Furnace Articles

Why Isn’t My Furnace Heating My Entire Home?

December 10, 2019
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If your furnace seems to be producing heating inconsistently around your Grayslake, IL, home to you, you’re not alone. Many homes have varied conditions from room to room causing spotty heating or cooling. On cold days, this can be a nuisance. For example, you may be confined to only a few rooms in your home.…

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What Does AFUE Mean?

November 7, 2019
When winter comes this dog transforms into a caterpillar with huge ears and she just wants to be inside her pink blanket until spring arrives.

While an air conditioner’s efficiency is measured by its SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating, an electric or gas- or oil-fired furnace’s efficiency is measured by its AFUE, or Average Fuel Utilization Efficiency. This standard measurement is given in percentages, letting you know how much of your fuel is actually used to heat your Illinois…

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Video—Why Does My Furnace Smell Like Gas When I Turn it ON?

October 29, 2019
Why does my furnace smell like gas when I turn it on?

You turn on your furnace, and you smell gas. What should you do? First assess what the smell most likely is, and you may not need to call anyone. Of course, if you’re still nervous because you just don’t know, turn off your furnace and give one of our highly trained technicians a call at…

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Why Is My Furnace Blowing Cold Air?

October 11, 2019
Guy covered up inside because furnace blowing cold air

Did you finally turn your furnace on this winter only to have cold air blowing out of your vents? Or did your furnace stop working just when you started to need it most? There are a few reasons your furnace may be blowing cold air, and there a few things to check before you need…

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5 Reasons to Schedule a Fall Furnace Clean and Check

September 16, 2019
Cozy living room in home representing the 5 reasons to schedule a fall furnace clean and check

Once the cooler weather hits here in Hudson this fall, you are going to want the inside of your home toasty and comfortable. This means turning on your furnace. Long before the first night you’ll want to use it, you should have your furnace cleaned and checked by a professional from Chaves Heating & Air Conditioning.

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When Should You Replace Your Furnace?

February 8, 2019
Angry woman warmly clothed in a cold home sitting on a couch

There are few simple things to take into consideration when thinking about a new furnace. How Old Is Your Furnace? The average life expectancy of a furnace is 15 to 20 years. The closer your furnace gets to this age range, the more attention you should pay to the warning signs. Start shopping for a…

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How Does My Furnace Work?

January 5, 2019
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Gas furnaces create heat by burning natural gas. This gas is usually methane combined with other carbon based gasses. The Ignitor The process starts with the ignitor. The ignition source for older furnaces is a pilot light, newer furnaces use an electronic starter. With a pilot light, the regulator supplies a very small bit of…

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Heat Pump vs. Furnace

January 2, 2019
Father and son arm wrestling over a heat pump vs. furnace for their heating needs.

Looking to install a new heater in your home? The two most popular choices are a heat pump and a furnace. But which one to choose? Each one has its own advantages and disadvantages when compared to the other. Here are some things to consider to help you in your decision-making process. Call one of…

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