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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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5 Benefits of Central AC (Besides Just Keeping Your Home Cool)

Jul 22, 2020

We all know that central AC is a must-have to keep your home cool during these hot summer months but a quality system has a range of benefits outside of just keeping temperatures regulated. Let’s take a look at 5 additional benefits of a central air conditioner outside of just keeping your home cool.

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5, 15 or 20? Your Commercial HVAC Life Expectancy

Jul 16, 2020

Commercial, residential and rooftop HVAC units all have an expected useful life. The lifespan typically ranges from 5 to 20 years. The caveat is that those lifespan numbers always include the phrase “with proper maintenance”. As a building owner, superintendent or property manager, it’s important to understand what kind of maintenance your unit needs on a regular basis and how manufacturers define proper maintenance in regards to their units’ expected operating lifespans. Failure to understand these terms could mean that you think you have to replace your HVAC system in 20 years when you will actually have to replace it in 5.

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Central AC Costs and Considerations: What Will Work for Your Home and Budget

Jun 25, 2020

Central AC is a game changer when it comes to beating the summer heat. Walking into your home on a hot day and having cold air hit your face is an awesome feeling. Not only do these systems circulate that wonderful cool air throughout your entire home, they also can improve your indoor air quality with high-quality filters, are quiet, and are extremely easy to use.

Now, this all sounds great but what you really want to know is how much it costs to install central AC in your home. Below we have outlined some of the factors that affect how much a central AC will cost.

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Air Conditioner Routine Maintenance Optimizes Efficiency

Jun 24, 2020

Did you know that performing regular maintenance on your HVAC unit can help you save money on your cooling bills? According to IAQA, you could save as much as 30 percent on your summer cooling bills if you keep your A/C unit well-maintained.

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Spring Cleaning Industrial Boilers at Your Chicago Facility

Jun 17, 2020

As you prepare for the heat of summer, don’t forget to clean your boiler after you shut it down for the season. Boilers often run on fossil fuels, like natural gas and heating oil. Because of this, the inside of your boiler can collect soot. If that soot sits for a long period of time, it can erode the components inside your boiler. For this reason, we recommend inspecting and cleaning your boiler each spring.

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7 Causes of Poor Indoor Air Quality and How They Affect Your Health

Jun 05, 2020

Are you continually waking up with a scratchy throat, stuffy nose and puffy eyes? The air quality inside your house might be to blame.

If your home's indoor air quality is less than ideal, it can have dangerous short-term and long-term effects on your health. Poor indoor air quality is typically a combination of environmental, hygienic and climate-related causes. Fortunately, improving your home's air quality is affordable and straightforward when you understand the reasons for poor indoor air quality.

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How Central AC Works and How to Keep Cool All Season Long

May 26, 2020

Summer is the perfect time for backyard barbecues, going for a swim at the pool, or taking a weekend getaway to the lake. When your air conditioner is running at 100 percent, summer is a breeze. If your AC isn't performing its best, the summer heat can quickly turn into your worst enemy.

What's the key to keeping your AC up and running? First, you need to know how the system works. With some basic AC know how, you can better understand what your AC needs to have a long, efficient life.

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