Elm Heating & Cooling, Inc. Blog

Advice for Maintaining a Home’s Boiler

September 18th, 2017

boiler-gaugeMost Americans take an unfortunate stance when it comes to the larger appliances in their homes: out of sight, out of mind. We know how tempting it is to forget about the larger appliances in your home and leave it up to chance as to when and how they break. After all, everything breaks down eventually, right?

But what if you could keep your home’s boiler in good condition for longer, so there are no emergency breakdowns during the winter? What if you could ensure its safety and the safety of your home and family? And what if you could reduce the cost of operating your heating system? Wouldn’t you want to?

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Here’s Why You Should Maintain Your Heating Equipment ASAP

September 4th, 2017

furnace-service-technicianVisitors to the Chicago area may feel that it’s a bit chilly outside—if they’re coming from Florida or the West Coast. For the rest of us, this is nothing. When temperatures hit the late 60s, we’re in our T-shirts and sandals around here! So if you’re a local, you may not have even thought about the condition of your central heater this year. And we don’t blame you!

Still, we think the time has come to start. Whether you’ve already begun to run your heating system periodically or you don’t plan on doing so for weeks or more, your heating system deserves attention now so that it’s ready to run smoothly in the months ahead.

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Not Getting Enough Airflow through Your Home?

August 21st, 2017

vent-wallsWhen an air conditioner is working properly, you should feel the same amount of airflow, or just about the same amount, from every vent in the home. Some people are willing to ignore it when one or two vents go without, especially if those vents are in rooms that rarely get use or in rooms that are unoccupied through the day, but this is a bigger deal than you may think.

If airflow throughout the home is not consistent or efficient, you must have a technician solve the problem. You may even be able to solve the problem on your own! What’s most important is that you get the air conditioner back into shape, before your system is overworked and breaks down!

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Thermostat Troubles? Check This before You Call

August 7th, 2017

Digital Thermostat with a male hand, set to 78 degrees Fahrenheit. Saved with clipping path for thermostat and hand combined.When your air conditioner isn’t working the way it’s meant to, you might begin to panic. After all, nobody wants to be stuck without a properly functioning cooling system right in the middle of summer. However, before you do that, it’s a wise idea to check your thermostat, first. Of course, even then you may be tempted to call a professional for thermostat services.

However, many of the “problems” you encounter with your thermostat may not be an issue that you even need a professional for. We’re always happy to help of course, whether that means coming to perform repairs, or giving you some “do-it-yourself” troubleshooting tips, as we’ve done below.

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How Often Does Refrigerant Need Refilling?

July 24th, 2017

refrigerant-need-refilling-how-oftenFirst off, if you’re wondering this then you are asking the wrong question. Granted, it’s a question we get a lot in the HVAC industry. The truth is, you will hopefully never need to have your refrigerant refilled.

We get it—your understanding of refrigerant is that it’s something that depletes over time, like gasoline does in a vehicle or gas-powered appliance. This isn’t the case with refrigerant, though. This important blend of fluids continuously cycles through your cooling system to effectively transfer heat in order to bring you a more comfortable indoor climate.

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Beware This Common AC Issue: Blowing Warm Air

July 10th, 2017

common-ac-issue-blowing-hot-airWhen the heat of summer is at its peak, you need your air conditioning system to really step up to the challenge and keep your home as comfortable and cool as possible. Unfortunately, you can’t always guarantee that this is going to be the case. Although scheduling routine AC maintenance is vital in preventing the biggest of emergencies, just like any other mechanical system your air conditioner may run into an operational problem or two during its lifespan.

AC problems are more likely to present themselves just when you really need your cooling system the most—so it’s important that you learn to recognize potential signs of trouble before they grow into something bigger. One of these signs is an air conditioner that’s blowing warm air. Short of a complete system breakdown, this AC problem is likely the clearest sign that something is amiss. When you do have a problem, you can count on our team to provide quality air conditioning repairs in Chicago, IL.

In the meantime, we have some tips on what to do in this situation, as well as what could be causing the problem.

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Is Zone Control Cooling Right for You?

June 26th, 2017

zone-control-coolingSummer is here! This means trips to Lake Michigan, enjoying the outdoors—oh, and using our air conditioners so much that we dread the cooling costs that go along with it. We get it, nobody wants to pay more than they should have to just to stay comfortable indoors. And just the same, nobody wants to sacrifice their comfort to save money, either!

Fortunately, you don’t have to do either if you have the right systems in place, and take the appropriate steps to ensure that your air conditioner is performing as efficiently as possible—such as scheduling routine maintenance. This isn’t the only way to save energy and money though. One important service you may want to consider is a Chicago, IL zone control system installation.

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Does Your Air Conditioner Cost More Than It Should to Run?

June 12th, 2017

The summer season is almost here, and with that comes increasing temperatures, summer vacations—oh, and energy bills. It’s no secret that running your AC in the summertime can be just as costly as running your heater in the winter. It’s also no surprise that most homeowners would like to find a way to save as much money on these costs as possible.

If you’re one of these homeowners—which we’re fairly certain you are—then we urge to you to consider if the resolution to your increasing energy bills may be investing in professional air conditioning repairs in Chicago, IL. When you don’t make repairs as needed, it causes your cooling system to perform inefficiently, and as a result, you wind up paying more to operate your air conditioner than you should have to.

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Factors to Consider When Choosing a Central AC Installation

May 29th, 2017

factors-to-consider-with-central-ac-installationGoing without air conditioning during the stuffy summer months we experience is unbearable. So if you find out that your older air conditioner needs to be replaced to get you through another hot summer, it’s only natural that you’d want to rush out and by the first air conditioner you find, so that you aren’t stuck with a broken down system in the middle of one of the hottest days of the year.

However, there are many options when it comes to choosing a central AC system for installation, and we want to help you make the right decision about what’s best for your home. So when it’s time for you to invest in a Chicago, IL air conditioner installation, simply turn to us. Keep reading for some various factors to consider.

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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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