Summer Home Maintenance Tips

Summer Home Maintenance Tips

Most worthwhile things in life require constant care. Whether it be relationships, your job, your talents, or anything else, in order to prosper, these things need attention and nourishment. So as the hub of your life, it’s only natural that your home also falls into this category. During the summers in Northbrook, Illinois, your home needs some extra TLC if you want to stay at your best, both in comfort and in health. Building habits around ensuring HVAC efficiency and high indoor air quality will give you and your home the care you both deserve.

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Never Let These 4 People Touch Your HVAC System

Never Let These 4 People Touch Your HVAC System

We get it. You want the cheapest HVAC solution possible for your Deerfield, Illinois, home, but what you may not realize is that hiring a cheap contractor can cost you more money in the long run. Here are a few people you should never let touch your HVAC system.

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What You Should Know About Landscaping and Efficiency

What You Should Know About Landscaping and Efficiency

The way you have your Evanston, Illinois, home landscaped can improve your home’s energy efficiency. When you use landscaping tricks like planting shade trees, you help naturally cool your home so that your HVAC system doesn’t have to use so much energy. After all, the HVAC system is one of the biggest energy users in your home, so when you want better efficiency, it only makes sense to help the HVAC system.

Shade Your Outdoor Unit

The outdoor part of your AC has to weather the elements, so give it a little help with some landscaping protection. A fence or a hedge around the unit will help protect it from debris and will dampen the noise it makes. Install the barrier a few feet away from the AC unit so that the air still has room to flow.

While you don’t want leaves and twigs dropping into your outdoor unit, a tall enough tree will provide some shade without too much debris. Just make sure the branches aren’t hanging too low. You can also use a cloth shade or an umbrella to keep the sun from beating down on the system and making it use more energy.

Create Air Corridors

By trimming your trees and hedges the right way, you can create corridors around your home where the breeze will naturally flow. What you want to do is trim tree boughs so no branches are on the lowest few feet of the trunks. If you plant your hedges a few feet away from your house’s foundation, they’ll also help create a little corridor for the breeze. At night, you can crack your windows and enjoy the cool air ventilating your home.

When you have questions about landscaping around the outdoor unit, Roberts Heating and Air is here to answer. Have one of our technicians over to perform maintenance on your outdoor unit. Call us at 847-562-5292.

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3 Odd Allergy Symptoms

3 Odd Allergy Symptoms

You’re familiar with the typical allergy symptoms most Winnetka, Illinois, residents suffer from. Sometimes when those regular symptoms are gone, you don’t realize you still have allergens lurking in your home and causing additonal symptoms. Strange issues like itchy ear canals indicate that your allergies aren’t as under control as you thought. Are you experiencing any odd allergy symptoms?

Your Ears Itch

Itchy ears are actually more common for allergy sufferers than you might realize. Most people don’t connect irritated or itchy ear canals with allergy season, so don’t realize the symptom might be due to seasonal allergies. Some allergens can cause your ear canals to get slightly inflamed, which makes them itchy and annoying. Talk to your doctor about ear drops or antihistamines.

You’re Grumpy

Allergy season is enough to make anyone grumpy. But your allergies could be causing you mood issues because they’re depriving you of sleep. If your bed has allergens trapped inside it, or your sheets aren’t clean, you spend all night breathing in your allergies. Stuffy noses and itchy eyes make for some pretty poor sleep, so you awaken not feeling rested at all. When you’re going through your days tired and irritated, allergies are a possible cause.

You Wake Up with a Sore Throat

Those same allergens depriving you of your REM cycles could also be causing a sore throat. If your sinuses are clogged, you’ll become a mouth breather at night, which dries out your throat. Upon waking, you feel uncomfortable, scratchy, or parched. It’ll go away quickly during your morning, but wouldn’t you rather wake up without a sore throat?

Dirty air filters or bad home insulation could be contributing to your allergen issues. Roberts Heating and Air is here to help you solve your IAQ problems. Contact us at at 847-562-5292 for a duct cleaning and an HVAC maintenance appointment so we can help you remove most of your allergy triggers from within your home.

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2 Ways to Spruce Up Office Atmosphere

2 Ways to Spruce Up Office Atmosphere

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Is your office feeling stoic and boring? Do you want to create an environment where you and your employees actually want to spend time? By sprucing up the atmosphere of your office in downtown Northbrook, Illinois, or even your home office, you can cultivate greater productivity. And by cultivating greater productivity, you can slim down your budget and increase profits. Start creating a productive office environment by adding some color and improved air quality with plants, and by maintaining comfortable temperatures.

Bring in Some Plants

The life of any office comes from the life you bring in. Otherwise, it’s just another dreary building. You can liven up the walls with paintings and posters, but one of the best ways to improve your office atmosphere is to introduce a bit of nature. Plants not only add a splash of color, but they also act as natural filters that clean the air and maintain high indoor air quality. Many plants, such as spider plants or lemon balms, can thrive in the low-sunlight environment of an office building. By increasing indoor air quality, these plants decrease the likelihood of you and your employees’ productivity dropping off because of coughing, sneezing, headaches, or illness.

Maintain Comfortable Temperatures

Believe it or not, your office building’s HVAC system plays a significant role in the productivity and positivity of your office atmosphere. A study from Cornell University revealed that those working in an environment kept around 77 degrees Fahrenheit made far fewer errors than those working in an environment that was cooler or warmer. As this study illustrates, discomfort can be distracting and can contribute to potentially significant errors. But a comfortable environment, maintained by an efficient HVAC system, will ensure fewer errors, leading to greater productivity and profits.

For the nine-to-five employee and employer, the office is a home away from home, so it pays to cultivate a positive and productive office atmosphere. To ensure that your HVAC system can maintain the comfort you and your employees need, call Roberts Heating and Air Conditioning at 847-562-5292.

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2 Ways to Cut Utility Costs During Spring

2 Ways to Cut Utility Costs During Spring

With spring comes a motivation to do better and change aspects of our lives. It’s a fresh start for everyone. And while you’re getting your fresh start, why not give your budget one as well? There’s no better place to start cutting costs than from your utility bills. A few simple lifestyle changes can help you cut your Northbrook, Illinois, utility bills. Purge vampire energy, elevate your HVAC efficiency, and go through the rest of the year with cheaper utility costs than you’ve had in years.

Vampire Energy

Just as vampires suck the life out of their victims, vampire energy sucks the funds from your accounts, and usually without you ever realizing it. Sure, you may turn off the lights when you leave a room and avoid leaving the TV on all day, but every appliance or electronic, no matter how small it is, is sapping power, even when it’s turned off. Who knew you were spending money while you were asleep?

You can start purging vampire energy by plugging your electronics and small appliances into a power strip. When you’re headed out of town or just to bed for the night, turn off the power strip to stop the flow of energy. You can also just unplug the electronics and appliances. But never unplug larger ones, like your refrigerator or oven.

Schedule HVAC Maintenance

But doesn’t maintenance cost money? Sometimes, you have to spend a little to save a lot. Regular HVAC maintenance (usually conducted twice a year, in the spring and fall) completed by a licensed technician raises the efficiency of your HVAC system. By significantly raising the energy efficiency of your system, you’ll save much more over the months than you spent on the maintenance.

These two lifestyle adjustments may seem minute, but their effects compound enough that you’ll look back on your utility bills six months from now and wonder how you ever spent so much just to keep your home alive. To get a hand lowering those utility costs, call Roberts Heating and Air Conditioning at 847-562-5292.

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