Brilliant Electric Heating & Cooling Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Lincoln Park’

Spring Means It’s Time to Talk about Air Conditioning Maintenance

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

Air-conditioner-repairmanIt’s spring once again here in Chicago… although that doesn’t mean we start to enjoy warm weather immediately. Warmer weather maybe, but right now isn’t a time when you’ll need to rev up your air conditioner to keep your home cooled down. That will probably start in May.

But wait a minute… May isn’t that far off! Less than a month away. And those warmer temperatures might arrive at the end of April with little warning. Your air conditioning system will start it’s job soon enough, so you can’t afford to let it go without special attention from HVAC professional. And that means it’s time for your AC’s regular spring maintenance inspection and tune-up.

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Why Are Newer Furnaces More Efficient Than Older Ones?

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

furnace-burners-ignitedCurrent home heating systems work better and at higher energy efficiency than ones from 20, 30, even 10 years ago. We can chalk this up to an investment in research to improve the products, as well as the nebulous idea of “progress.” But there are specifics behind why heaters waste less energy today than the models of the not-too-distant past.

For example, look at the natural gas furnace. Gas furnaces once had AFUE ratings between 56% and 70%. That means that even at the most efficient level, a furnace was converting only 70% of its natural gas into heating power and letting 30% go to waste.

Fast-forward to today. The best furnaces available for homes have AFUE ratings of 98.5%, which means only 1.5% of the natural gas goes to waste. Lower-end furnaces can have AFUE ratings between 85% and 90%. The standard for a furnace to earn the ENERGY STAR label from the Department of Energy is 90% AFUE.

So the question is: “What’s changed?” Well, quite a bit!

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High-Efficiency Heating Systems and How You Can Save

Monday, November 14th, 2016

There are many good reasons to decide to retire your old residential heating system this fall in preparation for winter:

  • It’s just too old (more than 15 years)
  • It can no longer deliver the heating levels you need
  • It’s breaking down all the time
  • It costs too much to run

We’re going to take a look at that last point, because the advances in high-efficiency heating systems today means you can replace your energy-draining heater for one that works better than your current one ever did when it was new.

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5 Reasons to Install a Boiler for Your Home

Monday, October 10th, 2016

Although more homes use furnaces for cold-weather comfort than any other type of heating system, boilers are popular options and remain competitive. When you’re at point where you need to choose a heating system for a new home, a boiler will probably be on the list of options. Below is a list of reasons that you may want to go with a boiler rather than a furnace or other forced-air system.

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Do I Need to Have My Heating System Maintained Again When I Did It Last Fall?

Monday, September 5th, 2016

Summer is soon going to enter the rear-view mirror and then fall will arrive in Chicago. That means it’s time to begin to plan ahead for the cold weather. One of the most important steps for winter planning is to schedule a visit from an HVAC technician to inspection and tune-up a home’s heating system.

“But I did that last year,” you might think. “Does my heater really need this job done every year?”

The short answer is: yes, absolutely. We’ll get into the longer answer below.

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The Importance of Carbon Monoxide Detectors for Your Home

Thursday, August 11th, 2016

Does your home use natural gas to power some of its appliances, such as a furnace, boiler, stove, or oven? If it does, then it must have one or more carbon monoxide detectors installed to protect you and your family from potential dangers due to carbon monoxide poisoning. You can contact our electricians to equip your home with the detectors that will do the job, as well as replace them when necessary.

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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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