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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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Choosing the Right HVAC Contractor When You Have Several Quotes

When you need an HVAC contractor for work on your home’s heating or cooling system, or help with air quality, energy efficiency or ventilation concerns, you may be looking at considerable expense. You’ll be trusting a contractor to come into your home, troubleshoot your HVAC system, make recommendations, and perform work that you aren’t able…

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Improve the Comfort of Your Maryville Home With a Professional Energy Audit

Chances are, your home has a variety areas where energy is being lost or wasted, making your utility bills unnecessarily high. A professional energy audit can help you learn how and where you can save on energy use and expenditures in your southwest Illinois home. A home energy audit is an assessment of your home’s energy…

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Top 5 Energy Sappers and What To Do About Them This Winter

Achieving a comfortable indoor temperature in the winter can be a balancing act between your household finances and building a good buffer against the chilly temperatures outside. This problem worsens if you are unaware of the energy and heated air that may be literally leaking away from your home. Energy Sappers Hurt Your Hip Pocket…

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Landscaping Helps Improve Your HVAC System’s Efficiency

While the connection between landscaping and the efficiency of your home’s heating and cooling system may not be obvious, enough studies on the subject have been conducted to confirm a relationship between the two. In the blazing heat and humidity of a southwest Illinois summer, it just makes good sense to make things a little…

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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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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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The Pros and Cons of Using a Heat Pump in Your Collinsville Home

If you are considering installing a new heat pump in your Metro-East home, you should be aware of heat pump pros and cons. Here is what you need to know to make an informed decision about whether a heat pump is right for you: The Pros Energy efficiency – Heat pumps provide exceptionally efficient heating,…

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Troubleshooting and Maintenance Tips for Water Softeners

Water softeners improve the quality of your water by removing minerals suspended in the water. They can help improve your water’s taste, keep minerals from building up in your pipes, and make it easier to dissolve soap for bathing and washing dishes. Water softeners require regularly maintenance to keep them doing their job. If you’re…

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