Is a Heat Pump a Better Choice Than a Furnace?

October 20, 2022

When it gets cold in Pennsylvania, it’s important to have a reliable source of heat. Most people also want to be mindful of energy usage during the winter since utility bills have the potential to skyrocket. Whether you’re building a new home or are in an older home and are considering having your existing heating unit replaced, you may be wondering whether you should get a furnace or a heat pump. Both types of heaters can keep you warm and comfortable, but heat pumps are known to be more efficient. Plus, they can cool and warm your home, so they’re

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How Technicians Replace the Main Motors in an HVAC System

September 20, 2022

Electric motors are key components in central HVAC systems. They’re responsible for creating the airflow that makes the system work. So, when a motor in an HVAC system breaks, replacing it is the only option. Modern HVAC systems have multiple motors. Here are the two most important motors in an HVAC system and how a technician replaces them when they break. Replacing an HVAC Blower Motor One of the two most important motors in an HVAC system is the blower motor. It’s the part that draws air from the inside of a home to the cooling

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Mini Splits vs. Central Air: What Is More Efficient?

August 17, 2022

When it comes to your heating and cooling systems, efficiency is everything. Whether your home has a mini-split system or central air, the bottom line is that you want it to be efficient and operate as smoothly as it can. But are mini-split systems more efficient than traditional central air conditioning systems? You might be surprised to know that central air systems and mini-splits actually have a lot in common. In fact, they both operate by removing warm air from your home, cooling it, and then circulating it back into your indoor spaces. However, that’s pretty much

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How a Multizone HVAC System Can Improve Your Home Comfort

July 15, 2022

Pennsylvania residents experience a wide range of temperatures every year. While we may not have the frigid temperatures of Minnesota or the high heat of Arizona, we endure cold winters and hot summers. A well-functioning HVAC system is a necessity to make it through the year in the Keystone State. HVAC Basics The experts at O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning keep your HVAC equipment running smoothly every season. As a Drexel Hill homeowner, you are probably familiar with the basics. Your heating system pushes warm air into your home during the winter months. An air conditioner makes the summer months

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What Is an HVAC Damper?

June 20, 2022

An HVAC damper is a component of a heating and cooling system that controls airflow. Having control over the airflow in your home allows you to control the temperature in your rooms to a greater degree than simply adjusting your thermostat. While you can set your thermostat to maintain a temperature of, for example, 72 degrees Fahrenheit throughout your home, your HVAC dampers can be adjusted to suit your preferences in various rooms. Your HVAC dampers offer a more precise way to control airflow. If you work from home during summer, for instance, you’d probably prefer

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How Do Portable Air Conditioners Function?

May 20, 2022

A portable AC is an excellent way of cooling a single space or room. For many people, this is a good choice for cooling a room addition, a workshop, or a home office. Since they are portable, they can be moved easily from one location to another whenever needed. This makes them ideal for people who want to cool different areas of a house. Portable air conditioners are simple to use. They are much easier to install than other types of air conditioners because they come prepared right out of the box. Portable AC units are also

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Is It More Efficient to Open Windows or Use AC at Night?

April 19, 2022

The sweltering summer temperatures in most of Pennsylvania make having air conditioning a must. However, leaving your air conditioning running day and night throughout the entire summer can result in huge electricity costs. If you’re like many people, you may attempt to reduce these costs by turning off the AC and opening your windows at night. You may be surprised to learn that this practice has much less of an impact than you think, and here are the reasons why. Day and Nighttime Energy Usage To determine how much you can reduce your energy bills,

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Reasons to Hire a Licensed HVAC Contractor

March 17, 2022

There are many services that a licensed HVAC contractor can provide. They can install and test heating and air conditioning units. They can perform routine system checkups and repairs. HVAC stands for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning, which means that helping you maintain good climate control inside your home or business is their area of expertise. This is a complex field that requires training and accreditation. You don’t want just anyone tinkering with your comfort system. There are several reasons that you should hire a licensed HVAC professional for your heating and AC needs. Safety It

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Solutions to Fix Uneven Heating in Your Home

February 14, 2022

If you notice that some rooms of your home are much warmer or colder than others during the winter, there are a number of different factors that may be responsible for your uneven heating. Having uneven heating in your home can be incredibly frustrating, but it is also an extremely common issue. Fortunately, there are a number of steps you can take to determine the cause of the problem and how best to fix the issue. Have Your Ductwork Inspected and Sealed Damaged or leaking ductwork is one of the biggest culprits behind many uneven heating

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A Guide to Preventing Carbon Monoxide Leaks From Your Furnace

January 10, 2022

The majority of furnaces are powered by burning gas, which they use to create the heat that keeps your home warm. Unfortunately, with a gas-burning appliance, there’s always the danger of a carbon monoxide leak occurring. Carbon monoxide is an extremely dangerous gas. If it’s breathed in for an extended period of time, it becomes a serious health hazard that can sometimes even be deadly. It’s always wise to keep a working carbon monoxide detector in your home in case of an emergency. However, if you know the safety measures to take, you can greatly lower the likelihood that you

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