5 Low-Cost Ways to Prep Your Home for Winter

September 25th, 2023

As the temperatures begin to drop and leaves start to change color, it’s time to prepare your home for the change in season. If you don’t have a checklist of fall home maintenance items, now’s the perfect time to start one and we’ve got 5 essential items to add to the list.

These small tasks can make a huge difference in your home comfort this autumn and winter.  You can help ensure your home stays comfortable, efficient, and well-protected during the cooler months. Let’s get your home ready to embrace the joys of the season.

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Furnace Comparison Guide for New Installations

September 11th, 2023

Furnace technology has advanced enormously in just the last decade. The furnaces of today are designed to be more energy efficient while reducing your carbon footprint. With greater energy efficiency comes a reduction in energy bills, and with how much you use your furnace during our cold, bitter winters, these are all benefits that homeowners are happy to reap! 

So what do you need to take into consideration when shopping for a new furnace? Some key things to consider are its fuel type, AFUE rating, and blower speed. Let’s take a look at these in depth.

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Get Your Home’s Air Back-to-School Ready

August 28th, 2023

If it’s “Back to School” time in your family, you’ve probably got a lot of things on your to-do list. Purchasing school supplies, scheduling doctor appointments, and planning a family schedule are just some of the many things that need to be considered.

Part of your preparation might be making sure your kids have hand sanitizer, wipes, and Kleenex in their backpacks. That’s because back to school means your child or children will pick up a lot of germs while they’re out and bring them back to your household.

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Negative Impacts of Extreme Heat to Indoor Air Quality

August 14th, 2023

Extreme heat waves are becoming more and more common not just in the US, but across the world. Here in Pennsylvania, we haven’t been immune to the extreme heatwaves that have been sweeping the Northeast. Add to that the poor air quality caused by the Canadian wildfires and it’s all the more reason to hunker down inside your home.

When a heatwave is in the forecast, people are advised to stay inside to avoid the brunt of the heat. And when wildfire smoke is present, not venturing outside is highly recommended. Your home should be not just a cool respite when temperatures skyrocket, but your home’s air quality needs to be healthy as well. Let’s look at the negative impacts of extreme heat on your home’s indoor air quality and how you can improve it. 

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July Heat Wave: Tips for Extreme Heat Safety

July 17th, 2023

Extreme heatwaves are an issue that is becoming more common across the US. In fact, we’ve already experienced some unusually high temperatures here in Pittsburgh and we’re not even halfway through the summer. 

When a heatwave is in the forecast, many homeowners want to know what they can do to not just stay comfortable, but to stay safe in their homes. It’s also important to know how to set your thermostat during extreme heat. Let’s go over 3 tips for how to stay safe and comfortable during record-high temperatures. 

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Protect Your Home, Appliances & Electronics from Power Outages & Surges

July 3rd, 2023

Extreme weather and increased demands on the power grid are causing more frequent power outages and surges. As a homeowner, you may be wondering what you can do to protect your home in both situations. 

Portable generators and store-bought surge protectors are options, but they have their shortcomings and can only do so much. We can install whole house surge protectors and a standby or whole house generator in your Pittsburgh, PA home to give you peace of mind during the next major power outage. 

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How to Use the IRA for Home Efficiency Upgrades

June 19th, 2023

You may have heard about the benefits available to homeowners through the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). What’s well-known about this act is that it provides rebates and tax incentives for homeowners to upgrade their HVAC systems. What’s not as well known is the fact that the IRA has also made provisions for homeowners to receive a discount on a home energy audit.

You’ve probably never even heard of a home energy audit, let alone how to save money on one. In a nutshell, a home energy audit checks for energy wastage in your home. If you’re at all concerned about wasted energy or high utility bills, we can conduct a meticulous home energy audit in your Pittsburgh home. 

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Heat-Proof Your Home: Save Energy & Improve Comfort

June 5th, 2023

Did you know that there’s no such thing as “cold?” In the world of thermodynamics and complicated physics, you have heat and a lack of heat. This is important because our heating and cooling systems don’t fight two different villains, they really just treat one type of energy in two ways. Heaters add heat to our homes and AC units remove heat.

So, when we’re looking at ways to stay energy efficient during the summer, we’re really examining ways to keep the heat outside of your home and make the process as easy as possible for your AC. This can involve a wide spectrum of practices, from changing the air filter of your HVAC system on a regular basis, to getting a full AC replacement in Pittsburgh, PA. What’s important is that you make the most cost-effective decision for your home’s comfort now and in the future.

Here are a few tips to stay more efficient and comfortable this summer.

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5 Reasons to Upgrade Your AC in the Spring

May 22nd, 2023

Summer is just around the corner and that means you’ll soon be relying heavily on your air conditioner. How are you feeling about its performance so far?

The hot weather hasn’t really arrived yet so if you’re not sure that your AC is going to keep you sufficiently cool through the summer–or even worse, you fear it might break down altogether–now’s actually a great time to strongly consider a new AC installation.

There are many reasons why upgrading your AC before the summer starts is a great idea. Let’s go over 5 of the most important ones so you can be an informed consumer when it’s time to make the decision.

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How To Choose Between A Mini Split or Central Air Conditioner

May 8th, 2023

Today’s homeowners have so many options when it comes to how they cool down their homes. If it’s time for you to choose a new air conditioner for installation, you may be wondering if you should go with the classic central air conditioner or opt for a ductless mini split.

Making the decision is easier when you take into account certain factors such as the quality of your ductwork, how long you intend to own your home, and many others. Let’s look at the many pros and cons of both of these systems so you can be an informed consumer when it’s time to choose. 

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