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Don’t Void an HVAC Warranty by Making These 4 Mistakes

Orignially published October 2014, updated September 2016 New HVAC equipment may be one of the biggest investments you’ll make for your Chicago, Illinois, home. You will need to protect this valuable investment by avoiding common mistakes that might result in voiding an HVAC warranty. Each heating and air conditioning equipment manufacturer has specific warranty language and policies, so read all of the paperwork your HVAC contractor gives you after installation. That said, here are four common mistakes that might lead …
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Remember Indoor Air Quality During a Home Remodel

Changes made during a home remodeling project can expose you to a variety of unhealthy substances, such as excessive household dust, hidden mold growth, bacteria, harsh chemicals or even extremely dangerous materials like lead paint or asbestos. Here are a few steps you can take to preserve your indoor air quality during a home remodel. Protecting IAQ While Remodeling Consult your remodeling contractor to determine a plan for controlling dust and other harmful materials before signing a contract. Make sure …
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4 Home Insulation Misconceptions

Home insulation is a major factor in your home’s overall energy efficiency, and it must be installed correctly for proper performance. Several common misconceptions can harm the performance of your home insulation and leave you with higher heating and cooling costs. Insulation Stops Air Infiltration The main job of home insulation is to slow the heat transfer between the indoors and the outdoors, allowing your home to maintain a stable temperature with minimal energy input. To stop the flow of …
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Lower Cooling Costs During a Hot Chicago Summer

If remembering what you paid to keep your home comfortable last summer makes you cringe, it’s time to make a change. Just in time for warmer weather, here are five tips to reduce cooling costs in your Chicago home. Keep Interior Heat Gain to a Minimum Start by reducing the amount of heat you generate inside. Refrain from running the dishwasher, doing laundry and baking during the day. Save these activities for after dark. Cook with the microwave or outside …
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How Ceiling Fan Direction Impacts Energy Efficiency and Comfort

Did you know that changing your ceiling fan direction can help you heat and cool your home more efficiently? It can save you on energy costs while keeping your home more comfortable throughout the year. Cooling in the Warmer Months There’s a common myth that turning on a ceiling fan will bring down the temperature in your home. If you measure the temperature in the room where a ceiling fan is running, you will find that the temperature isn’t going …
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Thermostats Are Just One Way to Save Energy Year Round

If you’re frustrated by high energy bills throughout the year, don’t despair. There are a number of simple ways to save energy that you may not be aware of. Here are some energy-saving tips that won’t strain your pocketbook.

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Heating and Cooling Performance Starts in Your Attic

You’d be surprised at how much influence the attic has on the home’s energy efficiency and heating and cooling performance. A well-designed and maintained attic can help keep your Chicago area home cool in the summer and warm in the winter, plus ease the strain on your checkbook. However, a poorly insulated and leaky attic, without proper ventilation, will force the furnace and A/C to work harder to keep you comfortable year round. Learn how you can improve attic and energy …
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Hearing Pops and Bangs in Your Ducts? Here’s Why

The sudden appearance of duct noises can be startling, especially during the winter when heating systems become essential. Though the pops and bangs coming from your ducts may be frightening, there’s a good chance that they don’t signify any major problem with your heating system.

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Furnace, Heat Pump or a Hybrid System: Which is Best for You?

When choosing a heating system for the home, Chicago residents usually have three main choices: a furnace, a heat pump or a hybrid system. Each has advantages and disadvantages to consider before making the investment.

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How to Improve Your IAQ So Your Winter Isn’t a Stuffy One

As homeowners become more and more conscientious of their energy usage, their homes become more and more airtight. While this is certainly a smart and effective way to lower utility costs, having such a well-sealed home can lead to issues with indoor air quality (IAQ). Before the caulking and weatherstripping revolution came about, those little household air leaks provided ventilation and fresh air to breathe. And this problem is only compounded in the winter months, when most people work earnestly …
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