Benefits of Ductless Heating and Cooling

Mini-Split System in Florida by Papalia

Benefits of Ductless Heating and Cooling

  • Cooling
  • Heating

Are you looking for a cost-effective and environmentally friendly way to cool and heat your home this spring? If so, you may want to consider a ductless mini split installation. This type of heating and cooling system consists of two main components. One is located outside, and the other is located on a nearby wall indoors. Together, these two components work to both heat and air condition specific rooms, or zones, in your home. Here’s how you can benefit from a ductless mini-split system:

  • Easy installation. Unlike central air that relies on extensive ductwork, a ductless mini-split system only requires a small hole in the exterior wall of your home. This houses the electric cables, condensation lines, and copper tubes that run between the condenser/compressor and the evaporators. This also means the installation costs are lower and there’s much less inconvenience to you and your family.
  • It offers flexibility. A mini-split system heats or cools the home according to zone. Each zone can be set to a different temperature depending on your preferences. For example, you can keep the living room at 65 degrees, the kitchen slightly lower at 62 degrees, and the bedrooms at 65 degrees. If you have guest rooms that you don’t use very often, you can set them to 60 degrees.
  • Cost efficiency. Because a ductless mini-split system allows you to heat the various zones in your home according to your preference, it consumes less energy. In addition, the absence of ducts — which add to the energy requirements of central air systems — helps lower energy consumption. At the end of the day, you’ll benefit from this reduced energy consumption with lower energy bills.
  • It’s environmentally friendly. By reducing your energy consumption, you’re also reducing your carbon footprint. Additionally, a ductless mini-split system uses an environmentally-friendly refrigerant, R410A. Unlike other types of refrigerants, this has zero ozone depletion and is much better for the environment.
  • Improved indoor air quality. While a central air system has an air filter at the HVAC itself, the air quality can diminish as the air is forced through the ducts and into the various rooms of the home. With a ductless mini-split system, each individual evaporator can be equipped with high-performance filters that filter dust, pollen, and other pollutants from the air. This can greatly improve the air you and your family breathe.

Why Choose Papalia Home Services?

To keep you and your loved ones comfortable all year round, Papalia will help you choose a model that best suits the needs of your home. From installation to routine maintenance down the road, we’ve got you covered.

To install ductless heating and cooling in your home or business, call Papalia Home Services today!

By admin

Signs You Need Professional AC Maintenance

AC Tune-up by Papalia Home Services in Massachusetts.

Signs You Need Professional AC Maintenance

  • Cooling

As temperatures rise outdoors, you’ll be turning down the thermostat inside. The heat can be problematic if your AC is broken or working inefficiently. You need to be able to stay cool and comfortable all summer long, and the best way to do that is with a little TLC beforehand. Professional maintenance will keep your equipment running efficiently while preventing major malfunctions in the future. If you are experiencing any of the following issues in your home, call Papalia today to schedule your professional tune-up.

Start-up Problems

This is an obvious sign that something is up with your air conditioning system. If you adjust the thermostat, your AC should reach the designated temperature with ease. It should power on to keep you and your family cool and safe during the warmer months. Your cooling system needs to be able to keep up with the rising temperatures outside, so it if doesn’t turn on at all or if it switches often, you should schedule a professional inspection.

Warm Air

An air conditioner should always be blowing cool air. If it’s blowing air that is warm or hot, then it’s clear that you have a problem. You may be low on refrigerant, in which case it can simply be refilled. If you have a leak, repairs can get a little trickier. A refrigerant leak may be harder to fix but should still be addressed immediately.

Poor Cooling

Your air conditioning system should be able to cool your entire home. Smaller models are meant to cool designated areas, but they should be able to do so with ease. If cooling isn’t consistent throughout, it’s a sign that your AC can’t handle cooling your entire house. A professional inspection will help to determine the cause of the problem.

Strange Noises

There’s no reason for your air conditioner to be making weird or loud sounds. If you start to hear any, call Papalia. It could mean that a piece has become detached in your system, or that foreign debris has found its way inside. It could also be a sign of a bigger problem such as motor failure. Depending on the extent of the repairs, you may want to invest in a new AC.

Spike in Utilities

If your electric bill suddenly skyrockets out of nowhere, it’s a major red flag that your cooling system is either broken or running inefficiently. In order to save on your utilities, you should have regular maintenance done by a professional.

Importance of Regular Maintenance

When it comes to preventing major malfunctions with your cooling system, routine maintenance is key. This is especially important in the summer when you rely on your air conditioner to keep your home cool, comfortable, and safe. Routine maintenance done by a Papalia professional will maximize the efficiency and working condition of your system while preventing problems down the road. When you choose Papalia for your cooling maintenance, you get:

  • Top-rated AC maintenance
  • Prompt and professional service
  • Licensed and background checked technicians
  • Top of the line equipment
  • Transparent pricing
  • Satisfaction guaranty
  • And much more!

Call us today for all of your air conditioning needs – we’re looking forward to it! 

By admin

How an Old or Inefficient AC Can Hurt Your Air Quality

AC air duct

How an Old or Inefficient AC Can Hurt Your Air Quality

  • Cooling

As temperatures rise outdoors, it’s likely that you and your loved ones will spend an increased amount of time indoors to beat the heat. Before you turn on your AC to stay cool and comfortable this summer, you should make sure that its working properly. Your indoor air should always be clean and breathable. Sometimes, an old or inefficient air conditioner can negatively affect your air quality. If it’s left to worsen, it can cause breathing related illnesses and other health related problems in your home. Papalia can help your AC to work as well as it possibly can, so at the first sign of an issue, call us. Here are some things to watch out for:

Problems That Can Affect Air Quality

  • Dirty filters. Your filter is responsible for literally filtering out impurities in your airflow before its delivered and dispersed throughout your home via a central air system. Your air filter should be changed often, every few months is best. This is especially important during periods of extended use, like the summer months. When the filter becomes dirty and clogged with dust, hair, dander, pollen, or any other debris that may make their way in, your air quality can be compromised.
  • Excess moisture. If your air conditioner is leaking any excess fluid or it has more condensation than usual, it may be harming your indoor air quality. Leftover liquids can leave you with mold or mildew growth. These spores can grow and spread at a rapid rate. If in or around your air system, they can easily be blown into your home.
  • Faulty ducts. If your duct system is damaged, it’s possible for debris to build up inside. Because your ducts deliver air directly through your vents, whatever may be built up inside will be delivered as well.
  • Strange sounds or smells. These are signs that your system may be broken or running inefficiently. In an effort to prevent the problem from worsening, you should have a professional fix the problem.
  • Outdated equipment. Any system that is old, outdated, or running inefficiently has the potential to damage the air quality in your home. If your air conditioning system is out of date, you should consider a replacement. Newer technologies are more efficient and will help to keep the air in your home safe and breathable for years to come.

The Importance of Routine Maintenance

In order to keep your cooling system working safely and efficiently, routine professional maintenance is necessary. When you’re looking for a good AC contractor to hire for maintenance, you need to make sure the company offers a comprehensive package of services and has a good reputation. The services offered by the team of HVAC experts at Papalia’s include:

  • Air conditioning maintenance
  • Air conditioning cleaning
  • Duct cleaning and maintenance
  • Air conditioning repair
  • Duct repair

If we find anything wrong with your cooling system, we offer prompt and professional repairs at an affordable, transparent price. So, if you suspect that your AC is harming your air quality, call Papalia Plumbing and Heating today! 


By admin

The Importance of Annual AC Tune-Ups

Outdoor AC Unit

The Importance of Annual AC Tune-Ups

  • Cooling

When the summer heat is blazing, it’s likely that you hang out indoors with your air conditioner on. Because you rely so heavily on your AC to keep you cool and comfortable, don’t you think that it deserves a little love and care?

You should have your cooling system professionally inspected and tuned-up at least once a year. This is especially important before extended periods of use – like the hot summer months. Professional maintenance not only extends the lifespan of your equipment, it prevents costly repairs down the road. Other benefits of an AC tune-up include:

  • Energy efficiency. With any appliance or system working in your home, energy efficiency is extremely important. If your AC is sucking up too much electricity to function, it’s not working efficiently. This can cause your electric bill to skyrocket if it’s left to worsen. A tune-up will let a technician inspect the working condition of your cooling system and make sure that things are running smoothly.
  • Longer lifespan. Think of professional tune-ups as preventative maintenance. The full system check and repair allows an in depth inspection of all your systems features and working parts. A Papalia tech will be able to spot any problems or areas of wear and tear so you will be able to get the most out of your machine.
  • Cleaner air. Did you know that an old or outdated air conditioner can potentially harm your indoor air quality? Pollen, dust, pet dander, and other contaminates can build up in your system over time. When you turn on the AC, it can be released into your air supply and cause a variety of symptoms among those living in your home. Because our tune-ups are thorough, your air filter will be changed and any debris build up will be removed.
  • Reliability. Professional tune-ups make your system more reliable. Every nook, cranny, and working piece of your cooling system is checked and adjusted for maximum function. If any problem areas are discovered during the inspection, your tech will be able to advise you of the best way to fix it.

Why Choose Papalia?

Considering how important it is to keep your home and business premises comfortable and healthy, you absolutely need to know that your AC maintenance company has a reputation for being effective and affordable. When you choose Papalia Plumbing & Heating, you can rest assured that you’re getting a top-rated AC maintenance service. We put your AC needs front and center. We’re not satisfied until you’re 100% happy with the work! When you choose us, you get:

  • Top-rated AC maintenance
  • Prompt and professional service
  • Licensed and background checked technicians
  • Top of the line equipment
  • Transparent pricing
  • Satisfaction guaranty
  • And much more!

Call Papalia today and schedule your AC maintenance. We look forward to helping you stay cool all summer long! 

By Dan Burrows

How to Shut Down Your AC For the Winter

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How to Shut Down Your AC For the Winter

  • Cooling

With September half over and fall only a week away, it’s time to start thinking about winter. We all know that New England winters can be nasty, but we can stay indoors with the heat on. However, your AC, most notably the condenser outside, doesn’t have that luxury. That means you’ll have to shut it down and prepare it to face the winter storms. If you properly shut down your AC, you’ll be able to enjoy cool air next summer and avoid a hefty repair or replacement bill.

Here’s how to properly shut down your AC and protect it from the harsh winter:


Get in any last-minute repairs

Before you shut down your AC, you should ensure it doesn’t need any repairs before the winter hits. If it does need attention, be sure to give it what it needs. Letting a problem be throughout the winter will only result in it getting worse when it’s time to use the AC.


Turn off the condenser’s power

Your AC consists of more than your indoor unit, and simply turning it off isn’t enough to turn off the AC. You also have to shut off the AC unit’s condenser outside. Leaving the condenser on means that in the case of a warm spell, it will turn on and suck in some snow and ice. To turn it off, look on the side of the house or near the condenser under a flip-up lid for a power switch. Turn it off and it’ll shut off, but there’s more to be done. Also, don’t forget to turn the condenser’s power back on next time you want to use the AC.


Clean and inspect it the condenser

Since it’s an outdoor device, you should give your condenser some attention before finishing your work. First, brush away any debris, such as branches or leaves, near or on the condenser. Next, lightly hose down the outdoor shelf and check for damage or loose seals. If you notice any, let us know about the damage next time we’re helping you. Also, check the condenser’s filter and replace it if necessary.


Protect it from the elements

Finally, cover up the condenser with a waterproof cover and secure it with bungee ropes. You can buy a cover and ropes at most hardware stores, but a waterproof tarp will work instead of a cover if it’s big enough to cover the entire condenser.


Why call Papalia for my HVAC needs?

Papalia Home Services is a business that has been serving the Boston Metro West Area since 1990. With over 25 years of service under our belts, we’ve grown into the most dedicated plumbing & heating service in the Bay State, many thanks to our fully-trained technicians. No matter if it’s installation, repair, replacement, you name it—our staff is trained how to handle the latest technology and will always show up to your home with a fully stocked truck ready to go! Call Papalia Home Services today to learn more about our services!

By Brian Renadette

AC Repair or Replacement? What Do I Need?

ac repair and replacement in Massachusetts by Papalia

AC Repair or Replacement? What Do I Need?

  • Cooling

Problems with your AC never seem to happen at a convenient time. Oftentimes it seems they only break down when they’re working hard on a very hot day. Usually, all you need to do is call us to come and fix it. However, the problem might actually be a sign that your AC is good and gone. But how do you tell the difference between some basic repairs and a complete breakdown? Read our guide to learn whether you need AC repair or replacement.

Do you need an AC repair or replacement? First, here are some signs it just needs repairing:


Thermostat not working

Your thermostat acts as the command center for your AC. Its job is to tell the AC how much cool air to generate and constantly take measurements to make sure its working right. When the AC won’t turn on or won’t stay on for long, the thermostat might have a problem. You’ll need a trained technician to look at the thermostat, as they have plenty of complex electrical components.


Strange, loud noises

For the most part, ACs are very quiet when they run. Because of this, if you hear any loud scraping, rattling, or banging noises, you know there’s a problem. There are a few different things that could be causing the noise. There might be a part loose or broken, a component might need lubrication, or a belt might have slipped out of place. Whatever it is, it can be damaging and costly if not repaired. If your AC is being noisy, call us right away!



A leaky AC can be a sign of a serious repair job. If the AC is leaking water or has ice inside it, that’s just a problem with a drain tube. The water can cause some mold and mildew, but it could be worse. What you really have to worry about is your AC having a refrigerant leak. Not only is Freon poisonous, but the leak is a serious AC problem. Whatever problem you have, call one of our technicians ASAP.


Increased energy bills

Have you noticed you’re paying more for your bills than you normally do? That might be a sign your AC is becoming less efficient. As your AC gets worn down, it takes more effort on its part to get the same results. This increased effort can also reduce your AC’s overall lifespan, so it’s a good idea to get it checked out.


Warm air

Obviously, you bought an AC to cool your house, not sit around looking pretty. If it’s not keeping the house comfortable during hot weather, it’s time to give it an examination.


Strange odors

If the air in your home is starting to smell strange, there might be trouble. If your AC is poorly maintained, mold might be growing on the coil inside the unit. When your AC is operating, it’ll spread that mold through the air. That musty smell could be a sign of mold in either the unit or the duct work. Alternatively, the wire insulation inside your AC might be burnt out. Either way, it’s worth calling in a professional to fix the issue.


Low airflow

A similar issue to the air being hot is the airflow not being strong enough. It might be an issue with the AC’s compressor or possibly the ducts themselves. There’s definitely some uncertainty in this issue, so it’s a good idea to call a professional to diagnose the issue.


Next, here are some signs you should schedule a replacement:


The AC reached retirement age

How long have you owned your current AC? According to the National Association of Home Builders, a well-maintained AC unit should last anywhere from 10 to 15 years. If your AC has reached this point and isn’t working like it used to, it might be time to retire it. It may seem like a major cost, but don’t worry! You can use this opportunity to purchase a modern unit that’s more energy efficient.


Your AC needs frequent repairs

You may want to keep an AC operational for a good while through repeated repairs. However, doing this may eventually lead you to spend more than you would from getting a replacement. This is more likely if your warranty has expired and isn’t helping with repair costs. Next time, you may have to ask yourself if this is a case for another AC repair or a replacement job?


The AC has a refrigerant leak

A refrigerant leak is a serious problem with your AC. The leaking coolant can pose a health risk to your family and the water leakage can damage your home. It’s possible to fix serious leaks by getting a new coil, but it might be a sign you should get a new AC.


Your AC is making strange noises

Is your AC operating louder than it normally does? AC units are supposed to run quietly, so any grinding, banging, or rattling noises are a major concern. These noises can represent something like a slipped belt or broken motor bearings. If these issues aren’t fixed quickly, you’ll have a costly repair or replacement on your hands.


A repair would cost too much

Sometimes replacement parts and repairs for your AC don’t justify their high costs. It gets more unappealing when you’re talking about a unit with an expired warranty. If this is the case, you should pick up a new unit and get a new warranty.


The AC air isn’t cold

If you turn on the AC and cool air doesn’t come out within a few minutes, there’s a problem. A wide variety of issues can cause this problem, like low Freon levels or a broken compressor. Whatever the case may be, it’s an obvious sign that your AC has an issue.


What makes Papalia Home Services one of the area’s best home service companies?

If you live in the Boston Metro West Area, you can call on Papalia Home Services to help you with your home service issues.  In fact, we can back up our years of experience with the Angie’s List Super Service Awards we’ve won. No matter the time, our employees are capable of bringing their award-winning service to your home. If you need a company to perform an AC repair or replacement, call the experts at Papalia Home Services!

By Brian Renadette