How to Maintain Your Furnace

Your furnace helps to keep your home warm and comfortable. During winter when the temperatures are low, it circulates warm air, and during summer, it still has an essential task of circulating cooled air. Proper maintenance will help in keeping it running throughout the year. Below are some tips to help you take proper care of your furnace. Check the Flue Pipe for Leaks There is a flue pipe that comes out of the top of the furnace whose work is to ensure that the furnace is venting properly. Presence of holes in the flue pipe may mean that the pipe is leaking nasty combustion byproducts such as carbon monoxide which is dangerous. Always inspect the point where the pipe meets the furnace and patch any small holes that you may identify with foil tape. You should also make a point of replacing your flue if it is corroded. A faulty installation may lead to a leak, and in this case, you may require furnace re-installation. Clean Out the Access Area and Furnace Blower Compartment You can call a professional heating and air conditioning expert to help you open all the access panels to the core and blow away any dust or debris buildup....

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How to Avoid Asthma Triggers in Your Home

Preventing the Problem When a person with asthma has an attack it can be a very devastating and frightening experience.  Many asthma attacks happen while the individual is at home.  There are certain measures that can be taken to help prevent the onset of an asthma attack.  Most people are aware of the fact that the home of an asthmatic should be free of dust and powdery substances that may fill the air.  It is also important to keep the maintenance in order on heating and air conditioning units.  Proper maintenance is vital to ensure that the units operate efficiently.  Clean air is crucial for those who suffer with asthma. Finding the Solution Fire N Ice Heating and Cooling is a family owned, and family operated company that has provided services to the residents of Illinois since 1977.  They will inspect your home heating and a/c unit, then explain the procedure needed for making your home an asthma preventive environment.  They will schedule regular maintenance to assure you that your home is safe, and the air is clean.  You can check your filters regularly and replace them easily.  Have all of the ducts cleaned to make sure that dirt and debris will not interfere...

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Common Practices That Could Harm Your AC

Living in Downers Grove, IL, we get pretty extreme seasons. Summer months are hot, and winters are cold. Chances are you use your air conditioner on a daily basis during the hotter months. This high level of use makes it easy for AC units to give way without homeowners giving them the proper amount of attention and care. Lack of regular and seasonal AC maintenance Taking care of your home air conditioner is the best way to prevent costly repairs at the last minute. Having a professional check the AC unit regularly can help you be aware of any parts of the unit that are wearing out and may need replacing soon. This gives you a chance to fix or replace any issues before they compound, resulting in the AC unit failing in the middle of the night or on a weekend. Leaving a dirty air filter in for too long To keep your air conditioner working well, it’s important to change your filters regularly or have a professional AC service do it for you on a regular basis. Leaving the old filter in the AC unit can lead to allergens and dust creeping into the system, affecting the air...

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Why You Should Avoid Candles & Air Fresheners

During the holiday season, and on special occasions, families rush to their favorite corner store and purchase the best smelling scented candles and air fresheners money can buy. For years, this has been the norm for millions of households. Recently, a new study reveals the hidden truth behind scented candles and air fresheners, and why they should be avoided. We are family owned and located in Naperville, IL, where our clients have access to the top of the line heating and cooling services. We also offer indoor quality assessment in Naperville, IL to ensure every home is equipped with quality air filters. People with health concerns should consider installing a ductless air system to cut back on dust and allergen pollution. The Dangers of Burning Scented Candles and Spraying Air Fresheners A recent study conducted, concluded that people suffering from allergies and respiratory problems should be wary of inhaling chemicals from lit candles and air fresheners. When scented candles are lit indoors, they emit a chemical that resonates throughout the atmosphere. This chemical when inhaled over time can cause a variety of health issues including cancer. Homes, where candles are burned regularly, may test positive for a high level of limonene,...

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Maintenance Your Illinois Home Heating System Today!

Getting your furnace maintained and inspected could mean the difference between staying warm and comfortable and having to get it repaired when you need it the most. The cooler months are just starting, and it’s the perfect time to get your furnace checked before the harsh winter months arrive. When you schedule your furnace maintenance and inspection with Fire n Ice, our technician will check for dirt and debris in the vent system, the drainage system, blower wheel, and filter. We will also inspect the burners for proper ignition, burner flame, and flame sense, and the heat exchanger for rust and corrosion. If there are issues needing to be addressed we will give discuss this with you and make recommendations for repair or replacement so you can have it done in a timely manner. This service will ensure that your unit continues to work as efficiently as possible through the entire winter season. In addition, it will also help to prolong the life of your system and prevent you from having to call for expensive repairs in the future. If you would like to schedule service for your heating in Downers Grove, call us first! We service and repair all...

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Preventing Furnace Issues for Illinois Winters

When it comes to furnace issues, no one wants to deal with them during the harsh Illinois winter. Rather than calling us for emergency heating repair Naperville, try calling us for seasonal maintenance to help prevent issues before they lead to furnace breakdown. When you schedule your furnace maintenance visit with Fire n Ice, we send you a professional heating technician to conduct an extensive inspection of your furnace. Your visit will include:   An inspection of the pilot light and igniter to ensure that they are working properly and safely. A visual inspection of the blower fan to make sure that there is no debris. Our technician will also conduct an amp draw test on the motor and compare it to what is listed for your furnace unit. If it is too low or too high this indicates that something is wrong with the furnace motor. A thorough check of the intake grills and drainage system to see if there are any blockages. This includes all hoses connected to the exterior of the unit. Our technician will also clean out your condensate line to prevent mold growth. The technician will also examine and replace your furnace filter.   Having...

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Do I Need a New Air Conditioner?

If you are facing a major AC repair, you may be wondering if a new AC unit might be a better option. As AC repairs start to add up, you might find yourself at this crossroad. Yeah, a repair will be cheaper, but if these start to add up, you’ll save a lot of money down the road by purchasing a new air conditioner now. Smith & Willis has your solution! We have the best Downers Grove AC repair and we can ensure you’re living comfortably. Here are some points to think about: How old is your AC? An air conditioner has a lifespan of around 10 years. However, it may not last that long depending on the original quality or how it was maintained over the years. If your AC is nearing 10 years old, it may not be worth it to spend a large amount on repairs if you have to replace it soon anyway. Is efficiency important to you? If your AC is older, it probably isn’t very efficient, which means higher utility bills for you. A new, high-efficiency AC unit could save you each month on your utility bills. How frequent are you getting repairs done?...

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Keeping Cool This Summer

It was a tough winter here in Downers Grove, and heating homes and businesses was no small task. Let’s forget about keeping warm for a little while and let’s think about keeping cool and saving money. The best way to save money on your summer cooling bill is to adjust the thermostat according to your schedule. Keep the temperature between 70 and 75 degrees when you’re home, but crank it up to 80 degrees when you aren’t. You may want to pair higher AC temperatures with using your ceiling fans which use much less energy. The harder your air conditioner works, the more money it will cost to run. If you can, move room units to the north side of the house where it isn’t as hot. Units in the shade use 10 percent less energy than those in the sun. If you have a heat pump that can’t be relocated, consider planting some trees or shrubs nearby but don’t plant them too closely. Vegetation that is too close will also cause your system to work harder. If your cooling system is older than 10 years old, it may be time to consider some new equipment. The experienced technicians at Fire...

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Why Tune Up Your AC Unit?

With summer here in Downers Grove and temperatures starting to heat up, it’s time to make sure your AC is up to speed. The best way to do that is to get an AC tune up. This is important because cooling and heating can account for almost half of a typical homeowner’s energy costs. Energy Star says that investing in an annual AC system tune up can help improve your unit’s efficiency and reduce your energy costs. Build-up from not cleaning your unit can reduce efficiency by as much as 5% a year – and that can really add up. When temperatures rise, too many people just turn on their AC unit without even thinking about it, even though they haven’t thought about cool air in months. Not only can this damage your unit and make it inefficient, it be a large cost in the long run. Don’t be penny-wise and pound-foolish – the average cost of an AC tune up from a reputable AC repair company is only around $70. Here’s what an AC tune up and professional cleaning includes: – A thorough cleaning of condenser coils – Clean air filter – Inspection of indoor coil if accessible – Check...

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The Importance of Air Conditioning Maintenance

9 out of 10 cooling system failures are caused by dirt and dust. A light layer of dust on cooling coils can reduce your energy efficiency by 20%. This can be easily prevented with regular AC maintenance. Protect Your Investment The installation of your air conditioning and heating system is an investment, therefore you should do everything possible to minimize equipment breakdown. Planned maintenance not only assists in preventing unit breakdown to business-critical environments but also helps to improve energy efficiency. You will be rewarded with lower running costs, potentially a much longer lifespan for your unit, plus fewer carbon emissions. Two Maintenance Visits Annually AC unit, heat pump, and furnace equipment is not inexpensive and we always recommend that, following installation, you enter into a maintenance agreement with your installer. This normally involves two annual visits to your cooling and heating equipment by trained, certified technicians. A cooling system routinely maintained provides a much higher performance and is much more energy efficient. Inspections During each technician visit, all functions of the systems are inspected, filters cleaned, operating pressures and controls checked and calibrated. Leak checks are carried out at least once per year and records are kept to show...

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