New Year’s Resolutions for Your HVAC System

December 19, 2019

You should not just make New Year’s resolutions for yourself and your family. Instead, you also need to take care of things that work hard for you such as your HVAC system. Here are five resolutions to make. 1. Perform Preventative Maintenance Your HVAC system can’t simply be left alone and expected to work for you when you need it. Instead, your unit requires that you periodically inspect it and perform occasional maintenance to keep it working. Each HVAC system will have a preventative maintenance schedule, and it should not be ignored. 2. Change Your Air Filters When your air filters are old and clogged, your HVAC system will not only function inefficiently, but it will also be at a greater risk of breaking. Changing your air filter is inexpensive but a vital step to keep your home’s air fresh and your HVAC working properly. 3. Clean Your Debris Coming off of the fall season, leaves and other debris will gather on top of the outside unit of your HVAC system. These can degrade the performance of your system. When you make a resolution to clear this debris, you’ll improve the performance of your system and prolong its life. 4....

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The Importance of Changing Your Filters Regularly

November 14, 2019

Air filters play an important yet often under-appreciated role in an HVAC system. Changing your air filters on a regular basis is a great way to ensure that your system continues to operate efficiently. On the other hand, a clogged air filter can cause an HVAC system to fail and lead to expensive repair costs. Here are a few of the main reasons why you should consider changing your air filters on a regular basis. 1. Reduce Your Monthly Bill One of the main benefits of changing air filters is that it improves energy efficiency. Your HVAC system will not have to work as hard, which allows you to save money on your bill each month. These cost savings can quickly add up — a great incentive to change your air filter on a routine basis. 2. Create a Cleaner Environment Another benefit of changing your air filter is that it creates a much cleaner environment for your family. A clean air filter is especially important if you suffer from allergies or have asthma. Clean air filters will not leave you worrying about dust and pollen circulating through the air, providing a much healthier option for the residents of your...

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3 Energy Efficiency Tips

September 25, 2018

What if you could save the environment and money at the same time? Most of us would love to do that, which is where energy efficient tips come in. Today Fire ‘n’ Ice Heating and Cooling presents three energy efficient tips for homeowners in Downers Grove, IL. Reduce all of the costs of powering your home by going more efficient with actions you can take today. 1. Use a Programmable Thermostat All too often we see homeowners who have a programmable thermostat installed but they never use it. What a shame because this is one of the best ways to make your house energy efficient. Start by programming your thermostat when you are at work or away for a length of time. For winter months, set the thermostat for the heating system lower. In the summer and on warm days raise the temperature on your air conditioning. According to the US Department of Energy, this will cut your energy costs by 10 percent. 2. Schedule Professional HVAC Maintenance When is the last time you had HVAC maintenance conducted? Typically, homeowners wait until their heating and air conditioning system is broken before they call for service. However, by getting routine maintenance...

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How Candles Affect Indoor Air Quality?

August 15, 2018

Candles can provide a beautiful and relaxing ambiance to any room, especially on special occasions like holidays. Candles were even an important source of lighting long ago. But did you know that candles can affect indoor air quality? It’s true. Effects of Candles on Air The smoke from candles can cause indoor air to become more polluted. In addition, the actual material in the candles can emit fumes as the candles burn. For example, scented candles may contain various chemicals that worsen air quality. Those effects from candles can be especially problematic for people who have respiratory issues, such as allergies, asthma, lung problems or colds. Healthier Candle Alternatives Certain types of candles are healthier and less problematic than others. For example, candles made of beeswax that are not scented can be great options. They look as beautiful as other candles and even have a mild, natural and pleasant fragrance from the beeswax. The Importance Proper Air Filters Make sure you pay proper attention to the air filters in your heating and cooling system. There are some great filters available that filter out much more from the air. Although they are more expensive than the cheapest standard filters, they are...

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