Furnace Making Noise

Furnace Making Noise? What To Do…

The Call

I got a call from a perspective customer last week saying her furnace was just too loud! She wanted to know what to do to stop the furnace making noise. This problem may appear to be a bit vague in nature. But as I reflected on it, seems like I’ve gotten a number of calls like this in the past. In some cases, I’ve found that folks really do know if there is a problem with something in or around their home simply by listening.

Although this may sound “funny”, it actually rings true! Just like with your car; if it sounds different from what you are used to, then there just might be something wrong. How many of you have been in the following situation? You take your car into a mechanic and they try to have the car make the same  suspicious sound back.  But he car, of course, never makes that same noise that it did for you! Normally the mechanic would check it out. Perhaps he finds nothing is actually wrong with your car. Then you at least have some kind of relief knowing it was looked at by a professional.

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Mini-Ductless Units: Efficient Additional Cooling

Mini-ductless units. Does your home have rooms that get really cold?  Over the summer, did you freeze on the first floor so your bedroom on the second-floor was cool enough to sleep in?  Do you have a window air conditioner that wakes you up? Especially as it cycles on and off in the middle of the night?  If you answered yes to any of these questions then mini-ductless units might be your answer.

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setback thermostat

Setback Thermostat: Install It Yourself

How to install set-back thermostats to save on your heating and cooling costs.  A few weeks ago we covered smart thermostats. Today we will cover the more conventional setback thermostat. Would you like to save money on your heating and cooling monthly bills?  Well, who wouldn’t…! Thermostats control heating and cooling appliances in our homes.  A setback thermostat gives you the option of changing the temperature setting automatically at night and also during the work day when you might be away from the house.  A setback thermostat can help reduce overall household energy consumption.

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Hot water radiators

Hot Water Radiators: How to Bleed Them

Hot Water Radiators. “Second winter” is upon us and we are trying to get ready for the home heating season.  In fact, it’s about to get pretty chilly here in the ‘Burgh. So we thought it was a good idea to talk about what to do when you are not getting enough heat to different areas of your hot water heated home.  Here in the Homestead and Squirrel Hill areas, these very efficient hot water boiler systems are very common.

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smart thermostat

Smart Thermostat Systems: Are They Safe and Smart?

Smart Thermostat Systems. There is a lot of noise today in the news about the hacking of the “Internet of things”.  And many people immediately think that smart thermostats have to be connected to the Internet. They can and there are many new tools to keep your home secure. This is so only you can get into it. We will review some ways of keeping your connected home safe at the end of this post.

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Mini Split Ductless HVAC Systems Advantages

Are you tired of being hot in your bedroom this summer? Or freezing in the family room, hoping that your A/C will work hard enough so you can sleep?  Today, you do not have to do either – or in the case of many of our customers both.  That was, of course before they installed one of these new units.

Thanks to advances in HVAC technology, mini split ductless air conditioning has become the choice for homes and businesses. Especially where traditional cooling systems cannot be feasibly installed.  These systems are comprised of an outdoor compressor/condenser and an indoor air handler. Ductless systems work in a similar way to central air systems but on a smaller scale.  Like central systems, mini splits have two main components: an outdoor compressor/condenser, and an indoor air-handling unit.  A conduit houses the power cable, refrigerant tubing, suction tubing, and a condensate drain. And it links the outdoor and indoor units.

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