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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.

Tips for National Toilet Tank Repair Month

Thursday, October, 17th, 2013 at 5:53 PM by GoldMe5

Gold Medal Service Offers Tips for National Toilet Tank Repair Month

Checking efficiency today can save on future water bills

EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J. Oct. 17, 2013 – Keeping your toilet tank in good repair is a surprising but very serious matter. That’s why October is National Toilet Tank Repair Month. Studies have found that one in every four toilet tanks leak, wasting more than 70,000 gallons of water a year. Gold Medal Service, an award-winning heating, cooling, plumbing and electrical, drain and waterproofing service company, is offering New Jersey residents tips on how to catch potential plumbing issues and save on their water bills.

“No one thinks about their toilet until it stops working due to a clog or starts leaking,” said Mike Agugliaro, Gold Medal Service’s co-founder. “With homes getting older, homeowners and landlords really need to inspect toilets at least once a year for leaks around the base, the flapper and hoses.”

If you don’t think that little drip is costing you money, think again. Leaks, on average, account for 10,000 gallons of water wasted in the home every year.

The most common types of leaks found in the home include leaking toilet flappers, dripping faucets and other leaking valves. Fixing easily-corrected household water leaks can save homeowners more than 10 percent on their water bills.

One way to find out if you have a toilet leak is to place a drop of food coloring in the toilet tank. If the color shows up in the bowl within 15 minutes without flushing, you have a leak. Make sure to flush immediately after this experiment to avoid staining the tank.

A constantly running toilet could be wasting 200 gallons of water or more every day.

Replacing older, inefficient toilets that typically use three gallons per flush with ones that use about a gallon, could save more than 16,000 gallons per year. Retrofitting the house could save approximately $2,000 in water bills over a lifetime.

“Before scheduling a service expert 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 experts go through rigorous background checks and wear easy to see and read identification badges for your convenience.”

Gold Medal Service provides leak-proofing 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.

Go Green and Save Money too

Monday, September, 23rd, 2013 at 8:01 PM by GoldMe5

Gold Medal Service Homeowner Tips: Go Green and Save Money Too

Follow these suggestions to reduce your utility bills and minimize your carbon footprint

 

EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J. Sept. 23, 2013 – Gold Medal Service, an award-winning multispecialty heating, cooling, plumbing, electrical, drain and waterproofing service company in New Jersey has created an environmentally-friendly eight-point checklist to show homeowners ways to reduce their home maintenance costs, save money on energy bills and help minimize their environmental impact.

“By adopting some of our tips below, you can save money and help the environment by using less energy,” said Mike Agugliaro, Gold Medal Service’s co-founder. “I think everyone would like to save a little money these days, so why not go green at the same time if you can? Homeowners who try even one tip will see savings and help reduce their energy usage.”

Agugliaro offers the following tips to New Jersey homeowners:

1.       Install a low-flow shower head. Low-flow showerheads are more cost efficient, reduce bathing water consumption by up to 70 percent and use less energy heating up the water.

2.       Wash laundry in cold water. Washing with cold water will save you 94 percent on water heating bills. (Heating hot water accounts for 90 percent of the energy used by your machine.)

3.       Unplug items like desktop computers when you log off. Save energy and money by turning off your computer at the end of each day. You could save an average of $90 a year.

4.       Replace your air filters on a regular basis. Dirt and neglect are the top causes of heating and cooling system inefficiency and failure. Replacing dirty filters every month or so can result in yearly energy savings of 20 percent or more.

5.       Replace regular light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs. Compact fluorescent light bulbs use about 75 percent less energy than standard incandescent, plus they last much longer.

6.       Turn down your thermostat in winter. Setting the thermostat at 68°F while you are at home and lower while you are asleep can save you up to 15 percent on your heating bills annually.

7.       Take care of drafty doors, windows and flooring. When properly installed by a knowledgeable homeowner or skilled contractor, targeted insulation can save you up to 10 percent on annual energy bills.

8.        Hire a qualified home services contractor to conduct a home energy audit to find the areas you need to address to save you money and energy. An energy audit will help you determine how much energy you are using, and will identify ways you can reduce your energy usage, save money and go green at the same time.

Gold Medal Service was recently rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau and regularly receives the Super Service Award from Angie’s List.

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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