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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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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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