Brilliant Electric Heating & Cooling Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Chicago’

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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How to Keep Cool in Summer without Over-straining Your AC

Monday, May 30th, 2016

A summer in Chicago can be a tough haul, even for a home with a powerful air conditioning system. If you’re looking for ways to stay cool this season while also giving you air conditioner a bit of break, we have some suggestions for you:

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Do I Really Need Whole-House Surge Protection?

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

You probably have a number of important electronic devices in your home that you want to make certain are safe from sudden surges in the electrical system. Computers, television monitors, charging smart phones, entertainment systems, medical equipment, etc. Although using power strips for the outlets is a good idea and definitely a wise investment, they are not sufficient to stop all power surges. Yes, you do need to have whole-house surge protection!

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How Attic Fans Help in the Summer (And in the Winter as Well)

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

Keeping your home cool during a summer in Chicago often means paying steep electrical bills. A central air conditioning system must draw a great deal of power to operate the compressor that’s at the heart of its operation. There are a number of ways to reduce your AC costs without having to make major sacrifices in comfort, however. One of these is to have attic fans installed.

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The Benefits of a Dehumidifier for the Summer

Monday, May 16th, 2016

The summers in Chicago can often be sweltering, and much of it is due to the high levels of humidity that make a standard warm day into something far more unpleasant. You can’t change how humid the outdoors is, but you can change the humidity inside your home thanks to a special whole-house dehumidifier.

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3 Benefits of Spring Maintenance for Your Air Conditioning System

Monday, May 9th, 2016

Spring cleaning involves more than just getting organized and making your home look brighter and more inviting. You need “spring cleaning” for your air conditioning system as well to make sure that it’s prepared to handle another hot Chicago summer season.

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