Is Annual Furnace Maintenance Really Necessary?

January 5, 2021

Decatur, IL, is no stranger to cold, snowy winters. You’ll rely on your furnace for warmth during the cold months of the year. In order for your furnace to operate safely, efficiently and effectively, we recommend an annual tune-up. Consider these three reasons why annual furnace maintenance really is necessary for your heating system. 1. Prevent Safety Issues A malfunction in a gas furnace could put you and your family’s health and safety at risk. A cracked heat exchanger, obstructed flue or damaged seal could allow toxic carbon monoxide gas to mix with the air you

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Tried and True Practices for Minimizing HVAC Wear and Tear

December 17, 2020

With cold winters and warm summers, residents of Decatur, Illinois, rely on their home HVAC systems year-round to stay comfortable. Depending on climate, HVAC model, and maintenance, HVAC systems typically last around 10 to 15 years. Many homeowners don’t try to minimize HVAC wear and tear, resulting in higher bills, lower performance, and shorter HVAC lifespan. Never Undervalue Your Air Filters Air filters remove particulate matter from your home’s air. Like many things, you might not think about air filters until they stop working. This lackadaisical behavior subjects your HVAC system to unnecessary wear and tear.

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Increasing Energy Efficiency in the Winter

November 17, 2020

Energy efficiency should be one of your top concerns this winter. It’s something that must be tackled from different angles; you must make your home efficient, make the heater efficient, and regulate when the heater runs. Insulating and Sealing Your Home How your home is insulated and seal will affect its ability to retain warm air. While your attic and walls may already be insulated, chances are the insulation is old and not the ideal thickness. Sealing cracks and other openings is essential. Fortunately, you can treat this as a mostly DIY project

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What’s a Heat Pump and How Does It Work?

October 20, 2020

Heat pumps are becoming more popular in the heating and cooling industry. Many homes utilize these systems, but not all homeowners know much about them. To help make clear what heat pumps are and how they work, here’s a quick guide on the basics. The Heat Pump System A heat pump is a home comfort system that transfers heat energy from a source of heat to a thermal reservoir. This system does not actually burn fuel or use electrical resistance across a coil. In heat pump systems, heat and cooling are generated through varying

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Does Indoor Air Quality Affect Immune Systems

September 20, 2020

A strong immune system plays a vital role in keeping you healthy. However, your immune system may be compromised due to poor indoor air quality in your home. Reaching out to a company that offers indoor air quality services is a great way to stay proactive and help you avoid potential health problems. Here are a few ways that the quality of air in your home impacts your immune system: 1. Inflammation Problems Maintaining the quality of air in your house is essential to protect your immune system. Inhaling polluted air can cause an increase in

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3 Things to Look for in Your Air Conditioning Contractors

August 11, 2020

The AC in your home is what keeps you and your family comfortable on those scorching summer days. When you need a repair or a brand-new unit, you want to get it done right away. However, there are a lot of HVAC contractors out there. Here are three things to look for in your air conditioning contractor. 1. Multiple, high quality reviews Online reviews are a way for consumers to share their experience about a company with others. People can post reviews on a wide variety of different sites, including:

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Should I Have My Thermostat Set To “Auto” or “On”?

July 15, 2020

Thermostats have a fan setting that controls your heating and cooling system’s blower. The three settings are “Off,” “On,” and “Auto.” There are pros and cons to each setting as detailed below. Auto Setting When you choose the “Auto” setting, your fan only turns on when your system is actively heating or cooling your home. Once your desired temperature is reached, the system shuts down as does the fan. “Auto” is the most energy-efficient setting. It’s also the best setting to use if your home is humid; if the fan is constantly running,

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Do Ceiling Fans Help Air Conditioning?

June 16, 2020

Ceiling fans have been in use since the 1880s. While they don’t actually cool the air, they do make people feel cooler thanks to the wind chill. Here’s how you can use your home’s ceiling fans to help your air conditioner cool your house and save some money. Have Your Ceiling Fan Spin the Right Way Ceiling fans have a switch to change from clockwise to counterclockwise motion. In the summer, you should have it spin counterclockwise. You should feel a breeze when it’s spinning this way, which will cool you down. Turn

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How Much Electricity Do Air Conditioners Use?

May 13, 2020

Heating and cooling your home is the largest part of your energy bills. If your home operates on electricity, you likely wonder how much electricity your air conditioner is using. There are multiple factors at play, but this should give you a good idea of how much electricity your AC unit is consuming. Thermostat Settings The temperature at which you set your thermostat is a large factor in how much electricity your air conditioner consumes. You should try to set it as high as is comfortable for this reason. For every degree you set your air

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