No matter what your question, suggestion, or comment may be, we value your feedback. Our goal is to help Chicago and suburban residents with their heating, cooling, and ventilation related issues. We help our clients through various processes such as providing suggestions and sharing helpful tips, to conducting inspections, and major work like repairs and installations. 24 Heating & Cooling provides 24-hour assistance with all heating/cooling related services and repairs in Chicago and suburbs.
The most popular central cooling system is a split system, which consists of indoor and outdoor units that work together. The indoor unit is a furnace, while the outdoor unit is the air conditioner that circulates cool air in the home. The two units “work together” to maintain efficient temperature control by removing hot air from inside of the house and replacing it with cool air. This type of air conditioning system is powered by electricity and consists of a fan, compressor, condenser coil, evaporator coil and refrigerant. Moreover, it controls temperature, moisture, humidity and cleanliness.
The efficiency of a split system air conditioner is measured by a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. The higher the ratio, the more energy efficient the system really is. Choosing a reputable HVAC contractor is as important as choosing an appropriate central cooling and heating system, so call a 24 Heating & Cooling professional to schedule an appointment to discuss cost and benefits.
A central heating system typically consist of a furnace (usually located in your basement or garage, but can also be found in any room or location within the structure). A furnace consists of four main parts: burners (deliver and burn fuel), heat exchangers, blower, and a tube or pipe (allows for passage as an exhaust for gaseous by-products). It also contains a system of ductwork and vents.
Central heating works when combustion gases are generated by the burners in the furnace and passed over a heat exchanger. The air in your home blows across the heat exchanger to be warmed. This warm air is then blown and distributed through the duct system (via the vents) throughout your home (or building).
Typically, central heating systems are controlled by a thermostat. This device can be set to a specific temperature and the unit will run until this temperature is reached. During cold months, it usually takes longer for the inside to reach the desired temperature and that is why we strongly suggest that thermostats are kept at a lower but comfortable air temperature in order to reduce energy consumption and save you money.
Choosing a reputable HVAC contractor is as important as choosing an appropriate central cooling and heating system, so call a 24 Heating & Cooling professional to schedule an appointment. The central heating system plus installation begins at $2,000. For a more accurate estimate, please call a 24 Heating & Cooling expert at (708) 229-2293 for more details.
A 24 Heating & Cooling representative will correctly size your heat pump, help you calculate the payback period of high and low-efficiency equipment, and ensure that the equipment is installed properly. Furthermore, 24 Heating & Cooling will respond promptly when you have an HVAC crisis, provide ongoing maintenance, and work fast to replace failed parts under warranty.
A heat pump is typically used to assist with heating and cooling systems and emanates cold or hot air when needed. More specifically, it heats a home in the winter and it cools a home in the summer. For example, when the outside temperature is cold, the heat pump extracts this exterior cold heat and transfers it inside, warms it and is distributed via the ductwork. On the other hand, when the outside temperature is warm, the heat pump works in reverse and acts like an air conditioner by removing heat from your home.
A simple explanation is that a heat pump can extract heat found in the air (or ground) outside your house and transfer that heat into your house instead. Under the right conditions it can do this substantially more cheaply than a gas or oil furnace.
A typical heat pump system consists of two parts: an air handler (an indoor unit) and outdoor unit that is similar to a central air conditioner. There is a compressor which circulates a refrigerant substance that absorbs and releases heat as it travels between the indoor and outdoor units.
One advantage of a heat pump is that it moves heat instead of generating heat, giving you more energy efficiency. Also, it is powered by electricity, so you can save substantially on fuel consumption.
Installation of a heat pump to an existing central heating/cooling system is estimated at around $2,850. However, only a 24 Heating & Cooling expert can determine if a heat pump system is right for you. For further details, please call (708) 229-2293.
An air handler is a mechanical device used to distribute air throughout the home. It is used in conjunction with a heat pump or air conditioning system and may be installed indoors or outdoors. Basically, an air handler works by collecting warm air in the house which is then collected by a refrigerant in the unit, which is then sent to an outdoor compressor to cool the air. The whole cycle begins again. These systems work in reverse during the winter to heat the air in the home.
When choosing an air handler, it is important to match the unit to the outdoor compressor. Also, keep in mind to choose one that is versatile, energy efficient and has low noise levels. a 24 Heating & Cooling technician can help you determine which air handler is right for your home. Please call us at (708) 229-2293.
A noise usually occurs when the belt that connects the motor to the fan slips. If you hear a “grinding” noise, shut off the unit and call us immediately.
Most heating and cooling ducts are aluminum foil pipe (with plastic and fiberglass) or sheet metal, so when air blows through them vibrations are created making noise (either very subtle or loud). The fan coming out of the air conditioning unit is also an important source of noise. These noises can be mitigated by installing absorbent materials, spring suspensions, acoustic insulation, and/or vibration isolators.
If the noise becomes a nuisance, please call 24 Heating & Cooling to schedule an inspection, to receive an estimate or to get the issue repaired.
As air pulls through the filter, dust and other contaminants collect on the inside of the fan and filter. The more debris that accumulates, the harder it becomes for the air to filter through. Generally, ductwork is fairly large (it’s built throughout your home) and consists of a maze of pipes. Hiring a professional firm to clean the air ducts is most advisable since they come prepared with special cleaning equipment.
24 Heating & Cooling can greatly reduce indoor air pollution by professionally cleaning your ductwork and dryer vents. 24 Heating & Cooling certified technicians will rid your air ducts of dust, dirt, contaminants, insects and harmful microbes. They will eliminate any signs of mold, fungi, buildup, debris, and bacteria, and other growth.
It is recommended that ducts be cleaned at least once a year in order to maintain efficient and clean air and the entire heating and cooling vents.
There are several ways on how to choose filters based on resistance, efficiency, dust loading capacity, and MERV rating. The Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) is the best standard of comparison. The air filter industry is governed by the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). The MERV standard was developed by ASHRAE and is the best means for an “apples to apples” comparison of filters. The higher the MERV rating, the more dirt particles get trapped in the filter (the more efficient the filter).
A clean filter maximizes your furnace’s efficiency and longevity, and minimizes your energy bills. First, turn off the furnace and then gently pop open or pull down the panel door with your hands. Next, remove the grill or box cover holding your filter in place. Check your old filter for dusty buildup. If you have a disposable filter, install the new air filter with the air flow arrow pointing toward the blower. Or, if you have a reusable plastic-frame or metal-frame filter, rinse away the dust particles on the screen. Let it dry and place it back in the furnace.
We recommend you call 24 Heating & Cooling since recommendations vary based on what type of furnace you have as well as other factors (pets, allergies, type, cost). For a hassle-free solution, contact our office and we will schedule a regular (annual) maintenance check-up with one of our 24 Heating & Cooling experts.
Unlike a hot water furnace which heats the air through the use of heated water running through pipes into a radiator, a boiler heats water. A boiler is more efficient because water retains its temperature longer than air does and you can easily shut off a valve for a room you are not using. You can easily ask about the advantages and disadvantages of a high-efficiency boiler by contacting a 24 Heating & Cooling professional. We can help you make the best decision. High-efficiency furnaces have an AFUE of 90 to 98%.
Installation of a high-efficiency boiler starts at $3,800. You may be eligible for government issued rebates of up to $1,500 and up to $600 from a gas company if you decide to purchase a high-efficiency boiler. This rebate can save you a substantial amount of your money on your initial investment. Call 24 Heating & Cooling for a quote.
Most homes are heated with either a furnace or a boiler. Furnaces heat air and distribute the heated air through the house using ducts. Boilers, on the other hand heat water providing either hot water or steam for heating. Steam is distributed via pipes to steam radiators, and hot water can be distributed via baseboard radiators or radiant floor systems, or it can even heat air through a coil. Steam boilers operate at a higher temperature than hot water boilers and are generally less efficient.
A central furnace or boiler’s efficiency is measured by annual fuel utilization efficiency, or AFUE. AFUE is a measure of how efficient the appliance is in the energy in its fuel over the course of a typical year. This allows consumers to compare heating efficiencies of various models.
AFUE compares the heat output of the total energy consumed by a furnace or boiler. So, for example, an AFUE of 90% means that 90% of the energy becomes heat for the home and the remaining 10% escapes through windows, doors, and elsewhere.
There are many types of furnaces and boilers, including high-efficiency systems. a 24 Heating & Cooling expert can help you decide on the best option for you and your home.
Your furnace has many components, some of the more important ones are:
For any maintenance, clean-up, and inspections of your furnace and air conditioning systems, it is strongly recommended that a professional examines them. Call our office and a 24 Heating & Cooling technician can assess any problems or malfunctions.
A furnace typically lasts anywhere between 10 to 30 years. However, with good maintenance, furnaces can last up to 30 years, or more. Newer furnaces with a stainless steel heat exchanger come with a lifetime warranty.
Cost of living varies depending on individual lifestyles, preferences, availability of resources, usage, weather, and other factors. Homes are heated by wood, electricity, or gas.
During bearable/warmer winter months, heating with natural gas is likely to be lower. Falling wholesale gas prices also affect usage and price. Natural gas utilities can change their rates every month to reflect the fluctuating cost of natural gas. Beside household heating, natural gas is also on the rise as fuel for generating electricity and industrial operations.
Overall, natural gas heating can bring in savings. For example, annual electricity costs for heating an average home can be as much as $3,800. In contrast, natural gas heating costs average about $2,400 per year for the same home. Natural gas appliances typically cost more, but have longer economic usage, which typically lasts as long as 25 years or more.
A gas furnace may last 10 to 30 years. Gas furnaces and oil furnaces are generally built to last, and can perform way into their 30’s if maintained well and on a regular basis. In order to get the best performance out of your furnace, we recommend regular checkups and maintenance inspections. There is no furnace life expectancy set in stone, but if you take care of your central/heating system, it should operate efficiently for many, many years.
However, if you are currently experiencing problems with your furnace, or would like to lower your monthly heating costs, upgrading to a high-efficiency model would help in saving some money.
For a professional opinion, it is best to get an in-home evaluation. Call a 24 Heating & Cooling technician today to schedule an appointment. The in-home consultation is totally free and will provide you ease of mind.
An electric water heater has an inner steel tank that holds about 40 to 60 gallons of hot water. It contains a bonded glass liner which keeps water from accumulating rust and an anode rod keeps corrosion from forming on the steel tank. A thermostat controls the water’s temperature inside the tank. It is recommended that the temperature be set between 120 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit to avoid being scalded by hot water. A pressure release valve is a safety feature that keeps the water tank from exploding. Water enters the water heater’s tank via a pipe connected to the house’s water system. It must be plugged into a power source.
However, electric water heaters are the most inefficient, cost more, and may experience frequent malfunctions. It is always recommended that an electric water heater be serviced by a 24 Heating & Cooling professional.
Tankless water heaters have an electric, gas, or propane heating device that is activated by the flow of water. They heat water directly without the use of a storage tank. When a hot water tap is turned on, cold water travels through a pipe into the unit. The flowing water is heated in the electric water heater unit.
A negative factor of some tankless water heaters is that they cannot supply enough hot water, especially if taking a shower and running the dishwasher at the same time. Tankless water heaters can also be used for supplementary heat, such as a booster to a solar hot water system, or others.