How to Prepare Your HVAC System for a Snowstorm

November 19, 2021

It’s important to be prepared for winter weather, including snowstorms. By being proactive, you can keep your home safe and comfortable even when snow piles up outdoors. Insulation and Weatherization Make sure that your home is properly insulated and weatherized. By sealing air gaps and having enough insulation, your HVAC system will perform much more efficiently. This includes having your ducts sealed and insulated. Proper weatherization will help prevent drafts and cold rooms. Regular Heater Maintenance Have preventative maintenance performed on your heater every fall before winter strikes. The technician will clean it, lubricate moving parts and look for potential problems. A well-maintained heater is much more likely to get you comfortably through a snowstorm than one that has been neglected. in Peoria, IL, performs heater maintenance. We’re known for doing outstanding work at a fair price. Outside Vents When snow and ice start piling up, make sure that your home’s outdoor vents are clear of obstructions. This goes for both your heater and water heater vents. This will help your HVAC system operate efficiently and safely. Change Air Filters You should change the filters in your HVAC system at least every few months throughout the winter. Buy a couple...

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Why Is My Heater Constantly Running?

October 13, 2021

It’s nice to have a warm home when the outside temperatures dip, but sometimes, it can get too hot inside. There are some situations in which a heater simply doesn’t turn off. This can become quite expensive, and it can also lead to premature wear and tear on your heater. Here are some reasons your heater may not be turning off. Bad Thermostat One potential cause of the issue is a bad thermostat. When a thermostat has a broken switch, faulty wiring, or a damaged heating sensor, it won’t be able to effectively communicate with your heater. We can take a look at the thermostat to see if it’s the culprit. We can either repair a damaged thermostat or replace it, depending on the circumstances and your preferences. The good news is that a new thermostat might be a big upgrade for you, and it could make it easier to conserve energy. Instead of the thermostat, though, it could actually be a dirty filter. If hot air is getting blocked by dirty filters, your heater will have to work overtime to achieve the same effect. If you’ve set a high temperature, the furnace might run continually. We’ll take a close...

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Tips to Safely Relight Your Furnace

September 20, 2021

If the pilot light on the furnace in your Peoria home goes out, your heating system won’t start. Knowing how to safely relight it is incredibly empowering. With the tips below, you can troubleshoot this common home issue on your own. What Is a Pilot Light? The pilot light in your furnace is the component that ignites the burners. This is what gets the heating process started after the unit has been turned on at the thermostat. Pilot lights were once standard in all gas-fired furnaces for quite some time. However, many new furnace models don’t have a pilot light ignition system. Instead, these more advanced designs have ignition systems that are entirely electronic. Find Your Owner’s Manual Before attempting to troubleshoot any issue your home furnace is experiencing, take some time to read through your owner’s manual. If you’re unsure of the type of ignition system your heater has, this guide will tell you. If your furnace has a pilot light, it will also show you exactly where this component is located, how to access it, and how to safely reset it. If you no longer have the owner’s manual for your furnace, search for a digital copy online....

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Critical Steps in the AC installation Process

August 16, 2021

For your system to be efficient in the hot, humid summer, it must start with a professional installation. Here are some of the essential steps of an air conditioner installation. Thorough Assessment of the Interior Before installation, technicians must consider the manufacturer’s recommendations to ensure your new equipment is reliable. Including incompatible components can compromise the function of your system. When analyzing your home, the installation team has to consider local code and safety regulations. For example, your unit will require a separate outlet. Otherwise, it may pose a fire hazard by drawing too much power from the electrical circuit. They will also examine the area where the team will install the new unit. Certified professionals will check if there is adequate space and if electrical connections are possible from that location. Your technician will need those notes when replacing the aging equipment. Choosing a Location for Your Outdoor Unit The location of the outdoor unit is vital for the proper functioning of the air conditioner. The site must be an area free from external influences such as vibrations. To reduce noise irritation, your new equipment should be some distance away from bedrooms or other living spaces. However, most modern...

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Vacation Soon? Set Your AC Before You Leave

July 26, 2021

Many people decide to take trips during the summer months or even during the holidays. While time off is much deserved, it’s still important to take care of a few things at home before you hit the road. One of the most common questions is what you should set your AC to before leaving home. First and foremost, it’s a bad idea to simply turn off your air conditioner. Turning off your AC completely could leave your home hot and humid. Not only is that unpleasant to return home to, but it could also cause damage to your home during your absence. When heat and humidity levels in your home increase, your home is at risk for the growth of biological matter, such as mold and mildew. Additionally, wooden finishes in your home may experience expansion and contraction, which could cause buckling and cracking. The temperature at which you should set your AC before leaving may depend on a few factors, including: Length of time away from home Weather Type of thermostat If you are only going to be away from home for a day, it may not make much sense to adjust your temperature settings at all. On the...

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How To Reset Air Conditioning Unit

June 28, 2021

There are plenty of reasons you may want or need to reset your AC unit. For instance, in the event of a power outage, the unit may not completely shut down. That’s because AC units are built in with a protection circuit breaker that prevents fires or explosions. You may also need to reset your AC if the “Cool” setting isn’t producing any cold air. Regardless, here’s what you want to do. Shut Off the AC Power Supply Shut down the AC unit prior to resetting the thermostat. If you can’t find the shutoff button, refer to your owner’s manual. Switch the thermostat to the “OFF” position before you shut the AC unit down. Next, go to your circuit breaker box, which is typically located in your basement, crawlspace, or closet space. Pull on the lever or toggle that is connected to your AC unit in the “OFF” direction. Wait a Minute Set a timer for a full minute after you’ve disconnected the AC unit to the circuit breaker power supply. As a safety measure, you may also want to inform people in your home that you’ll be resetting the breaker. After a full minute, switch the circuit breaker back...

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What Are Air Conditioning BTU’s?

May 5, 2021

When your air conditioner is working, you probably don’t give it a lot of thought. You may not consider all the information available on the various labels on the unit. The numbers may as well be a foreign language. The information, such as BTUs, is vital to help you know your air conditioner’s efficiency and output. BTUs: Air Conditioner Cooling Ability “BTU” stands for “British thermal unit” and represents the amount of energy needed to heat a pound of water by 1 degree Fahrenheit. When you see this number on heaters, it’s pretty straightforward. It’s simply how much heat output the furnace has. In air conditioners, however, BTUs indicate how much heat they can remove from the air. How Many BTUs Does Your AC Need? The number of BTUs needed to effectively cool a room in your home is dependent on a number of factors, including: The amount of square feet in the room The number of windows How high the ceiling is Climate of the region The first item, the size of the room, is the most important. You can easily calculate the number of BTUs needed by multiplying the room’s square footage by 25; it takes 25 BTUs...

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What Are Energy Efficient Curtains

April 5, 2021

Energy-efficient curtains are something you can put over your windows to significantly reduce your energy bills. They keep outdoor air from coming in and prevent air in your home from leaking out. These curtains have a sponge-like lining on their back that faces the window. Less Heating and Cooling If you have energy-efficient curtains, your heating and cooling system doesn’t have to work as hard. This results in lower energy bills as half of them are because of heating and cooling your home. The curtains can pay for themselves in lower energy bills. Warm Weather You should buy a curtain with a light color lining for warm weather. The color will reflect heat instead of absorbing it. You should keep your curtains closed during the day. The curtain can reduce solar heat in your home by up to 33%. Cold Weather You should open your energy-efficient curtains on sunny days, so you benefit from the sun heating your home. This takes the pressure off your heater. Close the curtains when the sun sets, so they can prevent heat transfer through windows. This can prevent up to 10% of heat loss. Automate Your Windows Your home may have windows that are...

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How Does A Ductless Mini-Split System Work?

March 9, 2021

Mini-split systems are a way to heat and cool your home with no ductwork. They’re a great solution for home add-ons, renovations, and garages. They’re easy to install and give you a way to zone your home. How Do Mini-Split Systems Work? There are two main parts to these systems. There’s an outdoor compressor unit and an indoor air-handling unit. You can have up to four indoor units attached to an outdoor unit. The indoor units can be in a wall, ceiling recess or floor mounted. Each one is independently controlled. Each indoor unit is attached to the outdoor unit through refrigerant tubing. It’s in the outdoor condenser unit where the refrigerant either collects heat to warm your home or releases heat to cool your home. Can You Zone With This System? Since each indoor unit is independently controlled, you can zone your home. This means you can choose the temperature for each room on its own. You don’t need to heat or cool rooms nobody is in. in Peoria, IL, installs and repairs mini-split systems. We’ve been in business for over 35 years and have an A+ rating with the BBB. Can They Save You Money? Mini-split systems save...

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How Often Should You Get HVAC Maintenance?

February 8, 2021

Peoria, IL, has unruly weather, and you might need to turn on the heat one day and the air conditioning the next. At , we offer essential maintenance services to keep your home’s heating and cooling systems running smoothly all year long. Follow these tips from our skilled technicians so that you know when and how often to schedule heating and cooling tune-ups. How Often and When to Maintain Your Heat Pump Heat pumps perform both heating and cooling functions. Because you’ll use a heat pump year-round to maintain comfort in your Peoria-area home, you’ll need heat pump maintenance twice each year. We recommend a spring tune-up and an autumn maintenance visit. Our heat pump maintenance services include measuring the refrigerant level, cleaning and lubricating all the moving parts, cleaning the condensate line, and running a system performance test. We also check the thermostat, wiring, and controls. When to Schedule Furnace or Boiler Maintenance We recommend an annual tune-up for your furnace or boiler. The best time of the year to do this is in early to mid-autumn before the nighttime temperatures drop below freezing. Our furnace and boiler maintenance includes checking gas supply valves, measuring flow rates, cleaning the...

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