May 14th, 2018
When the weather starts to heat up in the climb toward another New Jersey summer, you can also expect the humidity to climb as well. Nobody wants to deal with a day that’s both hot and humid! When relative humidity rises above 60%, it can make a warm day feel 8°F to 10°F hotter. In your home, this often means the difference in whether you turn on your AC or keep it off.
“Doesn’t the air conditioner take care of humidity?” you ask. The answer is: “Not really.” An air conditioner does have some natural dehumidification properties because as it absorbs heat through the evaporator coil, it also collects moisture along the coil, drawing it from the air. But this is a side-effect of how the AC works, not its purpose. Unless an air conditioner is designed with dehumidifier controls, it isn’t enough to handle balancing a home’s relative humidity in the comfortable zone around 45%.
April 30th, 2018
The first part of spring is often unpredictable—those April snowstorms the worst! But spring means warmer weather is coming, and hot weather is not far off. This is the best time of year to arrange for professional maintenance for your home’s air conditioning system. A technician comes to your house and inspects the AC, makes adjustments and tune-ups as necessary, and cleans the components that need it. If the technicians spots a repair need, you can have it done early—before summer arrives.
Maintenance is beneficial for your air conditioner and you in a number of important ways:
April 16th, 2018
The question in the title is another way of asking if it’s time for you to have a new boiler installed in your house. For any residential heating system, the day will come—usually during the spring when it’s about to shut down—when the heater should be replaced by professionals.
But how can you tell that your boiler has reached the end? Below are some of the ways to determine if you need a replacement boiler. However, make sure you consult an HVAC pro before making a choice.
April 2nd, 2018
April may bring showers, but it’s also a time when the annual climate starts the ascent toward staying warm through the summer. Good news in most ways—but unfortunately one way it isn’t good is that it makes it more likely for homeowners to ignore a malfunctioning gas furnace. When people know they soon won’t need the furnace running for a long stretch, they might shrug off what looks like small malfunctions. Those can wait until the fall, can’t they?
We don’t recommend anyone take this approach! It’s always best to have gas furnace repairs done as soon as possible after you notice something is wrong. Arrange for a heating contractor to come to your house, inspect the system, diagnose the problem, and have it remedied.
March 19th, 2018
As winter winds down, homeowners often evaluate the performance of their home heating systems. Is it time to retire that old furnace that can’t seem to keep up? If it is, what type of furnace should replace it?
There are many questions people have about furnaces when they’re shopping for a new installation. Many of them are about energy efficiency: “How is efficiency measured? What does AFUE mean? Is a high-efficiency furnace automatically a money-saver?”
We’re going to get into the basics of furnace efficiency to provide you with some answers.
March 5th, 2018
Welcome to March! The month when winter officially ends. But the weather never obeys any “official” dates, and we can still expect chilly weather to come our way. You’re home heating system in Cherry Hill, NJ still has some work ahead. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t begin to plan to put in a new furnace if your current one is nearing the end of its service life.
Why give any thought to a new furnace? Aren’t they all basically the same?
Not at all! Furnaces all work on the same principle: they heat up air, which a blower fan then sends into the ventilation system. But furnace models have many differences. They can run from a variety of fuel sources, use different methods to transfer heat into the air, and have a range of features affecting performance and energy efficiency. We’ll take a look at some of these important furnace variations.
February 19th, 2018
The majority of homes in the U.S. have a furnace installed to handle comfort needs during the winter. Furnaces are flexible and have enormous heating power. But boiler systems have stayed around even as furnaces became the most common home heater. Boilers show no signs of going away either.
What is it that gives boilers an edge that still makes them competitive? There are a number of reasons homeowners may choose to have a boiler system set up for their new home rather than a conventional forced-air furnace.
February 5th, 2018
Heat pumps are not a new invention, but it’s only recently that they’ve started to make a big impression in homes in our area. More and more households today enjoy their summer cooling and winter heating from the two-in-one function of a heat pump.
If you’re considering changing your standard furnace-and-air conditioning HVAC set-up for a heat pump in the near future, you’ve probably already done a bit of research on them. One thing you’ll often read about regarding heat pumps is that they aren’t ideal for every home. Is a heat pump installation in Cherry Hill, NJ the right choice for your comfort needs? Let’s take a look …
January 22nd, 2018
How high are your monthly heating bills during the winter? We think they’re probably too high. Of course, we can’t know for certain. We have, however, been in the HVAC business long enough to have experience with the ways people heat their homes—and often there are many places for improvements. You might already be spending more than you should without even realizing it.
Most of these mistakes in home heating are easy to correct. Let’s take a look at a few methods to chop down those ugly heating bills!
January 8th, 2018
In our last post, we took a closer look at the warning signs a furnace needs repair work. But any furnace will eventually reach a point where doing repairs is only a minor stopgap method. The repair costs will soon outweigh the costs of keeping the furnace around.
At what point do you stop calling for repair work and instead call for a full furnace replacement? That’s the question we’re going to look at in this post. It’s the biggest question you’ll have to face with a furnace, and you want to ensure that you make the best choice.
You don’t have to make the choice alone. In fact, you shouldn’t. Contact our service technicians when you think your furnace is coming to the end of its lifespan. They’ll help you with the decision—as well as with whatever work needs to come next.