If you've ever experienced a frigidly cold winter, especially in Michigan, Illinois, and Indiana, then you know your house needs extra protection heading into the colder months. Once the weather really gets cold, you're already a step behind preparing your house for the winter. Now that summer is officially over, it is time to think ahead to the winter and what that means for your home. Not only should you worry about what could go wrong, such as a pipe bursting, but you also need to check that your house is as efficient as possible.
It’s easy to neglect your home's ductwork. After all, unless you spend a lot of time in unfinished parts of your home, you probably never lay eyes on the metal passageways that circulate air around your home. However, dirty ducts can silently and swiftly present consequences you want to avoid. Learn more about preventing dirty ductwork and the benefits of doing so.
Avoid expensive indoor water damage this winter by taking steps to prevent ice dams. Every year, homeowner’s insurance companies handle thousands of claims due to water damage from ice dams. The first step to prevent ice dams is to understand how they form.
Your air conditioner isn’t the kind of machine you can plug in and forget about. Find out what it takes to keep this important piece of comfort equipment running smoothly for years to come.
In order to avoid costly repairs on your home's heating and cooling system, it's important to perform regular maintenance. There are plenty of year-round maintenance tasks that can easily be completed by homeowners. Following this HVAC maintenance checklist should prolong the life and increase the efficiency of your heating and cooling system.
Heat pumps are an efficient and effective method of cooling and heating your Chicago area home. They heat your home with much more efficiency than a gas furnace, and rival high-efficiency A/Cs for cooling. But without maintenance and repair, heat pumps can develop problems that can interfere with the system's performance. Here is a brief guide to identifying and troubleshooting heat pump issues.
With just a small amount of effort and upkeep, Chicagoland homeowners can significantly extend the useful life of their air conditioner. This includes an annual A/C tune-up by a professional technician, as well as a few basic DIY maintenance activities. As added bonus your HVAC system will provide a lot more high-performance comfort while running more efficiently.
Keeping your HVAC system in top shape with semi-annual maintenance will pay you dividends for years to come with fewer repairs and lower energy bills.
Selecting the right air filter is not difficult when you know how to choose the right MERV rating for your home and HVAC system.
Crisp autumn days are great for neighborhood football games and outdoor grilling, but they are also the perfect time for getting your house and property ready for winter. The weather is not too hot or too cold and it is pleasant to be outside working. The chores you complete in the fall will make your home safer for winter and could prevent expensive repairs during bad weather. If you take time in late summer and early fall to plan your autumn home maintenance work, you will be able to check everything off of your to-do list before the first icy winter blasts drive you inside.
Professional duct cleaning can be a benefit to many Chicago area homeowners, while others don’t need the service at all. When should air ducts be cleaned? Duct cleaning doesn’t need to be done on any set schedule and certainly not every year. Having your ductwork professionally cleaned can improve your home’s indoor air quality as well as the performance of your heating, cooling and ventilation systems, if you have problems in those areas.
In air conditioning, heat transfer is the name of the game and clean evaporator coils are where it all happens. The less efficient the heat transfer process is, the longer the compressor cycles in the air conditioner must be to meet thermostat settings. Since the compressor is the primary energy consumer in a central A/C, longer “On” cycles mean higher operating costs and utility bills. Dirty coils alone can increase energy consumption by over 35 percent.
While you might think that the need for an efficient dehumidification system in your Chicagoland home is restricted to dealing with the aftermath of water damage incidents, just about any home can benefit from reduced humidity. Remember that the air you breathe is never totally dry, even in desert climates. Moreover, there are all sorts of factors that add to the moisture levels within your home, including steam as a byproduct of bathing and cooking, humidity emanating from damp goods, building materials that are slowly losing their moisture, and even transpiration from plants, animals and people within the household.
Modern heating and air conditioning equipment is designed to withstand the effects of extreme weather conditions while providing many years of reliable service. In severe temperatures, moving parts and electrical components are repeatedly placed under extreme heat stress, which can ultimately create performance issues if left unaddressed. In order to reduce the frequency of heating and AC repairs, regular preventative maintenance is a necessity.
Clean AC ducts can mean healthier indoor air quality and a cleaner house. Consider this fact: The entire air volume in your home circulates through your ductwork five to seven times every day. Whatever’s lurking inside your ducts ends up in your breathing air and vice versa.