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The Ducts May Be Why Your AC Costs So Much to Run

duct-sealing-with-caulkingYou expect to pay more on your electrical bills during the height of summer because you have to run the air conditioning system during most days. The compressor in the AC—the heart of the system that is responsible for starting the cooling cycle—draws on large amounts of electricity when it runs.

However, have you noticed that your electrical bills this summer seem, well, much higher than normal? More than you would expect based on how much you use the air conditioner? Inflated utility bills are often warnings that there’s a problem in the HVAC system placing excess stress on the air conditioner. The issue may be inside the AC, but many people don’t realize the source could be in the ductwork.

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Air Conditioning vs. Heat Pump: Choosing Between the Two

cool-house-hot-houseThe summer has started, and you’ve made the discovery that your old air conditioner is not getting the job done. Time for it to retire to the scrap heap. What should you have installed in its place?

“That’s kind of a silly question,” you say. “Another central air conditioner, of course!”

We’re not arguing that you don’t need a new air conditioner for your house. But there’s an option for air conditioning that comes with heating as well. It’s not the standard combination of an air conditioner and a furnace, which is what you probably already have. It’s a single unit called a heat pump, and it’s an air conditioner that can switch how it works so instead of moving heat out of your home, it moves heat into the home.

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Window AC Units: Here’s Why You Should Get Rid of Them

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A ductless AC unit—a great replacement idea.

The invention of the compact window air conditioning unit in the 1950s was a significant advance in home comfort. Until then, only expensive central systems could provide homes with mechanical air conditioning, and most houses didn’t have a place for the ducts necessary to transport the conditioned air. With window ACs, almost anyone could have cooled air sent into their rooms.

That was then, this is now. Central air conditioners are more affordable than ever, and even homes that don’t have space for a central air conditioner system with ducts have the option for a ductless mini split system. There’s just no good reason to stick with window air conditioners—and plenty of reasons to tear them out and have HVAC professionals fix your home with central air. Below are some of the drawbacks of sticking with window ACs for your home.

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These Two Simple Steps Will Save You Money on Cooling This Summer

thermostat-controlLet’s face it—it’s tricky to maintain a balance of saving money with your air conditioner without letting your home turn into an oven. Running your AC less often is the quickest way to cut down on high electrical costs over the summer. But running your AC less is also the quickest way to have your family turn on you and start warring over the thermostat.

There are plenty of ways you can cut down on your cooling costs this summer with your air conditioner in Lockport, IL. We want to focus on two basic ones—and they’re both connected to the thermostat. They’re easy steps: the first one is something you can do yourself without much effort, and the second one only requires calling our office to make an appointment.

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Have You Scheduled Annual AC Maintenance Yet?

service-reminderReady to leave behind the cold weather for good—or at least for the season? Before you answer, think about your air conditioning system. Is it ready for the hot weather? Because if it isn’t, then you won’t be either! Any home air conditioner needs to have regular maintenance from HVAC professionals each spring. If you want to beat out the hot weather and have an AC that can handle the hottest days without breaking down or wasting energy, call our team today and arrange for an AC tune-up and inspection.

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Can a Ductless Mini Split Really Get the Job Done?

ductless-unitIf you’ve been looking around for a new air conditioner or heat pump installation for your home, you’ve probably run across the option for installing a ductless mini split heat pump. There are a number of excellent benefits to installing a ductless air conditioning/heating system. If you’re planning to build a new home or are renovating your current home, a ductless system is one of the best choices available because it removes the need to find room for ducts.

But you may have hesitated about using a ductless mini split because you aren’t sure if it can actually keep your home cool in summer and warm in winter. We understand why you might feel reluctant: going from years of using a conventional central heating and cooling system that uses ducts to a system that runs from smaller air handlers posted in different rooms sounds like it’s a risk. Can a ductless mini split really keep up with the weather extremes here in Illinois?

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How Much Longer Can Your Heating System Last?

question-markThe warm weather is moving in, and although we can’t rule out a few more surprises in our local weather, we’re almost at the point where heating systems in homes will shut down for the season.

Once you no longer have need of your home’s furnace, heat pump, or boiler for the foreseeable future, it’s good to assess its performance over the last winter and ask the big question: How many more years does this system have left in it? If you have reason to suspect that it may not make it through the next winter, now is one of the best times to arrange for a professional to replace it. Spring is a less busy period for HVAC technicians, and you’ll have plenty of time to think over your options and make the best choice.

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Could Your Furnace Be Unsafe to Run?

old-basement-furnaceConcerns about the safety of natural gas furnaces are common. We often have customers ask us if it’s really safe to have a natural gas furnace in their home.

The first thing we tell people is that gas furnaces are the most common type of heating system found across the U.S. If furnaces had any type of bad safety record, they wouldn’t be allowed so extensively into homes. The manufacturers of modern gas furnaces are required to design their systems with numerous safety features and to meet many national, state, and local requirements. When you see the ENERGY STAR label on a furnace, it not only means the furnace meets the standards for energy conservation, but it was also built to meet demanding safety standards.

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3 Ways to Start Saving on Heating

money-saving-piggy-bankThe end of the heating season is often a rough one. March and April can throw some of the coldest days of the year at us, and you can expect to see higher utility bills until the spring thaw finally sets in for keeps. But you’re probably paying too much for your heating—there are many small mistakes or tasks you may forget that will raise energy use and your bills.

Here are three ways you can start saving energy. They aren’t difficult to do—the last one only requires picking up the phone and calling our office!

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Could Your Furnace Use a Tune-Up?

furnace-technician-serviceYour heating system is working just fine, for the most part. When you set the temperature on the thermostat, the furnace turns on and heat comes out of the vents. What more could you ask for? And why would you feel the need to schedule service for a furnace that is, for the most part, running smoothly?

However, furnaces should receive one service every year, even if they appear to be running properly. This service is a tune-up, and it’s the best way to ensure your furnace is there when you need it to work properly. Could your furnace be in need of this service?

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