When we talk about HVAC systems, it may sound like we’re
always referring to a fully integrated heating, ventilation, and air
conditioning solution common in many newer homes and businesses—also often
called a “packaged system.” But, here in our home service area
of northern Lancaster County and Lebanon County, PA, the term “system” is a
little less specific.
Especially if your home is older, your home comfort
equipment may consist of only integrated heating, such as an oil-fired boiler
with baseboard radiators. You may have air conditioning, but it was installed
later as a retrofit—or maybe you still rely on portable or window units for
cooling in the summer.
Because homes in our area feature such a wide variety of HVAC equipment, we
wanted to focus today’s post on some of the most common systems and components
that we encounter—and service—here at Garden Spot Mechanical.
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Fact: concentrations of some airborne pollutants can be two to five times higher indoors than out. Considering that we spend about 90% of our modern lives inside our homes and other buildings, we may be breathing unhealthy air much of the time, which is a scary thought.
Luckily, there are many air filtering and purification
solutions available today that can help us breathe better—some of which you may
already have in place in your home and can easily optimize with help from your
residential HVAC professionals.
The challenge, though, is determining which air cleaning
options will work best for you and your family, and which ones may ultimately
be money wasters. Today’s post provides some insight into ways you can improve indoor air
quality (IAQ) at home, which may be as simple as changing out the filter in
your existing heating and air conditioning system.
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Having hot water on tap in our homes is a defining component
of modern civilization, which has made the water heater an essential appliance.
However, like all appliances, water heaters malfunction and wear out. When this
happens, homeowners need to know whether their water heater can be fixed or if
it must be replaced.
Today’s post shares the signs and symptoms of a failing
water heater. While many of the problems water heaters develop can be repaired
if caught in time, it’s often a good idea to replace your water heater,
especially if it’s been in service for many years. The good news is that water
heater replacement is relatively affordable, and the technology is getting
better all the time, which can actually save you on energy costs. So, when you
do notice problems with your water heater, you’ll want to consult with a professional
residential plumber right away to help you decide your next steps.
Continue reading “How to Know If Your Water Heater Needs to be Repaired or Replaced”
No one likes to hear the drip, drip, drip of a leaky faucet.
That sound means water—and often money—is being wasted. Just one faucet leaking
20 drips per minute will consume a gallon of water a day. And all those drips
will quickly increase the water bill for those “lucky” enough to be on public
Those trying to avoid the extra expense of a plumber’s bill
can save money by fixing the leak themselves. With the correct tools, most
homeowners can remedy most faucet leaks. It’s true that most of the necessary
tools can be found in a typical toolbox. They include a crescent wrench,
adjustable pliers, needle nose pliers, flat head screwdriver, Phillips head
screwdriver, and an Allen wrench in the correct size. This project will also
require a rag, plumber’s grease, and latex gloves to wear when applying grease,
if you wish.
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We’ve all been there—one too many spicy burritos and you’re
watching the water rise precariously close to the brim of the toilet bowl.
After a frantic search for a plunger, you either come out from the bathroom
unscathed and breathe a sigh of relief, or you have a messy situation to deal
with. Whether you’re in the comfort of your own home or somewhere less private,
no one wants the embarrassment of having to clean up blackwater waste or to
inform someone that they clogged the toilet.
But before you call the plumber
or go into a panic, there are a few ways to fix that clogged toilet and avoid a
bit of smelly embarrassment. See if the following tips and tricks work for you.
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Have you heard of ductless air conditioning systems, or “mini-split” units? While newer to the American market, as they were first
popularized in other countries where smaller scale and urban living is more
common, these systems have been steadily gaining in popularity throughout the
last decade or so here. This is mainly because
these systems can easily solve tricky HVAC issues in older homes with no
ductwork and in new additions or outbuilding spaces that require climate
In short, these systems are amazingly flexible, extremely
efficient, and certainly worth serious consideration by homeowners here in our
service area in northwestern Lancaster County and beyond. Especially
if you dread looking at ugly old window
units all summer long, this post is for you!
Read on for answers to questions that we often hear from
customers, and learn why a new ductless air conditioning system might be great
for your home.
Continue reading “Answered: FAQs About Ductless Air Conditioning”
Did you know that home heating and air conditioning (HVAC)
systems that aren’t maintained have to work harder to keep you comfortable?
They may even simply shut off and refuse
to restart based on system safety settings, which means you could be left
freezing on a cold winter night or sweating it out in the middle of summer
while you wait for repair service.
If you don’t like paying emergency repair rates (and who
does?), there are several things you can do to help your heating and/or air
conditioning equipment perform better and even last longer, too.
Continue reading “Decrease Your Repair Costs with These HVAC Maintenance Tips”