After a decade, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has changed water heater standards so that they’re more energy efficient. Heating water, especially with a storage tank appliance, uses a good deal of energy, second only to most homeowners’ heating and cooling costs. Aft
If you live in the Morton Grove, Skokie or Niles area, chances are you’ve heard a bit about zoning systems. If so, you’re probably wondering just what they are and how they work, as well as how they can benefit you in terms of home comfort and energy efficiency. What Are Z
Want your furnace to run as efficiently as possible? Change the furnace filter regularly. This simple monthly chore will make your HVAC system run as efficiently as possible, as well as improve the indoor air quality of your home. How the Furnace Filter Works The furnace filter serves
Problems with your heat pump mean that your indoor comfort will be compromised until the issue is corrected. In the worst cases, it could also mean potential damage to your heat pump and its components. Here are some common types of heat pump problems and what they will mean for you.
A well-insulated attic reduces home maintenance costs and improves whole-house efficiency. In addition to proper ventilation, and window and door seals, insulation is the best way to ensure your home stays warm in winter and cool in summer.
Forced-air heating systems consist of many components that make noise during operation, which is expected. You may hear gas ignite, the blower power on and airflow whoosh from the supply outlets. These duct and furnace noises are all part of normal heating operation. But if you’re hea
As your heat pump works this winter, providing heat for your northern Chicago home, you may notice that some ice or frost builds up on the coils of the outdoor unit. Usually this is nothing to worry about. Some ice or frost accumulation is considered normal. Problems occur when the ic
For many homes, radiant flooring is one of the most comfortable and cost-effective ways to heat during Chicago’s cold winters. Getting familiar with the basics of radiant heating will help you decide if you could benefit from this type of heating. How Radiant Heating Works A rad
Having boiler problems can be a big inconvenience for your family, as well as a big drain on your bank account. If you wake up one morning this winter and discover that your home isn’t as warm as it should be, consider these troubleshooting tips before you call for expert help: