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Factors To Consider When Choosing An HVAC Contractor

The choice of any contractor to work on your home or business premises should be based on more than clever advertising. This is particularly true when choosing an HVAC contractor, since they’ll be working on probably the main physical investment in your home — your cooling and heating system. These complex systems contain electrical and…

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Caulk & Weather Stripping: The Importance Of Proper Application

Caulk and weather stripping are two simple ways to create a sealed envelope around your home. Without it, your heating and cooling system will work harder than it should have to, and this will drive up your monthly power bills. Proper application is the key to getting the full benefit of weatherizing. Finding the Leaks…

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The Crucial Reason Your Air Conditioner Needs A Safety Cap

You may not have heard of refrigerant huffing, but it’s an alarming practice, typically among teenagers. The abusers remove refrigerant from air conditioners either by trapping it in plastic bags or breathing it directly. Central air conditioners and heat pumps have condensers that sit outdoors and have valves that can be opened to expel the…

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No-Sweat Ways To Lower Your Summertime Energy Costs

It’s enough of a hassle to deal with the summer heat when you’re outside or getting into your car after it’s been in the sun. You shouldn’t also have to feel the wrath of the high temperatures when you open your energy bills every month. But how do you keep those bills under control without…

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Your Heating And Cooling Costs Are Out Of Hand? 6 Ways To Cut Them Down To Size

There are many different ways to reduce your energy costs. Some require high-tech gadgets to monitor energy use, while others involve upgrading to high-efficiency appliances. If you are daunted by the potential up-front expense it takes to reduce energy costs, don’t despair. There are many easy and affordable ways to reduce your heating and cooling…

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Benefits of an HVAC Maintenance Agreement

Why get a maintenance agreement with your HVAC company? Are these service contracts worth the money? At Ernst Heating & Cooling, we offer our Metro East Illinois HVAC customers a maintenance plan that we call our Energy Savings Agreement. Here’s why we think it’s a worthy investment. How an HVAC Maintenance Plan Provides Value Most…

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HVAC Maintenance & Spring Allergies

For some of us, it’s already started: the sneezing, itchy nose and throat, watery eyes, and general miserableness that signal the onset of allergy season. When we think about seasonal allergies, we usually picture grass and pollen. But in fact, most seasonal allergens are found inside the home. Dust mites, mold, pet dander, and more…

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Heatproof Your Home to Keep the Cool In

If you run your AC only to find that you can’t keep the cool air inside your home, and that as soon as you turn the AC off your house heats right back up again, there may be more you can do to heatproof your home. Tips to Keep the Cool Air In It can…

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Air Conditioner Maintenance — Why Springtime Is The Best Time To Schedule

If you’re budget-minded when it comes to your utility costs, but like your home comfortable throughout the cooling season, consider scheduling air conditioner maintenance during the spring. You’ll be taking advantage of the lower demand for HVAC services before things heat up and be prepared for the warm summer days ahead. Routine maintenance does cost money,…

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