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Save Big During Open House Event, New Styles On Display!

September 5th, 2017 // Blog

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It’s that time of year again! The most exciting part of this year’s Open House Event? All the new styles! We’ve got a gargantuan gas fireplace that you can use right in our showroom. We’ve also embraced the Modern Industrial styles coming in from NYC.

The brushed finishes bring a rustic, yet modern look to fireplace doors and metal wall panels. They offer just enough balance to fit into our homes that have a traditional feel, while adding a very high end feel to any room. Get a close look at these stunning custom wall panels when you come to our Open House Event:

a photo of custom metal wall panels from McNamara Services in Pearl River NY. These panels are used in place of traditional marble and mantle. The panels can be custom made for a variety of scenarios such as accenting the wall at the head of your bed, or as a 3 dimensional wall panel as an accent

These custom metal wall panels can be used around a fireplace, to accent the header of a bed, or create a 3-dimensional feel as an accent wall and virtually anything else you can imagine

Experience the best brands and the newest styles

At our Open House Event you’ll be able to touch and feel the amazing quality and experience elegance destined for your home. We will also have sales and discounts on all hearth appliances, wood stoves, fireplaces, gas inserts, log sets and more.

Save on Mendota, Fireplace Xtrordinair, Hargrove, Lopi, Majestic, Valor, Jotul, Travis Stoll and more. Save on the associated parts, vent, and labor as well.

Touch and interact with dozens of displays. New this year are these amazing fireplace doors from Stoll. Come by and feel the smooth gliding motion of these high end fireplace doors that can transform an entire room:

In addition you’ll get extended store-hours and access to our technicians, installers and showroom consultants to help you bring your project to life. Get all of your questions answered and have fun all day with our knowledgeable staff.

For the First Time Save on Even More

Our recent research has shown that your home heating, air conditioning and air filtration systems can impact your health. Our goal is to ensure you are always cool and calm, safe and cozy, all year long. It’s because of this we have decided for the first time ever to offer the same big discounts on any of our HVAC products and services. These include Aprilaire air cleaners and disinfection units, ultimate efficiency Mitsubishi as well as Trane unstoppable heating and air conditioning systems and more. Get a fighting chance this flue season and ask about our fresh air, filtration and disinfection systems discounts.

-Open Saturday and Sunday, September 16th and 17th, 2017

-Extended Hours

-Sales staff, technicians and installers available to answer questions and help you make your dream project come true

-Big Discounts on all inventory and installation labor

-Also, if you have an interior designer, we would be happy to work with them on your project, bring them by!

Hurry while supplies last, message for details and to set up a consultation. Can’t make it to the event, but still want to save? Set up an in-home consult using the form below and leave a deposit on your project by September 17th, 2017 to secure the sale prices!

Stay in Touch

Another great way to stay up to date with the newest and hottest is to like and follow us on Facebook. First of all, you’ll get the best in tips, tricks and trade secrets to make your hearth season the best yet. Secondly, we post special deals and discounts on Facebook most frequently.

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Is This Crazy Weather Making You Sick?

August 18th, 2017 // Blog

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Is This Crazy Weather Making You Sick?

It just might be, and you can do a lot at home to safeguard yourself and your family. 

Just the other day it was 93 degrees here in Pearl River, NY. In spite of that, I wouldn’t be surprised if in a few weeks we had 40 degree weather, a blizzard, or for it to start raining Billy Goats or something. I think we’ve all noticed that the weather is downright bizarre these days. Have you ever felt like the constant roller-coaster of weather change is making you sick? Recent research says you are probably right.

 

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If you’ve felt ill, achy or irritable, it might be more than just “the usual” draining you. Research indicates that fluctuating weather can and does have many different negative impacts on your health.

 

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Migraines/Headaches/Pressure

Severe headaches can occur when there’s a high pressure system in place. Many studies have associated pressure changes with triggering migraines.

Changing seasons and hot weather can exacerbate asthma and allergy symptoms. This is especially true in the springtime. According to the Weather Channel, the weather’s impact on your body is so varied, there’s a whole scientific study devoted to it called Biometeorology.

These circumstances can align against you, possibly triggering migraines, headaches, sinus pressure and more.

Another finding even shows low pressure systems can cause our blood-pressure to drop. This can make you feel like your energy is being drained from you. Even how your blood sugar is controlled is impacted on low pressure days which can also affect diabetics.

 

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Sickness/Dry Nasal Passages/Restlessness

The weather also can have indirect influences on our health. One myth that has been dispelled by medical professionals is that cold weather causes illness. Those same medical professionals do agree that incidental situations caused by cold weather do cause illness.

The big culprit these days are air tight homes, poor air filtration and disinfection, as well as dry air.

During very hot and cold weather, people mostly stay inside. Newly constructed homes have a tendency to be very airtight. This is excellent for energy conservation, but has been linked to many health issues. Locking yourself in with essentially the same air all day long bombards you with whatever illnesses people bring into that space. Exposure alone isn’t a guarantee you’ll get sick.

“Moist mucus membranes can protect us from many of the germs we encounter. Especially in the winter when the air is already dry. Things like heating systems, fireplaces or even our furnace can dry out our mucus membranes. Dry membranes can allow for the transmission of germs back and forth,” UPMC physician Dr. Hutzel said. “Also, in cold weather, most of us are indoors so you are exposed to more people and again there are holes in our mucus membranes because of the dryness.”

To help stop the frequency of colds this winter season, Hutzel suggests washing your hands frequently and using a whole home humidifier to counteract some of that dryness in the air. There are humidifiers, air cleaners and UV disinfection units available for most central air systems. These can reduce bacteria, viruses and mold.

 

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What can you do?

While there’s little you can do to control the weather, you can stay ahead of it and be prepared to limit bad experiences. Tracking the weather weekly and daily takes only a few moments and can give you valuable information.

Fresh air systems for the more air-tight homes allow the removal of stale, infected air from your home without really damaging your energy conservation. Humidifiers can be integrated into your air system as well as UV disinfection units.

The weather has certainly been crazy, and it probably won’t let up any time soon. You take care of your family, but make sure to take care of yourself as well this season.

Is your home properly filtered? What about fresh air? Do you have a UV cleaner? Is the bulb still good? What’s your home-humidity level on the driest days? Message us below to find out. If you notice any patterns such as getting headaches on high pollen-count days even when you’ve been inside mostly, or waking up with dry nasal passages, let us know what’s going on with you below. We can use that information to help us determine which products and services will help you the most.

Thanks for reading,
Bob McNamara

We want to help you stay cool and calm, safe and cozy all year long.

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Fixing Water Leaks in Your Home: Part 1

May 17th, 2017 // Blog

Water Leaks in Your Home: What to Do (Part One)

Fixing water leaks can be confusing. We hope this multi-part series simplifies the process for you.

Eek! A leak! You see the drywall sagging, the paint peeling or any of the hundreds of ways water can get into your home. Where is it coming from? What should you do? Who should you call? We recommend a professional do the investigating, but these tips can help you recognize what needs to be done, and if it’s being done right.

The basic process

Step 1: locate the source of the leak. Step 2: Determine who to call to get an estimate Step 3: Have the repairs completed correctly. Step 4: Follow through and monitoring.

In this article we will focus on step 1: Locating the leak. This would seem like an obvious thing to locate. In some cases it is, but water can be elusive and tricky. To help us determine where to start looking, we should first identify the type of leak we’re dealing with.

Is it constant or intermittent?

Constant leaks can be difficult to find, isolating them by cutting off water to different areas can help

Constant leaks: A constant leak can be any size from a drip to a shower that never stops. This makes locating its source a bit easier, albeit more frantic.

While there is a time sensitive nature to a constant leak, it’s important to remain calm. Start with all the simple things. Ensure no water is running either inside or outside the home. After that, check the water meter as well to see if water is still flowing somewhere.

If water leaks continue after this investigate other types of water sources. As an example; there is a feed line bringing water to the whole home humidifier which can leak. An air conditioning specialist can check for condensation on air conditioning ducts causing a slow leak. Cracked condensate pans can also leak.

Either way the goal is isolate the leak. We need to eliminate the need to cut open random areas in search of the source. Once it’s known which line is bringing the water to the leak source, that pipe can be followed and less intrusive investigation methods can be used. A plumber is advised for repair. Later in this series we’ll discuss who to call, how to pick the best company and tips for avoiding problems throughout the entire process. Remember to check our Facebook page for updates.

Chimney leaks are often intermittent leaks

Intermittent leaks: Water leaks that only occur during certain conditions are considered intermittent. They are far more difficult to diagnose than constant ones. If a leak only forms during heaving rains, but not during light rain: that tells us something. Driving rain can get into places calm vertical rains cannot. Ice and snow can also do things that other types of water cannot. It’s important to remember some slow moving leaks can last even a few hours after the source has stopped.

A real life example of the investigation process for an intermittent leak

Recently a customer called us about a leak in their ceiling. It was dripping from their recessed lights during heavy rains. Its location in the middle of the room on the ground floor was odd.

We noted their masonry chimney integrated into the adjacent wall of the kitchen. Since we go from low to high, we checked rooms above and found no water damage. At that point we headed onto the roof.

There we found a gutter leaning in the wrong direction. Leaves and debris were causing overflow, but only during heavy rains.

We also noted a four inch long crack in the shoulder/wash of the chimney. We added water to the gutter and confirmed that when the water overflowed it trickled into the crack.

This crack had been caulked with clear silicone. The caulk peeled away, but even when it stays it only locks moisture in, which is worse for masonry chimneys.

Here is where it gets interesting.

After entering the crack the water managed to contact a beam inside the exterior wall of the home. It trickled its way down the beam until it pooled on the top of the drywall covering the kitchen ceiling. It traveled over the top of the ceiling until contacting the recessed light fixture. There it began to drip onto the countertop.

This was two floors down and fifteen feet away from the leak source!

In this case, the leak was solved by performing a basic masonry repair and water protection. It also prompted the customer to look into having their gutters addressed. Not to mention opening their walls and ceiling to check for black mold.

They discovered a large amount of black mold in their home. It became clear that the leak was occurring other times as well. It only reached the light during the heavier rains.

The important thing to remember in this unfortunate case is that someone did notice the leak. This damage could have been avoided. The leak was not repaired properly, nor was it monitored after the fact.

Locating the source of water leaks can be tricky. Knowing what to look for and how to find it can save you time. It will also limit aggravation, and potentially thousands in future repair costs. Be sure to hire the correct professional to investigate your leak and you’ll be worry free. In the next article in this series we’ll cover tips on choosing a professional. Feel free to email us with questions about your specific leak.

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-Bob McNamara

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It’s Time to Ditch Your Window Unit – Five Benefits of Upgrading to Ductless Air Conditioning

April 10th, 2017 // Blog

You’ve seen them hanging out of the windows of homes across the country. Those loud, bulky, unattractive contraptions working overtime to keep rooms and everyone in them cool. While window air conditioning units do have a good deal of cooling power, they come with more inconveniences than you may realize.

Whether you’re living in an older home without duct-work or just purchased a new home, ductless systems let you expand your comfort, regardless of the challenges in your space.

If your home is still flaunting a window unit, it’s time to discover why you should go ductless.

  1. 1. Increased Efficiency

    Does it sound like your window unit is putting forth tremendous effort to cool your room? That’s because it is. Ductless AC systems are up to 30 percent more efficient than window units, which means they cool your room faster and keep it that way more consistently. Plus, they’re quieter, too!

  2. 2. Cost Savings

    If you find yourself dreading the electric bill throughout the summer, it’s time to ditch that window unit. With the ductless system, efficient operation translates to significant cost savings. Many homeowners are pleased to find their utility bills plummet when they make the switch.

  3. 3. Improved Aesthetics

    Not only are window units extremely inefficient, they’re just plain ugly. Sleek, minimalistic and smaller, a ductless system is hardly noticeable. The indoor unit can be wall-mounted in a low-visibility location or recessed for a more custom feel, while the outdoor unit is placed on a stable solid surface.

  4. 4. Versatility

    With single-room or multi-room installation, ductless systems give you the comfort you need exactly where you need it. Plus, they can be paired with smartphones and other wireless control capabilities for the ultimate in convenient cooling.

  5. 5. Cleaner, Greener Air

    Depending on how old your window unit is, it could be doing more harm than good when it comes to your health. Not only do these units provide an ideal environment for bacteria and mold growth, they’re also not that effective at filtering dust and other allergens. Ductless systems are built with filters that remove particles and larger allergens, so you can breathe easy. And because they’re easily accessible, the filters can be cleaned and reused for up to ten years, generating less waste.

If you’d like your home to be cool and comfortable without the noise and distraction of a window unit, it’s time to ditch and switch. Contact McNamara Services for a free estimate and see what upgrading to ductless can do for you.

Bob McNamara, Owner, Oversees Every Job to Ensure the Highest Quality Standards.

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Tax Free! Tax Free-dom Event Ends 3/18/17

March 1st, 2017 // Blog

Get a break this tax season with McNamara Fireplace & Stove, Heating & Air Conditioning's Tax Free event

Tax Free Event Ends 3/18/17

Tax free-dom feels wonderful! Get a break this tax season with McNamara Fireplace & Stove, Heating & Air Conditioning’s Tax Free event.

Tax time is the most wonderful time of the year… said no one ever. It doesn’t have to be all bad. Celebrating our 24th anniversary, we want to pay the tax on your project with our tax free event. Purchase an appliance with installation and we’ll pay the tax for the entire project!

  • Gas fireplaces
  • Wood fireplaces
  • Gas log sets
  • Gas stove inserts
  • Free standing gas stoves
  • Wood stove inserts
  • Free standing wood stoves
  • Mantles and surrounds
  • Fireplaces doors and more!

Also enjoy additional event savings

  • Promotions available for Mitsubishi Ductless Heating and Cooling Systems. Add comfort to specific areas of your home with the industry leader in ultra efficient systems. Save money in the long run with lower maintenance, longer lasting components and intelligent comfort that adjusts power consumption to match your current needs.
  • Discounts on service
  • Discounts on dryer vent cleanings
  • Discounts on fireplace cleaning and camera inspections

About McNamara:

McNamara Services is your Licensed, Bonded, Insured and Certified Heating, Air Conditioning, Fireplace and Stove Company.
 
All day, every day, you work hard for the ones you love.
 
Here at McNamara Services we understand the value of the little things. There’s something special about coming home, sitting back and breathing easy. It’s comforting to be as cool as you like in the summer, and as warm and cozy as you need in the winter. It’s empowering to know you’re taken care of no matter what comes your way.
 
Our mission is to keep you cool and calm, safe and cozy, all year long. That’s happiness, that’s McNamara Services. Like us on Facebook. 

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Save $300 on Mitsubishi Ductless and Ultra Energy Efficient Systems

February 24th, 2017 // Blog

Save $300 on our full line of Mitsubishi Heating and Cooling Systems

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Mitsubishi heating and cooling sale $300 off

Mitsubishi is the industry leader in ultra high efficiency, energy saving systems. From their ever popular ductless units, to their revolutionary hyper heat systems, all your needs are filled with Mitsubishi. From now until March 31st, 2017 save up to $300 on all new installations of heating, cooling, hyperheat and other qualifying Mitsubishi products.

Installed by another industry leader, McNamara Heating and Air Conditioning, Fireplace and Stove Inc. gets you extended warranties on products, and double the industry standard on labor warranties. With the bizarre weather we’ve been having, why not install a combination system in your home? You’ll save time and money while improving energy efficiency and helping the environment in the process.

McNamara Services understands the value of the little things. There’s something special about coming home, sitting back and breathing easy. It’s comforting to be as cool as you like in the summer, and as warm and cozy as you need in the winter. It’s empowering to know you’re taken care of no matter what comes your way.
 
Our mission is to keep you cool and calm, safe and cozy, all year long. That’s happiness, that’s McNamara Services. Family owned and operated since 1993, we’ve been serving the Rockland, Westchester, Orange and Bergen counties for all your home comfort needs.

Fill out the form below to schedule your free estimate now. Remember to like us on Facebook for additional promotions and information.

 

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Why McNamara? Look down and save $25 instantly.

February 1st, 2017 // Blog

McNamara Heating & Cooling, Service and Repair

Nightmares like this won’t happen when you hire McNamara.

Why McNamara? 

In a word: detail. Picture it, you spend hours doing research and making phone calls to find the best heating service for your home. You pick one and when they arrive: it’s a complete let-down. Sound familiar?

It’s not your fault. Chances are there were about six hundred companies in an eight block radius all promising you the same things.

Yet in the moment of truth the technicians came in and were blunt and dirty. They walked all over your carpets and floors that you just cleaned. They didn’t clearly explain anything and when they left things felt more uncertain than before they arrived. The worst part was realizing that they didn’t even think they were doing anything wrong.

McNamara Heating Service, Repair, Installation. Polite, Neat, Friendly, Family Oriented.

Avoid aggressive repairmen and join a family oriented, friendly company that’s a true part of your community: McNamara Heating.

How do you find someone that can fix your heating without leaving a feeling of anxiety eating away at the pit of your stomach? What separates McNamara Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. from the competition?

Sure, our technicians are factory trained and certified. We do not use subcontractors, all technicians and installers are employees of McNamara, licensed and insured in your area.

We have almost 100 years of combined experience, and are ranked as one of the top performers in your area… just like all the other top companies in Rockland, Westchester, Bergen and Orange counties.

So, what sets us apart?

You are a savvy home owner, so you know the key lies in the details. When we come out to your home for heating service or repair: look down for those details. We provide stellar customer service by creating an entire in-home experience for you.

Our technicians are trained in non-standard experience-enhancing education that goes well above the minimum qualifications of factory certification programs. Our technicians learn speech etiquette to ensure communication is clear and easily understood. They receive time efficiency training to ensure punctuality. We have dust control standards and protective equipment on every truck so you never have to worry about cleaning up after a technician. Clean tarps, fresh boot covers, plenty of rubber gloves and spare cover jackets ensure no smears on your floors or smudges on the walls.

We strive to give you more than just great service. Our attention to detail and courtesy toward the little things will make the difference between a one-time visit, and a lasting relationship. It’s no wonder we’ve had customers loyal to us for over 20 years. Join the McNamara Family and receive regular discounts and off-season pricing.

We service all brands: including those we do not sell. We install Trane, Mitsubishi Ductless, Aprilaire and more. From now until April 30th, 2017, mention our dirty boot ad to save $25 on your next air conditioning service or repair*. 845-735-8228.

Bob McNamara and his team are outstanding. I’ve been using McNamara for many years and have referred them to many friends and family who are just as satisfied with the service, knowledge and professionalism that sets them apart from their competition. Bob and his technicians always treat us with respect, honesty and integrity. Bob and his team are the best! Bob, I think you should pat yourself on the back for running such a stellar show! Thank you and your team for outstanding service! –Gina Garcia

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From now until March 1st, 2017, save $25 on your next heating service or repair*. *limit one per home per year

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Free Seminar: How to Build a Proper Fire in Your Fireplace or Stove

January 13th, 2017 // Blog

 

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Free Seminar: Building a Proper Fire in Fireplaces & Stoves

Are you curious to learn the best, most efficient methods for building a fire in your fireplace or stove? Do you have questions you need answered? McNamara Fireplace and Stove, will be holding a free seminar to demonstrate techniques and answer your questions.

“We started this seminar to empower new burners with knowledge and confidence around their fireplaces and stoves,” Says owner Bob McNamara. “Also, it’s a lot of fun for the seasoned firebug who loves to fine tune their craft and peruse the new tricks of the trade.”

Topics covered will be:

-Selecting quality fuel and checking moisture content

-What to be aware of when ordering wood for delivery

-Acceptable fire-starters and those to avoid

-Trade secrets for building a better and cleaner fire

-Safety concerns and useful equipment

-Best practices to minimize cleanup

-Proper handling of ashes

-Technicians will be available to answer your specific questions about your unique situation throughout the day.

Your free seminar will be held on Saturday, January 21st, 2017  at 10:30 am and 1:30 pm, as well as Saturday, January 28th, 2017 at 10:30 am and 1:30 pm. McNamara Fireplace and Stove is located on 83 East Central Avenue in Pearl River NY.

For 24 years McNamara Fireplace and Stove, Heating and Air Conditioning has been the premiere home comfort company for Rockland, Westchester, Orange and Bergen counties. From wood stoves, gas inserts and log-sets, fireplaces and more, to Mitsubishi ductless heating and cooling, Trane forced air systems and boilers, humidity control and air cleaning, they have everything you need to stay cool an calm, safe and cozy all year long.

Email or call 845-735-8228 for details.

Save Big With Our Open House Event!

September 16th, 2016 // Blog

 Save on all heart appliances, wood stoves, fireplaces, gas inserts, log sets and more

Save Big With Our BIG Open House Event!

Save on appliances, parts and labor. Interest free payment options available.

McNamara is proud to announce the big savings event of the season! Save on all hearth appliances, wood stoves, fireplaces, gas inserts, log sets and more. Enjoy extended hours, big discounts and additional staffing from technicians, installers and showroom consultants to help you bring your project to life.

-Open Saturday and Sunday, September 24th and 25th, 2016

-Extended Hours

-Sales staff, technicians and installers available to answer questions and help you make your dream project come true

-Big Discounts on all inventory and installation labor

-If you have an interior designer, we would be happy to work with them on your project as well

Hurry while supplies last, message for details and to set up a consultation:

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McNamara Services’ New Website Has Launched!

July 21st, 2016 // Blog

McNamara, a Fully Licensed, Bonded, Insured and Certified Heating, Air Conditioning, Fireplace and Stove Company Releases New Website

How can our new website help you? Easy access and convenience go a long way in this busy world. Now, there’s even more ways to stay connected with us and ensure you get the service you need when you need it.

We worked with Liqui-Site, web and digital marketing agency in Nyack NY. The team worked tirelessly to ensure streamlined functionality to help you get what you need while you’re on the go.

Here at McNamara Services, we understand that hiring a heating and cooling company isn’t just about price and products, it’s about having someone you feel comfortable and safe with in your home every step of the way. That’s why we’ve gone further to give you access to who we are on an emotional level to help you connect with the individuals coming out to your home.

We have featured areas that pinpoint the heart of our business. We have also started a Facebook page to take advantage of their streamlined newsfeed. We have posted a myriad of helpful articles about health and its relationship with home heating, cooling and air filtration there. Keep your eyes peeled for promotions and original articles on the way!

We want to build a lasting relationship with you, to be your go-to source for all things home heating and air conditioning, as well as fireplaces and hearth products. Our dream is to keep you cool and calm, safe and cozy. That’s happiness, that’s McNamara Services.

Take a look around and see what you think. If you have any questions or would like to schedule your appointment, feel free to contact us through our new website, or call us at 845-735-8228.