Dowd Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Bensalem’

The Difference Between a Whole-Home Air Filter and an HVAC Air Filter

Monday, May 2nd, 2022
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If you looked at the title of this post and thought, “Wait, aren’t those the same thing?”, then we recommend you read further. Homeowners are often confused about their options when it comes to getting air filters and air purifiers to improve their household indoor air quality. It often starts with mistaking the job of the standard filter that’s part of the HVAC system—also called the “furnace filter” or “AC filter” (one filter usually does both jobs.)

There’s an important difference between what we call a whole-home air filter and the filter located on the HVAC cabinet or behind the return air duct in the house. 

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Watch for These Warning Signs Your Water Heater Needs Repairs

Monday, April 18th, 2022
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You never want a water heater malfunction to catch you by surprise. This could mean having to go without a hot shower in the morning, and that’s one of the worst ways to start your day. You can’t predict all water heater troubles, but the good news is that you can anticipate many of them. All it takes is knowing what warning signs you need to watch for and then calling our experts for prompt water heater service in Bensalem, PA

Quick action not only prevents losing your hot water, it also keeps the problem from getting worse and even leading to possible water damage in your home. In the worst-case scenarios, the repair will get so large you’ll need to replace the water heater rather than repair it.

Below are some of the more common warning signs of a water heater malfunction.

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Ready for Warmer Weather? Make Sure Your AC Is as Well!

Monday, March 21st, 2022
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Are you starting to feel the warmer weather? It’s officially spring now, and although we don’t have any guarantees that there won’t be a cold snap in April (which can be a disappointing month), we’re definitely on the movement toward the summer and the time when our ACs will start their regular mid-year duties.

We know you’re probably ready for warm weather. But have you asked yourself if your air conditioner is? An AC does plenty of work to cool down your home during the summer, and unless it gets the proper TLC from professionals, it may let you down.

In other words, it’s time to arrange for your annual air conditioning maintenance appointment with Dowd Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning.

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The Early Signs You Have a Struggling Heating System

Monday, December 27th, 2021
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You never want to be caught with a failed heater in the middle of a Pennsylvania winter. Thankfully, most heating systems won’t die abruptly with no warning whatsoever, so if you know what to look and listen for, you can call in time for heating repair in Bensalem, PA. This prevents an emergency breakdown situation and all the stress and discomfort that comes along with it. 

Heating systems that are beginning to fail or starting to lose their capacity can provide several signals. Below are the most common early warnings, the ones you’ll see during the first weeks when your heating system starts regular work.

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Winter Is Tough for Healthy Indoor Air, But We Can Help

Monday, December 13th, 2021
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There are two times during the year when the indoor air quality inside a home can take a steep plunge. The first is the beginning of spring, which is prime time for allergies. The second is during the coldest period of winter. 

What makes winter so difficult? Because in order for a home to stay comfortable and not allow all the heat inside to escape outside, the doors and windows must stay shut. This prevents fresh air circulation through the house that removes dry and pollutant-filled air. 

The good news is that this isn’t a hopeless situation. If you want to enjoy better indoor air quality in your house this season, our team at Dowd Mechanical can help you with several special HVAC services. Below are some of the ways we can help you enjoy a better life indoors this winter.

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How to Tell You Need a New Water Heater

Monday, October 4th, 2021
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Water heaters look sturdy, and they’re built to withstand years of use. But any appliance wears down with enough time, and water heaters have the extra burden of storing water, which can lead to corrosion. Your current water heater in Bensalem, PA won’t last you forever. You want to avoid getting trapped with a busted water heater and an emergency replacement. The best way to do that is to know the signs a water heater is getting close to the end of its service life.

We handle water heater installations and replacements, and we can tell you the most important warnings signs to look for that it’s time to call us to get a new water heater.

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Do I Need an Air Purifier for My Home?

Monday, August 9th, 2021
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Are you more concerned about the quality of the air inside your home than you once were? You aren’t alone. Worries about IAQ have skyrocketed over the last year and a half for some pretty good reasons. Even before that, poor indoor air quality had been a problem for homes, but fewer people were aware of it. Now you may wonder if you need to have an air purifier in Bensalem, PA for your house in order to breathe healthy and clean air. 

It’s a good question, and to get a solid answer, you’ll need to have professionals assist you. Some homes don’t need special air purifiers, while others will benefit immensely. 

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4 Great Benefits of Whole-House Dehumidification

Monday, July 12th, 2021
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Humidity. The word itself usually conjures up thoughts of sweating through hot days. Humidity on its own isn’t necessarily bad—extreme dry air can also create problems. But when the relative humidity of the air rises above 60%, the amount of moisture in the air can lead to many issues.

But you have an air conditioner in your house, so that should take care of the humidity, right? We have some bad news there:  a central air conditioning system can help keep your house cool, even on humid days, but it isn’t actually a dehumidifier. It does remove some moisture from the air as it runs (which is why you hear dripping water from its cabinet), but not enough to make a difference. If you want balanced humidity for your home, you’ll need to have professionals install a whole-house dehumidifier. 

There are four major benefits of having whole-house dehumidification:

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Is My Old AC Ready to Retire for a New One?

Monday, May 17th, 2021
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The question in the title is the one we hear more often from our customers than any other. People know their air conditioners will not last forever, no matter how much they’d like them to. At some point, they must schedule a new air conditioning installation in Bensalem, PA to replace it. But when is it time to stop repairs and get a new AC?

This is not an easy question to answer if you’re a non-professional. In fact, you shouldn’t attempt to answer it on your own. The best next step when you suspect your AC may be ready for the recycling yard is to call our professionals for an assessment. They can give you honest answers about whether a replacement or continued repairs are the best for your cooling future. 

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Important Reminder: Change the AC’s Air Filter Regularly!

Monday, April 19th, 2021
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Our last post was about the most important service you can schedule for your Bensalem, PA air conditioning system: routine professional maintenance. Today, we’re going to talk about the part of maintenance that you’ll have to take care of for the rest of the season: changing the air filter on your HVAC system. Our technicians do this job as part of maintenance, but you will have to handle changing the filter afterwards on a regular basis of every one to three months.

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