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Easy Ways to Ventilate Your Home

Imagine being stuck in a large box with no windows, vents, or other openings. Sounds terrible, right? Well if you’re not allowing air to flow into and out of your home, that’s basically what you’re living in. The good news is that there are plenty of easy ways to ventilate your home and keep your air fresh and clean. ventilate-your-home-wahl-family-heating-cooling-plumbing

Open Your Windows

This is may sound so simple, but a lot of homeowners don’t open their windows for fear that they’ll let conditioned air out. But air needs to be able to circulate your home; otherwise, it becomes stale and dry. Every day, open your windows for just 10 minutes — that’s enough time for inside air to be replaced by fresh outdoor air.

Use Your Fans

When you’re cooking, use your exhaust fan, and do the same when you shower. Those fans get rid of food odors and excess moisture that common household activities put into the air. If you don’t use your fans, your home could feel moist and smell like last week’s Salmon — and nobody wants that.

Clean Your Air Ducts

Your ducts are responsible for taking air to and from different locations in your home. If they’re full of dust and other debris, they won’t be able to help circulate or ventilate the air in your home. Plus, dirty air ducts can lead to pressure buildup, which can be very dangerous to your HVAC system and home.

When it comes to keeping your home comfortable and clean, Wahl Family Heating, Cooling, and Plumbing is ready to help with all your HVAC needs in Pittsburgh. For more information or to schedule a service, please call us at 412-276-9245.

 

HVAC Myths You Need to Ignore

There are myths and lies we’ve all been told throughout our lives — “Yeah, I’ll be there in five minutes,” “No, that haircut looks great on you,” “Of course, the Tooth Fairy exists.” And while those don’t really make a huge impact, there are ones that do — those being the HVAC myths you need to ignore. 

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The Bigger the System, the Better It Works

A lot of homeowners assume that a bigger HVAC system is better for your home because it can cover more space, but that’s not always true. If your system is too big for your home, it will constantly cycle, wasting your energy and money. If it’s too small, it will have to work harder to maintain a solid temperature. It’s best to consult an HVAC technician to determine the best-sized system for your home.

Filters Can Go a While Without Being Changed

This is one of the worst HVAC myths we’ve ever heard. Your filter is responsible for catching all the dust, mold, and other dirty particles in your air, and if it’s dirty, your HVAC system won’t be able to push air easily. That will put a strain on your system, and the air that does get circulated will be dirty.

Closing the Vents is Fine if the Rooms are Empty

Many people think that closing the vents is a good way to prevent cool air from going into unnecessary rooms, but closing your vents can actually lead to leaks and cause a buildup of pressure in your air ducts. Instead of saving energy, you could end up breaking your HVAC system.

From routine AC service and heating maintenance to emergency repairs, Wahl Family Heating, Cooling, and Plumbing is ready to help with all your HVAC needs in Pittsburgh. For more information or to schedule a service, please call us at 412-276-9245.

Showering Tips for Halloween Night

This Halloween, we’re sure you’re going to don your best costume and watch a few YouTube tutorials to get your makeup just right. But once the trick or treating is done and all the apples have been bobbed for, you’re going to want to come home, wash away all the paint and glitter, and settle down for a good night’s sleep. To make that easier, follow these showering tips for Halloween night.

Use the Right Kind of Products

Some materials wash off much easier than others. If you’re decorating a child’s face, it may be a better idea to use washable face paint so clean up at the end of the night goes a bit easier and quicker. If the design is going on someone a bit old, costume makeup will work just fine, since they’ll have the patience needed to get it all off later. showering-tips-wahl-family-heating-cooling-plumbing

Have Makeup Remover Handy

Have a pack of makeup remover wipes or a bottle of makeup-removing cleanser ready to use when you come home. These products will help get your costume makeup off quicker than soap and a paper towel would.

Get Ready to Exfoliate

All that makeup or paint can settle into your skin and end up causing breakouts or irritation. Use a gentle exfoliant to get rid of any dirt or products that may have sunk into your pores, so your skin is clean and refreshed.

Wash Your Shower

It may sound silly, but after everyone has washed off the remaining parts of their costume, wash your tub with a non-abrasive product to prevent any bits of makeup or skin flakes from sticking to your tub, tiles, and drain.

 

When it comes to your home’s plumbing, the experts at Wahl Family Heating, Cooling, and Plumbing can help. We’ve been serving the Pittsburgh metro area since 1989, so you know you can trust us to help you and your family. For more information or to schedule a service, call us at 412-276-9245.

 

Scary Plumbing Scenarios

Halloween is upon us, so you know your home is going to filled with plenty of spooky things — fake spiderwebs, snacks decorated as brains, and candy that was scarily expensive. But the one thing that shouldn’t be terrifying in your home is your plumbing. There are a few lessons to be learned from these scary plumbing scenarios.

Scenario 1
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You have guests stay over your house for the weekend, and each of them takes a shower in your bathroom. Shortly after they leave, you notice your tub looks like Cousin It just used it, but you let that hair flow down the drain. A few days laters, your shower turns into a bath from how much water is pooling, and you realize you have a huge clog on your hands.

Lesson: Use a shower trap to catch stray hairs and skin flakes to avoid clogs in your bathtub.

Scenario 2

You tell your kids they can’t eat more than a few pieces of candy. Later that night, you discover they have belly-aches, and they both end up getting sick. But it gets worse — your toilet won’t flush the “sick,” so you’re left with a disgusting mess. After calling a plumber to unclog the toilet, he pulls up a mess of clumped-together candy wrappers.Turns out, the kids scarfed down as much candy as they could and flushed the wrappers to get rid of the evidence.

Lesson: Don’t flush anything besides toilet paper and human waste, and just hide the candy from the kids next time.

Scenario 3

The kids have a Halloween slumber party, so it’s time for the adults to have some fun. You invite some of your friends over and try out a recipe for “witches brew” that you found online. After a few glasses, everyone agrees that that potion is potent. You awake the next morning to discover that your garbage disposal isn’t working. Turns out that the witches brew put a spell on you that convinced you it was okay to toss paper cups and plates down the disposal.

Lesson: Be careful to only put certain food items into your garbage disposal, and maybe go easy on the “witches brew” next year.

No matter what scary plumbing scenario you end up dealing with, the experts at Wahl Family Heating, Cooling, and Plumbing can help. We’ve been serving the Pittsburgh metro area since 1989, so you know you can trust us to help you and your family. For more information or to schedule a service, call us at 412-276-9245.

Why Do My Drains Keep Getting Clogged?

Few things are grosser than standing in a pool of dirty, soapy water while you take a shower because your drain isn’t getting rid of the water fast enough. Okay, maybe one thing is worse — having to reach into a sink full of murky water and food scraps for the same reason. If your drains keep getting clogged like this, there are a few things you can do to keep them clear.

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Why Do My Drains Keep Getting Clogged?

Your Tub:

Why It Clogs: Soap scum, hair, dirt, and skin flakes can stick the walls of your pipes and end up clumping together and forming a clog.

How to Prevent Clogs: Get a hair trap. This simple little device will catch hair and skin flakes before they have the chance to flow down your drain and cause a clog. All you need to do is clean the trap each time you shower.

Your Toilet:

Why It Clogs: You may be putting too much toilet paper into the bowl flushing, or you could be flushing things you shouldn’t down there.

How to Prevent Clogs: Limit how much toilet paper you use with each flush and avoid tossing anything besides human waste and toilet paper into the bowl — this means feminine hygiene products, dental floss, cotton swabs, and any type of wipes.

Your Kitchen:

Why It Clogs: Cooking oil or grease, soap scum, and food particles can cake onto your walls of your pipes and form a gunky clog.

How to Prevent Clogs: Never pour grease or oil down your drain — let it solidify first and throw it into the trash. Also, avoid having food particles flow down your drain by wiping food into the trash before places dishes into your sink.

At Wahl Family Heating, Cooling, and Plumbing, we know the importance of having well-working pipes and drains, which is why we offer comprehensive plumbing repair services for the Pittsburgh metro area. No job is too big or small! For more information or to schedule a service, call us at 412-276-9245.

 

Spooky Sounds Your Furnace Makes

October is full of scary sights and sounds — fake spider webs adorning the fronts of houses, foods decorated as dismembered fingers, and candy bowls that scream at you when you try to grab a Snickers. As much as you may want to avoid some sounds, you should pay attention to some spooky sounds your furnace makes. sounds-your-furnace-makes-wahl-family-heating-cooling-plumbing

Spooky Sounds Your Furnace Makes

Screeching Noises

If your furnace is letting out sounds that resemble a tweeting bird or metal scraping, you may have a problem with your blower wheel or motor. Those broken parts can rub against the furnace casing and cause the screeching.

Constant Clicking Noises

Constant clicking is a sign that you have a problem with your ignition system. This could be due to flame issues, a malfunctioning flame sensor, or faulty gas line, amongst other things. Since gas is involved, you should call your HVAC technician right away to fix the problem.

Rattling Noises

If you hear rattling coming from your furnace, your ducts may be loose or your furnace may not be sitting evenly on a flat surface. Check how the furnace is sitting to determine the issue.

Booming Noises

Booming noises are often a sign that your burners are dirty, and they can’t igniting properly. When the gas is finally able to ignite, the result is a loud boom. Since these are essentially mini explosions, you should get these looked at right away.

 

At Wahl Family Heating, Cooling, and Plumbing, your family’s comfort and safety is of the utmost importance. We offer top-quality heating system repairs for the Pittsburgh metro area. For more information or to schedule a service, call us at 412-276-9245.

Ways to Conserve Water in Your Home

It’s 2017 – everyone is (and should be) concerned with conserving our natural resources. One of the biggest resources we use each and every day is water. It’s the driving force behind our lives, but if we waste it, generations to come won’t have any left. That being said, here are a few ways you can conserve water in your home. conserve-water-wahl-family-heating-cooling-plumbing

In Your Kitchen

  • When washing dishes by hand, fill a basin with water, and use that to rinse off soap rather than letting the water run.
  • Don’t waste water defrosting food. Let it thaw out in the fridge instead.
  • Use leftover pasta water to start cooking soups.
  • Collect the water you use to wash fruits and veggies, and use it to water house plants.
  • Use high-efficiency dishwashers that use less water.
  • If you have a newer dishwasher, don’t pre-rinse dishes as much. Newer models clean better.

In Your Laundry Room

  • Wash your dark clothes in cold water.
  • Buy a high-efficiency washer.
  • Match the water level to the size of the load.

In Your Bathroom

  • Shorten your showers by just two minutes. It saves hundreds of gallons of water per year.
  • Test your toilet for leaks once a year by putting food coloring in the tank and seeing if it seeps into the bowl.
  • Install a dual-flush system.
  • Put aerators on your faucets.
  • While you wait for water to warm up, collect it and use it to water plants.
  • Turn off the faucets while your brush your teeth or wash your hands.

At Wahl Family Heating, Cooling, and Plumbing, we are committed to helping you and the environment, which is why we offer plenty of systems to help you conserve water. For more information or to schedule a service, call us at 412-276-9245.

Are You Still Wasting Money on Cheap Air Filters?

When you’re out shopping for air filters for your furnace and ducts (and we know that you are because you take our advice for caring for your HVAC system), you’re probably tempted to purchase the cheapest ones you can find. And hey — we get it. You want to save money wherever you can. But the thing is, you could actually be wasting money on cheap air filters that don’t even get the job done rather than saving money like you though you were. cheap-air-filter-wahl-family-heating-cooling-plumbing

Are You Still Wasting Money on Cheap Air Filters?

The Difference in Costs & Worth

  • Inexpensive Filters: These filters may cost less up front, but they have to be replaced each month, requiring you to purchase more and keep close track of when you install them. If you don’t replace them when you should, you could risk damaging your HVAC system. These also don’t catch as many contaminants in your air.
  • Washable Filters: These cost slightly more, but don’t requiring as frequent of replacing. You can simply wash them to get them clean instead. These catch about 50% of the particles in your air, still leaving you without the best air quality.
  • HEPA Filters: These are going to be the most expensive air filters you can purchase, but they are designed to catch the most amount of air pollutants in your home, making for better indoor air quality.

Why You Should Invest in More Expensive Air Filters

Simply put: they’re better for your health. Cheaper air filters are not designed to catch as many particles or contaminants, while the more expensive air filters do. If you want better-smelling, cleaning, and healthier air, spend the extra money on HEPA filters.

At Wahl Family Heating, Cooling, & Plumbing, we put a big emphasis on keeping the air in your home healthy and safe for your family. If you’re ready to improve your indoor air quality, give us a call at 412-276-9245.

Why You Shouldn’t Cover Your Air Vents

True or false: Covering your air vents is a great way to redirect air to other rooms in your home. False! This is the common idea people have when trying to save energy with their HVAC system, but there are a number of reasons you actually shouldn’t cover your air vents. shouldnt-cover-air-vents-wahl-family-heating-cooling-plumbing

Why You Shouldn’t Cover Your Air Vents

You could mess with the air flow.

Just because you cover the vent, it doesn’t mean your HVAC system knows that. It will keep pushing air to those vents, and if they’re closed, you could cause a buildup of air pressure and insufficient airflow which could damage your system.

You could damage the heat exchanger.

If there’s a buildup of pressure from air being pushed to covered vents, the low airflow could create problems with your heat exchanger, causing it to crack and lead to carbon monoxide emissions.

Your could develop mold and mildew.

If you live in a humid area, a blocked air vent could allow mold or mildew to develop in and around your vent and air ducts.

You could waste energy.

You probably thought covering your air vents would save you energy, but it does the opposite. Since this could harm your HVAC system, cracks and other damage could allow air to escape your ducts and cost you more in energy bills.

Pro Tip: Air ducts aren’t always covered on purpose. Check if drapes, rugs, or furniture are blocking any air ducts in your home, and move them to allow air to flow freely.

At Wahl Family Heating, Cooling, or Plumbing, we love giving our customers tips and tricks to keeping their homes comfortable. If your HVAC system could use a little attention, give us a call at 412-276-9245.

Signs Your AC is Increasing Your Energy Bills

Isn’t it painful when you have to shell out half (if not more) of your paycheck to cover home care costs, such as your water or electric bills? We bet you would take any opportunity you could to lower your utility costs, right? Well, there’s something you can do — check your HVAC system. With a little digging, you could start to notice the signs your AC is increasing your energy bills. AC-is-Increasing-Your-Energy-Bills-wahl-family-heating-cooling-plumbing

Signs Your AC is Increasing Your Energy Bills

There’s no stable temperature.

If you’re noticing that your home rarely feels consistently cool, but rather has periods of feeling warm than cool then back to warm and so on, your AC isn’t working properly and is costing you more money.

Your cooling your entire house.

Older HVAC systems typically have one setting that runs on one cycle, meaning you could be cooling parts of your home that don’t need to be cooled. Does the guest bedroom you use twice a year need to be chilly? No, it doesn’t.

Your home still feels humid with the AC on.

Your AC helps dehumidify your home, so if you’re still feeling sticky or sweaty when it’s on, it’s not doing its job and is just increasing your energy bills.

Your utilities are going up.

Unless you suddenly started running two more refrigerators in your home, your energy bill likely stays around the same amount each month. If you notice it’s going up, your AC may be to blame.

Your system is close to 10 years old.

Older systems weren’t made with the same energy-efficient modifications as newer systems were. If your system is approaching its 10th birthday, your AC is increasing your energy bills more than a newer system would.

At Wahl Family Heating, Cooling, and Plumbing, we offer high-quality AC installation as well as repairs and maintenance for the Pittsburgh metro area. For more information or to schedule a service, call us at 412-276-9245.

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