Posts Tagged ‘frozen pipes’

Your Comfort is Our Priority| Hoffman Estates, Elmhurst, Joliet

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

Four Seasons Heating and Air Conditioning is a 24 hour service company for a reason. Every year in Chicago, we experience months of frigid temperatures, and heating the home becomes a major priority for every homeowner. Four Seasons strives daily to offer around the clock service 365 days a year to the citizens of Chicago land, and we do this because going without heat threatens your family’s safety, health, and comfort. We know that not all HVAC companies offer this level of service, but here are some of the reasons why Four Seasons has made your warmth our priority no matter what time of day it may be:

  • Safety Hazards: When the furnace goes out on a particularly cold night, many people search for other ways to heat their homes. These methods often pose dangers to the safety of your home and your family. Space heaters can be a fire hazard if not used properly. If the heater needs to be vented and is not or if the homeowner is using the oven for heating, poisonous carbon monoxide could leak into the home. Another home safety issue is pipe freezing. If the heat is out for an extended period of time, there is a good chance that pipes in the home will begin to freeze. If you are not quick to act, they could burst. The gallons of water that flow from the busted pipe will cause damage to anything around it, and could cost you hundreds or thousands to repair. (more…)

Frozen Pipe Predicament | Dolton, Burbank, Home Glen

Saturday, November 1st, 2014

Unfortunately, Chicago is no stranger to freezing temperatures. Recent weather forecasts have predicted that January is going to be coldest month yet this winter, and that means that more freezing temperatures are on the way. When the temperature outside drops below freezing there is always the possibility that pipes in your home will freeze if you are not careful. When pipes freeze, they may crack and burst costing you hundreds and maybe even thousands to repair due to the devastating effects of water damage. This is something that every homeowner should do their best to prevent, but if a pipe does burst in your home, you need to have Four Seasons’ phone number on hand.

Preventing Frozen Pipes

In order to prevent frozen pipes, you first need to recognize areas of your home that are at risk. Common areas where pipes will freeze are:

  • Exterior walls
  • Unconditioned areas- garage, attic, basement, or crawl space
  • Under insulated rooms- more likely in older homes
  • Radiators (more…)

Setting Your Thermostat: Going on Vacation | Hoffman Estates

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

The holiday season is a popular time of year for many people to travel. We pack up cars and take planes all over the country to visit family and friends and we leave our homes behind. Every year, without fail, there are hundreds of homeowners in the Chicagoland area that will turn off the thermostat to save some money while they are away, and as a result, they experience a real disaster in the home when they finally get back. We know you want to save some money while you are away, but there is a safer way. Four Seasons Heating and Air Conditioning is issuing this warning so that you can protect your home this season, and our handymen can help you prepare the home as well.

Frozen and Burst Pipes

Turning off the thermostat when you leave the home can be a big mistake. Sure, you save some money on the energy bills, but you put all of the plumbing fixtures in the home at risk. The winter may have so far been pretty mild, but all you need is one icy cold winter night and suddenly you have frozen pipes. Once that frozen pipe begins to thaw, the water rushing into the pipe may cause it to burst and cause serious water damage to that particular area of the home. The worst part is that if you are out of town, there is no one there to turn off the water supply, so the mess you come home to could be a true home disaster that will cost much more to fix that the little bit of money you were trying to save by turning off the furnace in the first place. (more…)

Blocked Register Blunders | Bridgeview, Burbank, Worth

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Homeowners across Chicagoland are looking for quick and easy ways to save money on their heating bills this winter. Many have invested money in new systems, improved insulation, and other energy efficient home improvements, but others want to save money without having to spend money. We honestly can’t blame them, but it is extremely important to know what you are doing before you make a change that could damage your furnace or your home. One such change involves closing off registers or vents in rooms that are not used very frequently.

Restricting Furnace Air Flow

When you close off registers to certain rooms in the home you can run into a few problems. The main problem is caused when you close off too many registers in the home, and this can happen inadvertently as well. If you close more than 30% of the registers, you could start chocking the furnace. Your furnace needs a certain amount of airflow to run properly, and when you close off registers, you deny the furnace some airflow. A bed, dresser, or other piece of furniture placed too close to a register or over one could also lead to airflow problems in your furnace. This could lead to premature part failure and overheating of the system. In the end you would pay more on your energy bills because the furnace would have to work harder to heat the remaining rooms in the home. (more…)