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Summer Energy Saving Tips

Although it’s tempting to crank up the AC when summer’s at its peak discomfort level, you may regret it when your energy bills arrive. The thing is, you CAN stay comfortable in your home this summer without overspending! Don’t let the Metro East IL heat drain your energy or your bank account! Read on to …

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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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Balanced Humidity: a Year-Round Concern In Your Southwest Illinois Home

In southwest Illinois, it can be challenging to maintain balanced humidity in the home throughout four very different seasons. Our winters are long and cold, with dry indoor air a common problem, while we experience the muggy and hot summers typical of the Midwest. This can be a real challenge for any home humidification system. Why Humidity Matters …

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Air Filter Replacement Should Be On Your Winter List of To-Dos

If it’s been a while since you changed your forced-air heating and cooling system’s air filter, it’s time to remedy that situation right away. Air filter replacement is one of the simplest and most inexpensive ways to keep your furnace performing at peak capacity. Here’s a brief overview of air filter replacement and what it means …

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Are You Setting Your Heat Pump at the Right Balance Point for Wintertime Comfort?

Air-source heat pumps work on a novel principle: instead of directly producing the heat that you need to keep warm through the winter, the heat pump will find heat energy in the outside air and bring it into your home, using refrigerant as the medium of heat exchange. But for it to be effective at doing …

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A Correctly Programmed Thermostat Can Help You Save

Some 42 percent of home energy costs are directly related to heating and cooling, according to the Energy Information Administration. A correctly programmed thermostat can help cut some of those energy costs, but it takes knowing how to use your programmable thermostat in order to realize those savings. Programmable thermostats let you program set your …

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The Energy Tax Credit For A Geothermal Heat Pump Is Like Money In Your Pocket

Many of the available federal energy tax credits expired at the end of 2011, with a few exceptions, including the geothermal heat pump (GHP) credit. When homeowners install a new GHP that meets the criteria for the credit, they’re eligible to receive a 30 percent credit on the purchase, the installation and the labor involved, …

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The Geothermal Heat Pump: An Energy Gem Buried In Your Backyard

We live in the Edwardsville region, which as you know means it gets down to freezing in the winter while we swelter through the summer. What it costs to heat and cool our homes is always on our minds. Installing a geothermal heat pump for your home might just be your ticket to lower utility bills …

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