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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Power Outage Emergency? Here’s How a Generator Will Help!

March 8th, 2021

woman-bundled-up-looking-cold-on-blue-backgroundHow can a power outage be an emergency? Well for starters, if it’s a chilly winter day in PA and you’re without a heater, that’s an emergency. Or what about not having your refrigerator? There are a number of reasons you don’t want to have a power outage—but what if you could have one and still have a functioning home? You can!

The answer is a whole-house generator. These systems give homeowners a peace of mind and are more useful, plus safer, than portable generator systems. Read on as we uncover how a generator helps to keep you comfortable and safe during a power outage.

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The Benefits and Needs of a Whole-House Generator

February 22nd, 2021

whole-house-generator-installed-next-to-brick-houseIf you haven’t already discovered this yourself as a homeowner, then you should know—portable generators can be a huge hassle. First off, they can impose a safety risk, running on stored gasoline that poses the opportunity for carbon monoxide poisoning in your living space. They can also be very inefficient, when you consider the cost-fuel perspective. Plus, they’re inconvenient! Weather could very well be the reason you have to turn it on, and that requires you going outside in that bad weather.

Fortunately, we’re not here to sell you a portable generator (that wouldn’t be a very good sales pitch, right?) Instead, we’re here to introduce you to the benefits of a whole-house generator, which is arguable the better and more desirable alternative. Read on as we uncover the benefits of this system and how different it is from a portable unit, and get ready to face any power outage you may experience with confidence that it won’t be a problem in your household.

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Beware These Potential End-Of-Season Heating Repair Needs

February 8th, 2021

animated-checklistThe groundhog may have just predicted last week that we’ll have 6 more weeks of winter, but we know as well as anyone that could go either way. When temperatures start warming up again, homeowners throughout Brentwood and beyond will look forward to shutting off their heaters and furnaces for the season and not giving them a second thought! The question is though, could this be a mistake?

We mean not giving your heater a second thought. If it’s been showing signs of disrepair, ignoring it could leave you with one of two (or both) very big problems: either a broken down heater the next time you go to use it when temperatures cool down again, or a broken down air conditioner due to a problem that affects both systems (such as damaged ductwork or a miscalibrated thermostat).

So, what signs should you want out for? Read on as we uncover a few of them!

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