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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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Air Filters Do a Lot for Your Indoor Air Quality: Understand How

Most southwest Illinois residents understand the benefits of A/Cs and furnaces in controlling air temperature in homes, apartments and businesses but not everybody realizes the positive effect that air filters can have on indoor air quality. Even those that do may be unsure which air filters to purchase when it comes time for replacing a…

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When Your Heat Pump Ices Over, Here’s What to Do

When the temperature gets cold, it’s good to know that your heat pump will keep your family warm. Unfortunately, sometimes the heat pump’s outside unit (the compressor/condenser) may become encased in ice, inhibiting the heat-exchange process and reducing heating efficiency, or potentially shutting down the heat pump altogether. Unless the problem is a mechanical malfunction,…

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Don’t Forget Yearly HVAC Maintenance

If your heating and cooling systems work to keep your home comfortable, you may be under the impression that HVAC maintenance is unnecessary. However, ensuring that your cooling and heating systems are maintained can save you money and extend the life of your equipment. Here are the most important reasons to invest in yearly HVAC…

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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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Too Much Moisture? A Dehumidifier to the Rescue

The high outdoor humidity southwest Illinois frequently experiences has obvious effects on comfort outside, but it can also contribute to high indoor humidity that can reduce comfort, too. High indoor humidity can also result in a range of other problems, so if you find yourself with too much moisture in your home this summer, you…

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Why a Higher-Efficiency Air Filter Is Worth Every Penny

Your home’s heating and cooling system relies on the air filter in order to run smoothly. While your system can likely accommodate a variety of filters with varying efficiency ratings, there are many advantages of choosing a higher-efficiency air filter. Benefits of a Higher-Efficiency Air Filter The most obvious benefit is that an air filter…

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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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