Be Sure to Inspect the HVAC System Before Buying a New Home

August 20, 2019

Buying a new home is an exciting time. While all the pictures you see online look amazing, when you actually get to the house, you have work to do. You must evaluate all aspects of the property for problems. This includes inspecting the HVAC system thoroughly. Read on to learn why you should have a professional perform this inspection. Energy Efficiency You may have an older unit in your prospective home. While it may look clean, it could have issues lurking, especially if the previous owner didn’t maintain it properly. Ultimately, this may mean that the unit won’t work as well as it should. Problems with a unit could lead you to spend more on heating and cooling your home than necessary. HVAC Units Are Expensive Usually, an HVAC unit is the most expensive appliance in your home. Therefore, if there’s a problem with the unit, you could find yourself spending a hefty amount of money to replace it on top of what you’re paying for the house. Optimizes Your Comfort You want to be as comfortable in your new house as possible. One way to accomplish this is to make sure the unit in your new home works well....

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Why Carrier Factory Authorized Dealers Are Superior

August 10, 2019

Founded in 1915, the Carrier name has always been one that is synonymous with quality and reliability. Over 104 years later, the founder of the Carrier Corporation and inventor of the air conditioning unit, Willis Carrier, introduced his units in line with the suburban growth of the American Southwest. He created a company that has now grown into a $12.5 billion conglomerate with 43,000 employees serving 170 of the 176 countries on Earth. To recognize the companies that have shown to go above and beyond for their customers, the Factory Authorized Carrier Dealer was created. A Higher Standard Carrier factory authorized dealers are held to a much higher standard than most HVAC companies because of what they require from their dealers. All Carrier authorized dealers have to pass intense inspection before being permitted to sell Carrier products in what is called Carrier University. Not only do attendees of Carrier University have to possess the technical prowess of understanding how to properly diagnose, repair, and maintain Carrier units, but they also have to possess (or cultivate) the very best people skills in order to provide the highest quality service possible. Having been trained by Carrier University means that the seller knows...

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Supporting Local Swim Team & Youth Fitness

July 17, 2019

At in Downers Grove, IL, we don’t limit our goals to maintaining your indoor comfort. We actively contribute to our community. Our sponsorship of the Steeple Run Stingrays Swim Team highlights our commitment to the next generation. Youth fitness and competition promote health and socially positive activities. Sponsorships Build Community When the young people on the Stingrays Swim Team see adults and business leaders gather around their cause, they learn that their community cares about them. This spreads a feeling of inclusiveness. Helping the swim team inspires us as well. Swimming is a demanding sport that requires young athletes to train very hard. Adults can learn a lesson from these young people who take on far more than the bare minimum. The community connection that we’ve built through the swim team sponsorship adds to our motivation and encourages us to do good work. Our customers depend on us to repair their heating and cooling. We even offer emergency repair service in Downers Grove and the surrounding area. As a family-owned business in operation since 1977, we’re also a trustworthy source of new installations of Carrier air conditioners and furnaces. Benefits of Youth Sports 1. Regular Exercise and Fitness 2. Development...

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The Top 5 Reasons Behind AC Airflow Problems

July 10, 2019

If you have home airflow issues, there will be distinct warm and cool spots in different rooms. You may find that doors close suddenly or harder than usual when airflow issues create pressure variances throughout your home. Keep reading to learn what may be causing these airflow problems. 1. Cracked or Dirty Ductwork Older homes are more likely to have blocked or cracked ductwork. Rodents or birds can even find their way into ducts and make nests that block the flow of air. It is best to have your ductwork professionally inspected and cleaned if necessary. 2. Warm Air Blocked The coils in your AC unit help remove hot air from the system. If they get blocked by something in your yard, then they will not cycle the warm air out quickly enough. This can make the entire AC unit overheat. 3. Failing to Change Air Filters Air filters in your home can easily be clogged with dust and dirt within a relatively short amount of time. This is why they are supposed to be changed so frequently. Failure to do so means that the airflow in your home will be drastically restricted. 4. Missing Refrigerant Liquid The refrigerant liquid...

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Do Candles Affect Indoor Air Quality?

June 26, 2019

Candles can be lovely and relaxing. There’s a reason why a candlelit dinner is considered the height of romance. Something about the gentle light makes everything seem more magical. Plus, they make a room smell good too. Despite being a seemingly magical source of calm and positive feelings, some candles could be bad for your health and indoor air quality. What’s Wrong With Scented Candles? The main problem with most commercial candles is that they are made of paraffin wax. This is a petroleum byproduct that is created when crude oil is refined into gasoline. This product, when burned, releases fumes that can do damage to the lungs. Another issue is the wick that is burned. Most are made of cotton wrapped around a metal core. When these metal wicks are burnt, they can release a dangerous kind of soot that seeps into the lungs when inhaled. Furthermore more, though most commercial candle companies claim they don’t use lead in their products, they aren’t legally mandated to make their candles lead-free. So it’s possible, especially when it comes to imported candles (which make up about one-third of all candle sales), that the wicks are laced with heavy metals. Better Alternatives...

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Are Old and New Air Conditioners the Same?

May 22, 2019

Technology is always changing, and this is especially true when it comes to HVAC systems. Though air conditioners might look similar and continue to cool the house properly, newer models have some distinct changes. There are a few key differences between newer and older styles of an air conditioner. More Eco-Friendly Designs Newer air conditioner systems use R-410A refrigerant. This is a more environmentally friendly refrigerant than the R-22 refrigerant and other coolants that have the potential to cause problems with the ozone layer. Newer models also tend to have modulating technology that means they do not require as much electricity to work. Reduced Energy Consumption Downers Grove residents who get to install a new air conditioner often report how surprised they are by the reduction in their energy bills. This happens because newer models only use about 1,700 watts of energy to cool the average sized home while older models may use up to 6,000 watts. Improved Home Comfort Unlike old air conditioners that ran at a single fixed speed, new units have the option of variable speed air distribution. This lets your unit change the speeds at which it sends cool air through the home, so you get...

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Golfing for a Cause

April 30, 2019

At , our company is built on family, hard work, and a great reputation. We’ve been successful, and we want to give back. To this end, we’re pleased to be sponsoring the Created for More Ministries (CFMM) Golf Scramble. It will take place at the White Eagle Golf Club in Naperville, IL, on Monday, May 6, 2019. Come out to help us break the cycle of crime. Golf Scramble Event Details There is a lunch scheduled for the fundraiser; it’s from 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. local time. The shotgun start time is 12:30 p.m. Plan to share appetizers with us after the competition. For this event, you can sign up as a single golfer for $155 or as a foursome for $565. The foursome winner will be awarded a gift certificate from the course’s pro shop. If you want to sponsor the golf event but aren’t available to participate, it’s absolutely fine to sponsor without participation. You can also donate to CFMM directly. About Created for More Ministries CFMM did the research and discovered that most young men become members of a gang between the ages of 11 and 15. The biggest risk of violence for these young gang...

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Don’t Fall for These 3 Heating System Myths

April 18, 2019

It’s normal to want to try to save money on your heating bill while still keeping your home warm. Unfortunately, many homeowners follow incorrect advice that can actually end up costing them more in the long run. Don’t follow that herd. Here are three common heating myths you shouldn’t believe. 1. You Need to Keep Your Thermostat at a Constant Temperature You may have heard that you shouldn’t lower your home’s temperature while you’re away, but nothing could be further from the truth. It actually takes more energy to keep your house at a constant temperature than it does to warm up a cold room. The higher the temperature your thermostat is set to, the more of a hit your heating bill will take. Don’t hesitate to lower your thermostat on warmer days or while you’re away. Even bringing it down just a few degrees while you’re at work can mean significant savings. This is especially true when you plan on being gone for the weekend. If you have a programmable or smart thermostat, you can even set it to start warming up again before you come back. 2. Closing Your Vents and Registers Will Save You Money You may...

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5 Energy Efficiency Tips

April 8, 2019

In today’s world, more and more people are becoming wary of energy consumption in their homes. Everyone is shifting to energy-friendly appliances since energy sources are quickly diminishing. Here are five ways you can conserve energy in your house. 1. Maintain or Replace Old Appliances Old appliances such as water heaters and refrigerators are plagued by characteristic high energy consumption and less efficiency. Of course, repeated use of home appliances wears them down over time. This means they become less efficient as time goes by. Therefore, it becomes essential to maintain and regularly service home appliances. Even with regular servicing, these appliances may become outdated and incompatible with present energy-saving technology. Maintaining them might become more of a liability than an advantage. It would be suitable to purchase modern, technologically advanced appliances. Better yet, having energy-friendly devices can get you rebates in tax credits provided they meet the Energy Star criteria. 2. Purchasing a Smart Thermostat Thermostats are meant to control and manage the heating and cooling of our homes. Today, smart thermostats exist. The latter adjusts the room’s temperature through advanced intelligent learning capabilities. These intelligent appliances learn when you’re most active or less active and adjust the temperature...

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Old vs. New: Is It Time to Replace Your Furnace?

March 20, 2019

Not too many homeowners like the thought of having to invest in an entirely new furnace. After all, this is a major investment. However, if you’re just making do with an older furnace, especially one that’s way past its standard lifespan, there may be more advantages to opting for a furnace installation than you may realize. Here’s a closer look at how old and new furnaces compare. Safety Concerns If you’re like most homeowners in Downers Grove, IL, it’s safe to assume that you want to do everything possible to keep your home safe and comfortable. An older furnace tends to be more likely to have worn parts and wiring. There’s also the possibility of issues with potential gas leaks or carbon monoxide. With a new furnace, you’ll get the added peace of mind in knowing that all components are designed with today’s safety standards in mind. Overall Efficiency The more efficiently a furnace operates, the less you will spend on monthly utility bills. Even if your older furnace is still able to keep your living or working spaces warm, you may be wasting money if it takes more of an effort for your equipment to achieve this goal. In...

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