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Upgrading to an Efficient Heating System Saves Money

Wednesday, January, 29th, 2014 at 9:49 PM by GoldMe5

Gold Medal Service offers winter heating tips

EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J. Jan. 28, 2014 – New Jersey homeowners with old heating systems face a winter season full of high energy bills. But even as severe weather slams the country, it’s not too late to replace that money pit with a new, more efficient heating and cooling system. Gold Medal Service, an award-winning heating, cooling, plumbing, electrical, drain and waterproofing service company, offers New Jersey residents some tips to determine if they need a new system.

“One of the best ways to save money in the long run is to invest in a more energy efficient heating and cooling system,” said Mike Agugliaro, Gold Medal Service’s co-founder. “Today’s new units can save the average home owner as much as 25 percent per year in annual heating costs.”

With the temperatures dropping so much recently, you don’t want to get left out in the cold if your old furnace quits. If your contractor suggests that your furnace needs replacing it is wise not to delay. If it's the cost of replacing your old furnace that’s making you hang on, consider that some older models of furnace deliver only 55 percent of their heat to your home while a new high-efficiency natural gas furnace may deliver up to 97 percent of the heat it creates to your home. Your old furnace is probably costing you money. A new natural gas furnace will likely save you money.

A new furnace installation can cost anywhere between $1,000 and $3,500, depending upon the complexity of your specific installation. High efficiency models might cost an additional $1000 to $2,500 for the added efficiency. If your family has high annual heating bills, a higher efficiency furnace is going to make more economic sense than it would for a family that has very small heating bills. When determining how efficient a furnace to buy, take into account what you are spending on your annual energy bills. If you are going to be in your home for a period of time that would justify this additional expense, it makes sense to install the highest efficiency furnace that you can afford. A new high efficiency furnace may also increase the resale value of your home.

Other factors that determine your annual heating cost are:

  1. The size of your home
  2. How well your home is insulated
  3. The draftiness of your home
  4. The amount of leaks in your ductwork
  5. The temperature at which you keep your home during the winter season
  6. The number and type, or efficiency level, of windows you have in your home

If investing a new heating system isn’t in the cards now, here are five tips to keep your home warmer this winter:

  1. Weather-strip your doors
  2. Seal baseboards and caulk windows
  3. Wrap the water heater and ducts, insulate the pipes and change the filters
  4. Add a door sweep to rooms that you use less frequently
  5. Replace an old thermostat with a high-tech, smart thermostat.

“We offer financing options to make the purchase as easy and affordable as possible,” said Agugliaro. “Many of our customers find that rebates on a new, efficient system can actually put hundreds of dollars back in their pockets each month.”

About Gold Medal Service
Gold Medal Service, rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau, was founded in New Jersey in 1994 with just two employees. Their vision was to provide homeowners with a reliable and trustworthy home service company customers could count on to fix just about anything that could go wrong in a home. Since then Gold Medal has grown to include more than 120 employees and technicians solving plumbing, heating, cooling, electric, drain, and sewer issues for homeowners across the state of New Jersey. Gold Medal Service is an Angie’s List “Super Service Award” recipient. For more information, call 800-576-GOLD or visit www.goldmedalservice.com.

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Gold Medal Service Urges Homeowners to Check Basements For Winter

Thursday, January, 16th, 2014 at 9:10 PM by GoldMe5

Top service company recommends a basement audit to protect them from severe weather

EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J. Jan. 8, 2014 –Gold Medal Service, an award-winning multispecialty home services contractor in New Jersey advises area homeowners to consult a licensed home service contractor and basement waterproofing specialist to examine basements.
 
Recent record snow and dangerous weather patterns have wreaked havoc in much of the country, many times leaving homeowners with wet or flooded basements. While a secure, water-resistant basement will not prevent flooding in a severe storm, there are steps homeowners can take to keep water from seeping into their basements anytime, even during wet weather.
 
“Our Gold Medal Service team specializes in preventing basement water damage and assessing current water or dampness issues,” says Mike Agugliaro, Gold Medal Service co-founder. “Many of us are still recovering from last year’s storms. So if you already had signs of a wet basement last year, we urge you to have a qualified contractor assess your home’s vulnerability to future water damage and have it fixed as soon as possible.”
 
According to a National Hurricane Center report, 2012’s Superstorm Sandy was the deadliest hurricane to hit the northeastern U.S. in 40 years and the second-costliest in the nation's history. The report estimated damage caused by Sandy totaled approximately $50 billion.
 
“Preparing your home to withstand the effects of serious weather events is the best advice I can give to anyone,” says Agugliaro, “and making your basement as water-resistant as possible could help save your possessions and your home’s structural integrity, giving you peace of mind.”
 
Gold Medal Service provides homeowners with waterproofing, plumbing, heating, air conditioning and other services and regularly receives the Super Service Award from Angie’s List, a designation given to less than five percent of businesses that maintain a superior service record.
 
About Gold Medal Service
Gold Medal Service, rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau, was founded in New Jersey in 1994 with just two employees. Their vision was to provide homeowners with a reliable and trustworthy home service company customers could count on to fix just about anything that could go wrong in a home. Since then Gold Medal has grown to include more than 120 employees and technicians solving plumbing, heating, cooling, electric, drain, and sewer issues for homeowners across the state of New Jersey. Gold Medal Service is an Angie’s List “Super Service Award” recipient. For more information, call 800-853-6060 or visit www.goldmedalservice.com.
 
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Gold Medal Service Invites You to Have a Furnace Tune-Up

Monday, November, 11th, 2013 at 4:41 PM by GoldMe5

Cold Weather Has Arrived! It’s Time to Schedule Your Heating System Safety Check

EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J. Nov. 11, 2013 – Cold weather has arrived and that means heating systems that have been dormant for six months are being cranked up. But before a heating system can work at peak performance this winter, Gold Medal Service, an award-winning heating, cooling, plumbing, electrical drain and waterproofing service company, is offering New Jersey residents some heating system safety tips to help prepare their homes and businesses.

“Scheduling a heating system safety check is the best thing a home or business owner can do to prepare for the upcoming winter,” said Mike Agugliaro, Gold Medal Service’s co-founder. “These checks don’t take long and a good inspector can highlight possible issues.  A furnace inspection can save between 10-20 percent on heating bills by ensuring the maximum efficiency of your system.”

With forecasters calling for a harsh winter, Gold Medal Service recommends an annual home furnace inspection which is critical to the safety and efficiency of a home's heating system. These inspections serve to improve the efficiency of the system and guarantee the safety of your family. There are several simple do-it-yourself fixes, which could make a difference in the energy costs.

While it is always best to have a licensed technician conduct your annual home heating inspection, knowing the steps for a home heating inspection can ensure that you get superior service. It is best to have your annual home heating inspection completed before the onslaught of cold weather. However, it is still better to conduct the home heating inspection later in the season rather than skipping it completely. All types of combustion-driven heating systems must be checked. This includes oil-fired hot-water boilers for radiator, baseboard and radiant-floor heating, oil-fueled forced-air systems, as well as propane forced-air systems.

Here are the critical steps for every home heating inspection:
1) Check for a carbon-monoxide detector.
2) Check chimneys, flues and vents.
3) Check pilot safety devices on both gas and oil systems.
4) Check the heat exchanger condition.
5) Clean the entire internal area of the furnace for soot in inappropriate places or amounts.
6) Check air-filter presence and condition in forced-air heating systems.
7) Clean motor and fan in forced-air heating systems.
8) Inspect ductwork and hot water piping systems for holes or leaks.
9) Test-start the furnace and test the functioning of the thermostat to make sure it is recording an accurate ambient temperature, then adjust the heat setting to start up the furnace to ensure that it can fire.
10) Check oil/propane tanks to verify the fuel source and gauge the serviceability of the tank (if present) and the lines.

More important, heating system safety checks will keep your family safe and warm all winter long. Gold Medal Service provides heating system safety inspections, and regularly receives the Super Service Award from Angie’s List, a designation given to less than five percent of businesses that maintain a superior service record.

About Gold Medal Service


Gold Medal Service, rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau, was founded in New Jersey in 1994 with just two employees. Their vision was to provide homeowners with a reliable and trustworthy home service company customers could count on to fix just about anything that could go wrong in a home. Since then Gold Medal has grown to include more than 120 employees and technicians solving plumbing, heating, cooling, electric, drain, and sewer issues for homeowners across the state of New Jersey. Gold Medal Service is an Angie’s List “Super Service Award” recipient. For more information, call 800-853-6060 or visit www.goldmedalservice.com.

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Safety & Security During Severe Weather

Tuesday, October, 29th, 2013 at 5:55 PM by GoldMe5

Protect Your Family’s Safety & Security During Severe Weather

The need for electricity is imperative should a winter storm cause power outage

EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J. Oct. 29, 2013 – A power outage in the home can be a frightening event, especially if severe weather is right outside your door. However, there’s an alternative to being left in the dark; having a backup generator in place provides your home with temporary power during an emergency.

“We’ve all had that helpless feeling when the power goes out,” said Mike Agugliaro, Gold Medal Service’s co-founder. “At those times, you scramble to find the candles, hope there are fresh batteries in your flashlight, and start wishing you had your own generator.”

Permanent standby generators offer the best way to get your home back online after it loses power. It's important to choose one that meets your needs. If you simply want to power a few key appliances, an 8- to 20-kilowatt generator may serve you well. If you have a large home and want to keep everything powered up, a larger generator is required.

To determine what size generator you need, contact a local power professional or licensed electrical contractor. However, enlisting a licensed power professional is essential to determine the right size for your needs.Also, with harsh winter weather quickly approaching, consider a generator to power your furnace and hot water heater, to keep your home warm and pipes from freezing.

Small portable, gas-powered generators offer a more affordable option when only a few vital electrical items are needed during a power outage, but you must be home to start them. It may be your best option if you stay aware of your energy consumption and hold to using the wattage limit of the generator.

“Before scheduling a service contractor to come to your home or business,” stresses Agugliaro, “verify that the business conducts background and security checks. At Gold Medal, all of our service contractors go through rigorous background checks and wear easy to see and read identification badges for your convenience.”

Gold Medal Service now provides waterproofing services, and regularly receives the Super Service Award from Angie’s List, a designation given to less than five percent of businesses that maintain a superior service record.

About Gold Medal Service


Gold Medal Service, rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau, was founded in New Jersey in 1994 with just two employees. Their vision was to provide homeowners with a reliable and trustworthy home service company customers could count on to fix just about anything that could go wrong in a home. Since then Gold Medal has grown to include more than 120 employees and technicians solving plumbing, heating, cooling, electric, drain, and sewer issues for homeowners across the state of New Jersey. Gold Medal Service is an Angie’s List “Super Service Award” recipient. For more information, call 800-853-6060 or visit www.goldmedalservice.com.

Fall Home Maintenance Essential to Prepping for Winter

Tuesday, October, 22nd, 2013 at 5:50 PM by GoldMe5

Fall Home Maintenance Essential to Prepping for Winter

Doing a few maintenance chores now make for a safer winter

 

EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J. Oct. 22, 2013 – With cooler temperatures looming, now is the time to take care of those outside home maintenance chores. Fall is the best time to take advantage of the moderate weather to repair any damages.

Regular maintenance is essential for keeping your home in tip-top shape as well as ensuring that it is safe and efficient.

“I can’t emphasize enough to homeowners how taking time each month to inspect their dwelling can help spot problems that may lead to larger issues,” said Mike Agugliaro, Gold Medal Service’s co-founder. “Following our maintenance checklist on a regular basis can help a home look its best, keep utility bills down and most importantly, prevent more costly repairs in the future.”

Taking care of a home’s exterior can prevent major hassles in the middle of winter. Clean out the gutters and downspouts and inspect the roof and chimney for cracks and damage.

Ice, rain, snow and wind combined with rapidly changing temperatures and humidity wreak havoc on roofs. Without it functioning properly, water damage can occur which causes deterioration to insulation, wood and drywall, making electrical, plumbing and HVAC systems vulnerable. It’s better to proactively deal with repairs than to discover a leaky roof during a snowstorm.

After leaves have fallen, clean out the gutters and downspouts. Clogged gutters are one of the major causes of ice dams. Replace old or damaged gutters with new ones that have built-in leaf guards.

Also shut off outdoor water valves. Any water left in exterior pipes and faucets can freeze and expand breaking the pipes.

Check to see that all of your snow equipment is up and running. When snow arrives you’ll want to have shovels, roof rakes and snow blowers handy.

Moving to the inside of the home, check windows and doors for air leaks and install weather stripping. Check basement windows for drafts, loose frames or cracked panes.

Have the furnace professionally inspected and test any generators, circuit breakers, smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors and water filters.

Gold Medal Service provides home repair services, and regularly receives the Super Service Award from Angie’s List, a designation given to less than five percent of businesses that maintain a superior service record.

About Gold Medal Service


Gold Medal Service, rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau, was founded in New Jersey in 1994 with just two employees. Their vision was to provide homeowners with a reliable and trustworthy home service company customers could count on to fix just about anything that could go wrong in a home. Since then Gold Medal has grown to include more than 120 employees and technicians solving plumbing, heating, cooling, electric, drain, and sewer issues for homeowners across the state of New Jersey. Gold Medal Service is an Angie’s List “Super Service Award” recipient. For more information, call 800-853-6060 or visit www.goldmedalservice.com.

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