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Optimal Indoor Humidification is Crucial to Your Building Tenants - Find Out Why

Oct 15, 2020

When is the last time you thought about the humidity levels in your Chicago building? If you’re like most people, the answer is not since the last 90-degree day when you felt like you were walking through a giant outdoor sauna while traversing the parking lot to your car. The truth is that the humidity levels inside your building are extremely important. If it’s too dry, certain finishes in your building may crack, like wood flooring and moldings, and your residents may feel cold, even if the thermostats are set correctly. If it’s too wet, your building may start to feel like that 90-degree day.

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It Didn’t Even Storm! Why Is My Power Out? 5 Reasons for Power Outages

Oct 14, 2020

From high winds to lightning strikes to ice storms, many regions of this country are more prone to power outages than others throughout the year. However, a power outage doesn't always require a major storm for it to occur. In fact, there are several reasons for a power outage that have nothing to do with the weather.

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4 Important Things to Know About AC Condensate Drain Lines

Oct 02, 2020

The AC condensate drain line is one of the most essential elements of any home and HVAC system. Not only is it responsible for several tasks, but it also plays a critical role in the overall performance of in-home appliances. Additionally, AC condensate drain lines have a significant role in HVAC systems that are heavily used during the winter and summer months.

However, few homeowners are aware of their condensate drain line's overall performance and how to fix them when the line is clogged. To learn more about AC condensate lines, how they work, and how to prevent yours from becoming clogged again in the future, take a look at our guide to AC condensate drain lines below.

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Plumbing Issues That Seem Small But Cause Big Headaches

Sep 29, 2020

When it comes to any sort of problem in the home, you want to make sure that you pick up on it at the earliest opportunity. After all, the sooner you notice an issue, the quicker it can be fixed. This can make it a lot more convenient and cost-effective too.

However, the trouble is that we often do not realize that we have a big problem until it is too late. Because of this, we are going to take a look at some of the most common plumbing issues that may seem small but can cause a big headache.

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What Is the Difference Between a GFCI Outlet and a Regular Outlet?

Sep 14, 2020

Electricity is something people take for granted because of how prevalent it is in our daily lives, but electrical safety is no joke. People can get seriously injured by electrical shocks in the home.

Electricity, water, and humans are a bad combination, which is why GFCI outlets were invented. GFCI stands for Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter, and it is a type of electrical safety precaution that was invented to decrease the likelihood of people suffering from electrical shocks while they are in areas of the house that contain water sources.

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Learn the Most Important Reason for a Fall HVAC Inspection

Aug 27, 2020

How efficient and safe is your heating equipment? Just because your HVAC system was working fine at the end of last year, doesn’t mean it’s going to be safe or reliable this year. This is because, with each cycle, your heating equipment experiences wear and tear, and if you have a natural gas or heating oil furnace or commercial boiler, lack of maintenance could cause dangerous carbon monoxide levels. An HVAC preventive maintenance inspection can help reduce the risk for common heating problems, including carbon monoxide, which is odorless, tasteless and undetectable without a carbon monoxide detector.

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Toilet Tank Overfilling? Most Common Causes and Quick Troubleshooting Tips

Aug 20, 2020

Toilets are notoriously prone to plumbing issues. As necessary as they are, toilets can suffer from a number of problems, one of the most common being the toilet tank overfilling.

Toilets are made up of two major components: the toilet bowl and the toilet tank. The latter of which is usually the cause of any plumbing problems that your toilet may be having.

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Protect Your Workers from COVID-19 with Custom Sheet Metal Solutions

Aug 13, 2020

Are you wondering how you’re going to comply with the new safety rules that have been implemented due to COVID-19? As a Chicago business, it’s imperative to take steps to prevent exposure and transmission of the novel coronavirus. To date, Cook County has seen more than 106,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and nearly 5,000 deaths. As a business, you’ve probably already told workers to stay home if they are sick and implemented temperature checks before anyone enters your building. These are good first steps, but the truth is that you may have to retrofit the interior and exterior of your building with additional safety measures. For example, our sheet metal fabricators at Althoff recently build custom hand sanitizing stations and workstation barriers for a large food manufacturer in order to increase workplace safety and help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

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Trouble Getting Your Toilet to Flush? Here Is What Could Be Going On

Jul 29, 2020

Plumbing issues can be a big problem, especially when they affect something you use every day like your toilet. If you are having toilet flush problems, it is important to determine the source of the problem. This article will help you to identify the problem, figure out how to solve it and get that toilet flushing once again.

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The Importance of Fan Coil Unit Preventive Maintenance

Jul 23, 2020

When is the last time you performed preventative maintenance on your fan coil unit (FCU)? Fan coil units are used to heat or cool a room without ductwork, which makes them easy to install in areas where installing air ducts is not feasible or financially viable. In order to extend the life of the unit and prevent extremely costly repairs or the replacement of your FCUs, it’s important to perform regular preventative maintenance.

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