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Why Is My Thermostat Not Working?

Heating and cooling problems frequently end with a homeowner realizing, “Wait, why is my thermostat not working?” While that problem may be easy to identify, it’s not always easy to correct. Here’s what can go wrong with thermostats, and how you can get your thermostat working again. An Old-Fashioned Shock to the System Did your thermostat get bumped or knocked recently? Could it have been accidentally hit during play or while people were in a hurry? Thermostats, especially old thermostats,

5 Common Water Problems in Pennsylvania

Filtration and treatments are vital steps to dealing with water contamination in Pennsylvania, but that leads to a frequent question: What types of contamination does PA struggle with, anyway? Could it be dangerous to your health? Let’s round up the five most common problems we’ve seen, and why they are dangerous for those living in the state. 1. High Levels of Lead in Water Lead is a particularly insidious danger in water supplies: It can’t be seen or tasted, and

The 5 Different Types of Plumbing Pipes

When you look at a plumbing system, it’s easy to see there are several different types of plumbing pipes used in different ways. Let’s look at the types of plumbing pipes and their uses to see what may be found in today’s houses! Copper Pipes Copper is both one of the older types of plumbing pipe materials and a very popular option today – no other choice has stood the test of time quite so well. (For example, cast iron, an older

What to Do About a Clogged Shower Drain

You probably know the creeping feeling that your shower drain is becoming clogged: Over time, more and more standing water builds up in your shower, and lingers for longer before draining out. This is a sure sign that hair and other materials are forming an unpleasant clog down your shower drain. That standing water can start causing serious issues with your shower or bathtub over time, so it’s best to deal with it sooner rather than later. If you’re looking

Why Does My Bathroom Smell Like Eggs?

“Help! My bathroom smells like rotten eggs!” This is a relatively frequent request we get from homeowners. If you’re getting that sulfuric smell from inside your house, you likely want to know both why it’s there and whether it’s a plumbing problem that needs to be fixed quickly. In order to answer that question, we need to ask some more specific questions. Is the smell from the water itself? If you’re telling yourself, “My sink water smells like rotten eggs,”

Types of AC Homeowners Can Choose From

Selecting the right type of AC is crucial for home comfort, especially in the summer. What are the types of AC homeowners can choose from? While the two most common systems are the central air system and single-room air conditioners (commonly known as wall-mounted or window units), the ductless mini-split system is a third path that represents a bit of a compromise. Here we’ll take a hard look at these three types of AC, examine the strengths and capabilities of

A Guide to MERV Ratings: What is MERV and How Does It Work

Indoor air quality is something that many of us take for granted but is a critical component of your home’s overall cleanliness. Maintaining indoor air free of dust, dander and other particles helps with allergies and respiratory issues, and leads to a cleaner, healthier environment. Your home’s heating and cooling system plays a major role in this goal. Your experienced HVAC provider may talk with you about your system’s Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) and its importance in regard to your indoor

What are the recommended AC settings for summer in Pittsburgh

Everyone knows about Pittsburgh’s harsh winters, but now that the hottest part of the year is upon us, you’re probably wondering, “What is the best temperature for an air conditioner in the summer?” This can be tricky, especially since temperatures in the city fluctuate so drastically from season to season and day to day. While Pittsburgh’s heat is not overbearing, it can be uncomfortable, and it’s important to know the best thermostat settings for your home. What is the best

Air Conditioning Options for Homes Without Ductwork

In Pittsburgh and throughout western Pennsylvania, there are many beautiful, historic homes built before our modern concept of installing central air. In a house without ducts, often tenants and homeowners stick to less-effective window units, which do little to make a home energy efficient and often don’t provide the relief from Pittsburgh’s hot and humid climate in late summer. What are some of the options that owners of Pittsburgh’s historic buildings can use to make their homes energy efficient and

The Importance of an Efficient Air Conditioner This Summer

When the summer temperatures soar, the heat can put a great deal of stress on your AC system. While your air conditioner will generally perform admirably despite the heavier workload, periods of peak use often mean compromised efficiency when it comes to the amount of cool air you get in exchange for the energy consumed. The average American spends thousands each year in energy costs, so one of the best ways to trim the fat from your household budget is