January 13th, 2020
The way you treat your heating system matters! No, we don’t mean you should be giving it constant praise and attention each day, but you should be following best practices in how you use your thermostat, how diligent you are about scheduling routine maintenance, and how soon you call a professional when you detect signs of a heater in disrepair.
These are all actions that help not only boost the efficiency of your heater, but prevent repairs in the meantime. Read on to learn more!
December 30th, 2019
Heating is an important part of home comfort around our area! Sure, we may get plenty of use from our air conditioners but our heaters get the brunt of the work throughout the year. That said, you need yours to perform flawlessly, right?
The only way to ensure this is the case is to have it routinely maintained by a professional. Every year, our technicians can come out to fully inspect, clean, and adjust your furnace as needed. If we see areas of improvement, we’ll alert you so that you can make a repair call right away. Tackling repair needs when they are still small is the best way to fend off bigger, costlier emergencies.
Of course, regardless of maintenance, it’s a good idea to be aware of common furnace repair needs so that you can be on the lookout. What are the most frequent? Read on to find out just a few.
December 16th, 2019
And if your thermostat is outdated, does it matter?
Well, yes. Using outdated technologies often means you aren’t getting the most efficient or cost-friendly use out of them, and your thermostat is no exception. Your heater and air conditioner can be the highest-efficiency systems on the market, but with a malfunctioning, or old and ineffective thermostat, that might not mean much.
The thermostat is essentially the brain of your HVAC system, tasked with maintaining a comfortable temperatures inside your home. Today’s thermostats—smart thermostats but even the basic digital thermostat is an upgrade from the old manual slider devices still found in any homes—can do so much more than an outdated device. You may be wondering, “Do I really need a thermostat that can do more than just set temperatures?”
Of course you can keep things basic, but a smart thermostat offers a number of benefits that can save you energy, money, and frustration.
December 2nd, 2019
Are you one of the over 64 million homeowners in the U.S. who use natural gas for winter heat? It is that popular—but that also means that there are more people that may be dealing with safety issues. We don’t mean to say that gas furnaces post an inherent risk to homeowners—they don’t. They wouldn’t be installed in so many homes if so. In fact, current standards for gas-heating manufacturers put a special emphasis on maintaining safe operation.
But, if your furnace isn’t well cared for, you could certainly run into problems. No gas-appliance can be 100% problem-proof if it’s not adequately maintained. There’s one gas furnace danger, in particular, you should be aware of in an ill-maintained system, and that’s a cracked heat exchanger.
November 18th, 2019
When you live where we do, then you’re all too familiar with the experience of dry air. The missing moisture from the air can cause a host of problems in your home, especially this time of the year, as the temperatures cool and you need to use your heater more and more. Use of your HVAC systems actually help dehumidify your living space, exacerbating the problem with dry air and subsequent poor indoor air quality.
If you haven’t already taken advantage of a whole-house humidifier installation, the best time is now, while our current humidity levels are relatively balanced.
Chances are, you’ve seen portable humidifiers in drug stores, and you may even have one in your own home to help alleviate cold symptoms or allergy symptoms. But the whole-house humidifier tackles the root of the dry air problem.
November 4th, 2019
When it comes to saving money on your HVAC costs each year, one of the best things you can do is confide in the experts of Pittsburgh HVAC installations for your new heater purchase. Our experienced team of technicians will make sure you’re matched up with the best heating system for your specific home, and that it’s sized and installed correctly.
What if we told you there’s more you can do each year to boost your heating efficiency, and many of the steps we’re about to share are free? It’s true. Read on to learn more about how you can boost heating efficiency this coming winter, and start saving some cash!
October 21st, 2019
For many homeowners, it’s fun to get in the spooky spirit this time of year. With Halloween quickly approaching, you may be decorating your home in preparation for trick-or-treaters, maybe planning fun or quirky costumes for you and your family, and of course, tending to any heating repair needs you might have.
Oh wait, what’s that? You haven’t even thought about your heater?
If you haven’t scheduled preventive maintenance yet for your home heating system, now is the time! The last thing you need this season as you begin to use your furnace or heat pump is to be haunted by strange noises, indicating something is terribly wrong with your heater. Not only can this be unsafe, but it’s definitely inefficient and will end up costing you more to actually run your heater in the long run.
Avoid this scary situation by knowing when to call for repairs—for example, when your heater is making any of the following noises.
October 7th, 2019
It may not be chilly enough to use our heating systems on a regular basis quite yet, but soon enough colder weather will be here. The best way to make sure your heater is ready for that colder weather is to schedule maintenance before it hits. Maintenance allows our technicians to thoroughly inspect, adjust, and clean your furnace.
All of this works to lessen the chance you’ll run into a sudden breakdown. Still though, even with maintenance, it is probable that at some point, you will need furnace repairs. Some are more serious than others (more on that below) but all should be managed with the same level of care if you expect your furnace to operate effectively and efficiently all winter long this year.
September 23rd, 2019
Have you ever had a home energy audit done for your living space? Do you know what a home energy audit is? This is a professional service offered by only a select few HVAC professionals.
A professional home energy audit helps technicians determine where your home is losing energy, and wasting money as a result. During this service, a trained member of our team will come to your home and conduct assessments that look at a host of factors to see where in your home you could benefit from a home energy solution.
September 9th, 2019
It’s hard to imagine needing your heating system on a regular basis quite yet, but that time will come soon enough. When it does, you want to ensure that it’s ready to perform as efficiently and effectively as possible, without fear of it breaking down suddenly on you.
Maintaining your furnace well before winter begins is a great idea, as it helps you fend off problems that can crop up and help prevent a scenario where you’ll be stuck with a malfunctioning heater in the middle of the season when you need it the most. Keep reading to learn more about the benefits of getting your furnace professionally maintained.