Why You Should Schedule a Wireless Thermostat Installation

March 20th, 2015

Of all the various devices and components within your HVAC system, the thermostat is certainly the one with which you have the most direct interaction. It is, after all, the thermostat which allows you to communicate with your heating and air conditioning system, regulating its operation and the temperature that your system maintains throughout your home. Considering how much interaction you have with your thermostat, as well as how important this small device is to your overall comfort, it only makes sense to invest in the thermostat which best suits your personal preferences and usage habits. For many homeowners, the wireless thermostat fits the bill perfectly. Here are a few tips from DuAll Heating & Cooling which will help you to determine if a wireless thermostat installation in Naperville is right for your home.

Wireless thermostats can actually cover a lot of ground in terms of options and features. In their most basic form, a wireless thermostat allows you to control your HVAC system without getting up in order to adjust the thermostat. This is due to the fact that the wireless thermostat is free to roam the house with you. The thermostat itself is not connected to the wall, though generally most models will allow you to hang it there for convenience. It is easily detachable in such cases, though, allowing you to place your thermostat anywhere in your home for easy access. This if of great benefit to homeowners and their comfort. How many times, for instance, has a cool off in temperature left you stumbling to the thermostat to turn up the heater at night? Now, provided that you leave your wireless thermostat by the bedside, you can simply adjust the temperature from where you lie.

While these basic digital models are a great starting point, it is advisable to consult with a professional wireless thermostat technician so that you know what is available in terms of more advanced features. Many thermostats now operate wirelessly via an internet connection, utilizing smart technology in order to allow you to adjust temperatures from your smartphone or other internet enabled devices. When you use such wireless thermostats to the fullest of their capabilities, it is possible to greatly cut down on energy consumption throughout the home. This allows for better comfort at a better price.

We will help you to find the right make and model for your unique sensibilities and preferences. Live more comfortably without draining your budget by regulating temperatures wirelessly in your home.

Give DuAll Heating & Cooling a call today if you think that a wireless thermostat installation in Naperville sounds like a good fit for your home and heating and cooling needs.

 

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March 17th, 2015

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Why is an ERV Installation in this Area Advisable?

March 13th, 2015

If you are interested in heating and cooling your home efficiently without sacrificing your comfort, as well as in maintaining great indoor air quality in your home, then give the professional technicians here at DuAll Heating & Cooling a call today. We have the systems and services that you need to achieve these seemingly lofty goals. With an energy recovery ventilator, you can truly have your cake and eat it too. Just remember that you must schedule your energy recovery ventilator installation in Romeoville with a qualified individual. Working with the fine technicians on our staff will ensure that this is the case. Here’s why you should consider the installation of an ERV in your home.

An energy recovery ventilator is a mechanical ventilation system, which means that you don’t have to open up the windows in your home in order to ventilate your living space sufficiently. This allows you to ventilate your house even during those times of the year when the temperature outside makes doing so an uncomfortable proposition. By using a heat exchanger in its operation, and ERV lets you precondition the fresh air entering your home through the system by passing it by the stale but comfortable air exiting. This is the same performance that you would get from a heat recovery ventilator; what sets the ERV apart is that it is also able to exchange moisture between the two air streams, allow for the balancing of humidity levels as well.

An ERV is ideal in our area, as our summer weather can be quite hot, and our winters long and harsh. This means that you will use your heating and your cooling systems pretty heavily in their respective seasons. HRVs are great for areas in colder climates, where heaters are really relied upon. However, considering the fact that our summers can get pretty intense, and that your AC system can really dry out the air in your home, it is a good idea to make use of the humidity in the warmer air entering your home.

If you have any questions regarding the use of an ERV, or if you think that the time has come for an energy recovery ventilator installation in your Romeoville home, call DuAll Heating & Cooling today.

The HVAC and IAQ professionals on our team are here to ensure that your installation is completed properly every step of the way. Schedule service with us and know that the job is done right.

How Zoning Your HVAC System Saves You Money

March 6th, 2015

Sometimes, you really do have to spend a little money in order to save money. This certainly applies to the concept of zoning one’s residential HVAC system. With the installation of a zone control system, you can save money in a few different ways. The best part of an already great deal is the fact that you can actually live in greater comfort while doing so. It may all sound a bit too good to be true. However, trust us when we tell you that this reality could easily be one that you live in. Just remember to leave your Naperville zoning services to the pros at DuAll Heating & Cooling. We install and service zone control systems of the highest quality. If boosting both the performance and efficiency levels of your HVAC system is an enticing sounding offer, ours is the number to dial.

Zoning your HVAC system allows you to heat and cool different areas of your home to different temperatures. Electronically controlled dampers are installed in your air ducts, and these dampers are wired into a control panel. Also wired into this control panel are multiple thermostats, with each individual thermostat regulating the temperature in a specific zone in your home. When you adjust these thermostats, the dampers in your zone control system will adjust themselves accordingly. This is how it is possible to maintain different temperatures in different heating and cooling zones.

Because you no longer need to heat and cool an entire house to one set temperature, you can heat and cool your home in a more considered manner. By maintaining more moderate temperatures in unused areas of your home, and adjusting those temperatures at necessary times to gradually bring them up or down to the target temperature, you can cut down on the amount of energy that you use when heating and cooling your house. Because different people are comfortable at different temperatures, you can also use your zone control system to help everyone live more comfortably than they’d otherwise be able to. This can eliminate constant fiddling with a single central thermostat, which can increase energy usage and costs in and of itself.

We can answer any questions that you may have regarding the ways in which zoned heating and cooling can benefit you. Should you decide to move forward with the installation of such a system, we will  install it with the very greatest of care.

If you are ready to schedule any HVAC zoning services in Naperville, just give DuAll Heating & Cooling a call today.

What is the Rotobrush System?

February 27th, 2015

At DuAll Heating & Cooling, we know that there are a number of ways in which your efforts to heat and cool your home can be adversely affected. The same is true of your efforts to ensure that the air filling your home is of the highest quality. That is why we not only offer outstanding duct cleaning services throughout the Bolingbrook, IL area, but also why we use top of the line equipment in order to get the job done in the finest fashion possible. Rotobrush duct cleaning is truly a cut above the rest, and we are a registered user of, and a firm believer in, this outstanding equipment. To better understand what it is that separates Rotobrush duct cleaning equipment apart from the rest, you must first understand what this equipment is capable of.

For nearly two decades, Rotobrush technology has helped indoor air quality and duct cleaning technicians to clean their clients’ ductwork in a more effective and thorough manner than ever before. Rotobrush air duct cleaning systems are designed to optimize both maneuverability and performance quality, meaning that you technician can not only get the job done in a timely manner, with minimal disruption to your home life, but that the quality of the job is never sacrificed for the speed with which it is completed. In the hands of a trained processional, such as those on our team, the Rotobrush is the perfect tool for the meticulous cleaning of the air ducts in your home.

Rather than agitate pollutants built up in the ductwork, then cleaning them up afterwards, the Rotobrush system has features both a hose and a brush which work simultaneously. Even as debris is loosened by the scrubbing brush, it is vacuumed up by the hose. This leaves no interim in which the pollutants may spread throughout your living space. The system also makes use of dual HEPA filters, able to trap pollutants as small as .3 microns with an efficiency of 99.97% (using the standard Rotobrush air duct cleaning system).

We have the answers you need to determine if you require duct cleaning in your home. Speak with a knowledgeable member of our staff, and know that your air ducts are in good hands.

If you have any further questions about the Rotobrush air duct cleaning system, just call DuAll Heating & Cooling today.

Signs that It’s Time to Service Your Boiler

February 20th, 2015

Boilers are known for the warmth and comfort they bring into a room. If you own a boiler, you likely look forward to the feeling of walking into your home on a cold, snowy evening. Unlike forced-air heating systems like furnaces and heat pumps, boilers transfer heat to the objects and people in a room, not to the air. And while these heat is generally quite reliable, no heating system lasts forever.

It’s inevitable that you’ll have to call a technician at some point. Put your faith in the heating service technicians at DuAll Heating & Cooling. We service and install boilers in Plainfield, IL.

A boiler is considered to be lower maintenance than a forced-air heating system like a furnace or heat pump. You don’t need to change any filters, and there are fewer moving parts than there are in other types of systems. In fact, you may not have to schedule repairs for many years. Delay repairs for even longer by scheduling regular maintenance and watching out for the following signs that you should call a technician ASAP.

  • Limited Heating – One of the ways you can tell that your boiler is in trouble is if you notice the heat in your home is not up to par. Even if it’s only a slight drop in temperatures, it could indicate a problem that will worsen over time and lead to a breakdown.
  • Strange Noises – Boilers are known for their quiet operation, so you are likely to notice when unusual noises occur. Strange noises could indicate trouble with the circulator pump, a mechanical part that requires lubrication, or problems with the pressure in the tank.
  • Rust – If you notice rust forming on the outside of your boiler, the problem requires immediate attention. Rust eventually leads to corrosion, and corrosion in your boiler could be disastrous. Rust may occur if condensation forms along the outside of the unit, or if water leaks onto the tank, so be sure to keep any sources of water away from the unit as much as possible.

DuAll Heating & Cooling provides comprehensive heating services in Plainfield, IL. Call one of our team of skilled professionals for maintenance, repairs, or installation today.

Valentine’s Day: Pagan Revelry, Clandestine Marriage, and 14th Century Poetry

February 14th, 2015

What do you think of when you think of Valentine’s Day? Perhaps rushing off to the stationary store after work to choose the perfect card with which to express your feelings towards a loved one? Dinner reservations at a fancy restaurant? Roses, dark chocolates, and other gifts and confections? Whatever Valentine’s Day may look like to you, chances are that it is a far cry from the history surrounding this holiday – or at least we hope so. Here are a few interesting facts about this most romantic of holidays, from your friends here at DuAll Heating & Cooling.

The fact of the matter is that there is no definitive history as to how Valentine’s Day came to be. There are a few different saints with variations of the name Valentine, for example. One of the most prevalent legends, and one certainly in keeping with the romantic nature of the holiday as we know it today, pertains to a priest serving during the 3rd century in Rome. Under the rule of Emperor Claudius II, who believed that young men made for better soldiers if unfettered by marriage, it was illegal for young men to marry. A true believer in love, Valentine would marry young couples in secret. Until, at least, he was found out, and met a very unpleasant end for his crimes.

Like many of our modern holidays, Valentine’s Day can also be traced back to pagan ritual. Lupercalia, as the pagan festival is known, was a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, a god of agriculture. As is often the case with Roman celebrations, the details of this celebration are unfit to detail here. Suffice to say that, while there is certainly a touch of the amorous in the proceedings, the festival was a far cry from what we associate with Valentine’s Day today.

How, then, did our modern version of Valentine’s Day come to be? The answer may lie in, of all places, 14th century poetry; particularly, in the writings of Geoffrey Chaucer. Famed for his Canterbury Tales, Chaucer may well be the very first writer to associate Valentine’s Day with romantic love, in the manner of which we are familiar with it today. His The Parliament of Fowls details the dream-vision of a narrator consumed with the idea of romantic love and the natural order of finding a mate. Valentine’s Day is mentioned by name a number of times, as the narrator witnesses a parliament of eagles vying for the hand – or, perhaps more aptly, the wing – of a mate.

Whatever you may think of the holiday’s sordid and convoluted history, we here at DuAll Heating & Cooling hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day with the special someone in your life.

How a Maintenance Plan Can Save You Money

February 5th, 2015

Bi-annual maintenance is good for your heating system, cooling system, water heater and plumbing systems. That may seem like a lot, but the payoff from scheduling maintenance is better energy efficiency, better comfort, prevention of repairs and a longer lifespan for your appliances and equipment. At DuAll Heating & Cooling, we believe maintenance is so important for our customers that we’ve established a full HVAC maintenance savings plan for our customers in Naperville and surrounding areas. Wondering what you’ll get when you sign up for our HVAC maintenance savings plan? Let’s take a look.

How It Works

The DuAll Heating & Cooling maintenance plan involved a one-time fee that covers two full maintenance appointments per year per system. But that’s not all the program includes. It also includes:

  • Bonus Bucks – we know better than anyone that some repairs can be costly; this is why we created Bonus Bucks! As a maintenance plan member, you’ll earn $50 each year in Bonus Bucks that can be put toward systems or system components with price points of $1,000 or more.
  • Priority service – customers enrolled in our maintenance savings program get priority service during busy times. This means that as a member, you won’t wait more than a day for service as you’ll be able to bypass non-members.
  • Discounts on parts and labor costs – members of our program automatically receive a 10% discount on all parts and labor for all repairs.
  • Reminders about service – you won’t have to worry about marking your calendar to call us for service because we do it for you.
  • Easy cancellation – you can cancel your membership for any reason or even no reason at all, and we’ll refund any monies owed to you.

The benefits of maintenance are proven, and having these kinds of extras for you and your home make joining a maintenance program a no-brainer.

Interested in seeing what our HVAC maintenance savings plan can do for your Naperville home? Call DuAll Heating & Cooling today!

Do I Need a Boiler for Radiant Heating?

January 29th, 2015

Radiant heating, particularly radiant floor heating, has become very popular with homeowners over the last several years. But what homeowners may not know is that they have a choice of how their radiant heating will work: either via electricity or hot water/steam. Electric radiant heating system do not use water and therefore do not need a boiler to operate; hydronic radiant heating, where hot water or steam flows through PEX tubing, does. So which type of radiant heating should you choose for your Plainfield home? Let’s take a look at how each works.

Electric Radiant Heating

With an electric radiant heating system, thin cables are electrified and generate heat. These cables can be set in wet cement to create a radiant slab (also known as a “wet installation”), mounted directly to subflooring or mounted to subflooring in electrically-conductive plastic matting. When the cables are electrified, they generate heat, which will radiate through the floor (or walls or ceilings) and you’re your home. While the electrical draw on your electric panel isn’t huge, you may still need to make adjustments to your home’s electric box.

Hydronic Radiant Heating

A hydronic system can be laid out in a similar way to electric radiant heating, but the system uses PEX tubing and does not have a mat option. A boiler heats the water (or creates the steam) that will flow through the tubing: hot water systems will use a circulating pump to push the water through, and steam will move under its own natural pressure. When the water or steam cools, it returns to the boiler for another heating cycle.

Which Should I Choose?

Making a choice between the two can depend on a few factors: do you already have a boiler? Which system will be most cost effective for your home? And lastly: is there one that you prefer more than another?

Working with a trained expert can help you answer these questions and ensures that your radiant heating installation in Plainfield will fit both you and your home.

Call the radiant heating experts at DuAll Heating & Cooling today and schedule an appointment to learn more about radiant heating for your home. 

How an Air Cleaner Can Improve Your Indoor Air Quality

January 22nd, 2015

As you may or may not be aware, the air in your home is saturated with all manner of microscopic particles and organisms. Many of these organisms can have an effect on your health vastly disproportionate to their own small size, provoking illness and allergy attacks when you are exposed to them. Using an air cleaner can dramatically improve the air quality in your home. Let’s take a look at the various kinds of air cleaners that can improve your indoor air quality, and how they work.

Air Filters

An air filter is basically a woven fiber mesh stretched over a frame. It is designed to collect any particulates that come into contact with it, while allowing air to flow freely through it. There are many different grades and varieties of filter, with the strongest being the HEPA filters. A HEPA filter (High Efficiency Particulate Air) is woven so tightly that it can even capture incredibly small viruses and bacteria. Most homes do not have a need great enough to warrant a HEPA filter, but it’s good to know that the option is available. The downside of air filters is that they must be cleaned on a regular basis, or they stop being effective.

UV Germicidal Lights

A lot of the viruses and bacteria that float through the air in your home are sterilized or killed by too much exposure to ultraviolet light. This is why they tend to thrive inside homes, where there is more shelter from the sun. A UV germicidal light exploits this vulnerability by projecting ultraviolet light in the area around itself. Any germs that pass through the air cleaner are killed or sterilized, rendering them unable to affect any human exposed to them.

UV germicidal lights are a great choice for those who are especially vulnerable to illness. However, they don’t have any way to remove non-biological pollutants like dust and pollen from the air. For this reason, they should not be considered a complete solution to the problem as much as a good contributor to better air quality.

If you’d like to know more, call DuAll Heating & Cooling. We provide air cleaners throughout the Bolingbrook area.