How Often Should You Get HVAC Maintenance?

February 8, 2021

An uncomfortable home can be a big distraction. That’s why it’s important to take basic steps to protect the systems that help keep your Joliet home comfortable. One of your most vital home comfort systems is your HVAC system. The good news is that keeping your HVAC system running properly is fairly easy as long as you have your system regularly maintained by . To help find success with HVAC maintenance, here is a good maintenance schedule to follow. Do What You Can One important part of HVAC maintenance is what you do on your own. The main thing that...

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Do Air Purifiers Kill Viruses?

January 5, 2021

Air purifiers can remove a wide range of pollutants, irritants and biological contaminants from the air, such as cigarette smoke, pollen and viruses. Not all filters are the same, so you need to make sure you buy HEPA filters that are powerful enough to trap the smallest of molecules like cigarette smoke and viruses. Using an Air Purifier to Reduce Viruses and Other Biological Contaminants A whole-house air purifier is ideal because it works on cleaning the air throughout your entire home rather than just a single room. If you can only use a portable air purifier for now, position...

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How Do High-Efficiency Furnaces Attain Their Efficiency Levels?

December 3, 2020

The more efficient your gas furnace is, the lower your energy bills will be. Heating your home makes up a large part of your winter energy bills. There are a few ways high-efficiency furnaces attain higher efficiency levels than conventional ones. Two-Stage Heating A conventional gas furnace is either working at full power or is turned off. High-efficiency furnaces feature two-stage heating. They work at a lower stage of heating whenever it’s not that cold outside. This stage consumes less energy, so you save money on your energy bills. When needed, a high-efficiency furnace will turn on its higher stage...

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Can You Save Money by Closing Vents in Unused Rooms?

November 16, 2020

In an attempt to save money on energy bills, many people close vents in rooms they aren’t using. This is a mistake that can cost you money instead of saving it. Closing Vents Causes Air Pressure Issues Modern heating and cooling equipment is designed to work at a certain air pressure. When you close vents, you throw off the air pressure in your HVAC system. The air pressure will be higher than it should be, which makes your equipment strain against it. When you close air vents, your HVAC system doesn’t work at a lower output. Instead, it works harder...

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4 Reasons Your Furnace is Blowing Cold Air

October 20, 2020

When the winter months finally arrive and it is time to turn your furnace on, the last thing you and your family need is the feel of cold air coming through your vents. There is nothing quite like the frustration of dealing with a furnace that malfunctions when its services are most needed. The good news is the fix may be relatively simple once you discover what it is. 1. Furnace Not Yet Warm A furnace that has been inactive for months will likely send a burst of cold air through the vents in your home when it’s first turned...

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4 Ways to Prevent HVAC Failure

September 20, 2020

Keeping your HVAC system working great is always a top priority for homeowners. However, problems can arise from a variety of causes. Reaching out to a local HVAC company is a good idea to help you investigate the problem and ensure that your system is working as efficiently as possible. Here are four simple tips that can help you prevent HVAC failure. 1. Schedule Preventative Maintenance One of the most impactful ways to extend the lifespan of your HVAC system is to schedule preventative maintenance. Annual maintenance is a great way to maximize efficiency and save you a lot of...

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How to Reduce Exposure to Indoor Air Pollutants

August 16, 2020

You spend the majority of your hours inside of your home. You want your indoor air quality to be as good as possible since it’s so important for your health. These are some simple ways to make sure your house’s air is as clean as possible. Household Cleaners Household cleaners are a common source of indoor pollutants. The harsh chemicals in these products emit fumes that irritate your nose, lungs and skin. People with asthma are especially impacted by conventional household cleaners. You should only buy or make yourself natural cleaning supplies. Use a Good Quality Air Filter You should...

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Can Air Conditioning Cause Sinus Problems?

July 16, 2020

In the summer in Joliet, IL, running your air conditioner is a necessity rather than a choice. With temperatures above 90 degrees regularly, not running your AC could have serious consequences for your health. But could your air conditioner be negatively affecting your sinuses? Here’s a quick look at some of the health effects that your air conditioner may have and what you can do to avoid them. Air Conditioners Create Dry Air Your air conditioner naturally dehumidifies the air in your house. As warm, moist air moves across your cold air conditioner coil, some of the moisture in the...

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Does The Outside Temperature Affect My AC?

June 16, 2020

Outdoor temperatures have a large impact on your air conditioning system. It has to work hard when temperatures soar and may not be able to keep up. These are the ways in which outdoor temperatures affect how well your AC system works. How AC Units Deal With Hot Outdoor Temperatures Most cooling systems are maxed out when the outdoor temperature exceeds 95 degrees. At that point, they can’t work any harder. At 95 degrees, they can keep your house around 78 to 80 degrees. If you turn the thermostat below 78, it won’t make your residence any cooler. When outdoor...

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How Indoor Air Quality Data Helps HVAC Technicians

May 13, 2020

One of the simplest fixes that a qualified HVAC technician can provide to a homeowner who is concerned about the air quality in their home is a quick look at the filters. If a filter becomes too dirty to do its primary job, there will be major air quality issues in the house. A technician can measure the particles per million of dust in the air and get a pretty good idea of whether this is a contributing problem. The good news is it is a quick and cheap fix, and it can also provide additional data about the condition...

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