September 18th, 2014
Put yourself in this situation. It is the dead of winter in Chicago, and you are upstairs in the computer room of your home surfing the web, paying bills, and getting some shopping done. You feel a chill, and decide to go check the temperature on the thermostat downstairs in the living room. You normally set the thermostat at 76 degrees, and at this moment it is reading 77. There isn’t any heat coming out of the vents because the temperature hasn’t dropped low enough for the furnace to kick on. But, why is it so chilly upstairs? There isn’t a mechanical problem with the furnace; you have temperature swings.
What are Temperature Swings?
Temperature swings are common in homes that use forced air heating systems. They involve uncomfortable changes in temperature between floors and rooms in a home. This is usually caused by the way that typical single stage heating systems function. When the temperature read by the thermostat drops below what is set, the furnace will fire up at full capacity. Within a matter of minutes the temperature on the thermostat goes back up and the furnace shuts down. The problem is that these short blasts of hot air aren’t enough to heat areas of the home that are further away from the thermostat. You need a two-stage furnace! Read the rest of this entry »
September 17th, 2014
When searching for a new furnace, it is smart to get a couple of quotes on different systems in order to compare and contrast your options. At Four Seasons, we like to give you options as well, and we will often quote both a high efficiency, 90-95% AFUE furnace, and mid-range efficiency, 80% AFUE furnace. Both units are probably much more energy efficient than the unit you currently have in your home, so how do you know which one to choose? Looking at each unit’s specifications side by side, you will notice that one has a “variable speed blower motor” and the other one doesn’t. The benefits of choosing a unit with a variable speed motor over a single speed include: Read the rest of this entry »
September 16th, 2014
Thousands of homes across the United States and in Chicago have made this mistake, and it could be costing them their comfort and their hard earned money. The problem is caused by improperly sized HVAC equipment, and many homeowners make the same mistake over and over again without even knowing what the problem was in the first place. They come to accept the discomfort and extra cost as normal, and don’t consider that there may in fact be a problem that could easily be solved.
Too Big and Too Small
The phrase, “go big or go home,” doesn’t apply to the HVAC industry. Just because something is bigger and more powerful, doesn’t mean it is what is best for your home. A small unit may be more economical, but when a unit is too small it will cost you big in the long run. When a unit is improperly sized, these are some of the problems that homeowners often experience: Read the rest of this entry »
September 15th, 2014
When researching Four Seasons, you will find a lot about how Four Seasons hires NATE certified technicians. Unless you work in the HVAC industry, you probably don’t know exactly what being “NATE” certified really means. However, finding a company that employs this level of technician is very extremely important if you want to have your furnace repaired correctly this winter.
What is NATE?
NATE stands for North American Technician Excellence. It is an organization that has created certification examinations for those who would like to enter the HVAC industry as a serviceman or install technician. Over the years, NATE has set itself apart from other certification programs by being: Read the rest of this entry »