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Why Do I Need A Water Filtration System?

Fifty billion bottles of water are purchased each year, and 80% of them end up in landfills. Many people buy bottled water because they are concerned about the tap water in their homes not being suitable to drink. Even if you think your tap water is fine, you should install a water filtration system in your home and ask yourself these questions about your drinking water.

What’s in my drinking water?

  • Chloramines: Many companies are now cleaning water using this chemical that is created by adding ammonia to chlorine. While it kills bacteria more effectively, chloramine carries risks for bladder cancers, as well as kidney, liver, and nervous system problems.
  • Heavy Metals & Pesticides: Even with cleaning processes, there can still be traces of heavy metals and pesticides in your drinking water. These can cause a multitude of health problems if they enter your body in largewater-filtration-system amounts.

How do I know if my water is contaminated?

Your drinking water may be contaminated if:

  • It’s cloudy. Minerals in your water should be 99.9% pure, so if your water is cloudy, don’t drink it.
  • It’s orange or brown-colored. This one’s a given. Don’t touch water that is discolored like this.
  • It smells like rotten eggs. While some sulfur smells are normal, too strong of a smell is a bad sign.
  • It has sediments. Since water is drawn from the ground, some sediments are normal, but too noticeable of sediments indicate a serious problem.

Water filtration systems help get rid of contaminants and provide a cleaner, better taste to your drinking water. Not to mention, by having a water filtration system, you’ll be able to use reusable bottles and save thousands of plastic bottles from ending up in landfills.

Wahl Family Heating, Cooling, and Plumbing can install water purification systems and water softeners to your home, so you can rest easy knowing your family is safe from contaminants. We’ve been serving the Pittsburgh metro area since 1980, so call us today at 412-276-9245.

 

How to Shut Down Your Furnance for Spring

Even if it doesn’t feel like it, spring is here, and warm weather is approaching. Your furnace did a great job of keeping your home warm during winter, but it’s important to shut it down for spring and summer. Turning it off actually conserves energy and saves you money. In case you didn’t know, these are the steps you should take to properly shut down your furnace for spring.

Turn off the Pilot Light

Most gas furnaces have pilot lights that are always lit, but turning them off helps save you money on your utility bills. Locate the valve that goes to your furnace on your gas line, and turn the handle until it’s at a 90-degreeshut-down-your-furnace-wahl-family-heating-cooling-plumbing angle to the pipe. Once it is, your furnace will be completely shut off.

Change & Clean the Filters

Figure out what type of filters your furnace uses and if they are in the vents or the furnace itself. While some filters are reusable and can simply be cleaned, others need to be replaced entirely. You should clean or replace your filters every one to four months to keep them working properly.

Check Your Carbon Monoxide Detector

Over time, your furnace’s combustion chamber can develop cracks that you might not be able to see. These cracks could allow for carbon monoxide leaks, so it’s important to ensure your carbon monoxide detector is functioning properly once you shut down the furnace.

Fully Inspect the Furnace

Before you finish shutting down your unit, inspect the pilot light, motor bearings, burner assembly, and heat exchanger. This is especially important if your furnace is an older model that might need to be replaced soon.

Contact the Professionals

It’s always a good move to call a professional to inspect your furnace and perform any necessary repairs or more difficult maintenance. The pros can also make sure your furnace will be in good working order when the colder months roll back around.

Wahl Family Heating, Cooling, and Plumbing can help you shut down your furnace for spring and perform any necessary furnace repairs or maintenance you need. We have been serving the Pittsburgh metro area for over 25 years and promise you the best service possible. For help with your furnace, call us at 412-276-9245.

 

Spring Cleaning Checklist

Warm(ish) weather is finally here, and with spring weather comes spring cleaning. It’s important to properly prep your home now, so you don’t have to worry about everything as much once the really nice weather comes around. Whether you try to knock it all out in one weekend or you take your time, follow this spring cleaning checklist to get your home tidy and comfortable.

Your Laundry Room

  • Clean the Dryer Vent: A dirty vent can cause dangerous fires.
  • Clean the Washing Machine: These can smell musty after a while, so purchase a cleaning bar, and run it through the machine to clean the inside of your washer.

Your Bedrooms

  • Clean the Bedding: Dust mites and allergens live in your bedding, so wash your sheets, comforter, and pillowcases in hot water to fully clean them.spring-cleaning-wahl-heating-cooling=plumbing
  • Rotate the Mattress: This extends the life of your mattress and prevents you from sleeping in any sinking areas.

All Over the House

  • Dust Everything: Walls, furniture, ceiling fans, blinds – you name it. Just make sure to use a microfiber cloth, so the dust clings to that and doesn’t go into the air.
  • Vacuum Everything: Carpet, upholstery, and curtains should be vacuumed to get rid of deep-rooted dust mites and allergens.
  • Check the Alarms: Replace the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, and test them to make sure they’re working properly.
  • Clean/Change the Furnace Filters: Clean filters allow your furnace to run more efficiently and properly filter particles from the air it pumps into your home.

Wahl Family Heating, Cooling, and Plumbing can help you get your home ready for spring with HVAC maintenance and plumbing repair. We’ve been serving the Pittsburgh metro area since 1980 and guarantee you the best service possible. For all your HVAC and plumbing needs, #GetWahl by calling 412-276-9245.

Making Your Home Allergy-Free

Spring has finally sprung! It’s that time of year when the weather gets warmer, the sun stays out longer, and allergens descend upon your home like it’s nobody’s business. The most common allergens and asthma triggers live inside your home and can cause you to experience a multitude of health problems if they are not addressed. Lucky for you, these tips can help you keep your home allergy-free!

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If you’re using a dry feather duster to clean your home, all you’re doing is kicking the dust up from your furniture into the air you’re breathing. Use a damp microfiber cloth that attracts dust, and wear a dust mask to protect yourself from allergens.

Vacuum Up Allergens

Vacuuming your carpets and furniture is a great way to control the amount of dust and allergens in your home. However, vacuuming still can send dust into the air, so make sure you use a vacuum with a HEPA filter in order to trap small dust particles.

Wash Away Allergens

Your pillows, bedding, and throw rugs are paradises for dust mites. Once a week, wash your sheets, pillowcases, and blankets in very hot water, and dry them in high-temperature dryers to kill dust mites. Use allergen-proof cases on your mattresses and non-washable items as well.

Invest in Air Purifiers & Humidity Controllers

Dust particles thrive in spaces where there is little moisture. Adding a humidifier can increase moisture levels and reduce the number of allergens in your home. Air purifiers can also help control the amount of dust and mold in your home as long as you use ones with HEPA filters.

Wahl Family Heating, Cooling, & Plumbing can install whole-home air purifiers and humidity control units in your house to keep it dust and allergen-free. Homeowners and businesses in the Pittsburgh metro area have been trusting us since 1980, so you can rest assured that we will deliver you the best service possible. Help your family breathe easier, and call us at 412-276-9245.

Ways to Save Green with Home Maintenance

Everybody loves to save a little green – that green being money. As a homeowner, you probably want to keep your house as pristine as it was the day you bought it, but over time everything suffers from a bit of wear-and-tear. When it comes to taking care of your home, it’s easier and cheaper to fix problems sooner rather than later. Take our advice, and perform these quick home maintenance chores to save some green in the long run.

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Check Your Vents and Filters

Your air conditioner, dryer, heater, septic tank and a few other home appliances all have vents and filters that affect how they function. If the filters are dirty or clogged, they can cause major problems. Dirty filters on your HVAC units can lead to early breakdowns, while clogged dryer vents can lead to dangerous fires. Take a few minutes to clean the filters and vents now to avoid bigger, more expensive problems later on.

Check Your Alarms

Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors have an important job in your home, but if they aren’t functioning properly, you risk putting your family in danger. Make sure your alarms have working batteries, and test them regularly to ensure they still go off when they should. Performing this small maintenance task could save your family from a harmful situation and save you money on consequential damages.

Check Your Water-Based Appliances

You should be draining your water heater once a year and pumping your septic tank once every three to five years. Little maintenance tasks like these keep your systems from leaking or backing up and end up saving you thousands of dollars in repairs.

If you’re in need of home maintenance help, get Wahl Family Heating, Cooling, and Plumbing. We can perform routine maintenance procedures that will help you save green when it comes to your home repair bills. We’ve been serving the Pittsburgh Metro area since 1989, so call us at 412-276-9245 today!

 

Prepping Your Home for Spring Vacation

Finally, spring vacation has arrived! Get ready to spend time with your family and friends and unwind after weeks of hard work. If you plan on leaving the cold weather behind to escape to somewhere warm, follow these tips to prepping your home for your vacation.

Make Sure It Looks Like Someone is Home

  • Contact your post office, and have all your mail stopped until you come home. If you don’t do that, ask a trusted neighbor or friend to collect your mail each day so it doesn’t pile up & signal an empty home.
  • Ask your neighbor to park in your driveway every so often so it seems like there are people coming and going.
  • Install timers on a few lights in your home so they turn on and off every few hours. Also, install a motion-activated sensor light outside your home.prepping-your-home-wahl-family-heating-cooling-plumbing

Take Care of Little Things Around Your Home

  • Make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working properly.
  • Throw out any food that could go bad while you’re gone so you don’t return to a rancid-smelling home.
  • Run your garbage disposal with a mix of vinegar and water so it’s rid of any lingering bacteria.

Take Necessary HVAC, Plumbing, and Electrical Precautions

  • Turn off the water valves attached to your dishwasher, sinks, and washing machines.
  • Set your water heater to “vacation mode” so it doesn’t waste energy.
  • Unplug your electronics so they don’t run up your electric bill.
  • Set your thermostat to temperatures closer to the ones outside your home.

It’s important to take precautions in keeping your home safe while you’re on vacation. However, if you come back to find you have an issue with your HVAC unit or pipes, call Wahl Family Heating, Cooling, & Plumbing! We can handle any HVAC or plumbing problem you have – no job is too big or small. We’ve been serving the Pittsburgh metro area since 1980, so call us today at 412-276-9245.

 

Why Switch to Radiant Heating

Every homeowner has his or her own opinion of what the best home-heating option is; and of course, there are ups and downs for each method. While it is still not wildly popular yet, radiant heating is on the rise to replace traditional heating systems like forced-air and radiator units. There are plenty of reasons to switch to radiant heating to keep your home warm.

  1. Practical Alternative: Since radiant heating can be installed in your floor, many homeowners think of the system as a luxury only meant for high-end bathrooms and pool deckradiant-heating-wahl-family-heating-cooling-plumbings. While some in-floor heating systems are only meant to be supplementary, the reality is that radiant heating often surpasses the performance of traditional heating systems.
  2. Higher Efficiency: Radiant heating performs at least 25% more efficiently than forced-air systems. Since it doesn’t require any ductwork, there is very little heat loss between the heat source and the affected space. Plus, higher efficiency equals lower energy bills for homeowners.
  3. Silent Operation: Many homeowners think appliances should run quietly, but they don’t hold that same standard when it comes to their heating systems. While traditional systems hiss, tap, and puff, radiant heating is virtually silent and unnoticeable, providing a peaceful performance.
  4. Better Indoor Air Quality: Forced-air, the heating system that many American homes have, has the major drawbacks of drying out indoor air and collecting allergy-causing particles in its ductwork. Radiant heating doesn’t involve any ductwork so it’s allergy-friendly and better for your health.

If you are looking to change or update your heating system, radiant heating is a solid option for saving money and adding more convenience to your home. Wahl Family Heating, Cooling, & Plumbing can help you update your heating system in the Pittsburgh Metro area since we’ve been trusted to serve homeowners and businesses since 1980! Call us today at 412-276-9245 for more information.

Things Your Plumber Wishes You Knew

In life, it’s always great to get a new perspective on things. That’s why so many of us take our friends’ advice and recommendations. However,

  1. Start using a live enzyme plumbing product to keep your sewer lines clean. These products keep your sewer lines from getting clogged by grease and other byproducts. Live enzyme products may be more expensive than other plumbing products, but they will save you money and effort in the long run.
  2. Check your stops under sinks and behind toilets. Ensure they turn easily so you can shut them off if there’s a leak or other problem.
  3. Don’t put starch products down your garbage disposal. Items such as coffee grounds, potatoes, and rice will most likely turn into a paste and clog your disposal. Splumber-holding-pipe-wahl-family-heating-cooling-plumbingmall amounts of these items are fine, but if you’re stuffing 10 potatoes worth of peelings down your disposal, you’re in for a problem.
  4. Make sure you know where your water main shuts off. If you live in a condo or apartment, see if you’re able to shut off individual units or if the entire building must be turned off. Shutting off your water main can really come in handy if you have a bad leak.
  5. If you’re buying a new home, make sure the sewer lines are inspected first. If there are any root or settling problems with the house’s sewer lines, it’s best to know before you purchase the house so you don’t have to deal with plumbing problems on top of a new mortgage.

It’s important to know what to do and what not to do when it comes to your home’s plumbing. The trained plumbers at Wahl Family Heating, Cooling, & Plumbing can offer you plenty of advice on keeping your home’s plumbing running smoothly. If something does go wrong, we have 30 plus years of experience and are confident that we can solve even the toughest plumbing problems.

 

If you’re in need of plumbing services in the Pittsburgh Metro area, #GetWahl by calling 412-276-9245.

Negative Effects of Poor Indoor Air Quality

These days, homeowners often seal up every possible crack and opening in their homes during the colder months to save money on their energy bills. While this is good for their wallets, it’s not so great for their air quality. Standing air attributes to poor air quality in your home and has negative effects on your health.

What causes poor air quality in my home?

When you seal up your house for winter, you’re preventing fresh air from entering your home. While you definitely don’t want cold air entering your home during winter, an airtight home allows pollutants and allergpoor-indoor-air-quality-wahl-family-heatingens, such as household cleaners, pet hair, and dust, to remain in your home and pose a threat to your health. If the air in your home has no way of naturally removing these things, you end up breathing them in.

What are the effects of poor air quality?

The more immediate effects of poor air quality include dizziness, headaches, and itchy eyes. However, poor air quality can also increase asthma symptoms and bring on more attacks, as well as cause more serious issues like respiratory infections and heart disease.

How can I improve the air quality in my home?

The three main methods to improving your air quality are source control, proper ventilation, and the use air purifiers. Lower the gas emissions on common household appliances, such as your stove. Increase the ventilation in your home to allow fresh air to replace stale, dry air, and install air purifiers to continuously clean the air you and your family breathe.

 

Wahl Family Heating, Cooling & Plumbing is committed to providing solutions to dramatically improve the quality of air that you and your family have in your home. We offer whole home humidifiers and air purifiers, combined furnace and A/C maintenance, and more. Wahl has been serving the Pittsburgh area since 1980. For more information on how to improve the indoor air quality in your home, call us today at 412-276-9245.

 

When Should You Replace Your Furnace?

When it comes to keeping your home warm and comfortable during the colder months, your furnace plays an important role. Therefore, it’s important to maintain it and keep it running efficiently. That being said, it’s also important to be able to recognize when your unit has seen its last winter. Do you know the signs that indicate it’s time for a new furnace?

Your Furnace is Old

Your furnace may have been in your home long before you moved in. If you know that it’s over 12 years old, it’s time for a replacement. After 12 years, your furnace runs the risk of being unsafe, and you’re better off with a newer model.

Your Furnace is Inefficientreplace-your-furnace-wahl-family-heating

Older models are usually big energy-eaters. Old homes are especially notorious for having over-sized units that rack up extra (read: unnecessary) dollars on your utility bill. If your furnace is too old or too big for your home, you should replace it with an energy-efficient, size-appropriate model so you aren’t wasting money when you don’t have to.

Your Furnace is Experiencing Problems

There are some telltale signs that your unit needs to be replaced. Some of these warning signs include:

  • Your furnace needs frequent repairs.
  • Your home is unevenly heated, and some rooms are hotter or colder than others.
  • Your furnace is excessively noisy.
  • Your furnace is pushing dust into your home.

If you’ve recently had to ask yourself, “When should I replace my furnace?,” you probably are close to needing a replacement. No matter what the reason, Wahl Family Heating, Cooling, & Plumbing can help you install a new furnace in your home to keep energy costs down and comfort levels up.

If you are in need of a furnace replacement in Pittsburgh and the surrounding areas, #GetWahl, and call us at 412-276-9245. We’re in your neighborhood!

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