HVAC Myths debunked - HVAC repair

Over the course of nearly 300 episodes, TV’s MythBusters have debunked all sorts of popular misconceptions, like what happens when you drop a penny off the Empire State Building.

(For the record: the penny wouldn’t build up enough speed to embed itself in the sidewalk or cause anyone harm and likely wouldn’t even reach the street.)

Today, we’ve decided to take a page from that show and investigate some of the myths that are common to the HVAC repair world.

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Family looking out at the cold

We’re writing this post towards the end of January, on a day where the temperatures never got above 20 degrees.

The wind chill made us feel colder…and very grateful for our furnaces.

It’s also the type of day where the last thing you want to deal with is a heater repair issue. Here are a few of the most common heating service problems you might have to deal with this winter.

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Space Heater

It’s a snowy day, and it feels like your heating system just isn’t doing its job. (Maybe it’s time to rethink your choice in home heating contractors.)

So you head to the garage to break out the space heater. Your warm, dependable, potentially dangerous space heater.

It’s true. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, space heaters cause roughly 25,000 house fires each year, typically because someone keeps their heater too close to bedding, curtains or furniture with upholstery.

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Man Cleaning his home

Meet Jerry. He’s the type of guy who lives by the credo “A place for everything, and everything in its place.” Everything in his home is well-ordered and spotless, not a dirty dish in the sink or a smudge on the windows.

You might know a Jerry. Maybe you are a Jerry. And there’s something to be said for living in a clean, orderly environment.

However, there’s only so much we can do when it comes to cleaning the air in our home. It’s one thing to dust and polish our counters, but how do we clean what we can’t see?

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Young family at Christmas

There are many things you can do to lower your energy bills in winter:

  • Turning your thermostat down and wearing a sweater
  • Installing weather stripping to prevent drafts
  • Opening your curtains to let sunlight heat your home

But perhaps the most important thing you do to keep your heating costs down is to make sure you have an energy-efficient heating system.

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power outage

It’s a bitter cold night in January, and you’re in the middle of a vicious winter storm. It’s the type of blizzard your kids will tell their kids about someday.

“It was the worst storm anyone could remember. There was so much snow, schools were shut down for two weeks. The state closed off all the highways, no one could get to work. Then, in the middle of it all, our gas furnace stopped working.”

If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to schedule furnace service right away and soon enjoy the comforts of a properly heated home.

But if you find yourself having to wait for someone to fix your heating system, here are some things you can do to stay warm in the meantime.

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HVAC system

The official start of winter is just two weeks away, but we’ve already seen some snowfall here in eastern Pennsylvania.

Before winter begins in earnest, you might want to start thinking about protecting your outdoor air conditioning unit from wintry weather.

That’s why we’ve put together this list of things you should do before snow begins to fall.

What do I need to do to protect my outdoor AC unit?

You can keep your outdoor air conditioning unit operating at its best in a few simple steps:

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Baby looking out at sibling in the snow

Winter is almost here. And while many of us will spend the next few weeks getting ready for the holidays, folks in the home heating repair world are thinking about a different kind of preparation.

We’re talking about all the things you can do to get your home ready for the cold weather months. From scheduling HVAC maintenance to inspecting your roof for leaks, there are a lot of steps you can take in these final weeks of fall to keep your home warm, dry and safe.

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