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Choosing An Air Purification System That Meets Your Needs

As we have gotten better at insulating homes to keep cool and warm air inside the house, we also have locked in some unwanted visitors. We live with pets, pet hair and pet dander. We try to keep our Metro-East homes clean with cleaners and aerosols that get into our air. Pollen and pollutants hitch…

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Upgrading Your Furnace? Features Metro-East Homeowners Should Consider

Upgrading your furnace is an investment. Not only does your family depend on that furnace to stay comfortable in winter, but the quality of your furnace can also add to your house’s value. How do you know what features to choose when upgrading your furnace? If you choose energy-efficient features, you get a more comfortable home…

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Installing a New HVAC System? Tips for Properly Sizing the Furnace

When you’re getting ready to replace your home’s central heating system, it’s critical that you take the steps for sizing the furnace accurately. HVAC contractors use special load calculation software to start this process. The Air Conditioning Contractors of America’s Manual J is considered the industry standard when it comes to determining proper furnace size.…

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Measure Your Energy Savings With A “Yardstick”

The concept of using a so-called “yardstick” to measure a home’s energy use was devised by Energy Star, a program created by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy. This measuring device was designed to reduce our nation’s consumption of nonrenewable energy sources, and while it’s not an actual yardstick, a lot…

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Need To Replace Your Furnace? Here’s How To Tell If It’s Time

No one can predict the exact date you’ll absolutely have to replace your furnace. But one thing is for sure: it probably won’t be at the most convenient time. Since aging furnaces often fail when they’re under the highest heating demand, it will probably happen at the coldest time of the winter when you’ll have…

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Furnace On Its Last Leg? When To Repair Or Replace

If you own a home, it’s likely that you’ll experience a broken furnace at some point. When your furnace does break, you’ll be faced with a challenging question. Is it better to replace or repair? There’s no hard and fast rule in the furnace repair or replace dilemma. Every furnace issue is unique. However, there…

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Premier Contractor Ernst’s GeoComfort Geothermal Systems Shine

Geothermal heat pumps can be used to both heat and cool your home.  The efficiency at which this occurs is measured in two primary ways.  For heating, efficiency is indicated by the coefficient of performance, or COP, which declares the relationship between the heat provided and energy input required to produce the heat.  For cooling,…

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1 Key Tip For Boosting Furnace Efficiency

There are many things you can do to help your furnace operate more efficiently, including scheduling annual preventive maintenance and changing your air filters regularly. But one of the most effective ways for boosting furnace efficiency is also one of the simplest: turn on those ceiling fans! How ceiling fans help heat and cool your…

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Winter-proof Your Home for Energy Efficiency

Do your energy bills shoot up when winter hits? Do you feel cold air sneaking in around your home’s doors and windows? Get your Metro East Illinois home ready for cold weather with these smart winter-proofing tasks. The Usual Suspects: Doors and Windows They are the most susceptible spots in your house—any compromise in the…

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Is This The Right Time To Replace Your Furnace? Do The Math

Winter is only a few months away in the Metro-East region, and you may be wondering if it’s time to replace your furnace. Before rushing out to look at furnaces, do the math to see if buying a new unit makes financial sense. Furnace Efficiency Before replacing a furnace, you should first evaluate the efficiency…

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