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Forced Air Heating: Everything NJ Homeowners Need to Know

Heating systems have their own personalities. From the variety of sources of heat delivery, types of controls and size of units to the unique noises and quirks as it ages, choosing the right forced air heating system can be made by a personal preference or by the design of the house and space. Whether you’re moving to a new home or it has come time to replace your HVAC, here are some things you need to know about forced air heat. What is Forced... Read More

What to Do in a Plumbing Emergency

The worst part about a plumbing emergency is that you’ll never know when it’s going to rear its ugly head. Sometimes, the warning signs are a lot more subtle than you might expect. Other times, you’re standing in a foot of water not knowing what to do next. Ready or not, you’ll probably experience a plumbing emergency. When you do, here’s what you should do. The First Things You Should Do In a Plumbing Emergency Head over to the water shut-off... Read More

Do I Need Hot Water Heater Service or Should I Schedule New Installation?

Don’t wait until a cold shower. Ask yourself these three questions to find out if you should schedule hot water service repairs or a new installation. Water heater failure can be sneaky; most NJ residents have no idea that it’s about to fail…until they notice a leak or step into an ice-cold shower. But, based on your answers below, you’ll find out if your water heater can be repaired or if it’s time for a replacement. 1. How bad... Read More

Common Boiler Repair Concern: Why Is My Boiler Leaking?

If your boiler starts leaking, it could indicate a big problem that could lead to even bigger damage to your boiler and even your home. The moment you notice a leak, take action by turning off your gas and water supply and calling in a professional boiler repair company to assess the situation right away. Not sure why your boiler is leaking? Leaks can often be traced to corrosion, damaged pump or valves, wrong temperature reading or a faulty pipe... Read More

How to Find the Right Contractor for Heating Services NJ

When it comes to finding the right contractor, your wish list can get pretty long. Reliable. Quality service. Solid referrals. Skilled technicians. Of course, those key qualities are no different when you’re looking for home heating services in NJ. At Brown’s Heating, Cooling and Plumbing, we take your home comfort seriously; which is why our experts have provided some tips to help you make the best decision possible. 4 Tips to Find the Best Contractor... Read More

Top 3 Home Heating Myths That Could Be Costing You

New Jersey homeowners are always looking for ways to become more energy efficient around the home and save on heating bills throughout the winter. But when it comes to the HVAC, there are more myths and old-wives-tales out there than ever before. To top it off, some of the more popular urban legends that you may think are saving energy are actually doing the opposite. Let’s set the record straight. Our heating and cooling experts at Browns have... Read More

Two HVAC Regulations NJ Businesses Need to Know

For businesses, an understanding of HVAC regulations is critical the success of staying energy efficient and saving money. But, it can be confusing to keep up with the HVAC industry, especially when you have an operation to run (and you’re not in the business of HVAC). Worry not! We’ve got you covered with an overview of the things you need to know, now. Effective January 1, 2018, the two upcoming policies that will have an impact on commercial... Read More

Boost Home Comfort with these 6 Winter Prep Tips

Baby, it’s cold outside! As temperatures drop and bitter cold officially takes over, coziness is a top priority. If you put in the work now, you’ll boost home comfort, stay cozy (and save money) all winter long. Filters, humidifiers and draft snakes are all winter home comfort must-haves. And to top it off, a mug full of steamy, hot chocolate. Here are 6 simple tips you’ll want to put on your NJ home winterization list asap. 1. Change the Furnace... Read More

Why Do I Need Hot Water Heater Maintenance?

The average lifespan of a hot water heater is approximately 10-15 years depending on how well the unit has been cared for. Similar to an HVAC, in order to keep a water heater operating as efficiently and smoothly as possible, regular hot water heater maintenance is recommended. Why Do I Need Hot Water Heater Maintenance? Although the hot water heater is as close to being self-sufficient as any of your household appliances, proper water heater maintenance... Read More

Winterize Pipes Before Freezing Weather Comes Along – Plumbing Service NJ Experts Explain

It’s true, the New Jersey fall weather has been considerably warm (in fact, October proved to be the second warmest in NJ since 1895) and the state has yet to be visited by the first freeze of the season. But, ready or not… a blast of arctic air is expected to bring the lowest temperatures of the season soon enough. Property owners who have not yet already done so should winterize pipes before temperatures plummet well below freezing. The... Read More

Do You Know the 6 Most Energy Efficient Solutions

Whether you’re a New Jersey homeowner looking to keep your family comfortable this winter or a small business owner looking to save on utility bills, simple energy efficient solutions have the opportunity to make a big impact. As the chilly east coast weather rolls around and holiday countdown begins, keep these easy, energy efficient solutions in mind to ensure maximum savings all winter long. 1. Soak Up the Sun During the day, open curtains on... Read More

5 Reasons You Need A Furnace Tune-Up Before Winter

We’re well into fall. And although it has felt a lot like summer lately, it’s vital to be prepared for the change in weather. With winter about to creep up on us, now is the perfect time to plan ahead for maintenance on your heating system by scheduling an annual furnace tune-up. A professional inspection is critical for homeowners and small business owners to ensure your space is equipped with high-quality and highly-efficient heating. To meet... Read More

Why Savvy Homeowners are Installing a Whole-House Media Air Cleaner

A whole-house media air cleaner can help you control the purity of the indoor air quality in your home or business, taking the air you breathe in every day to an entirely new level. Unlike standard portable air cleaner, a whole house media air cleaner is installed as part of your HVAC system in order to efficiently remove polluted air throughout the entire space, not just limited to one room. You’ve probably heard before that the air inside your... Read More

Brown’s Heating, Cooling and Plumbing Supports Local Fundraiser: Plates of Love

Brown’s Heating, Cooling and Plumbing will be celebrating Plates of Love, a local, community based food program that delivers food to organizations that serve the hungry throughout New Jersey. The event will take place on Thursday, October 12 at 6 p.m. at the Headliner Night Club at 1401 NJ-35 in Neptune Township. Plates of Love: A Local Food Rescue Program Delivering Food to Organizations that Feed the Hungry in NJ Plates of Love is a volunteer-driven,... Read More

Is Your Home Ready for the Cold? How to Winterize Your HVAC System

Are you ready for the cold? Now that fall has officially arrived, it’s time to think ahead and prepare your home for winter weather. These simple steps to winterize your HVAC system, some of which you can DIY, will help protect your investment for years to come and even decrease utility bills. Winterize Your HVAC System with End-of-Season Air Conditioner Maintenance We get it, being faced with a giant home improvement to-do list can be overwhelming,... Read More

Staying Safe During Hurricane Season with Backup Power

The only thing scarier than a blackout is not being prepared for it. Severe weather-related events are among the leading causes of large-scale power outages. And in the midst of the recent Hurricane Harvey and Irma catastrophes, Brown’s is encouraging New Jersey homeowners to take preventative steps and consider their backup power options.  As the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Organization (NOAA) predicted, the United States is facing a stronger-than-average... Read More

6 Quick Generator Maintenance Tips

Whether you own a home or a business, we rely on power every day to stay connected, keep food temperatures safe, live comfortably and complete essential business tasks. Although hurricane season for the Atlantic Coast has already begun, we can expect it to continue through the end of November. Even after hurricane season ends, winter storms can be very threatening. Since New Jersey is no stranger to hurricanes and blackouts, home and business owners... Read More

Worried About Sump Pump Failure? Trust in Brown’s Emergency Plumbing Services In NJ to Keep You Dry

As one of your home’s most important lines of defense against flooding, your sump pump is designed to prevent rainwater from causing serious water damage, particularly in the basement. In the event of a sump pump failure, residents are usually faced with a major cleanup project and mountains of unexpected expenses. But, Brown’s emergency plumbing services in NJ can provide you with a peace of mind by conducting a thorough inspection and necessary... Read More

Keep the Power on During Hurricane Season with a Reliable Whole-House Generator

Do you rely on electricity to tend to important business, keep food safe and medical machines powered? The tropical storm outlook for the Atlantic is expected to be a stronger-than-average hurricane season. Are you prepared if (and when) the power goes out? If you want to keep the power on during a storm, a whole-house generator will keep you running strong. Don’t Get Caught in the Dark During Hurricane Season – Add a Whole-House Generator... Read More

Will your AC Make it to the End of Summer? Air Conditioning Service Contracts Will Keep You in Check

Even though fall is just around the corner, the summer heat isn’t over just yet. Are you confident that your AC will make it through to the end of the cooling season (without facing costly repairs along the way)? Stay on top of maintenance checks and prevent unnecessary breakdowns by signing up for comprehensive air conditioning service contracts. Because, when it comes to your air conditioner, maintenance is a much better option than dealing with... Read More

The History Behind 40 Years of Success: Brown’s Heating and Cooling NJ

Brownie and Joyce. Circa 2000. If you’ve ever searched for a heating and cooling NJ contractor, it can seem tough to tell them apart initially. But, while many companies may seem similar on the surface, it’s the rich history and ingrained values that makes one stand out from the rest. As Brown’s Heating, Cooling and Plumbing celebrates 40 years of success, we take a look into what has made them who they are today. You have options when you need... Read More

Preventing these 4 Plumbing Disasters is as Simple as Scheduling Your Drain Cleaning Appointment

Plumbing disasters can strike at any time, but they tend to happen at the worst time possible. Without warning. Thankfully, most problems can easily be prevented with simple plumbing maintenance services, such as drain cleaning and whole house plumbing service contracts. From your kitchen to your bathroom to your sewer, here are just a few simple solutions to your common drainage problems. 1. Clogged Kitchen Sink Drain Grease and food particles are... Read More

Celebrating Reliable AC Services In NJ during National Air Conditioning Appreciation Week

There’s no doubt about it. It’s hot and humid in Monmouth County. And in some cases, such as with those battling an illness, pregnant women, newborns, or the elderly, the summer heat can be magnified and even unsafe. Thankfully, you can keep your cool and stay protected through the sweltering heat with reliable AC services in NJ. Worried your AC may not be up to par? Let the experts at Brown’s take a look at your system to help you feel confident... Read More

5 Problems You Can Prevent with Proper HVAC Maintenance

There’s almost nothing more uncomfortable than experiencing a broken air conditioner in the middle of summer. Keeping your AC running smoothly in the hot months is an absolute must, which is why you should never skip HVAC maintenance. Regular upkeep can prevent the need for major AC repairs and help you survive the NJ summer comfortably. Ideally, HVAC maintenance should be scheduled once a year before your AC starts kicking into high gear to fight... Read More

7 Signs Your Commercial Unit is Low on Refrigerant and How Air Conditioner Maintenance Can Help

If the AC unit in your business is low on refrigerant, you could be paying for it without even realizing it. How can you tell? Between a mix of a higher than normal energy bills and warm air blowing through your vents, here are seven notorious signs your commercial HVAC unit is low on refrigerant and how air conditioner maintenance can help you discover them. So, save on costs and on energy this summer by keeping your eye out for these warning signs... Read More

Why is R-22 Refrigerant So Expensive Now?

Summer is here and many NJ homeowners may be surprised to find out how much AC repairs could start costing due to the rising costs of R-22 refrigerant. If your system has had any issues in the past, now’s the time to pay attention. AC Repair Costs Skyrocket Due to Mandatory R-22 Refrigerant Phaseout The Clean Air Act, which was enacted in the 1990’s, stated the Environmental Protection Agency would phase out ozone depleting substances. As... Read More

Best HVAC System Replacement Solutions for a Sunroom and Other Challenging Spaces

Thankfully wall-to-wall windows are no longer limited to the rich and famous. Now, any NJ homeowner can enjoy an energy-efficient room lined with beautiful windows and natural light. The only challenge is finding (and maintaining) an ideal temperature to stay comfortable at the same time. With so many windows in a sunroom, it can be tough to find comfort (especially in the summer). Whether you’re installing a new unit or looking for an HVAC system... Read More

Top 3 Telltale Signs Your Clogged Pipes Could Turn into a Main Sewer Line Clog

No one wants to deal with unexpected plumbing repairs, especially the big kahuna: a main sewer line clog. Thankfully there are a few telltale signs to look out for before your clogged pipes turn into major (messier) issues. 3 Signs Your Clogged Pipes Could Turn into a Main Sewer Line Clog Think of your sewer line like a tree with one main line (the trunk) and secondary lines that run off it (the branches). When you have secondary clogged pipes, issues... Read More

Climate Control Solutions for Your Home or Office: Infinity Touch Control Thermostat Installation

Beyond a programmable thermostat, the innovative system by Carrier offers premium efficiency and ultimate convenience right at your fingertips. If you’re looking for climate control solutions for your home or office, the Infinity Touch Control thermostat can offer convenient temperature scheduling and unprecedented control over indoor airflow, humidity levels and temperatures. Infinity Touch Control Thermostat Offers Ultimate Climate Control Solutions... Read More

3 Big Benefits of Small Business Air Conditioning Service in NJ

Whether you run a small retail shop or mom and pop corner café, providing customers with an inviting climate is a critical component to entice them to stay longer and shop and then come back again. A big part of that is maintaining your HVAC equipment. Our experts from Brown’s have the inside scoop on the benefits of scheduling a regular small business air conditioning service in NJ…and who can benefit. Small Business Air Conditioning Service... Read More

Curious About the Air Quality in Monmouth County? Brown’s Heating and Cooling Has the Latest Report

Although the air quality in Monmouth County, NJ has gotten better over the last year, once again, New Jersey still ranks among the unhealthiest in the nation. According to a new report, “State of the Air,” issued by the American Lung Association, due to the high concentrations of ground-level ozone pollution (smog), NJ gets poor marks for air quality. Smog puts the health of seniors, young children and others with respiratory issues at great... Read More

Into Hot Water: Energy Efficient Solutions to Help You Save

Hot water is the second highest energy cost in a home after heating and cooling. Balancing hot water costs with comfort can be a challenge in developing energy efficient solutions for a home, especially in the morning during the costliest energy rush: shower time. Showers use more of your supply of hot water than any other activity in a home. The average shower uses 17.2 gallons and lasts 8.2 minutes at the average flow rate of 2.1 gallons per minute.... Read More

Landlord or Tenant: Who’s Responsible for HVAC Service and Maintenance Needs?

A home requires a lot of maintenance to keep it running safely and efficiently. As a homeowner, you know the struggles of endless work around the house. But what if you’re renting your property? As a landlord, how do you handle home maintenance needs such as HVAC service? Who’s Responsible for Common HVAC Service and Maintenance Needs? Here are a few common home maintenance responsibilities and who is typically responsible for each: Changing the... Read More

5 Benefits of Ductless Heating and Cooling Systems

You’ve probably heard of ductless heating and cooling systems. Maybe you’ve seen these smaller indoor units installed high up on walls in homes, restaurants or offices. But do you know about their amazing benefits? Our experts have the lowdown on ductless heating and cooling for home or business and how they can help to keep you comfortable (and energy efficient) all year-round.  Of course, the decision to install will be different for everyone,... Read More

How Can I Save on Air Conditioning Installation?

Just as with any market, the key to getting the best price on an air conditioner for your home is to work opposite of the market. That means, the optimal way to save on your air conditioning installation is to have it installed during the off-season: spring and fall. What is the Best Time of Year to Get an Air Conditioning Installation? Sometimes you simply can’t choose when you need to replace your old HVAC unit. But with the right knowledge, you... Read More

Combat Rising Refrigerant Costs with a Pre-season Air Conditioner Tune Up

Even though the HVAC industry has been experiencing some amazing technological advances over the past several years, it still faces a steep challenge: rising refrigerant costs. Here are five simple tips to help you combat this shocking expense from lowering daily energy usage to scheduling your pre-season air conditioner tune up…all without sacrificing an ounce of comfort in the process. Rising Refrigerant Costs Because of a government mandated... Read More

5 Green Plumbing Repair and Water Conservation Tips to Celebrate Earth Day

Committed to going green and making environmentally conscious choices this Earth Month? We’ve got ya covered. Here are five simple plumbing repair and conservation tips to help you save water and expenses throughout April and all year long. 1. Inspect Your Bill According to the EPA, the average American family of four uses more than 300 gallons of water per day at home. About 70 percent of this occurs indoors from the toilet (24%), shower (20%),... Read More

Safety Tips for Your Home Generator

Any New Jersey homeowner knows that power outages are eminent. A powerful nor’easter recently knocked out power to thousands in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, and no matter when it happens, it can be a frightening event, especially if severe weather is right outside your door. But thankfully, there’s another option to being left in the cold and dark: a whole home generator. Severe weather such as heavy snow, sleet, rain and wind can cause... Read More

Is Your Sump Pump Ready for the Spring Rain? Schedule Sump Pump Maintenance to Keep You Dry

Warmer weather has arrived here in New Jersey and as our thoughts turn to summer sun at the shore, we also know that rain is on the way first. With spring comes those infamous heavy rains. Basement flooding rains. Nothing kills those good springtime vibrations quicker than a flooded basement; especially if you have a finished basement. With these spring plumbing tips, save yourself the worry of a big mess by scheduling your annual sump pump maintenance. Sump... Read More

Spring Cleaning? Don’t Forget About Air Conditioner Maintenance

Spring is on the way, which means it’s time to wipe away the grime and freshen things up around the house. Since winter is especially tough on outdoor HVAC equipment, it’s important to do some basic air conditioning maintenance at the beginning of every cooling season. With a few checks and minimal effort, you can help to ensure a trouble-free (and comfortable) summer ahead. Here are 5 important HVAC reminders you can DIY before switching the... Read More

“Help! My Toilet is Running!” How to Prevent Just About Any Plumbing Problem

There’s nothing scarier than staring at a bowl of toilet water threatening to rise up…up…up and out of the bowl. Because once the water cascades onto your bathroom floor, you’re going to be knee-deep in trouble – well, at least ankle deep. From threatening drain clogs to cold showers, some plumbing problems are more frightening than others. Worry not, we’re here to help you avoid any plumbing problem, keep your sanity and save on unexpected... Read More

You’ve Been Warned: 4 Signs It’s Time to Schedule Water Heater Maintenance

Problems with home appliances can occur for many reasons: something may go wrong with the mechanical structure of the unit; the appliance may not have been operated using the manufacturer’s instructions; or it wasn’t receiving the correct amount of power or water. But sometimes, you may develop a plumbing problem simply because the appliances were denied the regular attention required to work efficiently. Below, we will take you through some of... Read More

Ask a NJ Plumber: Is it OK to put this Down a Garbage Disposal?

Do you scrape your plates into the sink without a second thought? If you’re not careful about what you put down a garbage disposal, it could lead to some serious problems in the future. Find out below what your plumbing can (and can’t) handle. Do NOT Put This Down a Garbage Disposal Your Hand- First and foremost, never, ever put your hand down the disposal. This should go without saying, but even if you turn off the switch, there is still power... Read More

Power through Your Next Blizzard Blackout

When the power goes out, especially in the middle of winter, it suddenly becomes apparent just how dependent we are on electricity. Just as easily as a hurricane, blizzards and ice storms can snap power lines spawning prolonged power outages across New Jersey during the coldest, darkest days of the year. If you’ve ever weathered a power outage in the winter, you know a blizzard blackout can be dangerous. But fortunately, you have a lot of options... Read More

Prepare Your HVAC for Winter With Annual Heating Maintenance

Every year right around autumn we get a glimpse of winter. That cold snap that leaves you wondering, how summer flew by so quickly. One moment you’re buying school supplies, the next, Christmas decorations are hitting the stores. It’s no surprise, it happens every year. The changing temperatures, falling leaves and blustery days are all signs that winter is indeed soon arriving. Beyond preparing yourself for the onslaught of Christmas music for... Read More

A Guide to Furnace Repair Troubleshooting

Although most furnace repair issues should be handled by a HVAC professional, NJ homeowners can take care of a few tasks on their own. If you’re experiencing a heater that’s not heating properly use this guide to help you troubleshoot and fix common problems. Note: the information below is for simple primary troubleshooting and preventative care. If ever in doubt, call a qualified furnace repair professional at Brown’s. Flow Be sure nothing... Read More

Home Heating System in an Emergency: Choosing the Right Generator

Did you know that just 2% of Americans actually own whole house generators? Generators not only keep a family warm when the power goes out on a cold winter night but they also keep young children and elderly safe as well. While meteorologists try to predict upcoming storms, many of us are rarely fully prepared for a power outage. Natural gas-powered generators should be an essential part of every home in New Jersey. Since these generators run on natural... Read More

How to Fix Hot And Cold Spots in Your Home

Are you finding hot and cold spots in your home? It could be because of a number of problems with your AC. If your HVAC system is not heating or cooling consistently throughout your home, the problem may be easier to locate than you think. Our HVAC experts have provided the following steps to troubleshoot hot and cold spots in your home and help improve the performance of your AC system. Common HVAC Problems • Ductwork: Your home’s ductwork is... Read More

Planning A Summer Vacation? Save on Energy Costs With These 5 Tips

When planning your summer vacation, it is very easy to forget about taking necessary steps to save energy in your New Jersey home on the days…and nights that you are away. While on vacation, the last thing you want to worry about is if your energy bills are skyrocketing when you’re not even at home. Here are some helpful tips on how to conserve energy while away so you can enjoy your vacation in full relaxation-mode. 1.  Close window blinds One... Read More

5 Spring Plumbing Tips that Will Save Your Family Money

Don’t think that spring cleaning is isolated to your bedroom, living room, and other dwelling spaces. Spring is the best time to take a look at your plumbing too! It’s right after a hard New Jersey winter and right before a whirlwind summer. Take advantage of the season with these spring plumbing tips to help you get ahead of the game for the rest of the year. #1. Check the Faucets for Drips/Leaks Your first spring plumbing tip is to do a manual... Read More

Common Summer Plumbing Problems

You’re probably, and unfortunately, familiar with the plumbing problems winter brings. However, did you know that summer has its own share of potential plumbing problems? Learn about the worst-case scenarios for all of your summer plumbing problems and how to avoid them. #1. The Disposal Can Get Clogged While this can happen at any time of the year, this problem is especially “ripe” in the summer. If you have a habit of disposing your summer... Read More

New Homes vs. Old Homes: Energy Efficiency in Homes

One of the hottest topics in homeownership in 2015 is energy efficiency in homes. Homeowners have seen labels like, “green,” “energy saving,” and the even more recognizable, “Energy Star” label on many major appliances. However, what does it really mean for a home to be energy efficient? In short, energy efficiency in homes is measured by the amount of wattage a home consumes. It is a cumulative number based on the amount of energy appliances,... Read More

Studies Show the US Has More Energy Efficient Homes – What’s the Problem?

The government is pushing for energy efficient homes with Energy Star tax credits, new water heater regulations, and more. The big question is: is it working? A Study About Energy Efficient Homes A 2013 study by the Energy Information Administration revealed three surprising truths: US homes are 30% larger than they were in the early 2000 Appliances and homes are more energy efficient than they were in 2000. The modern American home still uses almost... Read More

5 Answers to the Question, “Why Isn’t My AC Cooling My House”

In the heat of a New Jersey summer, the question you and your family definitely do NOT want to be asking is – Why isn’t the AC cooling the house?! In the sweltering months of the year, a defective or underperforming AC unit can be more than a simple nuisance. It can be an all out health hazard as well. While there are many reasons why the AC isn’t cooling the house, here are the five most common reasons. You can try to diagnose the problem... Read More

How to Unfreeze Pipes in Your Home

Did you just try to turn on the water in your home, but nothing happened? Assuming you did not forget to pay your water bill, the problem could be frozen pipes. If your plumbing has frozen solid and you cannot get water to run, you will have to try to unfreeze them. As long as the problem is isolated to an easily accessible area, you may be able to fix the problem yourself. If you are not comfortable trying to unfreeze pipes, make sure you call a... Read More

10 Things to Know About Radiant Heating

What Does a NJ Radiant Heating Company Do? Radiant heating is the oldest form of heating there is. The process of the sun’s rays warming your body on a sunny day is in fact radiant heating. Of course, that’s not how a NJ Radiant Heating Company keeps your house warm. Radiant heat warms a room by using electromagnetic infrared waves to heat up objects in the room rather than the air. The objects then transfer this energy to other objects (i.e.... Read More

Furnace Installation NJ 101: Just the Basics

Other than a roof replacement, one of the last things a homeowner wants to hear is that they need a new furnace. Strolling around in your garage or basement, a furnace doesn’t look like much, but in reality it is the nucleus of your home. As such, the replacement of and subsequent furnace installation NJ will cost somewhere between $3 – $5 thousand dollars. Furnace Installation NJ: How Long Does a Furnace Last? The average furnace lasts approximately... Read More

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