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A/C Features You’ll Want to Consider for Your Next System

Residential air conditioning has changed a lot in recent years. There are many new features available and new air conditioners are much more efficient than they used to be. Central air conditioners can last for up to 20 years, so you’ll want to be sure to consider all the new A/C features available when deciding on your…

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Your Oversized Air Conditioner: When Bigger Isn’t Better

When you’re having a new air conditioner installed, there is much to consider including the brand, price and size you want for your home. However, you should not fall into the trap of thinking that bigger is better. In fact, oversized air conditioners can cost you more both upfront and in the long run. This is…

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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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A Storage Tank Water Heater: Why It Works Best for Some Households

Tankless or “on demand” water heaters are growing in popularity in the U.S., though for many homes, the old standby, the storage tank water heater, remains the best choice. It offers a dependable and convenient source of hot water, and the new generation of storage water heaters is much more energy efficient than they ever where in…

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The Benefits of Whole-House Humidification: Is It Ideal For You?

Experts say that the relative humidity of the air in your home should be no lower than 30 percent or higher than 50 percent. If the humidity drops under that bottom level, you will likely experience discomfort and may experience a variety of respiratory problems.  Wooden household items — such as furniture or musical instruments —…

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Keep Your Standby Generator Running Smoothly: Do a Maintenance Check

Performing a maintenance check on your home’s standby or backup generator is crucial to making sure that it will work when it is needed. There are two main steps involved with maintenance to verify normal functionality. One deals with visual aspects of the generator, while the other involves actually running it to see that everything…

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ACCA Membership: A Clue Your HVAC Contractor Is a Pro

When you see the logo identifying ACCA membership, you already know a great deal about the HVAC contractor coming to your home to install or service your heating and cooling equipment. Unfortunately, almost anyone can claim to be a “contractor” with just a business card and a website to show for it. Membership in the…

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The Blower Door Test: An Essential Part of Your Expert Home Energy Audit

If you’re having a home energy audit conducted, a blower door test likely will be an important part of this home assessment. This test will establish how airtight your Hamel, Illinois home is. This means that you can identify places where warm air can leak into your interior from the outside in the summer and…

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Still Time to Use Tax Credits for Efficient Equipment, but Not for Long

This year, fall’s cooler weather doesn’t just signal that it’s time for yearly fall maintenance on your heating and cooling systems or for you to check your insulation. This autumn is also a good time to take note that there’s not much time left to take advantage of federal tax credits for the purchase of efficient heating…

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