Replacing a Furnace Motor: ECM or PSC?

Replacing a Furnace Motor: ECM or PSC?A furnace motor replacement can be a little confusing for many homeowners. There are a couple of different options to choose from, but the names (ECM and PSC) don’t do anything to help you figure out which is better for your needs.

We’ll break down the differences between these two types of motors and discuss the pros and cons of each. But first, let’s look at what a furnace motor does so that we can better understand the different types.

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Tips for Checking Insulation Levels

Tips for Checking Insulation LevelsAir leaks and insufficient insulation can send your energy bills soaring and impact your wintertime comfort. Using the following tips for checking two common problem areas can make it easier to decide if you need professional help sealing leaks and increasing your home’s insulation level.

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Will Your Furnace Be Ready to Use This Winter?

Will Your Furnace Be Ready to Use This Winter?The falling leaves are a signal that you’ll soon have to start using your heating system to keep your home comfortable. Here are some helpful tips on how to make sure that your furnace is running safely and reliably at optimal efficiency.

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Consider These Home Maintenance Needs Before Leaving on Winter Vacation

Consider These Home Maintenance Needs Before Leaving on Winter VacationThe icy winters of the northwest Chicago suburbs can be rough on an unprotected home. If you’re planning to spend part of this winter away from home, now’s the time to start thinking about vacation maintenance.

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Safeguard Your Home With Working Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Safeguard Your Home With Working Carbon Monoxide DetectorsOnce the heating season begins and you close up your home tightly against the cold weather, carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning becomes a deadly-serious threat. You can lessen your chances of exposure to this lethal gas by getting the furnace serviced by an experienced HVAC contractor. To fully safeguard your home, though, it’s crucial to make sure your carbon monoxide detectors are working properly.

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Cold Weather Programming for Thermostats

Cold Weather Programming for ThermostatsStaying warm in the chilly winters of the northwest Chicago suburbs can get expensive, but resetting the programmable thermostat for energy-efficient temperatures helps keep your costs down.

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Advantages and Disadvantages of Types of Home Heating Systems

Advantages and Disadvantages of Types of Home Heating SystemsThere are several types of common home heating systems available, depending on the design of your home and the energy sources that are at your disposal, such as natural gas, electricity, propane or oil. To determine which of the home heating systems will be the best choice for your needs, you should know some of the advantages and disadvantages of each.

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Should You Have Your Heat Vents Cleaned?

Should You Have Your Heat Vents Cleaned?In an average size home, the heat vents convey about 800 cubic feet per minute of hot air from the furnace and distribute it to all rooms in the house. Whatever’s suspended in that air also moves through the ductwork system and may over time accumulate inside the ducts. Tiny airborne particulates include dust, pollen, mold spores and other potential irritants. If heat vents in a home become severely contaminated, they may function like a permanent source of indoor allergens that are continuously recirculated among the living spaces of the home.

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Here are the Best Areas to Insulate in Your Home

Here are the Best Areas to Insulate in Your HomeInstalling insulation in the right places around your home up to the R-value recommended by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is an effective way to boost energy efficiency and increase year-round comfort.

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Lower Your Utility Bills With a Lower Water Heater Temperature

Lower Your Utility Bills With a Lower Water Heater TemperatureIf you want reduce your household energy consumption and utility bills, one method you may not have thought of is lowering your water heater temperature. In a typical household, supplying hot water can account for up to a quarter of the total annual energy usage.

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