Archive for the ‘Furnace’ Category

Emergency Repair: The Good and the Bad | Crestwood, Oak Forest

Saturday, September 20th, 2014

When the furnace or air conditioner unexpectedly fails in the middle of the night, you may be a little apprehensive about calling an emergency repair service. On one hand you want your unit back up and running as soon as possible, but on the other hand, you don’t want to be taken advantage of just because you are desperate for functional heating or cooling. When deciding whether or not to hire an emergency repair contractor, you need to look at both the good and the bad in order to choose your repairman wisely.

The Good

This is what happens when you choose the right 24 hour repair contractor:

  • Quick response time
  • Furnace or A/C repaired within a few hours instead of a few days
  • Restored comfort for you and your family
  • Eliminate the need to use dangerous space heaters for an extended period of time
  • Receive top of the line services at a fair price despite the inconvenient time
  • Peace of mind knowing you have someone to help you with the furnace or air conditioner no matter what time of day it is
  • Starting  a trusting relationship with a professional company so that you have someone to lean on for your future heating and cooling needs (more…)

More Stages = More Comfort| Matteson, La Grange Park, Harvey

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Put yourself in this situation. It is the dead of winter in Chicago, and you are upstairs in the computer room of your home surfing the web, paying bills, and getting some shopping done. You feel a chill, and decide to go check the temperature on the thermostat downstairs in the living room. You normally set the thermostat at 76 degrees, and at this moment it is reading 77. There isn’t any heat coming out of the vents because the temperature hasn’t dropped low enough for the furnace to kick on. But, why is it so chilly upstairs? There isn’t a mechanical problem with the furnace; you have temperature swings.

What are Temperature Swings?

Temperature swings are common in homes that use forced air heating systems. They involve uncomfortable changes in temperature between floors and rooms in a home. This is usually caused by the way that typical single stage heating systems function. When the temperature read by the thermostat drops below what is set, the furnace will fire up at full capacity. Within a matter of minutes the temperature on the thermostat goes back up and the furnace shuts down. The problem is that these short blasts of hot air aren’t enough to heat areas of the home that are further away from the thermostat. You need a two-stage furnace! (more…)

The Benefits of Variable Speeds| Steger, Woodridge, Evanston

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

When searching for a new furnace, it is smart to get a couple of quotes on different systems in order to compare and contrast your options. At Four Seasons, we like to give you options as well, and we will often quote both a high efficiency, 90-95% AFUE furnace, and mid-range efficiency, 80% AFUE furnace. Both units are probably much more energy efficient than the unit you currently have in your home, so how do you know which one to choose? Looking at each unit’s specifications side by side, you will notice that one has a “variable speed blower motor” and the other one doesn’t. The benefits of choosing a unit with a variable speed motor over a single speed include: (more…)

Home Star Rebates Look Promising| Hometown, Hazel Crest, Berwyn

Friday, September 12th, 2014

On June 7, 2010 The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Home Star Energy Act . The purpose of the bill is to not only help job growth but also to reduce our consumption of energy. The rebates if passed by Congress would give consumers significant money back on purchases of air conditioners, furnaces boilers and more.

The eligible products would have to be energy efficient and provide significant energy savings. The Home Star program has been compared to the “Cash for Clunkers” program in which consumers would replace existing air conditioners, furnaces and boilers for more energy efficient models. The rebates would go directly to the homeowner to offset the purchase price. In addition to the bonus that the rebates provide consumers should also benefit from long-term savings related to reduced energy bills every month.

For more information visit the Four Seasons Heating & Air Conditioning website and the Four Seasons news blog.