June 17th, 2019
Comparatively 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.
June 3rd, 2019
With 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.
May 20th, 2019
Did 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.
May 6th, 2019
When 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!
April 22nd, 2019
While 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.
April 8th, 2019
Here’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!
March 25th, 2019
As we transition from cooler weather into warmer temps, your heater may finally be getting some reprieve. It will still be some time yet before we need to use our air conditioners on a regular basis, so now is a great time to just relax and forget about these systems, right?
Well… not quite. You should be handling any late-season heating repair needs now while you have the chance, and your air conditioner is just about ready for its spring maintenance appointment—more on that below.
Handling these tasks, and following the efficiency tips we’ve outlined below, will help you not only tackle high energy bills this summer, but will leave you in good shape all year round. Read on to learn more!
March 11th, 2019
This time of the year, when spring is almost here but winter temperatures are still gracing us with their presence, is a lousy time to have your heating system develop problems. It’s also the time of the year when heating system problems are most likely to happen, thanks to the stress they’ve been put under all season long. If you can detect problems in your heater early enough, though, you can have them repaired before they develop too far.
A furnace system that’s clearly showing signs of disrepair, though, that isn’t inspected, can fail you before the season is over, or never even start up next fall.
We can’t stress enough how important it is to watch for signs that something is amiss. One of the most common signs is a furnace that’s making strange noises. Keep reading to learn more about common problem noises, and what causes them.
February 25th, 2019
No, although this is a common misconception. Your furnace or ducted heat pump doesn’t produce dust any more than a boiler or a ductless system might. What your forced air heater does do, though, is circulate dust, allergens, and other debris throughout your home. That’s not to say you shouldn’t use your heater! It just means that you’ll need the right indoor air quality system(s) in place to combat this—such as a whole-house air purifier.
February 11th, 2019
Needless to say, it’s been a cold winter thus far! As your local HVAC contractor, we want to ensure that our customers stay as comfortable as possible during this chilly season. But we also want to make sure you’re doing so efficiently. High efficiency heating is accomplished in many ways, but one of the best ways is through correct use of your thermostat. Better use of your thermostat and control of your settings can do a lot for your heater, including reducing repair needs and helping it last longer.