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Summertime Energy-Saving Myths: Don’t Believe Them

In an effort to lower cooling costs in the summer, many homeowners follow misguided advice that actually ends up using more energy. Here are some of the most common energy-saving myths and what you should do instead to save money this season. Turning down the thermostat real low will cool the home faster. While at …

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A Heat Pump Tuneup Can Extend the Life of Your Heating and Cooling System

Your heating and cooling system is designed to shield you from both bone-chilling winter weather and hot, humid summer temperatures year after year, with little or no complaint. The better it works, the less you think about it. Unfortunately, if neglected for too long, your heat pump will begin to lose efficiency, and you’ll start …

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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 systems …

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A/C Replacement: What to Consider Before You Take the Plunge

Determining the best time to get a new air conditioner can be challenging. There are multiple factors that you need to consider together to make a decision that’s best for your home and wallet. Consider these signs that it’s time for an A/C replacement: Old age. The service life of an A/C can vary greatly …

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How a Zoning System Can Benefit Your Collinsville Area Home

The typical home has an HVAC system that is controlled by one thermostat, which makes it quite difficult to maintain whole-house comfort, even temperatures and reasonable energy bills. If this sounds familiar to you, read on to see if a zoning system can solve these issues in your Collinsville area home. Zoning System Benefits It’s …

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7 Simple Tips for Keeping Pollen out of Your Southwest Illinois House This Spring

The arrival of spring is good news, but for some residents of Southwest Illinois, warm weather comes with a downside. Pollen can cause allergy sufferers a lot of aggravation at this time of year, so use these simple tips for keeping pollen out of the house this spring and early summer: Don’t track it in. …

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How the Energy Star Most Efficient Label Can Benefit Your Alton Area Home

If you’re looking to upgrade your air conditioner, furnace or another appliance, the Energy Star Most Efficient designation is worth watching for. Whether you’re up in Alton or down south by Carbon Glen, Maryville, and Troy, it takes quality heating and cooling systems to deal with the highly variable Southwest Illinois climate. By looking for …

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How to Use Ceiling Fans With Your HVAC System to Keep Your Home Comfortable

During the spring, your utility bills experience a pleasant drop. Yet summer is on its way, and the bills are due to increase once again. Now’s the perfect time to begin thinking of ways to keep those utility costs low year-round. One of the best ways to save money is to use commodities that you …

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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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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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