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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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Duct Tape: Good for Everything but Fixing Ducts!

July 17th, 2017

duct-tape-good-for-everything-but-ductsIf you have a construction worker in your life, you’ve probably heard one of the many popular sayings they have: “All you need to have is two tools: If it doesn’t move and it’s supposed to, WD-40. If it moves and it’s not supposed to, duct tape!” That’s right, duct tape can resolve just about any situation—at least temporarily—except ductwork breaches. Go figure!

But the fact of the matter is that one of the biggest “energy thieves” in your home could be from leaks in your air ducts, which is something not a lot of people think about. Proper duct sealing from ventilation experts can stop your HVAC systems from losing 20 to 30% of the air that moves through the ductwork. Think about what that translates to: this is air you’re paying to cool your home in the summer that is simply going to waste. With professional duct sealing services in Winnetka, IL, though, you’ll see significant savings on your cooling bills.

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How Can Your AC Save You Money?

July 3rd, 2017

ac-save-moneyDid you know that your HVAC use accounts for about half of all your household energy use? Therefore, it makes sense that you would want to do everything in your power to ensure that you’re using your air conditioner as efficiently as possible this summer. Problems can plague cooling systems if they are neglected, or even as they age, but that doesn’t mean that yours has to drain your wallet.

We’d like to share with you some ways in which to improve your air conditioner’s energy performance so that it can actually help you save money on your energy costs. And when you need reliable air conditioning services in Wilmette, IL, you know you can turn to us. But in the meantime, read on for some great energy and money saving tips.

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So You Want a New AC Installed—But What Will It Cost?

June 19th, 2017

new-ac-installed-costOne thing you can count on in the Chicago area is that temperatures stay cooler a lot longer than they do in other parts of the country. This makes putting off certain tasks—like purchasing a new air conditioner—much more likely. But, soon enough summer will be here in earnest, and we don’t advise rushing into an air conditioner installation in Evanston, IL.

Before you rush out to purchase a new cooling system, there are a few things to consider. After all, don’t you want to ensure that you are prepared as you can be with a functional and efficient air conditioning system? If you know yours is not likely to last through another heat wave, or you suspect that its age is catching up with it, then buying a new one is a good idea—but what will it cost you?

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Why You Should Go Ductless This Summer

June 5th, 2017

go-ductless-this-summerHave you ever tried to cool your home down with a noisy window AC unit? Even if you have a smaller home, you’ve likely found that not only does a window unit not do a very effective job, but it’s more cumbersome than its worth. If you don’t have room for ductwork though or rather not pay for its installation, you may think this is your only option.

However, there is a very reliable home cooling solution that is becoming increasingly popular amongst homeowners, particularly those who do not have space for the installation of a central air conditioner. We’re talking about a Highland Park, IL ductless system installation.

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