DuAll Heating & Cooling Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Naperville’

What to Do About an AC Water Leak?

Monday, July 9th, 2018

AC-technicianWhen you open up a cabinet under your kitchen or bathroom sink and you find a puddle of water under there, you probably aren’t going to be all that shocked. Annoyed, sure, but not shocked. After all, your sink drains through the pipe under there, and a leak is not necessarily that surprising. What about if you walk past your indoor air conditioning unit and find that there is a pool of water surrounding it, though? That’s odd, isn’t it?

Well, it may be a bit odd, but it actually is not all that uncommon. It is also not necessarily indicative of a very serious problem with your air conditioner—though, as is always the case with air conditioning issues, it could be a serious problem. All of this does beg the question of where this water is actually coming from, of course. As you may know, your air conditioner does not use water in its operation. It doesn’t store water in a reservoir. It doesn’t have a water supply line. So let’s examine this issue closer.

Continue Reading

Don’t Leave a Dirty Air Filter in Your AC

Monday, May 14th, 2018

man-with-filterIf you have visited this blog before, then you have likely seen us talking about just how important it is to schedule routine maintenance for your air conditioning system. If not, let us summarize—you need to schedule routine maintenance for your air conditioning system! That being said, while professional annual maintenance is a must, there is actually one very important maintenance task that you can and should handle on your own. That is changing your air filter.

We know that it may sound inconsequential, but trust us when we say that changing your air filter regularly is literally one of the best and most important things that you can do for your home cooling system. In today’s post, we are going to explore just why this is a little bit further. So read on, and let a member of our team know if you have any questions regarding how to change your air filter or which filter to use.

Continue Reading

Why HVAC Maintenance Is So Necessary Air Conditioning

Monday, April 2nd, 2018

AC-topviewApril is upon us, and you know what that means–we are going to making the switch over to our air conditioning systems before long. It is a jump that a lot of homeowners are eager to make. Especially considering how late winter can seem to run, and how unpredictable the weather in spring can be. Before you really put your air conditioner back to work for the season, we want to take this opportunity to remind you of just how important it is to schedule annual HVAC maintenance.

The Naperville, IL HVAC professionals on our team were hopefully at your home before winter started, because you need to have both your heater and your AC tuned up annually. While certain HVAC systems may share some components between the heating and cooling setups, it is nonetheless very important that each system is individually tuned up each year. If you skip even one tune-up for your AC (or heater), then you are simply inviting easy-to-avoid problems into your life.

Continue Reading

What Happens During Heating Maintenance?

Monday, February 19th, 2018

furnace-technicianLiving in Illinois means dealing with some seriously cold temperatures over the course of the heating season. If you really want your heater to rise to the occasion and to keep you and your family comfortable, then it is vital that you schedule routine heating maintenance with a professional HVAC contractor in Naperville, IL. This is a much more involved process than some homeowners may realize, and your heating tune-up is really not the type of job that you can handle on your own.

Sure, there are some very basic heating maintenance tasks that you can and should take care of yourself. These include replacing your air filter as needed, as well as keeping the area surrounding your furnace, boiler, or heat pump’s outdoor unit clean and clear of debris/clutter. That is really just the tip of the iceberg, though. A much more thorough tune-up must be completed by a qualified technician if your heater is to continue operating at peak performance and efficiency levels.

Continue Reading

Why Hire a Pro for HVAC Repairs?

Monday, February 5th, 2018

comfortable-womanWe totally understand and very much appreciate the DIY work ethic that so many homeowners in our area possess. What we respect even more, however, is the responsibility that these homeowners exhibit when they acknowledge that a particular job is simply too far out of their wheelhouse to handle on their own. Certain scenarios are going to require professional expertise, and this is definitely the case when it comes to HVAC repairs. If your system is struggling or has broken down entirely, you need to hire a professional HVAC contractor in Naperville, IL.

In today’s post, we are going to take a look at some of the reasons why this is the case. The fact that you are reading this right now means that you, like most people these days, are an internet user. You undoubtedly know about all of the different DIY and instructional videos that are available on various websites. That type of cursory knowledge and instruction is no replacement for the years of training and hands-on experience that our technicians possess, though.

Continue Reading

Don’t Let Dirty Coils Damage Your AC

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

AC-coilIf you take a look at the upcoming weather forecast, you will notice that there are not many warm days ahead of us. That does not mean, however, that you should ignore any signs of trouble with your air conditioning system, even this late in the game. Sure, we’re going to be turning to our heaters rather than our ACs before long, but you never know when you’ll need to cool down a bit on a random hot day.

Even if you do not run into an issue before the start of the heating season this year, we recommend that you file the following information away for cooling seasons to come. While many homeowners may not be particularly familiar with their air conditioner coils, these components play a vital role in the cooling of one’s home. Don’t let dirty coils impede your air conditioning in Naperville, IL. Read on to learn about how big of a problem dirty coils can really be.

Continue Reading

Why You Should Schedule a Wireless Thermostat Installation

Friday, 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.

 

Continue Reading

How Zoning Your HVAC System Saves You Money

Friday, 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.

Continue Reading

How a Maintenance Plan Can Save You Money

Thursday, 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!

Continue Reading

What Types of Contaminants Can Hurt Your Indoor Air Quality?

Monday, November 17th, 2014

Many homeowners may think that the air quality in their homes is significantly better than outside. A house is sheltered, after all, and circulates its own air rather than taking it from outside. What may surprise them, then is the revelation that indoor air quality can actually be quite poor. There are a number of common indoor air contaminants that can provoke allergies, make you sick, and even prove fatal. Here is a list of the most common contaminants.

Animal/Insect Dander

If you have a cat or dog, you know about the absurd ability they have of shedding large amounts of hair all over the place. Along with hair, they also shed dander, which is comprised of groups of skin cells similar to dandruff. Dander causes strong allergic reactions in some people, and is actually the source of cat and dog allergies. This problem can be made worse by forced air heaters and air conditioners, which serve to propel the dander throughout the house.

Just like common house pets, insects shed dander as well. Insect dander is often small bits of exoskeleton, and provokes a similar allergic response when inhaled. Unlike pets, these insects often lurk in the ducts themselves, giving their dander a much wider reach when the A/C or heating is turned on.

Bacteria/Viruses

Bacteria and viruses are also quite common airborne contaminants within a home. These microscopic organisms can survive and thrive in all sorts of unlikely places, including the ductwork of your home. Their most common form of entry, however, is often on or in a person that has been outside. When that person coughs or sneezes, the germs are scattered into the air and are able to infect others.

So, what are you supposed to do about these contaminants? Well, there are a number of air filters and purifiers on the market that are designed to remove these contaminants from the air. We recommend using one or more of them to improve the air quality in your home.

If you need to install an air purifier in your home, call DuAll Heating & Cooling. Our experts provide indoor air quality services throughout Naperville.

Continue Reading