Boehmer Heating & Cooling Blog: Archive for the ‘Home Maintenance’ Category

Solved! Easy & Effective Ways to Ditch the Dust (and Other Common Indoor Pollutants)

Monday, August 1st, 2022
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If you are an indoor allergy or asthma sufferer, then you know that “allergy season” can sound like a joke–allergies for us are practically year-round.

And what many homeowners don’t realize is that their indoor air quality can actually be worse than the quality of the air outdoors. This is because of how homes are constructed these days–homes are built to be very tight and efficient, disallowing any air from escaping or getting in. This is great news for the performance and monthly costs of your AC use, but not great news if you have allergies.

From dust to VOCs, there are a number of indoor pollutants that can make the allergy journey even worse. Fortunately, we are here to help! Read on to learn signs that you have indoor air quality problems, what could be causing those problems, and what solutions we have available for you!

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Help! My Air Conditioner Is Leaking Water

Monday, June 20th, 2022
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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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Spring Home Maintenance, Don’t Overlook Your Air Conditioner

Monday, March 28th, 2022

Spring is officially here! As the weather warms and you get in the mood for gardening and home improvement projects, you may be wondering where to start. Our basic spring home maintenance tips include:

  • Cleaning your windows and screens
  • Replacing the air filters in your HVAC system
  • Sealing up your doors and windows
  • Touching up your exterior paint
  • Decluttering your home

These are just a few examples! But perhaps the most important thing you can do for your home during spring is taking steps to make the interior of your home more comfortable, and your energy more efficiently. How so? By remembering your air conditioner, as well as your other indoor air quality efforts! Read on to learn more.

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8 Questions to Ask Before You Hire an HVAC Company

Monday, February 28th, 2022
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When you hire an HVAC company, you don’t want to work with just any ol’ contractor you find online. You want to make sure they’re qualified for the job, experienced, and that they won’t lead you astray by making expensive mistakes.

It can be hard though, to discern a truly professional HVAC professional from an amateur, if you’ve never had to deal with a choice like deciding between HVAC contractors. Fortunately, we’ve provided you with 8 of the top questions you should ask to ensure you’re getting set up with the right team. Read on!

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6 Ways to Improve Furnace Efficiency

Monday, November 22nd, 2021
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Saving money might not seem like an easy thing to do when temps drop below freezing and you need your heater to do its magic. Your HVAC systems account for about half of all your home’s energy use, and you can’t exactly stop using it to save energy and improve efficiency.

The good news is, you don’t have to! There are some simple ways for you to boost heating efficiency, and therefore spend less on not only your monthly utility bills, but surprise repair needs, too! Read on to learn what these methods are.

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Winter’s 5 Hidden Dangers in Your Home & How to Avoid Them

Monday, November 8th, 2021
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Boehmer Heating & Cooling has been in business for over 85 years, and throughout that time, three generations of the Boehmer family have pioneers home performance solutions for our customers throughout Pittsburgh and beyond, that increase in-home comfort, health, and most importantly, safety.

We’re committed to keeping our customers protected no matter what time of the year it is, but winter presents some specialized risks that most folks don’t consider. Read on as we uncover 5 potential hidden dangers in your home, and how to avoid them!

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Assessing Your Indoor Air Quality for Back-to-School Time

Monday, August 2nd, 2021
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For many households, “back-to-school” time might actually mean “back-to-homeschool” time. Even if your kiddos are going back to the classroom, surely you’d like your home to be as healthy as possible for when they’re inside the house! Fortunately, there are a number of improvements you can make within your household to ensure this is the case. We provide a number of indoor air quality products and services to help make your indoor air more breathable, comfortable, and better overall.

Read on as we uncover some indoor air quality additions you can make to your home:

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Combat Spring Allergens at Home

Thursday, 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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What Does It Mean to Have “Good” Indoor Air Quality?

Monday, December 14th, 2020

young-couple-sitting-on-couch-looking-happyIndoor air quality is probably a term you’ve been hearing a lot lately, particularly if you’re reading this blog post at time of its publishing, near the end of 2020. Air quality is playing a huge role in how safe individuals feel in regards to the transmission of germs and illness. It’s understandable to have this concern, but what many homeowners don’t realize is they may have been suffering from poor indoor air quality for years without knowing it!

“Wait,” you may say, “My HVAC systems work just fine and keep me comfortable, so my indoor air quality is fine.”

Okay, but is “fine” really good enough for you? What would “good” indoor air quality mean for your home? When we talk about indoor air quality, we’re going far beyond how hot or cold it is in your home. We’re looking at how healthy the air you breathe is, as well as how that air quality can affect various components of your property. Read on as we explore what good indoor air quality looks like:

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Air Conditioning Maintenance and Coronavirus: How to Stay Safe & Comfortable

Thursday, May 21st, 2020

Lives everywhere have been upended as the world reels from the coronavirus pandemic. Gatherings have beenOutdoor Cooling Unit called off, businesses have been shuttered and people are advised to stay home whenever possible. As the government continues to preach social distancing on every available screen, it is understandable that you would be wary of allowing another person into your home. However, that being said, the verity of the matter is: nobody sent a pandemic memo to your HVAC system, therefore, unfortunately, it could still break down. Preventative air conditioning maintenance is the answer; and we, on the other hand, are much more considerate than your HVAC system. At Boehmer Heating & Cooling, we’ve taken the steps to ensure your health, safety, and overall comfort in these difficult times.

As inconsiderate as it would be for your system to break down right now, these stay-at-home orders only mean longer run times and increased strain on your air conditioning system, thus maintenance has never been more crucial. Take the significant extra hours spent at home, add the soaring temperatures on the forecast, and a bonus side of allergy season to create the perfect scenario for disaster.

Fear not! Simple preventative maintenance will reduce the likelihood of untimely breakdown and repairs. 

Fact: Properly maintained HVAC equipment maximizes the life expectancy of your system, $100 now could save you thousands later, not to mention the headache that comes with an unexpected breakdown or premature replacement.

Over and above the financial benefits of HVAC maintenance there are other advantages to getting ahead of the problem. 

One being: it will improve the quality of the air circulated throughout your home. 

The quickest and simplest way to improve your home’s air quality is to replace your furnace filter regularly; but did you know dust and debris don’t only collect on the filter? Any moving part in your system can accumulate dust, bacteria, and contaminants, meaning we could find particles inside your air ducts, the condensing unit, and even inside the furnace itself. Bad news: all of that build up gets circulated into the air you breathe, acting as a trigger for family members with allergies, asthma or other respiratory ailments.

The next being: it will reduce your energy usage and costs. 

Yes, I know I said “over and above the financial” but saving money can never be ignored. Maintaining your system will ensure it’s operating at peak efficiency, bringing down the amount of energy you use and, in turn, the amount you pay for it.

Your Safety Matters

The health and safety of our customers are vital to us. That’s why in these extraordinary times, we’re taking safety precautions to ensure that we can provide the same level of service that you’ve come to expect from us without breaking the need for social distancing. Each of our trained and certified technicians are following CDC guidelines for health and safety and they’ll arrive at your home with:

  • Disinfecting wipes
  • Disposable latex gloves
  • Face masks
  • Shoe covers

Open communication can also be constructive. Discussing any worries you might have with us beforehand can help get both parties on the same page and create a safe situation for everyone.

The toll this virus has taken on the world appears boundless. Whether it be your health, livelihood, savings, or sanity it seems no one was spared. Regardless, we understand times are tough and money may be tight. Yet, the fact of the matter is, right now, your home is your only refuge, and discomfort in your only place of refuge might just take the last ounce of your sanity. We are offering comfort, good indoor air quality, and peace of mind in the form of simple, preventative maintenance.

Schedule your maintenance appointment with us today.

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