Boehmer Heating & Cooling Blog: Archive for June, 2015

I Just Got My AC Last Year – Does It Really Need Maintenance?

Monday, June 29th, 2015

There are many misconceptions about caring for a large home system like an air conditioner. One that our AC specialists hear often is “My air conditioner is new – does it really need maintenance?” and the answer is, if you want it to keep running optimally, yes, it does. Maintenance isn’t something you do after you find your air conditioner running poorly; it’s a service to schedule before that can happen. Typically air conditioning maintenance should be scheduled annually, but if you are off by a few months (or even a lot of months), you should schedule it at your earliest convenience. Why? Here are some reasons:

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Air Conditioning Installation: What Does SEER Have to Do with It?

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

Whole home air conditioning installation isn’t a single-step process. There are multiple items to be factored in and determined to ensure you install the right system for you and your home. One part of the process is determining just how energy efficient a system you want, and the way to determine this is by the SEER rating. SEER stands for seasonal energy efficiency ratio, and it tells you in a nutshell where a system falls in terms of energy efficiency. But choosing a system based on SEER alone isn’t advisable; instead, SEER should be one of several aspects that guide your choice for a new AC installment. The experts at Boehmer Heating & Cooling can help you review different SEER numbers to help you arrive at the right one for your home in Pittsburgh, PA.

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How Will the Freon Phase-Out Affect You?

Monday, June 15th, 2015

New laws in air conditioning rarely make the front page news, but since the early 1990s, there have been a number of new mandates rolled out to reduce the negative effects that greenhouse gases and refrigerant have had from an environmental standpoint. As mandates continue, there is one in specific of which you should be aware: the full phase-out of Freon, also known as R-22. Significant rollbacks have already occurred. For instance, if you have an air conditioning system that uses Freon, you may have been made aware that R-22 is only manufactured to repair existing ACs; in other words, air conditioners can no longer be produced with R-22. The result has been that Freon recharges for systems that have a refrigerant leak will be far more expensive than they were previously because of the limited amount of Freon being made. So the question is: is it worth it to keep your Freon-based air conditioning system in Pittsburgh, PA?

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Is a Ductless Air Conditioner a Good Choice for My Home?

Monday, June 8th, 2015

We are only a couple of weeks from the summer solstice, and if you are still looking for a whole home air conditioning system, you have likely come across ductless cooling. The idea of cooling your entire home without the use of ductwork may seem counter-intuitive, but once you understand how a ductless system works, you’ll understand that it may be a very viable choice for your home. However, the key to getting the most from any whole home air conditioning system is to hire professional installation and service providers, and that’s where the experts at Boehmer Heating & Cooling come in. We can help you determine if a ductless cooling system is right for you and install it expertly. First, let’s take a look at how the system works.

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Why It’s Important to Upgrade Your Thermostat

Monday, June 1st, 2015

You may not realize it, but your thermostat can be a tremendously useful tool in helping you control your cooling. Simply put, without a thermostat, your system wouldn’t know when to stop or start. Doesn’t it make sense, then, that you use a thermostat that can truly help you control the operation of your air conditioning system? The experts at Boehmer Heating & Cooling can help you do this with a thermostat upgrade. Why upgrade? Here are some reasons to consider it:

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