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

How Does Your Duct System Rate?

Your indoor comfort is a direct function of the quality of your ductwork. Most homeowners only think the equipment is the crux of indoor comfort, but even a Rolls-Royce can’t get you anywhere if it has four flat tires. With a poorly designed duct system even the best equipment can’t give you a quiet and … Continued

How Comfortable is Your House?

There are very few homes that have even comfort in all the rooms. The style of the house plays a crucial role. U-shaped ranches, tri-level and two story homes all have issues with certain rooms or levels when it comes to heating and cooling. Temperature Variances in Your House There are several primary causes for … Continued

Is Your A/C System Losing Refrigerant?

In a perfect world your A/C unit should not lose any refrigerant. Unfortunately, leaks do occur and sometimes they are almost impossible to find. The problem could be in the evaporator coil, the line set, or the condenser. Typically leaks are found around brazing joints, fittings, or service valves. Refrigerants are in an oil base … Continued

Everything You Need to Know About AC Evaporator Coils

There are many important parts of an air conditioner that need to work together to keep your indoor spaces cool and comfy. One of these key components is the AC evaporator coil, which is designed to absorb heat from the air inside your home. These important coils help with the process of producing cool air … Continued

How Do You Operate Your A/C?

Very frequently, customers ask us “What is the best way to run the A/C?” The surprising fact is that many people have misconceptions on how to use their thermostats, fan cycling, etc. The following list highlights some of the common air conditioning myths: “Lowering the thermostat will cool the house faster.” This is probably the … Continued

How Important is Your Furnace Filter?

The average homeowner doesn’t think about their furnace or A/C unless there is a problem. Many service calls that we encounter are directly caused by dirty filters. The other problem that is very prevalent is the use of filters that are too restrictive, they don’t allow enough air flow through their medium. How does a … Continued

Mini Split AC vs. Central Air – What’s the Difference?

Staying comfortable indoors in the summer isn’t always an easy task without some help from a cooling system. Fortunately, there are several options to consider. Today, we’re focusing on two of the more common ones: ductless mini split systems and central air conditioning. Here’s what you need to know about each option. Ductless Mini Splits … Continued

Energy Codes and New Construction

The International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) dictates code requirements for new construction and remodeling. Individual states and local municipalities can add to those standards but cannot diminish them. The goal of these mandates is to conserve more energy but the net result is to have a safer and more comfortable home. For residential applications, the … Continued