Elm Heating & Cooling, Inc. Blog

How Does a Hydronic Boiler Work?

March 19th, 2018

boiler-gaugeHydronic heating is one of the most popular ways to heat up a property in our service area, but many homeowners are not quite sure how it works. We don’t blame them—hydronic heating can be a bit tricky to understand. And besides, you have local heating contractors who know the ins and outs of hydronic heaters, so you don’t have to.

Still, it can be helpful to know about the basics. That way, you’ll have a bit more information when something goes wrong, when selecting a new installation, or when you’re speaking with technicians. Reach out to our team for boiler services and read on to learn what makes hydronic boilers so special.

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Do Gas Furnaces Need Electrical Repairs?

March 5th, 2018

electrical-wiring-in-furnaceNatural gas is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to get heat into your home. It’s clean burning, too, and available for use in most homes in our area. Electric heating, of course, is even more readily available, accessible to most homes in the area, but there’s a catch: it costs a whole lot of money to generate heat via electricity in an area like ours.

That’s why, if you have a natural gas heater, you are glad to save on your bills in the winter. And so, you may be surprised if you find out that your natural gas furnace requires electrical repairs! However, these are the most common repairs for any gas heating system.

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4 Heating Efficiency Tips

February 19th, 2018

zone-control-coolingAsk any homeowner what they wish they could change about their heating systems and they’d probably answer the same way: “How much it costs to run!” In our part of the country, heating bills can get high enough to take up nearly half your total bills for the month, depending on usage.

Thankfully, there are ways to bring down those costs, without much discomfort. You might need to change your habits, take on a weekend project, or make an upgrade, but in any case, you should see average costs go down.

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Prevent Troublesome Furnace Repairs

February 5th, 2018

furnace-service-technicianIn the winter in Illinois, we cannot go for long without a working heater. When a heating system breaks down, you might have to schedule sudden furnace repairs, even paying after-hours fees to get a technician to your home in the latest hour of the night. Once a heating system has completely broken down, you may be lucky enough to replace only a small component of the system, or you might have to pay to repair the damage caused by excess strain and wear and tear that could have been prevented.

Most of the heating issues we come across in heaters less than 10 years old are entirely preventable, or at least could be caught much sooner. Follow these tips and prevent yourself from having to call technicians for the most troublesome of furnace repairs.

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What to Know about HVAC System Sizing

January 22nd, 2018

Tech-quote-paper-handMany people do not realize how much goes into installing an air conditioning or heating system. They may think that any handyperson could install an air conditioner or a furnace as long as they had instructions and a good tool kit. But there are many good reasons it’s necessary to have experienced HVAC installers on the job instead.

Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning contractors go through a lot of thorough training to ensure that a heating system is installed safely and securely. That doesn’t just mean following instructions. It means taking pains to ensure the system is properly sized as well, and those calculations can be more difficult than you think.

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Save Energy on Heating This Year

January 8th, 2018

green-home-leaves-handIt’s one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions, but also one of the hardest to achieve. Saving money can be difficult when you’ve got bills to think about, and those bills aren’t exactly going to go away. However, there may be ways to drastically reduce those bills, bringing you one step closer to meeting your goals.

Some of these tasks are easier than others. Sometimes, you have to spend and make an investment in order to start seeing savings. In the end, though, what you save is worth it. Start saving energy and fuel on the most-used system in your home this season—your heater—and make that resolution a reality!

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Radiant Heating vs. Forced-Air Heating for Homes

December 25th, 2017

radiator-womanIn many older homes, options are limited as to what type of heater you can have installed in the home. If you have a furnace now, you’re likely to replace it with a forced-air furnace. If you have a hot water boiler and no air ducts, you’re likely to replace it with the same type of tank.

However, when you move into a new home or when you plan to do some major remodeling, you suddenly have options. Radiant heating is an excellent, efficient option, but many homeowners are just as happy with a furnace. We’ll describe the difference and the benefits of each in the guide below. But your best bet is to speak with a technician and find out what’s best for your home.

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What You May Not Know about Boilers

December 11th, 2017

dont-neglect-boiler-troublesDo boilers really boil the water? Are they the same as furnaces? Do they require a lot of attention and maintenance? For many people, boiler systems are a bit of a mystery. They have a lot of components and require precise pressure and water levels to safely and properly do their jobs. But they’re actually not too difficult to understand.

Today, we let you know all about these efficient heating systems and clear up some of the mystery around them. Contact our friendly team for more information!

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Is Your Furnace At Risk?

November 27th, 2017

home-smoke-detector-alarmA gas heating system is an excellent choice for a whole-house heating installation. It burns fuel to heat your home, which allows for efficiency and performance unlike you would get in an electric heater. Natural gas is readily available in most homes, so it tends to be a logical choice as well.

The gas furnace is also reliable and durable. But that doesn’t put everyone’s mind at ease. A natural gas heater is still at risk of a few common safety issues, even if that risk is low in most homes with new furnaces. So you want to know…is your furnace at risk?

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Saving Money on a New HVAC System

November 13th, 2017

piggy-bank-money-handIn the market for a new heating and air conditioning system? We know how stressful that can be. Not only do we deal with people scrambling for a new HVAC system all the time (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system), but we also have been there before. Picking out a new home system is never an ideal experience, and the money you spend is even worse. But you can save some money by following our expert tips.

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