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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Ways to Remember to Change Your Home’s Air Filters

Ways to Remember to Change Your Home's Air FiltersReplacing the air filter in your HVAC system in between professional maintenance visits isn’t a difficult chore, but it’s one that’s easy to forget. Here are some of the reasons why your HVAC technician recommends routine filter checks and changes:

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Is Your Home Making Your Allergies Worse?

Is Your Home Making Your Allergies Worse?The misery you or a family member endures from allergies is likely due to certain substances present inside your home. To pinpoint exactly what’s triggering a reaction, it’s best to have testing done by an allergist. Once you know which of the following common triggers you’re battling, you can take measures to deal with them and lessen the misery.

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Potential Gas Leak? Here are a Few Signs

Potential Gas Leak? Here are a Few SignsIf you use gas for cooking and keeping warm during the northwest Chicago suburbs’ chilly winters, your safety depends on knowing when your gas system’s in trouble. Gas leak signs are among the most important signs to be aware of.

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Drain Safety 101

Drain Safety 101A good plumbing system provides an efficient means to dispose of and transport waste away from your home. However, your drains, toilets and pipes aren’t dumpsters, landfills or incinerators. Tossing the wrong items into your drains may actually cause damage to your home, pipes and to the environment.

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Home Electrical System: What to Know

Home Electrical System: What to KnowMost people don’t give much notice to their home electrical system as long as it functions properly. If it doesn’t, however, it instantly becomes the center of attention—particularly today, when we’re so dependent on efficient electric technology in our daily lives. Multiple elements of your electrical system must work together 24/7/365. A failure at any point may interrupt power in one room or the entire house.

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Everything You Need to Know When Looking For Reputable HVAC Contractors

Everything You Need to Know When Looking For Reputable HVAC ContractorsThe search for a reputable HVAC contractor is a necessary evil that can seem like a bigger hassle than it really is. That being said, finding a knowledgeable and skillful technician to work on your home’s HVAC systems is essential for your family’s home comfort.

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Pros and Cons of Tankless Water Heaters For Your House

Pros and Cons of Tankless Water Heaters For Your HouseTankless water heaters have been well known for a number of decades throughout the rest of the world, and now are becoming increasingly popular in the U.S. The idea of hot water on demand, delivered efficiently, is hard to resist. But do tankless water heaters live up to the hype? Read on and find out.

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Attic Insulation: Does Your Home Have Enough of it?

Attic Insulation: Does Your Home Have Enough of it?Because heat moves both ways in your home, adequate attic insulation is critical for optimum energy efficiency and indoor comfort. Heat energy naturally migrates from a warmer zone into a cooler zone. During winter, heat produced by your furnace radiates through the ceiling into the cold attic. Your furnace runs longer to compensate, driving up heating costs.

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Air Leaks: Tips for Detecting Them

Air Leaks: Tips for Detecting ThemAccording to the U.S. Department of Energy, air leaks account for about 20 percent of the annual heating and cooling costs in an average home. If you’d like to eliminate this unnecessary waste and lower your energy bills, you’ll need to locate and seal the sources of air leakage through your home’s conditioned envelope.

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