Archive for the ‘Furnace’ Category

Fireplace Fallacies | Country Club Hills, Hometown, Harvey

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

For many families, part of the holiday season includes gathering around the fireplace with friends to enjoy the warmth and ambiance of a burning fire. Fireplaces are able to create a comforting atmosphere that your forced air furnace just cannot compete with. But, did you know that using that fireplace could be costing you extra even when it is not in use? Well, it could be, and Four Seasons wants to help you save money this winter with a little fireplace advice.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Fireplace Ownership:

  • Do: Turn off the furnace when the fireplace is in use, or at least turn it down to around 60 degrees.  This will keep the furnace from coming on and wasting energy when the fireplace is in use.
  • Don’t: Do not leave the fireplace damper open! More modern fireplaces use dampers to get combustion air from the outdoors instead of from indoors. If you leave the damper open when the fireplace is not in use, heated air from the central air furnace will be lost to the outdoors. This could be costing you up to 30% more annually on your heating bills. (more…)

When Do I Change My Filter? | Midlothian, Lisle, Justice

Sunday, September 28th, 2014

One of the most frequently asked questions in the HVAC industry is, “How often should I change my furnace filter?” Unfortunately, there isn’t one straightforward answer that we can give you because there are several factors that play a role in the condition of the filter. Obviously, the first step would be to check the packaging on the filter itself. Usually it will have a recommended length of time after which replacement will be needed. However, here at Four Seasons, we don’t want you to suffer the consequences that come from having a dirty filter, so we recommend that you check the filter monthly. If it is dirty, replace it. If not, wait another month and check again. But, some families should be checking their filters more frequently. These are people who have:

  • Pets- pet hair quickly clogs furnace filters
  • Several people living in the home- the more people in the home, the more dust and debris that will be floating in the air
  • Recent construction in the home- Dust and debris from drywall and other construction materials will cause the filter to need to be changed more frequently (more…)

It’s Not Too Late! | Downers Grove, Carol Stream, Flossmoor

Saturday, September 27th, 2014

As the days continue to get shorter, the temperatures will continue to plummet. Hopefully you haven’t waited this long to have the furnace inspected, but if you have, now is the time to get your furnace back on track! Neglecting the furnace will not only cost you more on your monthly energy bills, it will also put you at risk of inconvenient breakdowns. If you are starting up your furnace for the first time, trust your senses to tell you if something is wrong, and call Four Seasons Heating and Air Conditioning if you suspect a problem. An affordable yearly tune-up may be all your furnace needs, but ignoring the problem could cost so much more.

Use Your Senses:

  • Smell: A common complaint among homeowners is a burning smell from the furnace when they first start the unit up. You may have dismissed this smell in the past, but it isn’t something you should continue to ignore. The burning smell is a clear indicator that there is a buildup of dirt, dust, and debris in the system.
  • Sight: If you have a burning smell in the home, it is important that you actually go down to the furnace and check for signs of fire or smoke. If there is smoke coming from the system, you must shut it down immediately and call Four Seasons. (more…)

What is Choking Your Furnace and Your Savings? | Brookfield, Berwyn

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

With the tax credits and extreme discounts that have been offered this past year on new high efficiency heating and cooling systems, many people have replaced their old systems in hopes of experiencing all the benefits that come from installing a new high efficiency furnace or air conditioner. The only problem is that many of these people are overlooking a very important component of the HVAC system that could be damaging and reducing the efficiency of their new systems. Which component could be doing this? The duct work! Poorly designed, improperly installed, and unbalanced duct work systems can cause major problems to your heating and cooling systems and to your comfort this upcoming winter.

Common Duct work Problems

  • Poorly Designed System: The goal of the duct work system is to get conditioned air to the rooms of your home and draw unconditioned air back to the furnace or air conditioner to be warmed or cooled. In order to do this effectively, the system needs to be designed efficiently. The number of bends and the length of duct work runs need to be kept at a minimum. The longer it takes for the air to reach its target location, the more restriction there will be upon airflow. (more…)