What is Ductless AC?

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You may have heard about ductless air conditioning, but do you still feel confused? We are here to answer any questions you may have.

While some homes and buildings are equipped with air ducts to help with airflow, others are not. That’s where a ductless system, also known as mini split-system air-conditioners (mini splits),  comes in.

Instead of spending the money and going through the hassle of installing ductwork, many choose to go ductless.

Like central air systems, mini splits require two components—an outdoor compressor and indoor unit that are linked together.

Since mini splits are small, there is a great deal of flexibility in where you place them. This design allows for zoning, meaning that you can control AC and heat in different rooms. Each zone has its own thermostat, so if a room is not in use then the heating or cooling can be turned off, saving energy and money.

The lack of ducts also means that mini splits do not suffer as much energy loss as a central air system.

If you would like more information about ductless AC, call Len Sciulli & Sons at 610.328.4341.

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The 111th Anniversary of Air Conditioning

Air conditioning is something we have come to expect in any home or building.  Going without air conditioning during the summer, even for a short time, seems unimaginable.  Whenever a heat wave hits, we retreat to our homes and crank up the thermostat.  But, there was a time when air conditioning was not so common, and even a time when it did not exist.

Willis Carrier, inventer of the first air conditioner

Willis Carrier, inventer of the first air conditioner

One-hundred-eleven years ago as of this July (1902), Willis Carrier installed the first scientifically designed air conditioner.  It was used to control the humidity in a Brooklyn printing plant because the humidity was causing problems with the paper and ink.  His invention is recognized today as the first true air conditioner because it accomplished the following four tasks: control temperature, control humidity, control air circulation and ventilation, and cleanse the air.

Carrier invented the air conditioner by using his knowledge of heating objects with steam.   He simply reversed the process by sending air through cold coils filled with water instead of hot ones, which controls both the temperature and moisture of the air.

Although residential air conditioning did not become widely accessible until the 1950s, we still trace the invention back to Carrier.  So, when you crank that thermostat up on the next 90+ degree day, thank our good friend Willis.

 

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Cutting Costs on AC this Summer

Air conditioning is one of the largest electricity guzzlers in your home.  Therefore, making some small changes to make your air conditioner’s efforts more effective can make a huge difference when it comes to your energy bill.  Here are five easy tips to save yourself money this summer without sacrificing comfort:

  1. Perform regular maintenance on your system.  This includes both changing your filter monthly and having a professional AC service check at the beginning of each cooling season.
  2. Adjust the thermostat.  Many thermostats allow you to program a regular schedule.  thermostatFor example, if you know that everyone in your home will be gone during regular business hours for work and school, set the thermostat higher for those times.
  3. Close the blinds or drapes on the sunny side of your house.
  4. Make sure your attic is properly ventilated.  Because 30% of the heat your house absorbs is through the roof, having a properly ventilated attic makes a huge difference in how much of that heat gets into the living areas of your home.
  5. When buying a new AC system, make sure you buy an energy efficient system.  Do your research by looking up various energy ratings and comparing multiple systems before having an air conditioning system installed.
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Leave the AC on for Dogs & Cats

Should you leave your home air conditioning running for your pet?

Terrier_mixed-breed_dogWhile some people criticize pet owners for spoiling precious kittens and puppies, keeping an air conditioned home may actually be necessary for a pet’s survival.

Of course behind every pet story, there’s going to be someone that thinks these rules only apply to crazy cat ladies, but according to many vets, maintaining a comfortable temperature in the home helps to avoid heat stress and exhaustion.

Animals cool themselves by panting, which is a process of exchanging warm air from their lungs for the cooler air outside. When it’s a hot and humid day, this can’t happen, putting pets at a greater risk for heat stress.

Dogs are generally more susceptible to suffering from the heat, and pets with longer fur will suffer more discomfort. Pets that are overweight, elderly or are suffering from a pre-existing condition should definitely be watched. Additionally, animals with flat faces, like pugs and Persian cats, are at a higher risk because they cannot pant.

In a Mother Jones article, Dr. Helen Myers, a veterinarian at the ASPCA‘s Animal Poison Control Center, said that thermostats should ideally be set at 78-80 degrees to keep pets comfortable. Plus, you should always have water available when you aren’t home to prevent dehydration.

Overall, each pet has different needs. If you find your pet relaxing in front of an air conditioning vent, then it’s a good idea to keep the air running. Some pets do enjoy basking in the sunlight, in which case it might be OK to not run the air as much. Still, keep an eye on your air conditioning settings this summer because you never know what’s happening when you aren’t in your home.

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Air Conditioning and Allergies

With springtime allergies in full bloom, it’s time to focus on making small changes to help with asthma and allergy relief. Common seasonal allergies include pollen, trees, grass and ragweed.

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If you have environmental allergies, it’s best to avoid the outdoors on high pollen level days. If you’re stuck in the house all day you want to ensure that you are breathing in the cleanest air possible.

 

Cleaning Your Indoor Air

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The best way to combat allergies inside is to keep the air conditioner pumping, but only if it’s running correctly. For instance, if you don’t have your HVAC system regularly serviced then your home might be collecting mold. Consider scheduling spring maintenance regularly every year so that you’ll start the season off right.

A spring HVAC cleaning can consist of changing air filters, cleaning out air ducts, or replacing the entire system. Pollen-suffers often don’t realize that their AC unit is pulling air from the outside, so it’s important to understand how your particular HVAC system works.

Additionally, ask your HVAC provider about indoor air quality options, such as air purifiers, air filtration systems, and anti-mold and microbe UV systems. Len Sciulli & Sons offers air purification systems that remove harmful mold, pollen, and allergens from the air in your home.

So next time you find yourself sneezing up a storm in the comfort of your home, consider that you may not have serviced your air conditioner. Each HVAC system is different, but we recommend that if you are regularly running your AC that you have the filters changed every two months.

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It’s Time for Air Conditioning

achp-ac-evol-lgIt might still technically be winter, but warm temperatures are on their way. Before you know it, you’ll be stuck in your house on a 100 degree, humid day without a fully functioning air conditioner, wishing you had been prepared.

That’s why Sciulli & Sons recommends having your air conditioning system repaired, checked, or installed now before you end up with a summer scenario like the one above.When you wait too long, you’ll wind up choosing the most convenient contractor, and not necessarily the best.

Be sure to do your research when choosing a contractor, and know that Sciulli & Sons is fully licensed and insured and offers top-notch service. Last year the Better Business Bureau received over 9,000 complaints against cooling contractors and repair services, so finding a fully insured and licensed contractor is extremely important.

For more air conditioning information, visit Sciulli & Sons. Be sure to take a look at our specials and coupons.

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Carbon Monoxide Leaks from Heating System

Having a carbon monoxide alarm in your house really can save your life.

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Last month, Sojurners’ Place, a Wilmington, DE homeless shelter, evacuated 38 residents because of a carbon monoxide leak.

According to Delaware Online, the carbon monoxide alarm went off at 9:45 a.m. on Jan. 22. The cause? According to reports, a panel from the heating roof had blown away, leaking carbon monoxide into the room.

To prevent this from happening in your home or business, we urge you to evaluate your heating systems. Oftentimes, heavy snow and wind can block the exhausts in a heating system resulting in a build-up of the odorless gas. Pinholes in the heating system are blamed for the near deadly incident.

To have your heating system checked out, contact Len Scuilli & Sons.

To read the full Delaware Online story,  click here.

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Welcome to Len Sciulli & Sons

Welcome to Len Sciulli & Sons. Our family owned and operated business has been providing services for cooling and heating throughout Southern Pennsylvania for over 20 years.  Our reliable service is available 24 hours a day for emergency situations with the heating and cooling systems in your home or business.  The best way to avoid an emergency situation is to make sure you get your heating and cooling systems serviced every year.

And while we offer a wide array of services, from complex heating cooling system installations to quick and basic repairs, there are some things we refuse to change no matter what job or building we are handling. The first is an unwavering commitment to provide every customer with the high quality service and professional attitude we know they deserve. Whether it is a simple hot water heater repair or the installation of an extensive radiant heat system, our employees arrive on time and respect the customer and their home (or business) through every step of the process. And with a Sciulli job, you can be sure not to be calling us, or any other company, any time soon. By ensuring the job is done right the first time, we minimize your cost of maintenance and repairs for years to come. Combined with our already competitive pricing, we truly believe this makes Sciulli & Sons the greatest bargain in the industry.

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Keep your Family Comfortable this Winter

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