The Comfort Corner

Reducing Your Heating Bill This Winter

Posted by Derek Pleva on Thu, Jan 05 2017 @ 01:32 PM

It's starting to get colder out, especially at night! All throughout Chicago land and Northwest Indiana, families are starting to fire up their furnaces at night to keep them warm while they sleep. While everyone is looking forward to a cozy home, no one is excited about their energy bill at the end of the month. Considering home heating accounts for half of a home's energy bill during peak season, we could all benefit from a few professional tricks to increase the efficiency of their heating strategy.

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Topics: Energy Efficiency, Furnaces, heating, heating system, Nest Learning Thermostat

Four Tips to Reduce Heating Costs

Posted by Derek Pleva on Tue, Sep 06 2016 @ 12:21 PM

Early autumn is the time of year that has us bouncing between AC and heat every week. Now that the warm weather is likely over and the furnace gets regular use every evening, we can start focusing on ways to curb our heating expenses while still maintaining the ideal level of comfort. Sound impossible? Actually, there are numerous ways to take the edge off your furnace’s nightly burden before and during the peak season.

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Topics: Furnaces, heating, furnace repair

Dangerous Heat is Headed Our Way

Posted by Derek Pleva on Tue, Jul 19 2016 @ 10:35 AM

Very high humidity is expected to accompany the extreme heat this week, and that moisture—combined with the high temperatures—will create what's known as a "heat dome". Those conditions could be dangerous. Forecasters say the heat index, which measures what the temperature really feels like when you add in the humidity (the summer equivalent of the winter wind chill) will likely reach the dangerous category, increasing the risks of heat exhaustion, heat stroke, and death (source: CNN). Read more about it here.

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Spring Air Conditioner Test and Prep

Posted by Derek Pleva on Fri, Apr 08 2016 @ 01:08 PM

       With spring on the horizon, the air conditioner will soon be in demand. It has had a long season in hibernation, and with the heat waves we have experienced across the country over the past few summers, the air conditioner needs to be in tip top shape before the heat arrives. Getting the system ready is simply a matter of having your yearly maintenance check performed, but you may want to test your air conditioner to make sure that it is working properly before they come out to clean it.

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Topics: Air Conditioners, Air Conditioner Repair, Cooling Maintenance, Energy Efficiency

Preparing Your Air Conditioner for Spring!

Posted by Derek Pleva on Mon, Mar 28 2016 @ 12:00 PM

While winter’s weather lingers over Chicagoland and much of the United States, a warm up is on the horizon. As temperatures creep into the 40’s, it will finally be warm enough to start preparing our homes for the spring and summer seasons ahead. We clean the gutters to prevent damage from storms, we inspect the sump pump to prevent floods from consuming our basements, and perhaps most importantly, we clean our air conditioners to prevent breakdowns.

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Topics: Air Conditioners, Cooling Maintenance

24/7 Emergency Repair When You Need It Most

Posted by Derek Pleva on Tue, Mar 08 2016 @ 01:10 PM

Don’t Count out the Cold!

We have been lucky enough to get a few days of normal weather throughout Chicago and Northwest Indiana. The real question is, will it last? We wouldn’t be surprised if by next week we were experiencing freezing winds and temperatures reaching as low as 20 degrees at night, with snowfall not far behind! Winter is not entirely over this year, and we want to make sure all our neighbors know that Four Seasons Heating and Air Conditioning is STILL ready to help conquer the brutal winter of Chicago.

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Topics: Energy Efficiency, Furnaces, furnace, heating, heating system

Heating Systems and the AFUE Rating

Posted by Derek Pleva on Fri, Feb 12 2016 @ 06:25 PM

According to Energy Star, 29% of the energy use in your home per year is spent using the heating system. Your furnace or boiler is the number one natural gas guzzler in your home, so it should be the unit you target for energy efficiency improvements. Four Seasons Heating and Air Conditioning offers an affordable and effective service every year that will help you keep your heating costs under control.

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Topics: Energy Efficiency, Furnaces, furnace, heating, heating system

Home Heating Systems

Posted by Derek Pleva on Tue, Dec 29 2015 @ 09:30 AM

Since fireplaces, home heating systems have made technological leaps and bounds. Through advances and design, these systems are now more energy efficient than ever and range in various models and sizes. Bearing in mind, heating your home during winter is a very big responsibility. Being knowledgeable of the advantages and disadvantages of various heating methods will help you to assess which approach is a better fit for your family.

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Topics: Energy Efficiency, Furnaces, furnace, heating, heating system

Top 2 Furnace Malfunctions

Posted by David Gaudio on Wed, Dec 23 2015 @ 08:30 AM

The winter is upon us, and it has come in force this week! Temperatures are plummeting and struggling to stay above freezing. All throughout Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana, furnaces and boilers have been breaking down.

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Topics: Furnaces, furnace repair

Carbon Monoxide Safety Tips

Posted by David Gaudio on Mon, Dec 21 2015 @ 10:00 PM

Carbon monoxide is a chemical compound poisonous to the human body. Unfortunately it is also the by product of all gas burning appliances in the home. While these appliances are designed to be as safe as possible, the potential for a carbon monoxide leak is still there. For that reason it is incredibly important to have CO detectors in the home and be aware of the symptoms of poisoning so you can react before any real damage occurs.

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Topics: Furnaces, heating, Health and Safety, furnace repair, heat exchanger