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Consider Your Insulation Options

There are several insulation products that can be used to improve the insulation of your home and reduce energy costs. The installation method is dictated by the insulation type. The effectiveness of insulation is measured by its thermal insulation or R value, normally shown as a value per inch of thickness; the higher the value…

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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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Analyzing Ductwork Problems: Rule Out What It Isn’t

There are numerous ways ductwork can detract from the efficiency of your central heating and cooling system. If you suspect your system isn’t performing up to its full potential, you may want to examine your ducts for problems, or better yet, have them inspected by a trusted professional. One of the most common problems is…

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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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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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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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