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.
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.
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!
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.
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!