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Giving Serious Thought to a Whole-House Generator? We Can Help!

February 11th, 2019

generator-residentialThe recent polar vortex dropped Chicagoland into an extreme deep freeze, bottoming out the temperature at a record-breaking low. We hope you and your family made it through this intense weather—you’ve probably never loved your home heating system as much as you did during this time!

Now that the freeze of the vortex has passed, you may be thinking about what might have happened if the power went out in your home during the extreme cold. It’s not a pleasant thought. In fact, it’s bit terrifying. Unfortunately, extreme weather conditions are when power outages are most likely. During this warmer stretch of weather, you might be giving serious thought to having your home’s electrical power protected with a whole-house generator. This is great planning, and we offer professional services to install a whole-house generator in Wilmette, IL or elsewhere in Chicagoland. Don’t hesitate to call us to ask for more information.

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Why Many Homeowners Love Radiant Heating

January 28th, 2019

floor-heating-installationWe provide many heating services to our customers in the Chicagoland area, from handling furnace repairs to installing ductless mini split heat pumps. One service that continues to grow in popularity is fitting out homes with radiant heating systems that use in-floor tubing to provide heat. Radiant heating systems are becoming top choices for new home construction and even more retrofits.

But why? Why have many homeowners found that radiant heating was exactly what they wanted?

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Too Many Clogs to Start the Year? We Have the Answer!

January 14th, 2019

drain-in-metal-sink-waterDecember is a rough part of the year for the plumbing in a home. It’s the season of guests and feasts. You may start off January with drains that have gone through far too much and are now creating regular clogs or slow drainage. If you’re trying your best to get a fresh start on 2019 and dig into those resolutions, clogged drains can put a damper on things quick. You may be able to get the clogs out with a plunger or a basic drain snake (please don’t use chemical cleaners), but there’s a much better answer.

Professional drain cleaning!

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Common Misunderstandings About Gas Furnaces

December 31st, 2018

furnace-burners-smallThe gas furnace is the heating system found in more homes across the country than any other. In areas with harsh winters, a gas furnace has the power to overcome the coldest days without running up the enormous bills an electric furnace would. And a gas furnace can deliver warmth faster than electric heating systems.

But despite their popularity, gas furnaces have a large number of myths and misunderstandings surrounding them. We’d like to shine a spotlight on a few of these and tell you the truth. That way you’ll get the most out of your home’s gas furnace.

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The Truth About Power Surges and Surge Protection

December 17th, 2018

lightning-boltHomes have more precision electrical equipment in them than ever before. You probably have multiple devices connected to the power supply at any time, with many power charging stations handling your portable devices. What is the best way to protect them in case of a power surge? It’s important to know this, because a voltage spike can cause irreparable damage to complex electrical equipment.

“I’m not worried! I’ve got the power strips in place at the outlets all over the house!”

If this is your answer … well, we have to talk a bit more about power surges and what you have to do protect equipment from them.

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Boiler Problems: Time to Repair or Replace?

December 3rd, 2018

boiler-residentialWe all have been there: do I buy a new car, or do I spend the money to fix the one I own? Do I buy the latest cellphone, or do I get the broken screen fixed on mine? Well, you should be asking yourself these questions when it comes to your boiler, too.

We know it can be a daunting task. Deciding where to put your money can be stressful, but we are here to help! Scheduling a visit from one of our friendly technicians can help you make the right choice for your home.

In the meantime, we have provided a few hints about what your boiler might be telling you:

The lifespan of a boiler is typically between 15 and 20 years. However, the actual lifespan of your boiler depends on the type of boiler you own, the size, and if it is regularly maintained.

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Drain Cleaning: This Is One of the Best Times of the Year for It!

November 19th, 2018

cleaning-sideviewDrain cleaning is a service we often recommend to our customers. When someone has a serious drain clog or irritatingly slow drain in their home, they don’t need reminders about drain cleaning: it’s time to call a Chicago, IL plumber and have the obstructions removed. (Yes, you can try to use a plunger or a handcranked drain snake on clogs you run into, but if these don’t work, skip the chemical drain cleaners and call a licensed plumber.)

The drain cleaning we recommend when people don’t have immediate clogging issues is preventive drain cleaning. Just as the AC, heater, and water heater in your house need annual inspections and maintenance, your drains need attention each year from a professional. During drain cleaning, a plumber will use powerful tools such as motorized drain augers, hydro-jetters, and Bio-Clean to scrub and scour the inside of all a house’s drainpipes. This removes all build-up inside them, which not only removes a major source of clogging, it makes it hard for build-up to start again. Cleaning also protects the drain from suffering damage because of the build-up. Soap scum, for example, can cause a chemical reaction that corrodes metal pipes.

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Heating Services You May Need This Coming Winter

November 5th, 2018

frosty-glassAre you a “winter person”? You certainly live in a great place to enjoy a wonderful winter season! But no matter how much cheer the season brings to you and your family, it can turn miserable if you don’t have a home heating system to hold off the cold. To make sure your winter isn’t memorable for all the wrong reasons, make sure you have a contractor who offers quality residential heating services in Chicago, IL. You can always trust us, since we’re open all day, every day!

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Replacing Your Heater—Some of Your Choices

October 22nd, 2018

hands-over-a-radiatorEach fall we stress to all our customers (and future customers) how important it is to schedule regular maintenance for their heating system—whatever type of heating system they have. There are many benefits of having this done, and one of them is it can help you find out if your heater is no longer up to the task of a Chicago winter. When you have a heating system that’s more than 15 to 20 years old, it’s probably ready to retire. During maintenance, a technician can tell you when it’s best to install a new heater.

You have a range of choices for central heating, and you may wish to consider changing to a new type or staying with what you already use. Below are a few of the systems available to warm your home. We hope this helps you start thinking about the replacement system you want.

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Heating Maintenance—Now’s the Time!

October 8th, 2018

calendar-scheduling-bookThere’s always a special feeling in the air when October arrives. No matter if the weather is still occasionally warm, the crisp fall is arriving—and around the corner is the cold of winter. October means Halloween to many. To HVAC professionals, it means it’s time for heating maintenance. Have you signed up for your fall heating maintenance in Evanston, IL yet?

What’s This Heating Maintenance of Which You Speak?

Heating maintenance is an annual visit from an HVAC professional to inspect your home’s heater and take care of adjustments, cleanings, and tune-ups. We recommend it each fall for all types of heating systems, from gas furnaces to heat pumps. The job takes around an hour and is easy to schedule through our MAX Comfort Plan.

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