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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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Treat Your Metro East Home to Balanced Humidity, All Year Long

Humidity is a major factor in home comfort and indoor air quality. A balanced humidity level in your home can improve the efficiency of your furnace or air conditioner and create a healthier living environment. According to the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, the optimal humidity level for a work or living…

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Is Aging Ductwork Altering the HVAC Efficiency of Your Staunton Home?

How long ago was the ductwork in your home installed? Unless you built the home yourself, you may not know. The fact is that many homes contain the original ductwork that was installed when the house was built. That means that if your home was built in 1960, your ductwork might be over 50 years…

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HEPA Filters Clear the Air, Along with Allergy-Ridden Sinuses

If you suffer from asthma, airborne allergies or other respiratory conditions, you might be surprised to learn that relief from your symptoms can be attained without a lot of extra fuss or cost. Your home can be the refuge you’ve been searching for, and all you may need is a HEPA filtration system. Understanding HEPA Filters…

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Conduct Routine Duct Sealing Maintenance this Spring

Your southwest Illinois home’s ductwork does a lot of work throughout the year, especially in the winter. When you get a bit of respite from extreme weather in the spring, consider performing routine duct sealing maintenance to patch up any leaks. The Problems Air leaks are the most common problem with ducts, and can hurt…

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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…

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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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Air Filters Do a Lot for Your Indoor Air Quality: Understand How

Most southwest Illinois residents understand the benefits of A/Cs and furnaces in controlling air temperature in homes, apartments and businesses but not everybody realizes the positive effect that air filters can have on indoor air quality. Even those that do may be unsure which air filters to purchase when it comes time for replacing a…

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A Variable Speed Furnace Provides 3 Significant Benefits to Troy Homeowners

There comes a time when you need to replace your furnace, and with the cold weather setting in, many Metro East homeowners have come to the same conclusion. Fortunately, homeowners can now save money, enjoy better air quality, and have more control over the temperature in their homes thanks to the variable speed furnace. How…

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Installing a New HVAC System? Tips for Properly Sizing the Furnace

When you’re getting ready to replace your home’s central heating system, it’s critical that you take the steps for sizing the furnace accurately. HVAC contractors use special load calculation software to start this process. The Air Conditioning Contractors of America’s Manual J is considered the industry standard when it comes to determining proper furnace size.…

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