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The weather forecast indicates that hot degree temperatures are on the way for the Bucks County, PA area. This makes it very important that your air conditioner is working at its optimal level. One of the most common AC problems our expert technicians at Academy Air HVAC hear is, My air conditioner keeps shutting off.

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With local Utility Companies proposed rate hikes, now is the best time to learn about what you can do to make your home more energy efficient. Energy costs can consume a significant portion of your family’s monthly budget and installing a new, energy-efficient heating and cooling system is a great way to reduce your utility bills. There are additional home performance improvements that can make your home more energy efficient. By taking a few proactive steps, you can reduce your monthly utility bills by 20 percent or more.

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Your air conditioner is like a best friend during the hot summer months, keeping your family cool and helping to cut through the humidity in your home. When the temperatures rise, having a broken air conditioner could be very uncomfortable, not to mention detrimental to your health. Therefore, it's important to take good care of your system and stop problems before they occur.

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An air-source heat pump can provide efficient heating and cooling for your home, especially if you live in a warm climate. When properly installed, an air-source heat pump can deliver one-and-a-half to three times more heat energy to a home than the electrical energy it consumes. This is possible because a heat pump moves heat rather than converting it from a fuel, like in combustion heating systems.

Although air-source heat pumps can be used in nearly all parts of the United States, they do not generally perform well over extended periods of sub-freezing temperatures. In regions with sub-freezing winter temperatures, it may not be cost effective to meet all your heating needs with a standard air-source heat pump.

 

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Ductless, mini-split-system heat pumps (mini splits) make good retrofit add-ons to houses with "non-ducted" heating systems, such as hydronic (hot water heat), radiant panels, and space heaters (wood, kerosene, propane). They can also be a good choice for room additions, where extending or installing distribution ductwork is not feasible.

Like standard air-source heat pumps, mini splits have two main components: an outdoor compressor/condenser, and an indoor air-handling unit. A conduit, which houses the power cable, refrigerant tubing, suction tubing, and a condensate drain, links the outdoor and indoor units.

 

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Take no offense, but the air inside your home is probably foul and filthy. Dirty air is one of the most underestimated causes of various ailments, including allergies, asthma, fatigue, and much more. Bad air quality can even affect your mood and temperament. We take things like the crisp air of morning for granted. But the fact of the matter is, often, a breath of fresh air does wonders to reinvigorate the body and clean out toxins. According to EPA estimates, the air in our homes is two to five times more polluted than the air we breathe outside.

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 There are two elements to your heating system that need to work in tandem to deliver warm air in an efficient manner. The first is the furnace, and you’re aware of the need to change the filters and perform any other routine maintenance that the manufacturer recommends. The other half of the system — unseen and largely ignored — is the duct system, though which the heated air is delivered into your home.

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Even though a water temperature of 110° F is ‘relatively-safe’, exposure can be painful; the human pain threshold is around 106-108° F.

As the chart reproduced below reveals, the severity of a burn is a function of the temperature of the water and the duration of the exposure and the condition of the skin. Children and older people, who typically have thinner skin, suffer more severe burns in a shorter time and at lower temperatures than adults. A child can suffer a third-degree burn in 124°F water in less than three minutes. Children and adults can be burned this badly in two seconds
or sooner in 149°F water.

 

 

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 A little AC maintenance can save a lot of money

It’s easy to think of your home’s air conditioner as “set it and forget it.”

Not true.

Even though they are generally sturdy devices built for long use, regular AC maintenance is the key to efficient operation and long life. Just as a car tune up maintains top gas mileage, so it is with your AC. Give it some love and attention BEFORE each cooling season begins, and it will reward you with peak operating efficiency and increased comfort over many years of service.

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 The majority of people do not know that indoor air pollution can often have much higher levels than outside. This is not good for people who suffer from allergies or asthma as these pollutants are the direct cause.

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As a Premier Carrier Dealer, we have nothing but confidence in today's HVAC technology and products that we offer to our customers. Do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have about your air conditioner, furnace, heater, or appliances. We are here to serve you right. We continue to offer competitive pricing and expert service to both residential and commercial customers.
 
We proudly serve residential customers and business owners of Bucks County and Eastern Montgomery County: Abington, Bensalem, Bryn Athyn, Buckingham, Churchville, Doylestown, Feasterville, Furlong, Hatboro, Hatfield, Harleysville, Hartsville, Horsham, Holland, Ivyland, Jamison, Jenkintown, Langhorne, Morrisville, Newtown, Southampton, Trevose and Yardley
 
We will make sure your heating and cooling system is operating at peak peformance to save you money, improve your health, and make you comfortable! We are HVAC professionals and experts.
 
CALL US TODAY @ 215-289-9700
 

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