7 Tips for Avoiding Colds and Flu this Winter

The days are shorter and colder, which means we spend more time snuggled up at home. It’s a great time of year for cozying up with friends and family, but the additional time indoors is a primary reason the colder months coincide with cold and flu season. According to the Centers for Disease Control and…

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Kids in Western Pennsylvania are already entering classrooms for the new school year. And you know what that means! Learning, and football, and…germs! As if the school year overlapping with cold and flu season weren’t bad enough, this is no ordinary school year, as the world continues to battle COVID 19. This year, we need…

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Thinking about replacing your HVAC unit might be overwhelming. Even if it’s not your first time replacing a major appliance, you might not know what to expect. To ease the process for you, we pulled together the key topics to consider as you plan and prepare. Getting Your Cost Estimate Whether you’re replacing your air…

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania has a continental climate, which is characterized by significant variation in temperature throughout the year, with no dry season. Because this climate type means warm summers and cold winters, most homes in our area have both a furnace and some kind of cooling system (e.g., central air, window AC units, and attic fan).…

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Manage Indoor Humidity

From now through September, when it peaks, the average humidity will be on the rise here in Western Pennsylvania. Humidity makes us uncomfortable because it interferes with our normal cooling system, sweating. (Ew, right?) Hot air can hold more water vapor than cooler air. We get all sticky and hot because the warm, humid air…

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If you look up informal definitions of “fickle,” one description is “blows hot and cold.” Well, isn’t fickle the perfect description for weather in Western Pennsylvania around this time of year? Overall, it’s remained fairly chilly this April, with the exception of a few days where you may have used your air conditioning rather than…

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Let’s start out by stating the obvious: HVAC filters are about the least sexy home maintenance expense we can think of. You don’t get the excitement that comes with buying a shiny new tool or the satisfaction you feel while admiring your clean floors after mopping. Air filters don’t have fun names and attractive designs,…

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We just officially entered the winter season a few weeks ago, so there’s no doubt that you’ve had your furnace on for a while now. We tend to not think about our HVAC systems until something goes wrong, but Western Pennsylvanians know a working, efficient furnace is critical for getting through the winter, safe, warm,…

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