any heat pump repair or maintenance call. We’ll make sure your system runs at peak performance.

Need a heat pump tune-up before the end of the year? We’re the Heat Pump Experts! Contact us now to request service.

The benefits of going tankless for your comfort and wallet

tankless water heater massachusetts Are you in the market for a propane water heater replacement? If your hot water system is approaching 10 years of service, it’s probably starting to struggle. Maybe your showers aren’t lasting as long as you’d like. Perhaps you’re waiting too long for your kitchen tap to heat up.

If you’re in the market for a new water heater, we recommend that you consider making the leap to a tankless system. At TF Complete Heating & Cooling, we can help you choose a propane tankless water heater that will significantly upgrade your hot water production and save you money on fuel costs for years to come.

Tankless water heating step by step

  1. Your water heater detects that a hot water tap has been opened in the house.
  2. Its flow sensor determines how much hot water the tap requires.
  3. The igniter activates, and a gas control valve opens up to supply the necessary propane.
  4. The fan and venturi activate to provide the correct amount of gas and fuel.
  5. The premix burner ignites. This produces a flame to heat water.
  6. In the secondary heat exchanger, the unit preheats cold water. This preheated water passes from the secondary to the primary heat exchanger.
  7. The water heater determines outgoing set temperatures. It adjusts its flame accordingly.
  8. The heated water moves to the buffer tank, then to the faucet.
  9. When the tap is closed, the water heater switches off.

Benefits of a tankless water heater

We recommend that homeowners consider switching to tankless systems because they have some undeniable benefits. These include the following:

Get in touch with the TF Complete Heating & Cooling team today!

Some people are reticent to make the change to a tankless water heater because the upfront cost is higher. But the investment in fuel efficiency more than offsets the additional water heater installation expense.

Heating water comprises almost 20 percent of the average American household’s energy use. Going with an efficient, effective tankless water heater not only lowers your fuel expenses; it also significantly improves your quality of life.

TF Complete Heating & Cooling is the most trusted home comfort provider in Bristol, Worcester, Middlesex and Norfolk counties. Get in touch with our team today for a free estimate.

Taking you step-by-step through the boiler-heat process

boiler service massachusetts If you live in a home without ductwork, there’s a good chance that your living space is heated using a boiler system. Many homeowners we work with in Bristol, Worcester, Middlesex and Norfolk Counties aren’t familiar with how a boiler heats their homes.

We think it’s crucial for you to know what a boiler is and how it works. That way, if there’s a problem, we can communicate more easily to get it fixed.

What is a boiler?

You can think of a boiler as the heart of a heating system that works with your home’s plumbing.
A boiler heats water, which warms up pipes and radiators in your home. Steam boilers heat water and send the resulting steam through your pipes. Hot water boilers heat water to about 180 degrees. This water circles through your home’s pipes to produce heat. There are also combi boilers, which produce both heat and hot water for the house.

Modern boilers are nearly all condensing boilers. This means they reuse the water that condenses after heating and cycle it multiple times.

How does a boiler heat your home?

  1. Your thermostat communicates with your boiler when your home’s temperature drops too low.
  2. The boiler’s burner turns on. It burns either gas or heating oil to generate heat.
  3. The boiler begins heating water in its tank.
  4. Either steam or heated water (depending on your boiler) moves into your pipe system or radiators. They radiate heat into your living space.
  5. As the steam condenses or the water cools, it returns to the boiler and the cycle repeats.
  6. The boiler will continue to heat water until your thermostat signals that the room is warm enough. At this point, the boiler turns off.

Are boilers a good way to heat your home?

There are definite advantages to heating your home with a boiler, including the following:

On the other hand, boiler systems cannot also be used for cooling since there are no ducts. They can take longer to start up, and boiler installation can be complicated. You need to have an experienced, skilled team of technicians.

Let TF Complete Heating & Cooling upgrade your boiler.

The TF Complete Heating & Cooling team has installed many gas- and oil-fired boilers. We understand the potential difficulties of the process and have tried-and-true methods for making it as easy as possible. We generally handle all prefabrication and wiring work in our shop. That way, we’ve done much of the most precise work before ever setting foot in your home.

We also have a top-notch boiler maintenance and repair team. If your heat goes out on a cold night, contact us quickly, and we’ll get to you. Our top priority is making sure you’re warm and safe!

Does your boiler need its annual tune-up? Contact us right away to arrange your appointment.

Furnace basics: Your heating system 101

furnace company massachusetts So, you have a furnace – but do you know how it works? For many of us, we know that our furnace heats our home, but the intricacies of the exact process may leave us lost for words! No worries, though. Read on to learn some furnace how-to. We can’t promise your new knowledge will make for entertaining dinner party conversation, but we hope you’ll be able to distinguish a furnace doodad from the heater thingamabob.

How Does A Furnace Heat A House?

Your furnace is your heater. It’s an appliance that can be powered in several ways, but most furnaces are gas-powered. Regardless of what fuel the furnace uses, though, it burns the fuel inside its unit in order to heat water, steam, or air. The newly generated warmth then is distributed throughout the building or living space with a blower, to bring the temperature to a comfortably warm level.

The Parts of a Furnace

Furnaces are more complex than you may initially think – they have a lot of parts. The good news is that no matter what type of furnace you have, or which model or brand, the parts are typically similar. How furnaces differ from brand to brand generally comes down to the quality and construction. The common components of a furnace include:

The fuel source is kept outside the building for safety purposes and is usually either a propane tank or a natural gas line.
The gas valve controls the pressure and amount of fuel entering the furnace.
The igniter activates the burner with a spark to begin heating the fuel.
The burner or heating element provides fuel to create a steady flame.
The flame detector is a safeguard that turns the gas off if the flame goes out.
The heat exchanger receives the cold out from outdoors and stores it as it warms up while being exposed to the flame.
The exhaust pipe removes exhaust fumes generated during the heating process.
The air filter collects dirt and debris so that it’s not circulated throughout your home.
The blower is powered by a fan and circulates the air throughout your living space, typically with the use of a forced-air system.
The thermostat communicate with the blower to let it “know” which rooms are in need of additional warmth.
The control panel allows the thermostat, blower and furnace units to communicate.
The return ducts receive cool air from the rooms being heated and return this unheated (or cooled-off) air to the furnace for heating.
The plenum supplies air to both the furnace itself and the return ducts.
The transformer supplies electricity to any furnace parts that use electricity instead of gas.

Furnace Installation and Repair

If you’re looking for furnace installation for your Massachusetts home, a new heating unit from TF Complete Heating & Cooling will get the job done and keep you warm, all while saving money. We’ll help you decide what works best for your home. No matter what, a new high-efficiency unit will cost less to run. Replacement gas furnaces are typically installed within one day. And we back our work with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

It is our priority that you are never without heat. Our trained technicians are on call and ready to send assistance if you need a repair. We offer fair, flat-rate pricing. You will know the cost upfront before we do the work, and that price won’t change no matter how long it takes our technicians to do the repair.

TF Complete Heating & Cooling serves Bristol, Worcester, Middlesex, and Norfolk counties and the surrounding areas. And if you have a service plan, you get priority service for emergencies, discounts on repairs as well as an annual maintenance check. Contact us today to request service.

Choosing the system that’s right for you

heat pump installation massachusetts It can be overwhelming to look at all the options for heating and cooling your home, but we’ve got you covered on comparing the specifics of heat pumps and central air systems. Read on to get all the details on how heat pumps stack up against central air, and how they can both make your life easier – and more comfortable! – all year in Bristol, Worcester, Middlesex, and Norfolk counties and the surrounding areas.

What’s the difference between a heat pump and central air?

Heating and cooling both involve managing heat, but modern systems can do this in different ways:

Why’s it called a “heat” pump if it’s not just for heating?

Did you know that heat pumps are largely used for cooling, and not just heating? The name suggests these pumps are for “heat,” but they’re also used for cooling. In fact, heat pumps were once found mostly in Southern states, but as the technology has advanced, they have become more and more practical in colder climates like ours. Heat pumps are now the year-round comfort system of choice for a growing number of homeowners in our region.

When is a heat pump a good choice?

We install top name brands that offer energy-efficient cooling during the hottest months of the year and reliable heating when the temperature drops.

When does it make sense to upgrade your central air?

Installing a new Energy Star-rated air conditioning system could make you eligible for generous rebates from Mass Save! An added bonus will be the lower electricity bills and enhanced comfort you will enjoy after installation.

Save big with TF Complete’s financing and rebate opportunities!

Whether you choose a heat pump or central air, our home comfort experts can help you find the best equipment for your needs and your budget—and we can also help you take advantage of special financing and rebate programs, including Mass Save.

Service plans and emergency service can cover both heat pumps and central air

TF Complete Heating & Cooling offers service plans that prevent costly breakdowns and keep your heat pump or central air system running at peak efficiency. And if the worst happens, you can rest assured that with our 24-hour emergency service, we will be there when you need us the most.

TF COMPLETE Can’t Be Beat!

Winters in this area can be difficult, and summers can be uncomfortable too. But when you become a customer with TF Complete, we can make things much easier for you – and more comfortable, year-round! Every member of our team is totally committed to your comfort, and our everyday goal is 100% customer satisfaction.

Contact us today. We look forward to helping you!

Getting your heater serviced before it gets too cold boosts efficiency

fall heating tips massachusettsHaving your heater serviced at the beginning of fall is a wise idea when it comes to increasing energy efficiency. Your heater needs regular maintenance to perform at its best in Bristol, Worcester, Middlesex and Norfolk counties. When everything with your heating system is running smoothly, it doesn’t expend extra energy, ballooning your heating bill in the process. Plus, it makes sense to head into the colder months with the peace of mind that your heater is equipped to deal with the inevitable cold snap on its way. Read on to learn top tips you can use to boost your heater’s efficiency at the start of the season.

Fall heating efficiency tips

  1. Boost your heater’s efficiency with a maintenance checkup: According to the U.S. Department of Energy, regularly maintained equipment can lower your annual energy use by up to 15%. That’s why fall heating maintenance is the best way to make sure small problems with your system can be remedied before they grow into bigger problems that could mean costly repairs or the need to replace your heater altogether – definitely not what you want to be worrying about just as the cold weather arrives.
  2. Protect your heating efficiency with a service plan: Maintaining and repairing your heating and cooling equipment can be expensive, but if you forgo the task, your system’s efficiency can suffer – costing more in the long run. That’s why we encourage our customers to schedule regular maintenance to reduce the risk of breakdowns and extend the life of their equipment. The easiest way to enjoy these benefits—and more—is to enroll in one of our service plans.
  3. Only work with qualified energy experts: Your neighbor’s teenager with one HVAC training class under his belt may offer to save you a few bucks, but it’ll end up costing you exponentially when your energy bills go through the roof due to his misstep. We only send experts to your home. We continually train our technicians, so they are ready to take on any heating or cooling problem and make a prompt, professional repair. Whatever the problem is, our team at TF Complete Heating & Cooling won’t leave our active customers shivering in the cold—or sweating in the heat.
  4. Take advantage of special options for energy-efficient equipment: Whether it is through our own specials, manufacturers’ rebates, utility rebates or Mass Save financing and rebates, your friends at TF Complete Heating & Cooling are always looking for ways to help you save now and in the future. Plus, there are certain perks and rebates that apply specifically to energy-efficient equipment. We know that your family might be trying to stretch its budget these days, which is why we always do our best to make you aware of these great savings opportunities.

TF Complete keeps you COMPLETELY comfortable all year- and helps you save!

At TF Complete, we value energy efficiency, and we know you do, too. Other companies may talk about great service, but we guarantee it. We always treat our customers with courtesy, and there are certain ways we go about our business that we think you will appreciate. Turn to TF Complete for the dependable heating service and peace of mind you deserve, all throughout the year.

Interested in becoming a customer? Contact us today!

Is your AC ready for next season?

summer ac tips massachusettsAs summer comes to an end, it’s important to remember that the weather in Bristol, Worcester, Middlesex, and Norfolk counties, MA can be hard to predict. While pumpkin spice everything and Halloween décor have arrived with a flourish, the traditional fall weather doesn’t always cooperate. Sometimes, it’s quite warm well into September.

The takeaway is that it’s a wise idea to ensure your AC is in top condition for the next time you need it – whether it’s right now or not until next spring. With a heating and cooling system you can trust, there’s never a reason to be uncomfortable at home. Read on for some end-of-season AC tips to help protect your investment in your family’s comfort, year-round.

Harness that summer energy while you can!

Trustworthy heating & cooling experts you can turn to all year

Whether your end-of-season focus is on readying your AC for next summer or switching gears to think about your heating needs, TF Complete has you covered.

TF Complete Heating & Cooling carries a range of high-efficiency boilers, furnaces, central air conditioning systems, and heat pumps by some of the top names in home comfort. We will help you select the ideal system for your home, and see to it that your installation—whether it’s an air conditioning or heating system—is handled professionally. We’re here for all of your home comfort needs, so contact us today!

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