Melting Snow Could Cause Problems | Naperville, Markham, Maywood

November 22nd, 2014

After several days of various winter weather advisories, frigid temperatures, and mounds of snow, many of us are probably relieved to see that the next week’s temperatures will begin inching above freezing. However, what many of us are probably forgetting is that all of this snow is going to melt, and could pose a potential flood risk for many homes in the Chicagoland area. With the high heating costs that many of us of incurred this winter, the last thing you probably need is to replace a flood damaged furnace or boiler. So, now is the time to replace that old run-down sump pump with a new high efficiency, high powered system from Four Seasons. Read the rest of this entry »

How is the Humidity in Your Home? | Elk Grove Village, Palos Park

November 21st, 2014

Many homes have humidity problems all year round, and many homeowners don’t even know about it. Most people will accept the symptoms as normal for their home and try to ignore the issues. However, you don’t have to put up with humidity problems! All you need to do is find out what kind of humidity problem you have, and Four Seasons can help you solve it. First you need to figure if you have too much or too little humidity in your home.

Low Humidity Problems:

  • Static shocks
  • Dry nose, throat, and skin
  • Irritated eyes
  • Breathing problems
  • Asthma and allergy symptoms
  • Increased cold and flu illness
  • Dry hair
  • Damage to wood furniture Read the rest of this entry »

Springtime Savings| Vernon Hills, Burbank, Oak Park

November 20th, 2014

We know it may seem like it is still months away but spring is right around the corner, and as the snow begins to melt, you need to start thinking about the transition between heating and cooling in your home. Springtime is your chance to save some money as well. The furnace will be needed less, and the less you need the unit, the more you will save on your energy bills. However, if your home has terribly low levels of insulation, you may be using the furnace for much longer than you may like.

How Can Insulation Save Me Money?

Insulation creates a heat barrier between the outdoors and the indoors. During the winter, your furnace generated heat for the home, and when you have good insulation levels in the home, the insulation will resist the heat being lost to the outdoors through your walls, ceilings, and floors. In the summer, the barrier keeps the heat outside from getting through the insulation and into the inside of the home. Read the rest of this entry »

Warning: Furnace Exhaust Vent| Crest Hill, Tinley Park, Alsip

November 19th, 2014

The multiple feet of snow that we received across the Chicagoland area have caused several problems for furnaces for many homeowners. The biggest problems resulted from old worn out units overworking to keep up with the cold and blocked exhaust pipes on newer high efficiency model furnaces. Furnace problems are not only frustrating and inconvenient, but they also can be dangerous. Furnaces create hazardous gases during the combustion process and unless they are vented safely from the home, these gases can backup into the home.

Older furnaces are traditionally vented through a chimney to the roof, but newer high efficiency units vent directly from the unit through plastic pipes that are often only a few feet off of the ground. When the snow reaches the levels that it has in recent weeks, these pipes can become blocked. Unless the snow is removed the furnace will either shut down or emit carbon monoxide in the home. Safety mechanisms usually will protect homeowners by not allowing the furnace to come on, but problems can occur that cause these mechanisms to not function properly. As a homeowner, there are a few steps you can take to stop this from happening in your home:

  • Clear Away the Snow: Locate your furnace’s venting pipes and make sure that snow is cleared from the area. Periodically check the situation to ensure that there are no other obstructions. Read the rest of this entry »