HVAC Basics You Need to Understand

HVAC Basics You Need to UnderstandFor many people, knowing how to adjust the thermostat on the wall in the living room is about the limit of their understanding of their home’s heating and cooling system. Yet, knowing some HVAC basic information not only can help you maintain and improve comfort in your home, but save money on your monthly energy bills as well.

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Energy Bills and Summer Savings

Energy Bills and Summer SavingsDo your energy bills typically rise when summer settles in and the temperature and humidity start to climb? To keep your home comfortably cool and enjoy summer savings on your utility bills too, give the following efficiency-boosting measures a try:

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Purchase Considerations for Portable Air Conditioners

Purchase Considerations for Portable Air ConditionersIf you need to cool a single-room home addition, or you’d like to spot-cool a cottage, a seldom-used guest room or other such space — but investing in a ductless mini-split or using a window unit isn’t feasible — a portable air conditioner (PAC) is an option worth considering. Before you make a purchasing decision, consider these important factors:

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Getting Your HVAC Ready for Your Summer Vacation

Getting Your HVAC Ready for Your Summer VacationWhether you’re headed out of town for a weekend or a few weeks, you’ll want to make sure your HVAC system is prepared for your summer vacation. It’s all too common for homeowners to forget about their air conditioning systems as they make their vacation plans.

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One Fire Hazard You’ve Probably Never Thought About

One Fire Hazard You’ve Probably Never Thought About We’re all concerned about the possibility of a fire occurring in our homes. We keep our wiring up to date, install smoke alarms and are watchful over food as it cooks. But did you know that more than 2,900 residential fires originate in the clothes dryer annually in the U.S.? Every year, a few of those fires also result in fatalities.

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Yard Work Affects Your HVAC System in These Ways

Yard Work Affects Your HVAC System in These WaysOne half of your costly HVAC system sits outdoors, fully exposed to potential harm from your yard work activities and general yard debris, overgrown vegetation/weeds and landscape plantings too. If you’re not taking extra care when you tackle yard work, the effects on the condenser coil, fan and compressor can include a decline in energy efficiency, a breakdown or even a component failure.

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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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