Boehmer Heating & Cooling Blog: Archive for the ‘Air Conditioning’ Category

July Heat Wave: Tips for Extreme Heat Safety

Monday, 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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Heat-Proof Your Home: Save Energy & Improve Comfort

Monday, 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

Monday, 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

Monday, 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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Is an Air Conditioner Tune-Up Really Worth It

Monday, April 24th, 2023

If you’ve ever wondered if an air conditioner tune-up is really worth it, you’re not alone. Some homeowners want to spend the least amount of money possible when it comes to their air conditioner and don’t realize how many benefits there are to AC tune-ups. In fact, getting AC maintenance done every year will actually save money in the long run!

Another common question we get is, does AC maintenance have to be done every year? Well, it does if you really want to maximize the many benefits that tune-ups provide. Let’s dig deeper into the benefits of maintenance so you’ll enthusiastically schedule those AC tune-ups every year without any lingering doubts.

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Spring AC Maintenance Checklist

Monday, March 27th, 2023

Spring is here, and that means the temperatures are beginning to warm up. If you haven’t already switched your thermostat over to lower temperatures yet, you’ll be doing so soon. You want to make sure that your air conditioner is ready to keep your home cool throughout the summer.

As important as it is to schedule maintenance with a team of professionals, you also want to review your own personal spring AC maintenance checklist. After all, you do have some responsibility as a homeowner to keep up with air conditioning maintenance in some ways. Keep reading to learn more about how you can maintain your air conditioner so that it lasts for a long time to come.

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Don’t Forget To Change Your Filter

Monday, March 13th, 2023

There are plenty of highly important components in your heater and air conditioner that all require upkeep in order to keep these systems reliable. However, there is one part of your HVAC system that is often underestimated in its importance. It doesn’t move, it doesn’t make adjust the temperature of the air, and it doesn’t use energy but this part still has a big impact on your comfort.

We’re discussing the importance of your HVAC system filter and keeping a clean one in place. Let’s look at how this simple part can have a huge impact on your system and your comfort level.

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Myth Buster: Why You Should Avoid High-MERV Filters

Monday, September 12th, 2022

If you’re asking this question, then we’re glad you found our page–because you certainly do need a qualified HVAC professional to help you with your filter replacement. The higher the MERV rating of a filter– that is, the Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value– the tighter the weave of the fiber. And the tighter the weave, the smaller particles can be caught.

Not all HVAC filters are created equal. The purpose of this filter that comes standard in your HVAC systems is to protect the system from debris that can get sucked into it and harm its sensitive components. So it sounds like a higher MERV rating would be the best to protect your HVAC system, right?

Well…. not quite. And we’ll get into the reasons why below. First, let’s explain further what MERV ratings are. Read on!

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Play it Cool! 10 Ways to Beat the Extreme Summer Heat

Monday, July 4th, 2022
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If you’ve lived here for even just a year, then you know how brutal our summers can be. We’re here to help make them a little bit more comfortable! With our expert installation, maintenance, and repair services, we’ll make sure that your air conditioner is working as flawlessly as possible. Our services help ensure that your cooling system operates as efficiently and effectively as possible, for as long as possible, so you can beat the heat each and every summer.

Of course, there are a number of ways beyond simply using your air conditioner that can help you beat the heat. Read on as we uncover some of our favorite ideas!

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Help! My Air Conditioner Is Leaking Water

Monday, June 20th, 2022

When you hear about water leaks, you probably think about your plumbing system, right? Plumbing pipes have leaks all the time! Well, at least, a lot more than we probably prefer.

While plumbing leaks are certainly inconvenient and sometimes even really expensive to fix, there is another type of water leak you should be concerned about–not because it happens often but because when it does happen, it means trouble–a water leak coming from your air conditioner. Read on to learn why this is happening and what can be done in the future!

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