AC Maintenance Being Performed By Calfo Home Services Technicians

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!

(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

(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 one Offers two comfort modes Efficient operation Save an estimated $500-$1000 per year thanks to efficient heating and cooling Targeted comfort Ductless mini splits can be installed directly into the room that needs heating and cooling Whole-home zoned configurations …

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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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Red Carpet Treatment Makes a Difference When It Comes To HVAC Services

As a trusted plumbing, heating, and cooling company serving the greater Pittsburgh area for the last 13 years, we have learned a great deal about what it takes to earn a reputation for customer service. We’ve learned so much about it in fact, that we decided to give our patented customer service calling card a name: The Red Carpet Treatment.  You’re the star in your home, so you deserve the red carpet treatment! Even though our team of HVAC and plumbing professionals will be the ones to walk on the literal red carpet we bring to every home we enter, …

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Home Checklist for Spring

Keep Your Home Comfortable with this  Home Checklist for Spring Are you looking ahead to the coming spring and thinking about how difficult it was to keep your home comfortable this past winter? If your Pittsburgh area home had comfort and efficiency issues while the temperatures were at their lowest, then you are in for a similar battle come spring and summertime.  Here are some of the spring home maintenance tasks you can take care of now, so you can save yourself the headache and hassle of low comfort and high summer energy bills: Replace your air filters for healthier …

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How About New HVAC In the New Year?

We are now officially two years into the second decade of the 21st century — how much of the 21st century has your heating and cooling system been around for? If the current furnace, boiler, air conditioner, or heat pump in your Pittsburg area home was keeping your home comfortable in the 90’s, an HVAC upgrade this year may bring a surprising amount of comfort and energy savings! Here is what you need to know about replacing your home heating and cooling systems for maximum efficiency and year-round comfort.  HVAC Replacement: When Is the Right Time? When you find yourself in a situation where your furnace …

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Systems to Check When Buying a New House

Buying a new (or new-to-you) home is a very exciting time. Once you’ve put in an offer and it’s been accepted, time progresses very fast! There are a lot of important steps to take to ensure that you get the best value for your investment. Having a professional team check your new house’s HVAC systems in advance of the final sale can sometimes give you leverage in negotiating a better deal. The tricky thing is, how can you know what to ask if you haven’t needed to maintain your own HVAC systems recently, or maybe ever?  The Calfo pros have …

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What Problems Can a Mini-Split Solve?

If you have seen or heard terms like mini-split, heat pump, or ductless AC lately, you may be wondering what these units do, and why other Pittsburgh homeowners are installing them in their homes. A mini-split is an efficient piece of heating and cooling equipment that offers flexibility when it comes to home comfort! What is a Mini-Split? Let’s cover the basics of a mini-split. Mini-splits utilize heat pump technology all within a two-piece, quick-to-install system that is made up of an indoor air handler, and an outdoor compressor. These are connected with a small piece of refrigerant line or …

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How to Know If You Need a New Air Conditioner

Sometimes it’s hard to know when it’s time for an upgrade. Will that old sedan make it another winter? Did the barbeque take too much of a beating during quarantine? What about your air conditioner—even if it still works, when is it time to repair vs. replace your AC? Here are four signs to look for that can indicate it is time to upgrade to a more efficient, and in some cases, “smarter”, cooling system: 1. Your AC airflow is low If your AC is having trouble keeping up with the heat, and the drop in airflow is noticeable, it could be in a state …

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