Brilliant Home Services Blog : Archive for June, 2016

Why Can’t My Air Conditioner Keep Up with My Cooling Needs?

Monday, June 27th, 2016

It’s predicted to be extremely warm summer in Chicago this year. We’re only starting to feel the beginning of it, but in July the heat will very quickly ramp up. Your air conditioning system will need to take on a lot of work to provide you with comfort through the summer.

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The Great Benefits of Smart Wi-Fi Thermostats

Monday, June 20th, 2016

What type of thermostat do you have in your home running the HVAC system? An old manual slider-and-dials model, or a no-frills digital display? It’s time for an upgrade! Even if you have a standard programmable digital thermostat, there’s a much better option just waiting for you: a smart Wi-Fi thermostat.

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The Benefits of LED Lighting

Monday, June 13th, 2016

For many decades, the standard lighting used in homes and businesses were incandescent and florescent. But rapid advances in energy-efficient technology have made LED (light emitting diode) lights more accessible. These lights offer numerous advantages, and if you are considering having a major lighting retrofit for your home’s indoor lighting, you should place LED lights at the top of your list.

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Ice on Your Air Conditioning: What It Means

Monday, June 13th, 2016

At some point during the summer when your air conditioning is running on a regular basis, you may notice ice developing along its indoor evaporator coil. At first, this may not seem like it’s a major problem. After all, doesn’t the presence of ice mean that the air conditioner is doing its job of lowering the temperature?

However, ice should never appear on an air conditioner when it’s running correctly. ACs don’t use ice to lower the temperature of the air sent into the ventilation system, and the presence of ice means that a malfunction is causing the evaporator coil to stayed colder than it should be, triggering moisture along it to freeze. Call for HVAC repair technicians when you see this occurring so you can have the problem fixed before it affects your comfort—or damages the air conditioner.

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Signs You Need to Schedule Duct Sealing for Your Home

Monday, June 6th, 2016

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, leaks in the ductwork of homes can account for a loss of up to 30% of the air moving through the ventilation system. That means tremendous energy waste for a house, as well as a decline in comfort. It can even result in damage to the heater and/or air conditioner. If your home has leaky air ducts, the best solution is to call our professionals to arrange for them to seal the ducts. (And before you bring it up, no, you can’t use duct tape to seal the ducts. Duct tape isn’t even used for ducts.)

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