Boehmer Heating & Cooling Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Pittsburgh’

It’s Time, Schedule Your Furnace Maintenance Today

Monday, September 9th, 2019

technician-working-on-furnaceIt’s hard to imagine needing your heating system on a regular basis quite yet, but that time will come soon enough. When it does, you want to ensure that it’s ready to perform as efficiently and effectively as possible, without fear of it breaking down suddenly on you.

Maintaining your furnace well before winter begins is a great idea, as it helps you fend off problems that can crop up and help prevent a scenario where you’ll be stuck with a malfunctioning heater in the middle of the season when you need it the most. Keep reading to learn more about the benefits of getting your furnace professionally maintained.

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Keeping Your AC in Good Shape at the Peak of Summer

Monday, July 15th, 2019

ac-vent-near-floorWhere would we be without the modern convenience of air conditioning? Certainly not comfortable in our homes this summer, that’s for sure! Of course, just having a cooling system in place isn’t always enough. We also want to stay comfortable affordably.

That said, your air conditioner—as nice as it is to have—may not be keeping up to the standards you expect of it. Maybe it doesn’t reach the desired temperature on your thermostat fast enough, or perhaps it costs you too much to run from month-to-month.

But, there could be something—actually there could be a several somethings—you can do to boost your air conditioner’s efficiency and therefore keep your AC in good shape at the peak of summer, while costing you as little as possible.

Curious? Read on.

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It’s That Time Again: Schedule Your Next Tune-Up

Monday, April 22nd, 2019

clock-imposed-on-white-backgroundWhile last week’s little heat wave wasn’t a great example, we still have a little while left before we need to turn on our central air conditioning systems on a daily basis. But if that sudden increase in temperature was a sign of anything, it’s that when summer comes, it hits hard and you want to ensure that your air conditioner is very well prepared.

Regular preventive maintenance helps our technicians ensure that your cooling system is ready for the added strain of the summer heat. Neglecting maintenance for too long, or skipping it altogether, will make it more likely that you’ll face problems by the end of the cooling season or sooner. Read on to learn more about cooling system tune-ups and there benefits.

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A Furnace That Does This May Fail On You Soon

Monday, March 11th, 2019

shocked-woman-covering-earsThis time of the year, when spring is almost here but winter temperatures are still gracing us with their presence, is a lousy time to have your heating system develop problems. It’s also the time of the year when heating system problems are most likely to happen, thanks to the stress they’ve been put under all season long. If you can detect problems in your heater early enough, though, you can have them repaired before they develop too far.

A furnace system that’s clearly showing signs of disrepair, though, that isn’t inspected, can fail you before the season is over, or never even start up next fall.

We can’t stress enough how important it is to watch for signs that something is amiss. One of the most common signs is a furnace that’s making strange noises. Keep reading to learn more about common problem noises, and what causes them.

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“Does My Furnace Produce Dust and Allergens?”

Monday, February 25th, 2019

close-up-with-white-background-of-woman-blowing-her-noseNo, although this is a common misconception. Your furnace or ducted heat pump doesn’t produce dust any more than a boiler or a ductless system might. What your forced air heater does do, though, is circulate dust, allergens, and other debris throughout your home. That’s not to say you shouldn’t use your heater! It just means that you’ll need the right indoor air quality system(s) in place to combat this—such as a whole-house air purifier.

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How to Efficiently Stay Warm in Freezing Conditions

Monday, February 11th, 2019

family-home-covered-in-snowNeedless to say, it’s been a cold winter thus far! As your local HVAC contractor, we want to ensure that our customers stay as comfortable as possible during this chilly season. But we also want to make sure you’re doing so efficiently. High efficiency heating is accomplished in many ways, but one of the best ways is through correct use of your thermostat. Better use of your thermostat and control of your settings can do a lot for your heater, including reducing repair needs and helping it last longer.

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Common Furnace Repair Needs

Monday, January 28th, 2019

cute-dog-under-blanketIf you’re like many Pittsburgh area residents, you likely use a furnace for your winter heating needs. Since the furnace is the most common type of residential heating system across the country, we do see a lot of them and many of our professional Pittsburgh heating services involve repairing and replacing these systems.

Our expert heating repairs will get your malfunctioning furnace back in good shape. However, some furnace problems can be tricky to spot at first. We’d like to help you detect these problems early so our team can get out to you ASAP before the trouble grows worse and you end up with a cold and uncomfortable home. Keep reading for a list of warning signs, and if you notice any of them, do be sure to contact us right away.

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Heater Trouble? Check Your Thermostat!

Monday, January 14th, 2019

Note: 55 degrees is the energy-saving recommended heating setting for winter when you are not at home. Variations for heating and cooling when home and not home may be available.The bad news: It’s the middle of winter and your heater seems to be experiencing problems or a malfunction of some kind.

The good news: It may not be a problem with the actual heating system at all!

Pretty frequently, when an HVAC system doesn’t operate the way it should, the problem is actually with the thermostat. Sometimes you may still have to call in a professional for Pittsburgh, PA thermostat services, but oftentimes you may be able to “fix” or at least address the issue all on your own.

“But how?” you ask. By double checking your settings on your thermostat. Don’t worry if any of these scenarios below end up being true for you. They are very common mistakes for homeowners with digital, programmable thermostats—if it were uncommon we wouldn’t be blogging about it! Read on…

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Is My Older Thermostat Causing My Furnace to Fail?

Monday, December 31st, 2018

hand setting a thermostat down to 62 degreesWe wouldn’t go that far. But, an outdated, miscalibrated, or improperly installed thermostat can certainly hinder the performance of your heater (and your air conditioner, for that matter). Given how much we use our HVAC systems around here, it stands to reason that you want to do everything you can to save energy, and subsequently save money. We want that for you too! Which is why we offer thermostat services as part of our comprehensive Pittsburgh heating services.

The first thing we want you to understand about your thermostat is that the quality of this device and how you use it plays a pretty big role in how efficient your heater will work. Read on to learn more about this relationship, and to discover what your thermostat options are (and how they improve efficiency).

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Don’t Underestimate This Potential Gas Furnace Hazard

Monday, December 17th, 2018

Three natural gas burners with bright blue flames inside an operating gas furnace.First, we want to start by saying that if you have a gas furnace warming your home each winter, it is not inherently hazardous in any way. What can make it a danger, however, is not keeping up with system maintenance once a year, and/or not following up on furnace repair needs that your system may have.

Over 64 million homes in the U.S. use natural gas for winter heat. If they did pose a basic health threat to a home, this number would not be as high. The fact of the matter is, current standards for the manufacturing of natural gas furnaces places a special emphasis on maintaining safety in operation. So, what’s up with the title of this blog post?

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