Save Money by Adjusting Your Thermostat

According to the Department of Energy, heating and cooling account for up to 48 percent of home energy consumption.  If you are looking for a place to make cost cuts, start with your thermostat. As your Chicago HVAC company, Heatmasters wants to ensure you are happy with your HVAC system.

Winter Temperature

During the winter months, try to keep your thermostat at 68 degrees while people are home but turn it down by up to 10 degrees while everyone is away. This can save homeowners on average $83 per year. If you are feeling cold try putting on another layer or use an electric blanket rather than increasing the temperature.

What Affects My Savings?

Changing the temperature in your home is easy but predicting exact energy savings is more difficult.  There are major factors that go into you bill besides your thermostat:

  • HVAC Equipment: The quality, size and condition of your Chicago HVAC will affect your overall bill.
  • Your Home: Windows, insulation and weather stripped are a few of the elements that help keep your treated air inside your home.

Upgrade to a Smart Thermostat

It’s easy to forget to adjust your thermostat before you leave or go to bed. A smart thermostat can ease your mind and will sync with your phone so you can control it from anywhere. Smart thermostats are also programmable so you can set it to lower at night or during the day when you are not home.

For more information contact us at Heatmasters, your Chicago HVAC company.

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.

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between boilers and furnaces in Chicago? They are both types of heating systems but work in drastically different ways. Knowing the difference between a furnace and a boiler will be helpful if you need a new heater or even when talking to a technician about heat issues.

Boilers

Boilers generate warm air through heated water in a tank. There are no ducts needed to circulate warm air throughout the house. Instead, the heated water is circulated through the pipes to different locations in the house. These locations are typically baseboard heaters or radiators.

Boilers tend to produce cleaner heat and have lower repair and operating costs.  The downside of boilers is that they take longer to warm the room and can freeze if the temperature gets too low. They also create higher humidity levels in your home, so you might have to invest in a humidifier.

Furnaces

Furnaces use forced air systems to generate warm air. These forced systems heat the air through a heat exchanger. The heated air is then circulated inside the house through the ducts. In an electric powered furnace, heating elements are present that create warm air, while fuel powered furnaces generate warm air by gas jets.

Furnaces have low installation costs and won’t freeze during the winter. Unfortunately, furnaces have a much shorter lifespan, require more frequent repairs and require the air filter to be replaced monthly.

Contact Heatmasters for your next boiler or furnace installation in Chicago.

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.

If you’re still trying to come up with a new year’s resolution for 2018, why not make one that benefits both you and your home? This year, it’s time to take better care of your HVAC system. This will not only save you money down the road, but it will ensure that you are your family are always breathing in clean air. Here are a few things you can do to help your system.

Schedule an HVAC Maintenance

The first thing you should do to improve the functionality of your HVAC system is to schedule a maintenance with your Chicago HVAC Contractor. All HVAC systems require professional service on a regular basis, so in addition to scheduling an appointment for the new year, try to make this a regular habit. You Chicago HVAC Contractor will inspect and service your system and catch any minor repairs that may be costly down the line.

Change Your Air Filters

If you go too long without changing the filter in your heating and cooling system, the filter can get clogged and not only reduce air flow, but impact the cleanliness of the air that comes out of the vents as well. Typically, your filter should be changed every month or so.

Avoid Adjusting the Thermostat Too Often

If your home has a programmable thermostat, only adjust when you need to. To save money, energy, and to maintain the lifespan of your system, turn the temperature down at night or when no one is home, and only turn it up when you are home and want it to be a little warmer. Constant juggling of the thermostat usually forces your system to work hard than it needs to and increases your energy consumption.

Clear Off Outdoor Compressors

Most central HVAC systems have an outdoor compressor that is used to exchange hot air for cold air. One easy thing to do to improve the functionality of your system is make sure your outdoor unit is clear of debris, leaves, plants, and any other obstructions so they can perform how they need to.

Start this year off right by hiring a Chicago HVAC Contractor from Heatmasters!

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If it’s been a while since you thought about your attic’s insulation and you’ve noticed an increase in energy bill costs, let Heatmasters help. We offer insulation and re-insulation services to help you keep your home as comfortable as possible and to extend the life of your HVAC system by ensuring it doesn’t work harder than it needs to.

What Type Of Insulation Do We Use?

At Heatmasters, we choose to use AttiCat® insulation on all of our clients’ attics. This spray-on insulation is made from loose-fill fiberglass and creates a much tighter seal than laying down traditional rolls of insulation in crawlspaces and attics. The spray-on capability allows us to insulate even the deepest, smallest cracks and crevices that are impossible to fill with traditional insulation. AttiCat® insulation expands once it is sprayed to protect the home against moisture, mold, and releasing hot & cold air.

What Are The Benefits Of AttiCat® Insulation?

In addition to increasing protection from the outdoors, AttiCat® spray insulation can also help to extend the life of your HVAC system, maintain your attic’s structural durability, reduce heating and cooling bills, and minimize dust and other airborne residues. It is an affordable option for attic insulation has been known to outlast traditional fiberglass insulation.

If you’re moving to a new home or feel that you could benefit from better attic insulation in your current home, call Heatmasters today! Our knowledgeable and experienced technicians can answer any questions you may have about AttiCat® insulation and work with you to schedule a time to install this insulation in your home.

As the leaves begin to change and the cold weather approaches, it’s time to start thinking about your furnace. When was the last time you had it maintenanced? Does it need to be repaired? Replaced? Will it make it through the winter? While you ask yourself these questions, keep Heatmasters in mind. We have been serving the Chicagoland area for over 60 years and are happy to help with all of your Chicago furnace repair and maintenance. Here are a few warning signs that your furnace may need to be repaired or replaced.

Old Age

We all wish our furnaces could last forever, but unfortunately this is not the case. The average furnace lifespan is about 15-20 years. If your furnace was installed in your home before you moved in or you’ve lived in your home for 15-20 years, its time to start paying extra attention to your furnace. If it begins to function abnormally in any way, call Heatmasters to have one of our skill technicians take care of your Chicago furnace repair or replacement.

Weird Noises

All HVAC systems make noise, but if your furnace begins to make strange sounds that you’ve never noticed before, it most likely needs to be repaired. Often times something comes loose within the system and causes popping or squeaking noises that don’t sound very good. If you notice this with your furnace, have a technician come out and take a look. 

Cold Air

This may sound obvious, but your furnace should blow out hot air, not cold air. If your furnace is cooling your home rather than heating it, this is often a sign of furnace failure. 

Dust

If you begin to notice an unusual amount of dust buildup near the heat vents in your home, this could be a sign that your furnace is on its last leg or needs some serious repair. As a furnace ages, its becomes more and more difficult for the system to filter the air before it is released into your home. If you think something is wrong with your furnace, call a Heatmasters technician to have your Chicago furnace repaired.

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As gross as it sounds, its very important to remove any bird droppings or feathers that have fallen into your outdoor HVAC units. Not only can they increase the likelihood of mechanical errors in your systems but they can carry harmful bacteria that often cause illness in building occupants. Bird fecal and feathers usually contain microorganisms such as Salmonella, so when blown through the ducts and vents into your home, can initiate significant health problems. These droppings can also clog the fresh air intake and evaporator coils within the heating and cooling system, and decrease the airflow from the fan.

The last thing you want is to be breathing in dirty, germ-filled air. To prevent these health risks from impacting you and your home, an HVAC professional should check the areas in and around the unit or system for bird nests and droppings on a regular basis. If a nest, droppings, or feathers are spotted, the nest should first be moved while the birds are away. Then, any other remains and debris should also be removed, but be sure your HVAC technician is wearing gloves or other protective gear to avoid touching any harmful microbes and germs. Next, the ducts and cooling coils should be given a thorough environmental cleaning. This will kill any bacteria or microorganisms that the birds may have left behind and will help to eliminate any clogs in the system. Your unit should then be back in business to keep you cool and ensure your system is working properly.

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Many people try to use their A/C as little as possible to keep their utility bills low, but when the summer heat becomes too hot to handle, it is almost impossible not to turn on your air conditioning. Here are a few strategies to help you save both money and energy even when its one of those days where the A/C is a must.

Service Your Unit

Basic HVAC maintenance is the best way to ensure your air conditioning unit is always performing its best. If it is working properly, your unit won’t need to use unnecessary energy to keep it going and will thus keep your energy bill down.

Check Your Ducts and Vents

Make sure that your air ducts are properly insulated so you aren’t losing any cool air as it travels through the parts of your home that don’t use the A/C. In addition, be sure that all of your vents are open and your furniture is arranged in a way that doesn’t block the airflow that is coming out of the vents.

Turn Off The Lights and Close The Blinds

Turning off lights when you don’t need them can help to reduce the heat in your home, as well as closing the blinds when you leave a room. This will eliminate any extra heat that your air conditioning system has to compete with, and will allow you to cool your home faster and more efficiently.

Try 78 Degrees

The closer your indoor temperature is to the outside temperature, the less strain put on your air conditioner to try to keep your home cool. 78 degrees is a good point to set your A/C so it doesn’t have to compete with the outside heat and can run at optimal performance. When the air is on, 78 degrees is cooler than you think!

Use A Fan

A fan can act as extra help for an air conditioner to keep a room cool. Fans circulate the cool air that comes out of the vents much faster so not us much air needs to be pumped into that room.

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