The Comfort Corner

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

Dispelling AC Myths: Freon Boosts

Posted by David Gaudio on Tue, Jun 03 2014 @ 04:59 PM

Even though we use our air conditioners most days during the summer, many homeowners don't know how these machines actually produce the cold air we need so desperately during Chicago's scorching heat waves. As a result, misconceptions and myths arise revolving around fundamental functions of these machines. Less scrupulous companies will prey upon these oversights and cash in on the easy profits. Four Seasons and the Comfort Corner are here to dispel the misconceptions that could be draining your finances every summer.

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Topics: Air Conditioners, Air Conditioner Repair, Cooling Maintenance, Scam Alerts and Prevention

Stop, Copper Thief! Protect Your Air Conditioner!

Posted by David Gaudio on Fri, May 24 2013 @ 11:06 AM

Stop, thieves! If there's one area of your home you wouldn't expect to be a target of the mischievous ne'er-do-wells in this town, it would have to be your air conditioner. It's big. It's connected to your home through wires, ducts, and pipes. Further, what would anyone want with it?

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Topics: Air Conditioners, Scam Alerts and Prevention

Other 24 Hour HVAC Contractors: A Double-Edged Sword

Posted by David Gaudio on Wed, May 01 2013 @ 12:46 PM

Everyone finds themselves in this situation at some point. Your air conditioner breaks down at the worst possible moment. It's 110 degrees, the baby is screeching, and you need it fixed now. Of course, you want to call a contractor who performs emergency service, but you don't want to be taken advantage of in your hour of need just because you are desperate.

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Topics: Air Conditioners, Air Conditioner Repair, Scam Alerts and Prevention

Air Conditioner Covers and Cages: Tips to Know Before Summer

Posted by Kate Miller on Wed, Apr 17 2013 @ 11:50 AM

An investment in your air conditioner is an investment in the comfort of your home during the blistering summers here in Chicago land, but protecting these systems from damage involves more than just having the system cleaned by the professionals at Four Seasons on a yearly basis. There are two types of protective coverings you could be using on your air conditioner to further ensure home comfort every summer season. Four Seasons offers a/c covers and cages that can be custom fit to any air conditioner, and we can show you how to properly use these cages and covers to keep your air conditioner safe from both Mother Nature and thieves alike.

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Topics: Air Conditioners, Cooling Maintenance, Scam Alerts and Prevention

Duct Cleaning Scammers-- Don't be Fooled!

Posted by David Gaudio on Tue, Apr 09 2013 @ 12:03 PM

Duct cleaning is a service that many people don't realize they need. Over time, dust, debris, and potentially mold will begin to accumulate inside your ducts. As efficient and sophisticated as furnace/air conditioner filters have become, the dust will still gather. It is our recommendation to have your ducts professionally cleaned every 2-5 years to improve indoor air quality and prevent mold formation.

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Topics: Air Quality, Air Duct Cleaning, Scam Alerts and Prevention