How Does a Furnace Work?

February 18, 2020

The modern furnace is a very simple design, but it uses some complicated and delicate parts. Most home repairs will leave the complicated fixes for the professionals and focus on the simple things that prevent proper function. Simple Troubleshooting You have probably noticed one of two symptoms if your furnace is not working correctly. First is the obvious issue that the furnace will not turn on. The second is that there may be less air coming out of the heat registers. You can solve both of these by checking two items: your thermostat batteries and

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Why You Should Invest in a Smart Thermostat

January 5, 2020

The trend is green. Reduce your footprint. Smart thermostats are becoming increasingly popular. The majority of businesses are either installing smart thermostats when their brick and mortar locations go up, or they are converting their existing thermostats to a smart thermostat. Smart thermostats are more than just a thermostat that can be programmed. 1. Bring Your Electric Cost Down You can program your smart thermostat to the ideal temperatures based on what time of the day it is or what day of the week. You can bring your air temperatures down when the hot summer heat

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5 Signs It’s Time to Upgrade Your Kitchen Appliances

December 17, 2019

1. Kitchen Dishwasher Doesn’t Heat or Drain Properly Dishwashers tend to last over 10 years. When they reach the end of their service life, you’ll notice that certain parts of their wash cycle stop functioning. The dishwasher’s heating element may fail or the spray arm mechanism may break. 2. Gas or Electric Range Runs Too Hot or Cold Ovens and range tops have a long life expectancy, too. The breakdowns that signal the end of their lives involve a loss of temperature control or heating elements that stop working. These failures can usually be repaired,

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Tips for Maintaining Your Winter Indoor Air

November 12, 2019

When the cold winter winds blow, Illinois homeowners try to seal up their houses as much as possible. This will help the furnace work in the most efficient way. However, in an effort to keep things warm and cozy, you may be lowering the quality of your indoor air. Consequences of Poor Indoor Air Quality When a house is sealed tight, it slows down the natural exchange of stale indoor air and fresh outdoor air. All sorts of irritants like pet dander and volatile organic compounds can get into your air supply.

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Heat Pumps! What are They, and Should You Use Them?

March 7, 2019

What is a Reversible Heat Pump, and Should You Use One? Often propped up as a fashionably simple, one-size-fits-all solution to home heating and cooling. The reversible heat pump seems almost too good to be true. Fortunately, it’s a real climate control solution that can heat and cool your home electrically without needing a gas line or refueling. So, What Exactly is a Heat Pump? A heat pump isn’t the most intuitive thing to visualize, and, unless you have a background in thermodynamics, you might be scratching your head. The short answer is that heat pumps

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Hot Spots, Cold Spots, Blog Spots

February 2, 2019

Every building, home, and room normalizes into hot and cold spots throughout the year. During the winter, you may find that some rooms are overheated while others remain much cooler than what’s general “comfortable.” There are a number of causes behind the uneven heating of a home, fortunately, there are a variety of solutions you can use to solve the problem as well! Heat distribution is primarily affected by: The amount of heat available The size and shape of space being filled

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