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How to Select the Right Furnace

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From a technological standpoint it can be argued that the heart of your home is your furnace. After all, how can you comfortably enjoy all the other features of your home if your furnace isn’t working properly? Therefore replacing your furnace is an important decision, and while it is best to consult a professional about it, there are still things you should know and think about in order to make an intelligent selection.

Perhaps the most basic thing you should consider is the heating requirements of your home. That means knowing the size of your house and what size furnace is capable of handling that much space. Obviously the larger the air volume of the house the larger the size of the furnace required.

Another reality that has to be faced is cost. Some furnaces have more energy saving features than others, and the more energy you can save the lower your heating costs will be. Consulting a professional is the best way to make sure that the furnace you buy has all the features you need to keep your heating bills affordable according to your budget. Remember a good furnace can last ten or even twenty years, and you don’t want to get caught with a model that wastes energy. Most people are unaware that there are also government programs that can help you afford your furnace through tax rebates or energy efficiency programs, which is another thing a professional can help you take advantage of.

The efficiency of your furnace can depend on a number of factors, such as whether it runs on electricity, gas or oil. While electricity is usually the most efficient, a professional can offer guidance as to what will work best for your house. There are also government regulations to consider, and these too are things a professional can help you to become in compliance with. But as long as you do your homework and rely on professional guidance there is no reason why you can’t minimize your expenses and maximize your savings with your new furnace.

If you would like to learn more about furnace repair, maintenance or installation, contact MBR Services by dialing  (708) 417-0725.

Five Ways to Lower Your Heating Bill This Winter

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Because no one wants to pay more than they have to, towards their home heating expenses this winter, below are a few tips to help you save some money on your home heating bills.

First of all, you should always make sure that you get regular maintenance done on your home heating system by a professional approximately once every year. A poorly running furnace can actually cost you more money in the long run because it can take more energy to make it work. The professional that you hire to service the furnace should change the furnace filter as well. Changing the filter can also save you money as the furnace will work much better with a clean filter installed.

The second way to save money on your home heating bills is to set the temperature on the thermostat in your home to a few degrees lower than you normally would. Although you wouldn’t think that setting the thermostat temperature just a bit lower would affect your heating bills that much, every bit of savings adds up.

The third way to save money on those costly heating bills is to turn your thermostat temperature down considerably when you go on vacations. Merely turning the thermostat down to 60 degrees when you go on a vacation can help save you some money. It’s not a good idea to turn the thermostat temperature down to below 60 degrees,because it can cause plumbing pipes in the home to freeze.

The fourth way to not spend so much on heating bills this winter might be to buy a more efficient heating system. Old furnaces tend to take a lot more fuel and energy to operate than do newer furnaces or other newer heating systems. It can actually be more cost efficient to buy a completely new heating system in some cases.
The fifth way to make sure you’re not overpaying on heating bills this winter is to purchase a wood burning stove. Wood burning stoves can help you save considerably on your home heating bills because wood is usually a less costly heating option than fuel oil.

Want to make sure your heating equipment is running smoothly? Or  If you would like to learn more about furnace repair, maintenance or installation, contact MBR Services by dialing (708) 417-0725.

Benefits of Replacing Your Furnace this Fall

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With all of the wonderful tidings fall brings, it’s only to be expected that something will offset the balance. One very annoying theme of colder weather is the elevated bill you receive after turning the heat on your Chicago home. This burden can be lessened if an investment in your home is made. By replacing your old furnace this fall, you can reap many different benefits both now and in the long run.

A furnace doesn’t have to be on the fritz to turn into a money pit. If you have an older model, the chances are that it’s sucking up more power than necessary. Older furnaces have a single-stage setting that uses the same amount of power no matter the temperature. This results in large amounts of power being used whether it’s the beginning of fall or the middle of winter; not all days are the same and using less power on days when less is needed only makes sense. New furnaces use two stages so that there’s no energy or money wasted on less frigid days.

With greater efficiency comes a lessened burden on the environment. The more efficient your furnace is, the less of a toll it takes on the environment. Taking steps to keep the world around us clean and safe is one way we can give back; the money you save on your utility bill is just more incentive to do it. Part of being a friend to the environment is ousting the old power-sucking machines from days before and replacing them with efficiency and effectiveness.

Whether your furnace is beginning to give out, you’re sick of seeing outrageous bill or you’re a friend to the environment, there’s no reason you need to stick with antiquated equipment. By replacing your furnace this fall, you’ll bring your family comfort while relieving yourself of an alarming utility bill. New furnaces more than pay for themselves in the long run. They also bring peace of mind. Raise the value of your home and raise the value in your bank account; replacing an old furnace this fall will ensure well-rounded satisfaction for both.

Is your furnace in need of service? Or is it time for an Upgrade? For all of your HVAC needs contact MBR Services, your Chicago heating specialists, at (708) 417-0725.