June 1st, 2021
Have you ever looked at the thermostat for your house and seen the lowest setting—which is usually 60°F—and wondered if the air conditioning system could make the house even cooler than that? True, you wouldn’t want it to be colder than 60°F, which is already too cold for most people, but what are the actual limits of an AC?
This isn’t a frivolous question. Even if you don’t want to turn your home into an icebox during the summer, understanding the boundaries of what your air conditioner can do will help you know how best to set the thermostat and how to avoid pushing your AC harder than its limits. We’re going to examine those limits below.
May 17th, 2021
Did you know that your air conditioning system uses 3,500 watts of electricity per hour? To put that into perspective, the HVAC system’s fan only uses 750 watts/hour when the AC isn’t running, and an electric oven uses 2,150 watts/hour. The AC is one of the biggest consumers of electrical power in your house—perhaps the biggest unless you own an electric water heater.
In other words, you can expect an increase in your electric bills each summer to enjoy your air conditioning in Wayne, PA. But it doesn’t have to increase as much as it currently does. There are many ways you can cut down on AC use and lower your electricity bills during summer. One of the simplest methods is to raise the thermostat rather than lower it.
May 3rd, 2021
Refrigerant is the life-blood of an air conditioning system. In fact, it functions in a way similar to how blood works in the human body: a pump circulates it through the system, allowing it to carry out vital functions. But while blood carries oxygen, refrigerant carries heat.
Of course, there are differences between how refrigerant works in an AC and how blood works in the human body, and there’s one important one to point out because it helps to answer the question in the title. The human body makes more blood if any is lost. An air conditioner doesn’t make more refrigerant if it’s lost. And when refrigerant levels start to drop, it means trouble.
April 19th, 2021
Spring is a time when people rely less on their HVAC system because temperatures are mild. The cold has eased so heaters start to turn off, and the heat of summer hasn’t yet arrived to make air conditioners run daily. But this is still an important time for any home’s HVAC system, because this is when the air conditioner must have a thorough maintenance inspection and tune-up.
If you’re wondering what steps you need to take to maintain your AC this spring, we’re glad to tell you how easy it is: you just call us and get on the schedule for maintenance. This is a job that only professionals can do. And you’ll be glad you had our pros take on the job, because skipping maintenance even for a year can have major consequences for your AC system.
April 5th, 2021
When you no longer need to rely on home heating in Wayne, PA as the weather warms up, you may simply choose to forget about your heating system—at least until you need it again in the fall. There’s nothing wrong with focusing on your AC as temperatures start to rise, but paying a bit of attention to your heater over the spring season can pay off, especially if you think the heater is coming to the end of its service life.
To help you with your future plans for your heater if you think you might want it replaced this spring, here are a few things to consider.
March 22nd, 2021
This week is the first week of spring! Sound the bells and get happy anticipating warmer weather.
But it’s not yet time to put on shorts and tank tops. If you’ve already lived through one full year of weather in Pennsylvania, you’ll know March and April aren’t necessarily warm. We recommend staying vigilant with your home heating system at this time of year and schedule prompt heating repair in Bryn Mawr, PA when you think something’s wrong. Don’t let the thought of the approaching warm weather make you neglect your heater!
March 8th, 2021
The spring is a time when many people consider making home improvements, such as changing out an old HVAC system for a new one. HVAC updates are especially ideal for spring because there is less need for heating and cooling and homeowners can take more time to consider the options and arrange for service with West Chester, PA, HVAC pros.
If you’re considering making HVAC system replacements this summer, one option that has probably blipped onto your radar is the heat pump. There are numerous benefits to having a heat pump, but also one significant drawback. This drawback is why we need to address the question of whether you should install a dual fuel system heat pump or not.
February 22nd, 2021
Winter is not done with us yet! February and early March often bring some of the worst storms and deep cold weather. But as we approach the official end of the season, it’s a good time to consider how your heater is performing. Then you can ask yourself if this was the final winter it could effectively and efficiently keep your house warm.
If it’s time for a change in your heating, you’ll want an HVAC contractor in West Chester, PA to help you out when the weather warms up so you’ll be ready for the next winter.
February 8th, 2021
You don’t like looking at your monthly bills during winter because they’re steeper than you’re used to. The increase might be due to a rise in the local cost of electricity and natural gas. You might also be using your heater for longer than usual because people are staying home more often.
But if neither of these explanations fit, there may be another problem you need to have fixed. Below are four of the most common causes for a rise in heating costs.
January 25th, 2021
The answer to this question is: Maybe, but not in the way you think.
Such an answer obviously requires an explanation, and that’s why we’re here. We’ll get to the bottom of the old adage about gas furnaces drying out a home’s air. There’s some truth to it, but it isn’t for the reasons you might think, nor does it apply to all gas furnaces.
Below, we’ll reveal the truth behind gas furnaces and dry air in a house.