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Tasks to Tackle This Fall for Home and HVAC Maintenance

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

It’s the time of year again to tackle fall home maintenance here in Chicagoland. Set aside a weekend to spruce up and button up your home, and go above, below and outside the living spaces to set up a line of defense against high energy bills and discomforts.

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Do Ceiling Fans Keep My Home Cooler?

Sunday, August 31, 2014

In an effort to improve comfort levels in your home while cutting costs, you may be evaluating which strategies provide the best results. Ceiling fans are excellent for complementing the work done by your cooling system, allowing you to raise your thermostat settings up to 4 degrees without a change in the perceived comfort level in your residence. Each degree you can raise your thermostat translates to up to 1 percent of possible savings on your energy bill when that adjustment is consistently maintained for an eight-hour period. It is important to note that your ceiling fan simply circulates air. It does not cool the air. However, the evaporative effect that you feel as the air moves provides the sensation of the space being cooler.

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What’s the Point of a Programmable Thermostat?

Friday, August 29, 2014

With summer in full swing, high electric bills from running the air conditioner are starting to hit mailboxes across the country. One of the first tips people who are looking to increase their energy efficiency are given is install a programmable thermostat. But do they really work?

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How New Windows Increase AC Efficiency

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

When most people think about their air conditioner, they think about the cool air that comes out of the vents. However, one of the biggest factors in HVAC efficiency is where that air ultimately goes. In order to cool a home effectively, air must be kept inside the home. In buildings with poor windows, air escapes quickly, causing cooling expenses to literally go out the window. This is why new windows are a critical part of air conditioner efficiency.

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What Does an Air Filter Do?

Monday, August 18, 2014

Air filter replacements may seem inconvenient, but understanding air filters may help you to give more attention to their upkeep. Some homeowners ignore filters completely, experiencing system malfunctions because of dirty filter problems. Others assume that a filter is optional, removing the unit and continuing to operate the HVAC system. However, the filter plays a major role in the efficiency of your equipment.

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