Boehmer Heating & Cooling Blog

Could Your Home Use a Humidifier?

November 19th, 2018

Beautiful young woman sitting by the window having hot drinkIf you’ve lived in the Pittsburgh area for even just a year, then you are probably well aware of how dry our winters can get. When you take that dryness and put it in your home, you could end up with a lot of problems. And the thing is, the relative humidity outdoors absolutely impacts the moisture levels indoors! The lowest humidity level before your environment starts getting uncomfortable (and unhealthy) is 30%—you want your home’s relative humidity level to be between this and 50%.

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Tips for Staying Warm in Your Home

November 5th, 2018

Young smiling woman sitting on sofa and looking up while drinking hot tea. Young brunette woman thinking at home in a leisure time. Happy girl relaxing at home on a bright winter morning.Temperatures are dropping quickly, and with that you want to make sure you are well prepared. This means making sure your heating system is ready for the season by scheduling maintenance, and taking care of any repair needs that crop up right away, rather than waiting. But getting the right heater service in Upper St. Clair is just part of staying warm in your home. There are a number of steps you can take to actually use your heater more efficiently to get the most out of and to ensure your comfort all winter long. Read on to learn more!

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Never Ignore This One Furnace Problem

October 22nd, 2018

Technician looking over a gas furnace with a flashlight before cleaning it.There are a number of reasons a homeowner may choose to invest in an electric furnace over a gas-powered system. For one, they may not even have access to their municipal’s gas line. Another reason might be that they’re worried about the safety hazards that a gas-powered system presents.

That’s not to say gas furnaces are inherently dangerous. In fact, today’s systems are built much sturdier than those of the past, and so long as you have your system professionally installed and serviced by trained professionals, you shouldn’t have much to worry about.

However, just like any other powerful appliance, gas furnaces do need routine maintenance done. And skipping this service certainly can leave you in danger—in danger of a carbon monoxide leak due to a cracked heat exchanger.

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What Heater Repair Issues Could You Face without Maintenance?

October 8th, 2018

cold man looking at thermostatWouldn’t it be nice if there were a way to guarantee your heater would work flawlessly all fall and winter long this year? Unfortunately, this just isn’t the case. Eventually, you will have a repair need that requires professional attention. Of course, you can reduce the risk of major and sudden repair needs by scheduling maintenance once a year for your heater! This is one of the most important HVAC services in Baldwin, PA you can invest in.

We get it, with temperatures still pretty high in recent weeks, you probably aren’t even thinking about your heating system yet. But let’s face it when winter hits, it hits hard. You’ll be grateful for a fully functional and efficient heating system. Below, we’ve detailed some heater problems that can crop up if you skip this service, and what they potentially mean for your heater.

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The Time Has Come: Schedule Your Furnace Tune-Up

September 24th, 2018

Technician looking over a gas furnace with a flashlight before cleaning it.HVAC maintenance, also known as a tune-up, isn’t something we just throw out as a recommendation to make a few extra bucks. We get it, it’s an easy recommendation to pass over unless something is already seriously wrong with your air conditioner or heater. But whether it’s all of the sudden or not, if you can’t get any cooling on a sweltering day or heating on a freezing cold night, you’re going to wish there had been some way to prevent it.

Well, there is. As we progress toward the cooler months, we encourage you to get a heating tune-up on your schedule if you haven’t already. It really is one of the most important Pittsburgh furnace services you can have done, for a number of reasons that we’ll get to below.

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AC Replacement: Should You Stick with a Central AC System?

September 10th, 2018

white question mark on blue backgroundBeing residents of the areas we serve ourselves, we understand that going without an air conditioner in the summer is simply not an option. So when yours dies on you, or its age indicates that it is just about time for a replacement, you may be tempted to rush out and replace it with a newer model of the same type of air conditioner you already have. For many homeowners in our area, this means sticking with central air conditioning in Pittsburgh, PA .

There are a number of benefits to sticking with central air conditioning, and this may end up being the best option for your specific home and needs after all, but it’s not the only option there is. Whether your ducts are in bad shape or you’re simply looking for an alternative for your cooling needs to save you money, then you’d do well to consider the ductless system.

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Schedule Your End-Of-Season AC Repairs Now!

August 27th, 2018

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We may still have a decent number of summer days left, but soon enough temperatures will drop, and we’ll start focusing our attention on the cooler weather, and therefore our heating systems. This doesn’t mean you should forget about your air conditioner though!

There are a few key areas of your air conditioner where the technicians on our staff see problems with more often than other parts. This is especially true near the end of summer after your air conditioner has been working day in and day out. You’re at less of a risk of problems if your air conditioner had maintenance done by a reputable HVAC company in Bethel Park, PA, but you could still run into some repair needs, that should not be ignored.

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This Thermostat Mistake Could be Costing You

August 13th, 2018

Stock image of hand adjusting thermostatSummer is an enjoyable time of the year around our area, but the heat can admittedly get a bit tiresome for many, especially indoors! When you’re out enjoying the summer weather all day, the last thing you want to do is come home to a living space that is just as hot—you want a fully efficient and effective air conditioner to great you. This does not, however, mean that you should blast your air conditioning in Pittsburgh, PA as low as the thermostat will go!

Many homeowners result to this as a solution to the heat, but the recommended temperature setting during the summer is 78°F, according to the Department of Energy. If you keep setting it lower and lower thinking it will help you get cooler faster, you’d be making a mistake. Now, if you’re setting it lower and lower and you do not feel cooler at all, then there might be something wrong with your air conditioner, which will get to down below. Read on to learn more!

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Don’t Believe Refrigerant Myths (Or Other AC Misconceptions)

July 30th, 2018

Myths or Facts concept with business woman hand drawing on blackboardThe good ol’ World Wide Web has made it pretty easy for people to access information on just about any topic with a few keywords in a search bar. However, this also makes it pretty easy for people to access incorrect information, too. As a result, many myths have spread about various home services and appliances, with your Pittsburgh, PA air conditioning system being no exception.

Using that same power of the internet, we’d like to dispel some of these myths, particularly one about refrigerant loss. Keep reading to learn about this and other AC misunderstandings you may have never realized you had.

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An Air Purifier Can Improve Indoor Air Quality

July 16th, 2018

An air purifier is a device which removes contaminants from the air in a room. These devices are commonly marketed as being beneficial to allergy sufferers and asthmatics, and at reducing or eliminating second-hand tobacco smoke. Vector graphic.Were you aware that the quality of your indoor air can actually be worse than that of outdoors? In fact, this is the case in many homes—particularly those that aren’t equipped with the right indoor air quality products or haven’t invested in air quality services in the past.

Today’s residences are built with HVAC efficiency in mind—they’re built tight as to not let any conditioned air out or outside air in. This is great news for your heating and cooling costs each year, but not so fabulous for your air quality. Among the numerous products we have available to help combat this, however, is the air purifier.

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