January 26, 2019

How the Winter Months Affect Your Home’s Indoor Air Quality

If you’re like most people, you spend more time inside your home during the winter months of the year. Spending more time inside means that the indoor air quality in your home makes a big impact on how you feel. Our technicians at can explain how the wintertime affects indoor air quality and what you can do in order to improve it. Germs Viruses, bacteria, and parasites are known to spread widely during the winter months of the year. Sicknesses such as the common cold and influenza are spread by viruses while strep throat and ear infections often result from bacteria. Using a quality air filter in your furnace or heat pump could reduce the spread of many germs. The filters capture particles as small as many of the viruses that cause wintertime illnesses. Dryness In places like Chicago, the indoor air in the wintertime tends to be dry. The dry air can be irritating to your lungs, especially if you have a breathing disorder. Dryness in your nasal passages also increases your risk of getting sick. The dry air can also make your skin itchy and flaky. Homes with electric heat are more prone to dry indoor air. A...

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January 5, 2019

Be on the Alert for Furnace Warning Signs

Sometimes, a furnace breaks down without any warning. Were there really no warnings, though? Often, a homeowner is unaware of common warning signs that a furnace is about to falter. Knowing how to recognize those warning signs may help you know when to place a call to an HVAC service. Clicking and Flicking Sounds A heating system should operate efficiently. When the temperature falls below your desired comfort level, adjust the temperature setting. The furnace should kick on without any problems. When you hear clicking sounds before the furnace fires up, this is not a good sign. Don’t make the mistake of assuming that since the furnace eventually turns on that the clicking and delays mean nothing. They are warning signs. For one, there could be an electrical problem hampering the furnace’s operations. A fuse may be bad, or a wire could be damaged. In some instances, the furnace just needs a good cleaning. No matter the reason, the unit might soon die on you. Get it checked out. The Furnace Doesn’t Perform Efficiently Let’s say that you run the furnace day and night, but the temperature isn’t as comfortable as you would like. Furthermore, your heating bills seem awfully...

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December 18, 2018

How to Save Money on Heating Bills this Winter

As the cool winter months arrive, heating and gas bills often increase depending on your home’s insulation and the condition of your current furnace. Knowing how to save money on heating bills this winter is a way to reduce energy waste while staying comfortable even in the coldest nights of the year. Wear Weather-Appropriate Clothing and Accessories Bundling up in the winter is one way to reduce your monthly heating bill. Wear socks, long sleeves, and layers to avoid feeling chilled and uncomfortable when moderate and cooler temperatures begin to arrive. Keep slippers, robes, and other warm accessories nearby for chilly evenings to avoid overusing your thermostat and furnace. Use Fans Fans help to circulate both warm and cool air throughout homes, regardless of the time of year. Use your home’s ceiling fans to ensure the warm air coming through your vents is properly circulated. Only Heat Rooms You Use Frequently Only heat the rooms you and your family use most in your home. Close and block off additional vents in rooms that you do not spend time in. Only heating rooms you frequent most is a way to minimize the amount of energy required to keep your home warm...

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November 29, 2018

Can Heating Systems be Recycled?

Everybody shares an obligation to care for the earth. We should see it as doing our part for a greener tomorrow, or simply being environmentally responsible people. While out recycling efforts take a lot of time and effort, we shouldn’t be discouraged. We should make it our goal to try and recycle every item that exists in our world, including heating systems. Recycling is Responsible Plastic, glass, aluminum, and paper are hardly the only items we can recycle. Large appliances such as HVAC units must also be recycled responsibly, mostly because they contain chemical refrigerants capable of causing a lot of harm to mother earth if disposed of irresponsibly. So, can heating systems be recycled? The answer is yes, but as stated earlier, it takes a lot of time and effort. Recycling Options There are several options when it comes to recycling your heating system responsibly. Some of the options may require a fee, most a reasonable amount. Some of the most common options include bounty programs, landfill recycling, and taking the heating system to a recycling facility. Bounty programs are where a utility company buys back the heating system or any other appliance that you are looking to get...

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November 19, 2018

Importance of 24/7 Emergency Furnace Repair

During the cold winter months, a furnace break down can be a serious event. There are clear health concerns not just for elderly people or young children, but even a healthy and active person can suffer from cold weather. Ideally, you can pack a bag and get to a friend or family member’s house to spend the day or night as needed until repairs can be completed, but that isn’t a reason to postpone getting furnace repair. What Can Happen when Your Furnace Stops Working You and your family’s health is the most immediate and important concern, but there are more problems than lack of heat can cause. You can expect your home to stay above freezing for a little while, but if the problem is not addressed immediately you risk a freezing pipe which bursts, which in turn leads to even more expensive water damage repairs. There are still other items in your house which can be damaged by freezing, particularly anything liquid such as paints or canned goods, and of course any plants you may keep. Furnace Replacement Experts We are available at Service Plus Heating and Air Conditioning 24/7 to take care of any emergency needs as...

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April 20, 2016

What to Look for In An Air Conditioning Company

For most of us, a house represents the largest financial investment we’ll ever make. That means finding a company to handle your AC needs is of utmost importance, as well. The company you pick will be your partner in choosing and maintaining your home’s HVAC unit, which has consequences you might not have thought about. Since cooling and heating can account for almost half of a typical homeowner’s energy costs, making the right decision can have an impact on your financial well-being, in addition to the comfort of you and your family. For years, people in have trusted for their HVAC needs. We’ve assembled a list of things to consider when you’re looking for a company to trust with your air conditioning needs. It pays to seek out a firm with that gets consistently good reviews. Do you homework and see what the Better Business Bureau has to say, and check for consumer reviews on Yelp and other sites that post real-life feedback on local companies. An HVAC company should hire technicians who are certified by North American Technician Excellence. A NATE certification signifies a firm believes in hiring employees who are knowledgeable and know their stuff. Ask friends, neighbors...

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April 20, 2016

Should I Continue Repairing My AC Unit?

We have a lot of customers ask us if they should continue repairing their air conditioners, or if they should just go ahead and replace them. We tell them to consider the following factors: How old is your unit? After a unit has been in use for 10-15 years, it’s time to replace. By this age, parts start to break down and air quality is compromised. How often are you repairing your AC unit? If you’re repairing your air conditioner often, it could mean the unit needs to be replaced. Think about how much money you’ve spent on repairs and what portion of the cost of a new system that could cover. How efficient is your system? Older systems have poor energy efficiency ratings, and you could notice a big difference with a new, efficient system. How much are you spending to cool your home? The more efficient a system, the less you’ll spend on energy bills. Whether you’ve decided to continue with AC repair in or to go ahead and schedule the installation of a new, energy efficient system, we have you covered. Our knowledgeable techs will provide you with the services you need to have cool and comfortable...

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