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.
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.
At Four Seasons we love our furnaces. In these modern times there's no more precise, sophisticated way to provide heat to our homes than with a high efficiency Lennox furnace like the SLP98V. Still, there's something about the rustic aesthetic of the fireplace that still warms our hearts. But, having an open fire in your home, while safe, requires a few precautions to be enjoyed properly especially with children present.
We talk about heating systems a lot on the Comfort Corner, but no matter how sophisticated your furnace or boiler may be, it can't keep you warm outside of your home. When we step outside at 7 AM, if we aren't dressed properly, we'll shiver and sniffle our way through the morning. Many people think that dressing for the winter is just a parka and some gloves, but if you're planning on fighting the winter chill in Chicago land there is one word you need to know: layers!
Yes, it is the season of giving and holiday cheer, but that doesn’t mean everyone out there has a heart of gold! There are plenty of scammers out there looking to make a cheap buck and disappear before complaints can be filed. To help keep your holiday merry, we are going to outline a few ways to avoid the common tricksters.
Holiday HVAC Scam Prevention
If It Doesn’t Say Four Seasons, It’s Not Four Seasons
As the largest HVAC contractor in the Midwest, we operate with a target on our back. It is not uncommon for shady competitors to try and use our name recognition and trusted reputation to their advantage.
Four Seasons never hires subcontractors for HVAC work, and a Four Seasons technician always wears a labeled uniform and always arrives in a marked Four Seasons truck. If the technician arriving at your house is not an obvious Four Seasons employee, we encourage you to call our offices and confirm his identity before letting him into your home.
Check with the Better Business Bureau!
The best resource in the area to confirm the reputation and ethical standards of a company is hands down the Better Business Bureau. Make sure any company you hire is accredited by and scores well with the BBB.
Four Seasons Heating, Air Conditioning, and Plumbing is accredited, A+ rated, and the only HVAC and plumbing company to ever win the BBB Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics in the Chicago and Northern IL area.
Use Google Earth!
Fly-by-night companies are notorious for opening shop out of a garage, running a few scams, and closing up before the angry customers and negative reviews catch up with them only to reopen their doors from another garage under a new name.
Use Google Earth to verify the establishment. Found their address online? Do a little spying! See where they operate! If their “office and warehouse” turns out to be more like a townhouse, this is a cause for concern.
Work with the Name You Already Trust!
The best way to avoid a holiday HVAC scam is to choose Four Seasons! For over forty years, we have been upholding a higher standard of honesty, integrity, and excellence. We offer FREE estimate on all new equipment inquiries, so discuss your heating options this winter with proven professionals.
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It's a fine line between a unit in need of repairs and one that must be scrapped, and throughout this Fall and Winter Seasons thousands of families have called upon Four Seasons to provide the repair services they require. However, there are some situations in which it is neither practical nor in the best interest of the customer to repair a furnace too far gone. Inevitably, these customers have a number of questions.
Maybe you replaced your furnace this winter, maybe your unit is getting up there in years, but everyone is trying to get the most from their furnace. In general, most furnaces will last somewhere around fifteen years but if taken care of properly, it is not uncommon for some units to function long into their twenty's. Optimize your investment and give your furnace a little TLC with these four tips to extending your furnace lifespan.
Four Seasons offers 24 hour emergency repairs throughout Chicago land and Northwest Indiana on all make and models of cooling and heating systems. We never charge hidden fees and we never charge extra for nights weekends and holidays. Literally, anytime you need assistance with your HVAC equipment, Four Seasons will be there.
We're all at least a little familiar with how our furnace operates. It burns fuel whether that be electricity or natural gas to generate heat which in turn warms your home. That sums up fairly well the result of a furnace in operation, but it doesn't paint a very detailed picture of the sophisticated heating systems in the HVAC industry. To shed a little light on the subject and help our readers understand the technology they use everyday, we have broken down the components of your heating system into four crucial elements.
When a furnace breaks down, the homeowner is left with two options: repair or replace. Oftentimes, it is more cost effective to replace the unit entirely instead of trying to repair it. Today on the Comfort Corner, we talk about 5 key reasons we suggest replacement over repair!