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Make your house comfy and cozy with ductless heating units

It usually hits you when you least expect it: You’re strolling through the mall, vaguely aware of the red and green decorations, when another verse of “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” echoes through the halls. That’s right – the countdown to Christmas has begun, and not enough shopping days have arrived with it.

At Malcarne Contracting, we want to keep your house holiday cheerful in every season, especially when those pretty December flurries become a Nor’easter blizzard. Before hunting for the “perfect something” leaves you stressed this year, it may be time to focus on a gift that can warm your heart and keep your budget happy: ductless heating and cooling units.

Go duct-free

If some rooms in your home leave you either sweltering or shivering, or you’re dreading those winter energy bill blues, it just may be time to rethink your heating system. The perfect solution? A ductless split unit.

Whether you currently have central air pumping through your home or settle for boilers during the winter and window units during the summer, you probably have several issues with your heating and cooling systems. Most are bulky, for one, with seemingly miles of ductwork or heavy, loud units – and they still don’t do the best job at keeping the house as a whole comfortable.

And then there’s the cost: Cranking up the heat during frigid winter nights to keep each bedroom warm can add up quick. Still, to gain energy efficiency, changing the whole house’s system just doesn’t seem practical – right? Not when you go ductless: The whole system takes mere days to set up, and starts saving you energy and money the moment it’s switched on.

Less equipment, better product

Like the name suggests, this system doesn’t rely on ductwork that runs throughout the house. That means, if you’re looking to refurbish an existing home, they’re a cinch to install: Without the need for ductwork, the job goes from major reconstruction to minor renovation.

Ductless systems feature small, permanent wall fixtures installed in key rooms that quietly keep your home warm during cold months – and cool during the summer (no need to lug those window units up from the basement next year!). The compressor – the noisier section of the unit – is installed outside your home, which means duct-free units are incredibly quiet. In addition to never having to yell about the constant hum of a compressor, they ensure more even heating and cooling throughout the house.

Best of all, they are extremely energy-efficient: Studies show they’re twice as efficient as traditional heat pumps and air conditioners, which means you can get a jump on next year’s Christmas shopping a little early.

Saving with our growing family of experts

Whether it’s Santa coming down your chimney or someone working on your heating system, you need to feel confident about who’s in your home. At Malcarne, we’re constantly upgrading our knowledge and experience so you get the best work possible.

In fact, about a year and a half ago, Malcarne joined forces with Comfort Tech Heating and Cooling, another leader in the home-care community, making us the Hudson Valley’s premiere ductless and split unit installer. We’ll check our lists twice, making sure you get the best system for your home’s needs.

This year, regardless of what’s wrapped under your tree, your house can be the gift that keeps giving – 365 days a year.

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A new addition to the Malcarne Contracting family

This summer’s a great time to kick back, relax, and even to soak in the glory of past and present athletes as the latest summer Olympics gets underway in just a few weeks. But, like those world-class Olympians, Malcarne Contracting’s not one to rest on our laurels.

At Malcarne, our goal is simple: increase our prowess, so we can continue to serve you better. This month, we’re proud to announce our recent partnership with Comfort Tech Heating and Cooling – another leader in the home-care community.

For nearly 10 years, Comfort Tech’s repertoire has included providing Greene, Ulster and Dutchess Counties with heating and cooling services, in both the commercial and residential realms. With its expertise – the company services all makes and models of air conditioning and heating equipment – the business is a natural fit to join forces with Malcarne’s team of specialists.

As you’re watching the athletes in Brazil sweating it out this summer, it’s also the perfect opportunity to update your home’s cooling system – now backed by the knowledge and experience of both Malcarne Contracting and Comfort Tech. If you’ve been suffering through warm seasons with the uneven cooling and noise of window air-conditioning units – or your electric bill makes turning on your current A/C system worse than overheating when indoors – it’s easy to upgrade to a system that will keep your family and your wallet cool.

In fact, one of Comfort Tech’s specialties includes ductless air conditioning, a quiet, energy-efficient system that, as its name suggests, doesn’t require ductwork to keep a home cool and cozy. Instead, small, permanent wall fixtures (Say goodbye to lugging window units into or out of the house each season!) can make a whole house comfortable. Plus, they save energy, keeping your most-used rooms comfortable. Need more proof that ductless gets the gold? This easy-to-install system provides heat, too, in the winter months!

Like your current air conditioning system? We can help you love it, for the long-term. Preventative maintenance is the best way to keep it – and your budget – happy. Similar to other appliances in your home, if your air conditioning system and furnace aren’t properly cared for, you run the risk of them not working properly, or giving up before the season’s out.

At Malcarne, our goal is to go for the gold, every time, with every home and customer. Lucky for us, we’re part of a team that now includes Comfort Tech, too. And that means, whether it’s a new roof, an addition, energy-smart improvements, or a much-needed heating and cooling system upgrade, your home gets the win, every time.

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Keeping Comfy This Summer – And All Year Long

We’ve hit that sweet spot in the year: Mornings and evenings are refreshingly crisp and cool, days are longer and mild, and heavy winter coats get a final wash before they’re bid adieu, traded out for a light jacket or sweater.

While we may savor these in-between seasons – the ones that convince us that we could never live in those one-temperature-all-year-long states – don’t get too comfortable. In just a few short weeks, our sweet spring breezes transform into humidity-heavy heat, which means that now’s a great time to make sure your home is set for the season – both inside and out.

Roofing and siding

Nothing ruins a home’s curb appeal more than a faded, warped or falling-apart façade, especially with barbecues and block parties right around the corner. But pretty exteriors aside, properly installed roofing and siding can make a huge difference in your home’s energy bills this summer.

While vinyl siding is the most cost-effective option, brick, stone, and Hardie siding need little upkeep and stand the test of time, repelling moisture and termites and providing an opportunity to add insulation to your home during installation. More insulation means more temperature-control and comfort inside – and fewer of your dollars escaping outside, along with your air conditioning.

And don’t just think of your four walls: If past winters have you noticing that your home is prone to icicles on your gutters, it likely means you have ice damming issues: when heat escapes through the roof, melting the snow. When that snow refreezes, it means icicles – and melting and refreezing water that can seep into your home as it backs up under the shingles.

Just because the snow has retreated for the season doesn’t mean the problem’s solved: Your cool air can escape through the same gaps, cracks and holes as your heat. Curious about one of the best ways to save energy in your home? It’s through the roof!

Air conditioning

It’s been a mild winter, which means summer could also break some records this year. But with the proper air conditioning system installed in your home, all you need to keep comfortable during the sweltering season is literally right at your fingertips.

Sure, it’s fun to stock up on sunscreen and to haul out your flip-flops, but nothing ruins that first 80-degree day faster than your A/C unit going kaput. If you haven’t had your air conditioner serviced in a while, or need a new one installed, now’s a great time to beat the heat and call Malcarne to get your home set for summer.

The best thing about a whole-house system installed by Malcarne isn’t just the comfort you’ll enjoy all scorching season: It’s the fact that new units are super-high efficiency, meaning you and your wallet can take a vacation this summer.

Whether you have a system installed already or have muddled through with fans and box units, energy-saving options and upgrades abound. More traditional ducted systems – always a better option than a window unit – rely on channels that carry cool air inside from a unit outside the house. Newer ductless systems take up less space, are quieter than many other units, and are even more energy-efficient – to the tune of 30 percent. And less energy used always means less money spent.

Now’s the time!

For those who are inspired by spring weather to pare down, clean up or turn over the proverbial leaf, now’s the best time to help your home also put its best foot forward.

If you’re considering a renovation or remodel, whether it’s outside, inside, or adding a brand-new addition to your house, you may end up getting more than you bargain for. When completing a project that adds more space, for example – maybe that first-floor master suite or extra kitchen space – Malcarne also does an energy retrofit, finding ways to save energy throughout the whole house. What does this mean for you, the homeowner? Even when your home’s square footage goes up, your utility bills go down – a win-win in any situation.

Looking for a more comfortable, more efficient home with even less turn-around time? Don’t wait until summer’s officially settled in. Keeping those elements out and your bought air in is crucial, and the experts at Malcarne can revamp your roof, siding and air conditioning systems to make this summer your most comfortable and economical.

After all, it won’t be “jacket season” for long.

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