5 Tips to Help You Reduce Monthly Heating and Cooling Bills

January 20, 2023

As a homeowner, you rely on your HVAC system to provide heating and cooling inside your home year-round. While you need your HVAC system to stay comfortable, you also want to ensure that you take steps to keep your energy bills in check. Fortunately, there are several things that you can do to balance comfort and energy efficiency. You can also follow a few tips to get the most out of your HVAC system. 1. Service Your HVAC System Often Can you recall the last time you had your HVAC system checked? If not, lack

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Understanding the Differences Between Furnaces and Boilers

December 19, 2022

Both boilers and furnaces can be excellent options for heating your home during the winter. However, these units work in two completely different ways and provide different types of heating. Keep reading to learn about the differences between furnaces and boilers and how each type of unit works. Forced Air vs. Radiant Heating Furnaces work with a forced-air heating system, which heats the air inside the building. Boilers, on the other hand, are used to provide radiant heating. The boiler supplies hot water or sometimes steam to either radiators or under-floor heating. The

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What Are the Key Differences Between MERV and HEPA Filters?

November 20, 2022

When it comes to protecting your HVAC system and improving your indoor air quality, filters play a very important role. HVAC air filters prevent airborne contaminants from building up inside your heating and air system and spreading throughout your home. If you have recently shopped for filters, you know that there many options available on the market. Two of the most popular types of HVAC filters are MERV and HEPA filters. But what is the difference between these two types? MERV Filters MERV is an acronym for “minimum efficiency reporting value.” It’s a scale that’s

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How to Know if Your Furnace Has a Gas Leak

October 20, 2022

Gas furnaces are an effective way to heat your home, but they come with some risks. Both gas leaks and carbon monoxide poisoning can potentially occur if your furnace is old or damaged. It is essential to have your heating system professionally inspected and maintained regularly. In the meantime, look for the following signs to help you determine if your furnace has a gas leak. Rotten Egg Smell Natural gas is odorless and colorless, so on its own, it is impossible to detect. To overcome this issue, gas companies add a chemical known as mercaptan to

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R22 Vs. R410A: The Evolution of HVAC Refrigerant

September 20, 2022

All modern HVAC systems rely on refrigerant to transport heat out of a building and exhaust it outside. For decades, R22 was the refrigerant of choice for most HVAC systems around the world. The trouble was that R22 wasn’t very good for the environment. It contributed to the greenhouse effect that’s now altering Earth’s climate. Therefore, governments acted to ban R22 and replace it with a less-dangerous refrigerant. R410A is emerging as its replacement. Here’s everything you need to know about the two. All About R22 Although you may not recognize the name R22, you might

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Can You Safely Power Wash an AC Unit?

August 17, 2022

It’s the middle of summer and the weather is hot and sticky. You’re looking for ways to cool down, but your air conditioner is on the fritz. Is there some debris or dirt in there that needs to be cleaned out? You might be tempted to take a pressure washer to it to clean it off and get it running again. But is power washing your AC unit safe? At IBBOTSON Heating & Air Conditioning Co., we understand that it can be frustrating to know that your AC unit is not working the way it is intended to when you need

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5 Ways You Can Make Your Air Conditioner More Efficient

July 15, 2022

When the summer comes around, and the temperature outside starts to rise, the natural inclination is usually to crank up the air conditioning. This is an understandable response, but if you aren’t careful, it can end up costing you quite a bit of extra money. If you lean on the AC to keep your Arlington Heights, IL home comfortable for multiple hours every day, that’s going to add up to a lot of energy usage. And when the monthly electricity bills arrive, it’s probably going to be a tough pill to swallow. However, if you’re proactive about making your air

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Your HVAC System Is Built to Last but Not for a Lifetime

June 20, 2022

It can be said that your HVAC system is one of the most important features in your home. Without it, you wouldn’t be able to stay warm during the freezing winters or cool off when the summer heat rolls through. With that being said, this essential system won’t last forever. Just like any other piece of machinery, its lifespan does run out. What Is the Average Lifespan of an HVAC System? On average, HVAC systems tend to last anywhere from 10 to 20 years. The broad lifespan estimate is due to the fact that there

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Tips for Properly Cleaning Your Window AC Unit

May 20, 2022

Before you put your window AC units in for this upcoming summer season, it’s vital that you give them a good cleaning. This will help to remove any stuck-on debris and ensure that your air conditioning is working to enhance your indoor air quality. If this is your first time cleaning your AC unit, then you’ll want to follow the instructions below carefully. Remove the Air Filter The first step in cleaning your window unit is to make sure that it’s unplugged. You should never clean your AC unit or even its filter without unplugging the

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Does Sleeping With the Window Open During Summertime Save Money?

April 14, 2022

Keeping your home cooled throughout the summer can add up to a lot of money. Obviously, the more frequently your air conditioner runs, the more money you’ll spend. As a result, many people attempt to cut back on their energy use by turning off their air conditioning at night and opening their windows to help keep the home cool. Still, the question is whether or not this is actually an effective option for saving money on your cooling costs. Unfortunately, there really isn’t a straightforward answer as it depends largely on the local climate. With this in mind, let’s look

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