Great article! I am having trouble identifying what to use for the aluminum or zinc strips to prevent organic growth and staining. How wide are the strips? Are they predrilled? I am starting to see black stains on the north facing asphalt shingles. Do you recommend treating that befor adding the metal strips? If so, 50/50 bleach and water or a commercial product?

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As touched on by their name, heat pumps function by transferring heat energy indoors during the winter and outdoors from your home during the summer. They're often attached to air conditioning units, using the surrounding air to transfer energy. However, geothermal heat pumps and water source heat pumps are also available. The cost to repair a heat pump, again, depends on the specific problem. Replacing a faulty thermostat may cost up to $300 including labor, while a worn or damaged defrost control board can set you back up to $600. For more details on your potential repair costs using this heating source, visit our heat pump repair cost guide.
As a Carrier dealer, with a wide variety of products to choose from, we can keep your family healthy and feeling comfortable all year long. We carry a complete line of indoor comfort equipment with innovations that raise the standards of comfort and reliability, including air conditioners, heat pumps, gas furnaces, programmable thermostats, humidifiers, ductless split systems, air cleaners, ultra violet lights, ventilators and zoning products. Let the experts at A. Johnson Heating & Air help you customize a solution that's right for you.
"Jorge Mondragon was very prompt and did an excellent job replacing my old heater furnace with a newer one. He explained me very well the details and specifics about why I would need a 3.5 ton furnace with the specific BTU given the square footage of my house. I would highly recommend him as he is a sound professional and very prompt in his service."

Richard checks for holes in the exhaust flue that could leak carbon monoxide, particularly where the pipe meets the furnace. Small holes can be patched with foil tape, but corroded flues must be replaced. He also adjusts the flue pipe's barometric damper, which moderates the chimney draw. "A big, tall chimney in an old house tends to suck too much air, compromising efficiency," he says. "Your service pro can weight the damper to lessen the draw.


When your furnace filter becomes dirty, dusty and clogged, you can expect some negative effects on your furnace efficiency and your indoor air quality. The forced air is supposed to get blown through the filter and the filter is supposed to trap any particles so they don’t end up in your air ducts and throughout the house. When the filter has trapped too many particles and it is clogged up, the air keeps blowing, but some of those trapped particles will end up in the system and your living space. Another effect is that the furnace has to work harder to get the same amount of air through that dirty filter, so your heating bills may go up.

Another energy savings tip, HVAC professionals say, is using a programmable thermostat. A programmable thermostat can save you up to 10 percent on energy bills, if you dial it down seven or eight degrees from the normal temperature setting — the U.S. Department of Energy recommends a setting of 68 degrees — for eight hours a day, whether it's during the work day or at night, according to DOE.


Air Conditioning and your heating source are intertwined. In the summer it’s the AC system you’re concerned with. In the winter it’s the furnace. Do your AC service annually, just like you maintain your furnace. Leaves and dirt and yard debris will get lodged in the air conditioning condenser unit, the part that sits outside. Cleaning this trash from your condenser will improve the efficiency of your HVAC system and help your air conditioner to last longer, avoid AC service and save you on your electric bill.
The chill of winter can be a scary thought when your furnace needs a repair. When the furnace in your home goes on the fritz, you need it fixed right away to keep your family safe and comfortable. Every BGE HOME technician is licensed in their trade and adheres to a stringent in-house certification program that guarantees their knowledge, affirms their commitment to the customer, and ensures excellence in completing every repair with the highest level of quality. Our technicians average 11 years in the HVAC industry, so you can rest assured that the technician who makes your furnace repair is knowledgeable and experienced.
*Residential Service call's subject to $119.00 travel and diagnostic fee, Commercial Service call's subject to a $149.00 travel and diagnostic fee. Once diagnosed, necessary repairs will be quoted in accordance with standard flat rate repair price. Repair and quoted repair price may be accepted or declined by the customer at that time. Travel and Diagnostic fee will still apply in case customer declines repair. All calls are C.O.D. Overtime rates for Residential Service are $169.00, overtime rates for Commercial services are $179.00.  These rates are for services performed after normal business hours Monday through Friday 8am-4:30pm.

Nerthlings Heating and Air Conditioning is proud to be rated as Erie, PA’s leading heating and cooling company. We’ve been serving Erie PA and the surrounding areas for over 60 years, handling all of their HVAC needs. For furnace repair, furnace service, or a new heating system installation at your home/business, Nerthling’s is the company to call if you want the job done right. We are also experts at AC repair, service & installation, as well as generator installation. Our other services include boiler repair and service, geothermal HVAC, heat pumps and ductless heating & air conditioning. To learn more about our high-quality HVAC services, give us a call today at 814-240-2297!

Furnaces and thermostats are not mix-and-match appliances. Using the wrong type of thermostat with a furnace will cause operating problems and can be dangerous. Although thermostats look similar, they are designed very differently. There are numerous types of heating systems and thermostat systems and they need to be coordinated for safe and proper operation. There are three types of thermostat systems used today: millivoltage, low voltage, and line voltage.​

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