Have you ever wondered how long does a water heater last, or is the water heater you currently have the best possible option, or what can be done to make sure the water heater doesn’t spring a leak in a newly finished basement? We asked Chris Murk to give us the scoop on what every homeowner needs to know about water heaters. Read more
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With winter’s arrival in Pennsylvania, heating costs skyrocket throughout the state. Is it possible to control or even dramatically reduce those costs? It depends on what you’re doing already. Here are a few ideas to help you get started with lowering your heating costs: Read more
You turn up the thermostat, and you expect your home heating system to kick out warm air, creating a toasty warm home for you and your family. What happens when the furnace, boiler, heat pumps or any heating system fails or can’t keep up? Besides feeling uncomfortably cold, furnace, boiler and heat pump problems can mean costly repairs.
Many problems with home heating systems are repairable, but others indicate the need for a new system. In some cases, it’s more cost-effective to buy a new system than it is to continue making expensive repairs to an old furnace. Keep reading to find out if your furnace problems mean it’s time to get a new system. Read more
Your home is the place where you and your family spend most of your time. This means your home faces a lot of wear and tear from continual use over the years. In order to keep your home in great shape and continue to enjoy it without incurring large repair costs, it’s a best practice to develop proactive and planned home maintenance habits. Read more
Carbon Monoxide or CO can be easily overlooked since it’s odorless, tasteless, and colorless, which is why it is labelled as the ‘silent killer’. The unfortunate reality is that we hear of someone passing due to CO inhalation, often in or near our local community almost every winter, furthermore January is the deadliest month for CO poisoning. This is avoidable and we hope this information will help. Read more
As homes continue to be built tighter and existing homes become upgraded with better windows and insulation, our indoor air quality becomes more of a concern, so much so that studies show that indoor air is more polluted than air outdoors – up to 7x! Most homeowners are aware of regularly replacing air filters on forced-air systems, but there is much more that can be done to prevent unwanted pollutants to improve health and comfort, especially when a family member suffers from allergies or other respiratory ailments.
Sources Indoor air pollutants: The most dangerous sources of indoor air pollutants are Carbon Monoxide (CO), Radon, and second-hand smoke. Other sources of indoor pollutants are off-gassing of Volatile Organic Compounds or VOC’s from products like paints, and carpets as well as chemical cleaners. Moisture can also be hazardous as it can potentially lead to mold growth and promote the growth of dust mites, cockroaches, bacteria, and viruses. Also, pesticides should be an absolute last resort to removing unwanted guests. Read more
Majority of homes in Central PA fall woefully short in the insulation department – especially in attic spaces. Adding insulation to an attic is estimated to decrease year-round utility costs anywhere from 10 to 50 percent, that’s a pretty solid investment!
Insulation can noticeably improve a home’s overall comfort while limiting uneven temperatures. Additionally, this creates a decreased strain on HVAC equipment especially when burying ductwork in the attic and sometimes can even call for smaller equipment when the time comes for replacement. In the winter, additional insulation can help to avoid potentially dangerous ice-dams and further damage to gutters and roofs. Read more
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