Systems made of duct board, flex duct or lined metal duct cannot be cleaned effectively without dismantling the duct and cleaning them by hand. For homeowners with metal ducts, quality contractors have machines similar to enormous vacuum cleaners that are attached to the supply and returns. The process involves forcing compressed air through the duct system that flows towards a vacuum at the bottom, taking dirt with it as it goes. Read more »
“Hutch” is another one of our “Good Natured Guys” here at Summers & Zim’s. Always one to bring a smile to everyone’s face, Hutch genuinely enjoys being an HVAC Technician and doing work for our valued customers. Read more »
As summer nears and people start to feel the effects of allergies, asthma, and sinus infections, folks are trying to beat the symptoms and enjoy the warmer weather. This year, Pennsylvania is experiencing a “pollen tsunami,” which researchers attribute to delayed tree growth and development due to a late spring after extended cold winter weather. Read more »
Water heaters are changing and we want to make sure you know! In April 2010 as part of the NAECA (National Appliance Energy Conservation Act), the US Department of Energy mandated that certain household appliances meet high standards for energy efficiency. As of April 16, 2015, all water heaters manufactured in the United States must comply with these new regulations making them more efficient, but also more expensive up front to install. Read more »
This is the first in a series of four posts where we will talk about what our good natured technicians look for when testing your home systems. First up is the heat pump.
A heat pump is similar to an air conditioner in the way the refrigerant absorbs heat and releases it into a specific area of your home. Because they are similar in nature, most of the same tests apply for heat pumps and air conditioners. The difference lies when the heat pump goes into its heat cycle. Read more »