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What’s Causing Your AC Unit to Short Cycle?

What’s Causing Your AC Unit to Short Cycle?

Most homeowners don’t pay too much attention to their air conditioners—they expect them to turn on when it gets too hot in their homes and turn off when it’s back to a comfortable temperature. But it can be hard to ignore when an AC seems to be turning on and off very frequently. This is what’s known as short cycling. A properly functioning central AC will turn on and off 2-3 times an hour, or every 15-20 minutes. If your AC is turning on and off every 10 minutes or less, it’s likely short cycling and you could be putting…

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AC Broken? Here’s What to Do!

AC Broken? Here’s What to Do!

(View as a downloadable PDF) There’s no time to waste when you aren’t getting any cold air out of your AC vents. If you suspect your air conditioner is broken, here are five steps you can take to get your home cooling back on track.  Step One: Doublecheck Your Thermostat Yes, it may seem redundant but it is always worth the time to double-check your thermostat is receiving power, that it is set to “cool”, and that the temperature setting is low enough to engage your AC.  Step Two: Look for Tripped Circuits Even if your thermostat is getting power,…

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4 Benefits of Ductless Mini Splits

4 Benefits of Ductless Mini Splits

(View as a downloadable PDF) When it comes to heating and cooling solutions for your Pittsburgh area home, it’s important to find the equipment that will provide the most long-term benefits to your comfort and energy use. If you are considering ductless mini split installation or heat pumps for your home, here are the benefits to consider: Heating and cooling in oneOffers two comfort modesEfficient operationSave an estimated $500-$1000 per year thanks to efficient heating and coolingTargeted comfortDuctless mini splits can be installed directly into the room that needs heating and coolingWhole-home zoned configurationsUp to 5 indoor air handlers can…

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New Home? Get Your HVAC System Checked and Maintained

New Home? Get Your HVAC System Checked and Maintained

Even with the remarkable spikes, we all saw in home prices recently, and the predicted chaotic real estate market for the remainder of 2022, many have found themselves in a new (or new to you) home here in the Pittsburgh area. If you are looking to ensure your new home is comfortable and efficient throughout the upcoming seasons, you may want to make sure you know the answers to a few questions about your new heating and cooling system. HVAC Questions for New Homes It may have been a while since you took a look at the property disclosure or…

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Common Winter Plumbing Problems

Common Winter Plumbing Problems

Can the Pittsburgh winter chill threaten your plumbing? It sure can! Here are the most common winter plumbing problems, and how to avoid them.  1. Frozen outdoor pipes The first frost of winter can sneak up on you – so make sure your outside hoses and sprinklers are drained and blown out, and that any outdoor spigots are left OPEN.  2. Frozen indoor pipes Are you planning to go on vacation this winter? Even your indoor pipes can freeze! Leave your cupboards open in the kitchen and bathrooms, and leave your heating system on a low temperature setting to avoid a frozen…

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The Importance of Furnace Sizing

The Importance of Furnace Sizing

The size of your home and the size of your heating system are inextricably linked. Efficient, reliable home comfort won’t happen with a furnace that is too small, or too large—here is what you need to know about the importance of furnace sizing for your Pittsburgh-area home. Is Your Furnace Too Small? An undersized furnace will use extra energy, and still might not be doing the trick. Look for these signs: Your furnace is constantly onRising heating costsYour furnace frequently requires repairs Is Your Furnace Too Big? It may sound like an oversized furnace will provide more than enough heat for your home, but there…

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Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Toilet

Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Toilet

Are you trying to decide whether it’s time to can your can? If you’ve noticed some issues with your toilet but it’s still operational, it can be a challenge to decide whether you need a new one. Here are the things to look out for in relation to your toilet that means it’s time for a toilet replacement.  Constant Clogging When too many un-flushable objects end up in the toilet bowl it is pretty easy to diagnose why a toilet is clogging. However, if your toilet is always clogging even with a minimal amount of waste and toilet paper, there…

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Basic Plumbing Rules for Every Homeowner

Basic Plumbing Rules for Every Homeowner

(View as a downloadable PDF) Plumbing is one of the basics for every home, and yet not every homeowner knows the basics of their own plumbing! Here are a few rules and tips to help you avoid common plumbing problems and keep your Pittsburgh area home running smoothly and efficiently. Know what to (and what not to) flush Clogs in plumbing pipes build up over time. Keep your toilet free of anything that isn’t human waste or toilet paper (Just because the packaging says it’s flushable, doesn’t mean it is!) Know your plumbing terms When things start to go awry…

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The 5 Most Common Plumbing Problems for Pittsburgh Homes

The 5 Most Common Plumbing Problems for Pittsburgh Homes

A nice warm bath, thoroughly washing your hands, taking a hot shower after a cold day outside, clean clothes and dishes — these are all things we depend on to keep our homes and our families moving through each day here in the Pittsburgh area. Your plumbing system is an integral part of keeping a healthy and happy home, and as a responsible homeowner, you are going to want to know how to spot the signs that your home is suffering from a common plumbing problem.  Here are five of the common household plumbing problems, key signs of plumbing issues,…

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Indoor Air Quality

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A Lesson for Homeowners on Indoor Air Quality

A Lesson for Homeowners on Indoor Air Quality

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IAQ New Years Resolutions for Your Home

IAQ New Years Resolutions for Your Home

A fresh restart of the calendar year gets many homeowners here in Pittsburgh fired up about making their bodies, minds, and even their homes better and healthier in the new year. If you are a homeowner looking to make the health of your breathing air a priority this year, you are not alone! Here are ways you can resolve to improve your residential indoor air quality and lay a healthy foundation for you and your family.  IAQ Resolution 1: Consult the Experts If you are getting serious about learning how to improve your indoor air quality (IAQ), you’re going to want to…

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Indoor Air Quality: Separating Fact From Fiction

Indoor Air Quality: Separating Fact From Fiction

There is a lot of confusing information out there about how healthy your air might be, so let’s separate some fact from fiction when it comes to IAQ (Indoor Air Quality). #1: Household plants will improve your IAQ Fiction. Indoor plants only remove a miniscule amount of particulate matter from the air, and have a tendency to increase humidity and mold.  #2: Cooking and cleaning can affect your IAQ Fact. Cooking introduces smoke and extra humidity to the air, while cleaning introduces volatile organic compounds into your breathing air — Both of which need to be properly ventilated out of…

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