Posts By: Chris Long

Whole House Air Filter Vs. Air Purifier

What is dust? There’s a commonly quoted statistic that it’s mostly made of dead skin, but that’s a myth. The dust floating around your home contains a small percentage of dead skin, but it’s mostly a mix of pollen, hair, paper and textile fibers, soil minerals, and cosmic dust particles. The average U.S. household produces 40 pounds of dust each year, and your best defense against those particles is finding a way to keep the air in your home filtered or purified. Continue Reading... Read More

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When is it Time to Replace Your Air Conditioner?

Installing a new central air conditioner can be a major investment, but so can constantly having to repair and run an older, inefficient cooling system. But how do you know when it’s time to bite the bullet and get a new AC unit? Here are a few signs that should trigger the (figurative) “replace central air conditioner” alarm in your home. Continue Reading... Read More

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Cashing in on HVAC Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Programs

Having an energy efficient heating and cooling system at home is good for the environment, but it’s also good for your household budget. There are an array of rebates for energy efficient HVAC upgrades to your home. Making these changes can save you money and energy, make your home feel more comfortable, and lead to a sustainable future. Here in Pennsylvania, homeowners can take advantage of the Home Heating Equipment Rebate Program, which offers rebates for non-electric home heating and water heating equipment. Continue Reading... Read More

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Don’t Make These Air Conditioning Purchase Mistakes

Let’s say you’ve decided to buy a new home. You meet with a real estate agent, you take the tour, you discuss prices. But you don’t ask any questions. You don’t wonder about local schools, zoning restrictions, or whether the neighbors throw wild parties. You just assume. If you’re saying, “I wouldn’t do that,” we’d be inclined to agree. Most people don’t make assumptions about important purchases like homes or cars. Yet when it comes to purchasing air conditioning – a vital component of your home – we see far too many clients making costly assumptions. Continue… Read More

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How Much Does It Cost to Install Central Air Conditioning?

Summer is just a few weeks away, but some parts of the country have already suffered through their share of 90 degree days. It’s around this time of year that people who don’t have central air conditioning start thinking about getting it installed. And if you’re one of those people, you might be wondering about the cost of installing central air conditioning. That’s only natural. Thinking “What will this cost us?” is part of any major purchase. Continue Reading... Read More

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Programmable Thermostats Can Add Resale Value to Your Home

For as long as we’ve lived indoors, we’ve looked for ways to keep our homes warm or cool, depending on the season. There was a time where that just meant building a fire or opening some windows. We’ve come a long way since those days: central heating, central air, and now, programmable thermostats. This HVAC feature has quickly become the standard in new homes, and making the switch in older homes is simpler than you might imagine. If you’re not sure if a programmable AC thermostat is right for your home, consider these benefits: Continue Reading... Read More

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Benefits of a Ductless Mini-Split Air Conditioner

Are you considering ductless air conditioning for your home? Maybe something along the lines of a ductless mini-split air conditioner? If that’s the case, here are a few things you should know: 1. You’ll get a flexible cooling method Traditional central air forces cooled air through ducts, a ductless system brings air directly into different zones of your home. These systems are made up of a small outdoor unit and a at least one indoor unit. You might see them referred to as split-systems or multi-split systems. Whatever their name, this cooling method gives home owners a cost-effective… Read More

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What is a Two-Stage Cooling System?

Are you nervous about the prospect of facing another summer with a worn-out air conditioner? If you’re thinking about AC replacement for your home, you may want to consider installing a two-stage cooling system. This is a method of air conditioning that offers better, more efficient cooling, but also saves you money without taking away your comfort. How does a two-stage cooling system work? A standard air conditioning system will only run at full blast. When you need to cool your home, you get an elevated level of air conditioning, whether you need it or not. Not only can this be uncomfortable,… Read More

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How Can I Retrofit My Home for an AC Unit?

If you ever lived in an old house or apartment, you may have made due with portable window air conditioning units. With temperatures rising, and summer approaching, those little window units aren’t going to cut it when it comes to keeping you and your family cool. If your home doesn’t have its own central AC unit, installing one isn’t as complicated or costly as you might suspect. If your home has an existing electric or gas-forced air heating system, installing air conditioning can normally be done in one day. You should first have your ducts inspected. They may need to be… Read More

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Are You Concerned with the Quality of Indoor Air in Your Home?

While most of us know that outdoor air pollution can be harmful to our health, it’s important to remember that indoor air pollution can have its own negative effects on the quality of indoor air inside your home. According to the EPA, indoor air pollution is one of the top five threats facing public health. “In the last several years, a growing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities,” the EPA writes in The Inside Story: A Guide… Read More

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