Furnaces Articles

Why Is My Thermostat Blank?

February 11, 2019
Blank thermostat.

It’s an “Oh no!” moment when you approach your home’s thermostat and see its screen is blank. Is it serious? Does it mean your furnace, heat pump, or air conditioning is broken? Not necessarily. In fact, most of the time, it’s something minor and can be easily fixed. Here are some of the most frequent…

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My Furnace is Making Noise

December 19, 2018
Couple in bed covering their ears with their pilows.

Furnaces are meant to make noise because well, they’re not perfect. Once we’ve perfected it well let you know, but until then we think you should a few danger noises your furnace may make. It’s important to know if you hear unusually loud noises coming from your furnace to shut it down immediately. Help is…

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Heat Exchangers Decoded

November 30, 2018
Heat exchanger.

What is a Heat Exchanger? The heat exchanger is a series of sealed chambers in your furnace that separates the combustion process from your breathing air. The combustion process begins at your burners and ends where your exhaust is vented from your home (either your chimney or PVC venting). The air is heated as it…

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Furnace Repair Vs. Replace

November 27, 2018
Repair or replace?

There are few simple things to take into consideration when thinking about a new furnace. How Old Is Your Furnace? According to the Department of Energy the average lifespan of a furnace is 15 to 20 years. As your furnace approaches this age range you should start to watch for warning signs your furnace may…

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5 Reasons to Schedule Fall Furnace Maintenance

October 8, 2018
Coffee and blanket.

Once the cooler weather hits here in West Chicago, IL, this fall, you are going to want the inside of your home toasty and comfortable. This means turning on your furnace. Long before the first night you’ll want it, you should have your furnaced cleaned and checked by a professional from Chris Mechanical. You may…

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Humidifiers In The Fall

September 27, 2018
Bryant humidifer.

In Chicago, evidence of fall’s presence is obvious as the leaves on trees begin to turn over, but many will notice fall from the sudden drop in humidity. We can all agree fall brings cooler weather, and dry brittle air.  Cooler air simply can’t hold as much moisture as warm air, which results in the…

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5 Furnace Myths

September 10, 2018
5 Fall HVAC Myths.

Myth 1 My house will heat up faster if I set my thermostat to the highest setting. Fact It doesn’t matter if you set your thermostat up 2 or 10 degrees, your single stage furnace is going to heat at the same rate. Setting your thermostat 10 degrees up will only leave you with higher…

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Why Is Indoor Air Quality Important?

September 1, 2018
Family sitting on floor reading a book.

Indoor air quality (IAQ) often goes unthought of in most people’s home and businesses, but if left neglected IAQ can have detrimental health effects. Recently the EPA found people spend an average of 90% of their time indoors with air quality 2-5 times more polluted than outside air. For most, this may come as a…

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