A lot of our customers frequently ask us for quick and easy DIY tips to maintain their cooling or heating systems in preparation for summer and winter.
In the video below, Pete talks about three quick tips to make sure your cooling system is working properly and efficiently for hot summer days!
Bonus Tip: Save this post so you can refer back to it next spring!
As always, if you have any questions you can call us at 603.430.9414 or send us a note HERE.
*The following is a transcription of the video. 
Hey, guys. It’s Pete with East Coast HVAC. Customers frequently ask us for DIY tips on how to get the most out of their cooling systems. Today, I’m going to give you three quick tips to make sure your cooling system is working properly and efficiently summer after summer.
Tip #1 
Turn your system on nice and early in the spring. By doing this, you’ll find out if there’s any issues well ahead of time and we can help you to resolve them. Turn your thermostat to cooling and turn the set point down. Within a few minutes, the outdoor unit should come on and you should have nice, cool air blowing from your vents. If neither of these things happen, you probably have an issue with your cooling system. By finding out nice and early, you leave plenty of time to resolve things before the real heat arrives. Don’t wait until it’s too late and you’ll save a bunch of money.
Tip #2
Check and change your air filter. If the system appears to be kicking on but isn’t quite cooling as much as you’d like it to, a lot of times, it’s as simple as a dirty air filter. Air filters are generally easy to replace, they’re inexpensive, and you can buy them at your local hardware store. For ductless systems, the same tip applies but the filter doesn’t need to be replaced. It just needs to be cleaned. Remove the air filter from the indoor heads and wash them out in the sink to let them dry and put them back in.
Tip #3
Make sure all of your supply and return vents are free and clear of obstructions. This may seem obvious but it happens all the time. Sometimes household items or a piece of furniture may have shifted covering up a return vent or a supply vent that’s critical for system performance. This reduces airflow and overall efficiency of the system so make sure that all of your vents are clear.
If you’ve tried these three tips and your system still isn’t performing, it’s time to call us! But remember, the sooner the better! Stay cool this summer!
Get up to a $500 VISA Gift Card* when you purchase and install a new Mitsubishi Electric Ductless Air Conditioning system.
And take advantage of great state rebates and financing!
Summer’s coming, ACT NOW!

*The following is a transcription of the video. 

Happy Spring!

Hope you’ve been out there enjoying some of the sunshine. We’re getting excited for the summer season and wanted to touch base on a special offer that Mitsubishi Electric is doing right now now through May 15th.

If you install a Mitsubishi Electric ductless system or heat pump system with us, it’s up to a $500 kickback in the form of a Visa gift card, and in addition to the Mitsubishi Spring program that runs through May 15th, there’s also some rebates in both New Hampshire and Maine, where the utility companies actually give kickback money back to the homeowner and we try to make that process as efficient as possible for you guys as our customers since you’re sort of unfamiliar with the process and we navigate those waters on a regular basis, we do our best to really help guide you guys through that and make sure that you get all of the kickback money and all of the rebate money that’s out there.

Lastly, I’d like to give a quick plug to my retrofit team right from when you guys call in to make an appointment and try and get pricing on your project right through the sales process and up to project preparation and finally installation. The team has just really streamlined that process from start to finish and it’s really made it easy for customers to do business with us. I think it’s improved the customer experience greatly and a lot of consumers decide that they don’t even really want to get more prices or more quotes after dealing with our team and I’m really proud of that.

So if we can help you this spring feel free to reach out and hopefully we can keep you cool this Summer!

Did you know having your HVAC ducts cleaned regularly is important to keep your HVAC system running efficiently and even keeps you breathing fresh air?
Unfortunately, there are professional duct cleaning myths that can make some people hesitant to have this important service done.

Watch the video below to see our Duct Cleaning crew debunk them!

If you have questions about duct cleaning or are looking to have yours cleaned, schedule an appointment with us today! Learn more by clicking here.

Seacoast NH Couple looking for HVAC financing on laptops

Does East Coast HVAC offer financing?

Less than a year ago, when a customer would call asking if we offered financing, the general answer was “no.” Although we had participated in some manufacturer’s financing programs, and had even offered some in-house payment options on the rare occasion, we had no way to offer our customers a fair, monthly payment option on large repairs or retrofit installation projects. I must admit that this lack of offering was my fault entirely, based mostly on a limiting belief that financing programs were complicated to administer, and costly to the end consumer. Additionally, our retrofit department had been booming for years, without financing offers – Why start offering our residential HVAC customers financing now?

Synchrony Financing

Enter Synchrony Financial. East Coast and Synchrony originally teamed up through Mitsubishi Electric, at a Diamond Contractor conference in Indianapolis. I loved the idea of offering monthly payments, but shared my hesitation about the process and the associated costs. The Synchrony Team assured me that the process could be simple and streamlined, and that my vendor relationships would significantly reduce the end cost of the financing programs, so I decided to give it another look. After one summer utilizing the program, here are some notes to share:

  • The Synchrony Financing program has verified over $300,000 in approvals to our current and prospective customers.
  • Terms have ranged from 18-Months to 7-Years.
  • Payments (single-zone cooling) have been as low as $60/month.
  • NONE of our customer’s applications for financing have been denied, nor reduced in dollar value.
  • Applications and approvals have been nearly immediate, most taking less than 10-minutes from start to finish.

Affordable Residential HVAC Financing

This summer has taught me a lot about HVAC financing, and has definitely eliminated my previous limiting beliefs. I wish we had started working with Synchrony sooner!

If you’re ready to relieve stress and update your tired heating and HVAC systems, without the substantial costs up front contact us today to get started!

Summer IS Coming!
Don’t let anything interfere with your comfort this summer.
Now offering free remote quotes via video chat, phone call or text message.

Financing is available. And, now through May 15th, 2020 you can get up to a $500 VISA Gift Card with any Mitsubishi Electric system purchase.
These systems are a great solution for cooling & heating!

Questions? We’re happy to chat, give us a call today!
603.430.9414

Published April 2020

Conventional Systems vs. Mitsubishi Inverter Heat Pump Systems

In the HVAC industry, we are asked a plethora of difficult questions, such as:

  • Why did this part fail?
  • How much is this going to cost?
  • How much money will I save?
  • When will it pay itself back?
  • And, which system is best for my home?

With the complexity of HVAC systems, and the variability of the weather, design factors, home construction, and installation practices, every one of these questions is very challenging to answer!  Today, I’d like to examine the concept of Conventional Heating VS Mitsubishi Inverter Heat Pump systems, to discuss their practical uses and when each might fit better than the other.

The Basics
When speaking of conventional heating systems, I am generalizing what we call “Unitary” systems, consisting of gas or oil-fired furnaces and boilers.  In general, these systems are what most of you have in your home already.  You might have some duct work in your basement or attic, you might have a boiler and associated piping to baseboard heat or radiators, or you could also have a combination of the two.  In terms of the overall efficiency of these systems, think about it this way – The system burns some sort of fuel to generate heat, and there are several steps along the way where it can LOSE that heat and efficiency.  It starts right at the gas fired heat exchanger, which generally only transfers between 80% – 95% of the fuel consumption to real British Thermal Units (BTUs).  From there your system experiences loss in your duct work via air leaks in the ducts (dumping “lost” air into either your attic or basement), loss in the copper heat piping that runs throughout the basement or in the walls, or loss as a combination of those two things in a hydro-air system.  This inefficiency has been incrementally improved over the years, by improved annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) at the burner, enhanced code requirements on duct sealing and insulation, and overall installation practices.  Here are some situations where conventional systems seem to fit best:

  • In older homes that were constructed prior to Inverter Heat Pump technology becoming a great heating option.
  • Hydronic systems in homes where air conditioning was never really considered a priority.
  • Hydronic systems in homes where radiant floor heating is a priority.
  • Forced air systems where duct work provisions have been made during construction.
  • General new construction where the intended homeowner or builder do not “trust” inverter heat pumps for primary heating.

In my opinion, the reason most homes in New England DO use conventional heat, is a combination of the reasoning above, with a strong emphasis on the last bullet point.  The bottom line is that many locals and trade professionals still just do not trust a heat pump to do the work required to heat a home in the dead of winter.

The Alternative
Mainly in the last five years, there has been a significant shift in the mindset of forward-thinking HVAC circles, that Inverter Heat Pump solutions are an excellent solution for both new homes as well as retrofits.  If you align the bullets below with those above, there is a great counterargument for each of those points above.

  • Inverter Heat Pump (IHP) technology IS now a great heating option, and can easily be retrofitted into homes that currently have conventional systems.
  • With heat pumps in general, air conditioning is an automatic benefit with installation, as any heat pump will provide cooling to the space during summer.
  • In general, small areas such as master bathrooms can utilize an efficient electric heat mat beneath tiling to satisfy those looking for warm toes.
  • Although some Mitsubishi Electric systems DO use duct work, many of them are ductless, thus freeing up floor space, basement space, and reducing the need for chases or sofetting throughout a newly constructed home.
  • Refer back to point one – These systems have now been proven, to be efficient in our Seacoast climate, and well North of here.

If you’re still not sure which system is right for your home, call us today at 603.430.9414 or drop us a note here to set up a free consultation.