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Should I Replace My Air Conditioner?

May 1st, 2017

question-markMay is here at last, and the slow crawl toward the summer season finally seems to be picking up some steam. The last thing that you want to encounter this summer is a broken down air conditioning system, especially after looking forward to the warmer temperatures for so long? Don’t get caught off guard! If you think that your air conditioner is going to struggle to make it through another summer season, then you should already be considering your replacement options.

Of course, an air conditioner on the edge of a breakdown is not the only reason to consider an air conditioning replacement in Chicago, IL. There are a few different situations in which replacing your air conditioner may be your best option. Consider the following pointers, and feel free to contact our team with any questions that you may have. If you’re ready for an AC replacement, you can count on us to do the job right. 

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AC Maintenance FAQ: Every Year?

April 17th, 2017

AC-technician-at-workLet’s answer the question posed in the title right off the bat. Yes. You need to schedule routine air conditioning maintenance every year. This is not something that HVAC contractors, ourselves or others, say just to line their own pockets. We work with this equipment day after day, year after year, and we have seen with our own eyes the types of problems that stem from failing to schedule routine air conditioning maintenance. If we were trying to line our pockets, actually, we’d be telling you to skip AC maintenance!

Of course, we wouldn’t do that. We want our clients to know that they can turn to us no matter what type of AC service that they may need. We develop long-term relationships with our clients, and we can only do that by proving to them that we are looking out for their best interests. That is why we encourage you to schedule your air conditioning maintenance in Chicago, IL with a member of our team.

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Schedule Prompt AC Repairs

April 3rd, 2017

thermostatYou don’t really need your air conditioner yet, but you are going to before you know. Unfortunately, even with outstanding air conditioning maintenance, there is no way in which to guarantee that your air conditioner is going to operate 100% reliably. No mechanical system can truly claim to do so. If and when you notice any problems with your home cooling system, just give us a call. We’re here to handle your air conditioner repairs in Chicago, IL properly.

But how are you supposed to know when you need air conditioning repairs? After all, it is not as though you are a professional air conditioning repair technician. If that were the case, you could just go ahead and fix your own AC, right? Well, fortunately for you, the pros on our staff have some great tips to help you recognize the need for AC repairs.

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How Does Zone Controlled Heating and Cooling Work?

March 20th, 2017

residential-HVAC-ventSpring may be on the calendar already, but it doesn’t really seem to be in the air quite yet, does it. Trust us, we understand how much you’re looking forward to the warmer, more comfortable temperatures that are soon to come. Before the hottest, uncomfortable days of summer replace them, though, you should start thinking about your air conditioning system. Specifically, you should start thinking about any shortcomings you noticed with its operation this previous summer.

One great way in which to upgrade your central air conditioner — as well as your heater, if you use a forced air system — is to use a zone control system in Chicago, IL. There are a number of benefits that you may enjoy in doing so. Just remember that your zone control system, much like your heater and air conditioner themselves, must be professionally installed and serviced if you want it to function properly. That is why you should leave  all of your HVAC services to the professionals on our staff.

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Breathe Healthful Air This Spring

March 6th, 2017

family-outdoors-nice-dayYou are no doubt growing eager for the warmer temperatures that the spring and, eventually, the summer seasons will bring this year. Before you get too ahead of yourself, though, let us remind you that warm weather brings with it another comfort challenge: allergens! When spring comes, and vegetation blooms, and there is more and more activity inside and outside of your home, your indoor air quality can really suffer. The fact that you’ll probably be sealing up your home and running your AC round the clock this summer will only exacerbate matters.

Fortunately for you, there are plenty of ways in which to go about protecting the quality of the air that surrounds you in your home. Today, we’ll discuss some of your air filtration purification options. Be sure to contact us with any questions that you may have. We’ll help you to attain and maintain outstanding indoor air quality in Chicago, IL.

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Common HVAC Problems: Short Cycling

February 20th, 2017

HVAC-technician-at-workWhether during the coldest stretch of winter or the hottest days of summer, you want to know for certain that your HVAC systems are going to be there for you in order to keep your home comfortable. The unfortunate truth, however, is that no HVAC system will ever truly be 100% reliable. At some point, you are going to encounter operational problems of some kind. When you do, you can count on the professionals on our team to get your system(s) back on track.

Some problems are heater or AC specific, but others can effect either — or both — systems. Short cycling is one of these problems. The good news is, there are many different situations that can lead to short cycling, and some are easily resolved. The bad news is that others are quite serious. That is why it is necessary that you schedule any necessary heating and/or air conditioning repairs in Chicago, IL as soon as possible. 

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Why Might My Air Ducts Need Replacing?

February 6th, 2017

ducts-in-atticWhile ductless mini split heat pumps have become more and more common in recent years, most homeowners still rely on ducted forced air HVAC systems in order to keep their homes comfortable throughout the year. There is nothing wrong with doing so, of course. Using ductwork to heat or cool your home allows you to do so in an effective, prompt, and efficient manner—so long as the air ducts are in great working condition. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.

Now, a great HVAC technician like those on our team will be able to resolve many problems with your ductwork by patching and sealing them. However, there are certain instances in which duct sealing really is not the ideal solution. In certain scenarios, it may not be an option at all. When that type of situation develops, be sure to schedule your duct replacement in Chicago, IL with us.

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Forced Air vs. Radiant Heating

January 23rd, 2017

adjusting-a-thermostatChoosing a new heating system is a major decision to make, and it is not one that you can afford to make lightly. That is why we recommend that you really do your research and get to know your home heating options. If you’re planning on replacing your heater in Chicago, IL once this winter cold has passed, then you want to go into the process with a good idea of how you’d like to move forward. Two basic options to start with are forced air and radiant heating systems.

Forced air and radiant heaters both have their pros and cons. Neither is inherently better than the other, and neither is ideal for every home or homeowner. That is why we’ve put together some information to help you start thinking about which system will best suit you and your home. Review the following, and contact us if you have any questions about your heating options.

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Heating FAQ: Will a Heat Pump Do the Job?

January 16th, 2017

If you’ve done any research regarding the various heaters on the market today, you’ve no doubt seen the accolades that heat pumps receive in terms of energy efficiency. For homeowners looking to heat their homes with minimal energy expenditure, it seems like the heat pump is the way to go. When you look at how heat pumps work, though, you may start to wonder if they can really get the job done around here.

Heat pumps transfer existing heat into the home, rather than generating new heat. While this method of operation allows for outstanding energy efficiency, it can also give homeowners in very cold areas some cause for concern. The good news is that, in most cases, using a heat pump in Chicago, IL is definitely worth considering.

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New Heater Tip: Keep Size in Mind

January 9th, 2017

Chances are that if you are looking for a new heater in Chicago in January, it is not a planned situation. If your heater should break down in the middle of winter, especially such a cold one, you rightfully want to get a new one in place as soon as possible.

We can do that for you, but we caution you not to rush the process too much. Any time you have a new heater installed, you should make sure that it is of the right size for your home. It doesn’t matter if it’s too big or too small. If your heater in Chicago, IL is not properly sized, big trouble awaits.

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