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How A Variable-Speed Blower Can Contribute To System Efficiency

Most traditional furnaces and air conditioners come with a single-speed blower. This limits them to only running on one setting – high. During mild weather, this can be overkill, wasting energy by outputting too much air when a lower setting would suffice. If you’re in the market for new heating and cooling equipment, one option…

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Furnace Replacement: As Easy As 1, 2, 3

Are you intimidated by the prospect of a furnace replacement? There’s no need to be — it’s relatively easy if you follow the three guidelines listed below: Find a top-notch contractor Finding the right contractor is easier said than done, but if you keep the following factors in mind, you can weed out the best…

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New Furnace Efficiency Standards Will Be In Effect In Illinois For 2013

AFUE is a ratings system that outlines the efficiency of furnaces (and boilers), revealing how much fuel is used to generate heat, and how much energy is lost. Rated as a percentage, the existing AFUE minimum for homeowners across the country stands at 78 AFUE. Early next year, new furnace efficiency standards require that homeowners…

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Smoky Furnace Smell: Dust, Or Something Worse?

When operating as it’s designed, your furnace should run smoothly and consistently. This is especially true if you are meticulous about scheduling annual service for the furnace. However, if you happen to notice a smoky furnace smell, or any other unusual furnace odor, it may be signaling a serious problem.  Smoky furnace smell If you…

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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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Furnace Buyers Guide

If you have never purchased a furnace—or haven’t purchased one since before the turn of the millennium—buying a new one can be an intimidating prospect. At Ernst Heating & Cooling, we’ve been installing, servicing, and repairing furnaces for more than half a century. Let us be your guide through the world of AFUEs, BTUs, variable…

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Why Is My Furnace Turning On & Off?

Is your furnace kicking off and on over and over again? This is a common problem with several possible causes—and the team at Ernst Heating & Cooling is here to help you get your furnace up and running again. If your furnace isn’t working and you need immediate assistance in the Illinois area, call Ernst…

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The Geothermal Heat Pump: An Energy Gem Buried In Your Backyard

We live in the Edwardsville region, which as you know means it gets down to freezing in the winter while we swelter through the summer. What it costs to heat and cool our homes is always on our minds. Installing a geothermal heat pump for your home might just be your ticket to lower utility bills…

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