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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

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,”

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

Hard Water: A Complete Overview

You’ve probably heard of hard water before. But what exactly is it? Is it dangerous for your plumbing or, more importantly, for your health? This blog will give you a complete overview of hard water, so keep reading to get answers to these questions and more. And if you need home plumbing repair in Pittsburgh, PA, reach out to the plumbing experts here at Stahl Plumbing. What Is It? So, what exactly is hard water? You probably know that it

What to Expect with a Ductless Air Conditioner

For many homeowners who don’t want the added cost and cooling power needed to control the temperatures in their entire square footage, a ductless AC system can be a wise investment. In fact, that’s not the only scenario in which a ductless system, also known as a mini-split AC, can make sense. For small outbuildings that don’t have existing ductwork, you can still maintain cool interior temperatures with the help of an efficient, minimally invasive ductless system. Even in larger

6 Plumbing Emergencies That Every Homeowner Must Know

Many plumbing problems will reveal themselves gradually, providing homeowners with an opportunity to have them repaired without the help of an emergency plumber in Pittsburgh, PA. However, others can rise suddenly, creating stunning, inconvenient emergencies that require immediate attention. Those plumbing emergencies are most pressing because they can cause significant damage to other portions of your house in addition to creating breaks in service and potential messes. Fortunately, when you experience these urgent plumbing problems, you can call on emergency

Ways COVID-19 Has Impacted the Plumbing Industry

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected industries of all kinds, forcing some businesses to close while changing how others conduct business and serve their clientele. Here’s how the pandemic has affected the plumbing industry in particular. The Plumber’s Uniform: Extra protection is necessary during the COVID-19 pandemic. Plumbers now work with shoe covers, gloves, respiratory masks, and contact-reducing guidelines to protect them from catching or spreading the virus. Availability: Businesses across the country have remained closed to slow the spread of