Heating System Components Wear Out – How Is the Heat in Your Home Working?

Just about any component of a home–older homes especially–can wear out, including the components of your heating system. A typical central heating system is composed of many components: A furnace with burners that deliver and burn fuel Heat exchangers A blower or blowers A flue for exhaust Tubes that transfer the conditioned (heated) air to … Continued


Protecting your Illinois Home from Lightning Strikes

Power or voltage surges are bursts of energy, often caused by lightning, and the resulting damage to your home can range from electronic loss to a structure fire. According to the National Weather Service, an average of 25 million lightning strikes occur each year in the U.S. In Illinois there were 534,615 cloud-to-ground flashes in … Continued


5 Common Air Conditioner Problems

As the weather warms up and we think about how to get through the hot months of summer, it’s time to step outside and locate our air conditioning units. They have been battered through the winter months and may be covered in sticks, leaves, and other debris left behind from winter storms. Before the summer … Continued


Spring Home Maintenance Tips

At long last, most of the country is looking with relief at warmer weather. Those who have been trapped inside their homes to survive the cold now get to rediscover what it means to be outside again. Spring is also a good time for homeowners to take stock, review the damage the winter season has … Continued


5 Tips for Drawing Water Away from Your Home

As we’ve all seen, 2014 has been one of the snowiest winters in years and all that snow will eventually mean water as it melts. Water is the single most destructive force that can be inflicted on your home’s foundation. Keeping water away from your foundation is critical to avoiding serious issues inside your home. … Continued


5 Ways Infrared Saves Homeowners Time and Money

By measuring thermal, or infrared energy, an infrared thermography camera can detect insulation, water, heating, air leakage and cooling problems – all without destructive exploration and saving homeowners hundreds, even thousands of dollars. You may have had a standard home inspection before and you may or may not have been surprised by what you discovered … Continued


Finding Water Before It Damages your Home Using Infrared Technology

Last month, we gave our readers tips to prevent water damage in their home. This month, we’re going to tell you how to find that water damage. Why do we care so much about water damage and moisture? Three important reasons: The first is this: according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) there is … Continued