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How to Know if the Air in Your House is Too Dry

In winter, we keep the windows and doors shut, run the furnace all the time, use our fireplaces and create really dry air inside our homes. That warm and toasty home feels good when it’s cold outside. But here are some signs the air in your home is too dry:

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Spring Allergy Relief

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 »

The Dangers of Carbon Monoxide

The technicians here at Summers & Zim’s take carbon monoxide very seriously.

Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that may take place in many types of heating systems that exist in our homes.  When not properly maintained, your furnaces, boilers and some water heaters can begin to leak this gas into the surrounding rooms of your home, putting your family in danger. Read more »

Spring Pollen Can Get Into Your House

We’re all happy to see trees in bud or blooming after the long winter. But with those buds and blooms comes the spring pollen season. For many people this is the start of a variety of allergies and increased breathing problems, sneezing, and watery eyes. Read more »

Get Ducts Cleaned before Spring Pollen Season

Did you know that just .04 of an inch of dust on your heating coil can reduce the efficiency of your HVAC system by 21%? And, if that amount of dust builds up on your fan the loss of efficiency is almost 50%. Heating systems have been working harder than ever this past winter, which makes it even more important to get them checked and have new, clean filters put in now. Read more »

After a Long, Cold Winter, An Air Scrubber May be Essential

For months your home has had no fresh air. Sub zero temperatures and heavy snowfalls have had us all keeping windows and doors tightly closed. During that time odors from cooking, dander from pets, and everyday dust and dirt have all been affecting the quality of your indoor air. It may be many more weeks before outdoor temperatures are high enough to allow fresh air inside. Read more »

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Increases in Winter

As we spend more time inside our homes in the winter, with doors and windows tightly closed, we become more at-risk for carbon monoxide poisoning. Because the potentially lethal gas is colorless and odorless, you may not realize you are being exposed to it. Here are the symptoms. Read more »

Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Many of the early symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning aren’t much different than common everyday ailments. If you get any of these, or especially if you get any combination of them, it is always better to be safe. Read more »

Cold Weather Brings More Carbon Monoxide Threats

The number of carbon monoxide poisonings increases as the temperature decreases. Because the gas is colorless and odorless, you can be exposed without realizing it. Carbon Monoxide is the leading cause of unintentional poisoning deaths in the world, and Pennsylvania has more unintentional poisoning deaths than any other state. Don’t take chances. Read more »

Be Less Susceptible to Colds this Winter, with an Air Scrubber

As colder weather arrives and days are shorter, we keep doors and windows closed and spend more of our time indoors. If one person in the household starts coughing or sneezing, that close proximity to each other makes it much more likely everyone will be exposed to airborne germs. An Air Scrubber can make a difference in your health. Read more »

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