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.
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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There are a total of 400,000 different types of mold in the world, and interestingly enough, only 100,000 of them have been named or accounted for. Mold is relevant all throughout the world and has been a major problem since ancient times. In more recent years, mold has become a bigger problem due to the increase in knowledge and awareness of the matter. As a home owner, becoming an expert on the different types of molds and their health hazards is highly recommended to ensure that your family stays as safe as possible.
From about now until sometime in March, the windows of our home will be shut tight, the furnace will be blasting, and we'll be huddled up inside for almost all of the day. Because homes are built air tight to protect energy efficiency, air quality can become an issue during these reclusive months. Poor indoor air can lead to effects as small as dry skin or as serious as flues and illnesses. However, there are steps we can all take to clean the air we breathe and prevent these problems from occurring in the first place.
Labor day has come and gone; the summer of 2013 is now officially over. It's time to set our sights to autumn. Football, grills, and the changing of the leaves, and preparation for the heating season. There's plenty to do before the first snowfall, and Four Seasons is here to guide you through your preparation. To start, we're going to discuss carbon monoxide detectors.
For the next three days we are looking at some extreme heat in the forecast. It's 95 degrees right now, 90 degrees tomorrow, and 93 degrees on Friday. That means Chicago can expect a lot of sweat and sunburn before the weekend.
Topics: Health and Safety
The April showers are over, but the aftermath could have left lingering problems in your furnace and hot water tanks. If your basement flooded in the past few weeks and your furnace or hot water tank came into contact with the flood water, it is important you read on.
Carbon Monoxide is better known as the silent killer. It is a tasteless, colorless, odorless gas that is used in many household appliances. It is the byproduct of combustion and a natural part of our daily lives, but toxic if inhaled. Because the gas cannot be sensed, it is important to be aware of the causes of a leak and the symptoms of exposure so you can properly respond to warning signs.
When major storms sweep through the area, power lines can go down, and furnaces can fail. These unfortunate events can often cause a safety risk within the home, but if you have a checklist in place, you can feel confident that you are ready for whatever Mother Nature may send our way.
This winter has been a rough one. As if the bitter cold was not enough, the unexpected flu outbreak left many of us confined to a bed for days. Those that already suffer from illness had a particularly difficult time avoiding the bacteria and viruses that caused illness during these chilly months here in Chicagoland. What we all need is a way to better protect ourselves from these invisible invaders, and Four Seasons has the answer.