Boehmer Heating & Cooling Blog

Thermostat Habits that Raise Your Bills

August 14th, 2017

digital-thermostat-male-handMany people don’t give a second thought to how they set the thermostat. After owning a central air conditioner and heater for several years, how you set the thermostat becomes second nature. When it’s hot, you walk over to the thermostat and adjust the settings, and if you’re worried about your bills, you may raise the temperature.

It turns out that some of the most seemingly harmless thermostat habits can raise our bills quite a bit. In fact, even when we think we set the thermostat to help save money, we may actually do the opposite. Find out what habits you should consider changing below. Call our expert technicians to learn from the best!

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Here’s What You Should Know About AC Refrigerant

July 31st, 2017

ac-maintenance-air-conditioner-unit-toolsRefrigerant, a substance you may sometimes hear referred to by a name brand—Freon—is a necessary component of any conventional central AC system. There are a lot of misconceptions about refrigerant that cause some homeowners to assume problems exist where they don’t, or worse—that there is no problem when one does exist.

Your air conditioning system is charged with a set amount of refrigerant upon installation (which may not be “Freon” by name). We want to tell you more about the purpose of refrigerant and why low refrigerant may be more of a problem than you think.

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How Minor Issues in a Home Make AC Bills Higher

July 17th, 2017

ac-unit-moneyWhen your air conditioning bills are higher than usual, you may come to think that’s just the hand you’ve been dealt. After all, air conditioning equipment does become less efficient with time, and variations in the weather certainly have an effect on how much energy your system requires. While AC equipment and outdoor temperatures can certainly be at fault for your high bills, there may be other factors under your control.

Conditions within the home influence how well your air conditioner works, and these are often things that can be repaired. Check out some of the home troubles that can make energy bills soar, and call our team to help you get the changes you need.

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Why Every Air Conditioner Needs Routine Maintenance

July 3rd, 2017

ac-top-condenser-fanWe know that calling an air conditioning technician may be considered a hassle to some. Many people only consider calling in a technician when an air conditioner is showing signs of breaking down or has already quit working. Some of our customers don’t know that air conditioning maintenance is an option.

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Give Your AC System a Break This Summer with These Tips

June 19th, 2017

man-fan-hatWe know how much you’d love to run the air conditioner at full blast all day when it starts to get hot and humid outside. However, this simply is not doable when you factor in the cost of energy. Besides, running your air conditioner all day long would really wear out the system, potentially forcing it to fail far sooner than expected and to require frequent repairs. Your system is designed to cycle off for long periods of time because your air conditioner needs a break!

Give your system a bit of a break this summer by following our expert tips and by calling our thorough, experienced team for all of your air conditioning needs in Pittsburgh.

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New Innovations in Air Conditioning You Should Know About

June 5th, 2017

ductless-ac-living-roomMany people pay attention to the latest in flashy gadgets like smartphones and video game consoles. But few know what’s going on in the world of heating and cooling. We understand that this may not be the most interesting subject for today’s homeowner—but maybe it should be. After all, air conditioning can account for a majority of your utilities in the summertime!

Keep up to date with the latest in AC technology with the help of our experts.

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Why You Should Invest in Geothermal Energy for Your Home

May 22nd, 2017

globe-africaRenewable energy is making headlines lately, and it may be something you’ve been hoping to invest in for your home for a long time. Wind and solar power have long been discussed as solutions to a slow depletion of natural resources, but these are not accessible to every home or homeowner.

Geothermal heating and cooling is a way to take in renewable energy for a specific task, cooling or heating a home, which often accounts for the highest spending on your energy bills. A geothermal system is an investment, but it’s one that’s well worth the results.

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High Energy Bills? A Few Mistakes You May Be Making

May 8th, 2017

CFL-bulb-moneyIt’s time to take control over your monthly spending. You’ll find a lot of advice out there on the internet about how to reduce your bills and cut out unnecessary spending—cancelling unused subscriptions and memberships, for one—but unless you reassess the amount of energy used in your home, bills will remain high. This is especially true as we move into another hot and humid spring and summer, so it’s time to take action.

From simple mistakes to structural problems within the home, there are a few issues around the house that may be causing an unnecessary spike in your monthly bills.

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Tips for Starting Up Your Air Conditioner This Spring

April 24th, 2017

changing-filter-air-ductSoon enough, you’ll be running your central air conditioner just as often as you ran your heating system this winter. In our part of the country, it can get pretty humid, so you may be anxious to get the air conditioner started up right away at the first sign of heat. But we’re here to remind you that you cannot expect your air conditioner to run properly when you need it, unless you prepare.

Just like heating systems, air conditioning units need maintenance before the warmer weather is in full swing. Today, we’ll talk about the importance of scheduling a maintenance visit in the spring and offer you more helpful advice for getting your air conditioner into gear. To learn more, contact your friendly local HVAC specialists.

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The Best In-Home Solutions for Pollen Allergies

April 10th, 2017

sneeze-woman-tissueDid you know that about 20% of Americans are allergic to pollen? If you are one of the millions, you might notice that your symptoms don’t discriminate based on location. Whether you are indoors or out, allergies can come up and bring you down, and this is particularly upsetting when you are in your own home.

Pollen allergies can act up anywhere—mostly because pollen can be just about anywhere. It travels well, moving easily in the air and into your lungs, but you may be able to take some control at home.

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