Archive for the ‘Go Green’ Category

Top 8 Reasons to Replace that Old Furnace | Maywood and Frankfort

Sunday, September 21st, 2014
  1. Cracked Heat Exchanger
  2. If you have been told by a serviceman that the heat exchanger on your furnace is cracked or severely rusted, you should replace the entire furnace. A cracked heat exchanger can lead to a deadly carbon monoxide leak. Also, when the heat exchanger is in this condition there is a good chance the rest of the unit isn’t in that great of shape either. Replacing the entire unit will save more money in the long run.

  3. Age of Unit
  4. Forced air furnaces usually last between 15 and 25 years depending on how well they were cared for. If you furnace is in that age range, replacement is recommended. Get ahead of the game and replace the furnace before it breaks down in the middle of our bitter cold Chicago winters.

  5. High Energy Bills
  6. If your energy bills seem to be outrageously high or if they keep increasing every year, odds are the furnace is to blame. Old furnaces are inefficient to begin with, but with time and wear and tear, they waste more and more energy. A new high efficiency furnace will drastically reduce your heating bills. (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.

Dispelling the Misconceptions| Streamwood, Markham, Hoffman Estates

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Thermostats are confusing, and for many people, choosing the right temperature to set the thermostat at can be a big enough challenge in and of itself. With all of the misconceptions about indoor temperature it is no wonder that so many people are confused. The only problem is that if you set the thermostat wrong, you could be wasting tons of money on your energy bills. As the temperature continues to drop, we all need to take some time to learn how to properly set the thermostat. With the help of some of the thermostat experts here at Four Seasons, we have outlined some of the mistakes that you may be making and offer solutions to help you save energy this winter. (more…)

Should I Insulate My Home? | Harvey, Tinley Park, Olympia Fields

Monday, August 18th, 2014

You should insulate your home when the following occurs:

>You have an older home and haven’t added insulation. Consider that only 20% of homes built before 1980s are well insulated.

>The distribution of heat in your home is uneven, cold zones in the winter or hot zones in the summer. Adding insulation creates a more uniform temperature and increases comfort by evenly covering your attic across all areas of your home. It is not uncommon to find settling of material if your current attic insulation is more than 15 years old. (more…)