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5 Mistakes to Avoid with Your Air Conditioner

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During the warm and humid summer months, air conditioning is a must in many parts of the country. Cooling your home in these months can make up a large chunk of your electric bill, making prices skyrocket quicker than you thought possible. Part of these costs are from common air conditioning mistakes that can be prevented. Here are some common air conditioner mistakes that can be avoided, lowering your bill and creating a better functioning air conditioning system.

1. Many people buy the biggest air conditioner possible, thinking that it will cool their homes more efficiently than a smaller model. This isn’t usually the case. In fact, larger models are usually less energy efficient, cost more, and aren’t necessary.

2. Another common air conditioning mistake is placing the unit in an overly warm place in the home. By doing this, you are making your unit work at a much harder pace than if you placed it in a spot with little direct sunlight, which raises your electric bill substantially.

3. Most people who purchase a home air conditioning system don’t realize that they need regular maintenance to keep the home cool and improve the lifespan of the machine. It may be wise to have a professional come every few months to clean and replace the filter, along with other routine maintenance.

4. Many people will turn down the temperature on their air conditioner to a much lower degree point than is necessary. This usually happens when the house is to warm – the individual turns down the machine to a low number, thinking that this will make the house cool down faster. Instead of doing this, set the temperature to what you are comfortable at. The air conditioner will cool down at the same speed, no matter how low the temperature gets set at.

5. The last common air conditioning mistake involves the ceiling fans in your home. You may think that these don’t need to be used when you have an air conditioner installed, but by running these along with the AC unit, you will lower energy costs and cool your home more quickly.

When you are looking for a HVAC contractor in Frankfort, Contact MBR Services to have one of our HVAC Specialist solve your problems, Call us today at  (708) 417-0725

Finding the Right HVAC Contractor For Your Home

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HVAC, which is short for heating, ventilation and air conditioning is something that is apart of most homes and is considered to be the primary energy source for most. Eventually there will come a time when you will have to hire on a HVAC company to help you reduce energy costs and or for maintenance purposes.

For most families if you are looking to hire a HVAC company in Orland Park, more than likely you are in need of one right away, which means that you will want to hire a company that is trustworthy and reliable.

Regardless to how you plan on choosing a HVAC company, make sure that you run through a set of questions before you make the final decisions.

The first thing you will want to do is make sure that the company you are considering is certified to install equipment for you.Hiring a certified HVAC company will mean that they will be able to install your system without problems.And even if there are problems, they won’t have issues fixing them.Certification is more like a guarantee that they have a real understanding of what they are doing.

Another thing you will want to be sure of is that the company is insured. Hiring a HVAC company that isn’t insured is like buying a brand new car without buying insurance. An insured company will help protect you and your property. If something goes wrong the HVAC company will be able to take care of the damages.

Find out if the company you plan to hire is does tailored contracts. It has been proven time and time again that one service contract does not fit all. It might be much more comfortable to go with a company that is willing to contract around your needs.

How many years has the potential company been in business? Even though a new HVAC company doesn’t mean “unworthy,” it does mean that they are not yet stable. It might be best to choose a company that has been in business for more than a few years. Any company still operating successfully means that they have a long list of happy customers.

When you are looking for a HVAC contractor in Orland Park, Contact MBR Services to have one of our HVAC Specialist solve your problems, Call us today at (708) 417-0725

Is an Electric Space Heater More Efficient Than Your Gas Furnace?

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Electric Space Heater Vs Gas Furnace in my Chicago Home

When the weather turns cooler, it signals the need for warm clothes and efficient heat sources. If you live in a temperate climate, you are probably not affected too much by the change in the weather. Not so for people living in areas that experience all four seasons. Cold climates get snow for several months during winter and adequate heating is necessary.

The question has been asked a dozen times or more,”Is an electric space heater more efficient than your gas furnace?” The answer is, it depends on the size of the space you are heating and how often you use it. Space heaters are designed to be used to heat small spaces when a furnace is not available.

One reason people purchase space heaters is to maximize the heat in certain rooms when their furnace is not doing an adequate job. This, of course, will increase your utility bill because you are running two heat sources to heat the same space. To save money, you would need to lower your thermostat and use the heater during times of the day when temperatures are slightly warmer.

Electric Space Heater from Lowes for Chicago Home

For cost efficiency, it is best to use space heaters in rooms that are not frequently used such as a garage, workroom, or outbuilding. Closing off areas that are not used is a way to save money by not heating them. You should also check your home’s insulation levels to determine if additional insulation is needed.

For a space heater to be cost effective, it must be used in place of your normal heating system. If you have a large home, you will see that this is impossible. However, it can be used in a small apartment according to the dimensions listed by the manufacturer.

Unfortunately, an electric space heater will not take the place of your furnace. If your furnace or heating system is not heating your home adequately, you should consider purchasing a new, more efficient heating system. Energy-efficient appliances use less energy, saving you money over time. Make sure to choose a furnace or heat pump that will efficiently heat the size of your home.

Considering purchasing a new, more efficient heating system or have questions on your current heating system? Contact MBR Services today at (708) 417-0725 for an in-home consultation. You’ll be happy you did!

Chicagoland Home Remodeling & Design Expo September 22nd & 23rd, 2012

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Odeum Chicagoland Home Remodeling Show and Expo in Chicago IL

Don’t miss the big home remodeling and design exposition that will be held in Chicago at the Odeum Expo Center, Sept. 22 and 23, 2012! There will be several exhibits from both local and national landscaping and home improvement organizations to inspire your current or next home improvement project. Pick out candles, purchase some fall arts and crafts, or get ideas on your next bathroom remodel.

When visiting the various booths be sure to collect appropriate brochures so that you can make relevant notes about items you could potentially install in your project. Though critical measurements are usually printed on brochures, you will often find that you will need to make a few measurements of your own. Therefore, it is a good idea to take along a retractable measuring tape. A small pen-light is also handy. It is not infrequent that one needs to look underneath an appliance or fixture of one kind or another.

With free admission open to the public, free parking, and live entertainment, food, and do-it-yourself educational activities, this Home Remodeling and Design Expo is budget-friendly and fun for the whole family. Show hours are Saturday, September 22nd from 10 am to 6 pm and Sunday, September 23rd from 10 am to 5pm at the Odeum Expo Center. Be sure to get there early so you don’t miss out on the free give-aways, drawings, and prizes!

For more information on attending this show, visit for more details.

Have questions? We have the answers! Contact MBR Services, your trusted Chicago Community Heating and Air Conditioning Specialists, today at (708) 417-0725.