Furnace on the Fritz? Here’s How to Troubleshoot Common Issues

Furnace on the Fritz? Here's How to Troubleshoot Common IssuesYou expect your furnace to keep you warm all winter. So, when something goes wrong, it must be a catastrophic breakdown, right? Don’t get carried away, because that’s not always the case. In fact, many heating problems may be resolved by trying the following furnace troubleshooting tips.

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Zoning Systems: Comfort Control in Every Room of Your House

If you share a home with other people, you probably know how tough it is for everyone to agree on the right temperature for the thermostat. And even if you don’t have disagreements about whether it’s too cold or too hot, you may have wished you could turn off the cooling or heating to certain parts of the home when they’re not in use.

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Are You Prepared for Unexpected Winter Power Outages?

Are You Prepared for Unexpected Winter Power Outages?Is your home ready for a power outage? Chicago’s brutal winters can quickly escalate an inconvenient blackout to a potentially deadly situation. Here are some suggestions for how to prepare your family.

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Considering Improving IAQ With UV Lights? Here’s What You Need to Know

Considering Improving IAQ With UV Lights? Here's What You Need to KnowIf you’re used to thinking of air quality improvements in terms of filtration, you’re halfway there – but only halfway. Filters, whether it’s the standard filter in your home HVAC system or a more powerful HEPA air filter added on, clean your air by catching and removing small particles like pollen, pet dander, dust, and mold spores. But they may not be as effective against other organic pollutants – and that’s where UV lights can come in.

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Finding the Heat/Humidity Balance

Finding the Heat/Humidity BalanceIf you had to choose one word to describe your home’s indoor air quality (IAQ) during the winter season, would it be stuffy, dusty, drafty or static-y? How about dry indoor air? All of these elements of IAQ are affected by the level of humidity and heat balance in your home during the heating months. Keep reading to learn how you can find a balance just right for your comfort and IAQ.

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Using a Space Heater: Is it Dangerous?

Using a Space Heater: Is it Dangerous?Many people consider utilizing a space heater to warm up cold spots or individual rooms inside a home. However, should they relied upon as a day in, day out source of indoor warmth? A Harvard University study states that space heaters are implicated in about 25,000 house fires a year. In addition, about 6,000 emergency room visits annually are due to burns from space heaters. While space heaters can be operated safely, careful usage must be a priority.

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Understanding HVAC Heating Season Lingo

Understanding HVAC Heating Season LingoThe more basic heating system terminology you know, the better you’ll be able to keep your system running reliably and efficiently throughout the northwest Chicago suburbs’ chilly heating season.

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Want Better Energy Savings in Your Home? Weatherize Those Windows!

Want Better Energy Savings in Your Home? Weatherize Those Windows!Your northwest Chicago suburbs home is a haven during the frigid Illinois winter, but if it’s drafty, you’re probably not as comfortable as you’d like, and your energy bills are probably too high, since air leaks make the furnace work overtime to compensate for infiltrating air.

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Ice Dams Pose a Serious Risk During Wintertime

Ice Dams Pose a Serious Risk During WintertimeIcicles aren’t an uncommon wintertime sight around the northwest Chicago suburbs, and although they may be beautiful, they’re a sign of harmful ice dams. Improving your attic’s energy efficiency protects your home from the damage these formations can cause.

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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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