If you don’t have central air in your home, then there is a good chance you have one or more window unit air conditioners. They have been very thoughtfully placed in areas in your home that you will enjoy the cool air most. Perhaps one in the living room and one in a bedroom that has the largest bed so everyone can sleep in there on those really hot nights. Well, you are probably well aware that the time is coming to get them out of the garage or basement, dust them off, and painstakingly install them in your windows. It’s always a little disheartening to lose your view out of that window, but the loud cool air blowing on you will surely make it worth it on that first hot day.
If you own your home, then you may have considered having a central air conditioning unit installed. It’s not nearly as difficult as you may think, especially if you already have the ductwork in your home for your heat. Central air conditioning offers many advantages over the window units. Some advantage are obvious, like the fact that they are permanent and if you have one of those weird hot days in February, you can easily flip your thermostat to cool. Central air conditioning is also very quiet compared to the window units. Good luck watching your TV program at a reasonable volume when you have one of those units in the room with you. Central air also makes the air in your home cleaner by constantly recirculating the air within the home. The air will go probably go through two sets of filters before it is returned into your home as cold air. The more this circulated air goes through the filters, the cleaner it becomes. Central air is also easier to operate and can be an energy saver. You can program the thermostat to run at different times and temperatures throughout the day and night.
Installing a central air conditioner in your home will not only benefit you now, but it will certainly benefit you down the road should you decide to sell your home. Many homebuyers will turn away from a home that doesn’t have central air conditioning. It’s a decision that will keep you comfortable all year, save money on your energy bills, and increase the value of your home. Call Weidner Heating and Air today for an estimate and be on your way to a cool and comfortable summer.
Weidner Energy Savers is not your standard HVAC service provider. At Weidner Energy Savers, customers mean everything and that’s why this spring some extra tips are being offered to help lessen the effects of allergens. Indoor air pollution can be a serious problem for residents. Whether you or asthmatic or not, air quality is extremely important. A significant amount of time is spent within the home and you shouldn’t have to sacrifice comfort due to poor air quality.
Air filters and humidifiers can improve indoor air quality. Filters offered through Weidner Energy Savers represent one of the least expensive methods to remove unwanted allergens. Filters can be used for one to two years and the spring is a perfect time to consider a new filter. Humidifiers can also provide some relief in certain homes; however the professionals at Weidner Energy Savers will be able to discuss the most appropriate options for your home. In some cases, humidifiers may not be ideal and may actually aggravate certain symptoms. On the other hand, air cleaners can be useful for reducing allergens in any home. Air cleaners are able to capture much smaller particles and pollutants than a traditional air filter.
There are many additional steps that residents can take in order to improve air quality. For asthmatics and allergy sufferers, the bedroom is often the most culpable room in the home. Dust mites are a leading cause of symptoms and are most commonly encountered in the bedroom. The use of hypoallergenic casings on beds, mattresses, and pillows can help to greatly reduce exposure to dust mites in the bedroom. Obviously, regularly washing bedding materials is absolutely necessary to avoid build-up of dust mites.
Another tip to reduce allergens can be to purchase a vacuum that uses High-Efficiency Particulate Air, HEPA, filters. Avoiding materials that are prone to collecting dust-mites and other particles is also recommended. Always be mindful or furniture choices and avoid carpet as often as possible. No one wants to be uncomfortable in their home due to air pollutants; so make a call to Weidner Energy Savers to ensure optimum air quality this spring.
With springtime right around the corner, allergies will be kicking in along with asthma symptoms for those who suffer during this time of year. However, Weidner Energy Savers, is here to help improve indoor air quality after a stuffy long winter by giving your HVAC system some TLC. Here are some ways to help improve the indoor air quality so you can live and breath easy.
For starters, air cleaners can help rid of any unwanted pollutants that can contain harmful materials that affect anyone living in the home. One of the best ways to reduce any health risks is to properly ventilate a home with an air cleaner. The HVAC technicians at Weidner Energy Savers can easily install them in the ductwork system to clean the entire house of any unwanted pollutants.
Another way to have clean fresh air come springtime is to have a whole house humidifier installed. Now this may very well depend on the season when it needs to be used, but it can have a great affect on the home’s indoor air quality. Some homeowners may live in extremely dry or wet areas, making a humidifier the solution to eliminate these problems for a more comfortable living environment.
Duct cleaning can be another way to improve the indoor air quality because it is extremely thorough. HVAC technicians will be able to go through your entire system and ductwork and clean out any pollutants that have built up over time. So if you know you suffer from allergies, get your HVAC system cleaned out now for a cleaner, healthier environment. However, for those who know they do not suffer from any allergies but have been having symptoms, may want to check the air quality because they could be suffering from inhaling harmful pollutants into their bodies. Start breathing cleaner air today!
Mother Nature isn’t letting the Pennsylvania and New Jersey area get off easy this winter season! So far there has been no major snowstorms or freezing cold temperatures… until now. As temperatures drop well below freezing, homeowners look for ways to save on their energy bill, as it seems the brisk winter weather is coming on strong.
If you are looking to save a few bucks for the start of 2013, Weidner Energy Savers is more than happy to share a few tips. For starters, turn down the thermostat. No we don’t want you to freeze or to live under blankets and sweatshirts for the remainder of the winter, but when no one is home all day, whether you are at work and the kids at school turning down the heat could save you a decent chunk of change.
Most individuals live extremely high paced, hectic lives and struggle to remember to turn down the thermostat, however don’t stress if you forget. Invest in a programmable thermostat, this will allow you to set times and temperatures without having to turn it up and down every morning and night. It is a potentially great way to save more money on your energy bill this winter season.
Does your heating system produce cold air or run all the time? By inquiring about a heating service for your Allentown home, could lower your energy costs. By maintaining and fixing the minor problems at hand could lead to extending your units life and operating more effectively.
How about turning on those ceiling fans? Turn on the ceiling fans! Are you mad? By flipping the switch on your fan to spin the opposite direction will allow all the hot air that rises to be pushed down, creating a warmer space below. This will make your living space more comfortable to relax and unwind in.
Another obvious tip is to close up any gaps or holes that are letting hot air escape, whether it is the windows or doors, these are the major areas where heat is lost. You can simply put a weather strip down on all the doors, caulk the windows, and lock them so no hot air has a way out. These are great alternatives especially for homeowners who do not have the budget to invest in new energy efficient windows and doors.
With these minor changes that can be done so easily, Weidner Energy Savers wants homeowners to keep money in their pockets. By maintaining simple tune ups each year it can save you hundreds on costly expenses or repairs that are needed due to lack of care. So start saving today with these tips and stay warm, as the winter seems to be hitting hard this week!
Generally, todays heating systems are mostly trouble free and require little upkeep and maintenance. However, annually you should always perform a heating system maintenance to keep your system functioning efficiently. When you contact a qualified HVAC company to perform a heating system maintenance the company will perform a series of inspections, along with a couple of tune-up tasks. Taking the necessary steps to maintain your heating system will ensure that you get the most out of your unit.
Since every HVAC system has to have a heat source, that heat source must be annually maintained and cleaned to ensure that it is functioning properly. No matter the heat source in the home, a carbon monoxide detector is key to prevent the deadly odorless gas from replacing the oxygen in the air. Operating an improperly functioning furnace can cause carbon monoxide to be released straight into the forced air system, pumping the deadly gas into every room.
Before heated air is forced throughout the home, a filter system is in place between the heat source and the duct work. The filters are important because they keep dust and bugs out of the home. Another major health hazard with HVAC systems is that microbes and bacteria can form and thrive in the heated air and spread through the home causing sickness, asthma, and even hospitalization.
Also make sure that all duct work is clean, has no leaks, and is not dented. Dented duct work can make cleaning difficult and can give bacteria and fungi a protected place to grow. Unsealed duct work can allow unfiltered air to pass into spaces and cause the system to use more energy since the heated or cooled air is not reaching its destination.
To keep warranties valid air conditioning and heating system maintenance is necessary. All HVAC system manufacturers request that air conditioning and heating equipment be regularly maintained by a qualified HVAC company. Regular maintenance of your HVAC equipment will ensure that your system uses energy efficiently while keeping your home comfortable.
A lot of us have beach homes that we love. The memories from summers past and the thought of the one coming up are sure to bring smiles to everyone’s faces. When you’re not going to be at the house or if you only go once every few weeks it is very important to winterize your home so that it stays in great shape during the winter months and a plumbing repair service in Philadelphia or surrounding area isn’t needed.
It is very important to turn off the water in the home. People neglect to think about how cold it actually does get at the beach during the winter season. Water that is left on leaving water in the pipes can cause some serious damage if the water and pipes freeze. When water freezes in pipes it can cause them to burst, leaving the house to look like a water park especially if they burst when you’re not there and not going to be there for days, weeks or even months. Once they pipes burst the water will be flowing out of them until it is turned off by a commercial plumbing service in Philadelphia or one closer to your property.
The cost of fixing pipes can very expensive. But the cost of the pipes is nothing compared to the head ache of having to remove carpeting or damaged flooring, ceiling tiles, dry wall or sheet rock, and of course the furniture that will all need to be replaced. As well as the smell of mildew and mold that can come as a result of having water throughout the house.
Knowing that all this is avoidable by simply turning off the water to the house and flushing out the remaining water in the pipes should come as a relief because it is not hard to do at all and if you can’t do it call plumbing repair service in Lower Merion or nearby. But the feeling of shame and guilt that will come over you as a result of not doing it is something you will never forget or live down. So take the time to winterize your property so your dream beach home doesn’t turn into a winter nightmare.
Air purifiers are machines that clean the air in a building of allergens, such as mold, pollen, and pet dander. The purifiers come in a variety of sizes and types, from the popular tabletop units to central filtrations systems that clean the air for a whole building. Air purifiers are great for individuals who suffer from allergies.
Air purifiers work in numerous ways. Some operate by passing the air in a room through a special type of filter that extracts particles that can cause allergies from the air. The clean air is then blown back into the room. The best air purifiers use a High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter. The HEPA filter is 99.97% effective at removing particles of .3 microns or more from the air.
Some air purifiers use ozone instead of a HEPA filter to clean the air. A disadvantage proven to be dangerous since they release levels of ozone into the air that are too high and unhealthy to the inhabitants of the building.
Other air purifiers work by an electrostatic process to charge the air and cause the allergens to be deposited on a special electrostatic filter. The air may then be passed through a charcoal filter to remove further impurities. The advantage of this type of purifier is that the filters are reusable.
Room air purifiers are proven to be the most effective purifiers. Tabletop models might clean too small of an area, while central filtration systems are not as efficient as the room models.
The most effective use of a room air purifier is in areas where there are high levels of allergens. For example, if the family pet spends most of its time in the living room, that is the room with the highest concentration of pet dander and where the air purifier should be located. The purifier will clean the pet hair and dander out of the air, giving relief to allergy sufferers in the family.
In addition, air purifiers work best in a room where the doors and windows are always kept shut. Air purifiers are only a part of the solution for allergy relief. Although they will clean most allergens out of the air, the allergens might still be on surfaces, such as mold on a bathtub or cat hair on a bedspread.
Energy prices are on the rise across the nation. That’s why it’s important to check your home to insure that your heat is not being wasted. As the cold weather approaches, use the following checklist to make your home more comfortable and keep the energy bills low.
Furnaces and heaters should be serviced once each year by a qualified furnace service technician. Furnace maintenance service or heater maintenance service can happen at any time during the year. Consider the warm season months to call for furnace repair and maintenance service, leaving your heating unit ready for when winter returns.
Maintaining your furnace or heater ensures that your unit is running at its best. When furnaces and heaters run well, they run less often, burn less energy, and heat more efficiently. Having your furnace serviced also ensures that clean air is passing through your heater unit, making your home more dust and allergen-free.
Annual furnace maintenance service usually includes:
Thorough cleaning of the blower, motor, and filter system. Keep in mind that dirt is more to blame for furnace failure than anything else. Replacement of the furnace filter should take place every month after furnace service during the heating season.
-Cleaning of belts and pulleys to the blower
-Oil filter replacement
-Burner adjustment if needed
-Examination and adjustment of regulators and controls
-Examination of overall structure, parts and control
If a structural, part, or control break down is noted at the time of your maintenance, your heater maintenance technician will advise you and present options for correction. This simple step can save you a lot of money and prevent a winter furnace breakdown leaving you freezing, broken pipes and other home disasters.
In the long run, good furnace maintenance will save you money on your heating utility bill, and reduce energy and emissions.
A heat pump system works much the same way as a standard air conditioning system with one exception; a reversing valve is added to change the direction of refrigerant flow. A heat pump consists of a condenser coil (outdoor), an evaporator coil (indoor), and a compressor that provides heating and cooling to your air unit in your home.
During the warm weather, heat is removed by the indoor coil and carries it to the outdoor coil by circulating refrigerant through the tubing connecting the two. When the outdoor temperatures are cold the opposite takes place. The indoor air is circulated throughout the indoor space using a blower and duct system.
Like all heating and cooling systems, proper maintenance is key to efficient operation. The difference between the energy consumption of a well-maintained heat pump and a severely neglected heat pump ranges from 10%–25%. Do not set back the heat pump’s thermostat if it causes the backup heating to come on, since backup heating systems are usually more expensive to operate. In addition, do not use the continuous indoor fan operation since it can degrade the heat pump performance unless a high-efficiency, variable-speed fan motor is used. Instead operate the system on the auto fan setting on the thermostat.
Clean or change filters once a month or as needed, and maintain the system according to manufacturer’s instructions. Dirty filters, coils, and fans reduce airflow through the system, and reduced airflow decreases system performance, while damaging your system’s compressor. Clean outdoor coils whenever they appear dirty, and remove vegetation and clutter from around the outdoor unit.
In addition, at least once a year have a professional technician service your heat pump. The technician can do the following:
.Inspect ducts, filters, blower, and indoor coil for dirt and other obstructions
.Diagnose and seal duct leakage
.Check adequate airflow by measurement
.Check for refrigerant leaks
.Inspect electric terminals
.Lubricate motors and inspect belts for tightness and wear
.Check for correct thermostat operation
Making your home more energy efficient in the summer months is great not only for your wallet but also for the environment. The adjustments made to help make your home more energy efficient may be expensive in the short term, but will save you money in the long run.
The high bills can be avoided or at least reduced if you keep the following tips in mind.
-Plant shade trees and shrubs around your home especially on the west side to keep it cool. In the summer months the foliage will block the rays of the sun, which cause your house to heat up. In the winter the bare branches will allow the heat to come through. This method works particularly well for older homes that are poorly insulated.
-Hang insulated curtains over the windows in your home. When the curtains are closed, they can block the sun’s heat and prevent it from entering your home while keeping it cooler.
-Maintain your thermostat above 78 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer. You can save 7 to 10 percent on your cooling expenses for each degree your thermostat is set above 78 degrees. Additionally, turn the thermostat off when you are not home.
-Consider replacing your old furnace with a new energy-efficient model. Furnaces made before 1992 waste about 35 percent of the fuel they use. By replacing the old furnace with a condensing furnace that uses an annual efficiency of at least 90 percent will help cut down on energy use and costs.
-Run your ceiling and floor fans in occupied rooms. Using this type of cooling system will help take some of the responsibility off of your air conditioner to keep your home cool. Running a fan only costs about half a cent per hour, but it can reduce the temperature in a room by three or four degrees.