What HVAC Questions to Consider When Buying a Home

What HVAC Questions to Consider When Buying a HomeIf you’re buying a house, there are lots of factors to weigh when you’re comparing properties. The HVAC system is one aspect of each home that’s essential to investigate, because the condition and functionality of this critical home system affects your comfort, household expenses, safety and well being.

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Preparing for Winter: Furnace Maintenance in the Summer

Preparing for Winter: Furnace Maintenance in the SummerIt’s getting close to the time where we in the northwest Chicago suburbs can confidently turn off the furnace and get ready for the summer cooling season. But that in-between time doesn’t mean we should slack off with furnace maintenance. Actually, it’s best to think of your furnace and air conditioner as one system, and plan for maintenance and extra attention to the components for both in the spring and fall.

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Are Recessed Lights Affecting Your Home’s HVAC Efficiency?

Are Recessed Lights Affecting Your Home's HVAC Efficiency?Any home with recessed lights that protrude into the attic is probably not as energy efficient as it could be. Although these lights are unobtrusive, convenient and attractive, they could be undermining your cooling and heating efforts.

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Easy Ways to Prevent Buildup in Your Humidifier

Easy Ways to Prevent Buildup in Your HumidifierHaving too little moisture in your home’s indoor air can create a number of problems. For starters, it could lead to skin irritation, respiratory issues and general discomfort. Dry air can also cause wood furnishings and walls to develop unsightly cracks. It can even lead to a buildup of static electricity, which could be unpleasant for any occupant in your home.

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Why Your Air Conditioner Isn’t Turning On

Why Your Air Conditioner Isn't Turning OnIf you reach for your air conditioner’s switch and the system won’t turn on, don’t panic. It could be a simple problem that is relatively easy to fix. Here are some of the more common reasons why your air conditioner won’t turn on.

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Modulating Furnace Benefits

Modulating Furnace BenefitsWhen the time comes to replace your older furnace, it’s worth learning more about recent developments in heating technology – like modulating furnaces that are designed to boost both comfort and energy efficiency.

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Your Venting Options for Furnace Replacements

Your Venting Options for Furnace ReplacementsGas furnaces are a reliable and energy efficient type of home heating equipment. Like other fuel-burning devices, though, gas furnaces produce potentially lethal combustion fumes that must be properly vented outdoors for safety. If you’re planning to replace your gas furnace, you’ll want to talk to with your HVAC contractor about the best venting method for your home.

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How Volatile Organic Compounds Can Affect IAQ

How Volatile Organic Compounds Can Affect IAQPlenty of homes in this region have a high level of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that pose health risks of varying degrees. VOCs come from anything that’s made from a hydrocarbon, and include thousands of products commonly used in homes.

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Spring Vacation? Make Sure Your Home Is Prepared

Spring Vacation? Make Sure Your Home Is PreparedSo, you’re really excited about your impending spring vacation, right? We bet you are… and we definitely don’t blame you. But first, it’s important that you prepare your home to make sure it’s in the same condition when you come back as when you left it.

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Don’t Make These Mistakes When Buying a New Air Conditioner

Don't Make These Mistakes When Buying a New Air ConditionerStaying comfortable in your home on a hot and humid summer day is totally relative to the efficiency of your new air conditioner and the competency of your HVAC installer. Seeing how there are vast differences in quality from one HVAC contractor to the next, the more you know about buying an air conditioner and avoiding the potential pitfalls can make all the difference.

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