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R-22 Refrigerant Prices Are Rising, Supply Diminishing

An ongoing federal government-ordered phaseout of R-22 refrigerant (also known by the brand name “Freon”) is gradually increasing R-22 refrigerant prices. In the past three years, as a result of the phaseout, the cost of R-22 has risen dramatically. Future R-22 refrigerant prices are difficult to predict, but one thing is sure: they will continue…

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Time for Fall Maintenance Already? Plan Yours Now

The temperatures during the end of summer and beginning of fall are perfect for getting outside and completing necessary fall maintenance chores that will boost your home’s energy efficiency. Here’s a checklist so you can begin planning your maintenance schedule, before the weather starts cooling off. Exterior Maintenance Roof. Have your roof inspected for loose…

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Tight Ductwork: Crucial for Your Home’s Efficiency

Winter has its grip on southwest Illinois, and you want to make sure the ductwork in your home is functioning properly. You do not want to discover problems with your heating system when the temperature dips below zero. The Importance of a Healthy Ductwork System Your heating/cooling system works to circulate conditioned air throughout your…

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ERVs Give You a Breath of Fresh Air with Minimal Energy Loss

During the winter months, most homeowners are concerned with keeping the cold air out and the warm air inside. Sealing air leaks and having adequate insulation do go a long way toward maintaining a comfortable temperature inside your home. But these things can also prevent you from getting the adequate fresh air needed to maintain a…

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Common Air Conditioner Problems and How You Can Solve Them

Even though your air conditioner is likely designed to be robust, it’s still a complex piece of equipment that can experience performance issues once in a while. Here are some common air conditioner problems and how you should deal with them. Leaking refrigerant: In order to transfer heat effectively, the level of refrigerant (the charge)…

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Too Much Moisture? A Dehumidifier to the Rescue

The high outdoor humidity southwest Illinois frequently experiences has obvious effects on comfort outside, but it can also contribute to high indoor humidity that can reduce comfort, too. High indoor humidity can also result in a range of other problems, so if you find yourself with too much moisture in your home this summer, you…

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Energy-Saving Tips That Will Give You a Raise During the Holidays

You were able to keep your energy use down during the summer. Now here’s some energy-saving tips to keep the bills low during the holiday season. Have your furnace inspected. An HVAC professional can identify signs that your furnace is not working optimally, and take various routine steps to make sure it’s operating as efficiently and…

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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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Balanced Humidity: a Year-Round Concern In Your Southwest Illinois Home

In southwest Illinois, it can be challenging to maintain balanced humidity in the home throughout four very different seasons. Our winters are long and cold, with dry indoor air a common problem, while we experience the muggy and hot summers typical of the Midwest. This can be a real challenge for any home humidification system. Why Humidity Matters…

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