Illinois has experienced a great deal of flooding over the past few months, so Energy Stars Heating & Cooling wanted to give some advice on what to do with a flooded air conditioner in the event that heavy rains hit your Madison or St. Clair[...]
Recent federal tax incentives are designed to persuade people to make their homes more energy efficient, and could spur a small boom in conservation—minded projects. But if you're one of the ones suddenly galvanized into the green movement, [...]
Before winter arrives, the most important thing you need to do for yourself and your family is to ensure that your furnace is operational, safe, and as energy-efficient as you can make it. When that first cold day hits, you don’t want to turn on [...]
Confused by HVAC lingo? Believe it or not, it's meant to make understanding and buying the equipment easier. These terms allows you to compare apples to apples among units in the same fuel category. Knowing what the terms listed here mean will come [...]
Save on heating and cooling costs by checking for air leaks in common trouble spots in your home.
Reducing the amount of air that leaks in and out of your home is a cost-effective way to cut heating and cooling costs, improve durability, increase [...]
Today’s higher efficiency equipment, both furnaces and A/C, are now using new higher efficiency motors to reduce the total electrical consumption of the system thus raising the efficiency. They also help with the efficiency by maintaining the [...]
A flooded HVAC unit can be extremely expensive to repair or replace.Flood-prone areas tend to be near swelling rivers or levees, but your home can also be flooded by something as common as a broken main water line hidden beneath your street. You [...]
Maintain Your Equipment
Dirt and neglect are the top causes of heating and cooling system inefficiency and failure. To ensure efficient system operation, it’s important to perform routine maintenance.
Change your air filter regularly. A clean [...]
Imagine this scenario, it’s the month of July and the temperature outside is approaching 98 degrees. The only thing that keeps it bearable is your trusty AC unit but then, one particularly hot afternoon, the unthinkable happens and your AC stops. [...]
Reduce the cooling load by employing cost-effective conservation measures. Provide effective shade for east and west windows. When possible, delay heat-generating activities such as dishwashing until evening on hot days.
Over most of the cooling [...]