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HVAC Spring Maintenance Checklist

With spring creeping around the corner, there’s no better time to go through your routine HVAC maintenance checklist! Don’t have a maintenance checklist? No problem! The specialists at Ernst Heating & Cooling have taken a bit of time to detail the basics of a strong maintenance routine that will keep your system running its best…

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Our Whole-House Energy Savings Ideas Just For Metro-East Homeowners

Energy savings is at the forefront of a lot of people’s minds today, fueled by job loss, the economic climate, and rising prices. In general, people are looking for lots of different ways to cut costs, and saving energy is one good way to spend less. Because heating and cooling costs, and energy use in…

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Ice Dams: The Telltale Sign That Your Attic Needs Attention

Ice dams on your roof in the winter are not just a nuisance. Once ice develops on your roof’s eaves, serious damage can occur to the home. In addition, ice dams can be a sign of significant problems within your attic. Southwest Illinois is particularly vulnerable to ice dams. Due to our position bordering the…

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Our Best And Easiest DIY Tip: Keep Your Air Filters Fresh

Here’s an easy way to extend the longevity of your heating and cooling system, improve your indoor air quality and control your utility bills all at the same time: Replace your air filter regularly. Filters don’t work as designed when they get dirty.  A dirty filter inhibits air flow and prevents air from circulating well. …

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A Crippling Power Outage Can Happen At Any Time — Are You Ready?

Thunderstorms, high winds and heavy snow aren’t uncommon in Southwest Illinois, and in order to be prepared for a power outage, it’s essential that your home is ready. If you’ve ever experienced a power outage, you know how inconvenient, and even hazardous, it can be. However, taking the time to gather a few supplies and…

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Gas Leaks: Detecting And Preventing An Invisible Danger

If you have equipment in your home that uses natural gas, oil or propane, such as a furnace or water heater, the risk of gas leaks is ever-present. While the chances that a gas leak will happen in your home are not very high, it’s important to know how to detect and prevent this invisible…

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Frozen Pipes: Preventing A Problem You Definitely Don’t Want

At the top of the list of least-desirable phrases homeowners want to hear is: Frozen pipes. Not only are frozen pipes just plain inconvenient and a huge undertaking to repair and clean up, but they’re an expense that’s fairly easy to avoid — if you know how to prevent this problem. Oddly enough, it’s not…

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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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