When the summer heat kicks in and you're trying to stay cool, it's important to know that your air conditioner is up to the task.  The same is true when it's cold and the furnace is on the fritz.  You never want to be in this scenario and not know who or where to turn to get reliable and professional HVAC help that can get your home back to comfortable levels.  Finding local HVAC pros near you is a lot easier when you can read reviews and see ratings from real customers who have used the heating and cooling service in the past.

It's always good to know what questions to ask and the tips for hiring an HVAC contractor, as well as cost to install a new A/C and the difference betwen HVAC brands.

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Air ConditioningHiring a Contractor
Just because your house doesn't have central air conditioning doesn’t mean it can’t be added.
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Energy EfficiencyAir Conditioning
SEER ratings measure an A/C unit's energy efficiency. Higher rated systems use less power.
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Furnaces & Home Heating SystemsAir Conditioning
Find out whether you really need that heating and A/C upgrade or if you're just being pressured by upselling.
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Furnaces & Home Heating SystemsAir Conditioning
Which thermostat setting costs more? An HVAC pro weighs in on the pros and cons.
An annual cleaning is key to keeping your air conditioner running properly, especially in Chicagoland. (Photo by Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Kathy W.)
Air ConditioningHVAC Maintenance
Before you crank up the AC this spring, make sure everything is clean and in working order to avoid a summertime meltdown.