Category : fall

6 Tips to Get Your Heater Ready for Winter

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As you know, the winter season can get pretty brutal in PA, NJ, and DE. From below-zero temperatures to feet of snow, it’s important to have a heater that works properly all season long. Here, our heating maintenance company shares some tips for preparing your heater so it can keep you warm when you need it most:

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Don’t Let Allergens Ruin Your Fall Fun

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When you think of allergies, you probably think of spring allergies like flower pollen, but allergens can be heavily present in the fall as well and cause itchy eyes, sneezing, sinus headaches, and more. Our air duct cleaning company reminds you that the cooler temperatures of fall can bring several allergy triggers, including:

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5 Fall HVAC Tips for Every Homeowner

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Fall is in full swing and the nights have been getting pretty chillly, which means you may have already turned on your heat. Before it gets even colder, though, take a moment to do some quick HVAC maintenance. A well-maintained HVAC system will last longer and will perform better, keeping you warmer.

Install New Filters

HVAC filters should be changed on a regular basis (at Oliver, we recommend every one to three months), so before you get into the full swing of heat season, start your unit with fresh filters and get rid of all the pollen, dust, and dirt that may have collected over the summer.

Evaluate the Weatherstripping

You should evaluate the weatherstripping on your doors and windows. If it’s bad, it can make them drafty and cause an influx of cold air from outside. The cold air will make your HVAC unit work harder than it has to and in turn, you’ll pay more for your energy bill.

Open Your Closed Vents

If you’ve ever heard that you should close air duct vents in rooms you’re not using, don’t heed that advice. When a vent is closed, heat can’t travel correctly through your home, which makes your system to work harder than it has to. Open your closed vents and let your HVAC system do its job to achieve maximum efficiency.

Mind the Landscaping

While you should really mind the landscaping near your HVAC unit all year long, it’s especially important to do so during the fall. If there’s an early snowfall and leaves are still on the trees, the snow can weigh them down and cause the branches to snap. If this happens and your HVAC unit is nearby, it may  undergo some damage. Also, check your unit regularly for dead leaves that may have blown off of a tree and gotten lodged in it.

Do a Thermostat Test

Before you put your heat on full blast, do a test to make sure it’s working well. Use a separate reading to make sure your home is at the temperature your thermostat says it is. If it’s not, call one of our HVAC service experts; we’ll evaluate the unit and figure out what’s causing the problem.


Fall Festivals in the Greater Philadelphia Area

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Fall is a great time to enjoy cooler temperatures, beautiful foliage, and of course – fall festivals complete with apple cider, pumpkins, and hayrides. Check out what’s going on this fall in the Greater Philadelphia area:

Delaware County

Linvilla Orchards

Linvilla Orchards in Media celebrates fall with their annual Pumpkinland “show.” You can also hop on a hayride, check out the Jack-O-Lantern exhibit, and enjoy apple cider doughnuts and other homemade goodies throughout the month of October.

For more information: http://www.linvilla.com/

The Witches of Narberth Scavenger Hunt

Head out in your Halloween costume on October 25th for a unique trick-or-treat experience. Some Narberth shops will house witches, but you’ll need to find them in order to claim your sweet prize.

For more information: http://www.narberthonline.com/browse/nbaSpecial.aspx?eid=3

Chester County

Fall Foliage Express

This year, the West Chester Railroad has turned its train into the Fall Foliage Express, where you can ride the train to Glen Mills and back and enjoy all of the fall scenery through November 23rd. You can also wear your Halloween costume on the Great Pumpkin Express and head to the Wiggin’s Farm.

For more information: http://www.westchesterrr.net/

The Great Pumpkin Carve

Join other Chadds Ford pumpkin enthusiasts from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. October 23rd – 25th to check out over 60 giant (between 150 and 400 pounds) pumpkin carvings, live music, hayrides, food, and a Haunted Trail.

For more information: http://www.chaddsfordhistory.org/events/great-pumpkin-carve/

Arasapha Farm’s Harvest Hayride

Hop on a hayride through this Glen Mills farm on Saturdays and Sundays through November 2nd. Kids can enjoy a moon bounce, pumpkin jump, mini train ride, corn cannon, and more. Also, pick your own pumpkin and check out the 5-acre corn maze.

For more information: http://harvesthayride.com/

Philadelphia County

Spooky Mini Golf

Philly Mini Golf in Franklin Square has been transformed into a spooky adventure with fog, music, lights, and other surprises to turn your mini golf into a night of Halloween-themed fun. Open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through October 31st.

For more information: http://historicphiladelphia.org/franklin-square/what-to-see/

Boo at the Zoo

Bring the kids for Halloween fun at the Philadelphia Zoo’s “Boo at the Zoo,” where you can enjoy music, treats, Halloween games, a scarecrow scavenger hunt, and all of the unique animals at the zoo.

For more information: http://www.philadelphiazoo.org/

Historic Stenton’s Halloween Harvest Festival

On October 25th, the historic Stenton House hosts games, crafts, pumpkin painting, a spooky cellar tour, refreshments, and more at their Halloween Harvest Festival.

For more information: http://www.freedomsbackyard.com/programs-events/halloween-harvest-festival/

Montgomery County

Merrymead Farms Harvest Days

Head out to Merrymead Farms every Saturday and Sunday in Lansdale for hayrides, a 5-acre corn maze, a 700-foot corn tunnel, farm animals, pumpkin painting, wagon rides, and more.

For more information: http://www.merrymead.com/harvestWeekends.php

Harleysville Hayrides

Whether it’s a family hayride or a haunted hayride you seek, Harleysville Hayride in Schwenksville give you the best of both. Ride through 100 acres of farmland, sip some homemade apple cider, and enjoy painting pumpkins.  Tickets go toward New Life Youth & Family Services.

For more information: http://www.harleysvillehayride.com/

Of course, you can’t forget the many Halloween parades:

Halloween Parades

West Chester – October 22nd at 7 p.m.

Phoenixville – October 25th at 1 p.m.

Media – October 25th at 2 p.m.

Downingtown – October 25th at 3 p.m.

Thornbury – October 26th at 1 p.m.

Berwyn – October 30th at 6:45 p.m.

Narberth – October 30th at 6 p.m.

Oxford – October 30th at 7 p.m.

Linvilla Orchards Costume Parade – October 26th at 12 p.m.