July 12th, 2021
This isn’t an instructional guide on how to install an air conditioner on your own–that would be ill-advised. Rather, we want to arm you with factors to consider before you pay for an air conditioner to be installed. This could save you time, money, and major headaches!
After all, this is a big investment. Considering that the energy your HVAC systems use accounts for half of all your energy use, that’s a big deal! We want your air conditioner installation to be as painless as possible. So, what is it that you should consider? Read on to find out!
June 28th, 2021
In many cases, particularly in older homes with ductwork that’s just as old, it may benefit you to replace your ductwork when you get a new HVAC system. This helps your HVAC system work as effectively and efficiently as it’s meant to for years on end. But, your ductwork damage isn’t always that detrimental. Sometimes, the answer is instead duct sealing.
Duct sealing is a professional service we provide. Of course, you might be thinking, “why can’t I just use duct tape to seal my ducts?” Well unfortunately, duct tape is not appropriately named. It’s not really appropriate for problems with your air ducts after all! The reason for this is because it gets brittle and starts breaking off due to temperature fluctuations. Instead, you need the special mastic sealant that our professionals use. Read on to learn more!
June 1st, 2021
When it comes to providing effective heating and air
conditioning to businesses and commercial properties throughout Chicagoland,
the most popular option on the market is the packaged rooftop HVAC system. You’re
familiar with these, even if you think you aren’t.
You can probably look up at any commercial space, including
apartment buildings, and see modular units on top of the roof. Maybe you never
noticed these were full-service HVAC systems, but they’re actually pretty
popular for areas such as ours with a big population and lots of buildings.
Why are these such a popular choice? Read on to find out!
May 17th, 2021
When it comes to cooling down your living space or heating
it up, wouldn’t it be nice if you could use just one system? Well, you can! A
ductless system, also referred to as a ductless mini-split due to its setup, is
a heat pump-style system that’s become the preferred HVAC choice for many
homeowners throughout Chicago and beyond, for good reason.
Ductless systems are not only a fantastic option for keeping
your home comfortably cool in the summer, but they can also heat up your home
in the winter, too. So, if you’re considering going ductless this summer for
your cooling needs, it may benefit you this fall as well! Read on to learn
May 3rd, 2021
It’s the end of the heating season, and you’re probably just
about ready to shut your furnace down in favor of your cooling system, right?
Before you do that though, it’s important to make sure you address any heating
repair needs you might have, so that you don’t find yourself with an
inefficient or even completely broken down furnace next fall when you need the
One of the most apparent signs that something is amiss with
your furnace is loud, unfamiliar noises. Now, your furnace is always going to
make some noise. You’re probably even
used to the standard sounds you hear from it… like the whir of the motor
starting up for the blower fan or the whoosh of the air coming through the
However, you know the typical noises you hear on a daily
basis better than anyone. So if your furnace starts making unfamiliar or loud
noises, it’s time to give our team a call for repairs. Read on as we uncover
some of the most common signs we get called for and what they might mean.
April 19th, 2021
You might be reading this blog post
title and wondering why we’re talking about furnace
steps for spring and summer, but hear us out!
Homeowners often don’t realize this,
but there are a number of easy ways to cut down on monthly and yearly energy
costs, and one way is to either fully or at least partially shut down the
furnace during the warmer spring and summer months.
April 5th, 2021
There’s no question that Skokie winters are cold. Even the
most mild of winter conditions in our area require a fully functional,
efficiently operating heating system. So, if your furnace has started showing signs
of struggle as we close in on the end of the heating season, it can be very
Of course, if you had maintenance done this past fall, and
followed up on any repair needs that we alerted you to, then you probably won’t
have any problems with your furnace. But if it’s showing any signs of disrepair, the best thing you can do for your system
is give us a call. But what are these signs?
Read on as we uncover some of the most ominous furnace
symptoms out there.
March 22nd, 2021
If you asked us what one of the most dependable types of heating systems is, we’d definitely say the boiler system. Since they need fewer moving parts than more conventional systems like heat pumps or furnaces, boilers tend to accumulate less wear and tear, and have a longer lifespan.
But, like any other important home appliance, boiler systems
still need repairs on occasion. Read on as we uncover some of the signs that your boiler needs repairs sooner rather
March 8th, 2021
Are you one of the many homeowners in our area who relies on
a boiler for your heating needs instead of the traditional furnace? This is
definitely a great choice, especially if you have limited room in your living
space for ductwork, since a boiler operates by circulating hot water through
concealed pipes to terminal points like radiators or baseboard heaters, where
the heat then radiates into the rooms.
Most households that utilize these powerful systems
appreciate the comfort and energy savings that they bring. They also like how
rarely these boilers need repair. Since boilers contain fewer moving parts than
furnaces or heat pumps do, they wear down a lot slower, and don’t require as
many repairs as traditional furnaces do throughout their useful lifespan.
However, it’s important that you don’t let this slower aging
and fewer repair needs trick you into thinking you boiler system doesn’t need
maintenance. Because yes, it does need maintenance!
February 22nd, 2021
In our last blog post, we talked about the differences in AFUE rating (energy rating) between gas and electric furnaces. If you read it, then you know the one that will be more efficient for your home depends on a number of factors. But whether you have a gas or electric furnace, there are some steps you can take to boost the efficiency even more, and subsequently save money.
The first step we’re going to
share with you is this: schedule
maintenance! Yes, this is a service we typically recommend in the fall,
before you need your system the most. But the fact of the matter is that
consistent maintenance is key to helping your heater work as efficiently and
effectively as possible.
So let’s say you’ve got the
maintenance part down, what else can you do to use your heater more efficiently
before warm springtime temperatures arrive?