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An Easy Way to Go Green at Home: An Interview with Mike Tavolacci of The Heating and Cooling Company

By Mike Tavolacci

Please tell us a little bit about your company and the services you offer.

We are a full-service HVAC company specializing in high-efficiency systems and state-of-the-art technologies. We incorporate conventional heating and cooling systems with alternative approaches to fuel saving and green environmental solutions. We service all types of systems and design our own work and incorporate custom metal work when necessary with our metal fabrication facility.

What are the main benefits of having a more more energy-efficient home?

Homes that have been upgraded with a high-efficient comfort system not only save you money monthly but give you superior comfort while increasing the system's performance and reliability. Other upgrades can also be added that are not usually compatible, such as air purification and humidity and off-site control.

What are some of the most popular energy-efficient upgrades for homeowners?

There are many upgrades we perform, such as variable speed blowers, high-efficiency outdoor units, updated and redesigned duct systems, Sonical fuel units that reduce oil consumption, and high-efficiency gas equipment.

Can you explain how a Go Green Sonical Fuel Charger works in a home?

Sonical technology is a new platform that is created by another one of my companies. This technology utilizes electricity in an enhanced waveform that bombards the fuel and changes the molecular structure of the molecules to make a hotter and cleaner burn. Because the fuel burns hotter, we are able to reduce the size of the oil nozzle usually by 10%-20%, and it usually increases the efficiency and reduces the maintenance required.

What are some typical results that homeowners might experience?

For our residential clients, a 15%-20% savings is normal and mostly equates to a 1-2 year ROI. Commercial or industrial clients see 5% savings that are very impressive. Many clients use those savings to put towards a gas conversion.

Do you have any advice for people who are interested in energy-efficient upgrades but have a limited budget?

Many times the homes we see have systems that were either improperly designed or installed incorrectly. Minor changes in ductwork and insulation of ducts can change the system's performance dramatically. We recently visited a home where the system has been struggling to keep up for years and we found a hidden damper in the main duct that was closed reducing airflow. That one item was devastating to the system's performance but was an easy fix.

What's the best way for people to contact your company?

People can visit our website and see some of our previous projects and what we do. There is a free download there that also puts them on our bimonthly tip email. They can call our office at (203) 855-0858 and ask for my office manager Jennifer.

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