Home Heating Experts

Your home should always welcome friends and family with warmth. There are so many options to choose from when it comes to heating your home that it may be confusing. We’ll help you choose the system that will not only heat your home, but will also be energy efficient.

We are often called to work with homeowners or contractors to solve heating “issues” – including areas of the home that aren’t getting enough heat or to address energy efficiency concerns. Diagnosing and solving heating issues is our area of expertise.

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Forced Air/Furnace/Hydro Air

A forced-air heating system uses air to transfer heat from the furnace to the rooms in your home. It does this by utilizing ductwork, vents, and plenums to distribute the air throughout your home. Forced air heat is very common in our area. The air is heated by gas, oil, propane, hydronic, or electricity within the furnace. The furnace and ductwork systems are typically located in the basement or attic space. To maximize the efficiency of the system it is important that the ductwork is properly sealed and insulated. This is done to make sure the air gets to the rooms it will be heating instead of being lost in the basement or attic areas due to leaking ductwork.

  • Furnace installation and replacement
  • Customized ductwork for space restrictions
  • Vent installation

Hydronic Baseboard and Radiator Heating

Hydronic heat works by heating water in a boiler and then pumping it to the radiators and baseboard through the distribution piping in the home. When the heated water reaches the baseboard or radiators it releases its heat to the ambient air to heat the living space. As the heat is drawn from the radiators it then returns to the boiler to be reheated. The water is heated by gas, oil, propane or electricity within the boiler.

  • Runtal baseboard and radiator installation
  • Standard baseboard heat installation and replacement

Hydronic Radiant Heating

Hydronic radiant heating works as hot water flows through tubing located in your home’s floor. It provides an even heat that is silent, healthy, and highly efficient. Energy savings between 20 and 40% can be achieved in certain applications. Radiant hydronic heating works well with all types of hardwood flooring, stone or ceramic tiles, and laminate flooring. Our clients’ who utilize this type of heating love that the floor stays at a very comfortable temp and keeps their feet nice and warm.

What you may not realize is that there are also outdoor applications to melt snow on driveways or walking paths – say goodbye to shoveling!

  • Radiant heating efficiency analysis and installation
  • Exterior applications for walkways and driveways

Ductless/Mini Split

Ductless, mini split systems are great for both heating AND cooling – it’s the best of both worlds in a compact little system. Mini splits are particularly useful when it’s not possible to add ductwork in the walls/ceiling, or if you have specific rooms in your house that aren’t sufficiently supplied with hot or cool air. Units can be mounted on the wall, on the floor, or recessed in a ceiling if framing allows. These highly efficient systems are operated by a simple remote control for on-demand air and powered by an extremely quiet exterior heat pump.

  • Heating system evaluation
  • Mini split installation
  • Condenser preventative maintenance

Steam Heat Radiators

Massachusetts boasts quaint old houses. However, along with all that “charm” often comes antiquated steam heating systems. Boilers produce steam which is sent through the heating system’s distribution piping and then on to the radiators. Some of these radiators are unattractive and can take up a lot of needed space. Utilizing new, wall-mounted steam radiators, that are atheistically pleasing and boast a smaller footprint, have become very popular. You can still have that “vintage” look, but in a smaller unit. Or you have the option of a more sleek and modern look if that is more your style.

  • Radiator replacement
  • Boiler replacement

Preventative Maintenance

We’ll make sure your system is up-to-date and running as efficiently as possible by providing regular routine maintenance.

  • Boiler maintenance and replacement
  • Heating system diagnostics
  • Jim and his crew did such a great job with the plumbing during my kitchen remodel that they are the only ones I call when ever I have a plumbing or furnace issue.

    Kate G.
  • The Lavallee team took the time to understand our heating and cooling issues before making a recommendation for a mini split system. In the end, the mini splits were the answer to our temperature problems - they made a huge difference in our home.

    Nancy S.
  • Jim Lavallee (Owner) and Chis Coran (Remodeling Division Manager) are everything we look for in a plumbing and heating contractor. They are responsive, knowledgeable, and responsible team players who take pride in their work, follow-through, and give great attention to detail. Our clients love having them in their homes.

    Karen Morse Morse Constructions
  • We have been using Jim Lavallee for years. They are professional, responsive, easy to work with and provide top notch plumbing and heating solutions/services.

    The Remodeling Company
  • Jim provides accurate, detailed and reasonable emailed quotes and responds promptly to our scheduling needs. He is proactive in helping to resolve the multitude of issues that come up in the extensive remodeling work that we do. His guys are friendly, well organized, and clean and get the job done. The quality of their work is well suited for the high-end remodeling projects that our company specializes in.

    Michael Gelb MGZ Design & Construction
  • It is with great pleasure that I can write to tell you how pleased I am with the Rinnai Tankless Water Heater you installed for me last year. I am confident that the high efficiency will save me money over the long term. Most importantly I want to commend you and your install crew for the excellent service, care, and proficiency with which the install was completed.

    Dave Southborough
  • Jim runs a great company. His values are clear and they shine though his company: honesty and integrity, great service, reliability and consistency, personal touch and relationship building.

    Daniel Glickman Sustainable Construction Services, Inc
  • Jim is a conscience professional who understands the dynamics of a jobsite including the importance of maintaining a schedule and budget without compromising quality.

    Brian Card Brendan Homes