Do Smart Thermostats Really Save Money?

July 19th, 2021
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The short answer to this is, “yes,” but don’t worry, we’ll elaborate!

Thermostats are one of those home comfort devices you likely don’t give a lot of thought to. If it’s working, it’s fine, right?

Sure, your current programmable thermostat may do the basics, like allowing you to set and adjust the temperature of your home. But what if you didn’t have to pay as much for your cooling and heating, and what if your thermostat choice could impact this?

It can! New, high-tech smart thermostats are capable of much more than simply adjusting the temperature of your home. For such an affordable upgrade, you can enjoy a number of benefits. So if you currently have an aging thermostat, or if you have just moved into a new home and you’re not sure how old the HVAC thermostat is, it’s a good idea to consider an upgrade. It may seem like a minor change, but it can have big implications. Read on to learn more!

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5 Harmful Effects of High Humidity

July 5th, 2021
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Did you know that your central air conditioner works as a natural dehumidifier? The problem with this is, that’s not what your central air conditioner was designed for. You actually need a lot of help to get your indoor relative humidity to a level that’s not only comfortable, but healthy, for your entire household.

A professionally installed, whole-house dehumidifier is the answer this this need. Not only will this installation help improve your comfort, but it can also help keep your home and property healthy, and keep your air conditioner performing as efficiently as possible.

Unsure if you really need such a system? Well, if your home has a relative humidity level of above 50% in the summer (which most Pittsburgh area homes do), then the answer is yes! But if you’re still unconvinced, we invite you to read on as we uncover 5 harmful effects of high humidity.

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Air Conditioner Not Cooling? 5 DIY Fixes to Try

June 21st, 2021
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There are a number of issues that could potentially afflict your cooling system, and require professional air conditioner repair in Pittsburgh, PA. As we head into summer and temperatures warm up even more, it’s important to make sure that your AC is prepared. Hopefully, you had maintenance done so you can be alerted to any repair needs before they grow into emergency problems, such as a complete system breakdown. Tune-ups are also vital to avoiding problems like a system that won’t cool.

This is understandably frustrating—your air conditioner has one job, right? If it can’t cool, then all you’re doing is paying to use a system that’s not even able to keep you comfortable. What can you do? Read on as we uncover 5 DIY methods you can use when you have a malfunctioning air conditioner.

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8 Ways to Cut Your Energy Bill This Summer

June 7th, 2021
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As temperatures begin to spike here in the Pittsburgh area, we probably don’t need to tell you that it is time to ensure your air conditioner is well-prepared for the heat. Not only that but now is the perfect time to ensure you’re using all your home comfort systems and appliances as efficiently as possible. After all, who wants to pay more than necessary on their energy bills this summer?

One of the first steps in doing this is having an energy audit completed, which we’ll dive into more below. Another is making sure your air conditioner is well maintained. Read on as we cover these and more tips on how to cut yoru energy bills this summer!

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Is It Too Hot Upstairs? Tips for Year-Round Comfort

May 24th, 2021
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No matter what season it is, it can be frustrating when your home is hotter upstairs than it is anywhere else in your home. That’s why we’ve provided some great tips below to help you combat this issue. Read on!

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Air Filter Buying Guide: Choosing the Right Filter for Your Home

May 10th, 2021
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Did you know that the air filters that come standard with your HVAC systems aren’t there to protect your indoor air quality at all? They certainly don’t hurt, but they’re actually in place to protect the interior components of the HVAC systems themselves from dirt, dust, and other debris that can get in and harm their components.

So, when we talk about air filters, we’re talking about air filtration systems—systems that will help improve the health, breathability, and safety of your indoor air. And don’t worry, finding just the right air filtration for you home isn’t something we expect you to do all on your own. This is what we are here for! We are home comfort and home efficiency experts and you can count on us to lead you the right direction with your air filtration options, which all starts with MERV.

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Pros and Cons of Ductless Air Conditioning Systems

April 26th, 2021
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More and more homeowners these days are exploring the option of going ductless for their cooling needs, and for good reason. Ductless systems are highly efficient, and effective at providing individualized cooling throughout the home.

But that doesn’t mean a ductless system is right for every home. Could it be right for yours? We’ll explore the pros and cons of this system below.

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Combat Spring Allergens at Home

April 15th, 2021
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Did you know that your indoor air pollution can be far worse than the outdoor air pollution? Homes today are built very tightly, to allow no air to escape from your home. This is really good news for your HVAC systems—this tight construction helps those systems work as efficiently as possible. But it’s not great news for your allergies.

Since no air can escape from your home, this means that no allergens and other contaminants can get out either. This includes everything from visible pollen and dust to microorganisms, odors, VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds), mold and mildew, and more. Does this mean there’s nothing you can do about those contaminants and allergens? Of course not! While no single technology can reduce or eliminate contaminants in the home, there are a number of indoor air quality solutions we provide that can mitigate your exposure. Read on to learn more!

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Here’s Your Spring Cleaning Checklist!

April 1st, 2021

checklist-with-red-markerWhen you see something about spring cleaning, you likely envision dusting and decluttering your home. Maybe you bag up some stuff to donate and call it a day. These tasks will certainly help you enjoy your home more, but we have a slightly different idea of what spring cleaning looks like.

For our professionals, spring cleaning means investing in home services and completing home maintenance tasks that will keep your household running as efficiently as possible. This improves your family’s comfort and contributes to lower monthly energy bills. Read on as we uncover our version of a spring cleaning checklist.

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Do You Need a Whole-Home Air Purifier?

March 29th, 2021

woman-leaning-back-on-chair-comfortableIf you’ve ever wondered if a whole-home air purifier will benefit your household, the answer is probably yes. Why? Because the quality of your indoor air could quite possibly be worse than that of the air outdoors.

Homeowners today are hyper-aware that it’s important to stay healthy inside their homes, and for good reason. While indoor air quality has become of a bit of a buzzword lately, it’s always been important. It’s one of those things you should care very much about. And our goal is to help you understand this as well as how a whole-home air purifier will help.

Keep in mind, while a big part of the focus these days on air purifiers is the prevention of virus transmission, there is no indoor air quality product that will completely eliminate this problem. But installing a whole-home air purifier will certainly help mitigate your risk.

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