When you make your home on Chicago’s North Shore, household energy bills can rise dramatically during the cold-weather season. A quick inspection of your ductwork system, however, may reveal an easy way for you to save money. In the average home, up to 30 percent of the air traveling through ducts can be lost to leaks. Duct sealing eliminates those energy-wasting leaks and improves the comfort of your home all winter long.
What Causes Leaky Ductwork?
Ductwork systems are subject to stress from continual fluctuations in air pressure and temperatures. If the ductwork isn’t properly sealed from the get-go, the constant wear and tear will inevitably lead to damage. Leaks ranging from small pinholes to large gaps around joints allow the air that you’ve paid to condition to escape. Your heater is then forced to run longer to maintain comfortable temperatures, wasting energy and your money.
The Aeroseal Solution
No method is more effective for fixing leaks than the Aeroseal duct sealing process. Like the products used to plug radiator leaks in automobiles, this technique uses an aerosol spray to seal leaks from the inside:
- An aerosolized mist is sprayed into the ductwork using a heavy-duty tube.
- The pressurized delivery system forces the sealant into every hole, crack or gap.
- Sealant particles quickly form an impenetrable barrier, plugging every leak.
Maximize System Efficiency
State-of-the-art duct sealing offers you an affordable way to lower your utility bills throughout the winter season. When combined with other energy efficiency strategies, you can cut your comfort costs by up to 50 percent. To find out if your duct system has a leak, call the pros at Roberts Heating & Air Conditioning today. We’ll inspect your ducts at no cost to you and provide you with a no-obligation estimate on any recommended services.
Our qualified technicians proudly serve Northbrook and the neighboring communities with an array of energy-saving solutions. For more information about cost-effective ways to improve your comfort this winter, explore our heating services or call 847-562-5292.
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When it comes to commercial HVAC systems, budget-conscious business owners in Deerfield, Illinois, are always looking for ways to reduce costs. The following tips can help you to reduce energy consumption and your overall commercial HVAC costs so that you save more money.
Upgrade the Building’s Insulation
If you own the building in which you conduct business, one of the best things you can do to save money is to upgrade the insulation. That certainly seems like a costly prospect, but adequate insulation can end up paying for itself by saving on energy costs over time, making it a smart move for savvy business owners.
Other things you can do as a building owner is to have energy efficient windows and lighting systems installed. These improvements will go a long way toward helping your commercial HVAC system run more efficiently.
Upgrade the HVAC System
HVAC systems have vastly improved over the last decade, offering as much as 30 to 50 percent more efficiency than older systems. If you purchased your heating or cooling system more than a decade ago, it’s time to upgrade your commercial HVAC system.
When purchasing a new commercial system, keep in mind that programmable thermostats come in handy for maximizing your savings. You also don’t want to buy a system that is too large for your commercial space. If you are not sure where to begin with choosing the right system, one of our professional HVAC technicians can help identify which type of system would be best for your commercial upgrade.
Invest in an Energy Recovery Ventilator
Energy recovery ventilators are systems designed to save energy. They work by replacing stale air with fresh, clean, air. Cleaner air helps to reduce the HVAC unit’s load so that it operates more efficiently. In many cases, an energy recovery ventilator will pay for itself within the first three years.
Call Roberts Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. today at 847-562-5292 to learn more about our commercial HVAC repair, maintenance, and installation services. As a dedicated home or commercial property owner, you deserve the best, and that’s exactly what you’ll get when you partner with us!
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Originally published March, 2014, updated October 2016
Benjamin Franklin recognized the importance of fresh indoor air when he said he believed that no outside air is as unwholesome as air in a closed room that has not been changed. Today, the Environmental Protection Agency consistently ranks polluted indoor air in the top five list of environmental health hazards. HEPA filtration can go a long way toward improving the air quality in your Northbrook, Illinois, home.
The Dangers of Poor Indoor Air Quality
Indoor air can be up to five times or as much as 100 times more polluted than outdoor air. Because Americans spend 90 percent of their time indoors, protecting the indoor air quality (IAQ) is essential. Poor IAQ results in a number of significant health issues:
- Drowsiness and lethargy
- Headaches and dizziness
- Asthma and allergy attacks
- Acute and chronic respiratory tract irritation and infections
- Sinus infections, sneezing and coughing
Indoor air contaminants can be brought in from the outside or generated inside your home or business. Common inside sources of airborne impurities include pets, spiders and mites, tobacco smoke and dust. One of the most efficient ways to remove these unseen airborne particulates is with filters.
HVAC filters improve the quality of your indoor air, extend the life of your HVAC system, and help it run more efficiently. As air passes through your system, it picks up dirt and other airborne particulates and circulates them along with the conditioned air. When the air flows through the filter, the filter captures the contaminants and keeps them from clogging your equipment or recirculating through your system.
Airborne particles are measured in microns — the smaller the micron, the smaller the particle. The most effective filter for maintaining a high IAQ level is a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter. HEPA filters trap particles as small as 0.3 microns. The 0.3-micron size includes up to 99.97 percent of airborne contaminants. Initially used in the healthcare and biosafety settings, HEPA filtration is highly successful in capturing a number of indoor pollutants like pollen, mold spores, bacteria, dust, and lint.
According to The American Lung Association, particles of 0.3 microns are the most likely to enter and collect in the lining of your lungs. HEPA filters capture these invisible contaminants while still maintaining the proper air flow inside your home or business.
The air purifiers we offer at Roberts Heating & Air Conditioning feature HEPA filters and are a safe way to maintain your IAQ at a high level. If you want to eliminate and reduce the harmful health effects associated with unclean air, contact us today at 847-562-5292 to learn how a HEPA filtration system can improve your indoor environment.
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When you own your home, you can make any improvements you want. However, renters face steeper challenges because they have to convince their landlords to make those changes. When you think that the HVAC system in your rented Northbrook, Illinois, home is on its last legs, use these strategies to get your landlord on your side and get that needed upgrade.
Build Your Evidence
Don’t visit your landlord empty-handed. Instead, collect any evidence that could prove persuasive. For instance, you might show your landlord six months of extremely high electricity bills to prove the existing system’s inefficiency. You could also take pictures of any damaged HVAC parts or areas of the home where evaporator coil leaks or other issues have caused damage.
Give a Gentle Reminder
Older HVAC systems often need more maintenance than their newer counterparts. If you’ve had to deal with HVAC repair multiple times during your tenancy, remind your landlord that these service costs add up quickly. Replacing a defective unit might cost more up front, but it can save big bucks in the long run. Bring information from the Energy Star website and other authorities on energy-efficient HVAC systems.
Focus On the Upside
You already know why you want an HVAC upgrade: the existing system is inefficient, ineffective, or deficient in some way. However, those complaints won’t necessarily get your landlord to agree to your proposal. Instead, focus on the upsides the landlord will enjoy as a result of the upgrade.
For instance, when and if you move out of the rental, the landlord can use the updated HVAC appliances as an added feature of the unit. This could result in more interest and even increased rental rate. It also adds value to the house if the landlord eventually decides to get out of the rental business and sell the property.
Even if you rent your home, you don’t have to endure the costs and loss of comfort that go with an inefficient HVAC system. Instead, get together with your landlord and discuss the benefits of new HVAC installations. Invite your landlord to call Roberts Heating & Air at 847-562-5292 for more information.
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There’s no doubt that your air conditioner impacts the environment. However, it’s an essential appliance in areas like Glenview, Illinois, where temperatures can approach or exceed 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Knowing how your air conditioner impacts the environment and how you can control those consequences might help you become more energy efficient.
Your Air Conditioner’s Environmental Impact
Your air conditioner uses energy to provide efficient heating and cooling. Every time the AC comes on, your home consumes energy from the power grid. Not only does heightened energy consumption increase your electricity bills, but it also depletes finite resources like fossil fuels.
Additionally, air conditioners collectively contribute to the greenhouse effect and to global warming. The hot air releases into the atmosphere and can create more heat in the atmosphere. In cities where most homes and businesses have air conditioners, urban heat zones form in the sky, often changing weather patterns.
Reducing Your AC’s Impact on the Environment
You don’t have to remove your air conditioner from your home to shrink your carbon footprint. You want to stay comfortable in your house, but you want to reduce your energy consumption both for the environment and your pocketbook. It starts with your air conditioner itself. We recommend Energy Star products, which have met stringent criteria for energy efficiency. When your AC runs, it won’t require as much energy from the grid, so you don’t impact the environment as much.
Additionally, we recommend that homeowners find the warmest tolerable temperature on your thermostat. You save energy for each degree you can increase your thermostat. Raise the temperature by one degree per day until you find the highest setting that will allow you to save energy and still keep you comfortable.
If your air conditioner isn’t working efficiently, we can help. Whether you need a new AC or a maintenance visit to check for mechanical problems, we can diagnose the issue and help you make your home more energy-efficient. Call Robert’s Heating and Air Conditioning at 847-562-5292 to schedule an appointment.
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Mold is a fairly common problem for homeowners in Northbrook, Illinois, that can be difficult to spot and even harder to treat. The fungus thrives in humid, dark places, and even in out of access areas, and so can be a problem that is hard to detect. This creates cause for concern since molds can actually make you sick. At Roberts Heating & Air Conditioning, our technicians can find the source of the problem and help you to create a healthy environment for your family.
What Is Mold?
Mold is a fungus that thrives in damp places. In the home, it is typically found in basements, around leaks in roofs, around plumbing fixtures, and in HVAC systems. It is hardly ever seen and yet can still cause a number of airborne illnesses, ranging from the mildly irritating to the potentially fatal. Mold spores proliferate in the presence of moisture.
Impact of Mold on Your Health
While the spores can pop up in many areas of the home, within an HVAC system it is particularly troublesome since the forced air can send mold spores directly into the air your family is breathing. Breathing in mold is not good for anyone, but people with asthma or allergies are at risk for serious health complications.
What to Do When You Suspect Mold
If you smell or see mold around your HVAC system’s components, it is best to call the professionals. Without the assistance of the experts on our team, you may run the risk of letting mold thrive in your HVAC system. Regular HVAC maintenance, duct cleaning, and a portable or whole-home dehumidifier are all great options for controlling and eliminating molds.
If you believe there is mold in your HVAC system, we will help you to determine the best solution(s) for your home. Our technicians will start an immediate plan to protect the air in your home. At Roberts Heating & Air Conditioning, we have been helping homeowners in the Northbrook community for decades. Give us a call at 847-562-5292 for professional and effective HVAC solutions.
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