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4 Ways to Heat an Older Home

Many older homes throughout the Chicago area aren’t equipped with the newer doors, windows, and insulation that keep a home warm in the winter. Upgrading your heat system can be expensive. However, there are numerous ways to effectively heat your home, enhance your heating system, and improve energy efficiency without breaking the bank. Seal Your Home Most older homes have fireplaces that might not be in use. Even if they are in use, many of them are not in the …
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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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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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Sudden Savings: 6 Tips to Lower Heating Bills in Your Chicago Home

Chicago winters are infamously cold and blustery, which means home comfort often comes with high heating bills. But savvy homeowners can reduce energy use through the winter and keep their home more comfortable. Here’s how to lower heating bills in your home when the wind blows and the snow piles up. Seal air leaks around doors and windows using caulk and weatherstripping. If you’ve sealed the leaks in years past, check the seals to make sure they still hold. Caulk and …
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