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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.

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.


Green Your Home for Winter: Benefits of Having a Permanent Furnace Filter Professionally Installed

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Professional Installation of Chicago Furnace Filter

With the winter season approaching very quickly, now is a great time to have a permanent furnace filter installed professionally. A major reason is for health concerns. In the winter months, more time is spent inside and germs are very prevalent. Indoors, the air pollutants and viruses have excellent conditions for continuously reproducing if precautions are not taken to destroy or at least control their growth. The level of pollutants indoors during the winter months may be much higher at times than the levels found outdoors due to the warm climate control being kept inside.

Permanent furnace filters help to remove air health hazards such as smoke, mildew, pollen, dust and lint. These filters remove many of the irritants that affect our breathing, allergies, cold symptoms and general health during the winter months. The permanent furnace filters literally clean the air you breathe and help you to stay healthy. Physicians are suggesting these filters to their patients as one way of beginning steps to improve health during the cold winter months.

Outdoors, we have the advantage of sunshine and fresh air to help destroy germs before we breathe them into our bodies. Indoors, the sun is not strong enough to filter through our windows to destroy the germs and the air does not circulate as freely. Having a permanent furnace filter installed by a professional will help to eliminate the cost factor of replacing filters each month. The individual who installs your filter can be hired to come each month and clean the filter for you. The permanent furnace filter can easily be removed and cleaned with water and a very mild detergent. You do not have to limit cleaning to once a month and can do so more often if their has been those with a cold or flu in the home. A regular monthly cleaning helps to assure the long life of your filter and much better health for you and family.

Looking to have a permanent filter installed in your home’s furnace? Contact MBR Services, your Chicago heating experts, today at (708) 417-0725.

Signs it’s Time to Replace Your Furnace

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Signs it's time to replace your Chicago Furnace

A general rule of thumb is furnaces have a life span of about 15 to 20 years. That number will vary depending on maintenance and how much the furnace is used. There are signs your furnace is nearing the end of its usefulness other than the general rule of thumb. If your furnace needs constant repairs, it is time to think about a new furnace.  Your heating technician can only make so many repairs on a furnace before it gives up completely. In addition, parts for furnaces at the end of their life span may be more and more difficult to find, as heating technology is always improving, and may even come out to be more expensive than simply replacing the system entirely. Following are the main signs to look for when determining if it may be time to replace your home’s furnace.

A spike in energy bills is a red flag that something is not working correctly with the furnace. If the furnace has reached about 75% of its life span, putting money into its repair probably is not the economical answer. Cleaning or a simple repair might be the temporary answer, but it is probably time to start looking around.

After your furnace has come on and shut off a few times, you will have a good sense of the timing of the heating system. If you notice the timing of the furnace is out of the ordinary, this is a clue something is not right with the furnace.

Furnaces run with a fair amount of noise where it is located, but the noise should not be very noticeable in other parts of the house. Excess noise, whether it is something squeaking or rumbling is usually an indication it’s best heating days are behind it.
If you can smell gas or oil or find the registers emitting what looks like dust, just might mean your furnace is headed for the scrap pile. Your technician may be able to keep it going for a while longer, but how long that while is, may not be as long as you hope it is.

If your furnace experiences any of these problems, described above, it is time to start checking out a new furnace for your home. With the holidays quickly approaching, you don’t want to postpone the inevitable and be left with hunting for a new furnace during one of the busiest times of the year!  Have questions? Call us today, we look forward to hearing from you.

Need to replace or repair your furnace? Contact your Chicago furnace specialists, MBR Services, today at (708) 417-0725 to schedule an appointment.