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Don’t Let These Common A/C Problems Get You Down

Having A/C problems in your home can be a real inconvenience. When your A/C is on the fritz, your home becomes uncomfortable and you end up incurring an unwanted expense to fix the problems. Understanding the most common problems that occur with your air conditioner, their causes and their solutions can provide prompt detection and…

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Clogged Condensate Drain: Why It Happens and How to Deal With It

Your air conditioner works hard to keep you comfortable during the hot Metro-East summer, and breakdowns are common during the hotter months due to the constant operation of your system. One of the most common air conditioning problems is a clogged condensate drain. While preventive maintenance will go a long way toward keeping your air…

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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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An Efficient Furnace Is a Good Buy in SW Illinois—but How Efficient?

Furnace efficiency is an important factor in keeping your energy costs low. A furnace’s efficiency is measured by a percentage using the annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) rating. Available new furnaces come with AFUE ratings ranging from 78 percent for standard-efficiency models to 90-98 percent in high-efficiency condensing furnaces. The AFUE rating measures what percentage of…

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Don’t Forget Yearly HVAC Maintenance

If your heating and cooling systems work to keep your home comfortable, you may be under the impression that HVAC maintenance is unnecessary. However, ensuring that your cooling and heating systems are maintained can save you money and extend the life of your equipment. Here are the most important reasons to invest in yearly HVAC…

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A Heat Pump Tuneup Can Extend the Life of Your Heating and Cooling System

Your heating and cooling system is designed to shield you from both bone-chilling winter weather and hot, humid summer temperatures year after year, with little or no complaint. The better it works, the less you think about it. Unfortunately, if neglected for too long, your heat pump will begin to lose efficiency, and you’ll start…

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Heat Pump Air Conditioning: A Comfortable Way to Keep Cool

If you have been considering a heat pump to keep your home cool this summer, now’s a great time to understand how they work and how they can benefit your Metro-East home. Heat pumps are excellent appliances for energy efficient and effective cooling and heating your home. Basically, heat pumps work by the process of transferring heat, using the…

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Sealing the Air Leaks in Your Hamel-Area Home: a 3-Step Strategy

The reason for sealing air leaks in your home is to keep conditioned air inside and hot or cold air outside. No matter the season, the goal is the same. If you want to enjoy a tighter home and lower energy bills as quickly and affordably as possible, follow this three-step strategy. Start with the largest air…

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Still Time to Use Tax Credits for Efficient Equipment, but Not for Long

This year, fall’s cooler weather doesn’t just signal that it’s time for yearly fall maintenance on your heating and cooling systems or for you to check your insulation. This autumn is also a good time to take note that there’s not much time left to take advantage of federal tax credits for the purchase of efficient heating…

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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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