How To Move A Thermostat

July 5, 2016

Our customers often ask about thermostats, and many of them want to know if it’s possible to move a thermostat on their own. They’re interested in how they should approach moving their thermostat and the potential benefits of moving one. Fortunately, in many cases, moving a thermostat is a DIY job that requires a few basic tools. In fact, if you’re moving the thermostat to an adjacent wall or replacing the interface, the project may last just an hour or less. In some cases, though, an HVAC specialist may be required for advanced wiring and thermostat installation.

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My Central A/C Fan is Not Working, What Do I Do?

April 1, 2016

A central air-conditioner is an elaborate system that involves parts such as an evaporator, a compressor, a condenser, fans, and refrigerant to run through the unit. Like many household appliances, each of these components does their job both independently, but also in unison with the connecting parts and when one section of the system goes down, the entire performance falters. This article outlines what to do if your AC unit is malfunctioning. While each component in a central air-conditioner is critical, quite simply the unit will not work if the fan is not running. Fans in

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Why is My Furnace Blowing Cold Air?

January 18, 2016

There’s nothing quite like the bone-aching struggle to clear the snow off your sidewalk while facing a 30 mph cross-wind blowing directly into your eye. After the task is done and you limp through your home in your frozen pants like a combination robot/scarecrow, the warmth of the furnace encompassing your whole body is starting to become a reality. You hear the rumble in the blower motor and the hot air working its way through the ducts only to deliver an arctic blast of cold air into your face…. “Furnace, you had one job.”

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Geothermal Energy vs. Solar Panels: Which Has Better Value?

June 26, 2015

“Going Green” is no longer just for progressive thinking homeowners or those looking to live in a commune and proverbially go off the grid. Instead, having an energy-efficient property is now an integral part of being a responsible homeowner, not only to lower utility bills but also as a crucial way of limiting a carbon footprint against an increasingly unpredictable environment. The best way we can lower our impact on the environment (and save some money in the process) is by harnessing the Earth’s resources to heat and cool our homes and businesses. The two main ways

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Geothermal Heat Pumps vs. Traditional Heat Pumps

June 22, 2015

The main concept of geothermal energy is one that’s relatively easy to grasp. For example, the Earth has a constant core of 50°-60°F at all times no matter the temperatures above ground. It makes sense then that we can harness that energy and use it to heat or cool our homes, but here’s where the process gets a little murky – not so much a matter of why, but how? The two main components of geothermal energy are the multiple tubes/pipes that run underground in the Earth to absorb that 50°-60°F temperature (ground loops) and

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Geothermal Energy Pros and Cons

June 18, 2015

Instead of using natural gas or oil and as an alternative to incurring high electricity bills, geothermal energy works to draw off the Earth’s constant core temperature to both heat and cool the home. At first, glance, incorporating geothermal energy into a house or business would seem like a no-brainer and while there are definite cost and economic savings involved with the process, all that glitters isn’t gold. Here are the definitive geothermal energy pros and cons: Pros Environmentally friendly compared to gas or oil furnaces (no combustion). Not a significant source of pollution.

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Why Do Air Conditioners Freeze?

March 25, 2015

An air conditioner unit has the potential to freeze. It’s a strange sight, especially in the middle of a hot summer day, but that’s when it’s most likely to happen. A frozen air conditioner is a common problem and can sometimes be fixed easily. Other times, however, you’ll need an air conditioner repair technician to take a look at it. Why does it freeze in the first place? First things first: why is it frozen? There are 2 possible scenarios in which your air conditioner can freeze up. On a hot

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Common AC Problems

March 23, 2015

Throughout the years, we’ve seen and repaired a lot of AC problems. The more complex the system, the higher the potential for problems. Knowing the symptoms and what the problems are can potentially add a few years to the life of your system as you may be saving other parts in the process. Here is a list of the most common AC problems and their symptoms. Broken Thermometer In most systems, the thermometer is the key to proper functioning; without the thermometer, most systems don’t even know when to turn on. A broken thermometer can mean

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Geothermal Maintenance

March 19, 2015

One of the main benefits of a geothermal heating system, besides economic friendliness, is a relative lack of maintenance. A majority of the geothermal components are buried underground so much like a radiant underfloor heating system: What you can’t see you can’t maintain (because the parts shouldn’t go wrong). The lack of maintenance perception is a common misnomer because all heating systems need regular upkeep, especially ones that feature a conventional ductwork and air handler as the geothermal pumps do. The required maintenance shouldn’t be a deal-breaker in purchasing a system though, because the savings still produce roughly $5 of

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Geothermal Savings in PA (Tax Incentives, Grants, and More)

March 17, 2015

In recent years, geothermal heat pumps have gained popularity. However, the cost of installation for geothermal heating is still more expensive than other forms of heating and cooling. Don’t let this initial cost scare you, though, as the cost to run the systems over time will result in savings that pay for the system in full. Most families see savings of equivalent or greater value to the cost of the installation within 5-7 years. The savings aren’t the only assistance available out there. The government is pushing for renewable energy sources in residential and commercial establishments. For

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