Archive for the ‘Air conditioning’ Category

Spring A/C Inspections and Cleanings

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

If your A/C unit needs to be cleaned and inspected this Spring one of the questions you my be asking yourself is  – What if my central air conditioning system uses R-22 refrigerant?  Well, existing central air units using R-22 can still use R-22 and be serviced with R-22. You can choose to retrofit your unit to use a substitute, but some changes to your air conditioning system will still need to be made to ensure it will work properly. R-410A is not allowed in retrofits due to its higher working pressures.

New air conditioning systems use R-410A; R-410A is manufactured and sold under various trade names, including GENETRON AZ-20®, SUVA 410A®, Forane® 410A, and Puron®. If you choose to use a substitute refrigerant consult a qualified HVAC company that uses EPA certified repair technicians and installers who know how to properly handle refrigerants.

You may also look to purchase a new air conditioner in the future, new units use R-410A refrigerant which is non-ozone depleting and will save you money due to its increased energy efficiency.

Rebates and Incentives Transform Habits

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

As we begin the month of July, and the heart of summer we often associate hot weather with the cost of keeping cool. We use electricity to run our room air conditioners, central air conditioners, fans, and refrigerators. During the summer months our utility bills are sure to see a spike in costs. In April of 2010, The State of Illinois offered consumers rebates on energy efficient appliances including the aforementioned refrigerators and central air conditioners. This and other programs have helped to transform consumer habits in terms of purchases and how they use energy. (more…)

Expert A/C advice!

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

If you need expert advice, why not call an expert?? If you’re like a lot of homeowners in the Chicago area, you have problems. Lots of them. We’re talking about problems with your home that have stumped the local heating and cooling guys and frustrated you and your family for quite some time. We know it’s true because we see it everyday.

Everyday people ask us to give them advice about their air conditioning system, or they may need a second opinion about a heating repair that’s been recommended. Sometimes they have troublesome humidity problems in their home; air quality issues, carbon monoxide fears or more.

Usually they’ve already had a diagnosis, but they just don’t understand it. Or perhaps they don’t trust it. We’ve found that most people simply want an honest opinion, instead of a sales pitch.

Well that’s why we’re here, and that’s why we’re writing this  – If you need a TRUE expert to tell you what’s really happening in your home, or you have a problem that up until now, can’t be fixed—call us. We can help. We charge an honest rate for expert advice, and we’ll never make you uncomfortable with a high-pressure sales pitch.

Spring Cleaning Tips

Monday, April 14th, 2014

March 21, 2010 we officially began Spring season. As the calendar turns towards April and we begin to enjoy warmer weather and begin opening our windows to fresh Spring air let’s consider  our seasonal efforts towards Spring cleaning. Whatever the origins of Spring cleaning are, it is time to get on the ball and start planning for your Spring cleaning projects.  This means more than just dusting and cleaning out areas we’ve long neglected. It also means taking care of the items that need maintenance around your house.

One of the items that tend to get neglected is your home cooling system. Because it sits outside and you haven’t turned on your central air conditioner in months you may forget about until you need it. Preventative maintenance is the key to longevity, a simple and affordable Air Conditioning Tune-Up during the Spring will help keep your system running well through the summer. This service includes a cleaning and inspection, which will help minimize and catch potential problems if they exist. In turn, an air conditioning tune up can help lower your energy bills, by ensuring your system is operating at maximum efficiency.

Remember to also change your air conditioner filters on a regular basis, best if done monthly. Want other spring cleaning ideas – consider including a thorough cleaning of the hvac system in your home.  Make sure to have your air ducts cleaned as part of your comprehensive cleaning plans. There are many qualified professional heating & air conditioning and air duct cleaning services you can call, ask for or download coupons for the services and save some money as well.