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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Is It Better to Use a Space Heater or Furnace?

March 17, 2022

Over the winter, there’s constantly a struggle between staying comfortable and lowering your heating bills. Some people think that it’s better to keep your furnace lower and use a space heater where you want more heat. However, is that always a good option, or is it better to adjust your furnace? Consider the differences and how to determine if a space heater or increasing your furnace’s temperature is a better option for your home. Understanding the Difference Between Furnaces and Space Heaters The furnace manages the heat throughout your entire home. It does this by burning

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Can You Make Your Furnace Last Longer?

February 15, 2022

As a homeowner, you likely know that a new furnace can be a large investment. While the average furnace is estimated to last about 15 to 20 years, that doesn’t mean that yours can’t last even longer. In fact, with the right care practices, your furnace can last even longer than the manufacturer’s anticipated life expectancy. Get Yearly Maintenance One of the most significant contributors to a furnace’s lifespan is how often it’s serviced. To ensure that all the components of your furnace stay in good working order, you’ll want to get your furnace serviced by

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5 Ways to Reset Your Furnace or Heat Pump

January 12, 2022

Cold air has infiltrated Arlington Heights, IL, which means that it’s time to rely on your home’s heating system for relief. If your furnace or heat pump won’t respond, resetting it often does the trick. Although each make and model of heat pump or furnace will have a slightly different process for resetting, here’s how to get started and restore comfort to your home. 1. Start With the Thermostat In many cases, your heat pump or furnace isn’t receiving messages from the thermostat. A programmable or smart thermostat may need to be reset. You can do

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A Look at a Heat Exchanger and How It Works

December 20, 2021

The heat exchanger on your heating and cooling system is one of the most important components. When your heat exchanger fails, it can create a potentially dangerous situation, and you might not even know that it has happened. Let’s see why it’s important to have regular seasonal maintenance on your furnace. What Is a Heat Exchanger? Heat exchangers all perform the same function. They allow heat to pass from one liquid to another or from a liquid to a gas. In the case of a cooling system, the heat exchanger passes heat from the system

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Preparing Your HVAC Unit for Winter Storms

November 17, 2021

The Chicagoland area is known for some horrific winter storms, including blistering cold temperatures. Once these arrive, your heating system will either keep you comfortable and safe or utterly fail. Here are the best tips for preparing your HVAC system to handle the intense winter storms. Deal With Airflow Restrictions Your system depends on circulating air, both through your home and through the system itself. Anything inhibiting airflow will add strain to your system, which translates into higher utility bills and early component failure. Find and deal with any possible airflow restrictions to ensure your system

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Signs You Should Replace Your Ductwork

October 20, 2021

Since your ductwork hides behind your walls, attic, and under floors, it’s easy to forget about them. Like your HVAC system, your ductwork also plays a significant role in your home’s comfort. It’s responsible for directing cool or warm air from room to room throughout your home. When your ducts get damaged, you could experience high energy bills and an uncomfortable living situation. Your ductwork needs repair, maintenance, and replacement when it receives damage. There are several signs to indicate you need to replace your ductwork. Noisy HVAC Most HVAC systems make some noise when switched

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When to Replace Your Furnace

September 20, 2021

As the weather begins to cool, you may be wondering if your furnace will last throughout the winter. Unfortunately, as more time passes, the easier it becomes to forget that your furnace is getting older and eventually will expire. You can also forget that regular maintenance is essential for owning a furnace. Eventually, those problems can catch up to you and leave you with an unreliable heating source. That’s why it’s essential to know the signs that will tell you that it’s time to trade your old furnace for a new one. The noticeability of these warning

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Myths About Summer Cooling

August 3, 2021

Misinformation about the best way to operate your air conditioner can be an unseen money drain on your budget. Spend time learning more about proper AC use and energy-efficient settings, and you’ll often see an improvement in comfort. Using bad advice about running your air conditioning can increase utility bills, overwork your equipment, and cause system failures. Because many of these myths are false, we’d like to help you understand why and what to do instead. Adjusting temperature settings properly and investigating the cost of operation can go a long way to achieving energy efficiency. Take a

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