Boehmer Heating & Cooling Blog

Thermostat Practices to Avoid

August 12th, 2019

outdated-thermostat-being-adjustedDid you know you could be hurting the efficiency of your air conditioner simply by how you’re using the thermostat? Your thermostat is essentially the brain of your entire HVAC system, so if something is wrong with it, something is wrong with your system.

But we aren’t really talking about something being physically wrong with your thermostat, or the way the device communicates with your air conditioner, but rather how the way you use it causes your AC to perform, for better or for worse.

We’re going to cover a couple of behaviors that many homeowners still follow when it comes to their thermostat practices, and share with you why it’s not the best route to take.

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One Refrigerant Myth You Should Never Believe

July 29th, 2019

refrigerant-line-behind-ac-unitOne of the most commonly asked questions from homeowners is, “how often does my refrigerant need to be refilled?”

The answer might surprise you—hopefully, never!

Your air conditioner’s refrigerant should never need to be refilled—what we refer to as recharged in the HVAC industry. This is a common misconception though, that refrigerant is something that depletes over time, similar to gasoline from a car or oil from an appliance in your household.

How does refrigerant work, and what would cause a refrigerant loss? Read on!

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Keeping Your AC in Good Shape at the Peak of Summer

July 15th, 2019

ac-vent-near-floorWhere would we be without the modern convenience of air conditioning? Certainly not comfortable in our homes this summer, that’s for sure! Of course, just having a cooling system in place isn’t always enough. We also want to stay comfortable affordably.

That said, your air conditioner—as nice as it is to have—may not be keeping up to the standards you expect of it. Maybe it doesn’t reach the desired temperature on your thermostat fast enough, or perhaps it costs you too much to run from month-to-month.

But, there could be something—actually there could be a several somethings—you can do to boost your air conditioner’s efficiency and therefore keep your AC in good shape at the peak of summer, while costing you as little as possible.

Curious? Read on.

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How Healthy Is the Air You Breathe?

July 1st, 2019

interior-of-homeWe’re not talking about the air outdoors—that comes with its own challenges. Your indoor air can actually be of worse quality than that of the outdoors, without the right indoor air quality products or services in place.

The “problem” is that homes today are built very tightly. This means that no air is allowed to escape out of crevices, or drafty windows or doors. Everything is sealed up quite nice, which is great news for the efficiency of your cooling and heating system! But it’s not the best news for any allergy or asthma sufferers in your household.

There are a number of indoor air quality products that might benefit you, but today we’re going to talk about the whole-home air purifier in Whitehall, PA, and why it surpasses portable air purifiers in improving the health of the air you breathe.

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Heed These Signs of AC System Problems

June 17th, 2019

technician-working-on-air-conditionerComparatively speaking, our summers are fairly mild in our part of the country. Still though, heat is relative to what we’re used to—so when an air conditioner breaks down on an 80°F+ day, we have a right to complain! Of course, we don’t ever want you to reach that point, if we can help it. The best way to prevent any problems with your air conditioner is by scheduling annual maintenance with a professional—or biannual maintenance if you have a year-round heat pump.

But even with maintenance, repair needs can still crop up. Ignoring or delaying them can only cause more harm to your AC system. Some good news in all of this is that most AC repair issues do give out signs and symptoms well before they cause your system to break down entirely. While we would never recommend a homeowner formally diagnosing or trying to repair a faulty AC by themselves, you can certainly spot the signs that you need air conditioning repair, and give us a call from there.

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Is Your AC System Prepped for Summer?

June 3rd, 2019

animated-checklist-with-3-items-checked-offWith the official start of summer less than a month away, we hope you’ve given some thought to the state of your air conditioner. We imagine you have, since you likely needed it recently with the surge of warmer temperatures.

That said, is your air conditioner ready for summer? It’s not too late for your cooling system, if the answer is “no.” We’d rather have you schedule your professional maintenance session now, or even in the middle of summer, than not schedule it all this year!

Professional maintenance allows our technicians to fully inspect and clean your air conditioner, making any needed adjustments and/or recommendations for repairs. And as important as professional maintenance is, there are even a few smaller tasks you can and should do to ensure your system is prepped for summer.

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Ceiling Fans and How they Help Your Cooling System

May 20th, 2019

brown-wooden-ceiling-fan-on-grey-ceilingDid you know that not only can a ceiling fan help keep you cool, but it can also improve the efficiency of your air conditioner? Actually, it can improve the efficiency of your forced-air heater, too (more on that below!)

When you live somewhere with a summer climate like ours, you want to do everything you can to stay cool and comfortable, while not breaking the bank. Well, a ceiling fan, or multiple ceiling fans, is a pretty simple way to reduce what you pay for air conditioning in Allison Park, PA.

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What Is Geothermal Cooling All About?

May 6th, 2019

animated-picture-of-white-house-with-geothermal-tubes-going-into-groundWhen you think about air conditioning and heating systems, you probably envision the traditional central split air conditioner and furnace combination. After all, that’s what most homes in our area are equipped with.

And when most people hear the term geothermal, they’re likely to think of heat. This makes sense–after all, the word thermal is right there in the name. As a matter of fact, geothermal heat pump systems are, indeed, a great way to bring warmth into a home. That’s not all they do, though!

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It’s That Time Again: Schedule Your Next Tune-Up

April 22nd, 2019

clock-imposed-on-white-backgroundWhile last week’s little heat wave wasn’t a great example, we still have a little while left before we need to turn on our central air conditioning systems on a daily basis. But if that sudden increase in temperature was a sign of anything, it’s that when summer comes, it hits hard and you want to ensure that your air conditioner is very well prepared.

Regular preventive maintenance helps our technicians ensure that your cooling system is ready for the added strain of the summer heat. Neglecting maintenance for too long, or skipping it altogether, will make it more likely that you’ll face problems by the end of the cooling season or sooner. Read on to learn more about cooling system tune-ups and there benefits.

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Is it Time for an Energy Audit on Your Home?

April 8th, 2019

cardboard-house-cutout-being-held-against-blue-skyHere’s the thing about homes today—if yours was built in the last decade or so, it was constructed tightly. What does that mean? Well, it means that everything is tightly sealed to allow no air from going out and no outside air from sneaking in. This is great news for your HVAC systems, as it allows them to work as efficiently as possible. This isn’t, however, fool-proof

The fact of the matter is, over the years your windows and doors can develop drafts. Your ductwork can degrade to the point that you have conditioned air leaking into unused spaces such as your attic or crawlspace. You may have an aging HVAC system that’s performing inefficiently, or aging insulation that’s not keeping your home warm or cool, depending on the season. Fortunately, there is an answer to these obstacles—a home energy audit!

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