How to Prolong the Life of Your Water Heater

If your home is supplied with water from Lake Michigan then you don’t have any issues with sediment build up. However, if your water source is from a private or municipal well, then you will definitely have a potential for sediment build up in your tank. Monthly Tip for your Water Heater A good practice … Continued

How Can Cold Weather Affect Your Furnace?

Fortunately most of the heating season is not too extreme and our furnaces do a good job of keeping us comfortable. But whenever the outside conditions drop to the low teens or below zero, then many heating systems tend to have problems or just don’t function. Some of the most common problems are: Furnace runs … Continued

What’s New at Official? President’s Award!

Carrier Corporation has just announced that Official Heating & Cooling is the recipient of their highest award: the “President’s Award”. Only 2% of all Carrier dealers nationwide receive this honor. This will be the 4th time in five years that we have won this award. There are numerous metrics used in determining the winners, but … Continued

What’s New at Official? Acquisitions!

In our endeavor to better serve our customers we have made several acquisitions. To increase our customer base and expand our service area, over the last five years we have acquired the following companies: Acme Heating – Wheeling Biewer Heating – Elgin Active Air – Palatine Air Flow – Lake in the Hills We are … Continued

What is a Central Return?

In a perfectly designed duct system, the supply and return ducts are equally balanced. However, in the vast majority of homes the CFM’s (air flow) are usually less on the return side. Many subdivisions have homes with only one return called a central return. They are usually located in a hallway or sidewall if the … Continued

Best Way to Heat and Cool Old Houses

Older homes are more difficult to both heat and cool. Their structural differences make it more challenging, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend more money to keep your home warm during the winter and cool in the summer. There are plenty of HVAC options available for your older house to maintain a satisfactory … Continued

How Frequently Does Your Furnace Run?

This November proved to be very demanding on our heating equipment. With extreme temperatures some furnaces run almost continuously. This is not indicative of a furnace problem but rather of a heat loss problem with the house. Most older homes were built with no insulation or very little. A typical Chicago bungalow or brick apartment … Continued

How Important is Your Furnace Filter?

The average homeowner doesn’t think about their furnace or A/C unless there is a problem. Many service calls that we encounter are directly caused by dirty filters. The other problem that is very prevalent is the use of filters that are too restrictive, they don’t allow enough air flow through their medium. How does a … Continued

Season’s Greetings

From all of us at Official Heating & Cooling, we wish everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a happy & healthy New Year.

The Anatomy of a Furnace

Most homeowners take for granted that their furnace will keep them comfortable during the winter months. Unless there is a problem, most people don’t pay a lot of attention to the operational aspects of their furnace. The following list gives you a basic understanding of the components that are in a typical furnace: Inducer Motor … Continued