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Choosing An Air Purification System That Meets Your Needs

As we have gotten better at insulating homes to keep cool and warm air inside the house, we also have locked in some unwanted visitors. We live with pets, pet hair and pet dander. We try to keep our Metro-East homes clean with cleaners and aerosols that get into our air. Pollen and pollutants hitch…

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Degree Days: How They Figure Into Your Energy Calculations

At the end of every month, if you’re like a lot of homeowners, you look at your utility bills to see how much energy you have used over the course of the past month. In the winter and summer, the cost of heating and cooling your house will go up drastically. In order to calculate…

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Service In Just Hours With Ernst Heating & Cooling

When any of your HVAC equipment fails to perform in the middle of the night, you might not be able to wait for morning to get service. Whether it is steaming hot outside or quite chilly, doing without air conditioning or heating could cause hosts of other problems and discomfort for your family. If you…

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How Ductwork Design Affects HVAC Efficiency

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, homeowners can lose up to 60 percent of their heated air through leaky or poorly insulated ductwork. This is a waste of efficiency, money and warmth on a cold day. By maintaining HVAC efficiency through better ductwork design and maintenance, homeowners can have the best running system for…

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Indoor Air Quality — Breathe Easier With Proper Dust Removal

Dust is a common enemy of many homeowners and for good reason. Dust makes your home appear dingy and dull, and will impact the quality of air that you breathe in every day. Unfortunately, getting rid of dust completely or permanently is not possible. About 90 percent of dust in your home comes from fabric…

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Does Your Air Conditioner Need Repair or Replacement?

Are you are having issues with your air conditioner and facing the dilemma of whether to repair your cooling system or replace it entirely? If so, follow these tips to determine which option would most benefit you and your home. When to Repair or Replace Your Air Conditioner: Old Unit: If your air conditioner is…

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Those Hefty Energy Tax Credits: You Can Still Get Them For Geothermal

You may have heard about the tax credits that were available for upgrading your home with energy-efficient improvements, such as new HVAC systems or insulation. You may have also heard that those energy tax credits expired at the end of 2011. Well, that’s only partly correct. Some of the energy tax credits have expired, such…

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You’ll Soon Be Needing The Furnace; Have You Checked Your CO Detectors?

Fall is here, and soon we will be switching on our furnaces to get us through the cold winter months. There’s no time like the present to start preparing for using your furnace. In addition to scheduling your heating system’s annual preventive maintenance, checking your CO (carbon monoxide) detectors should be at the top of your…

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Carbon Monoxide Detectors: Using Them To Secure Iron-Clad Protection

The state of Illinois enforces a law that requires all residential properties to have a working carbon monoxide detector installed within 15 feet from the master bedroom door if any kind of combustible fuel is used indoors (such as in a gas furnace or water heater). The law became effective in 2007, but if you’re…

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