Want to Save Money and Sleep Better? Lower Your Home’s Temperature

Want to Save Money and Sleep Better? Lower Your Home's TemperatureSometimes it’s tough to get a good night’s sleep. The reasons may be diverse, from too much caffeine or alcohol, to going to bed in a room with the lights blazing, or looking at electronic devices prior to bedtime. But one often overlooked reason for sleeplessness is that your bedroom is too warm. It may be that by turning the furnace down you could sleep better. What’s more, you’ll save energy as an added benefit.

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Bundling Up Your Water Heater During Winter Chill

Bundling Up Your Water Heater During Winter ChillBecause it’s tucked away out of sight, your water heater is easy to overlook. Just like the rest of your house, though, your water heating system needs preparation to stay efficient and free from damage in the northwest Chicago suburbs’ unpredictable winters.

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What is That Odor Coming From the Furnace?

What is That Odor Coming From the Furnace?When your home experiences an awkward furnace smell, your first inclination may be to ignore it. After a while, however, you’ll find it impossible to ignore. This odor may indicate a basic problem with your heating system, but there are several things that could be producing the smells.

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Get the Scoop on the Components of Your Furnace

Get the Scoop on the Components of Your FurnaceYou rely on your furnace to keep you comfy and cozy during the long, cold northwest Chicago suburbs winter, and a breakdown can be a frigid, traumatic experience. Understanding the components of your heating system and how they work can help you successfully troubleshoot problems or communicate effectively with an HVAC professional if service is needed.

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Does Your Home Need Multiple Water Heaters?

Does Your Home Need Multiple Water Heaters?If you currently have a tank-style water heater, replacing it with an on-demand unit can help reduce your energy consumption. Before you make the switch, though, it’s important to understand the basics of how these two types of water heaters work:

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How a Humidifier Can Help During Winter

How a Humidifier Can Help During WinterWe always hear how humidity is not desirable in the home. But in winter it’s a different story, as humidity can actually help us feel more comfortable. How best to ensure you get enough moisture in your home? By installing a humidifier. Following is a rundown on what you should know about humidifiers.

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Give Yourself a Gift With Lower Energy Bills

Give Yourself a Gift With Lower Energy BillsThe holiday season can be hard on the budget, but the reasons for this go beyond money spent buying gifts and entertaining the family. Colder weather can mean a sharp rise in your heating bills as well. Here are ways to lower energy bills and still stay cozy through the holidays.

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Winter Safety Precautions for Your Chicago-Area Home

Winter Safety Precautions for Your Chicago-Area HomeIf you’re like most homeowners, you have certain tasks you do every year to get ready for winter. Don’t forget when you’re making your list to add these winter home safety steps:

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Look for These Signs of Old Ductwork

Look for These Signs of Old DuctworkYour ductwork is part of your HVAC system. To do a proper job, your system requires ductwork that’s the right size and configuration, as well as in proper repair to convey conditioned air to your home. At some point, your ductwork will probably need to be repaired or replaced as it ages. Read on for the signs that it’s time to replace your old ductwork.

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An Introduction to Load Calculations

An Introduction to Load CalculationsIf you’re in the market for a new HVAC system, you may have heard about conducting a load calculation for your home. If you haven’t, it may be worth considering talking to another HVAC contractor who provides this service before you choose your next system.

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