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Video – Why Does My Heat Pump Smell Like It’s Burning?

March 31, 2022

You turn on your heat pump, and you smell something burning. What should you do? Who should you call first, the fire department or your HVAC technician? First assess what the smell most likely is, and you may not need to call anyone. Of course, if you’re still nervous because you just don’t know, turn off your heat pump and give one of our highly trained technicians a call to come out to diagnose the smell for you.

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spring money-saving tips

Spring Money-Saving Tips

March 17, 2022

Everyone loves to save money, and it’s a good idea to review different aspects of your budget now and again to see if there are more opportunities you have missed in the past. In the springtime, considering how you can reduce your energy bills is always a great idea.

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Video – When Do I Need to Replace the Batteries in My Smoke Detector?

February 28, 2022

Change the batteries in your smoke and CO detectors when you change your clocks for daylight savings. It’s an easy reminder to replace them and is very important for your safety!

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What Does AFUE Mean?

What Does AFUE Mean?

February 17, 2022

While an air conditioner’s efficiency is measured by its SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating, an electric or gas- or oil-fired furnace’s efficiency is measured by its AFUE, or average fuel utilization efficiency. This standard measurement is given in percentages, letting you know how much of your fuel is actually used to heat your Pennsylvania home and how much fuel is wasted. 

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what is carbon monoxide

Video – What Is Carbon Monoxide?

January 31, 2022

Carbon monoxide is a poisonous, odorless, tasteless gas. It is formed by the incomplete combustion of carbon, or the incomplete burning of natural gas and other things that contain carbon. It can often be mixed with other gasses with odors. Carbon monoxide can result from the burning of any of these, gasoline, kerosene, oil, propane, coal, wood and other things. It is also a byproduct of an internal combustion engine. The CDC estimates that 400 people per year die of carbon monoxide poisoning, 20,000 more visit the emergency room and 4,000 people are hospitalized. Contact us today at 717-335-2633 about installing a Carbon Monoxide Detector today in your home or office.

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lower your winter heating bill

5 Ways to Lower Your Winter Heating Bill

January 15, 2022

When the temperature gets low, your energy bill gets high. That’s because you spend more time indoors during the winter. And we don’t blame you—it can get pretty cold here in Pennsylvania.

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thermostat on or auto

Video – Should I Set My Thermostat to ON or AUTO?

December 30, 2021

On most thermostats, you can choose between On or Auto for your fan setting. On tells your HVAC unit to run its fans all the time, even when the air isn’t being heated or cooled. Auto means the fan only runs when your air is being treated. It might be a good idea to try a combination of both settings. Try setting it to ON when you are home and AUTO when you’re away. For more information, give us a call at 717-335-2633.

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what is short cycling?

What Is Short Cycling?

December 16, 2021

Short cycling is a term used in the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) world to explain a situation where a furnace or air conditioner turns on and off too frequently. The “short cycle” is the period of time that your HVAC equipment is actually running, and the shorter this cycle, the harder your system needs to work. 

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furnace pilot light

Video – Check Your Furnace Pilot Light

November 30, 2021

Your furnace may be blowing cold air because the pilot light has gone out. Call us at 717-335-2633 or request service online to have it properly fixed. This is indicative of a bigger problem that requires professional help.

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Happy Thanksgiving From Our Family to Yours

November 25, 2021

We want to wish you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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