The calendar might say that we’re in the middle of autumn, but fall can be a tricky season.
Summer temperatures can often linger well into October, leaving us sweating when we’re ready for sweater weather, and relying on our air conditioning systems more than we’d expected.
In fact, that’s what we can expect this year, according to AccuWeather, with warm temperatures hanging around throughout the northeast for several weeks.
“While autumn may take longer than usual to arrive, it will be a picturesque season if forecasters are correct,” Accuweather says on its website. “Dry weather in the Northeast paired will cool nights will pave the way for vibrant leaves to emerge across the region.”
Have you ever bought something only to find yourself wishing you had a time machine so you could go back and stop yourself?
It’s a phenomenon known as “buyer’s remorse,” often associated with big purchases like cars or homes…or home heating systems.
It’s something we see far too often in the heating and cooling repair business: People who’ve made costly mistakes when buying their furnaces, often due to assumptions they made about their purchase.
You’ve secured your financing, filled out the paperwork and the salesman has handed you the keys. And just like that, you’re the proud owner of a new car.
But what if that was the last time you checked in with the dealership? What if you waited until you’d put tens of thousands of miles on the car before, say, getting an oil change or rotating the tires?
We know that sounds silly, but it’s an attitude that we see far too often when it comes to heating and air conditioning service: Many people seem to think HVAC maintenance isn’t important for newer systems.
The next time you’re enjoying sitting inside a cool house on a hot summer’s day, spare a thought for hydrofluorocarbons.
These are the chemicals that make up refrigerant, the substance that is critical to any central air system. In this blog post, we’ll look at what refrigerant is and why it’s so essential.
Many thousands of years ago, humans learned an important lesson: we could use fire to cook food and keep warm.
Eventually, we learned how to control fire, to bring it indoors. The Roman Empire developed the concept of central heating. The centuries that followed brought the first furnaces, the first radiators and the first electric heaters.
But despite all the advances we’ve made in furnace efficiency, no one has developed a home heating system that will never break down or need to be replaced.
And when breakdowns happen, you’ll be faced with a few different questions: Should I repair my furnace, or replace it? What will it cost? Should I switch from oil to gas? What size do I need?
Below, we’ll explore the answers to these questions so that you have a better idea of what to do if and when your furnace stops working or better yet, if you’re being proactive in your research before the system breaks down.
Meet Nick. He’s a laidback guy, the type of person that tends to just let things go.
The “check engine” light in his car? Things seem to be running fine. Probably nothing to worry about.
The little twinge when he bites down? Everybody gets little pains. Probably nothing to worry about.
The weird noise coming from his central air system? Just normal wear and tear. Probably nothing to worry about.
Of course, this attitude always seems to come back to haunt Nick somehow, whether it’s in the form of a broken-down car, an emergency root canal or an expensive air conditioning service call.
Don’t be like Nick. When you notice these cooling system symptoms, get them checked right away.
There’s a storm coming, so you go into preparation mode. You make sure you have candles and flashlights, put gas in the car, charge your phone.
You might be ready for the storm, but how prepared is your heating and air conditioning system? Before severe weather hits your HVAC system, make sure you’ve followed these precautions.
It’s 2 a.m. You should be asleep, and on any other night, you would be. At the very least, you’d be ready to drift off. But you can’t sleep, because there’s a noise.
It’s a low humming, and you wander the house, trying to trace its source. Did you leave an appliance on? Is someone running the engine of a car outside?
Then you realize: it’s coming from your vents, the sound of a heating and air conditioning system that’s working overtime.
“It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity.”
How many times have you heard someone trot out that line on a 90-degree day?
It’s kind of irritating, but it’s also true.
Uncomfortable summer days become unbearable when the humidity levels make it feel like you’re walking through Jell-O.
And as bad as it is dealing with humidity outside your home, indoor humidity can pose an even greater problem. Not only is it hard to sleep in a humid home, you’re also at risk for mold and mildew.
Fortunately, there are some things you can do to control the humidity in your home that don’t just involve turning up your heating and cooling system in Bucks County.
“Big things have small beginnings.”
That’s a line from the movie Lawrence of Arabia. In the context of the film, it means that a tiny group of people can affect great change.
But we began thinking about this quote as we set out to write about ac maintenance. Sometimes, what seems like an insignificant issue can lead to a major air conditioning bill.
To be fair, your HVAC system can lose some efficiency as time goes by. And when you’ve had a summer like we’ve had so far, you might be running your air conditioner more often.