1. Most Common Furnace Issues

    Is there are a word more brutal than brutal? If so, that’s the word you’d use to describe winter in Chicago. With January and February temperatures diving below zero, and that Windy City wind chill making things even colder (down to -20 degrees in some cases), staying warm in winter is incredibly important throughout Chicago and the surrounding areas.

    But if your heating system or furnace isn’t working properly, you’re going to spend more on heating than you’d like, you’ll put your system at risk for damage, and you won’t have that warm and comfortable air that keeps your boogers from turning into icicles. That’s cold.

    So what problems are most likely to happen to your furnace during the wintertime? What should you look out for in order to avoid heating issues in your home? In this blog, the Chicago HVAC specialists at Aircor will discuss the most common issues that arise with furnaces and heating systems. Be sure to call your heater repair team at Aircor if you encounter any of these problems throughout the chilliest months of the year!

    Wear & Tear

    Furnaces are made of plenty of mechanical components like belts, bearings, and fans—and if any of these pieces break down or malfunction, your system is going to experience overheating, no heat, or intermittent heat. That’s just the way it goes—parts of machinery will break down over time after heavy use, and you’ll need for them to be replaced. If your system breaks down due to wear and tear, get in touch with your local heater repair team for a quick fix.

    Dirty or Clogged Filters

    Replacing your filter(s) is one of the most important things you can do to keep your furnace healthy and your indoor air clean—you should ideally replace filters once a month, or once every two months in seasons where you don’t use your furnace as much. But if you wait longer than that, you’re putting your heating system at risk for damage, and you’re compromising the quality of your indoor air. Keep some spare filters on hand so you can always change them on time, and have the heater maintenance guys in your neighborhood clean your system so it runs smoothly and produces clean and comfortable air.

    Pilot or Ignition Control Problems

    Pilot and ignition control systems are the two most common systems in furnaces and HVAC units today—and if they aren’t working properly, there’s a chance you end up with no heat at all. Unfortunately, the components have a higher likelihood of malfunctioning than most parts of heating units. Whenever you turn on your thermostat to request heat, these components are supposed to kick into motion—but if they don’t, you’ll need to give your local furnace repair team a shout.

    Thermostat Malfunction

    A faulty thermostat can cause a wide variety of problems for your heating system—it can create heating malfunctions that can lead to the constant stream of heat, intermittent heat, or no heat at all, and it can stop your fan from functioning, which means you’ll be producing heat without a fan to direct that heat through your home. If you think you might have a thermostat malfunction, you’ll need to call the HVAC repair professionals to sort things out.

    Lack of Maintenance

    You could spend thousands of dollars on the latest and greatest furnace or heating system—but it won’t mean a darn thing if you don’t keep it properly maintained. Deciding to ignore routine maintenance for your furnace has its consequences—it can make your furnace work harder to produce heat, which can spike your energy bill, it can diminish the indoor air quality of your home, and it can even cause costly damage to your heating system, which will be much more expensive than routine maintenance. If you’re going to keep your furnace and energy bill in good shape, you need the best in HVAC maintenance professionals—and that’s where Aircor can help. Our experienced HVAC team offers heating installation, maintenance, and repair services throughout Chicago—so no matter what issues you have with your heating system, you’ll stay warm throughout the brutal Chicago winter. Don’t wait until the brutally cold weather sets in—schedule an appointment with Aircor today!

  2. Ways to Save on Energy Costs

    header-1Aircor is your Chicago HVAC expert, dedicated to providing you with everything you need for your home to be energy efficient and comfortable. While we specialize in HVAC, air conditioning, and heating systems, we also want to give you the tools and advice you need to maintain your HVAC system and your home.

    With that said, welcome to the Aircor blog! We’ll be using this blog to give you key insights that will keep your home running smoothly, even when one of our dedicated experts isn’t around. Before we dive into more complex topics, let’s start with some of the basic household tricks that can help you save money on your energy bill.

    Seal Door Gaps

    If you can see daylight from under your front door, then heat (and money) are literally slipping through the cracks. It may be time for you to purchase new weatherstripping, or to adjust the threshold beneath your door by adjusting the screw that hold it in place. Whatever method you choose, make sure the bottom of your door is flush with your threshold, but don’t make it too tight of a fit. If the weatherstripping makes closing your door a chore, you’re shortening the life of your weatherstripping.

    Let the Sun Do Its Work

    Even on a chilly day, sunlight that hits south-facing windows can generate a lot of heat in your home. Use this to your advantage by opening your drapes and blinds, and turning down your thermostat just a little. You’ll save on your energy bill, and your home will feel bright, airy, and comfortable.

    Seal Interior and Exterior Gaps

    Pipes and cables that enter your home from the outside are often poorly sealed at the threshold, leaving open space where bugs, rodents, and outside air can sneak in. Use some expanding foam to permanently seal up these areas, and prevent vermin and high energy costs from taking over your home.

    Install Switch Plate Gaskets

    Light switch and outlet plates are an often-overlooked cause of air leakage in the home, as drafts can allow cold air to slip in through the tiny space between the plate and the wall. Luckily, most hardware stores sell outlet and light switch plate foam gaskets that eliminate air leakage to keep your home airtight.

    Turn Your Thermostat Down When You’re Not Home

    While it’s nice to come home to a perfectly temperature-controlled home, there’s really no reason to spend money heating or cooling your home when nobody is around to enjoy it. Set your thermostat closer to the outside temperature than you normally would, or turn it off during mild weather, and you can save up to 10 percent on your energy bill throughout the year.

    Install an Energy Efficient HVAC System

    Installing an energy efficient HVAC system with a programmable thermostat is the most effective way to sip on energy, and in turn, save loads of money. That’s where Aircor can help. We have certified experts who can help you choose the right HVAC system for your home and your budget, and make sure that your HVAC system is running smoothly all year, every year. Contact us, and enter the world of home comfort and energy savings today!

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