February 10th, 2020
You may have read here on our blog or heard us say that too
much humidity hurts your air conditioner in the summer. The reasoning behind
this is that the excess moisture makes you feel
hotter in your home, which means you may adjust the thermostat so your AC
will cycle on and cool your home faster. This practice wears down on the air
conditioner, making it more likely that repair needs will occur and shortening
the systems’ lifespan.
The answer, in this case, is having a dehumidifier professionally installed—this will cut down on the humidity levels, which should be between 30% to 50%, and allow you to use your air conditioner more efficiently and effectively.
So now you may be wondering, if humid air hurts your cooling
system, does dry air hurt your furnace? Read on!
January 27th, 2020
You might be
wondering why we’re saying “next” winter instead of “this” winter. Well,
because the installation of radiant heating can be complex, and to truly enjoy
the comfort it brings, you don’t want this job to be rushed! But if you currently
have an inefficient system, are having a new home built this year, or simply
want to enjoy the benefits of radiant heat, then you’d do well to consider this
We do want to
stress how vital it is you hire a pro for a job of this caliber.
January 13th, 2020
If there’s anything we know about Chicagoland residents, it’s
that you need an effective heater to get you through winter comfortably and
even healthfully. If there’s something else we know, it’s that you want this
without having to pay an arm and a leg for that comfort.
Even if you’re staying comfortable this winter, if you find
yourself paying more than you should in order to warm your home, then you aren’t
getting the most from your furnace or heat pump system. Fortunately, there are
some simple steps you can take. Some of these steps don’t take anything but a
bit of your time. Curious? Read on!
December 30th, 2019
Saying goodbye to your heating system is never fun, but
there comes a time in every homeowner’s life where it becomes inevitable. We
understand that the process of buying a new furnace can be overwhelming, since
new furnaces can be a bit expensive, and having technicians working inside your
home isn’t exactly the most convenient thing ever. But allow us to be the ones
to say, it’s worth it in the end.
That said, do you know what signs to watch out for that
indicate it’s even time for a furnace upgrade? There are actually quite a few
signs, which we’ll get into below. Remember, whether you need a repair or
replacement, we’re the team to trust for the job.
December 16th, 2019
There’s a question many homeowners ask us that’s born from a
common refrigerant myth—that question is, “how often does it need to be
But the answer to this is actually, “hopefully, never!”
This is the myth. The refrigerant that flows through your
heat pump system shouldn’t need to be refilled on a routine basis. This is
because it’s not something that depletes over time like gasoline does from a
car or oil does from an oil-powered appliance in your home. Refrigerant,
alternatively, cycles through your heat pump continuously, transferring heat
rather than generating it like other types of heating systems do.
So if you’re losing refrigerant,
it means you have a leak.
December 2nd, 2019
We’re guessing that in the middle of a Chicagoland winter, the last thing you want to worry about is a broken-down heating system all of the sudden. If you don’t know the signs of a heater that needs repair though, you could very well find yourself facing this problem. A furnace breaking down this time of the year could mean an emergency call and costly repairs.
HVAC pros will tell you that it’s important to repair your
heating system early, when needed, to avoid sudden system breakdowns and
increased repair costs. Additionally, the sooner you repair your system, the
lower your monthly bills may be, and the longer your system will last. Check
out these signs that you might have a furnace in need of repairs sooner rather
November 18th, 2019
Temperatures are already cooling down, which means you, hopefully, already had maintenance scheduled for your heating system, and found out it’s in great shape to get you through the rest of fall and all through winter without any trouble.
But we’re willing to place a bet that if you’re reading this
blog post, it’s either because your heater broke down, or you have an aging
system that’s well on its way to that final breakdown.
The good news is, when you do need a heater, we’re the team to turn to for installation and any follow-up services you need. But we don’t want you to rush into this purchase. If you’ve always had a furnace, you may be tempted to get another one, but this isn’t always the best option.
Have you ever considered a boiler installation? Here are
some reasons your home might benefit from this:
November 4th, 2019
Are you in
search for a new service provider for your HVAC systems? Perhaps you’re ready
to schedule heating maintenance for the season—now is the perfect time! Or
maybe you’re looking for a new system to install, or need repairs on an
existing system. No matter the job, one thing is for sure—you want a qualified
and experienced heating technician to complete it.
But how do
you find such an individual? With colder weather creeping up on us fast, it may
be tempting for you to just reach out to the first one you know of or saw driving
around town. While we do hope you recognize our trucks out on the road, this
isn’t always the greatest method to choose a professional heating technician.
Read on to learn what you should look for as you explore different companies
October 21st, 2019
Do you use a gas-powered furnace in your home? Well, then
there is one safety risk that is essential you know. This isn’t to say that
that gas furnaces are inherently dangerous—they’re not! But there is a
component within it that can be
dangerous if you ignore it for too long, and that’s its heat exchanger.
Like most powerful appliances or any type of equipment that
creates combustion gases, a furnace can potentially create health hazards if it’s
not regularly maintained, or repaired as soon as symptoms of a malfunction appear.
Cracked heat exchangers aren’t a problem that typically afflicts new furnaces—old gas-powered heaters are more prone to such a problem. When we say old, we mean about 10-15 years—this is the average lifespan for a well-maintained furnace.
October 7th, 2019
That means it’s time for pumpkin spice latte’s, planning your kids’ Halloween
costumes (or your own), and enjoying fall activities like prepping your furnace
for the heating season!
Wait, what’s that? Did you forget about that last one? Don’t you worry, it’s not too late to schedule this service. In fact, now is the perfect time to schedule a furnace tune-up, also known as furnace maintenance. After all, the best time for this service is before the consistent cold weather hits.
maintenance, our technicians thoroughly inspect your furnace, checking for
cleanliness, any parts that need adjusting, and any repair needs that exist.
This benefits you in a number of ways, including: