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Is Your HVAC Trying To Tell You Something?

Turning on your air conditioner can signify the start of summer. While the sound of the cool air flowing into your home can be calming, what happens if you hear a disconcerting sound coming from your system?  Some noises are normal but others can indicate a problem.

 

Rattling

Your outdoor condenser is protected by a grate that keeps out large debris, but smaller debris like twigs and pebbles can make their way through. Many times these intruders can be removed by taking off the vent cover, but in other cases, it may be easier to call a technician to check for and remove debris from an outdoor condenser.

 

Hissing

Hissing usually suggests escaping air. If you hear this noise coming from inside your walls, it could mean that your duct work is leaking and needs to be repaired. It could also mean that your vent flaps are closed too tightly or your filter may not be properly sealed.

 

Clanking/Scraping

The sound of metal scraping usually indicates loose parts like fan blades, or loose pipes clanking against other parts. Correcting these issues is important because they could cause additional damage to your system. If you hear these types of noises it’s best to contact a technician right away so the cause can be found and corrected.

 

Squeaking/Thumping

Squeaking and thumping often occurs when your system is starting up or shutting down and can indicate worn belts or parts. You should consider scheduling an appointment to have these components checked before a worn part becomes a broken one.

 

Popping/Clanging

Metal can expand and contract during temperature changes. Ducts may pop open or clang shut which is completely normal. If these noises become bothersome, insulation can be installed to help lessen the noise.

 

Bubbling

Bubbling is the most worrisome sound and usually indicates air being trapped in the refrigerant line, possibly because of a leak. You should contact us immediately so we can determine the cause and location of the leak.

 

Munro LogoUnsure about what the noises coming from your HVAC are trying to tell you? Wondering whether they’re normal or an indication of a serious issue? Contact us to schedule your maintenance appointment today (484) 932-8374.

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Changing Your HVAC Filter Is Important!

Changing the filter on your HVAC system may seem like a small and insignificant “to do” on your long list of household chores, but failing to change your filter can have an big impact when it comes to the health of your HVAC system and of your family.  Ideally filters should be changed every 1-3 months, depending upon the type of filter being used.

Dirty Filters = System Damage

Clogged filters can cause extensive damage to your system. Checking and changing  your air filter regularly helps you ensure the longevity of your system — saving yourself thousands in possible repair and replacement costs. Dirt and neglect are one of the leading causes of heating and cooling systems failing. These failures are completely avoidable with regular checking and changing.

Dirty Filters = Dirty Air

Changing the air filter in your system regularly ensures cleaner, fresher, healthier air. This is better for everyone in your home, particularly children and the elderly, and most especially for those suffering from allergies and/or asthma. A clean air filter means you are not constantly circulating dust, dust mites, pollen and other small particles in the air. Clean filters also allow your system to purify the air, leaving it cleaner and healthier.

Dirty Filters = Wasted Energy

Cleaning out or changing a clogged air filter will also save you a significant amount on operating costs. A dirty air filter makes it harder for your system to “breathe” causing it to use much more energy than it would a new, clean air filter. Your system working harder means a higher electricity bill for you. You can save up to 15% on utility costs just by keeping your air filter clean.

 

HVAC maintenance is important to keep your unit working efficiently, to ensure your home’s heating and cooling costs stay down, to prolong the life of your unity, and to ensure the air quality inside your home stays clean and breathable for your entire family. Proper serving of your HVAC unit can give you peace of mind that when you need your unit most, it will be ready to deliver. Call Munro Heating and Air to schedule your maintenance appointment today, (484) 932-8374.

 

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Preventing Mold & Mildew In Your HVAC

Springtime in Southeastern Pennsylvania means warmer temperatures, sunshine, getting back outdoors and SPRING CLEANING! Many times home owners don’t take into account the cleanliness of their HVAC system, especially if it is working properly. While routine maintenance is always recommended to help keep your system running at it’s best, skipping maintenance can have an effect on the health of your machine as well as your family.  Without proper maintenance, there could be mold and mildew hiding in your ducts.

 

 Be Aware of the Warning Signs

Listen to your nose! If you smell a musty or damp smell in your home, it’s time to schedule a service appointment. As a homeowner you can checks of your indoor and outdoor systems for signs of mold growth and signs of condensation which can lead to future mold growth.

 

Where does Mold Come From?

HVAC systems that do not receive regular maintenance may not be able to properly remove humidity. When this moisture combines with dirty air filters it creates the perfect environment for mold to grow and thrive. As a part of the maintenance Munro Heating and Air can check your system to make sure it is performing it’s condensing cycles properly and that your system is free of clogs and debris. By making sure that moisture is not collecting, mold will have a difficult time growing inside of your system.

 

What Can I Do To Prevent Mold Growth?

The best way to prevent mold from becoming an issue is to schedule regular maintenance. Being aware of the warning signs listed above is also a great start. If you are having trouble determining whether or not mold is an issue in your system, we can help. We’ll work with you to clear out any existing problem before it results in a costly replacement.  Contact us today to schedule a maintenance appointment (484) 932-8374.

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Is Spring HVAC Maintenance Really Necesarry?

Now that spring is here, it’s time to start thinking about getting your home ready for the warmer months. Here at Munro Heating and Air we are big believers that your HVAC system should be included in your spring cleaning and maintenance checklists for your home.  Benefits regular cleaning and maintenance include:

Improved Indoor Air Quality

Having your HVAC cleaned regularly and changing your air filter can help remove particulate from the air which means you, your family and guests visiting your home will not be inhaling dust, dust and pollen which can aggravate allergies.

Increased Efficiency & Equipment Life

After a long harsh winter you may find dirt, debris and leaves around your outdoor HVAC unit. While you can and should remove these items from the area on your own, it’s best to leave the intricate cleaning to the professionals. Professional HVAC technicians  have the right tools and equipment to clean both the inside and outside of your HVAC unit. They are even able to clean condenser and evaporator coils allowing your system to work more efficiently.

Having your unit checked and cleaned regularly will help ensure that it is running properly and allow it to reach it’s maximum life. A clean unit is able to operate more smoothly than a dirty system and checks also allow worn components to be replaced before they cause your system to fail.


Munro Heating and Air can assist you with all of your spring HVAC cleaning and maintenance needs. If your unit is older, we can help you determine how much life is left in it and can make recommendations for more energy efficient solutions for your home’s heating and cooling needs. To learn more about our services and to schedule your spring maintenance, call us today (484) 932-8374.

 

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Why Bother With Late Season Repairs?

Now that the warmer weather is here it may be tempting to ignore that strange sound coming from the furnace. While warmer weather means you won’t be using your furnace we’re here to remind you that when it comes to scheduling a furnace repair, procrastinating is ALWAYS A BAD IDEA. Here are a few reasons to have your furnace checked out and repaired right away.

 

Safety

Your safety and the safety of your family is top priority, which is why it’s important to have your furnace repaired as soon as possible. A malfunctioning furnace can turn into a major health hazard especially if it begins leaking toxic fumes into your home. Not only are these fumes hazardous to your health, but they can also pose a combustion hazard. Even electric powered heaters present dangers to your health and home. Always play it safe and have your furnace fixed before there is a safety risk. Better to be safe, than sorry!

 

Wasted Energy & Money

When your furnace is not operating properly it has to work harder than normal to heat your home. The additional strain put on the system can cause further damage, which will require additional repairs and can ultimately reduce the lifespan of your unit. Working harder also causes your unit to become less efficient which will increase your energy bill.

 

Let’s Be Honest, You’ll Forget!

We recommend that you have your unit serviced and any needed repairs made prior to shutting it down for the summer (and forgetting about those issues). Leaving your system with a lingering issue places you at risk for poor operation, malfunctions or even a complete system failure when you need to turn it on again in the fall. Give yourself peace of mind by taking care of repairs now so you’ll be able to depend upon your heater as soon as you need it again.

 

No matter what type of heating system you have heating your home, we can help you with all of your repair and maintenance needs. Contact Munro Heating and Air today (484) 932-8374.

 

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Breathe Easier This Spring

Spring is on the way! If venturing outdoors leaves you feeling congested and miserable, we don’t need to tell you that spring also marks the beginning of allergy season. Although spending time outdoors may make your eyes watery and your throat scratchy you shouldn’t have to suffer inside your home. Here are a few tips to help you breathe easier indoors this spring.

Start Your Spring Cleaning

Cleaning might be the last thing you feel like doing when fighting allergy symptoms, but it’s a must. Getting into those overlooked areas and getting rid of dust, dirt and cobwebs that are missed during regular cleaning will help relieve allergy symptoms. Dry mopping floors to remove dirt, dust, pet hair and other allergens tracked in from outdoors is also helpful in removing allergens from your home. Spring is also the perfect time to wash pillows, comforters and drapes to remove dust mites.

Keep Those Windows Closed

As temperatures warm up you may be tempted to open the windows and let fresh air in, but for those suffering from allergies this is a bad idea. Blooming flowers and trees mean lots of pollen in the air, which will enter your home through your open windows. To achieve fresh air, try using an air purifier or air cleaner in your home. It will remove pollutants and allergens and kill bacteria, viruses and mold spores making your air easier to breathe.

Add a UV Lamp

Another option for cleaning your indoor air is to add a UV lamp to your HVAC system. Bacteria and mold often grow in and around systems and can then be distributed throughout your home. UV lamps effectively destroy bacteria before they can spread, leaving you with fewer allergens to worry about.

 

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For additional information on air cleaners, air purifiers and UV lamps contact contact Munro Heating and Air today by calling (484) 932-8374.

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Hot Water Heater: Tank vs. Tankless

Are you preparing to replace your hot water heater? Are you wondering whether a tank or a tankless style water heater is the better choice? The truth is they can both be a great choice!

The real question to consider isn’t which is better, but which will work better for you. Both the storage type and the tankless type have advantages and disadvantages. Below are a few things to consider when making your decision:

Size

Tank Water Heater: A tank water heater can take up a lot of valuable space in your garage, closet, kitchen, bathroom.

Tankless Water Heater: Tankless water heaters are much smaller and can be mounted on a wall instead of sitting on the ground. It’s a perfect option for replacing a tank in an area with limited space.

Demand

Tank Water Heaters: A tank water heater holds water in reserve. This water is already heated and you get hot water pretty much as soon as you turn on the tap. If you use up all of your hot water, you’ll have to wait until the tank refills and reheats which can be inconvenient.

Tankless Water Heater: A tankless water heater heats up the water as you need it so it can take a bit of time to heat up to your preferred temperature. You’ll have to keep the tap open and wait until the cold water becomes hot. Since there is no reserve tank you’ll never run out of hot water. Keep in mind however that if demand for hot water spikes, a tankless water heater may not be able to keep pace. If you are taking a shower and do laundry at the same time the tankless water heater may not be able to keep up with the demand of both.

Efficiency

Tank Water Heater: Imagine keeping a giant pot of water simmering on your stove at all times of day and night. That’s basically what your tank water heater is doing and it’s not very efficient. Plus, if the water heater is in a cool environment it will need to work harder during the winter months to heat the water which increases your gas or electric bills during cooler months.

Tankless Water Heater: A tankless water heater only heats water when you need it, making it super efficient. Tankless water heaters can reduce energy costs by as much as 25%.

Power

Tank Water Heater: Gas water heaters need only gas, and electric need only electricity to own.

Tankless Water Heater: Even if your water is heated with gas, you need to run electrical to it so it can power the brains of the system.

Failures

Tank Water Heater: If your tank fails, it could leave you with a flood.

Tankless Water Heater: If it breaks you’ll be without water, but luckily water won’t be all over your floors.

 

Whether you’re ready to replace your water heater, or just need someone to help with servicing your current water heater, Munro Heating and Air is here for you! Give us a call at (484) 932-8374.

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Is Your HVAC System Causing Your Sleep Troubles?

Sleep is an extremely important factor in your health. Sleep is how your body recovers and repairs itself each day. If you are having trouble sleeping or are looking to improve your sleep experience look no further than your home’s HVAC system.

 

Temperature

According to the National Sleep Foundation, the body sleeps best when the temperature is between 60 and 67 degrees. Keeping your bedroom within this temperature range isn’t difficult to do during the winter when weather is cooler but becomes more challenging in the summer when temperatures are warmer. Using fans and a zone-control air conditioning system are just two things you can do to help. A zone controlled system allows you to set different temperatures in different rooms. This means you can lower the temperature in your bedroom without dropping the temperature in the rest of your home saving you money on your energy bill.

 

Creating a Breeze

Creating air movement in a room also helps with making a space feel cooler and help you breathe more easily. Opening a window or turning on a fan are two easy ways to create a breeze in your space. Fans also create white noise helping to block out other nighttime noises that may wake you up otherwise.

 

Humidity

When the humidity in a space is too high, the air can feel thick and muggy making it hard to breathe and even harder to relax and fall asleep. Humid rooms can also attract insects like bed bugs and promote mold growth that can mess with your respiratory system. On the flip side, a room with too little humidity can cause scratchy nasal passages, sore throat, dry and itchy skin which can keep you up at night. The humidity level in your home should stay between 40%-50%. If the level in your space is off, using a humidifier or dehumidifier can help you get things into the ideal range.

 

Air Quality

Your indoor air quality is important for your health and can affect your sleep in different ways. Poor air quality can trigger asthma attacks and inflame your allergies. It’s difficult to get a good night’s rest if you are up sneezing and coughing all night. An easy way to combat symptoms is to change out your system’s air filters often. Using an air purifier in your home can also help remove pollutants and allergens and kill bacteria, viruses and mold spores making your air easier to breathe.

 

Address HVAC Noises

A noisy HVAC can affect your rest, especially if you are a light sleeper. Not only can loud noises be very disruptive, but sounds that are louder than a slight hum can also indicate an underlying issue, an older unit, or a unit that is on the verge of breaking down. New or strange noises can be an indication that it’s time to have your system checked before a larger problem arises.

 

Don’t let your HVAC system keep you up at night. For additional information on split systems, humidifiers and dehumidifiers contact contact Munro Heating and Air today by calling (484) 932-8374.

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Why We Are Different

Munro Heating and Air, LLC is a family run company that specializes in the design, installation and servicing of Air Conditioning, Heating Systems and Water Heaters

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