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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Tips for End-of-Summer Maintenance on Your Air Conditioner

August 10, 2021

Summer is nearing the end, and the fall season is just around the corner. Taking some extra time to do end-of-summer maintenance on your air conditioner is a great way to stay proactive. Following a few maintenance tips can boost the lifespan of your air conditioner while also helping you avoid repair work in the future. Here are a few end-of-summer maintenance tips to remember for your air conditioner. Replace Air Filters An air conditioner works hard throughout the summer months to keep your home feeling cool and comfortable. Over this time, an air filter will get dirty and will...

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Tips to Make Your AC Work More Efficiently

July 28, 2021

As the colder months turn into summer, you will likely need to begin using your air conditioning unit more often. However, as you turn your thermostat temperature down, your electric bills may indicate more energy consumption through higher prices. Here are some ways to make your air conditioner work more efficiently to save you money. Use the Fan Setting and Not the Cool Setting Turning your thermostat to the fan setting will make your air conditioning unit work less hard and, in turn, consume less electricity. Nevertheless, this may not always be the best option for the comfort of your...

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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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