Reset Your Furnace or Heat Pump

January 10, 2022

While a furnace or heat pump is one of the most important pieces of household equipment we use, it’s also very frustrating when it suddenly breaks down and we’re left in the cold while waiting on a repair technician to arrive. No one wants to be cold, and no one wants to waste energy on a broken furnace. Luckily, you can easily learn how to reset a furnace yourself. Here’s how: 1. Restart an Electric Furnace With the Reset Button Turn off the circuit breaker if you don’t see a power switch on your furnace. Open up the housing and...

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Burning Smells and Heating Systems

December 16, 2021

As the weather starts to cool down, it is not unusual for our East Peoria clients to call in a panic about a burning smell. Any time you smell smoke in your home, it is a reason for concern. However, a burning odor that happens when you first fire up the system is perfectly normal. Reasons for an Initial Burning Smell Your heating system is quiet during the warm spring and summer seasons. In these months, dust and debris accumulate inside the furnace and ducts. When the burner ignites for the first time, it burns away the dust and hair,...

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How to Prepare Your Home for Cold Weather

November 18, 2021

It’s important to spend some time in the fall preparing your home for winter weather. You will be more comfortable, and you’ll ultimately save money by doing so. These are some of the top things to do. Caulk Around Windows and Doors Go around your home and inspect windows and doors for gaps. Fill in any gaps that you find with caulk. It’s best to use silicone caulk as it stands up to the elements and doesn’t shrink. You can also add weatherstripping around doors if it’s needed. Clean Gutters Fall is the time to clean gutters. Remove all the...

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How to Safely Use a Space Heater

October 13, 2021

With cold weather coming, space heaters can provide a supplemental way of heating your home. However, over 25,000 fires a year are caused by space heaters. Here’s what you need to know to use one safely in your residence. Choose the Right Space Heater There are four types of space heaters. Fan-forced heaters, ceramic heaters and radiant heaters heat the room they’re in. An infrared heater only heats people and objects in front of it. Don’t buy an infrared heater and expect it to heat an entire room. Safety Features Look for four safety features when buying a space heater....

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