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Gas vs. Electric: Which is Cheaper Here in Hamel?

Is it cheaper to run gas or electric heat? In today’s blog post, we’ll tell you which one we recommend for you!

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Are You Eligible for HVAC Rebates?

Here at Ernst, there’s nothing we love more than a great deal! That’s why we want to point you toward local HVAC-related rebates.

Heatproof Your Home to Keep the Cool In

If you run your AC only to find that you can’t keep the cool air inside your home, and that as soon as you turn the AC off your house heats right back up again, there may be more you can do to heatproof your home. Tips to Keep the Cool Air In It can …

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Choosing the Right Air Conditioner for Your Metro East Home

When summer hits Metro East Illinois, the blistering heat can make residents nostalgic for our icy winter chill. When it comes time to choose a new air conditioner, make sure you get the best system for your home, budget, and needs. At the Top of the List: Energy Efficiency To save money and be more …

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Buyer’s Guide to Energy-Efficient Air Conditioners

When facing a hot and humid Illinois summer, you need a reliable air conditioner that can ensure your home is cool no matter the temperatures outside. Without one, you may find yourself sweating in places you never thought possible! (Gross—we know!) Don’t swelter in this heat any longer than you need to. What would you …

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Get With the Program: Programmable Thermostats

They’re more than just a hot high-tech gadget—programmable thermostats are tools that help you regulate the comfort level of your home and save money on your energy bills. Easy to install and easy to use, programmable thermostats, along with zoning systems, customize your home’s heating and cooling systems to maximize their efficiency. Digital Thermostats and …

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Winter-proof Your Home for Energy Efficiency

Do your energy bills shoot up when winter hits? Do you feel cold air sneaking in around your home’s doors and windows? Get your Metro East Illinois home ready for cold weather with these smart winter-proofing tasks. The Usual Suspects: Doors and Windows They are the most susceptible spots in your house—any compromise in the …

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HVAC Energy Efficiency Standards Are Going Up: What’s in Store for Your Southwest Illinois Home?

Several years ago, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) established new HVAC energy efficiency standards in an effort to curb energy consumption. They divided the country into separate regions based on their heating and cooling needs and based the higher standards on each region’s need for heating and cooling. Southwest Illinois and St. Louis fall …

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Air Filter Shopping: What’s the Best Choice for Your Illinois Metro East Home?

Is it time to replace the air filter in your forced-air HVAC system? The air quality inside your home can be negatively impacted by a dirty or clogged filter. Energy efficiency is also adversely affected, and your cooling or heating equipment will have to work harder to force air through a dirty filter. When air …

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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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