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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Shoveling snow on driveway

Winter can take us by surprise. One day we’re heading out to work in a light jacket, the next we’re digging snow shovels out of the garage.

But when it comes to your HVAC system, it’s easy to get prepared for winter.

It’s also essential. It’s one thing to have to try to buy rock salt after a storm hits, and quite another to call out a heating repair company in the middle of a blizzard.

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Snow covered HVACs

Winter and fall don’t always feel like winter and fall. Some years we find ourselves shoveling snow before Thanksgiving and doing our last minute Christmas shopping on a 65-degree day.

And at times like these, it’s tempting to switch back and forth from your heating system to your air conditioning to keep things comfortable.

But as any heating and cooling repair company can tell you, that’s an easy way to drive up your energy costs and put a strain on your HVAC system.

That’s why we’ve put together these tips for dealing with unseasonable temperatures without having to touch your thermostat. (They’ll also come in handy if you’re looking for ways to lower your heating and cooling bills.)

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autumn in Bucks County PA

Fall is here!

Well, technically, fall has been here since September 21st, although most of September and the first week of October felt more like late summer.

Then we woke up on this morning – it’s mid-November as we write this – and we could feel it. There was a crispness in the air, the humidity had vanished, and autumn had truly arrived.

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Snowy day at home

For nearly every misfortune we encounter, there is also what we’ll call the “if only…” moment.

You lock yourself out of the house, and you say to yourself “If only I’d checked my pockets before I walked out the door.”

You get stuck behind a slow driver on the way to work and think “Wow, I wish I’d left earlier.”

Or your furnace breaks down on a day when the temperature won’t top 20 degrees, and you realize, “I guess I should have had a heating repair company inspect my furnace when I had the chance.”

This is a point that we’ve made again and again, because we’ve seen far too many homeowners suffer through a brutally cold stretch of winter thanks to an issue that we might have caught during routine furnace service.

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Autumn

Ah, fall.

The gorgeous colors of the changing foliage. The comforting smell of a nearby bonfire. The…sinking feeling of opening an unexpectedly high heating bill?

Nothing can suck the enjoyment out of the season like the realization that you’ll be paying more than you expected to heat your home.

Fortunately, there are things you can do to make your heating system run more efficiently, which will in turn lower your energy costs. Here are a few ways you can help your HVAC system this fall:

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Watching horror movies

It’s almost Halloween, and that has us thinking about horror movies, and all the different types of horror movies there are to choose from.

There are zombie films, like Night of the Living Dead, stories about sinister Satanic forces like Rosemary’s Baby or The Omen, or monster movies like Alien or The Thing.

Then there’s the haunted house. We’d argue that these movies are scary because they’re so relatable. We know deep down that zombies or vampires aren’t real, but we’ve also been home alone at night, wondering What Could Have Made That Noise?

We’re not saying ghosts aren’t real, but most of the time, an unexplained noise is usually a sign that you need an HVAC repair service, not an exorcist. Here are a few of the ways that your heating and cooling system might be “haunting” your house.

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Looking out on warm autumn day

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.”

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 American Standard furnace

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.

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