Archive for the ‘Tips and Suggestions’ Category

Cottonwood Trees and Your Air Conditioner| Lansing, Skokie, Robbins

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

Trees make a beautiful addition to the landscape of any home, and the shade they offer us during the hot summer months is defiantly appreciated. We all love our trees until they damage our sidewalks, foundations, and plumbing. These are some of the common ways that tree roots can cause damage to the home, but have you ever thought about how cottonwood trees could ruin your air-conditioner?  Yep that’s right, one healthy cottonwood tree can cause hundreds of dollars worth of damage to your air conditioner.

Cottonwood A/C Coil Clogs

Think about it for a moment… During the peak of cottonwood season, fuzzies are flying around your neighbor hood. This is when they attack your air conditioner. No they don’t use magic, or contain some sort of chemical agent. Instead, they are sucked into your condenser coil, and the result is reduced air flow across the coil. This will first cause your air conditioner to loose some of its energy efficiency. Although this is a problem, losing a little efficiency will only cost you pennies, but the bigger problem of an over heated compressor can cost hundreds. (more…)

An Energy Saving Air Conditioning Tip! | Palos Hills, Riverside

Sunday, January 18th, 2015

During the unbearably hot summer days in Chicago, we all retreat indoors for some much needed relief from the blistering sun. As we enjoy the cool air that was generated by the air conditioner, many fail to realize that the main part of the air conditioning system is still outdoors, and if it is not properly protected, it could be running inefficiently. When the condenser is exposed to large amounts of sun for a majority of the day, it becomes harder for the unit to generate cool air for your home. It has to work harder and longer and the end result is often higher utility bills. Four Seasons has a solution, and we can help you implement it today!

Moving the Air Conditioner

Placement of the air conditioner is key to its energy efficiency. The best area of your yard to have the system located in is the north side. This area is exposed to the least amount of sunlight during the day. If you are having a new unit installed by Four Seasons or if you want to have your unit moved, we can help you out. Our experts will help you find the best placement for your air conditioner, so that no matter how much heat the sun can create, you can rest assured that your air conditioner is in the coolest area possible within your yard. (more…)

Don’t Hide Your Air Conditioner | Lemont, Des Plaines, Cicero

Saturday, January 17th, 2015

One of the many factors that contribute to the greatness of the Chicagoland area is the way that the people who live here care for their homes. From manicured lawns to creative landscapes, it is obvious that the citizens of this great city take great pride in the care of their homes. Because of this fact, here at Four Seasons we have found many homeowners making a very crucial mistake when it comes of their air conditioning systems. Big fat condensers are not the most attractive thing to have sitting in your lawn, and many homeowners try to disguise their units or hide them from view. This is a critical mistake when it is not done properly and could cause premature failure of your air conditioning unit.

The Dangers of A/C Camouflage

People often camouflage their air conditioner in one of two ways. Either they will purchase an air conditioner cover or they will plant shrubs around the condenser. Air conditioner covers are not always a bad thing to have. During the winter, an a/c cover can protect your air conditioner from some of the harmful effects of winter, but it needs to be removed during the summer. The big problem here is air flow restriction. The tight cover does not allow the a/c to take in air from the outdoors. Your air conditioner needs that air to function properly, and without the unit can overheat, choke, and fail. (more…)

Bugs in Your Air Conditioner| Arlington Heights, Bedford Park, Steger

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

Of the many problems that you could potentially have with your air conditioning system, this is probably one of the weirdest, but it isn’t uncommon. The problem is caused by bugs. That’s right bugs, or insects, can get into one particular component of your air conditioning condenser and wreak havoc causing your to call Four Seasons for an emergency repair. Fortunately, this problem can be prevented and all it takes is one call to Four Seasons Heating and Air Conditioning to do so!

Insects and Your A/C

Earwigs, ladybugs, and a plethora of other insects like to turn your air conditioner into their home. They can nestle in many of the spaces within the unit, but when the set up shop in your contactor, you could be in trouble! If you were to start up the air conditioner while a bug was jammed in your contactor, you would likely burn out the part. Upon start up, the contacts compress and will squash the bug inside the contactor. This will not allow the contacts to close completely and effectively fry this component of your system. (more…)