HVAC Systems: How Long Do They Last?

June 16, 2022

Chances are you own some form of central heating and cooling system, or you own a system of ductless mini-splits to heat and cool the most frequently occupied important rooms. HVAC systems, whether ducted or ductless or powered by gas or by electricity, all come with an estimated life span. This can range from 10 to 30 or even 35 years, depending on the system and, as you’ll see below, certain other factors. Type of HVAC System As we said, HVAC systems vary in their life expectancy based on what they are. Heat pumps can live for up to 20...

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A Homeowner’s Guide to Installing a Smart Thermostat

April 18, 2022

A smart thermostat can be a great investment for your home to help you save money on your energy bills throughout the year. If you’ve never installed a thermostat before, it may seem like a big endeavor. By following the step-by-step guide that we’re going to go over below, you can successfully install your own smart thermostat and enjoy reaping the benefits that it can provide for your budget. Turn Off Your HVAC System The very first step that you need to take when it comes to installing a smart thermostat is to turn off the power to your thermostat....

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How You Can Make Your AC Ready for Springtime

March 17, 2022

Your air conditioner needs quite a bit of maintenance to ensure that it will cool your home not just adequately but also efficiently. After all, efficiency is what you’re looking for, even in the springtime when you don’t run the AC that much. Consider the following steps that will boost your cooling system’s functioning and help it perform optimally throughout the summer without breaking down. Clean or Replace the Filter The filter in your AC captures indoor particles before they cover the components inside the air handler and weaken its ability to draw heat from your home. However, once the...

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Understanding Smart Thermostats

February 15, 2022

Smart thermostats are a great way to control the temperature in your home. They can be programmed to adjust the temperature of your space based on when you’re at home or out. They’ll learn your habits and be able to keep your home comfortable while optimizing the energy efficiency of your heater and air conditioner. Smart Learning You can set your thermostat to reduce your heating or cooling when you’re not in your home. This can ensure you’re not heating or cooling an empty house. It will automatically start to ramp up the heat or cool air in your space...

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Finding the Perfect Sleep Temperature

October 20, 2021

You may not even realize it’s happening, but the climate you maintain when you’re sleeping can actually impact the quality of your rest. If your temperature is too high or too low, it can cause you to wake up throughout the night or struggle to find deeper rest. Fortunately, you can avoid these issues by trying out certain things to find your optimal sleep temperature. Adjust the Thermostat The simplest way to find your optimal sleep temperature is by adjusting the temperature on your thermostat. Start with a setting between 60 and 67-degrees Fahrenheit, as this is the most common...

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How to Relight Your Furnace Safely

September 20, 2021

You rely on your furnace to keep your family comfortable during the cold days of the year. When your pilot light goes out, you may think that you need to wait until you can call in a professional. In reality, you can likely relight your pilot light by yourself following the steps below. Locate the Pilot Light Burner You’ll want to start by locating where the pilot light burner is. This is typically at the bottom of the furnace, and it may be behind an access panel. You’ll know you’ve located the right spot when you see a reset button...

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4 Signs Your AC Has Suffered Storm Damage

August 17, 2021

Just as severe storms can bring about damage to anything from electrical wires to cars, they can just as easily cause harm to your AC unit. After a major storm, it never hurts to check on your unit for signs of impairment. Here are four signs your AC has been damaged to keep an eye out for. 1. It Won’t Power Back On If there was a blackout in your area during the storm and your AC unit still hasn’t come back on, it may be the result of a power surge. Usually, resetting your circuit breaker will be all...

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Common AC Problems in Summer

July 29, 2021

Have you discovered your air conditioner isn’t working as it should? Dealing with AC problems when your house is getting hotter by the minute isn’t fun. Good news! There are ways to stop some of the common problems before they grow. Here are some common causes of a summer AC failure. Low or Inadequate Refrigerant Levels When the refrigerant isn’t at the right level, it can keep the cold air from flowing. Refrigerant problems can be caused by improper maintenance, leaks or low levels added at the factory. The refrigerant in your AC should always be handled by a qualified...

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How To Keep My Home Cool Without Air Conditioning?

June 28, 2021

Summertime in Philadelphia can reach uncomfortably hot levels. While air conditioning is the easiest way to combat the seasonal heat, it’s not always an available option to some households. Fortunately, you can still keep your home cool without an AC unit. Try these simple strategies. Close Your Blinds According to research, up to 30% of heat indoors comes from your windows. Install shades, blinds and curtains to minimize the amount of sunlight coming in from the outside. Make sure to keep these coverings closed during the hottest hours of the day. Not only will it keep your indoor temperatures lower...

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What Size Air Conditioner Does My Home Need?

May 6, 2021

When it’s time for your home in the Philadelphia, PA, area to get a new air conditioning system, you might wonder what size you need to buy. This is an important question, especially if you’re cooling a newly finished space, such as a basement office or an attic, in addition to the space already served by your current air conditioner. If you’ve put on a home addition or made any other changes to your home, you may also need a different size of air conditioning system. Keep reading for tips on how to choose the right size air conditioner. Calculate...

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