Boehmer Heating & Cooling Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Pittsburgh’

One AC Myth You Should Never Believe

Monday, July 13th, 2020

woman-looking-surprisedYou may hear a lot of advice over the years on how to boost efficiency and performance for your air conditioner. Some of this advice is worth listening to—investing in professional maintenance for your cooling system, changing your air filter every 1-3 months, clearing out the space surrounding your outdoor unit—and some is, well, not.

For instance, have you ever heard from an HVAC “professional” that your air conditioner’s refrigerant is something that needs to be refilled on a routine basis? Unfortunately, they may be telling you this because either they actually believe this is the case—meaning they aren’t actually a trained and experienced professional—or they’re trying to get more money from you.

The one AC myth you should never believe is that your refrigerant needs to be refilled, what we call recharged, every maintenance session. Read on to learn what’s wrong with this concept!

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“Is It Worth Repairing an AC Compressor, or Should I Replace?”

Monday, June 29th, 2020

compressor-inside-ac-unitHere’s the thing—you can’t repair an air conditioner’s compressor if it breaks down. The compressor of your air conditioner is essentially the heart of the system, responsible for allowing the refrigerant process that even makes it possible for your cooling system to… well… cool.

So, if that’s the case, why are we even writing this blog post? If repairing the compressor isn’t possible, isn’t the only option to replace it?

Well… here’s the thing. The real question you should be asking here is, “should I replace my AC compressor, replace the outside unit of my cooling system, or replace the entire air conditioner?” To be honest, the answer to this is, “it depends” and that’s why this blog post is so important. When it comes down to it, it may simply be best to replace the entire air conditioner, and here’s why:

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Is the Air You Breathe Indoors Actually Healthy?

Monday, June 15th, 2020

woman-sitting-in-modern-living-room-enjoying-comfortThe official start of summer is just around the corner, and with us spending so much time indoors lately, you surely want to try to be as comfortable as possible. This starts with making sure your air conditioner is well maintained of course. If you haven’t scheduled spring maintenance yet, it’s not too late!

Indoor comfort, however, also has a lot to do with the quality of the air you breathe. Regardless of the time of year or circumstances, poor indoor air quality is a large concern for homeowners. Virus transmission is a risk, and contaminants such as pollen, dust, and smoke can get trapped in the home and cause allergy and asthma complications. Long-term exposure to poor IAQ can produce chronic symptoms, too, like fatigue and respiratory distress.

The good news is, there are solutions to this! Read on to learn more.

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4 Reasons to Go Ductless This Summer

Monday, June 1st, 2020

ductless-air-handlerIf you’ve only ever used a central air conditioner for your cooling needs, you might not know that there is a singular alternative that takes care of both your cooling and your heating needs—a ductless system! Also known as a ductless mini-split, this has become a preferred option for many homeowners. They’re great at efficiently keeping homes warm in the winter and cool in the summer, providing you with year-round comfort.

We understand that choosing the perfect air conditioning system for your home may seem like a daunting task. There are, after all, many great options to choose from. Our advice is to speak with a trained professional before you make any final decisions. After all, not every home is well equipped for a ductless system, but yours may very well may be! Read on to learn more.

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Use This Simple Trick to Boost Your AC Efficiency This Summer

Monday, May 18th, 2020

kitchen-in-modern-home-with-ceiling-fanWhen temperatures soar to their highest during the summer, homeowners are immensely grateful for the use of their central air conditioners. What most homeowners aren’t grateful for, though, are the high energy bills that come along with AC bills. They may try to use their air conditioners less, or hope to save energy by keeping unnecessary lights off (this helps, but not much!)

What if we told you that there was one, small, simple trick to boost your air conditioning efficiency? What’s that trick, you ask? Using your ceiling fans!

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How to Improve Your Home Comfort with a Home Energy Audit

Monday, May 4th, 2020

animated-visual-of-home-interiorIf you’re already a customer of ours, chances are that you’ve at least heard of a home energy audit, even if you’ve never had one done. This service can help us, and you as a homeowner, determine how much energy your household actually uses, where your home is losing energy, and what problem areas and repairs you should prioritize to ensure efficiency and comfort within your living space.

But what exactly goes into a home energy audit?

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Common HVAC Misconceptions to Put to Rest

Monday, April 20th, 2020

white-question-mark-in-blue-circle-on-white-backgroundYou may not realize this—because you believe them to be true—but there are actually a lot of myths and misconceptions around HVAC use. Cutting through these misconceptions and putting them to rest is key to avoiding premature breakdowns and expensive HVAC repairs. Reach on as we uncover several of the biggest myths that lead to homeowner confusion and costly energy bills.

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How to Use Your HVAC System as Efficiently as Possible

Monday, April 6th, 2020

wall-register-near-groundIt’s still on the chillier side for now, and you might even still be using your heaters on a daily basis. But as we all know, springtime can bring warmer temperatures quicker than expected, and when it does you need an AC system that can keep up and operate as cost-efficiently as possible.

We’ve shared some tips below that can help you use your air conditioner more efficiently this year, but keep in mind these tips can be applied to your heating system as well—just in case winter decides to last a little bit longer in our parts.

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It’s That Time of Year Again! Schedule Your AC Tune-Up Today

Monday, March 23rd, 2020

technician-working-on-air-conditionerWhile homeowners in other parts of the country would consider our current weather chilly, around here we know it’s just a matter of time before we need our cooling systems to work full force. When that time comes, are you ready?

The #1 thing you can to do prepare for the cooling season is to make sure your air conditioner is ready to work as efficiently and effectively as possible—through maintenance. During your AC maintenance session, otherwise called a tune-up, our technicians will fully inspect, clean, and adjust components that need it. It’s also at this time that we’ll recommend repairs, if needed, so you can get them on your schedule right away.

But what does all this really mean?

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Avoid This Potential Gas Furnace Danger This Winter

Monday, December 2nd, 2019

heater-jetsAre you one of the over 64 million homeowners in the U.S. who use natural gas for winter heat? It is that popular—but that also means that there are more people that may be dealing with safety issues. We don’t mean to say that gas furnaces post an inherent risk to homeowners—they don’t. They wouldn’t be installed in so many homes if so. In fact, current standards for gas-heating manufacturers put a special emphasis on maintaining safe operation.

But, if your furnace isn’t well cared for, you could certainly run into problems. No gas-appliance can be 100% problem-proof if it’s not adequately maintained. There’s one gas furnace danger, in particular, you should be aware of in an ill-maintained system, and that’s a cracked heat exchanger.

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