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Did You Know? HVAC Facts

Many of us take our comfortable, climate-controlled existences for granted. The only time we really give thought to the air conditioner or heater is when there is an issue and we are being denied the luxury of heated or cooled air. The origins of modern heating and air conditioning go further back than you might think. Here are some interesting facts that just might give you a new appreciation for the comforts we enjoy today!

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All Your Ducts in a Row?

The duct portion of your Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system is a network of tunnels and connections that disperse cooled or heated air throughout your home. Ductwork should be designed to deliver air in as direct a path as possible. Gentle turns and smooth passages accomplish this more readily than tight angles and corrugated hosing.

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Is Your Air Conditioner Compressor Sending Out an SOS?

In order to recognize when your air conditioning system is failing, it helps to have a basic understanding of how the unit functions. The air conditioner compressor and condenser are both housed in the outdoor unit of your HVAC system which uses a refrigerant in the cooling process. Refrigerant is a low-pressure gas – freon in this case.

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Fall HVAC Maintenance

Being proactive about seasonal maintenance of your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system can save you money in the long run. Preventative maintenance can prolong the life of your HVAC units and help avoid major issues. The fall is a great time for clean-up and inspection of both the indoor and outdoor units of your system and can help avoid surprises when the first time comes to use the heat.

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Whole House Purifying Systems

Improvements in building materials and methods have resulted in homes doing a fabulous job of keeping the weather out compared to older materials and practices. However, that also means they are keeping in more contaminants that pollute the air in our homes. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air quality is four to five times worse than outdoor air quality.

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What You Need to Know to Safely Use Your Emergency Generator

A generator is an internal combustion engine used to generate electricity and can help life feel more normal in the aftermath of a strong storm. While it is important to be prepared for power outages, it is even more important to understand proper use and the dangers of misuse of this equipment.

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High Humidity Have You in Curls? Tips to Lower the Humidity in Your Home

High humidity in northern Illinois can be problematic at times so managing indoor humidity should be a priority for homeowners. Excess moisture in your home can cause discomfort and encourage harmful mold and mildew growth. Lowering humidity levels can improve personal comfort, reduce pest infestations, improve indoor air quality and improve the energy efficiency of your air conditioner. Fortunately, there are simple and easy things you can do to enhance the quality of the air inside your home.

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Protecting Your AC System from Stormy Weather

Extreme weather can cause damage to your home in many different ways. Homeowners often ask what extra steps can be taken to protect their HVAC system during a storm. A problem with your HVAC system can waste energy or lead to an inconvenient breakdown. There are simple steps you can take to ensure the safety of your HVAC system during inclement weather, especially if you have a system with an outdoor component.

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