Hot Water Heating: What You Need to Know Before You Buy| Burbank

December 17th, 2014

The HVAC system gobbles up much of the energy your home uses on a yearly basis. The furnace operates all winter and the air conditioner is used only during the heat of summer. Though you only use each of these systems for a portion of the year, their efficiency is crucial to the affordability of energy. There is another system in your home that consumes another large portion of your home’s energy, and its efficiency is also very important because this unit operates all year round. The hot water tank provides our families with warm showers every morning, hot water to scrub our dishes, and stain busting heat when we wash our clothes. When this system is old and failing, it may be tempting to simply replace the unit with a similar make and model. However, there are two factors that you should always consider before purchasing a new hot water tank, and these are:

1. The Energy Factor: Furnaces have an AFUE rating, air conditioners have a SEER rating, and hot water tanks have an EF Rating or an Energy Factor. This number tells the homeowner just how energy efficient the system will be. The higher the rating the better. At Four Seasons, we offer our customers a full line of Bradford White hot water heating systems that offer high energy factors that can help you save loads on your energy bills over your old system. Read the rest of this entry »

An Alternative Cooling System| Villa Park, Romeoville, Tinley Park

December 16th, 2014

Looking for a way to save some money this spring and summer? If so, you came to the right place. Four Seasons Heating and Air Conditioning specializes in several services that can meet all of your home comfort needs without breaking the bank. During the late spring and summer months, saving money on your cooling costs often means suffering in the heat without turning on the air conditioner. But, Four Seasons has a solution that can save you tons and allow you to put off using the air conditioner for as long as possible. Our solution is a whole house ventilation system installed by the expert handymen at Four Seasons Home Services.

Attic and Whole House Ventilation

There are two ways that Four Seasons can install a ventilation system in the home. The first is only concerned with lowering the temperatures in the attic, and the second is used to cool the entire home.

  • Attic Ventilation: An attic that is not properly ventilated could become hot and damp during the summer humidity and heat. The heat that builds up in the attic is then transferred through the rest of the home, and the overall temperature of the home is increased. This will make you home even more uncomfortable without the air conditioner running, or it could even drive up the costs of cooling your home when the air conditioner is operating. The excess humidity could also turn your attic into a breeding ground for mold, mildew, and rot! An artfully crafted attic ventilation system installed by Four Seasons will remove this heat and excess moisture from the attic. A cooler attic means a cooler home. Read the rest of this entry »

High SEER Ratings can Save You Tons! | Darien, Calumet City, Worth

December 15th, 2014

Winter is a challenge for many homeowners across Chicagoland. The blistering cold temperatures make using the furnace or boiler a necessity on most days, and the heating bills that result from this type of use are often so high that many homeowners feel like they are being robbed on a monthly basis. As summer approaches many people would rather endure the heat than pay for comfort, but for others, not using the air conditioner is simple not an option. Those with certain health conditions, along with the elderly, rely on an air conditioner to keep them healthy during the hottest days of summer, but that doesn’t mean that they have to pay an arm and a leg every month on their energy bills. With all of the new advances in air conditioning technology from Lennox, Four Seasons can help you find a new air conditioner that will meet your cooling needs and save you money this summer!

What is a SEER Rating?

Where furnace efficiency is rated in AFUE, air conditioner efficiency is rated in SEER or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. The number attached to the word SEER is the rating. For example, the minimal level SEER air conditioner that can be sold today is 13 SEER. In the past the minimum seer was a low as 6 and if you purchased your air conditioner more than 5 years ago, it could already be very outdated and inefficient compared to the SEER ratings that you can purchase nowadays from Lennox. Their XC21 carries a SEER rating of 21! Read the rest of this entry »

Turn Back Your Thermostat| Melrose Park, Cicero, Berwyn

December 14th, 2014

The weather outside may not be comfortable enough to abandon outwear just yet, but the weather is defiantly improving and relieving some of the winter blues that have set in over the past icy season. Late winter in the Chicagoland area is characterized by great fluctuations between cool and warm temperatures. The weather is generally mild and we all wait anxiously for the summer sun! While we wait, why not save? Late winter is the perfect time to turn back your thermostat and save a few bucks before the air conditioning season hits.

Small Change= Big Saving!

You may not believe it, but when it comes to the temperature in your home, every degree counts. A 2 degree change can save you 10% on your energy bills, and the more you turn back the thermostat the better. Right now, everyone is still relying on the furnace to keep their homes at a comfortable temperature. However, many homeowners probably still have the thermostat set at a high temperature. During the thick of winter, those high temperatures were needed to keep the home warm. Read the rest of this entry »