Hiring an HVAC service

The awkward-to-pronounce acronym stands for "heating, ventilation and air conditioning" which in many respects are completely different processes.

HVAC maintenance

You can help your heating and cooling systems work more efficiently and last longer by tending to regular maintenance. Some things, like changing the furnace filter, can easily be done by the homeowner.

Home heating systems

Although natural gas is the most common energy source for home furnaces, there are several other options, including the relatively new trend of geothermal heat.

Glossary: Heating and cooling

A collection of terms and definitions relating to the purchase, installation and maintenance of home heating and cooling equipment.

Propane Refill

Propane Sales and Service

Propane is three-carbon alkane formed as a byproduct of natural gas processing and petroleum refining. Initially produced as a gas, it can be compressed to a lightweight, stable liquid for transport and storage.

Midwest braces for more winter storms; propane shortage drives higher costs

Brutally cold winter weather in Midwestern states causing homeowners and providers to feel strain of propane shortage as prices rise and supply dwindles.

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Heating Oil

Avoid hazardous spills by having your fuel oil tank removed

Even supposedly empty fuel oil tanks are a risk for oil leaks and spills. Avoid costly cleanup and have your fuel oil tank removed by an experienced contractor.

Should I replace my current heating system?

Now that both oil and gas have risen in price and heating systems have become so much more efficient, it's wise to consider different replacement options.

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Insulation Contractor

Winterizing your home

Even if you have good insulation there are practical steps you can take every year to make sure your home is ready for winter weather. Most cost little to do and can pay off big over the long term.

Insulation and weatherstripping

Attic insulation can settle over time and need a fresh layer. The builder may have insulated your walls, but neglected other parts of the home exterior where heat can escape.

Is poor attic ventilation damaging your roof?

What you don’t know about attic ventilation may cost you in possible roof damage. Roofing pros say many attics are insufficiently insulated.

3 ways to make your home more energy efficient

Your existing home can be made more comfortable in ways that don’t have to be costly. One highly rated provider shares 3 ways to make your home more efficient.

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Air Duct Cleaning

Duct cleaning & air quality

The air you breathe indoors can become more polluted than outdoor air because it is trapped inside allowing contaminants to accumulate. Many HVAC companies offer duct-cleaning services, but there's no scientific proof that duct-cleaning improves air quality.

Do you really need an air duct cleaning?

Before hiring an air duct cleaning company, check out these five tips from experts in the field to find out whether air duct cleaning is worth it for you.

Don’t be a victim of air duct cleaning scams

Find out whether air duct cleaning is worth it by following this advice from highly rated duct cleaners. Avoid scams and pricing that's too good to be true.

Believe it or not! Indianapolis air duct cleaners share their favorite finds

Air duct cleaners say they rarely find treasures, but trash and bizarre items are a common in the course of their work. Check out the craziest air duct finds.

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Home Energy Audit

Home energy audits

One thing homeowners can do to save on energy costs is to have a home energy audit conducted. This will reveal where drafts are entering from outdoors and where insulation is ineffective. Energy auditors can also recommend upgrades in appliances to save energy.

Is Chicago's home-seller energy disclosure law effective? Real estate agents weigh in

One Chicago buyers agent says many real estate agents are either unaware or don't care about the city mandate to disclose a home's energy costs in listings.

Chicago Realtor: Disclosing energy costs, green features helps homes sell

A year after Chicago began requiring home sellers disclose energy costs, a local realtor points to quicker home sales with green features and certifications.

3 ways to make your home more energy efficient

Your existing home can be made more comfortable in ways that don’t have to be costly. One highly rated provider shares 3 ways to make your home more efficient.

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