What Makes a Heat Pump an Energy-Efficient Heating Option?

October 20, 2020

Cooler temperatures have arrived in Lincoln, IL, and cold winter weather will soon be here. That’s why now is the time to consider a new heating system. Heat pumps offer a high level of energy efficiency, and they’re especially cost-effective in moderate climates like Lincoln’s. Read on to learn about why heat pumps are more efficient than other types of heating systems. Transfer Heat Energy Heat pumps don’t create heat. They move it. Less energy is needed to move heat than to create it, and is why heat pumps are more efficient than other types of

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Should You Cover Your Air Conditioner After Summer?

September 20, 2020

Most years, you will tend to use your air conditioner the most during the late spring and summer months. In the fall and winter seasons, it is often too cold to run your air conditioner on a regular basis. Let’s look at some of the reasons why you may want to cover a condenser unit when it is not being used. Protect the Condenser Unit From Moisture Damage The fall, winter and early spring seasons can feature a significant amount of precipitation. Whether moisture falls from the sky in the form of rain or

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How To Effectively Set Your Thermostat For A Multi-Story Home

August 10, 2020

If you have a multi-story home, you’re likely all too familiar with the idea of hot air rising. Fortunately, there are some things you can do with your thermostat to address this temperature differential and keep everyone comfortable, day or night. Multi-Zone Climate Control Some houses have more than one heating/cooling zone. This gives you greater control over each section of your home, and it can end up saving you money. Instead of keeping both thermostats at the same temperature, you can be smart and strategic. In the summer, you can set your upstairs

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Can Air Conditioning Cause Sinus Problems?

July 15, 2020

Air conditioning is an important luxury for many households. However, there are often questions of whether it can have adverse effects as well. Let’s take a close look at whether air conditioning can cause sinus problems. Preexisting Conditions It’s important to remember that people with preexisting conditions are more susceptible to sinus problems. If you have a history of asthma or allergies, there is a chance that AC ventilation will provoke these conditions further. You might not want to breathe the air in directly. However, note that air conditioners do not create these problems out of

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How to Reduce the Indoor Dust at Home

June 8, 2020

Dust is an all-too-common issue in homes, even if you clean your house on a regular basis. Finding ways to reduce the amount of dust in your house creates a much more relaxing indoor environment and can help lessen various health issues. Following a few simple tips can play a key role in reducing the amount of dust throughout your home. 1. Reduce Clutter One of the first steps in decreasing dust in your home is to decrease the amount of clutter on your floor. For example, piles of clothing or books can quickly accumulate dust

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How Do I Know When To Replace My Thermostat?

May 13, 2020

On average, a thermostat lasts 10 years. When it begins to malfunction, you may experience problems like short cycling and inadequate warming or cooling of the home. The heater or AC might not even turn on at all if the thermostat is broken. Other signs your thermostat needs replaced are when it stops making clicking sounds and when it loses your programmed settings. No Clicking Sounds If your thermostat normally makes small clicking sounds when the heating or cooling system turns on, you know something is up if it no longer clicks. This is

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Five Air Conditioner Maintenance Tips

April 15, 2020

Air conditioning maintenance is an extensive process and should be left to a professional. However, in between those annual visits, you could, and should, still take on a few maintenance tasks yourself. The following are five of the most important tasks. 1. Replace the Air Filter Any AC technician will tell you that this is not just an annual project. Let’s say your home has pleated air filters; even the most high-end pleated filters need replacing after several months. The average pleated filter lasts 60 to 90 days. You may need to replace it sooner based

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