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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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5 Boiler Troubleshooting Tips To Help Keep Your Cool

When your boiler isn’t working properly, it may make you a little hot-tempered. But before you blow your stack, first address these common problems by doing a little boiler troubleshooting. The answer may be easier than you think. Thermostat. The tiny control on your wall may cause your big boiler not to perform up to…

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Why Go WiFi? 5 Things These Thermostats Can Do For You

One of the best opportunities to save money and improve the comfort of your home is with a WiFi thermostat. Here are five reasons that might convince you to switch. 1. Remote access to thermostat: Imagine being able to access your thermostat and change its settings when you’re not home. A WiFi thermostat allows you…

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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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Use Houseplants to Refresh the Air in Your Home

Using houseplants to battle in-home air pollution is an excellent way to protect your family’s health, since the average North American spends more than 80 percent of the day indoors. True, we can invest in air purification and filtration systems, but why not also consider houseplants, which we know clean the air of carbon dioxide…

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5 Tips for Choosing a Whole-House Humidifier

If your Metro East Illinois home was too dry and the air had little or no moisture this past winter, it may have caused more harm than simple discomfort. Low humidity can result in dry skin and increased allergic reactions, plus it can cause wood fixtures in your southwest Illinois home to split or crack over time. Use…

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5 Ways to Prevent Air Conditioner Theft at Your Home

Did you know that your air conditioner (A/C) or heat pump is one of the most common targets for thieves? Its outdoor compressor unit has a substantial amount of valuable copper that criminals often try to steal. Here are five ways to prevent air conditioner theft: Hide your A/C. You can either try to hide your…

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Terms You Should Learn: AFUE, SEER and HSPF

If you are considering adding to or upgrading your whole-house HVAC system, you should learn the terms AFUE, SEER, HSPF, among others. These acronyms all stand for efficiency rating systems for heating or cooling systems. By ensuring each system – whether it’s a furnace, heat pump or A/C – is the most efficient model you…

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The Benefits of a Geothermal System

Did you know that you can heat and cool your home with energy extracted directly from the earth’s core? Geothermal energy is one of the most efficient ways to heat and cool your home. Ernst Heating & Cooling was one of the first HVAC companies in the Madison County region to install geothermal heat pumps.…

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