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Should I Get a Tank Style or Tankless Water Heater?

Jan 31, 2019

Tankless water heaters are known for being efficient and small in terms of their overall size and for that reason they are quite popular among most homeowners. Tank-style water heaters, on the other hand, will cost you much less than tankless water heaters and are easier to operate. Both have their benefits and drawbacks, but one might suit your home better than the other.

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Mini Splits a Popular Chicago Multi-Unit Property Retrofit

Jan 23, 2019

Are the residents of your older Chicago apartment complex or condominium building still using window air conditioners to keep their units cool? If they are, you might be interested to know that mini split systems can provide affordable and reliable air conditioning without damaging common elements or installing air ducts, which may cause problems in older and historic buildings.

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5 Top Trends in Commercial HVAC

Jan 09, 2019

As both our internal and external environment changes, the HVAC industry also changes and develops new technologies in heating and cooling to meet new improved energy efficiency standards. For example, 30 years ago, HVAC systems consisted of single-stage motors and mercury thermostats that maintained a steady temperature 24 hours a day unless the dial was turned up or down. Today, we have programmable thermostats that allow multiple temperatures to be set, depending on the time and day of the week, and we have variable-speed motors that can decrease or increase, depending on cooling or heating needs. The 2019 HVAC trends are forecast to involve better HVAC connectivity and data as well as improvements in green HVAC technology.

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The Primary Cause of Boiler Inefficiency

Dec 27, 2018

Boiler inefficiency can cost your business hundreds if not thousands of dollars each winter. Thankfully, there is one thing you can check immediately and have repaired, if needed, to help you keep your heating bills low this season.

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How to Extend the Life of Your Furnace

Dec 27, 2018

Your furnace is a hard-working appliance. Like any other appliance, its parts will wear down over time. However, there are a few steps you can take to make sure your furnace lasts as long as possible.

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Why Old Radiators Overheat and What to Do About It

Dec 19, 2018

Have you noticed hot and cold areas in your apartment complex? Most older radiators contain valves that only have two settings, including open and closed. Thankfully, there are ways to improve your steam boiler's efficiency and the comfort of your Chicago multi-family building.

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How Your Building Can Achieve 4 Stars with the New Chicago Energy Rating System

Dec 17, 2018

Are you trying to achieve a 4-star energy rating on your next Chicago energy benchmarking in order to appeal to new tenants or owners? If you are, you should know all the ways you can achieve the highest rating possible, even 4 stars.

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8 Steps to Take Now to Prepare for 2019 Chicago Energy Rating System

Dec 05, 2018

Is your Chicago building ready for 2019 energy benchmarking? Each year all the large buildings that have at least 50,000 square feet in Chicago are required to submit an energy report. In order to prepare for your 2019 energy benchmarking report, we have created a list of steps to make the process as quick and easy as possible.

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Energy Efficient Boiler Retrofits with Hydronic Controls

Nov 28, 2018

Does your multifamily building in Chicago have a steam or water boiler that supplies your winter heat? If it does, you may benefit from having hydronic heating controls installed. Installing hydronic heating controls can help keep your residents comfortable and eliminate hot and cold areas in your building.

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Why Does My Heater Make a Screeching Sound?

Nov 26, 2018

You finally get home after a long, chilly day. As soon as you come inside, you crank up the thermostat hoping to knock some of the chill out of your bones. But instead of being greeted with a warm, gentle breeze from the furnace, you’re startled by the sound of an earsplitting, hair-raising screech.

Your first thought is probably, “That sounds expensive.”

A screeching heater is unnerving. However, most of the time, it’s a simple fix that requires a bit of expert knowledge and skilled hands to repair. It’s not a sound that you want to turn up the TV and ignore, though—the longer your heater screeches, the more you risk costly damage.

Let’s take a look at the most common causes of a screeching or squealing heater.

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