What Temperature Should I Set My Thermostat to in Winter?

Winter weather is not far away. As you anticipate seasonal changes and the adjustments made to accommodate them, you might start thinking about putting flannel sheets on your bed, swapping your short-sleeved shirts for sweaters and perhaps treating yourself to a thick robe and a new pair of slippers before the coldest days arrive.

Those changes are all common and valid, but it’s also a good idea to think about setting your thermostat to a different temperature in the winter. Here is some helpful information to guide you through the specifics of taking that step. Read more

How to Use Your Senses to Diagnose HVAC Problems

Unless you’re an HVAC professional or an engineer, the idea of confronting problems with your heating and cooling may sound daunting. You may have received advice in the past that says that unless you have these advanced qualifications, you can’t possibly know how to identify problems with your HVAC system. And that if you want to try, you’ll first need to wade through pages of dense technical books and web content to find the answers you’re looking for.

We don’t believe these assertions are always true, because there will always be the occasional problem that crops up that only a true professional can diagnose, many everyday hiccups in your system do not require this level of prior knowledge. With nothing more than the information we’ll share here and your five senses, you can easily diagnose and fix many HVAC problems, all without needing a background in the subject.

Today, we want to walk you through some of the problems you may encounter in your heating and cooling systems. Some of them you can fix yourself while others require a more professional touch, but all of them are issues you can diagnose on your own. Read more

How To Choose The Right Air Conditioning System For Your Home

Is the SEER rating of an A/C system important?

At Zimmerman Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning, we often get asked, ‘what SEER air conditioner do I need for my home?’. This is a valid question for homeowners since with any research you do, you will find manufacturers and articles touting SEER ratings as the end-all be-all of determining the right air conditioner for your home.

SEER, or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, is the measurement of an air conditioner’s electrical output over an average cooling season. This is most similar to the Miles Per Gallon or MPG for the automobile industry. This is a good way to determine how efficient an air conditioner will be, but it should not be the defining factor for selecting an air conditioning system for your home. Read more

How to Keep Your Garbage Disposal Running

Few kitchen appliances get as much use, or abuse, as the garbage disposal. Most homeowners don’t even quite realize how important this appliance is until it stops working one day and you’re left with a clogged drain full of smelly food waste. While garbage disposals are designed and built for heavy-duty daily use, the best way to avoid issues and unpleasant odors in your kitchen sink is by keeping your garbage disposal maintained and avoiding common factors that can damage it. Read more

Plumbing Issues to Look for in a New Home

Looking for a new house is an exciting and serious process. However, you don’t want to run into any new home plumbing issues. That’s why it’s important to know how to inspect plumbing before buying a home. At Zimmerman Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning, homeowners come first. In case you’re browsing the market, we thought it might be useful to learn how to check the plumbing in a new house before you buy it.

We’ve broken down this guide on how to inspect plumbing before buying a home into three sections. Keep reading to learn how to ensure you buy a new home that is free of plumbing issues. Read more

Preparing Your Home for Extreme Cold

Avoid disaster with these tips to keep pipes from breaking and the heat running

Let’s face it, every winter we have a few days with extremely cold temperatures in PA. Make certain that you and your home are ready when it hits. Read more

What’s in your water?

What’s in Your Water? The importance of getting cleaner, healthier water to you and your home The water coming to the majority of our homes in the South-Central PA area is distributed by our local municipalities, or commonly referred to as city water. Fortunately for us, most of the time we can count on a […]

Whole-home Dehumidifier Benefits

This year’s increase of rain and high humidity levels have been wreaking havoc on basements, crawlspaces, and entire homes throughout Central PA. Even when the temperature feels cooler but the dew point is still high, opening windows to let fresh air in greatly increases the humidity in your home. So, why is humidity a concern and how do we remove the humidity from our home? Read more

High-tech Plumbing

Smart plumbing that can prevent serious damage

Everyday we depend on the plumbing running throughout our homes – it’s a necessity we usually take for granted. Probably because it works almost all the time, and most of the plumbing we don’t even see.  Of course, over time cracks and breaks will happen and rest assured it’s never pleasant. It could be a minor leak under a sink or gushing water from a water heater causing a huge mess! What if it could be stopped before it even happened, potentially saving thousands of dollars in repairs? Read more

Guide to Preparing Your Home for (almost) any PA Storm

Let the Pennsylvania weather be unpredictable, not your home.

Maintenance and preparedness are two of the best ways to be ready in the event of inclement weather. Even though Central Pennsylvania is relatively temperate, we still see our fair share of bad weather. Read more