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The Horizon Comfort Zone is the ultimate destination for plumbing, heating, air conditioning, drain cleaning and sewer and water line information. Discover a wealth of plumbing, HVAC and home comfort tips, articles and news that you can use…plus lots of great ideas for making your home more energy efficient and saving money.

Is Your HVAC System Prepared For Severe Weather?

For homeowners living in the Northeast corridor, HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) preparedness should be part of a comprehensive plan to develop readiness before severe weather strikes, as well as recovery procedures after the storm has passed. During the spring and summer months, the Horizon Services’ footprint is uniquely positioned to be affected by a variety of severe weather events, including damaging thunderstorms producing hail and potentially spinning off tornadoes. Ocean-spawned tropical storms and hurricanes may make landfall as they come up the eastern coastline causing significant damage including flooding to many low-lying areas.

With that, air conditioning and heating systems are susceptible to storm damage in several ways. HVAC preparedness takes into account physical damage from water, wind, and impact, as well as harm from electrical sources. And, since central air conditioning systems


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Discover The Very Best Way to Protect Your Pets From Ticks

Did you know that the Delaware Valley is one of the epicenters for Lyme disease, the debilitating condition carried by very tiny deer ticks and transmitted to people and animals via a bite? No matter how you slice the numbers, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey are among the most affected states in the country. In fact southeastern Pennsylvania is the hardest-hit, with Chester County reporting an especially high number of cases.

Reduce Tick Encounters

Pets are important to your family and protecting them from tick-bites and tick-borne illnesses, like Lyme disease, should be part of your tick bite prevention program. Over 74% of pets living in wooded regions in our area are exposed to infected ticks and are at risk for developing Lyme disease. Not only do you want to keep your pets healthy, but dogs and cats that roam in tick areas can be a risk to your family by bringing ticks to you when you


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Horizon How-To: Naturally Popped Pest Control

Horizon How-To:
Naturally Popped Pest Control

Have a summer ant infestation? Measure out a cup of popcorn kernels, put them in a blender on high-speed for about 30 seconds, and you’ll up with a batch of fresh natural ant repellent. Spread the homemade cornmeal around ant trails and entry way points in your home – in a few days your ant problem will be gone!

Maintenance Tips That Will Save Energy and Money

After the long winter season, the late spring and into summer timeframe is a great time to perform necessary repairs to your home. It is also the best time to have a professional HVAC (heating, ventilating and air conditioning) contractor perform an annual pre-summer inspection of your system. The maintenance performed will ensure that your cooling system will be working properly when the hot, humid summer weather arrives.

A typical contractor maintenance check-up should include the following seven steps:

1. Check Controls and Thermostats

Check furnace system controls and thermostat. This will insure that the starting cycle is working properly so the unit keeps you comfortable when you are home and saves energy, ultimately money, when you are away.

2. Lubricate all HVAC Moving Parts

Tighten the electrical connections and lubricate all the HVAC parts that require it. Faulty


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Get Your System Tuned-Up Today!

One of the worst things you can do is turn on your air conditioner after it’s been sitting there all winter, gathering dust, without giving it a thorough professional tune-up first. Any machine that’s been sitting idle needs to be tuned up – including your home’s air conditioner. In this article, our HVAC experts share 5 reasons why an annual system tune-up can positively impact the performance and life expectancy of your home’s air conditioner and ultimately save you money on your utility bills.

1. What Are The Benefits Of A Maintenance Plan?

The benefits of a yearly maintenance plan include:

  • Lowers Energy Costs
  • Extends The Life Of Your System
  • System Will Run 25% More Efficiently
  • Restores Your System To Factory Condition
  • Priority Service For Plumbing, Heating And Air Conditioning Calls (routine or emergency)
  • A 15% discount On All Repairs

2.


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