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

Lexie Says: Fall Tips! Tune Ups, Cleaning, and Filter Changes

Fall weather is quickly approaching! Soon you will be switching from air conditioning to heating! Before the weather gets tough and your furnace is working overtime, make sure that it is ready to go. Prevent any possible breakdowns mid single degree weather by having your furnace checked and cleaned now. There are a few things … Continued

Lexie Says: Change is Good!

Change always happens but it seems like the most noticeable changes are when it’s back to school season! TV commercials are all about back-to-school supplies, savings on uniforms and new clothes, and the house becoming quieter. With all the commotion of back-to-school happening, it might be hard to notice any change that does happen to … Continued

Lexie Says: Fix Leaky Faucets

Lexie says fixing leaks can save you money! Let’s say that you have one leaky faucet that drips once every minute. That faucet drips about 1,440 times a day. That totals about 34 gallons a year. Doesn’t seem like much at first right? Well, that translates into roughly $20 a month. So not only that … Continued