ServiceMax Blog: Archive for February, 2016

FAQ: How Often Should I Replace My HVAC System’s Air Filter?

Monday, February 29th, 2016

Most modern homes that use forced-air for heating and cooling have an HVAC setup that consists of a furnace and air conditioner inside a single cabinet with the same air handler working for both. A filter mounted near the air handler where the return ducts connects to the cabinet does the job of protecting the internal mechanisms in the cabinet from dust and dirt. In order for an HVAC system to continue to work effectively—whether during cold or hot weather—this filter must be free from heavy clogs.

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What Happens During Standby Generator Maintenance?

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

If your home has an automatic standby generator, it’s essential that you schedule annual maintenance for it. After all, what good is an emergency generator that will see to your home’s electric needs during a power loss if you can’t count on it to actually work when the time comes? Regular generator maintenance is like and insurance policy for an insurance policy, essentially.

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Sealed Combustion vs. Atmospheric Combustion in Gas Furnaces

Monday, February 15th, 2016

The technology of heating and cooling is never static. New developments are constantly finding better and less expensive ways to provide comfort for homes and commercial buildings. For example, even though gas furnaces have been around for decades, they remain a competitive type of heating system because new advances in design have made them safer and more energy efficient.

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What’s In Your Home’s Air That Might Be Harmful?

Monday, February 8th, 2016

One of the services we offer to the Chicagoland area, and have offered since we started in business in 1998, is solutions to improve indoor air quality for homes. Although people assume that outdoor air is unhealthier than indoor air, the reverse is often true. The U.S. EPA has discovered that the air inside buildings is often 3 to 4 times worse than that outside.

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What Do Those Odd Smells Coming from My Furnace Mean?

Monday, February 1st, 2016

There are a number of ways that furnaces send signals that they’re experiencing malfunctions or are in danger of breaking down. Strange noises, elevated bills, drops in air flow, and uneven heating are all warnings that a furnace should receive attention from repair experts—the sooner, the better.

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