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Is Your Home Well Prepared for Spring?

March 12th, 2018

Family of four, including mother, father, and son and daughter sits in front of their beautiful home. They are proud and smiling to be in such a great place.With temperatures still on the chilly side, we’re likely to still see some snow well into spring, but if you’ve lived in the Glenview area for even just a year, you know that heat waves can surprise us, and therefore it’s essential that you be ready for one. There are a number of maintenance tasks to do around your home to get it ready for spring, some of which will help your HVAC systems work more effectively and efficiently.

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Don’t Let a Cracked Heat Exchanger Become a Hazard

February 26th, 2018

Three natural gas burners with bright blue flames inside an operating gas furnace.If we had to take a guess at the type of heater you have to warm your home during our typically long and chilly winters, we’d probably be safe in assuming you use a natural gas furnace. After all, these are the most popular heaters throughout the country, and their popularity is highest in states with climates like ours. Natural gas is a cost-effective fuel source—much more so than electricity. Because most homes also have ductwork running through them, furnaces are also more popular than boilers in general.

Furnaces today are built to the highest safety standards, and will operate even safer if you keep up on yearly maintenance appointments. But even the best and most well-cared for gas furnace has the potential for gas leaks and combustion hazards that require prompt Glenview, IL furnace repair. With a gas furnace, the biggest repair concern a cracked heat exchanger. Ignoring a damaged heat exchanger can lead to a huge safety hazard.

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Considering a New Heater? Go the Radiant Route

February 12th, 2018

radiant heater pipesMost homes in our area, and even throughout the country, use some form of forced-air system such as a furnace to keep warm during the cooler months. This is what most homeowners are familiar with, and it’s a very good option for some homes, which is why so many people use furnaces and heat pumps. However, it’s not the only option for your home heating solutions!

Radiant heating has become increasingly popular in recent years, though it’s actually been around for quite a while! In fact, the ancient Romans even used a form of radiant heat. It is a great option for those looking for a different, perhaps more efficient, way to heat their home. Keep reading to learn more about this Park Ridge, IL HVAC system, how it operates, and how it can benefit your household.

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Do You Need Commercial HVAC Repairs?

January 29th, 2018

air conditioning installation on rooftopThere are few things more disconcerting than a broken-down heater in the dead of an Illinois winter. This is especially the case if we’re talking about your business or commercial property, as opposed to your home. While at home you have a few family members to worry about, in a commercial property you  have dozens or potentially even hundreds of occupants whose comfort is your responsibility.

The good news is that when you do need commercial Park Ridge, IL HVAC service , we are the team to call. In fact, you should be sure to schedule annual maintenance with us for your heater, and for your air conditioner, as this is the best way to keep repairs at bay. But when you do need those commercial HVAC repairs, we’re the team to trust. We can diagnose whatever problem you have and resolve them accordingly.

But how do you know when to call for Commercial HVAC repairs?

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Midwinter Furnace Troubles to Watch Out For

January 15th, 2018

man wearing turtleneck looking very cold standing in front of a thermostatThere aren’t many appliance repair needs that are more concerning than a broken down furnace right in the middle of winter. When you live in our climate, it’s vital that you have a fully operational and efficient heater in your home. To accomplish this, you want to make sure you schedule annual maintenance as needed. Or, if you’re using a heat pump, this should be twice a year.

Next, you’ll want to make sure that you fixed any small Park Ridge, IL furnace repair needs you were made aware of during maintenance. If you skipped this step, however, then you may run into one of the two repair issues we tend to get the most calls for this time of year—either a furnace that won’t start up, or one that won’t stop running. Read on to learn about what’s happening in either scenario.

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6 Signs Your Boiler is Struggling

January 1st, 2018

white question mark on blue backgroundThe only way that your boiler system has any hope of working as it is supposed to is if you care for it properly. This means many things: that it should be professionally installed, that you should schedule routine maintenance for the system, and that you should only trust professionals for adequate Evanston, IL boiler repair.

Of course, it’s also important to remember that even with this level of care, there’s still a chance that something will go wrong with your boiler system in the future, and eventually it will wear down to the point that it may need major repairs, or even replacement. However, do you know what indicators to look for when it comes to a boiler that’s struggling to do its job effectively and efficiently anymore? Check out these 6 signs, below.

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Tips for Choosing a Quality HVAC Company

December 18th, 2017

smiling HVAC technicianWhen it comes to ensuring your home is well cared for, you want to make sure that the people you trust for your home comfort services are reputable, have integrity, and will get the job done right the first time. When it comes to HVAC installation, or any service at all on your heater or air conditioning system, there is no exception.

But just because an HVAC contractor is popular or affordable does not mean they are the right professional for you and your particular job. It’s essential that you do your homework and choose a contractor that is the right fit for you and your needs. We’ve provided some guidelines below to help you choose a quality Chicago, IL HVAC company.

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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

women sitting on couch looking warmWhether 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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