Harrisburg is the capital city of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Harrisburg has a variable, four-season climate lying in the transition between the humid subtropical or oceanic climate zones. A hot, muggy, and variable climate means extended use of Harrisburg home systems and appliances like the central A/C unit, central heating, and electrical system. Long-term use of appliances and systems in homes can be a risk for normal wear and tear causing unexpected mechanical breakdowns. For this reason, it is recommended that all homeowners sign up for home service agreements in Harrisburg.

Summer is usually hot and humid and occasional heat waves can occur. The hottest month of the year in Harrisburg is July with a daily average of 86°F. The city averages around 21 days per year with highs over 90°F. Summer thunderstorms also occur relatively frequently. Winter in Harrisburg is quite cold where the average temperature in January is 30°F. An area that has a transition between the humid subtropical or oceanic climate zones means extra wear and tear on home appliances and systems. If your central heating system, central A/C unit, or electrical system experiences a mechanical failure due to normal wear and tear, having protection from an expensive repair or replacement is essential because a delay can make living conditions in the home very uncomfortable for everyone, and even unsafe.

One of the best ways to protect home appliances and systems is to have a Home Service Agreement, available to Harrisburg residents, from a trusted home service agreement provider such as American Residential Warranty. A home service agreement provides protection against unexpected repair costs for your covered appliances and systems, which would NOT normally be covered under homeowner’s insurance. Homeowner’s insurance usually just protects you against losses due to natural disasters, theft or vandalism but would NOT normally cover costs to repair appliances or systems when they breakdown due to normal wear and tear.

Customers in Harrisburg with an American Residential Warranty Home Services Agreement, receive excellent customer service, available 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week. We also provide immediate service for emergency issues and we will respond to a request for service within 24-48 hours. American Residential Warranty customers can select their own service providers or use a technician from ARW’s larger network of licensed, pre-screened and pre-qualified service professionals. By having such an appliance service agreement, it will ensure that when a problem arises due to normal wear and tear on a covered system or appliance, it can be properly and quickly resolved without causing financial distress.

Home & Lifestyle in Harrisburg

Harrisburg is located on the east bank of the Susquehanna River, 107 miles west of Philadelphia. In 2016, Harrisburg had an estimated population of about 48,000.

Home to more than 45,000 businesses, Harrisburg’s economy is diversified with a large sector of service-related industries, particularly health-care and a growing technological and biotechnology industry. National firms either headquartered in the region or with major operations include: Ahold USA, Arcelor Mittal Steel, HP, IBM, Hershey Foods, Harsco Corporation, Rite Aid Corporation, Tyco Electronics, and Volvo Heavy Machinery. The largest employers are the federal and state governments. The region’s extensive transportation infrastructure enabled it to become an important center for trade, warehousing, and distribution. Other top employers in the region include: Giant Food Stores, Hershey Entertainment and Resorts, Wal-Mart Stores Inc, Highmark, TE Connectivity, and Pinnacle Health System.

There is much to see and do in Harrisburg. The National Civil War Museum illustrates both sides of the conflict via interactive exhibits and re-enactments. Adjacent to the Capitol building, the State Museum of Pennsylvania celebrates the area’s natural, cultural and industrial heritage. East of the city, Hershey Park is a chocolate-themed park offering rides and entertainment. Downtown Harrisburg has two major performance centers, The Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts and The Forum. Harrisburg is also the home of the annual Pennsylvania Farm Show, the largest agricultural exhibition of its kind in the nation. Notable sites of interest include: Whitaker Center for Science, Arts and the National Civil War Museum, Broad Street Market, Capital Area Greenbelt, Dauphin County Veteran's Memorial Obelisk, Fort Hunter Mansion and Park, Pennsylvania National Fire Museum, and Market Square.

Domestic and International airlines provide services via Harrisburg International Airport (MDT), which is located southeast of the city in Middletown. Capital City Airport (CXY), a business class and general aviation airport, is located in the suburb of New Cumberland, south of Harrisburg.

Local utility companies serve Harrisburg’s energy needs. In 2016, Pennsylvania ranked second in the nation in electricity generation from nuclear power, which supplied 39% of the state's net electricity generation, more than from any other source. As of 2015, 51% of Pennsylvania households used natural gas as their primary home heating fuel, 22% used electricity, and 18% used fuel oil. Other heating fuels used in the state included propane, wood, and coal. Pennsylvania's Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard requires 18% of electricity sold by 2021 to come from approved renewable or alternative sources, including at least 0.5% solar photovoltaic power. In 2016, renewable energy accounted for 4% of Pennsylvania's net electricity generation.

You could be losing thousands on home repairs without a home warranty plan. Customize your plan with ARW today.