If you’re a snowbird, you need to take special care of your home before you leave for the winter. This is particularly important where your plumbing is concerned. Overnight temperatures can dip into the freezing range in the Pittsburgh area. Once your Pittsburgh plumbing is exposed to that type of cold during the winter, you can expect serious problems, including ruptured water pipes. Continue reading
Heat pumps do more than just heat the home; they also cool it and help to control the levels of humidity in your house. Buying and installing a heat pump is a major investment, and you should consider several factors to ensure that you get the most appropriate unit for your needs. Continue reading
Using natural gas to heat your home and power your appliances is generally safe, but if there’s a gas leak or other issue with your gas line, it can be very dangerous. Knowing the signs of a gas line problem will help you keep your family safe. These are some of the things to watch out for. Continue reading
When outdoor temperatures in the Pittsburgh area drop, a warm home can be a real comfort. Many types of heating systems are available to help homeowners achieve the warm interiors they desire. You are probably familiar with forced-air heating and baseboard heating systems, but a radiant heating system might be a foreign concept. Continue reading
Summer is here and that means your family vacation is just around the corner. Whether you’re leaving for a long weekend or going out of town for an extended trip, leaving your home protected is an essential step in your pre-vacation planning. Along with securing your valuables, securing the windows and locking the entry doors, you also need to make sure that your plumbing is ready to be left alone.
Toilets are among the busiest utilities in the home. On average, a person flushes the toilet about 5 times a day and utilize 3.5-7 gallons of water with every flush in a standard gravity toilet. A high-efficiency toilet can help minimize your total household water usage.
Advances in technology have created a wide range of toilet options for homeowners. If a strong flush and water efficiency are a priority, consider pressure-assisted toilets. Read on to find out more about this toilet model.
Water plays an essential role in your household. Homeowners rely on the water produced by taps and faucets to be safe and secure, but they rarely think about the impact their pipes have on water quality.
Outdated or damaged pipes can pose a real threat to your home. Minor plumbing repairs often involve the replacement of a small section of pipe, but replacing all of the pipes in your home may be a better option.
Fresh pipes are better equipped to meet the water demands of your family in the future. Take advantage of the plumbing benefits offered by new pipes, and invest in a plumbing upgrade today. Continue reading
Water is one of the elements that is essential for sustaining life. Your indoor plumbing system makes access to a fresh supply of water much easier, but the quality of the water pumped through your plumbing system might be lacking.
Many homes are affected by hard water. A hard water supply can have some benefits, like a lower sodium content and distinct taste. Unfortunately, these benefits do little to outweigh the negative aspects of having hard water flow through your home’s plumbing system. Continue reading
The first thing to determine is whether you will be living on- or off-the-grid in your tiny home; then plan the plumbing process. Depending on whether you are in a permanent, semi-permanent, or temporary living situation, your plumbing needs will vary.
Living on-the-grid occurs when you rely on and are connected to city utilities, like water and sewer, or when you are hooked up to lines in an RV park or campground. You may also be living in a semi-permanent situation, such as in a friend or family member’s yard, and temporarily utilizing their water and plumbing systems.
For many homeowners out there, spring is a welcome relief from the colder winter temperatures, but if you are one of the many homeowners who suffers from seasonal allergies, the transition from winter to spring can be a particularly trying time. Here at Mitchell Plumbing, Heating, & Air Conditioning, we believe that your home should be a welcome sanctuary for you and your family, and that includes providing you with protections from allergens inside your house. If you or a member of your family are one of the many homeowners all over the country who suffer from severe seasonal allergies, this article is for you. In an effort to help our local customer breathe a little bit easier in their homes this coming spring, we have taken the time to put together this short list detailing a few of the more helpful indoor air quality tips that we have collected over our years of service to help alleviate springtime allergies this year.
Change Your Air Filters
Changing your air filters regularly is important not just for the overall safe function of your home’s heating and air conditioning systems, but also for the overall air quality inside your home. During the spring, outdoor allergens are going to be getting tracked into your home on a near-constant basis, and it’s the job of your air filters to pick these particles up and trap them so they aren’t being continuously cycled throughout your home. Changing these filters out regularly will help to ensure that these trapped particles are removed from your home, and don’t just sit there continuing to contaminate the air you and your family are breathing in.
Use A Humidifier To Balance Humidity Levels
Whether you realize it or not, the level of moisture in the air of your home can have a major effect on the overall quality of the air you and your family breathe in on a daily basis. High humidity can greatly contribute to the growth of mold and bacteria in the home, while low humidity can lead to dry, itchy skin, dry nasal passages and throat, and can actually make you more susceptible to airborne illnesses like colds or the flu. Maintaining the right balance of moisture in your home’s air is essential to helping stave off respiratory issues, and installing a humidifier can go a long way in giving you the options you need to either remove or add moisture to the air inside your home.
Install A Whole Home Air Cleaner
A whole home air cleaner functions a lot like your HVAC system’s air filters, but it works on a much larger scale. These air cleaners are incorporated directly into your HVAC system and help to remove airborne contaminants from your home at a much higher rate than your air filters could ever hope to do. With a whole home air cleaner, you can remove more of the irritating allergens that linger about the air in your home, as well as giving you better protection against dust, dirt, and many of the other harmful irritants that make spring such a troublesome time for so many.