Archive for the ‘Heating’ Category

Hot Water Heating: What You Need to Know Before You Buy| Burbank

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

The HVAC system gobbles up much of the energy your home uses on a yearly basis. The furnace operates all winter and the air conditioner is used only during the heat of summer. Though you only use each of these systems for a portion of the year, their efficiency is crucial to the affordability of energy. There is another system in your home that consumes another large portion of your home’s energy, and its efficiency is also very important because this unit operates all year round. The hot water tank provides our families with warm showers every morning, hot water to scrub our dishes, and stain busting heat when we wash our clothes. When this system is old and failing, it may be tempting to simply replace the unit with a similar make and model. However, there are two factors that you should always consider before purchasing a new hot water tank, and these are:

1. The Energy Factor: Furnaces have an AFUE rating, air conditioners have a SEER rating, and hot water tanks have an EF Rating or an Energy Factor. This number tells the homeowner just how energy efficient the system will be. The higher the rating the better. At Four Seasons, we offer our customers a full line of Bradford White hot water heating systems that offer high energy factors that can help you save loads on your energy bills over your old system. (more…)

Turn Back Your Thermostat| Melrose Park, Cicero, Berwyn

Sunday, December 14th, 2014

The weather outside may not be comfortable enough to abandon outwear just yet, but the weather is defiantly improving and relieving some of the winter blues that have set in over the past icy season. Late winter in the Chicagoland area is characterized by great fluctuations between cool and warm temperatures. The weather is generally mild and we all wait anxiously for the summer sun! While we wait, why not save? Late winter is the perfect time to turn back your thermostat and save a few bucks before the air conditioning season hits.

Small Change= Big Saving!

You may not believe it, but when it comes to the temperature in your home, every degree counts. A 2 degree change can save you 10% on your energy bills, and the more you turn back the thermostat the better. Right now, everyone is still relying on the furnace to keep their homes at a comfortable temperature. However, many homeowners probably still have the thermostat set at a high temperature. During the thick of winter, those high temperatures were needed to keep the home warm. (more…)

Top 8 Areas to Clean During Spring! | New Lenox, Matteson, Joliet

Friday, December 12th, 2014

When putting together your spring cleaning list, you may quickly becomes overwhelmed by the large number of items that need to be scrubbed, mopped, organized, and polished, and it may be tempting to leave a few items off the list just for the sake of your time and your sanity. However, Four Seasons has come up with a list of the top 8 areas of the home that must be on your spring cleaning list. For those that don’t have the extra time to get these jobs done, Four Seasons Heating and Air Conditioning and Four Seasons Home Services can complete these projects quickly and efficiently so you can get back to enjoying the new season.

The Top 8 Checklist:

1.       The Air Conditioner: The air conditioner is going to be the unit that sustains comfort in your home for the next several months. Getting the system to operates efficiently and reliably requires a thorough professional cleaning and tune-up. At Four Seasons we offer a certified 20 + point cleaning that will get rid of the debris from winter and prepare your unit for the long hot summer ahead.
2.       The Lawn and Yard: After being buried under several feet of snow for much of the season, your lawn and landscape are probably in desperate need of rejuvenation. The Four Seasons Home Services division has a crew of servicemen who can get your yard looking beautiful in no time at all. Get a jump on spring and have Four Seasons clean everything from your gutters to your deck. (more…)

Your Duct Work Experts| Palos Park, Shorewood, Crest Hill

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

Take a moment to consider the age of your home. Unless you recently moved into a new construction, odds are your home is somewhere in the 30 to 50 year old range. Even if you live in one of the more recently developed suburbs, your home is probably getting closer and closer to 20 years old with every passing year. Most people are faced with the task of replacing the furnace and air conditioner in their home at least once depending on the amount of time you spend living there. If you have lived there for life of the home, odds are you have replaced the systems at least a few times, but what you may be forgetting is that you have probably never replaced the ENTIRE HVAC system.

Old, Crumbling Duct Work

The duct work is a vital component of your heating and cooling system, and if it hasn’t been replaced or at least inspected since the home was built, you may already be experiencing some of the problems that are caused by old duct work. Air flow is usually the biggest problem and it is a hard one to solve without addressing the ancient duct work. You can get a furnace with highest speed blower on the market and still not get adequate airflow to all areas of the home. Leaks and even crumbling parts of the system will prevent proper airflow, but Four Seasons can solve this problem for you! (more…)