Archive for the ‘Air conditioning’ Category

A/C is not the only way to stay cool

Sunday, July 27th, 2014

When you think of summer we all think of hot sun outdoors and keeping our homes cool by running our air conditioners. Were there are other ways besides an air conditioner or fans to stay cool indoors. What people often ignore is the amount of attic insulation they have in their homes. That is understandable since the attic is a place we seldom go to, and is not a primary living space. However, if you do not have adequate attic insulation you may be paying more to keep your home cooler this summer.

Here is why, insulation helps to maintain uniform temperatures throughout your house. It keeps walls, ceilings and floors warmer. Over time insulation settles and does not provide the barrier it did when first installed. If you have gaps in your insulation then cold air and warm air will mix minimizing the effectiveness of your cooling system. During the summer heat transfers from outside  into your home so your cooling system works harder to remove that warm air.

The best way to know if you have sufficient attic insulation is to have a professional company like Four Seasons Heating & Air Conditioning come to your home and measure. The performance of insulation is measured by R – value, and every region of the United States has a recommend level of R-value depending on that regions climate. If you have an uncovered attic floor and your attic insulation is below the attic floor joist it is likely you do not have sufficient insulation.

Just as we mentioned when we started the whole point is to keep your home cool while saving money and attic insulation will help to reduce your cooling cost. This savings can be significant, plus keep in mind that through the end of 2010 the government is providing up to $1,500 in tax credits when you purchase attic insulation. In effect the attic insulation will not only save you money but also help pay for itself in the form of tax credits.

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

Wednesday, 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

Tuesday, 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. (more…)

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

Monday, 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. (more…)