Find The Right HVAC Contractor For Your Bucks County Home or Business

Deciding on an HVAC contractor in the Bucks County, PA area that matches your exact needs can be a little intimidating. Especially when it comes to installing a brand new HVAC system. You need to consider how much experience as well as what techniques and equipment your contractors use. As always, HVAC Philly recommends having a checklist before embarking on your search.

  • Check with friends or family. See who they recommend or have used themselves. The best references come from people you trust most. If they don’t have any local suggestions you can always check around the internet for recommendations and solid reviews.
  • Look for contractors that are certified by NATE (the North American Technician Excellence) as well as other top recommended certifications such as AFC First, PHCC (Plumbing, Heating, Cooling, Contracts Association) and other local affiliated programs. The most reliable contractors will have these.
  • Never accept a quote over the phone. Generally, this is an attempt to get in the door and then mark up the price once they actually look over the work. A good contractor will come out and assess the HVAC system and any upgrades or replacements needed and then give a detailed quote to avoid any discrepancies or underbidding.
  • Up to date and knowledgeable HVAC technicians will be able to guide you through purchasing all the newer and more efficient models. Contractors that try to steer you away from technologically newer models are reflecting a lack of knowledge. Best to choose HVAC technicians who show they keep up with their training in an ever-increasing technological world.
  • Experienced estimators will do a survey of your HVAC system and calculate their estimate on a cooling-load calculation for air conditioning or a heat-load calculation for heating.
  • A reputable contractor is able to calculate annual heating and cooling cost for your house using their calculated cooling-load or heat-load values.
  • Qualified contractors should not base their estimates on currently installed HVAC systems. They should instead, perform a measuring of their own to calculate the size of the new unit.
  • Ensure your HVAC contractor puts in a written contract exactly what model and system are getting installed, overall costs, and time estimate before the work starts.
  • Just because the price is lower, it does not make it ultimately better. When it comes to getting a new HVAC system, the cost can most certainly come into play, however, it is quite an investment. Most contractors are willing to provide finance options of those that can not pay the whole cost up front. First figure out which contractor will provide the best service, then work on cost.
  • A great contractor will be knowledgeable, adaptable, reliable and most importantly available. Being able to reach your HVAC contractor easily with concerns or questions will not only ease your mind but also build trust. When it comes to such big investments you need to trust your contractor to perform the job professionally, and accurately.

Here at HVAC Philly, we take pride in being an HVAC Contractor you can trust. Certified by NATE and with a high reputation in greater Philadelphia and Bucks County, PA area – we offer reliable and experienced heating and cooling services with competitive prices.

For more FAQ about your HVAC system, be sure to follow HVAC Philly Blog, for helpful tips and information related to heating repair, heating maintenance and services provided to the greater Philadelphia, Bucks County, PA and Montgomery County, PA areas.

If you are in the greater Philadelphia, Montgomery County,  or Bucks County, PA areas, HVAC Philly offers affordable, professional and expert HVAC services to commercial buildings and homes throughout the area. They have over 20 years experience and rated top ten HVAC companies in Philadelphia.

Heating Service areas:

Looking for a first-class HVAC service? Contact us today! 215-725-6111

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Anytime Is A “Good” Time For Furnace Installation

Understandably, now that the cooler fall weather has come, furnace replacement and installation are probably not something you are thinking about. However, what we, at HVAC Philly, do know is that having a new furnace installed in late fall or early winter is considerably better than the possible damage and discomfort that could come to our greater Philadelphia, PA customers if they should have a heating system breakdown.

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Ultimately your goal is to help your furnace lengthen its longevity as well as efficiency for as long as possible. HVAC Philly is adamant about regular furnace and heating system maintenance. Even the most well taken care of and maintained furnaces will inevitably reach the age where repairs and maintenance are simply no longer worth the cost. What happens if you have reached the end of the “repair” line and it is smack in the middle of a Philadelphia, PA winter? First, would be to contact one of our HVAC professionals at HVAC Philly, and we will ensure that your home is made comfortable with a new furnace installation that suits your home.

Signs That You Are Ready For A New Furnace

What is the age of your furnace?  If your heat pump or furnace is 15 to 20 years old, it is definitely near the end of its lifespan.  It is not cost effective to keep putting money into repairing a furnace that has reached its lifespan.

Are your energy bills on the rise? If your heating bill is getting higher than in previous years, that could be a sign that your furnace is not working as efficiently as it should be. Furnaces will lose efficiency over the years. Once this starts to happen you will see it impacting your heating and energy bills.

Have you been scheduling more and more frequent repairs? A sign that the time has come to replace your furnace, is if you find yourself on a first name basis with the customer service rep at your local HVAC company. Again, if you are at the end of the lifespan of your furnace, more repairs will only briefly fix the problem. Further repairs may not be the best way to go. Replacing your furnace with a new, more energy-efficient model will benefit your home comfort level as well as your wallet.

If you have questions or uncertain if its time for a furnace replacement or installation, you can contact us at HVAC Philly at 215-725-6111 and we will be happy to take a look and go over all of your options—whether that includes a replacement furnace or furnace repair.

For more FAQ about your HVAC system, be sure to follow HVAC Philly Blog, for helpful tips and information related to heating repair, heating maintenance, and services provided to the greater Philadelphia, Bucks County, PA and Montgomery County, PA areas.

If you are in the greater Philadelphia, Montgomery County,  or Bucks County, PA areas, HVAC Philly offers affordable, professional and expert HVAC services to commercial buildings and homes throughout the area. They have over 20 years experience and rated top ten HVAC companies in Philadelphia.

Heating Service areas:

Looking for a first-class HVAC service? Contact us today! 215-725-6111

Tips for Buying a New Furnace for Your Historic Home

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A historic home is a source of pride to its owner(s). Many historic homes are transformed into beautiful restaurants and inns like the Bridgetown Mill House, located in Langhorne, PA. Historical homes, while charming and stunning, need alot of TLC, and most likely will be in need of some upgrading to suite modern day needs and trends, without compromising the original design. An important factor is the heating and cooling aspects. Many historical homes use stoves or fireplaces as a source of heat in the winter. So how do you choose a furnace for your historical home that will not take away from it original charm?

HVAC Philly, who serve Langhorne, PA homes, as well as surrounding Bucks County, PA, Montgomery County, PA, and the greater Philadelphia areas with top rated heating and cooling services, suggest looking at the following to determine which furnace works best:

Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency is one of the top considerations when buying a furnace especially for historic homes that can be difficult to heat. Keeping your energy bills within an affordable range is important.

There are three major types of furnaces; high efficiency, mid efficiency and conventional.

High-efficiency furnaces offer up to 90% energy efficiency.

Mid-efficiency furnaces are between 80% and 90% efficiency.

Conventional furnaces run with 75% to 80% energy efficiency.

As important as energy efficiency is, it is not the only reason to buy a furnace as the percentage of efficiency only refers to the fuel combustion, hence, the intended usage and the add-on features of the furnaces usually guide choice among people rather than just the efficiency.

*Note that for residential usage, buying a high-efficiency furnace is not necessary because of the scale of usage; it is better recommended for more bulky usage like in commercial buildings.

Venting System

A historic house will likely have a chimney, but the choice to use the chimney space for venting the furnace or for any other suited use rests on the homeowners. Modern regulations mandate some treatments be done on chimneys, and these treatments can be costly. You may decide to opt for a furnace that may not necessarily require a chimney in order to save money. For instance, some mid-efficiency furnaces that use direct venting system where fans are used to drive out smoke from combustion through small vents. Other than cost, using a chimney for your furnace decides the position of the furnace, for a more flexible interior design option furnaces not requiring chimneys, can be used.

The Maintenance

Maintenance of your furnace is essential to keep it safe and working in top condition. Do not purchase a furnace without clarity of how much to maintain it. Check with your HVAC technician regarding frequency and cost of maintenance and plan accordingly. Maintenance will add longevity to your furnace.

Cost

When buying a furnace try to estimate your needs, even though you may care about efficiency and some other attractive additional features of your furnace, in reality, you may not need every single extra feature. As mentioned earlier in the case of efficiency, why buy a high-efficiency furnace when a medium efficiency furnace can rightly serve your needs?

Aesthetics

Luckily, furnaces now come in designs that can fit any interior style without sacrificing its functions. When purchasing a furnace after choosing the functions you need, ask for one that customized to aesthetically fit into your home.

For more FAQ about your HVAC system, be sure to follow HVAC Philly Blog, for helpful tips and information related to heating repair, heating maintenance and services provided to the greater Philadelphia, Bucks County, PA and Montgomery County, PA areas.

If you are in the greater Philadelphia, Montgomery County,  or Bucks County, PA areas, HVAC Philly offers affordable, professional and expert HVAC services to commercial buildings and homes throughout the area. They have over 20 years experience and rated top ten HVAC companies in Philadelphia.

Heating Service areas:

Looking for a first-class HVAC service? Contact us today215-725-6111

 

Prevent Costly Repairs With These Monthly HVAC Maintenance Tips

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Here at HVAC Philly, we’re all about customer satisfaction; Continued Satisfaction, in the sense that our prerequisite is not only to install and service your air conditioning and heating systems properly but also to provide your appliances with longevity. That is a continued and unquenchable passion of ours which is why major brands like LG, Fujitsu, Air Temp to mention but a few place their esteemed trust in our services.

This piece here aims to show our unending desire for said longevity for your unit by listing out a few maintenance tips every month that will help keep away those dreaded costly repairs on your HVAC systems.

  1. Furnace Maintenance tips: Now, before venturing to shut off the furnace, it is EXTREMELY important to check for a couple of very vital signs; First off is checking for black soot around the furnace which might indicate a carbon monoxide problem, looking to see if the burning flame of the furnace is anything other than a constant blue flame and last but not least smelling in and around the furnace for any potential gas leaks. In the event that any of these checks come up positive, it is imperative to immediately contact an HVAC Philly Technician as neglect poses a serious threat both to life and property.

Next tip is to regularly replace the filter. The filter is responsible for preventing dirt and other particles from getting into the furnace. Replacement intervals should be between 1-3 months depending on the type of filter and climate and condition of the home.

Another important tip is to regularly dust off and clean the surfaces in and around the furnace as doing so adds valuable years to your furnace life. Vents can be cleaned with a vacuum while other parts can be cleaned with a damp cloth or dust brush.

Lastly, inspect your thermostat to make sure it’s in tip-top shape. If it’s not, you should call an HVAC Philly technician to properly check the thermostat and replace it if need be.

  1. Air Conditioner Maintenance tips: The first step to take is to turn off the power to the unit at the main power source in your home. Then, it is advisable to check for sign of overheating and any broken or loose electrical components. If any of the said problems occur, it is advisable to call an HVAC Philly technician to properly fix the problem.

One important thing that is essential to the high functioning nature of the unit is the air filter. It should be cleaned or replaced on a monthly basis, as too much dust and debris clogging it will reduce the airflow it produces. Additional things to check for are the functionalities of the condenser unit fan and the thermostat. If there are any chips in the condenser unit fan blades, it should be replaced.

All in all, in the course of maintenance of your HVAC system, it is always advisable to call an HVAC Philly technician if any problem is found or unexpectedly occurs. Lastly, when it’s all said and done it is more cost effective to maintain your unit than to repair it.

For more FAQ about your HVAC system, be sure to follow HVAC Philly Blog, for helpful tips and information related to heating repair, heating maintenance and services provided to the greater Philadelphia, Bucks County, PA and Montgomery County, PA areas.

If you are in the greater Philadelphia, Montgomery County,  or Bucks County, PA areas, HVAC Philly offers affordable, professional and expert HVAC services to commercial buildings and homes throughout the area. They have over 20 years experience and rated top ten HVAC companies in Philadelphia.

Heating Service areas:

Looking for a first-class HVAC service? Contact us today215-725-6111

Top 3 Reasons to Buy a High Efficiency Furnace

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Do you know how efficient your furnace is?  Most folks are happy as long as their furnace keeps them warm, but older heaters can be big money-wasters.  Whether your furnace is due for a replacement, or you’re interested in saving money, consider buying a high efficiency furnace.

 

We’ll tell you how a high efficiency furnace works to save you money, and we’ll give you the top 3 reasons to have one installed.

What exactly is a High Efficiency Furnace?

high efficiency furnaceA furnace is considered highly efficient due to its AFUE or ‘Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency’ rating.  Simply put, it’s a measure of how efficiently your furnace takes natural gas and transforms it into hot air.  AFUE is expressed as a percentage, and it takes the year long efficiency of your heater into account.  According to the DOE, a furnace must have an AFUE of 90% to be considered a high efficiency furnace.  Be wary of manufacturers who refer to their heaters as highly efficient without having a AFUE of 90%.  The minimum AFUE for new furnaces is 80%, and some companies will try to disguise their mid-efficiency furnaces as high efficiency furnaces.  Verify that your heater is highly efficient by checking the EnergyGuide label that appears on new furnaces.

 

Now that you know what it takes to qualify as a high efficiency furnace, we’ll discuss why you should buy one.

You Need a Heater Replacement :

 First of all, if you determine it’s time to replace your furnace, getting a high efficiency furnace is a no brainer.  You’ll have to pay a bit more to get it installed, but the cost will easily be recouped in a few years. If you have to spend the money to get a new heater, you might as well get one that will save you money.

Money in Your Wallet :

 Let’s say you have a 12 year old furnace operating at 70% AFUE.  If you upgrade to a high efficiency furnace with an AFUE of 93%, you are going to save big in the long run.  How big? Think of it this way, for every dollar you spend on heating, you lose $0.30 to inefficiency with the old furnace and only $0.07 with the high efficiency furnace.  That $0.23 difference between furnaces might seem small, but over time, you will save a significant amount of money.

Mother Nature Will Thank You :

Saving money feels great, but saving the planet feels even better!  With a high efficiency furnace, you can add Mother Earth Protector to your resume. A high efficiency furnace with an AFUE of 90% saves an average of 1.5 tons of CO2 emissions per year.  Can you imagine if everyone upgraded to a high efficiency furnace?

Buying high efficiency furnace is a smart move.  Just make sure you find the right HVAC company to install it.  An amateur installer will cancel out any savings you’ll get with an efficient furnace.  Also, efficiency doesn’t stop at the heater.  A large amount of efficiency is lost in the ducts. Be sure to have your HVAC contractor take a look at your ducts.

If you need heating repair or service and live in Philadelphia, Montgomery, or Bucks County, give the experts at HVAC Philly a call at 215-725-6111.  We have over 20 years of experience offering competitive pricing, free estimates, and unparalleled professionalism.

 

Stay warm my friends.

Keeping Your Home Safe In The Winter

Heating equipment is a leading cause of home fire deaths. Half of home heating equipment fires are reported during the months of December, January, and February. Some simple steps can prevent most heating-related fires from happening.

For those of us in the Bucks County, PA area the recent fire in Peddler’s Village sent a shock-wave throughout our community.  Although the fire was not started through any heating or faulty HVAC reasoning, it certainly makes us more aware of potential hazards in the winter months with heating our homes.  It is vitally important to be cautious and hyper vigilant in making sure your Heater or furnace are working properly and maintained.

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Heating safety tips from HVAC Philly to keep your Bucks County,PA home safe:


Heating equipment is a leading cause of home fire deaths. Half of home heating equipment fires are reported during the months of December, January, and February. Some simple steps can prevent most heating-related fires from happening.

  • Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heater.
  • Have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters.
  • Never use your oven to heat your home.
  • Have a qualified professional, like HVAC Philly, install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.
  • Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
  • Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters.
  • Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home.
  • Test smoke alarms at least once a month.

Protect your home from carbon monoxide poisoning:

Carbon monoxide poisoning is extremely dangerous. The gas has the potential to cause people to experience nausea, chest pain, extreme dizziness and numerous other symptoms. Medical attention needs to be sought immediately if you believe you have inhaled large quantities of this substance.

Here are some things you can do to lower your family’s risk to coming into contact with this gas.

Install Alarms

You should install carbon monoxide alarms on every floor of your home, and you should ensure a backup battery is present. This will allow it to work even if your home experiences a power outage.

Get Annual Inspections

Gas leaks are most likely to come from your HVAC system. If you suspect a dangerous gas is being emitted, then you definitely do not want to inspect the area yourself. Contact a professional such as HVAC Philly in the Bucks County, PA area,  who has dealt with these systems before. Even if nothing is discovered, you will have peace of mind that everything is OK.

Turn Your Heater off if You Suspect a Leak 

Unfortunately, this gas is completely odorless and colorless. Therefore, it is almost impossible to detect until it started creating severe health problems. People in the vicinity are going to experience flu-like symptoms. One way to tell if the symptoms are from a poisoning or from an actual flu is to see how you feel once you leave the house. If you feel completely fine elsewhere and only feel awful at home, then there is probably a leak.

Carbon monoxide can be deadly, but with proper vigilance, you can stay one step ahead of it. Keep your family out of harm’s way and take essential precautionary measures to stay safe!

Contact HVAC Philly, online or by phone 215-725-6111 with any questions or concerns.

Why You Should Hire a Professional Heating Repair Company

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When your heater breaks and you need heating repair, a few questions are going to cross your mind: Why me?, ‘How do I get my heater fixed ASAP?’, ‘How much is this going to cost me?’, & ‘Who is going to repair my heater?’

Unfortunately, everyone gets unlucky with a broken furnace from time to time. During the winter months, you’ll want same day heater repair. You might be worried that a heating repair company will take advantage of your situation and charge a high price. This is a valid concern, but don’t worry, we have tips on finding the right heating repair company in Philadelphia so you never pay inflated repair costs.

Now, you might be tempted to have a handy friend do the repair. You might even be tempted (we hope you aren’t) to find someone on Craigslist. It’s always a better idea to hire a professionally licensed heating repair company, and we’ll tell you why.

Let’s start with an botched heating repair horror story from one of our technicians:

“So we get a call from a new homeowner in Fishtown about the heater in her new house because it kept shutting off after running for a few hours. The house had been renovated, and everything in it looked new, but the leaky sink was causing the electric breakers in the bathroom to trip and stop her heater from working. The client was very angry and mentioned that she was going to file a law suit against the seller and his general contractor.

When we had our technician inspect the heater, he found it was grossly over-sized and had under-sized ducts. It was a nightmare. The improper installation was causing the heater to overheat and cycle on and off repeatedly.

He also noticed the high voltage wire gauge was wrong on several wire cap connections.  Even worse, the chimney didn’t have a cap or clean out, and an old mercury filled thermostat was mounted on the wall. The builder/contractor may have been instructed to cut corners in an effort to save pennies here and there. This unprofessional work was extremely dangerous to say the least, and the homeowner had to pay a small fortune to correct the issues.”

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Need any more convincing you should go with the pros for your heating repair? Here are a few more reasons…

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Heating Repair is Dangerous:

If you play with fire, you might get burned. If you play with carbon monoxide, you might put your life in danger. There are simple heater repairs you can perform yourself, but if you don’t know what you’re doing, heater repair can be extremely dangerous. Licensed heating repair companies like HVAC Philly have technicians with decades of experience.

A Professional Heating Repair Company is Insured:

Can the guy on craigslist say the same? Probably not. Even if your friend is a self taught HVAC repair wizard, having your heater repaired by someone who doesn’t have insurance is risky. In Philadelphia, heating repair companies are required to be licensed, bonded, and insured in order to operate. Let’s take the worst case scenario and say you hire someone on Craigslist to fix your furnace. If your Craigslist repairman explodes your furnace and gets injured while he’s working on it, you could be held liable!

Amateur Repairs Cost More in the Long Run:

Have you ever started a home improvement project and wondered how you went $300 over budget when you thought you’d only spend $50? It happens to the best of us. A professional heating repair company will provide you with a detailed estimate including thoroughly documented details about your repair. With the pros, you’ll know how much you should and will be paying. Don’t forget about our heating repair horror story from earlier either. A general contractor might promise to save you money, but if they aren’t heating specialists, there’s a good chance they’re going to do something wrong.

If you need heating repair or service and live in Philadelphia, Montgomery, or Bucks County, give the experts at HVAC Philly a call at 215-725-6111. We have over 20 years of HVAC experience offering competitive pricing, free estimates, and unparalleled professionalism.

Stay warm my friends.