Getting Your Home Ready For Fall

Sadly, summer is coming to an end, but soon you’ll begin to hear a crunch under your step as the leaves fall from the trees this autumn. However, make sure you are taking care of your home and creating a comfortable environment as Chicago’s cold weather starts to come in. Before the cold weather comes, check on your HVAC unit to make sure it’s working and if you need a furnace repair in Chicago, contact us today!

 

Windows And Doors

Make sure your home’s windows and doors aren’t producing leaks and drafts because when the temperature drops, you want to be in a cozy home, not a cold one!

 

Programmable Thermostat

These are a great investment as they can help you save money on utility bills. You can set your thermostat to lower the temperature automatically at night and when you aren’t home—a win-win. 

 

Roof and Gutter Inspection

If you need to, hire a professional to make sure there are no damaged tiles or cracks on the roof. Fix what needs to be fixed while it’s still nice out and clean your gutters as they may have leaves and debris in them. 

 

Be Prepared For Power Outages

Come cold weather, power outages become more frequent, so make sure you invest in an emergency generator for this situation.

 

Check And Clean Humidifiers

You should be inspecting your humidifiers and replacing any old filters. Additionally, clean the inside compartment using vinegar—an inexpensive product that works well for this task.

 

Winterize Your AC

If you live in a home that has central air conditioning, cover your outdoor unit for the upcoming winter. This helps prevent air leaks and keeps your home warm and cozy during the winter months.

 

If you need your furnace repaired in Chicago, contact Heatmasters today and we will be happy to help you with this and other concerns.

Warmer weather is upon us and the last thing you want is a broken air conditioning unit in your home. Don’t worry, we’ve got your back for air conditioning repair in Chicago! If you follow these simple steps, you’ll be on your way to a cool and happy summer.

Change the filters

Filters should be changed every three months. If you are starting a new cooling season (like summer!) this should definitely be a priority for you.

Install a programmable thermostat

Is your thermostat outdated? Save money and energy by replacing your old thermostat with a newer and programmable one.

Clean outside unit

Make sure nothing is blocking the unit (leaves, vines, etc.) and remove all debris so you can have a perfect performance. Make sure all lines are insulated and improve the efficiency of your system.

Check for ductwork leaks and any other damages

After a few years, there could be wear and tear, or exposure, around your ductwork. This could be a source of cooling loss and, ultimately, an uncomfortable environment. Make sure you get this repaired before the AC is turned on.

It’s possible that before summer hits, you may need an air conditioning repair in Chicago, or it may be time to update your unit. If this is the case, reach out to a professional to buy a unit that is perfect for you and your lifestyle. When in doubt, contact us today for help on making the right HVAC choices, repairs and services.

Spring is finally here which means that you can finally turn off your heating system and might even need to turn on your air conditioning. Now that it’s getting warmer, it is a good time to start prepping your house for spring and even summer. At Heatmasters, your HVAC company in Chicago, we have some tips for you so your HVAC system runs smoothly, and you can enjoy spring!

Air Filters

We have told you this over and over again, and are here to tell you one more time, replace your air filters. Your air filters do a lot of the heavy work during spring by keeping pollen and dust out during allergy season.

Duct Cleaning/Sealing

In order to ensure easy breathing and better indoor air quality, we recommend scheduling a professional duct cleaning. This should be done at least every 5 years and during this time our experts can also check for any leaks in your duct work and can seal them. Proper sealing and insulating can improve the efficiency of your system by as much as 20 percent.

Clean Air Vents

You can turn on the highest setting and cool air will still not reach you if your vents are clogged. Even worse, whatever air that does get through will be full of dust and so will your air. Take a minute to vacuum, dust or even wash off your HVAC’s vent covers. This won’t take you long and you will be really surprised by the difference it makes.

If you want to be ahead of the game, spring is the perfect time to have your unit inspected by your HVAC company in Chicago, Heatmasters.

It can be difficult to know when it is time for an upgrade to your home heating system. You don’t want to upgrade just to upgrade because it can be costly, but you also don’t want to be stuck with a broken heater in the middle of winter. Upgrading your system is a big upfront cost but you will come out ahead in the long run because the new system will run more efficiently. Another bonus that you’ll be less likely to need heating repair in Chicago.

You’ve Had Your System For 10+ Years

HVAC technology, specifically heating systems, have made huge advances in the past 10 years. A system that is over a decade old is likely 50 percent less efficient than newer, more advanced, systems.

Rising Bill

If you notice that your heating bill has been on the rise for the past couple of months, it may be time to upgrade your home system. Naturally, your bill rises depending on the time of year, you use heart more often in winter, but if you notice unrealistic rising costs, your system could be the issue.

Costly Heating Repair in Chicago

If you feel like you are constantly contacting your HVAC company to come out and repair your heating system, it might be time to upgrade your system. While it seems tempting to just get the repairs each time your system has an issue, investing the money to upgrade will save you money in the long run.

Still not sure if it is time for an upgrade? Not a problem, give Heatmasters a call and we can help you make a decision.

As Chicago’s brutal weather arrives, its necessary that your heating system is in tip-top shape for the upcoming winter months. Your heating contractors at Heatmasters in Chicago want to make sure that your heating system is prepared with these five steps:

Check for Leaks

Air leaks in your system will raise your energy bills and overwork your heating unit. Make sure that you check for air leaks at least once every couple of months and address them if necessary.

Insulation

No matter how well your insulation was placed when you first got your heating unit, at some point something will happen to it. Once you lose insulation, you will immediately lose heat and energy. Whenever you clean your heating system, you should inspect the insulation and check for air leaks.

Change Filters

Dirty furnace filters attract pollen and debris and decrease the productivity of your system. By replacing them every few months, your air with stay clean and healthy and your system will perform at maximum efficiency. Make sure to inspect them monthly during winter, when your system is continuously being used.

Carbon Monoxide Detector

This may seem like a strange step, but carbon monoxide can be produced by improper ventilation of generators, furnaces, gas, propane or any device that burns charcoal. Running any of these systems without the right ventilation can lead to deadly levels of gas in the air.

If you need assistance ensuring your system is running properly, call your heating contractors in Chicago, Heatmasters. We will make sure that heating your home is as easy as possible.

As Chicago’s temperatures begin to drop, your heater sees more use than it has in months. Heating your home accounts for a majority of your home’s energy consumption and you will see that in your next bill. To combat a drastic rise in your bill, Heatmasters, your heating contractors in Chicago, is suggesting some tips on how to heat your home the cost-efficient way.

Curtains

Take advantage of the natural heat coming from the sun! Open your curtains and let the sunlight in during the day. When it gets dark, shut your curtains so that they act as another layer of insulation.

Adjust Your Thermostat

Set your thermostat to a comfortable temperature when you are awake at home. When you leave or are about to go to sleep, turn your thermostat down at least ten degrees for more than seven hours. This can save you about 10% a year on heating bills.

Seal Leaks

So much of your heat is lost through areas of your house that have direct openings to the outdoors or are poorly insulated. By sealing leaks in your doors, windows, attic and roof, you can save on your next bill and keep the warm air inside.

Maintain Your System

Schedule regular maintenance for your heating system and check with your heating contractors in Chicago to make sure that you are doing all of the required tasks to keep the system operating efficiently. Remember to replace your filter at least once a month to keep the system running smoothly.

Contact Heatmasters to schedule your next maintenance check so that your system is ready for the cold temperatures ahead.