December 18, 2019

Heating System Tips for the Holidays

When entertaining during the holiday season, you want your home to be comfortable for guests. At , we specialize in providing HVAC services to keep homes in Madison and St. Clair counties comfortable and energy-efficient. We recommend the following tips to help you save money and keep warm during the holiday season. Turn Down the Thermostat If you plan to do lots of cooking this holiday season, your oven and stovetop will generate additional heat. Turn down the thermostat to avoid overheating your home. If you will be hosting guests, your friends’ and family members’ physical presence will also generate extra heat. By lowering your thermostat, you will not only avoid excess heat and stuffiness, but your energy bill will also be a little lower. Schedule Your Inspection Before Temperatures Drop You should ideally have your HVAC system inspected once a year. If you haven’t already had your inspection, the holiday season is ideal. By allowing one of our technicians to evaluate your system, you can avoid unnecessarily high heating bills and untimely breakdowns. Change Your Air Filter to Keep Air Quality High Your furnace’s air filter removes dirt, allergens, and other impurities from the air that circulate in your...

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March 20, 2019

3 Reasons to Get Professional Heating Help

Here in Madison and St. Clair counties, we invest quite a lot in keeping our homes warm. It is tempting for families that have a member with some DIY skills to try to install, maintain or repair the family heating system. However, this is not a good idea. Unless you are a licensed heating professional, working on your own heating system could be dangerous to your home and those in it. 1. Heating Professionals Are Fully Trained Experienced, licensed heating professionals are able to spot small problems today that could become larger problems tomorrow. They are trained to perform multi-point heating system evaluations. These include things like checking the air pressure in the vents, looking for air leaks in the ductwork, examining the blower motor and testing the amperage flowing through different parts of the system. This work takes specialized knowledge and tools that are often beyond the scope of a typical homeowner. 2. Heating Professionals Detect and Correct Safety Issues Working with furnaces involves dealing with explosive gases. Many homeowners do not have the training to safely work on propane and natural gas heating devices. Heating professionals are trained to spot safety issues as their main priority. Homeowners can...

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February 19, 2019

How Often Should My Furnace Be Replaced

Eventually, your heating system is going to experience some issues you can’t fix. You’ll need to recognize these problems to know when you need to replace your furnace. Sometimes, you’ll notice your home isn’t warm in the winter anymore. You may ignore other issues because your heating system will still work. Although your heat pump is continuing to operate, there are reasons to buy a replacement. Some of the benefits of a new system will help your home. The benefits of a new heating system include: Saving on energy costs Improving air quality Reducing maintenance costs Improving heating When Is a Replacement Necessary? You’ll know you need to purchase a new heating system when your furnace requires expensive repairs. You can pay for repairs when you need them, but the costs will continue to increase. Purchasing a new system is often a better solution to your problems. Your new furnace will have a long life ahead of it, and you’ll save money that would otherwise go to repairs or maintenance. Energy bills are another reason you should replace your furnace. Over time, the cost of heating is going to increase in your home. The heat pump may continue to work...

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January 25, 2019

Tips to Combat the Cold Weather in Granite City, IL

When the weather outside is frightful, you don’t need to choose between freezing inside or having a gigantic heating bill. Taking a couple of small steps around your home can improve both your comfort and your heating efficiency. Check for Drafts You wouldn’t leave your windows or doors open while your heat is running, but a draft is almost the same thing. The small cracks around your windows and doors can lead to cold air pouring in. To combat this, make sure your weatherstripping provides an airtight fit or replace it. Reapply caulk around your windows anywhere you can feel cold air. Replace Your Air Filters on Time Don’t forget to follow the replacement or cleaning schedule for your air filters. Dirty air filters slow the flow of air through your furnace. This makes it take longer to heat your home, and the slower air flow could also mean that the heat won’t reach all areas of your home evenly. Use a Programmable Thermostat No one likes waking up or coming home to a freezing house, but there’s no reason to keep your home toasty while you’re asleep or at work. When you’re away from home, you only need to...

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December 17, 2018

Furnace Efficiency Tips

Efficiency has to do with how your furnace operates. The better it works the more you save in operating cost. So, when the systems are updated and maintained, furnaces distribute the heat throughout the home using less energy. The results show up on your utility bill. Today, all furnaces are required to have annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) ratings posted. Newer models have higher ratings, averaging between 80 to 96 percent efficiency. Older units average at about 75 percent, which means it uses more fuel to operate. Efficiency Lifestyles Besides using the latest furnace design to heat your home, technology offers control devices to help manage your home’s energy efficiency. Consider upgrading your thermostats to regulate the room temperatures. Fluctuating temperatures cause the furnace to turn on and off more frequently, costing you more money. Customized Features Smart thermostats are programmable with touch controls and WIFI compatibility for remote access. Check out the features that allow you to set temperatures and maintenance reminders to increase the benefits of energy savings. Maintenance Air filters need to be changed at least once a month during the winter to help remove the dust and airborne debris from the air ducts. If the air...

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