Archive for the ‘Go Green’ Category

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…)

R-22 Phase Out| Calumet City, Plainfield, Addison

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

If you have an air conditioner that uses R-22 refrigerant it is advisable that you retrofit your air conditioner to one that uses R-410A. Several years ago, the EPA put into law new regulations that require the gradual phase-out of air conditioners that run on R-22. In fact, it is no longer legal for air conditioner manufacturers to make R-22 units. Your local heating and air conditioning company might be able to sell you one if they have one left over in their warehouse from the days when they could be manufactured, and they will likely be willing to sell an R-22 air conditioner to you for a significant discount. (more…)