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Cold Air from the Furnace: What’s Wrong?

February 6th, 2017

cold-air-from-furnaceWe’re sure that you know how important maintaining and caring for your furnace is to ensure its efficiency—at least you do if you’ve been following our blog. But it’s important to realize that even with the most diligent care, your furnace can still experience problems, and we’re here to provide solutions to those problems! One of the most common furnace issues we receive calls for is in regards to cold air.

This is, naturally, a very frustrating furnace problem to have and your natural inclination may be to panic. But before you call for furnace repairs in Chicago, IL, be sure to read below and see what may be causing your furnace troubles—sometimes it may be so simple a fix that you don’t need the help of a professional. We’re here when you do, though!

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Can You Maintain Your Furnace On Your Own?

January 30th, 2017

When it comes to heating your home, it’s only natural that you want to do so as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible. Therefore, you may be tempted to perform any maintenance that it may need on your own. The thing is, our licensed and extensively trained professionals know exactly what to look for when we fully inspect and clean your system.

Therefore, it’s vital that you schedule professional maintenance on a yearly basis (or twice a year if you have a heat pump). However, this doesn’t mean that there is nothing you can do to care for your furnace during the winter. In fact, there are a few things you can do to ensure that your heating system continues to function as efficiently as possible.

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Humidifiers and How They Help

January 23rd, 2017

how-humidifiers-helpRecent rain and fog made for less than ideal driving situations and a few cold and wet nights for residents of the Chicagoland area. However, even though we do get our fair share of rain, for the most part our winters dry the air out, and in turn create many problems for residents.

When the air is dry and uncomfortable outdoors, you can simply go inside. But what if the air inside is just as dry, if not drier? The relative humidity level in your home should be between 30-50% for ideal comfort, but oftentimes it drops way below this, to the point that it can create illness for you and your family, and even property damage in your home. Fortunately, there is a resolution to this problem—investing in a Chicago, IL whole-home humidifier.

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Does Your Boiler Need Any of These Repairs?

January 16th, 2017

There are many advantages to using a boiler to heat your home. One of the biggest benefits is that they typically need fewer repairs than other heating systems like furnaces and heat pumps. The reason for this is because they have very few mechanical parts needed to circulate hot water from the main system throughout your home to radiators and baseboard heaters.

Still though, your boiler is an appliance. And like any appliance, it’s not going to run 100% free of problems throughout its entire lifecycle. Fortunately, our professionals are very inept at performing boiler repairs. But first you should understand what the most common boiler repair needs typically are.

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The Importance of a Boiler Tune-Up

January 9th, 2017

When it comes to choosing a heater for your home that is known for its endurance, you can’t do much better than a boiler. Boiler systems typically last many years longer than furnaces or heat pump systems, mostly because they have fewer moving parts, and thus fewer complexities.

However, it’s vital that you remember—no heating system is invulnerable. Boiler systems need tune-ups on a routine basis in order to stay in top shape. If you aren’t sure about whether or not your heater needs maintenance this year, keep reading to decide.

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Should You Switch to Ductless Heating and Cooling in the New Year?

January 3rd, 2017

How’s your heater been holding up so far this season? Hopefully, you haven’t run into any operational problems. However, if your heater—or your air conditioner for that matter—has been showing signs of age or malfunction, it could be time for you to consider a replacement system.

One HVAC system that many homeowners throughout Chicagoland are adding to their homes to cover both their heating and their cooling needs is the ductless mini-split. These systems are very effective and efficient at distributing heat evenly throughout your living space. They are suitable for any type of open floor plan and are easy to use. These aren’t the only benefits though!

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Reasons Why You Should Invest in a Standby Generator

January 2nd, 2017

The quality of your electrical system plays a much larger role in the functionality and comfort of your home than many homeowners realize. Most individuals don’t think much about how important electricity is, until there’s a major power outage.

With inclement weather being an inevitable winter exposure we have here in Chicago, it’s vital that we be well equipped with the appliances that will keep up comfortable all season long. This means having a properly functioning heating system, water heater, and to top it off, a whole-house standby generator.

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Why Your Furnace Isn’t Starting Up

December 27th, 2016

When you are in the middle of one of the coldest days of the year, the last thing you want to encounter is a heating system that won’t work. Fortunately, this can usually be prevented by scheduling your annual maintenance appointment before your furnace is needed for heavy use. Even so, however, no furnace is invincible and you may run into repair needs.

As far as failing to turn on, there could be a number of reasons for this. Some you may be able to resolve quickly on your own, while others require a professional touch. We are standing by and ready to assist with anything you may need. In the meantime, keep reading for some minor and not-so-minor reasons your furnace may not be starting up.

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Troubleshooting Your Boiler Issues: What Went Wrong?

December 19th, 2016

A properly functioning and well-maintained boiler system is a highly efficient and reliable way to heat your home. It provides an even distribution of heat while operating pretty quietly in comparison to other systems. They also typically outlast other residential heating systems, making them a leading choice for homeowners throughout Chicago.

Even a well-maintained boiler, however, may malfunction at some point. And if you do notice that your boiler is struggling to supply sufficient heat to your home, it may be time to call our professionals for expert repairs. There are a variety of different issues that can arise when it comes to boilers, some more severe than others.

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How Having Your Ductwork Cleaned Helps Your HVAC Systems

December 12th, 2016

With how much work your air conditioning and furnace systems go through year after year, it should come as no surprise that over time, both of these systems can accumulate dirt and dust. As you may know, your yearly maintenance appointment will take care of this for the most part.

However, if this dirt and dust is left to build-up within your ductwork for too long, then it can start to create problems for your HVAC systems. This service can be performed any time, but before temperatures drop down to freezing, now is a great time to look into scheduling a duct cleaning appointment.

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