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.
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.
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!
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.