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The guys at South Hills Electric Heating Cooling helped us do a cool (literally) story on how much heat actually escapes from your body when you don't bundle up. Check it out tonight at 11pm on WTAE-TV Pittsburgh!

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Want to know the best way to prevent a service call on your home’s furnace?

Answer: Change your furnace filter… read on:
One of the most important elements of keeping your furnace running as efficient as possible is routine changing of your furnace’s air-filter. It’s easy to do. It’ll save you money, and, on unnecessary service calls. Basically, for you and your family, the simple routine changing of your home’s furnace filter will save you a bunch of headaches.
We compare it to routine changing of your car’s oil. The difference being anybody can easily change a furnace filter, it only takes a few minutes. Some filters, depending on the type of furnace you have are inserted sideways, some are inserted flat, and, they come in different sizes, but it’s not a big deal, your furnace is made so it can be easily done by the homeowner. And, make sure you do it when the furnace is off; it’s just safer that way.
When a furnace filter hasn’t been changed, and it needs to be, your furnace will still run – to a point, (a built in safety feature will shut it off automatically eventually) but your good air-flow is getting blocked, which means your system has to “labor” that much harder to get that nice comfortable temperature you want in your home. This means a lot less efficiency in flow delivery, and, your fuel bill goes up.
Too much gunk on your furnace filter causes an “air flow traffic jam,” your thermostat will never be satisfied, and, at times, it’ll let you know it by a “whistling” sound coming from the furnace. The filter “whistling” is saying “change me – change me.”
Furnace filters are cheap, you can get them at any Lowe’s, True Value Hardware, and Home Depot. We suggest don’t go cheapest on your filter purchase, get a good brand name like 3M.
Below are links to a few videos on changing your furnace’s air-filter.
Well, from the people at South Hills Electric Heating Cooling, we hope we helped a little.

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Keeping Your Home’s Humidity Level Comfy During Furnace Season

Posted on November 26, 2012 by admin

If you’re old enough, you might remember your mom or dad putting buckets of water on your homes’ radiators to keep the air a little moist. So, why did they do that – put receptacles with water on the radiators when the furnace was running that is? Well, mainly, so when our homes’ needed the heat on during the winter we wouldn’t “dry out.” This was the “old school” way to get some needed moisture in the air.
The problem was “regulating” the buckets of water on the radiators to divvy out the right amount of moisture in your homes’ air was pretty much impossible to do. You couldn’t tell if you had too much moisture/humidity in your homes’ air, or to little, or just right – until you started experiencing the side effects of what was too much, or, what was too little in the air moisture department.
Today, you don’t really need to do all that water-in-the-bucket-on-the-radiator stuff. Not with all the good humidifier and de-humidifier technology out there. (Newer homes are all forced-air anyway.) Honeywell’s True Steam Humidification System is an excellent product, and, Honeywell is sensitive when applying its technology to the home comfort needs of people – both children and adults, that suffer from different types of air-born allergies.
To get a good reading on your homes’ humidity level, you can use a barometer. Although a barometer is for air pressure, there’s a display built into most all barometer’s to also get humidity readings.
A nice and comfy humidity level for the average home is around 40-50%.
Some of the physical symptoms you could have if your home’s air is to dry, which usually happens during the winter:
Dry skin, mold, allergy worsening, nose bleed, nasal problems, dry cough, very fine dust type coating on skin, watery eyes, psoriasis / other skin-ailment irritations, and static electricity.
Some symptoms of too much moisture in your home:
Mold and germs propagate, odors, stuffy nose, trouble breathing, allergy worsening, and, germs can really build up in home’s rugs as result of the “dampness.”

What Is AFCI protection and why is it important for you and your family's safety ?

Arc-fault circuit interrupter

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

An Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter (AFCI) is a specific duplex receptacle or circuit breaker designed to help prevent fires by detecting an unintended electrical arc and disconnecting the power before the arc starts a fire. An AFCI must distinguish between a harmless arc that occurs incidental to normal operation of switches, plugs and brushed motors and an undesirable arc that can occur, for example, in a lamp cord that has a broken conductor in the cord.
Arc faults in a home are one of the leading causes for electrical wiring fires.[1] Each year in the United States, over 40,000 fires are attributed to home electrical wiring. These fires result in over 350 deaths and over 1,400 injuries each year.[2]
Conventional circuit breakers only respond to overloads and short circuits; so they do not protect against arcing conditions that produce erratic, and often reduced current. An AFCI is selective so that normal arcs do not cause it to trip. The AFCI circuitry continuously monitors the current and discriminates between normal and unwanted arcing conditions. Once an unwanted arcing condition is detected, the AFCI opens its internal contacts, thus de-energizing the circuit and reducing the potential for a fire to occur. An AFCI should not trip during normal arcing conditions, which can occur when a switch is opened or a plug is pulled from a receptacle, or a device with a brush-type motor is in operation.[3]
AFCI circuit breakers resemble a GFCI/RCD (Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupt/Residual-Current Device) breaker in that they both have a test button although each has a different function; similarly, AFCI receptacles resemble GFCI receptacles in that they too have a test button. GFCIs and RCDs are designed to protect against electrical shock of a person, while AFCIs (receptacle or breaker) are primarily designed to protect against electrical fires caused by arcing. Some outlets must be protected by both a GFCI and an AFCI, such as an outlet near a wet bar in a family room.
AFCI receptacles, specifically Outlet Branch Circuit (OBC) AFCI Receptacles, are an alternative solution to AFCI Breakers. These receptacles are designed to address the dangers associated with both types of potentially hazardous arcing – parallel and series. AFCI receptacles offer the benefit of localized TEST and RESET with these buttons located on the face of the device itself. This is very convenient and saves a trip to the breaker panel.
When installed as the first outlet on a branch circuit, AFCI receptacles provide series arc protection for the entire branch circuit. They also provide parallel arc protection for the branch circuit starting at the AFCI receptacle. Unlike AFCI breakers, AFCI receptacles may be used on any wiring system regardless of the panel.

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At South Hills Electric our philosophy is that is all about integrity, trust and our customers. With that in mind we would like to thank Angie's List for the 2014 Super Service Award and show off a couple of our latest reviews.
We were sure the outside wall GFI was not functioning and was affecting two other outlets, both in and outside. The technicians manipulated the test and reset functions and voila! all three outlets worked. We had tried the same several times but  without the same result! They estimated the cost of a solar-powered outdoor flood light replacement and a motion-detector activated garage light. Once we select the units, they will return to install them. The deal included a free service call, so the total today was at no charge.
All went well.  The original tech couldn't make it due to an accident, but  a young fellow did the work in a satisfactory manner.  He did not provide bulbs for the garage fixture, but I called and Dan, the original tech brought them the next day.
Purchased this service as part of an Angie's List deal. The service provider promptly contacted me about scheduling and worked to schedule a time that was convenient with my schedule. The inspection was thorough and informative and I was very pleased with the service. Will definitely work with this provider again!
They did a wonderful job, very accurate and informative.  My only caveat is that they did not have the actual sticker to put on the box so I have to get that myself or do without. PS I have written this review several times.
Did a good job, very nice, very satisfied.
Sean was very careful to avoid any major damage to our walls in order to make the repairs. Turned out to take half the time they had projected and therefore half the cost. They were polite and professional. A couple of weeks later we had Justin come over from Heating and Cooling to inspect and repair our furnace. Once again everything went smoothly and we were happy with the outcome. I would use South Hills Electric for any future problems we might have. Glad we found them.

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Thanks for a great year.

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The temperatures are dropping, is your furnace ready ?

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# South Hills Electric LLC.  Because we care

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HVAC Lead Technician (Pittsburgh)

South Hills Electric Heating and Cooling is currently seeking and experienced technician to lead the HVAC dept. Qualified persons will have a minimum of 3 yrs in field technical experience. Must have EPA certification and own hand tools. Company work van fully stocked. Company iPhone and uniforms as well as vacuum pump and recovery machine are supplied. Medical, dental and vision. Paid vacations and holidays.

Duties are outlined as but not limited to...
*running service calls/ non operational equipment
* proper diagnostics and repairs
* being well organized
* working well without supervision
* self driven and goal oriented
* pricing and sales of new equipment
* overseeing installations
* following up with clients on needed basis
* on call schedule (alternating weekends)
* able to lift 50 lbs
* assist with installation on large projects

This is an emediat opening and for the right individual... an unlimited earning potential!!!

Call office Mon-Fri 8am / 4pm or email application.

Start earning what your worth, not just what your hours add up to!

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