A cold winter night can quickly escalate if the furnace in your home unexpectedly stops working. While you may be able to throw on an extra blanket or sweatshirt in some cases, a malfunctioning furnace has the potential to cause several problems.
When is the last time you thought about inspecting the radiator steam traps and possibly replacing them so that your Chicago residents have reliable heat all winter? Steam traps are essential because if they are clogged or stuck in the closed position, the radiator will not produce heat, leaving the residents in your units cold. Here at Althoff, we recommend getting your steam traps inspected and repaired or replaced yearly.
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There's no worse feeling than waking up in the middle of the night to your entire house feeling like it's a refrigerator. Let me guess, you usually fix this issue by pulling up the bedcovers and turning up your space heater. However, a cold house could mean that you're having furnace problems.
With the temperatures starting to cool and fall rapidly approaching, it’s time to start thinking about fall boiler preventive maintenance for your Chicago building. When heating equipment malfunctions or breaks, it tends to do so on the coldest day of the year or on a holiday, like Christmas or New Years. The reason is pretty simple. If you have an older boiler that hasn’t been maintained well, it has to work harder on extremely cold days. This can cause the unit to break down, and if it happens on a weekend or holiday, it can add hundreds of dollars to your repair bill. In order to avoid heating equipment catastrophes and uncomfortable indoor temperatures, you should think about taking steps to ensure that your boiler is ready for winter before cold temperatures arrive.
As we transition from warm 80 degree days to chilly 40 degree temps, it's likely that you'll notice that the indoor air in your home becomes much drier than usual. As temperatures drop and the air becomes drier, many homeowners turn to humidifiers for a solution. But what does a home humidifier do, and why is it so beneficial to own one?
How well maintained is your boiler? If you answered that it still ran last winter, you may be in for a surprise, especially If you are committing one of these classic boiler maintenance mistakes. In fact, you could be setting yourself up for high winter heating bills and the need for emergency maintenance. To make sure you are getting the most out of your boiler, remember to have your boiler inspected regularly and repaired when needed.
Regardless of the climate where you live, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems are critical to your overall well-being. However, much like all major home systems and appliances, HVAC systems can sometimes break down at the most inconvenient times, which is why you should always have a 24-hour emergency HVAC service company at your beck and call.
How have the winter humidity levels been in your building? If you answered a little dry, you’re not alone. As the outdoor temperatures cool, you may notice a drop in the humidity levels of your indoor air, especially if your Chicago building is heated with natural gas or another type of fossil fuel. When outdoor air temperatures decrease, the air is not able to hold as much moisture. Heating your indoor air causes an additional loss of moisture, which can create dry conditions in your residential or commercial building and affect how your residents, employees and visitors physically feel. Installing a whole-building commercial-grade humidifier can help keep your humidity levels constant and your residents and employees comfortable. Not to mention, you may save a few dollars on your heating bills.
Natural gas is a relatively safe, effective, and convenient source of energy. However, if the natural gas line in your property is not correctly installed or maintained, a natural gas leak can become a health risk and a source of danger in your home. Additionally, gas leaks also have explosive potential thanks to the extremely flammable nature of the gas vapors.