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Signs That This Is the Year for a New Air Conditioner

May 16th, 2017

signs-new-air-conditionerRecent warm temperatures have teased that summer is on its way, and when it hits in earnest you’ll want to ensure that you are ready with a fully functional and efficiently operating air conditioner. You’re going to be relying on this cooling system to keep your home comfortable, but before you start to use it too much, you should really consider if a Chicago, IL air conditioner replacement is in store for you this year.

Unfortunately, no air conditioner lasts forever, no matter how well it is taken care of, and yours will need to eventually be replaced. If your cooling system is showing any of the following signs, then it’s time to speak to a professional about whether or not you need a new one.

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More about the Benefits of a Spring AC Tune-Up

May 1st, 2017

benefits-of-air-conditioner-tune-upOur temperatures may not be as warm as other parts of the country quite yet—at least not warm enough to warrant the daily use of an air conditioning system. But warmer weather will be here soon enough, and when it comes you do want to ensure that your air conditioner is able to do its job to the best of its ability.

About a month ago, we talked about how it’s never too early for air conditioning maintenance. We want you to understand just how important a regular tune-up is to system functionality and efficiency. Keep reading to learn more about the benefits of this service.

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Can a Dirty Air Filter Really Do That Much Damage?

April 24th, 2017

Many homeowners assume that the reason a dirty air filter is so detrimental is due to indoor air quality. But this is not why we tell you that it’s important to change your air filter on a regular basis. While a clogged air filter can negatively impact your indoor air, it’s actually the condition of your HVAC system itself that we’re more worried about.

A standard air filter doesn’t do a lot to prevent allergens from moving back into your airstream—rather, it blocks particles from damaging the inside of your air conditioner or furnace. When your air filter is dirty and blocked, it allows these particles to impact the internal components of your system. What else does a dirty filter do?

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What Size Should My New Air Conditioner Be?

April 17th, 2017

new-air-conditioner-sizeIt may still be on the chillier side for now, but as spring progresses and summer approaches, it won’t be long before we need to start relying on our air conditioners for every-day use. If you have an older system that barely got you through last summer, then now is the time to get a new system installed!

Purchasing a new cooling system this time of the year gives you plenty of time to decide on the best system for your home, and to schedule your installation before the weather gets too hot and our HVAC technicians are busy with service calls. Since every home is unique, though, you do need the assistance of professionals to ensure that your system reflects the specific dimensions of your home.

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Is Now the Best Time for AC Maintenance?

April 3rd, 2017

chicago-air-conditioning-servicesSpring has officially been here for a couple of weeks now, and summer temperatures aren’t far behind. As such, it’s time to consider what Chicago, IL air conditioning services you may be in need of. One of the most important HVAC related investments you can make is into the maintenance of your cooling system. This ensures that the unit works as efficiently and effectively as possible for as long as it is meant to.

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Boiler Troubles? We Have Your Solution!

March 27th, 2017

While the West Coast is enjoying warmer weather for the most part, our chillier temperatures still necessitate the use of a fully functional heating system. So if your boiler is showing signs that it’s about to call it quits, naturally you’ll want to call for professional Chicago, IL boiler services to have your system repaired right away.

But how can you be sure your boiler needs professional service? Maybe it’s an issue you can resolve on your own? First off, we don’t recommend that you try to tackle any big repair issues for your boiler, let alone any heating system. Not only could you possibly do more harm than good, but you may threaten your own safety too. The best thing to do is give our staff a call. We’ve shared some indications below that it’s time for you to do so.

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What to Do When Your Furnace Won’t Turn On

March 20th, 2017

when-your-furnace-wont-turn-onAfter just experiencing one of the largest late-winter storms in recent years, and still facing chilly temperatures in the weeks ahead, the last thing you want to do is deal with a malfunctioning furnace. However, if your furnace has suddenly quit working, then it’s definitely time to call for Chicago, IL furnace repair services.

Before you do that, however, we have a number of troubleshooting tips for you. The fact of the matter is that your furnace problem may not actually be an issue with the actual heating system at all, but rather with a related component. We urge you to check the following factors.

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Don’t Neglect These Late Season Boiler Troubles

March 6th, 2017

dont-neglect-boiler-troublesWhen winter temperatures drop as low as they do around here, it’s no secret that we need efficient and effective heating. So when something goes wrong with your boiler, you could be pretty concerned. But since we’re nearing the end of the heating system, is it okay to ignore troubling boiler symptoms, so long as the system is still running?

No—doing so can increase the risk of costly repairs and premature system replacement. Plus, ignoring boiler trouble can significantly reduce the efficiency of your heating system in the future. Besides, if you do not fix the problem now, you might forget to do it before next year, and you could be stuck with no heat when winter rolls around again.

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Is Your Ductless Heating System in Need of Repair?

February 28th, 2017

Ductless systems are a highly efficient way for homeowners throughout Chicago to heat their homes. They allow for zoned heating throughout your home, and they do not cause you to suffer from the indoor air quality problems that a central heating system with ducts would. Plus, they do not take up much space.

Ductless systems are cost-effective and give you a great deal of control over how you heat your home. However, just like any other HVAC system, they are not immune to problems. Keep reading for some signs that your ductless heating system may need repairs.

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Should You Replace Your Aging Furnace with a Boiler?

February 20th, 2017

replace-aging-furnace-with-boilerFirst thing’s first—it’s important to note that today’s models of both furnaces and boilers are highly energy efficient, and you can’t go wrong with either one. However, there are some scenarios in which you may prefer one over the other for your specific needs and home specifications.

So if your furnace is aging, you may be wondering if it’s time to replace it with an upgraded furnace system, or if a boiler is the better choice. We’ve shared some tips below to help you make an educated decision. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have further questions!

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