The Comfort Corner

Fireplace Safety in the Home

Posted by David Gaudio on Fri, Dec 18 2015 @ 12:00 PM

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.

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Topics: heating, heating system

Dressing for the Weather- Your Personal Heating System

Posted by David Gaudio on Tue, Dec 15 2015 @ 04:00 PM

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!

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Topics: heating, heating system

Avoiding Holiday HVAC Scams!

Posted by David Gaudio on Fri, Dec 11 2015 @ 09:43 PM

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.

Contact us today

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Topics: Customer Service, Scam Alerts and Prevention, Health and Safety

When Furnace Repair Is Not Enough

Posted by David Gaudio on Mon, Dec 07 2015 @ 04:18 PM

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.

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Topics: Furnaces, furnace repair

Extending Your Furnace Lifespan

Posted by David Gaudio on Thu, Dec 03 2015 @ 02:25 PM

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.

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Topics: furnace, heating, furnace filter, furnace repair

Before You Call Four Seasons: Common Furnace Malfunctions

Posted by David Gaudio on Thu, Nov 26 2015 @ 01:56 PM

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.

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Topics: Furnaces, furnace, heating, heating system, furnace repair

Stay Warm: Ways to Increase Furnace Efficiency

Posted by Derek Pleva on Sun, Nov 22 2015 @ 09:34 AM
Staying warm without spending a ton of money is a serious concern for homeowners. Making sure your furnace is properly maintained can help to save you money on both your unit and your energy bills. If you follow these simple ways to increase furnace efficiency, you will see how saving money while staying warm is not difficult at all!

 

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Topics: Air Duct Cleaning, furnace, heating, furnace filter

Why Does Your Furnace Smell Likes It's Burning?

Posted by Jean Mehaljevic on Mon, Nov 16 2015 @ 02:49 PM

 

Summer has ended, and it has happened. Temperatures have dropped just enough to create a nip in the air, and you’re forced to turn on the heat. Your home begins to warm, but wait, what is that burning smell? First and foremost, it is important to remain calm; turn the furnace off, and go to the area of your house where the unit is located. Confirm that there isn’t a fire or the need to call 9-1-1. Once you decide that you and your family are not in immediate danger, you then can take a sigh of relief and start to wonder what could have caused that alarming smell. Here are a few conditions that can generate this odor.
 

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Topics: furnace, heating, heating system, furnace repair

The Four Components of Your Heating System

Posted by David Gaudio on Mon, Nov 09 2015 @ 02:44 PM

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.

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Topics: Furnaces, furnace, heating system, furnace repair, heat exchanger

Top 5 Reasons to Replace Your Old Furnace This Fall

Posted by David Gaudio on Mon, Nov 02 2015 @ 02:21 PM

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!

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Topics: Furnaces, furnace, heating, heating system