How has energy conservation affected new construction?

In a continuous effort to maximize energy savings in new homes, various code changes have taken place. Codes vary throughout the country based on different climate zones, but conceptually the net effort is to conserve energy. Energy Conservation Requirements In Illinois, all new homes have to adhere to the following requirements: Ice and Water Shield … Continued

Do spring allergies affect you?

As most of us look forward to the warmer weather, many others dread it because it negatively affects their health. Spring allergies are inevitable for those affected, but unfortunately we can’t control the outdoors. However, we can control the indoor environment. With the proper equipment we can eliminate most indoor air irritants, mold and humidity … Continued

How to Improve Indoor Air Quality

Indoor air quality is an essential element that keeps your household comfortable while at home. Dirt accumulation in the home can cause allergies and other infections that can cause serious health complications, and you may end up spending more money on medication. Fortunately, you can prevent such occurrences by maintaining good indoor air quality. Below … Continued

Do you know the efficiency of your equipment?

Most homeowners that have lived in their homes for a number of years probably have no idea how efficient their furnace or A/C units are. It is impossible to determine the efficiency level by merely looking at the equipment. Even the model number can’t tell you how that unit is performing in your home. HVAC … Continued

Is your furnace noisy?

If your home is being heated with a boiler then you probably don’t even know when it is running. Hydronic heating is definitely the quietest heating system (with the exception of electric baseboard). However, if you have a forced air heating system, then various noises will be present. There are basically three categories of furnace … Continued

How comfortable is your garage?

If your garage is not insulated, then you can expect the temperature to be pretty close to whatever the outside temperature is. A lot of guys like to have a workshop in their garage or they just like to work on their cars. But with sub-zero conditions no one is interested in spending any time … Continued

Why is My Furnace Leaking Water?

Depending on the type of furnace in your home, it’s normal for a small amount of water to show up occasionally. That’s because some furnaces produce water, but never in large quantities. If you ever notice a sizeable amount of water, it’s best to troubleshoot and find that leak right away. Water damage can wreak … Continued

Is your home comfortable?

During normal temperatures most of our homes are pretty comfortable. But when the temperatures dip into the negative range then your comfort level can definitely be affected. In some homes you may not be able to maintain your normal thermostat setting when the outside temperatures are sub-zero. May of the older homes lack proper insulation … Continued

Do you have a programmable thermostat?

A majority of homeowners have programmable thermostats because they save energy on your heating and cooling bills and they are convenient. During the heating season, most people lower the temperature at night for sleeping and during the day when at work. If the outside temperatures are in the 20-30° F range then everything runs smoothly. … Continued

Can the snow shut down your furnace?

Prior to 1982 all furnaces were vented with a metal flue pipe that either ran into a brick chimney or was directly terminated via the roof. The weather never effected this traditional type venting system. Check Your Furnace Venting In 1982, Lennox was the first manufacturer that changed everything in terms of venting your furnace. … Continued