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Is Your Home Prepped for Spring?

March 13th, 2017

home-prepped-for-springWith rainy weather and chilly temperatures still ahead of us for a while, you probably aren’t thinking too much about your indoor air quality. However, soon enough spring will be here—and with spring comes allergens that threaten your health and the health of your family.

According to WebMD, your Lincolnwood, IL indoor air quality could actually be worse than the quality of the air outdoors. Throughout the year—but particularly in spring—you and your family are exposed to airborne allergens including dust, pollen, dander, mold spores, and even bacteria—all of which can negatively affect even the healthiest people in your household.

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Signs of a Boiler in Distress

February 27th, 2017

boiler-distress-signsA boiler can only be as efficient as it’s meant to be if it’s properly cared for. This means that it should be professionally installed, repaired, and maintained by experienced technicians for it to perform at its best.

It’s also important to remember that even with quality Winnetka, IL boiler services, there’s still the chance that something will eventually go wrong with your heating system, and eventually your boiler will wear down to the point that it needs to be replaced.

But do you know what signs to look for when it comes to determining if your boiler is, in fact, in distress?

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Should You Replace Your AC at the Same Time as Your Furnace?

February 13th, 2017

replace-heater-and-air-conditionerIt’s cold outside! Chances are, we didn’t need to tell you that. We certainly hope, though, that you have a fully functional heating system to depend on during these colder days. But what if your heater has failed you or a replacement has been recommended sooner than later?

You have many options to consider when looking into a new heater, and many homeowners wonder if they should take this time to look into an AC replacement as well, particularly if both systems are aging. While this decision may make a lot of practical sense, it’s not always so budget-friendly, unless you do it right.

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There’s Never a Bad Time for Radiant Heater Maintenance

January 30th, 2017

no-bad-time-for-radiant-heater-maintenanceWhile residents in other parts of the country would scratch their heads wondering what “snow to wintry mix” means in the weather forecast, we are all too aware of its implication: it’s cold and unpleasant outside! It also means that you are out of luck if you aren’t equipped with a fully functioning and effectively operating heater. If you are one of the many Evanston, IL homeowners with a radiant heating system, then you are fortunate; these systems require very little by way of maintenance and repairs.

This does not mean, however, that radiant heating systems are immune to problems. Your radiant system does require that you care for it, and this includes having maintenance done on the system. Radiant systems are a preferred choice for many over their traditional forced-air counterparts. Rather than taking up a large amount of space in your home and running the risk of air loss through ductwork, these systems include wires or pipes that are embedded into your home’s walls, ceilings, or floors, where the heat radiates outward. System care is vital to ensuring that this process continues on without a hitch.

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Do Your Air Ducts Need Repair?

January 16th, 2017

Homeowners often underestimate just how important the air ducts that snake their way through their home actually are. It’s when the old “out of sight, out of mind” mentality kicks in and we just don’t think very much about how our ductwork may be affecting our indoor air quality as well as the performance of our HVAC systems.

But what’s important to realize is that it’s surprisingly easy for ductwork to accrue damage from corrosion, age, poor initial installation, or even rodents in the attic or crawlspace. Damaged ductwork can result in a decline in indoor comfort as well as an increase in the contamination of the indoor air. Whether your ductwork has gaps, leaks, or even just bad connections, the only way to restore them to good working condition is by investing in professional duct repair services.

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Why Your Home Has Cold Spots, and Other Common Furnace Problems

January 9th, 2017

If you’ve found that your heating system is failing to work as it should, it can be very disconcerting, especially considering the time of the year that it is. Fortunately, you needn’t do much else than give our service professionals a call, so we can restore your heater to the effectiveness and efficiency it should be providing you while heating your home. In the meantime, we’ve shared below some of the most common reasons your furnace may be experiencing troubling symptoms.

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Signs Your Heater Is in Trouble

January 2nd, 2017

There’s no denying that winter is officially here, and our temperatures have already dropped to the point that we definitely need fully functioning heaters to get us through the coming months.

So when something goes wrong with your heating system, it can put you into a panic. Preventing large problems starts with scheduling routine heating system tune-ups once a year (or twice if you use a heat pump). However, even a well-cared for system can run into repair needs every now and then. How do you know, though, when it’s time to call for professional assistance?

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Efficient Heating: Is Zoning Right for Your Home?

December 26th, 2016

If you’ve found this blog post while looking for a way to efficiently heat your home, then you’ve come to the right spot! When you use your heater as much as we do here in Chicagoland, it’s only natural that you want to find a way to do so while still saving money. The good news is you don’t have to pay an arm and leg to heat your home each year. One significant way you can save is by investing in a zone control system.

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Have You Tuned Up Your Furnace Yet?

December 19th, 2016

Furnace maintenance just isn’t something that the average homeowner thinks about too often, or even considers to be important. This “wait until repair needs crop up” attitude can often result in a prematurely broken down heating system in the dead of winter—or worse, devastating property damage.

We don’t mean to sound dramatic, however a furnace tune-up is not simply a luxury—it is a necessity to ensure that you can safely operate your heating system when you need it the most. Keep reading to learn why you should schedule your furnace tune-up today, if you haven’t already.

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This Winter, Don’t Ignore the Risks of Carbon Monoxide

December 12th, 2016

Chillier temperatures have already begun to make an appearance. With that, you’re likely ready to turn on your furnace, if you haven’t already, in order to keep your home toasty and warm. The natural gas-powered furnace is the most popular type of residential heating system in the country, and for good reason.

Natural gas is less expensive of a fuel source than electricity, plus it is convenient and burns cleanly so you don’t have to worry about emissions. They can also provide you with powerful levels of heat. There is, however, a downside to using natural gas to heat your home—and that is the threat of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.

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