4 Energy-Efficient Home Heating Systems

September 20, 2021

Are you tired of having to choose between a warm home and high energy bills during winter? This is a common dilemma for homeowners in Champaign and Decatur, IL, where winter lows are frequently below freezing. The good news is that you can have both comfort and savings with modern, energy-efficient heating options. Continue reading to learn about the best energy-efficient heating systems: 1. Air Source Heat Pumps Heat pumps are the most common alternative to traditional furnaces for homes in Champaign. A heat pump is a device that pulls heat

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How to Tell if Your AC Has Been Damaged in a Storm

August 2, 2021

There are a number of ways in which your AC unit can be damaged during a storm. Some of the signs, however, are much more obvious than others. Repair costs can be spared if evidence of damage is spotted early, making it well worthwhile to frequently check on your equipment, even several days after a storm. Here are some signs of a problem to keep an eye out for. Burning Electrical Smell A burning electrical odor is perhaps the most obvious sign of a serious problem with your AC unit. If your appliance smells like it’s

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Preventing Bugs From Coming through Your AC

July 26, 2021

Bugs crawling into your house through your air conditioning equipment can be an alarming situation. The availability of open spaces allows the bugs to crawl into your living or working space. There are a few tricks you can use to keep the bugs from coming through your air conditioning unit into your home. 1. Use Duct Tape Normally, bugs can crawl into your living or working environment because there is an opening that lets them through. Essentially, these openings are mere cracks or spaces left around the air conditioner. To handle this problem, evaluate the space

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How To Keep My Home Cool Without Air Conditioning?

June 28, 2021

Summertime is synonymous with school breaks and family vacations, but it also brings about uncomfortably hot temperatures, especially during the daytime. While installing an AC unit can easily fix the problem, it’s not always a solution that’s readily available. Whether your walls do not have access to a proper vent or space for AC installation or you don’t want to spend thousands of dollars on a new AC, here are four other ways to stay cool this summer without an AC system. 1. Close and Cover Your Windows Closing your windows may sound counterproductive to

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What Are Air Conditioning BTU’s?

May 21, 2021

British thermal units (BTUs) are an important measurement regarding the effectiveness of air conditioning. They precisely measure thermal energy, particularly the energy necessary to raise the temperature of 1 pound of water 1 degree Fahrenheit while at sea level. What Are BTUs and Why Should You Care? With HVAC systems, the measurement is used to show how much heat energy can be put into or taken out from the air by a heating or cooling unit. Precisely, it is the measure of how much heat energy can make a change of 1 degree Fahrenheit

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Should I Turn Off My Gas Furnace in the Summer?

April 12, 2021

A gas furnace comes in enormously helpful when homeowners suffer through the cold winter season. As soon as summer arrives, the temperature increases and concerns shift to hot weather. What about the gas furnace, though? Is it necessary to shut off the stove during the summer season? What to Do With a Gas Furnace During the Winter No reason exists to keep a gas furnace running in the summer. Shutting the heater off when the summer arrives might be a good move. Only downsides exist to letting it run. Leaving the gas furnace

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How Do I Conserve Heat During the Winter?

March 16, 2021

Heating your home is one of the biggest reasons for high energy bills. There are several ways to conserve heat to save you money. Some of these cost little to nothing to implement. Plastic Covers for Doors and Windows You can seal unused doors and windows in the winter with plastic. You can buy kits for this at any big-box store. The plastic eliminates drafts, so warm air stays inside where you want it. Insulate Your Attic Since warm air rises, it’s lost in your attic if there isn’t sufficient insulation. Once

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What Size Furnace Do I Need?

February 18, 2021

Finding the right furnace size for your home is important in keeping your home warm. Failure to choose the right-size furnace can lead to significant costs and make it much more challenging to keep your house feeling comfortable. Here are a few of the main things to consider while you are looking for a new furnace for your house. 1. Understand Your Climate The first step in finding a furnace for your home is to understand your climate. For example, the winter season in Arizona is much milder compared to Illinois. Your furnace will need to

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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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