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Heat Pump vs Furnace: Which Will Keep Your Chicago Home Warm?

Jan 16, 2020

Are you questioning the best way to heat your home? Heat pumps have been a hot topic of discussion lately for their environmental friendliness. While they're a popular heat source in the southern U.S., can they handle the notoriously brutal Chicago winters like a standard gas furnace?

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7 Commercial HVAC Trends for the New Year

Jan 15, 2020

Are you ready for the changes in the HVAC industry in 2020? Next year is slated to be one of the best for commercial HVAC contractors and business owners looking to upgrade or replace their current systems. This is because new energy-efficient improvements combined with IoT and BAS systems are slated to help business owners save money over the entire lifespans of their HVAC systems, and owners who install new HVAC equipment before 2023 can take advantage of near-immediate tax breaks. 

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Do Energy-Efficient Appliances Save Money?

Dec 20, 2019

We're always looking for new ways to save money without giving up the small luxuries we love. By switching to energy-efficient appliances, you could save hundreds of dollars per year.

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Things You Should Never Put Down Your Garbage Disposal

Dec 19, 2019

A garbage disposal can make cleaning up after meals a whole lot easier. Instead of constantly unblocking your drain or having to worry about sneaky pieces of food making their way into your pipes, a garbage disposal does the hard work for you—it grinds up food waste, allowing scraps to easily flow through your pipes and out to the sewer.

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11 Benefits of Rooftop Solar Panel Installation for Commercial Buildings

Dec 11, 2019

Are you thinking about going green by installing rooftop solar panels on your Chicago building? Rooftop solar panels are a great way to cut your energy expenses and general power with a renewable energy course, and here at Althoff, serving Chicago, we design and build solar panel systems for commercial, industrial and large residential buildings.

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Thanksgiving Checklist: Getting Your Home Ready for Guests

Nov 22, 2019

It's definitely starting to get colder outside. Do you know what that means? Thanksgiving is coming up! Are you getting ready to prepare a feast for your family and loved ones? While you're planning your Thanksgiving checklist, remember to create a to-do list for your house as well!

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8 HVAC Problems Commercial Buildings Experience in the Winter

Nov 20, 2019

Are you concerned about the efficiency and reliability of your commercial HVAC system in Chicago? If you haven’t had your system inspected and repaired recently, now may be a good time to call for preventative maintenance. This is because HVAC systems can wear out over time, leading to a loss of energy-efficiency and unexpected breakdowns that could leave your building without heat for several hours or even several days, depending on the complexity of the needed repairs. Here at Althoff, we want you to be aware of the common problems commercial HVAC systems experience in the winter so that you can take steps to avoid these scenarios.

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Why Your Building Needs a Continuous Commissioning Plan

Nov 06, 2019

 

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What To Do If Your Toilet Overflows?

Nov 04, 2019

As a homeowner, or even as a renter, hearing water unexpectedly splashing on the floor in the bathroom when it's vacant can make your heart skip a beat.

Water damage can be an expensive, unpleasant burden to handle. Unfortunately, you'll probably have to deal with a faulty, overflowing toilet at some point in your life. Do you know what to do when the water from the toilet starts flooding your bathroom?

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Fall Home Maintenance Checklist: Preparing for Cold Chicago Winters

Oct 29, 2019

With winter fast approaching, it won't be long until the cold weather and low temperatures are here to stay. With this in mind, it's important to ensure your home is fully winterized. To keep your home running and reduce the amount you have to spend on repairs when the snow hits and the wind chill drops, take a look at our fall homeowner checklist.

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