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Forgot Your Furnace Inspection? There’s Still Time

If you didn’t get your home’s furnace inspected this fall, don’t despair. There’s never a better time than the present if you’ve neglected furnace maintenance for a year or more. A furnace inspection and precision tuneup can help you save money on energy bills, improve home comfort, reduce future repairs, extend the service life of…

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Why a Higher-Efficiency Air Filter Is Worth Every Penny

Your home’s heating and cooling system relies on the air filter in order to run smoothly. While your system can likely accommodate a variety of filters with varying efficiency ratings, there are many advantages of choosing a higher-efficiency air filter. Benefits of a Higher-Efficiency Air Filter The most obvious benefit is that an air filter…

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Understanding What MERV Ratings Mean for Air Filter Efficiency

Understanding the minimum efficiency reporting value (MERV) for HVAC filters will help you select an appropriate furnace or A/C filter based on the needs of your household without sacrificing heating and cooling performance. MERV ratings range between 1-16 (with 17-20 reserved for High Efficiency Particulate Arresting, or HEPA, filters). As a general rule of thumb,…

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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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HEPA Filters Can Help Allergy Sufferers, but Is It the Right Choice for Your Home?

HEPA filters have been getting a lot of buzz lately, especially with marketing directed toward families whose members suffering from allergies, asthma or other breathing disorders. However, consideration should be given before employing their use. Filters made for residential HVAC use come in various types, each carrying a specific rating on the MERV scale. MERV, which…

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Helping Your Overworked Air Conditioner Do Its Job

An overworked air conditioner is not a problem you want, especially during summer. A struggling A/C will leave you uncomfortable and could break down faster; an expense no one wants to deal with. Fortunately, there are ways to help your system perform better on hotter days and help to keep your home more comfortable overall.…

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Get Ready for Your Furnace Inspection

An annual furnace inspection should be conducted by a qualified technician every year before winter hits Southwest Illinois. The manufacturer’s warranty may require an annual tune-up for safety and to prevent unnecessary heat loss as part of the unit’s guarantee. A qualified heating technician can help homeowners in Alton, Troy and other neighboring communities with inspection…

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