Ways To Stay Cool Indoors- Save Energy! | Homewood, Darien

July 23rd, 2014

In an effort to take advantage of popular programs and consumer support for energy savings the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate recently moved forward on proposed legislation to improve energy efficiency in the United States. The House version of a measure titled  “Home Star” will help homeowners reduce their energy bills through investments in energy efficient products. In the Senate, the Energy and Natural Resources Committee plan to adopt new consensus minimum efficiency standards on a variety of products.

The House bill establishes a new program that provides grants to homeowners for weatherizing their homes. There are two options for homeowners.

  • $250-$1,500 incentives for a variety of specific energy saving measures, up to a maximum of $3,000 per home
  • incentives of $3,000-$8,000 per home for comprehensive packages of energy-saving measures

The Senate bill adopts consensus minimum efficiency standards on residential air conditioners, furnaces and heat pumps, pole-mounted outdoor lights (e.g., street lights), drinking water dispensers, and more. It is clear that once the government backs incentives to homeowners for purchasing energy efficient products, homeowners will begin to see marked reductions in energy expenses for heating and cooling their homes.

Fly-by-Night Contractors in Chicago, Addison, and South Holland

July 22nd, 2014

You may be putting your family and home at risk and not even know it if you hire an unlicensed HVAC contractor. Unfortunately the heating and cooling industry has unlicensed, uninsured freelancers working out of their homes under the disguise of legitimate HVAC contractors. By nature these fly-by-night operations lack heating licenses and aren’t bonded and insured. Without these credentials a contractor cannot file or request permits for the work they do leaving – you liable for any fines from your municipality. Also, these unlicensed contractors are not likely to be medically insured nor have workers compensation for their workers. When unlicensed freelancers injure themselves in your home you are legally liable. This liability extends to medical expenses, potential lost wages, pain and suffering. The axiom ‘Buyers Beware’ has never been truer. Read the rest of this entry »

UV Lights can Reduce Swine Flu Threat| Palos Hills, Chicago, Homewood

July 21st, 2014

The flu season is on the way, and public health officials are encouraging people to safeguard themselves. You can do more than simply vaccinate. Have you taken all of the precautions you could to protect your home or your work facility from the threat of the Swine Flu (H1N1) virus? If you have not installed a UV light, then you have not.

Germicidal UV lights use intense rays of ultraviolet light. Installing a Germicidal UV light in your heating and cooling system is one of the most efficient ways to kill the microorganisms responsible for infectious diseases and bacteria that live and breed in your air ducts and circulate throughout your home. Read the rest of this entry »

Fix My Furnace| Lockport, Mokena, Woodridge

July 20th, 2014

The service technicians at Four Seasons Heating and Air Conditioning are able to handle a variety of issues. From boilers and furnaces to hot water tanks and air conditioners, our technicians are proficiently trained to handle nearly any situation your HVAC systems can throw at them. However, the expertise of our technicians is not needed in every situation. Hundreds of times a year, we have customers who call us out for problems that really aren’t problems at all. Flipping a switch and setting a thermostat are “repairs” that nearly any homeowner can handle on their own. We know that the people of Chicago work hard for their money, and that they don’t want to waste it on unnecessary service calls. So, the next time the furnace breaks down, there are a few point to check before racing to the phone to call Four Seasons. Read the rest of this entry »