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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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New Furnace Efficiency Standards Will Be In Effect In Illinois For 2013

AFUE is a ratings system that outlines the efficiency of furnaces (and boilers), revealing how much fuel is used to generate heat, and how much energy is lost. Rated as a percentage, the existing AFUE minimum for homeowners across the country stands at 78 AFUE. Early next year, new furnace efficiency standards require that homeowners…

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Furnace Buyers Guide

If you have never purchased a furnace—or haven’t purchased one since before the turn of the millennium—buying a new one can be an intimidating prospect. At Ernst Heating & Cooling, we’ve been installing, servicing, and repairing furnaces for more than half a century. Let us be your guide through the world of AFUEs, BTUs, variable…

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Smoky Furnace Smell: Dust, Or Something Worse?

When operating as it’s designed, your furnace should run smoothly and consistently. This is especially true if you are meticulous about scheduling annual service for the furnace. However, if you happen to notice a smoky furnace smell or any other unusual furnace odor, it may be signaling a serious problem. Smoky furnace smell If you…

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Why Is My Furnace Turning On & Off?

Is your furnace kicking off and on over and over again? This is a common problem with several possible causes—and the team at Ernst Heating & Cooling is here to help you get your furnace up and running again. If your furnace isn’t working and you need immediate assistance in the Illinois area, call Ernst…

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Furnace Filters Play A Key Role In System Efficiency

Though they aren’t often considered a major player in the efficiency of your heating system, furnace filters actually play an important role and should not be neglected.  Neglecting them can lead to higher heating costs and less comfort for you and your family. Changing your filters regularly is highly important. When they become oversaturated with…

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Furnace Efficiency: Look For These Features In Your Replacement

For homeowners looking to increase furnace efficiency, selecting certain features offers significant return on investment, leading to lower energy bills and more. If you’re set to upgrade the furnace in your Metro-East home, consider these features commonly utilized in high-efficiency furnaces to attain an Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) of 90 percent or higher. Two-stage gas…

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Why Should You Invest in a Geothermal Heat Pump?

Heating and cooling bills can be a burden. But they don’t have to be! If you’re looking for a cost-effective and energy efficient solution to heat and cool your Illinois home, then you should consider investing in a geothermal heat pump! It a great option to dependably heat AND cool your home year in and year…

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