Archive for the ‘Go Green’ 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…)

High SEER Ratings can Save You Tons! | Darien, Calumet City, Worth

Monday, December 15th, 2014

Winter is a challenge for many homeowners across Chicagoland. The blistering cold temperatures make using the furnace or boiler a necessity on most days, and the heating bills that result from this type of use are often so high that many homeowners feel like they are being robbed on a monthly basis. As summer approaches many people would rather endure the heat than pay for comfort, but for others, not using the air conditioner is simple not an option. Those with certain health conditions, along with the elderly, rely on an air conditioner to keep them healthy during the hottest days of summer, but that doesn’t mean that they have to pay an arm and a leg every month on their energy bills. With all of the new advances in air conditioning technology from Lennox, Four Seasons can help you find a new air conditioner that will meet your cooling needs and save you money this summer!

What is a SEER Rating?

Where furnace efficiency is rated in AFUE, air conditioner efficiency is rated in SEER or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. The number attached to the word SEER is the rating. For example, the minimal level SEER air conditioner that can be sold today is 13 SEER. In the past the minimum seer was a low as 6 and if you purchased your air conditioner more than 5 years ago, it could already be very outdated and inefficient compared to the SEER ratings that you can purchase nowadays from Lennox. Their XC21 carries a SEER rating of 21! (more…)

Top 5 Benefits of an Energy Assessment| Plainfield, Addison, Berwyn

Sunday, November 16th, 2014

Are you looking to make energy efficient improvements in your home? Do you have to stay on a budget? Do you want to help save our planet? Not sure where to begin? Well, Four Seasons can help! Our professional home energy assessments will help you answer all of these questions and many more! A professional home energy assessment is the only way to effectively improve your home’s energy efficiency, and plan for your home’s future. Though you may not know it, energy assessments have several benefits that you can take advantage of today. These benefits include:

  • Heating and Cooling Cost: Inefficient heating and cooling systems or air leaks in the home can be a major source of energy waste. An energy audit could help you pin point the source of your heating and cooling waste, and making those improvements could save you 20-30% on your bills.
  • Electricity Bills: Your energy assessor from Four Seasons can help you save money on your electricity bills too! By figuring out how you and your family use electricity, your energy assessor will show you areas where cutting back will have the biggest return. (more…)

Assessing Your Energy Efficiency | Robbins, Wooddale, Hickory Hills

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

If you are one of the thousands of Chicagoans who are trying to make their home more energy efficient, you may have already realized overwhelming this process can be. With all of the information circling around the internet and the news, you may be having a hard time figuring out what is best for your home and your budget. You may have already implemented a few of these changes, but are you really seeing the savings you had expected from making these energy efficient improvements? If not, you skipped a very crucial step in the “going green” process: planning!

Problems without Planning

Planning you home improvements is the first step towards making your home more energy efficient. Many homeowners will blindly choose an improvement without examining all of the factors that influence the energy efficiency of the home. For instance, upgrading a functional but inefficient hot water tank when the attic is in dire need of insulation is not the best idea. Yes you may see some savings from the upgrade, but the energy you are losing through the roof is the bigger problem that should have been handled first. (more…)