What kind of water heater do you have?

There are still areas around the globe where running water from a sink or bathtub are non-existent. Western civilization has a lot to be thankful for because we accept so many conveniences as the norm. When you turn on any faucet in the house you get hot or cold water. We all know there is … Continued

How to Tell If Your Furnace Ignitor Is Bad

It’s no secret winters in Illinois can get cold, often with temps dipping into the 20s or teens. When the mercury drops, the last thing you want to deal with is a furnace that’s literally leaving you cold. One of the reasons this could happen is because of a part called the furnace ignitor. Here’s … Continued

A Special Tribute to All Veterans

For all of you that have sacrificed so much so the rest of us can enjoy all the freedoms that we seem to take for granted, we salute you and we thank you. Official Heating & Cooling would like to offer a 10% discount on all of our services to all active and retired military … Continued

What is a 90% Furnace?

90% Furnace The most efficient gas furnace on the market is one that has an A.F.U.E (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) of 90% or higher. For every dollar spent on your heating bill, between 90-98 cents actually heats your home and only 2-8 cents are lost to your chimney. Compare that to older units where you … Continued

Why replace your older furnace?

As a consumer, everyone should be very concerned with the economic tsunami that has befallen us this year. The cost of every product that we want or need has gone sky high. This past week we were informed that the price of natural gas is expected to increase by 40% or more. To minimize the … Continued

Should I Schedule a Furnace Tune Up?

Most furnace manufacturers recommend annual tune-ups as a part of routine furnace maintenance. Realistically, however, many people don’t bother to take this step. It’s one worth considering, though, if it’s not something you do already as a matter of habit. Take a moment to learn more about furnace tune-ups and why this process is important … Continued

What type of furnace should you buy?

When it comes to residential furnaces, most of our customers have natural gas. In some of the more rural areas you will usually have propane or electric. For the vast majority of NICOR and North Shore customers, their choice for furnaces are either 80% or 90% efficiency. There are different options within each level of … Continued

How is your I.A.Q.?

Indoor Air Quality (I.A.Q.) has become one of the fastest growing industries within the HVAC product lines. Back in the 70’s when we had an oil embargo and long lines waiting to fill up with gasoline, builders started to erect homes that were virtually air tight. The unintended consequences of these super efficient homes lead … Continued

Is there carbon monoxide in your home?

It is an odorless, colorless, and tasteless gas that can be toxic to humans and animals. Typical symptoms are headaches, nausea, dizziness, and fatigue. The gas in question is carbon monoxide which can be brought into your home via your ductwork. The source is your furnace, if it has a defective heat exchanger. Defective Heat … Continued

Is My AC Drain Line Clogged?

An air conditioner has many parts that need to remain in good working order to maintain your home’s comfort, one of which is the drain line. It’s responsible for removing water released as your cooling system’s evaporator converts refrigerant from liquid to gas form. Over time, an AC drain line can become clogged, which is … Continued