How To Keep My Home Cool Without Air Conditioning?

June 21, 2021

For a variety of reasons, you might not want to turn the air conditioner on too often this summer. Perhaps you’re trying to save money, or maybe you want to live a more environmentally friendly lifestyle. Whatever your reason is, consider some tips for keeping cool at home without running the air conditioner. Install Strong Fans You can emulate the cool breeze of a summer evening in your home with the right fan. The size of the space that you want to cool down will dictate how many fans you need installed. Powerful fans can significantly reduce the number of...

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What Size Air Conditioner Do I Need for My Home?

May 13, 2021

When it’s time to replace or upgrade the air conditioning system in your Wheeling, IL, home, one of the top considerations will be the size of the cooling system you need. Air conditioner sizes are measured in British thermal units. The size of the AC unit your house needs is primarily based on its square footage, but there are a few other factors to keep in mind as well. 1. Determine Your Home’s Square Footage In Wheeling, a typical house needs about 20 BTU per square foot of space for optimal air conditioning power. If you’re not sure of how...

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Should I Upgrade My Thermostat?

April 5, 2021

Thermostat technology has advanced a lot over the past several years. The most advanced thermostat technology is smart thermostats. There are several reasons to upgrade to one. Advanced Features On old thermostats, you had to manually monitor them, which was very inconvenient. Programmable thermostats were introduced in the 1990s. Programmable thermostats came out in the 1980s. While far better than older thermostats, they can be difficult to program and don’t offer enough flexibility. The first smart thermostat was released in 2007. The first one, the Ecobee, featured Wi-Fi connectivity, so it could be controlled remotely. Smart thermostats are far easier...

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What is Radiant Heating?

March 9, 2021

When it’s time to replace your Elk Grove Village, IL, home’s heating system, you’ll have a lot of options. If you’re adding onto your home or remodeling, you may also wonder what type of heating system is best for your new living space. Radiant heating is an effective way to heat your home, and it doesn’t require ducts. Here’s what you need to know about what radiant heating is so that you can make an informed decision about your indoor comfort. What Radiant Heat Transfer Is Radiant heating is a type of infrared energy. It’s the effect you feel when...

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What Size Furnace Do I Need?

February 8, 2021

When it comes to furnaces, bigger isn’t always better. In fact, the process of sizing a furnace to fit a Wheeling home involves some fairly complex calculations. If this process is ignored, you could end up with a furnace that’s either too large or too small. It’s good to be able to understand what goes into the furnace-sizing process so that you can be sure your HVAC company is offering you the right products. Here is how the technicians at match a furnace to a home. Cubic Volume One important consideration when it comes to furnace size is cubic volume....

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Are Humidifers Beneficial in the Winter?

January 5, 2021

Winters here in northern Illinois are notorious for being cold, windy and generally unforgiving. On the bright side, locals don’t have to suffer through the muggy, high-humidity summers that many Southerners do. Although nobody wants a humid summer, humidity can actually be quite helpful during the winter. The Basics of Humidity Humidity refers to the level of water vapor in the air. Although water vapor usually can’t be seen by the naked eye, it can have a major impact on your wellness. Relative humidity measures humidity as a percentage of the maximum amount of water vapor that the air can...

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Benefits to Replacing Your Filters

December 3, 2020

Regularly replacing the filters in your heating and cooling system is important for several reasons. Failure to do so can cause multiple problems that can cost you much more money than the cost of filters. Here are some benefits to consider. Extends HVAC Equipment Life Heating and cooling equipment often break down because the filter becomes dirty. As the filter gets more clogged, it restricts airflow. This can cause equipment to overheat, which reduces its longevity. Keeps Energy Costs Down A dirty air filter increases your energy bills. To operate efficiently, your HVAC system needs good airflow. When you regularly...

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3 Reasons Why Heating System Safety Checks Are Important

November 18, 2020

Cold breezes and snow from Lake Michigan will soon arrive in Wheeling, IL, and the surrounding areas, which means that it’s time to make sure your heating system is ready to efficiently and safely warm your home. A safety issue with your home’s heating equipment puts you and your family at risk of illness or injuries. Consider these three reasons why heating system safety checks are important. 1. Maintaining Good Indoor Air Quality A heating system that isn’t properly burning fuel contributes a lot of particles to your home’s air. Those particulates cause poor indoor air quality. If you breathe...

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What Is a Ductless Mini-Split HVAC?

October 20, 2020

Ductless mini-split systems are one of the newer heating and cooling options for your home in Wheeling, Illinois. Unlike a traditional HVAC system, a ductless mini-split system gives you the option to control the temperature in any room without wasting energy to heat and cool unoccupied areas. While these ductless options are more common in multi-family residences, they also have applications in businesses and single-family homes. It’s All in the Name If you are not familiar with the world of heating and cooling, you may be wondering what the difference between a ductless mini-split and a traditional HVAC system is....

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Eliminating Harmful Particles Through the Power of Air Cleaners

September 23, 2020

A significant share of the world’s population is exposed to pollution. Many believe that once they’ve made it inside, air quality is no longer a concern. This simply isn’t true. Indoor air quality is a major issue that doesn’t get the attention it deserves. Utilizing air cleaners indoors is a surefire way to help control airborne particles that can stifle your health. How Do Air Cleaners Work? Air cleaners, which differ from air purifiers, capture airborne particulate matter known to cause health issues. Also known as air filters, these devices are the most common type of indoor air purifiers. In...

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