Helpful Tips for Protecting Your A/C

Now that summer has wound down, many homeowners want to know how to protect their A/C unit in the off season. There is no winterization that has to be done but the following tips may be helpful: Air Conditioning Tips Make sure equipment has been inspected and cleaned. If not, this is an ideal time … Continued

Fall HVAC Maintenance Checklist

Preparing Your HVAC System for Fall Fall is a time many Illinois homeowners change over from cooling to heating as temps drop and days get shorter. This means you’ll be using your home’s essential HVAC system in a different way, although fall is a time for both a/c and furnace maintenance. As you prepare to … Continued

What is Your Furnace’s AFUE?

With the drop in daily temperatures, fall is officially here. It is time to do a safety inspection and preventative maintenance on your heating equipment. If your equipment is over 10 years old, you should be asking yourself just how efficient it is. The rating system for determining the efficiency of heating equipment is the … Continued

Tips On Reducing Your Electric Costs

During the summer months many people complain about the high electric bills when they use their A/C units. The compressor, which is the heart of the A/C system, consumes more energy than any other appliance in the home. The key is to minimize its running time without compromising comfort. Some simple solutions on lowering electric … Continued

What to Do About a Frozen Evaporator Coil

The evaporator coil is a very important air conditioner component. It’s what turns refrigerant into a gas-like state so it can be distributed throughout your home via vents and ductwork. If an AC frozen evaporator coil is why you’re here, read on to learn more about what can be done to address this particular problem. … Continued

Why do your lights dim when your A/C turns on?

This is an interesting phenomenon that affects some homes but fortunately not for most. It is not indicative of a serious problem, but rather more of a nuisance. Lights Dim When AC Turns On The most obvious reason for lights dimming is that the A/C consumes a very high start up current and causes a … Continued

Tips for a more comfortable home

Tips to improve indoor air comfort Do not block supply or return vents with furniture. Keep interior doors open if the room has no return duct. Attic insulation should be at least R38. Keep furnace filters clean. Have equipment inspected annually. Have ducts professionally sealed with Aeroseal. If your HVAC equipment is over 10 years … Continued

Is there condensation on your ductwork?

Condensation on Ductwork If your ducts are in the crawl space or unfinished basement you probably have some condensation on them when your air conditioner is running. This is not indicative of an equipment problem, but rather, a problem with the building envelope. Whenever the surrounding air is warmer and more humid than the air … Continued

What kind of thermostat do you have?

Years ago almost every home had a round or rectangular thermostat that had a small vial filled with mercury, which was actually the contact point for the 24 volt circuit. The only thing these thermostats were designed to do was to turn the equipment on or off. Programmable Thermostat Approximately 40 years ago Honeywell began … Continued

Air Conditioner Repair or Replace – What’s Right for You?

Even in Illinois where winters can be noticeably cold and snow-filled, summers can bring heat and humidity. This is definitely not a time to need air conditioning repair. Realistically, there are still times when urgent HVAC services are required to get your cooling system up and running again. In many cases, an experienced HVAC company … Continued