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Common Winter Threats to Your Indoor Air Quality

December 4th, 2017

women looking comfortable in homeWhen it comes to where we live, the biggest concern around wintertime is how cold it’s going to get. It’s understandable that this is your concern as well. After all, a lack of heat can not only be uncomfortable but even unhealthy. However, a good furnace or boiler is only part of the equation when it comes to your Chicago, IL indoor air quality.

Dry air can present a number of threats in the cold months, and a heating system does little to nothing to resolve this. A whole-house humidifier may be a great addition to your HVAC system and eliminate the problems that dry air brings before it has a chance to make your winter miserable. You may have already begun using your heater for the season, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to have a humidifier professionally installed!

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Which Furnace Is Better: Gas or Electric?

November 20th, 2017

technician servicing the inside of a furnaceWe doubt you needed a reminder, but winter is well on its way! Because our winter weather can range from pretty mild to bitterly cold, it’s best to be prepared for anything. This means making sure you’re caught up on heating system maintenance, amongst other home preparation tasks. And if you’re considering a new heater, we recommend a Glenview, IL furnace installation.

Since temperatures are already dipping pretty low, we understand that you may feel rushed to get whatever furnace you can find in your budget. But there are a number of factors to consider before you have a furnace put in, and we want to help you do your due diligence in deciding on a furnace. One factor in particular that you should take notice of is whether you want a gas furnace or an electric system.

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Benefits of Choosing a Boiler to Heat Your Home

November 6th, 2017

Pipes of a heating systemWhether you’re having a new home built or need to replace a dying heater, making a decision about what type of heating system to equip your living space with can be overwhelming. The most common way to heat a Chicagoland home is with a furnace, which requires a network of air ducts to carry heated air into the various rooms. Heat pumps are another popular form of forced-air heaters that rely on a ventilation system, and they can also be installed as a ductless system.

A Chicago, IL boiler installation can benefit you in many ways. Boilers operate differently from forced-air heating. They use a process called radiant heating, which is heating up objects in rooms so they send out heat waves throughout the space. Boiler systems may utilize radiators, baseboard heaters, or in-floor piping to spread warmth throughout a space.

Selecting a new boiler system for your winter comfort can be a hard choice, but there are a number of reasons why it’s a good choice.

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Tips to Boost Your Furnace’s Efficiency

October 23rd, 2017

furnace venting outdoorsWinter will be here soon enough, and chances are that it will hit hard once it’s here. But that’s just part of living in the Chicagoland area, right? This may be the case, and we might be “used” to cold temperatures and snowfall, but it doesn’t hurt to have a great heating system on your side. Having a great heating system is about more than reliability and effectiveness, though: you want a heater that’s going to work as efficiently as possible. Our winter season is too long and too cold to be overpaying for your comfort.

Sure, you could contact us for Glenview, IL furnace service, such as heater replacement, but this might not be necessary—especially if your furnace is less than a decade old. The truth is, there are other things you can do besides servicing or replacing the furnace itself that could help boost your home’s heating efficiency.

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Common Furnace Problems if You Skip Maintenance

October 9th, 2017

technician working on the inside of a furnaceFall is officially here, and cooler temperatures are soon to follow. Now is the perfect time to schedule your furnace maintenance in Chicago, IL. This is one of the most important services you can schedule for your heating system, for many reasons.

Regular maintenance is an essential part of ensuring your comfort as well as the integrity of your furnace. There are a number of benefits to not only scheduling annual tune-ups for this important piece of equipment, but also enrolling in a maintenance program so that your HVAC technicians can keep up on scheduling your appointments for you year after year. Keep reading to learn what can happen to your furnace if you skip maintenance.

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Is Your Heater Ready for Cooler Weather?

September 25th, 2017

gloved hands working on heating system cabinetWeather is cooling off quickly here in the Chicagoland area. We may still get a warm day here or there, but for the most part, it’s time to take our attention off our air conditioners and turn it to our heaters. Now is the ideal time to schedule heater maintenance in Park Ridge, IL. Sure, there are a few small maintenance tasks you can do on your own (such as regularly changing the air filter), but full maintenance that makes a difference to your heating system must be left to professionals.

Only a trained and experienced technician can handle the various tasks required, like inspecting motors and electrical connections, plus thoroughly cleaning coils and moving parts. You can rely on our staff to provide your heating system with top quality maintenance!

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How to Choose the Right HVAC Company

September 11th, 2017

male service professional in blue jumpsuitWhen it comes to scheduling any sort of service work for your residence or your business, it makes sense that you want to know that the person coming to do the job is highly experienced and trained in the work you need done. When it comes to installation, or any service on an HVAC system, there is no exception to this fact.

But just because an HVAC contractor is popular, or a company is affordable, doesn’t make that the right contractor for your particular job. It’s important to do your homework and to ensure that the HVAC company you choose is a right fit for you and your needs. We’ve provided a brief guide below to help you do just that.

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Don’t Neglect These Late Season AC Repair Needs

August 28th, 2017

technician with tools checking on the outside unit of an air conditionerSummer is going to come to a close in the next few weeks, and with that comes lowered temperatures. With your air conditioning system getting a lot of use over the past few months, it’s likely that it’s accrued wear and tear. Even if you had pre-season maintenance done on your cooling system, it’s still likely that this late in the season you may need air conditioning repair in Morton Grove, IL.

We completely understand how tempting it is to ignore late season AC repair needs. After all, it’s going to be fall soon enough and you won’t even need your cooling system, right? But, to ensure that your air conditioner lasts through the rest of the warm weather and is up to do its job next year, it’s essential that you take care of any problems that exist—right away.

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Time to Start Thinking about Your Heater!

August 14th, 2017

image of a heater within a utility room, venting outdoorsThe official start of fall may still be over a month away, but the time to begin thinking about our heating systems is now. Yes, even though temperatures are hovering in the high 70’s to low 80’s! As any longtime Illinois resident is aware, when the cooler temperatures do come, they come fast and hard. Don’t you want to make sure your heater is well prepared?

Then the time to schedule your next heating maintenance appointment in Highland Park, IL is now! If you have a heat pump or ductless system and had maintenance done last spring, that’s great—but given how much you likely used your system this summer, heating maintenance is still an important part of your fall home care checklist. During your maintenance appointment, our technicians do a full system cleaning and inspection, in order to prevent the following from happening:

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How Are Your Ducts Doing?

July 31st, 2017

how-ducts-doingThis is probably not something you give a whole lot of consideration to, but your ductwork is actually a very vital part of your HVAC system. After all, your air ducts are the only way that the conditioned air from your central air conditioner—or forced air heater—will ever reach your living space.

The best way to ensure that your air conditioner is prepared for all the work it will go through during the summer is by scheduling maintenance. Preventive maintenance allows our professional technicians to do a thorough inspection, cleaning, and adjustment of any components that need it. But if your ducts are in bad shape, we can’t ensure that your AC will perform as efficiently as it should for the rest of the summer season.

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