DuAll Heating & Cooling Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Romeoville’

The High Cost of Delaying AC Repairs

Monday, August 6th, 2018

woman-with-fanLook, we get it. We’re not about to dive into the complexity of human nature or anything, but the fact is that, sometimes, when faced with a problem, the easiest solution is just to ignore it. Of course, it usually does not take that long to realize that this is not a solution at all. This is definitely the case when it comes to trouble with your air conditioning system. Fact is, those problems are only going to get worse.

Does that mean that you should freak out every time your AC makes an odd sound or seems to be leaving a warm spot in your home? Of course not. Does it mean that you should take prompt action to get our skilled HVAC contractors in Romeoville on the case right away? You betcha. There is simply no situation in which putting off any necessary AC repairs is going to benefit you in any way. Swift repairs are best.

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You Need to Work with a Professional HVAC Contractor

Monday, June 11th, 2018

AC-manifoldThis is something that the most ardent of DIY enthusiasts among us may not really want to hear, but the fact of the matter is that certain jobs around the house do demand the skill and expertise that only trained professionals in the field can handle. This is most certainly the case when it comes to HVAC systems and the services that they demand. When you need an AC or heater installed, repaired, or tuned up, you need to turn to a professional HVAC contractor in Romeoville, IL.

Does this mean that there’s nothing you can do at all for your own HVAC systems? No, of course not. It does mean that you have to be aware of your own limitations and recognize what certain situations call for, though. There are basic maintenance and troubleshooting steps that you can take. When the situation is beyond this basic level, however, that’s the time to call in the pros!

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Is This the Year I Replace My Air Conditioner?

Monday, March 19th, 2018

woman-with-electric-fanOkay, maybe that’s not the most dramatic internal thought that you’ve ever had—in fact, we kind of hope that it isn’t. It is one that you should start thinking about pretty seriously if you are considering a new air conditioner for the coming cooling season, though. Why is that? Because you don’t really want to be waiting for the cooling season to get underway before you decide to move forward with your air conditioning replacement.

Doing that leaves you open to a period of discomfort as you wait for your new system to be installed. It also means that you’ll be scheduling your installation/replacement for precisely the time of year when our AC technicians are at their busiest. It’s a big decision to make, but we’re happy to help you make it with well-earned confidence. So without further ado, here are some factors to consider regarding your upcoming air conditioning replacement in Romeoville, IL.

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How a Dirty Filter Affects Your Furnace

Monday, January 8th, 2018

air-filter-close-upWith the winter weather getting as harsh as it does here in Illinois, it should come as no surprise to hear us suggest that you do everything possible to ensure the successful operation of your furnace. Investing in a great furnace, scheduling routine furnace maintenance, and handling furnace repairs in Romeoville, IL promptly will help to ensure that this is the case. There is one other step that too many homeowners overlook, though, and that is changing the air filter.

Now, you’re probably wondering why your furnace technician doesn’t just change your air filter during your scheduled tune-up. The answer is that he or she does. However,  it needs to happen more frequently than once a year. Much more frequently, in fact. Typically, your furnace’s air filter is going to need to be changed once every 1-3 months. Failure to do so can have a number of different negative effects. Read on to learn more about how a dirty air filter can negatively affect you.

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Why Is an ERV Installation in This Area Advisable?

Friday, 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.

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Which Needs More Repairs: Furnaces or Boilers?

Monday, October 6th, 2014

If you are purchasing a new heating unit, you may be most concerned about the initial cost of installation. However, there are often more important considerations to take into account that may help you save money over time, such as energy efficiency and repair costs. Saving money over time with your system is important, and a professional can help you choose the most efficient system which could eventually compensate for the initial price. But how can you predict how much money your unit will cost in repairs throughout the life of the system?

For the most part, there’s no way to tell how much heating repair your unit will need over time. With proper care and maintenance, a heating system may need very few repairs in its lifespan. However, there are a few differences between the types of repairs you will need for a furnace or boiler, two of the most common heating systems available. But which requires the most repairs: a furnace or a boiler?

How much heating repair your unit will need depends on a variety of factors. First, you can prevent repairs by scheduling proper maintenance. With maintenance, a technician inspects your system, cleans components, and makes some adjustments to keep it working as it should. Second, some heating systems will need more repair if they are sized or installed improperly. Incorrect installation is an unfortunate reason for heating repair, which is why it’s important to choose qualified technicians for the job.

In general, however, a unit with more mechanical parts may be more likely to run into trouble. Boilers use water to transfer heat to your home, while furnaces distribute warm air through the ductwork. Furnaces use a lot of power to move fans and other mechanical parts, which means they may be more be likely to break down than boilers, which instead radiate heat throughout the home.

However, only a heating technician can help you choose the right system for your home.

If you need furnace or boiler installation, or if you run into the need for heating repair in Romeoville, call DuAll Heating & Cooling today!

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How UV Germicidal Lights Help Protect Indoor Air Quality

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Your indoor comfort isn’t just about temperature; it’s also about the quality of your indoor air. There are a lot of factors to consider when it comes to indoor air quality, like humidity levels, the presence of allergens, odors and the possibility of biological pollutants like bacteria, viruses, mold, mildew and fungus. Removing all these different particles from your indoor air can require the pairing of different air cleaners, but if you seek not just to remove, but eradicate, biological pollutants, you’ll want to consider the installation of UV germicidal lighting in Romeoville.

What Are UV Germicidal Lights?

UV germicidal lights are lamps that can be installed directly into your system. They are typically placed over the evaporator coils and/or in the ductwork of your system; this is because biological growths like mold, mildew, algae and fungi thrive in cool, moist, dark places. UV lights operate at the same cost as regular home lighting, and installation is simple and straightforward.

How Do UV Lights Work?

UV lights radiate UV-C light rays. These UV-C light rays destroy the DNA in biological particles, preventing them from reproducing, as well as interfering with life-sustaining proteins they need to live. By destroying these cells at their core, UV germicidal lights eradicate biological pollutants. UV germicidal lights are the only air cleaner available that can destroy biological contaminants.

UV Lights Do Not Filter

One important item to note about UV germicidal lighting is that, unlike a mechanical filter, it does not filter anything. This means UV germicidal lighting does not capture dust or other particles, nor can it attract air to be purified; biological particles have to float to the space where the lighting is installed. This is why it’s important to consider the installation of a mechanical or electronic air filter when installing UV lighting.

UV germicidal lighting in Romeoville offers a safe and effective way to help make your home healthier. It is important to hire professionals for your UV light installation because if the lights are not installed correctly, they may not operate as needed.

If you are concerned about biological pollutants in your home, call DuAll Heating & Cooling today and schedule an appointment with one of our installation experts.

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When Should I Schedule Duct Cleaning?

Monday, July 14th, 2014

*DuAll Heating & Cooling no longer offers duct cleaning services. Take a look at our other indoor air quality services to find the best solution for your needs.

Having professional cleaning for your ducts is an essential service for maintaining an efficient air conditioner and forced-air heater and to protect the quality of the air in your home. Duct cleaning experts use high-level tools such as enormous power vacuums and agitation equipment to remove buildup of dirt, dust, pollen, lint, and other contaminants that will place heavy resistance on airflow and which can end up pushed out into your air.

A question we often hear from customers is, “When should I arrange to have duct cleaning done?” It’s a good question, and one that isn’t simple to answer, since there are a variety of times when it’s good to schedule it and a number of signs to watch for.

More than two years have passed since you last had cleaning done

…or if you’ve never scheduled cleaning before. Although not all ventilation systems will need cleaning on the same regular basis, two years is a good general rule of thumb for how often you should schedule cleaning. Your cleaners will be able to tell you if you should adjust the frequency up or down.

A visual inspection reveals serious clogging in the ducts

You should make an occasional visual check on the inside of your ductwork. Here is how to do it: Remove one of the covers from a vent, then reach down inside with a digital camera and take a flash photo of the interior that is normally out of your sight. If the image captured shows you a tangle of dust and lint that looks like a clogged intake filter, then you definitely need to schedule cleaning.

An increase in health problems from airborne contaminants

If you have people with asthma and allergies living in your home, any increase in their symptoms should prompt a visual check (see above) and then scheduling duct cleaning. You may also notice allergy and asthma symptoms in other people in your house, and in this case the problem is probably very serious.

You struggle keeping your home clean

Excessive dirt and dust inside the ventilation system will lead to a buildup in your home as well. For example, a six-room home will, on average, circulate 40 lbs. of dust over a year through the ventilation system, and most of that will settle across your floors and furnishings. When you can’t seem to keep your home free of dust no matter how much cleaning you do, then it’s time to look into duct cleaning services.

A long-handle broom and hose vacuum cleaner will not do the job of cleaning out your ductwork.

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3 Unique Qualities of Commercial Air Conditioning Systems

Friday, May 30th, 2014

The commercial world has different requirements for air conditioning (and heating) than the residential world. Businesses must remain appropriately cooled down to keep customers/clients happy and employees content and productive. These different needs for businesses mean that their HVAC systems are unlike those found in homes. And that means they need installation, repair, and maintenance work from technicians specifically trained on commercial systems.

For light commercial air conditioning in Romeoville, IL that will keep your workspace comfortable through this summer and many summers in the future, call DuAll Heating & Cooling. With the amount of stress that your AC may experience this season, you need to have technicians on which you can count… any time of the day or night.

3 qualities that make commercial ACs different

  1. Packaged unit design: The majority of commercial HVAC systems are packaged systems, unlike the split systems that most homes use. A split system has an outdoor condenser cabinet and an indoor evaporator unit. Commercial systems have both the condenser and the evaporator—along with the compressor and fans—placed in a single cabinet, which is usually located on the roof. This design and placement saves space for a business, makes the HVAC cabinet easier for a technician to repair without intruding onto the workspace, and helps reduce the noise level from the system. Some package units are also heat pumps, so they can provide heating as well as cooling.
  2. Size: There is simply no comparison between the size of a commercial system and a residential one. Even a large mansion won’t require the amount of cooling power that a small business space needs. This isn’t only an issue of space, but of the amount of people who need cooling. More cooling is required to accommodate more people, but also to overcome the amount of heat that additional people generate. Commercial air conditioners are vast compared to home systems, and have special requirements with which technicians must be familiar.
  3. Modular design: Commercial air conditioners are designed as separate modules, usually in 10-ton, 12-ton, 15-ton, and 25-ton units. This makes it easier to construct and move a large and powerful AC system. The main advantage of modular design, however, is that it allows a company to expand without needing to replace the entire air conditioning system. Technicians can increase the cooling load with the addition of a new module of the appropriate size. For businesses that intend to expand, this is a significant benefit.

Never trust your company’s comfort to amateurs or technicians without experience on commercial air conditioning in Romeoville, IL.

Let the experienced team at DuAll Heating & Cooling take on the job. We handle light commercial repairs and maintenance that will make sure your business remains a great place to work or visit.

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Do I Need a Dehumidifier in My Romeoville Home?

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Summer brings not only heat, but also humidity. Because of the excess moisture in the air, the human body cannot sweat as effectively, and then means the body can’t release as much heat. The result is an increased sensation of heat that goes beyond what the thermometer shows.

Although there isn’t much you can do about humidity when you’re outside (a hand fan can waft away the heat envelope around you, but that’s about it), you do have ways to control it in your home. An air conditioner naturally removes water moisture from the air during the evaporation stage. Since ACs are not specifically designed as dehumidifiers, they have only limited use for this job. A much better option to beat heavy humidity is with a whole-house dehumidifier installed professionally in your AC.

If you think you’ll benefit from a dehumidifier in Romeoville, IL, contact the indoor air quality specialists at DuAll Heating & Cooling today.

Here are some signs that will tell you it’s time to get a dehumidifier:

You have to run the AC constantly to stay comfortable

Are you encountering higher electrical bills during the summer because the air conditioner needs to run all the time to keep you comfortable? Humidity may be responsible for much of this, making you hot an uncomfortable. An air conditioner can only do so much at removing humidity, so installing a dedicated dehumidifier will go a long way toward reducing your need to run the AC. You can often decrease air conditioning use by 50% with the right dehumidifier working for you (and it uses much less power than an AC, so it won’t skew your utility bills).

You are having problems with mold and mildew

The increase in humidity invites other problems. Thin layers of water moisture on surfaces and entering into cracks and fissures are breeding grounds for mold and mildew. Aside from looking unattractive and creating sour musty odors, these growths also release toxic spores into the air that can create flu- and cold-like symptoms. If you find mold and mildew growth in your home, it’s time to have a humidifier remove their source of growth.

Water damage is affecting your home

Moisture ruins most surfaces in home: wallpaper peels, pain blisters, wood warps, stains appear on walls and ceilings. Valuable precision objects, like musical instruments, can suffer irreparable damage. When water damage signs begin to show up, and it isn’t from a leaking pipe somewhere, you may need to combat the humidity with dehumidifier installation.

Make certain that when you opt for a dehumidifier that you have experts take care of the installation. They will decide the right size and type of unit to tackle your home’s space and specific problems. For fine work installing a dehumidifier in Romeoville, IL, call on DuAll Heating & Cooling. Our NATE-certified technicians will take good care of you.

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