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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
There's nothing worse than a broken furnace in the heart of winter. All of a sudden, the heat is gone, but in most cases, furnaces don't just breakdown out of the blue. Leading up to the breakdown are warning signs alerting you that something is amiss. By learning to identify these signs, you can spot an issue before it escalates into a broken furnace. To spot the warning signs, all you need are your senses.