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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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Why Go WiFi? 5 Things These Thermostats Can Do For You

One of the best opportunities to save money and improve the comfort of your home is with a WiFi thermostat. Here are five reasons that might convince you to switch. 1. Remote access to thermostat: Imagine being able to access your thermostat and change its settings when you’re not home. A WiFi thermostat allows you…

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That Ductless Mini Split Requires Occasional Maintenance — What That Involves

Ductless mini-splits are gaining popularity in the United States, including here in the Metro-East area. Many people are drawn to the less expensive installation as compared to traditional HVAC systems; others are drawn to the energy efficiency of ductless mini splits, but one of the best perks of these alternatives to the traditional HVAC systems…

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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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