Time to Update your Heating System? An Infrared Inspection Helps

Energy experts claim that homeowners are using less in fuel every year, and yet space heating is still a significant energy waster in many households. Although it varies by region, Illinois residents can count on their heating system to use a minimum of 30% of their overall utility expenses every year. As a result, many … Continued

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Summer Energy Saving Tip – Cooler Showers Anyone?

One of the biggest energy drains in your Illinois home – next to your air conditioner – is your hot water heater or hot water system. Most experts estimate that it uses up to 25% of your total home energy use – that’s a quarter of your bill every month! We all like our water … Continued

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Top 7 Energy Saving Techniques to Implement in 2013

Some homeowners experience monthly utility bill shock, but there are a number of energy saving improvements that can help save you money during 2013, and a home energy audit can identify the areas of potential savings that will lower your utility bills all year long. The following are 7 simple techniques a homeowner can implement … Continued

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8 Steps to Prepare your Home for Winter

The long cold winter months are hard on homes, with freezing temperatures and heavy snowfall causing most of the problems. Preparing your home for the winter months is a good way to ensure you and your home are warm and secure until things warm up. See these 8 steps to prep your home for winter. … Continued

Beat the Fall Furnace Maintenance Rush!

Before the chilly temperatures of autumn set in, it’s important for homeowner’s to make an appointment for their furnace’s annual checkup. Calling early means you can have a cleaned, well-adjusted heating system that’s ready when you need it rather than waiting to get a spot in your inspector’s schedule. Some homeowners never have a professional … Continued

Top 5 Home Energy Myths

Sometimes an idea catches on and sticks and it becomes ‘common wisdom’. Such wisdom, however, is sometimes based on outdated or erroneous information. There are a wide range of myths about home energy use that can cost homeowners big money. We thought we’d debunk a few of the top myths we’ve heard from homeowners over … Continued

Illinois Home Air Conditioner Maintenance Tips

Air conditioners can fail at any time and with no warning, but of course, they usually fail when the temperatures are at their peak. Ignoring a functioning air conditioner year after year is a sure way to get it to fail, but there are simple methods a homeowner can use to identify common problems and … Continued

A Home Cleanup Tip for Summer – Seal your Vents

For most birds, breeding season begins as soon as early March and lasts all summer – well into August. Any opening in your home, such as a dryer vent or a bathroom fan vent is a potential home for nesting birds. We’ve even heard of squirrels getting into the basement of a home through the … Continued

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The ‘real’ price of dirty air filters

Yeah, you know that you’re supposed to do it, but do you remember to? Regularly replacing the air filters in your home’s heating and cooling system is essential not only for proper operation of your home’s systems but also because a dirty air filter – just like a clogged dryer filter – slows down the … Continued

Common Air Duct Problems and Solutions for Homeowners

Houses with forced-air heating and cooling systems use ducts – essentially large tubes that transport the conditioned air throughout the house. Earlier this month, we gave you 6 tips for saving money while keeping your home cool this summer. Here, we’re going to share the most common problems and solutions for air ducts. The first … Continued