Brilliant Electric Heating & Cooling Blog : Archive for July, 2016

Why You Should Have GFCI Outlets Installed in Your Home

Monday, July 25th, 2016

You’ve probably already seen GFCI outlets in numerous places, although you may not have known that was what they are called. These are the outlets that have two buttons between the sets of prongs, one marked RESET and the other TEST. If your home currently isn’t equipped with these types of outlets, you should contact our electricians to arrange for them in the kitchens, and all the bedrooms and bathrooms.

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Some Additions to Consider with a New Air Conditioning System

Monday, July 18th, 2016

You’ve decided that it’s time to retire your worn-down and inefficient air conditioning system so that you and your family can enjoy a much more comfortable summer. Great idea! We’re glad to be of service when it comes to an AC system replacement. But we would also like to offer you the best in other options that can make your new air conditioner work at its best and provide many more benefits. Below are 3 options to consider having done as part of a new system installation:

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Should I Have My House Rewired?

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

One of the big jobs that we perform for customers in Chicagoland is whole-house (as well as whole-business) rewiring. For older buildings, this is an important upgrade both for electrical capacity and for safety. Because of the scale of this task, you’ll want to know if it’s something that you really need done for your house. Below we’ve listed ways to determine if you should arrange for rewiring. Should you have any doubts, you can always give our expert electricians a call. They’ll be able to tell if you need rewiring, panel replacements, etc., and to what extent.

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Why You Should Have an ENERGY STAR Air Conditioner Installed

Monday, July 11th, 2016

People are always looking for ways to save money on their utility bills during the year. The summer is a time when homeowners are especially aware of energy demands, such as the amount of work that an air conditioning system handles. There are many ways that you can reduce the amount of energy that your home’s cooling system requires, such as installing a dehumidifier and a smart thermostat. But perhaps the best way is to replace an old air conditioning system with a new ENERGY STAR-certified model.

What Is ENERGY STAR?

ENERGY STAR is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency voluntary program created to help both businesses and individuals save money and help the environment through better energy efficiency. ENERGY STAR helps people make smarter choices by identifying products that meet the program’s requirements for lowering energy use and protecting the environment. When you see the ENERGY STAR label on a product, you know it meets the program’s requirements for high energy efficiency.

What Does the Label Mean Specifically for a Central Air Conditioner?

The program has a number of criteria for air conditioning systems to qualify for the ENERGY STAR label. The most important qualification is high energy efficiency, which is measured as SEER (seasonal energy efficiency rating). The higher the SEER number, more effective the air conditioner is at converting electricity into cooling power. The current efficiency requirement for an air conditioner to receive the ENERGY STAR label is 15 SEER for split systems (i.e. a standard central air conditioning system). The system must also have low emissions of carbon pollution and other greenhouse gases.

Although you can have an ENERGY STAR air conditioner with 15 SEER, there are many models that do even better, up to 20 SEER. But you must make sure that you have professionals help you to choose the right model for your home. Although you should always look to an ENERGY STAR air conditioner, not all certified models are right for your home.

To arrange for an ENERGY STAR-certified air conditioner installation, call Brilliant Electric Heating & Cooling. We serve Glenview, IL and the rest of Chicagoland.

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When Repairs Run Out and It’s Time for an Air Conditioning Replacement

Monday, July 4th, 2016

When our technicians go to homes to look over malfunctioning air conditioners, a question that they frequently receive is, “Can you fix the AC so we don’t have to replace it?” Often times the answer is “yes.” Sometimes it’s “no.” And other times it hovers in-between: “We can repair it, but it’s probably a better choice to have the air conditioner replaced.”

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