Does Air Conditioning Cause Air Pollution?

June 16, 2022

Are you concerned about your impact on the environment? Do you look for ways to minimize your carbon footprint? If the answer is yes, then you might have wondered at one point whether your air conditioner is polluting the air. The answer to this question might surprise you. There are three ways air conditioners can contribute to air pollution: Chlorofluorocarbon gas: Freon uses this gas, which, when leaked into the atmosphere, can harm the ozone layer. Carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxides: These pollutants are damaging and have been linked to global warming. Hydrofluorocarbons: A type of greenhouse gas that stays...

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Does Closing Upstairs Air Vents Save Money?

May 17, 2022

Summer is approaching, and you may want to find a way to cut down on your energy expense. However, one thing you should not do is to close off the upstairs air vents. You may not venture upstairs much, but if you own a single-speed air conditioner, it will behoove you to keep the vents open. Your AC Is Meant for Your Home’s Specific Size When installing ACs, professionals make sure the AC is the right size for the home it will cool. ACs blow out at one speed and one pressure with the intention of cooling all rooms simultaneously....

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Will Sleeping With the Windows Open Save Energy?

April 18, 2022

Will Sleeping With the Windows Open Save Energy? Home cooling costs often account for as much as 50% of the average homeowner’s energy bill. Although opening your windows to let the cool, nighttime air in might seem like the easiest and most practical choice, it’s not always the best energy-saving strategy. There are a few important things to consider before opening the windows in your home. You’ll Lose the Benefit of Air Filtration Your air conditioner helps you maintain a sufficiently high indoor air quality (IAQ). When it’s turned off and the windows are open, you’ll likely breathe in a...

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Why Should You Hire a Licensed HVAC Contractor?

March 17, 2022

There are plenty of projects that you can complete around the home by yourself. However, your heating and cooling system always needs a professional. Relying on licensed HVAC contractors will save you more money in the future than trying to complete maintenance or installations by yourself. Here’s why you should always hire the right technician for the job. Professional Skill and Equipment You likely don’t have the skill to properly handle the intricate parts that make up your heating and cooling system. Licensed HVAC contractors use the best equipment and tools to maintain and repair furnaces and air conditioners. They...

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What You Need to Know About Smart Thermostats

February 15, 2022

Smart thermostats are one of the latest innovations in the technology of heating and cooling homes. They can save you a great deal of money on your energy bills because they use artificial intelligence to heat and cool your home efficiently, all while keeping your place comfortable when you’re in it. Just how do they work? How Does a Smart Thermostat Work? Just like a regular thermostat, a smart thermostat is hardwired to your home’s heater and air conditioner. However, it also connects to your Wi-Fi system. These thermostats come with applications you can use on your phone, tablet, laptop,...

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Heat Pump or Furnace: Which Is Best for Your Illinois Home?

January 12, 2022

Midwestern winters get cold and stay that way for months. A high-quality heating system is crucial for making it through the winter. Two popular heating systems in this area are heat pumps and gas furnaces. In this article, we’ll discuss the differences between the two and help you decide which is a better option for your unique circumstances. Furnace Basics A furnace burns fuel, typically natural gas, to create heat for your home that is shuttled from room to room via a vent system. Though not as efficient as a heat pump, furnaces have come a long way, and technology...

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How to Tell If My Furnace Is up to Code?

December 20, 2021

Many homeowners just assume that when the HVAC system in their home was installed, it was done according to code. Unfortunately, there are plenty of misinformed professionals who aren’t clear on what the current codes are in the Wheeling area. You could be out of code without even knowing, which could be illegal and unsafe. If you’re planning to renovate your home in the near future or would like to have a new furnace or air conditioner installed, this is the perfect time to learn more about the HVAC code. What Does It Mean to Be Out of Code? Local...

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Easy Ways to Prepare Your Home for Winter Weather

November 18, 2021

The winters in Chicago can be brutal. The freezing temperatures, high humidity levels, and lake-effect snow can not only wreak havoc on your daily life, but they can also negatively impact your home and your comfort. Instead of suffering through the cold, follow these easy steps to ensure your home is ready for whatever winter may bring. Give Your Heating System a Tune-Up The simplest way to prepare for the harsh winter weather is to make sure that your heating system is up to the task of adequately heating your home. Proper maintenance is vital to ensuring that your furnace...

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Space Heater Safety Tips for Fire Prevention Week

October 13, 2021

During Fire Prevention Week, our company wants to ensure that everyone in the Wheeling, Illinois, community understands the risks of using space heaters. We have a few tips to ensure that everyone is safe when they use this supplemental heating source. Avoid Leaving Your Space Heater Alone If you do use a space heater, you should stay with it at all times. If you move from room to room, then you should shut off the space heater. Only Use a Space Heater for Supplemental Heating It isn’t safe to run the space heater all day and night. As supplemental heating,...

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What Is Done During Furnace Maintenance?

September 17, 2021

You should schedule your furnace maintenance twice a year, once in the spring before you turn your air conditioner on and again in the fall before the heat comes on. Having regular maintenance can help to prevent issues that may cause your HVAC system to malfunction. Inspecting the Parts of the HVAC System When the technician arrives at your home, the first thing they will do is inspect both your indoor and outdoor units. This will include checking things like your pilot light, the fan motor of both units, and wiring. If there are any issues present, they can repair...

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