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Fireplace Fallacies | Country Club Hills, Hometown, Harvey

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

For many families, part of the holiday season includes gathering around the fireplace with friends to enjoy the warmth and ambiance of a burning fire. Fireplaces are able to create a comforting atmosphere that your forced air furnace just cannot compete with. But, did you know that using that fireplace could be costing you extra even when it is not in use? Well, it could be, and Four Seasons wants to help you save money this winter with a little fireplace advice.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Fireplace Ownership:

  • Do: Turn off the furnace when the fireplace is in use, or at least turn it down to around 60 degrees.  This will keep the furnace from coming on and wasting energy when the fireplace is in use.
  • Don’t: Do not leave the fireplace damper open! More modern fireplaces use dampers to get combustion air from the outdoors instead of from indoors. If you leave the damper open when the fireplace is not in use, heated air from the central air furnace will be lost to the outdoors. This could be costing you up to 30% more annually on your heating bills. (more…)

When Do I Change My Filter? | Midlothian, Lisle, Justice

Sunday, September 28th, 2014

One of the most frequently asked questions in the HVAC industry is, “How often should I change my furnace filter?” Unfortunately, there isn’t one straightforward answer that we can give you because there are several factors that play a role in the condition of the filter. Obviously, the first step would be to check the packaging on the filter itself. Usually it will have a recommended length of time after which replacement will be needed. However, here at Four Seasons, we don’t want you to suffer the consequences that come from having a dirty filter, so we recommend that you check the filter monthly. If it is dirty, replace it. If not, wait another month and check again. But, some families should be checking their filters more frequently. These are people who have:

  • Pets- pet hair quickly clogs furnace filters
  • Several people living in the home- the more people in the home, the more dust and debris that will be floating in the air
  • Recent construction in the home- Dust and debris from drywall and other construction materials will cause the filter to need to be changed more frequently (more…)

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…)

More Stages = More Comfort| Matteson, La Grange Park, Harvey

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Put yourself in this situation. It is the dead of winter in Chicago, and you are upstairs in the computer room of your home surfing the web, paying bills, and getting some shopping done. You feel a chill, and decide to go check the temperature on the thermostat downstairs in the living room. You normally set the thermostat at 76 degrees, and at this moment it is reading 77. There isn’t any heat coming out of the vents because the temperature hasn’t dropped low enough for the furnace to kick on. But, why is it so chilly upstairs? There isn’t a mechanical problem with the furnace; you have temperature swings.

What are Temperature Swings?

Temperature swings are common in homes that use forced air heating systems. They involve uncomfortable changes in temperature between floors and rooms in a home. This is usually caused by the way that typical single stage heating systems function. When the temperature read by the thermostat drops below what is set, the furnace will fire up at full capacity. Within a matter of minutes the temperature on the thermostat goes back up and the furnace shuts down. The problem is that these short blasts of hot air aren’t enough to heat areas of the home that are further away from the thermostat. You need a two-stage furnace! (more…)