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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Having a boiler or furnace with a flawed heat exchanger can allow Carbon Monoxide to leak within the home. Many homeowners are unaware of the fact and leave themselves in great danger. Homeowner's that have their heating system properly maintained each year receive a heat exchanger inspection and a tune-up. What about the homes that do not? Would you be able to walk into your basment and tell if your heat exchanger was working properly?