The Evolution of Compressor Technology

The typical residential A/C has one compressor that runs at full capacity when turned on. Over the years the technology has changed from single stage to two stage to multi stage. A light bulb would be a good analogy. A regular switch turns the light on and off, but a dimmer gives you several levels … Continued

How Was Your Home Affected By the Heavy Rains?

The recent rainfall has caused massive damage to numerous homes and businesses. We can’t control the weather but we can be proactive in protecting our property from water damage. If your home is in a low lying area then your options are very limited. But for most properties you should do the following: Divert the … Continued

Does your House Still Have an Attic Fan?

Many homes today still have a fan in the attic called a Power Attic Ventilator or PAV. Years ago the thinking was that a fan in the attic would cool the attic and reduce the running time of the A/C unit. Attic Fan Modern building science has proven that an attic fan is more detrimental … Continued

How Does the New Energy Code Affect You?

The International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) dictates code requirements for new construction and remodeling. Individual states and local municipalities can add to these standards but cannot diminish them. The goal of these mandates is to conserve more energy but the net result is to have a safer and more comfortable home. For residential applications, the … Continued

What is the difference between Duct Cleaning & Duct Sealing?

Duct Cleaning As the name implies, duct cleaning is done via a mechanical device that is inserted into each duct and scrubs the interior of all debris and simultaneously vacuums everything into a canister. Upon completion, many homeowners have the ducts sanitized, especially if there was a mold or mildew problem. Duct Sealing Duct sealing … Continued

How Should Your Furnace Operate?

I recently spoke with a customer who stated that his furnace was running but the temperature in the house was dropping. He said his thermostat was set at 70°F but the room temperature was 63°F. It was obvious that there was a problem with the heating cycle even though his blower was running. The sequence … Continued

Can You Have Too Much Humidity?

Everyone should know the benefits of having the proper levels of humidity in your home during the heating season. But like so many things in life, sometimes a good thing can turn into a potential problem. Ideally, the humidity level in your home should be in the 35-40% range. The balancing act begins when the … Continued

Does your home have enough humidity?

During the fall and winter months, your furnace dries out the air in the house which can result in creating many potential problems. Because warm air can hold more moisture than cold air, it will absorb whatever moisture it can. Eventually, the home becomes too dry and you may experience some of the following: Dry … Continued

Lexie Says: Extreme Cold Weather Tips

It’s only been a few days but this extremely cold weather has already taken its toll on cars, doors, and us. Lexie has some handy tips to keep safe and warm in this extreme weather. 1. Keep Warm. Wear layers of lightweight clothing to stay warm, thermal clothing, and long underwear do a great job. Gloves … Continued

Lexie Says: We’re Always Here for You

Official Heating & Cooling is always on call for any emergencies you might have with your HVAC appliances. We’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year! Call us at (815) 220-5125 for 24-hour service, we’re always open! Quick Furnace Tips When you’re not using your furnace, it’s easy to … Continued