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Home Energy Assessments Reveal Insulation Issues | Chicago Ridge

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Four Seasons Heating and Air Conditioning performs professional home energy assessments all across Chicagoland, and two common problems we often find in many of the older Chicago homes are inadequate attic insulation and attic air leaks. These problems can be repaired affordably and quickly when placed in the expert hands of an insulation team from Four Seasons.

#1 Symptom of Inadequate Insulation

One of the most obvious symptoms of inadequate insulation is excessive heat in the upper floors of the home. Many homeowners will call Four Seasons thinking that their air conditioner is not functioning properly, but the true source to their problem is in the attic. A free in home estimate and assessment of your attic could reveal this problem and get you on the path to an affordable improvement that will increase your comfort and savings this summer.

Seal, Insulate, Save!

  • Sealing the Leaks: The number one place that Four Seasons finds air leaks in the attic is over the entrance hatch. Whether you have a pull down ladder or a knee-wall door, odds are the backside of the hatch wasn’t insulated and the edges were not air sealed. This allows massive amounts of heat gain during the summer months, and can be simply repair by a Four Seasons tech. (more…)

Adding Insulation to Decrease Air Conditioner Noise | Naperville

Monday, March 17th, 2014

Ever notice how the air conditioner seems to make more noise on hotter days? This is an annoying problem for many homeowners across the Chicagoland area, and for many of them, replacing the unit with a quieter model is just not an option at this point in time. Luckily there are other ways to reduce the noise of the air conditioner that a much more affordable than replacing the unit, and Four Seasons Heating and Air Conditioning can help you apply these improvements to your home this spring!

High Cooling Loads Add to Noise and High Costs

So, what is it that makes the air conditioner louder on extra hot summer days? It’s the cooling load. When the weather is milder it is easier for the air conditioner to keep up with the demands of the home. When the temperature spikes, the air conditioner has to work harder and longer to keep the home at the desired temperature. This added stress increases the noise made by the air conditioner, and reducing the cooling load is an easy way to not only reduce noise but also save some money. (more…)

Filling In the Hard to Reach Places | Burnham, Rolling Meadows

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

You can’t always control the way that your home was built. When you purchased the home odds are you were looking for the obvious flaws and when those were ruled out, everything seemed to be in order. However, many older homes suffer from problems that lie beneath the surface. The problem is that the older the home is the less air tight it was made. Insulating the walls and attic were not a priority at the time and many of these older homes experience air leaks and drafts that not only disturb comfort but they also cost the homeowners big bucks in energy costs. In the past, the only way to get in and add more insulation was to tear down the walls, fill, and then reseal them. However, with blown-in insulation from Four Seasons, you can add insulation to nearly any crevice in the home without tearing the walls down.

Popular Places to Add Insulation

  • Attics: Attics in older homes often have little to no insulation within them. Any insulation that was placed has long since settled and is offering little protection. Have Four Seasons pump in a fresh thick layer of fiberglass and give your home an air tight cap to help keep heat in this winter.
  • Crawl Spaces: Many older homes have crawl spaces that lack insulation. A crawl space can be as cold as the chilliest of winter nights and that cold air will seep into your warm home if you do not prevent it from happening. Simply have Four Seasons fill in the spaces with fresh insulation and eliminate this source of heat loss. (more…)

Affordably Improving Comfort with Four Seasons | Homewood, Cary

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

One of the top complaints when it comes to home comfort is temperature inconsistency from room to room. Drafts and inadequate circulation are often the source of these types of problems, and many homeowners feel that they are at a loss when it comes to finding a solution to this issue. Many people can’t afford to blindly spend their money in search for an answer, but Four Seasons Heating and Air Conditioning has a few suggestions that any homeowner can cheaply implement in the home.

3 Ways to Even Out Your Home’s Temperature:

  • Furnace Fan: The first step towards improving circulation in the home would be to turn the furnace circulating fan to “On.” The fan is most likely set to the “Auto” position which would only allow the fan to run when the furnace is generating heat. By turning the fan on all of the time, more air exchanges will be made through the ducts of the home which will lead to better circulation and disbursal of air in the home.
  • Ceiling Fan: During the winter months, changing the direction of flow of the ceiling fan will help aide circulation in the home as well. A fan set to run clockwise will push air up. This effectively pushes that hot air that has risen to the ceiling back down into the room. This will help eliminate temperature variances from room to room and help optimize use of the heat created by your heating system. (more…)