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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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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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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Is It Bad To Leave My Windows Open When I Have My AC On?

May 14, 2020

If the air conditioner is on in your home, it is important that the windows are closed. Leaving the windows open may allow dirty or humid air to get into the house, which can negate the purpose of allowing the cooling system to run. Air Conditioners Work By Removing Moisture From the Air The main purpose of an air conditioner is to replace warm and moist air with cool and dry air. If a window is open, the system has to work harder to minimize the amount of moist air that is allowed to exist in a given space. If...

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How Scheduling Spring HVAC Maintenance Saves Money

March 11, 2020

As the days get warmer, you’ll need to start thinking about spring maintenance for your HVAC system. Both your heating and cooling elements can benefit from a little tune-up as you switch from mostly running the heat to mostly running your AC. Here are some of the many ways that your budget can benefit from HVAC maintenance. Help Your HVAC System Run More Efficiently After sitting inactive throughout the winter, your AC may have a little debris and buildup that might make it have to run harder than usual. During a tune-up, your technician will clean away any dust or...

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