Pennsylvania is home to all types of weather given its continental climate. Unlike those who simply bask in the constant sun and 70 degree weather of Southern California, for better or worse, there are definitely four distinct seasons. The most extreme of these, summer and winter, bring challenges to those who like to stay comfortable in and around our homes, which is why it is imperative to make sure your heating and cooling systems are running at peak efficiency for when the most inclement weather actually does visit your area.
Are your electricity bills astronomical in the summer? Do they seem to be getting higher and higher, for some reason? Does the air coming from your unit sometimes seem lack a timid cool breeze instead of a cold blast that you need to cool your house?
There is no doubt about it, it can get stifling in Newtown, PA; air conditioning on some days is a must. But using the AC unit can definitely add up. Here are a few tips for how to solve the problem of super high AC bills while surviving the worst of the summer heat.
Today people are more aware of the enormous burden that heating and cooling systems have on the power grid systems. They are one of the most taxing of all household appliances and they result in higher energy bills and contribute enormously to greenhouse gas emissions.
The good news is that there are environmentally friendly options for conventional heating and cooling methods, and more are being developed every day.
The initial cost of eco-friendly heating and cooling systems may be higher than conventional systems, however, most people find that the benefits of these systems far outweigh the slightly higher price.
The time has once again come to heed the Game of Thrones warning: “Winter is coming!” And in Bucks County that means it’s about to get very cold. Plunging temperatures and less daylight hours are looming, and it’s about time you started to get ready for evenings spent by the fire.
Managing to keep an energy-efficient heating and air conditioning system running is hard enough to begin with, but when you’re living in an older house and you often struggle to keep it heated at all, making sure that you’re following energy-efficient standards is exponentially more difficult.
“Carbon monoxide” are two very scary words when they’re put together like that. The problem is, most people know to be scared of carbon monoxide without really knowing why it’s so dangerous or where it comes from. So let’s just get the basic facts sorted out.
As summer draws to a close, and air conditioning units start to fade out of use, many people are taking advantage of the ideal weather conditions –- not so hot that an air conditioner is necessary, not so cold that the heat needs to be turned on, and just enough of a breeze to keep the windows open for some fresh air. But all too often, this period of bliss is followed by a sudden stale and stuffy feeling. The weather gets chillier and the heat has to be turned on, and all of a sudden, everything feels and smells gross. You can’t put your finger on it, but you start wondering if it’s really that crazy to turn off the heat and pile on three winter coats instead.
If you’ve been trying to drop a few pounds, as well as a few dollars on your energy bill this coming winter, you may be in luck. According to a study recently published by the American Diabetes Association, just by turning down your thermostat, you can get your metabolism moving faster.
The summer is finally starting to wind down, and even though the daytime temperatures are just as hot as ever, many homeowners are starting to think about what they need to do to before turning on the furnace. And nope, it isn’t too early to start thinking about this — in fact, getting your HVAC system up and running now, before you’re even thinking about turning on your heat, is the best way to make sure that everything is running smoothly (and if something needs to be fixed, you have plenty of time to look up your local HVAC repair services and get the problem solved). So what exactly should you be checking for now?
First, it’s a good idea to make sure that there are no leaks in any ducts. If your home is like most modern homes, and you already have an air conditioning unit built into your house, you’re probably saying that you would have noticed if there was a duct leak. But a surprising number of homeowners don’t realize that they’re paying to cool off the neighbor’s backyard – it’s actually quite common for a small tear to go unnoticed. And when a leak can sap anywhere between 20% and 40% of the energy out of a well-operating system, it’s definitely better to be safe rather than sorry.
It may seem like the wrong season to be thinking about heating and HVAC duct repair, summer is actually the perfect time to get a head start on these essential home maintenance repairs — especially if you’ve fallen just a little behind on doing your own preventative heating and air conditioning tasks. For instance: