October 19th, 2020
Did you know that over 64 million homes in the United States
are equipped with natural gas-powered heaters? Most of these homes use a
furnace for heat, and Chicagoland residents make up a considerable handful of
these households. It’s no surprise that gas-powered furnaces remain the leading
choice for winter comfort around here—they deliver powerful heat and do it
quickly without draining your household budget.
There are, however, risks to using a gas-powered heating system of any kind if you don’t care for that system properly. Sure, they’re constructed to be safe, and have safety features that force them to shut down if the unit overheats or whatnot. However, there are hazards to be aware of, and one potential is a cracked heat exchanger. Read on as we uncover why this is a problem and what to do about it.
October 5th, 2020
Temperatures are starting to cool down, and you know what that means. It’s time to make sure your heater is ready to be used throughout the day, every day.
There are a number of steps you can take to get your home properly prepared for the heating season, and scheduling maintenance for your furnace or heat pump system is one of them.
Keep reading to learn why this service is so important not only for the health of your system, but for your budget too. And remember, if you want to get the most out of your heater then you’ll want to schedule a tune-up through our team!
September 21st, 2020
There’s a fairly common misconception among homeowners about refrigerant–that it “runs out” or depletes from your air conditioner like gasoline does from a vehicle.
This misconception could come from an internet video or article, or even a dishonest HVAC “professional” looking to make a quick buck. But the point is, refrigerant loss isn’t something that should ever happen!
Refrigerant is in a closed, sealed loop, and is recycled throughout the lifespan of your air conditioner or heat pump. So if you’re suffering from refrigerant loss, it means there is a leak that must be repaired. Read on to learn more!
September 7th, 2020
When you live in a climate like ours, it can be easy to put off AC care. We’re much more well known for our chilly winters, after all, than we are our hot and humid summers, no matter how much of a punch they pack when they come.
As the summer season slowly but surely comes to a close, it’s almost time to turn our attention to our heating systems, scheduling maintenance or upgrading our systems as needed. This does not mean, however, that you should ignore any AC repair needs you might have. Read on as we uncover some of the most common signs that you need AC repair, and call our team when you’re ready to schedule them!
August 24th, 2020
Humidity does not directly hurt your air conditioner, but it’s not great for it either. It’s even worse for the health of your indoor air!
Humidity is excess moisture that comes alongside our warmer temperatures in the summer, making it feel hotter than it actually is outside. The only way to dissipate humidity is by lowering the temperature, so homeowners often set their thermostats as low as they’ll go.
Unfortunately, all this is doing is causing your air conditioner to run longer than it should have to in order to keep your household cool, and it’s really not doing an effective job of eliminating humidity in the meantime. Read on to learn more!
August 10th, 2020
The reason you need a quality, professional, AC installer, is because they know the intricacies involved in every step of the installation process. Sure, we can share those steps, and we’re about to below. But air conditioners are complex–we aren’t sharing these steps to encourage you to do it on your own. We’re sharing them to show why it’s important to hire a professional.
We understand, however, that if you’re on the lookout for an AC installation company this time of the year, you’re probably desperate for a new cooling system. But even though you need one now, we really encourage you to take your time finding the right installer. Rushing into a decision like this can leave you with an ineffective or inefficient cooling system.
So, what are the 3 steps, and subsequently 3 reasons you need a quality installer, for AC installation? Read on!
July 31st, 2020
My high school physics teacher, Mr. Ploplys, said you can’t fight physics. Hot air is always rising and cold air is always falling. If you live in a townhome, you know first-hand how this gets worse as you walk to the upper floors. The laws of physics apply, but we can at least help!
One way to win the
fight for comfort in your home is air movement.
Set your thermostat fan setting from “auto” to “on” to constantly mix up
and redistribute that hot and cold air.
Properly sized and multi-stage or modulating air conditioners will help
with this as well (see below).
Hot Roofs and Attics
Temperatures in poorly ventilated and poorly insulated attics can easily reach 140 degrees F or more making a sauna seem breezy. Ensure your attic is well ventilated and insulated or that heat will make your top floor uncomfortable.
July 27th, 2020
Air conditioning repair is not a service you should wait on when you know or suspect you need it. This is especially true for ductless cooling and heating systems, that have unique qualities and equally unique repair needs.
While an air handler can be easily replaced, it’s not the cheapest purchase to make, especially if the problem that led to the replacement could have been avoided. And then if the outdoor unit–namely, the compressor–fails, you’re really out of luck!
Essentially, the longer you wait to have your air conditioner professionally repaired, the higher chance there is of a complete system breakdown. And when you do need AC repair, we’re the team to call! But how do you know when there’s a need? Read on as we uncover a few of the top ways to tell if your ductless air conditioner needs repairs.
July 13th, 2020
If you’ve been reading our blog for a while, you might have
seen us refer to the thermostat of your HVAC system as the brain of the system.
If it fails, you lose all control of your air conditioner and cannot possibly
get it to function and cool your home properly. Fortunately, thermostats are
relatively easy to replace, and affordable as well, when compared to other AC
Take the compressor, for example. This is considered the
“heart” of your air conditioner. Unfortunately, when this component fails, the
fix is typically an expensive one. And your air conditioner can’t do any part
of its job with a failed compressor.
Because this is such an essential component, actually, homeowners have an
important decision to make if theirs fails. Read on as we uncover what your
options are at this point, and if you’ve come across this problem give our team
a call for further guidance.
June 29th, 2020
Nobody needs to explain to you why an air conditioner is
beneficial. Air conditioning is more than just a luxury these days, it’s a
necessity to stay comfortable and even healthy inside of our homes. If you have
a whole-house air conditioner in place, however, and it’s not performing as it
should, it could leave you frustrated and miserable.
We would like to help you avoid this! There are a few AC
performance problems in particular that homeowners will often ignore or neglect
at first, because “it’s not that bad” or they’re afraid that a repair will be
expensive. The truth is, though, that the longer you wait on fixing a cooling
system problem, the worse the problem can get—until you’re stuck with a
completely broken down system.
So, read on as we uncover these few common AC problems and
what they may mean for your air conditioner.