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Where are My Water and Gas Shut Off Valves?

Aug 14, 2018

If you need to turn off your home’s gas or water due to a needed repair or a weather issue, first you have to know where the water and gas shut off valves are located. Ideally, you’ll want to locate the main or master shut offs, as well as the supply shut offs, before an emergency happens.

SAFETY NOTE: If you suspect a gas leak, do not try to turn off the gas to your home. Get outside, move away from the house, and then call the gas company.

If you have a water leak, your municipal water supplier may have an emergency number you can call to report it.

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4 Signs Your Multi-Family Water Heater Will Rupture

Aug 08, 2018

Commercial and residential hot water heaters are designed to last between 10 and 20 years with proper maintenance. This means periodically flushing the tank to remove sediment, checking the temperature setting, testing the hot water at the taps and visually inspecting the water heater for signs of rust, corrosion and leaks. If proper hot water heater maintenance is not maintained, you could find yourself with a blowout and flooding in your multi family building.

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Lower Multi-Family Building Energy Bills by Maximizing Chiller Efficiency

Aug 01, 2018

If your multi-unit residential building in Chicago has a chiller, you might be surprised to know that operating it at full-capacity may not be the most efficient way to run your cooling system, and it could be costing your building money in the form of higher energy bills. In fact,  AchrNews states that chillers can account for as much as 50 percent of the utility usage in your residential multi-unit building. Thankfully, there are things you can do to maximize your chiller’s energy efficiency.

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3 Reasons Why a Rooftop Unit is the #1 Choice for Chicago Commercial Buildings

Jul 25, 2018

When it comes to choosing the right type of HVAC unit for your Chicago building, many building owners and property managers choose rooftop units. These units are usually chosen for their overall affordability as it relates to cost to install and long-term operational costs, their all-in-one designs and their ability to be retrofitted and scaled. In addition to these three benefits, commercial building owners often choose rooftop units over ground units because they take up less space on the property, and they are less likely to get vandalized.

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Overworked Rooftop Unit? MidSummer HVAC Maintenance Plan

Jul 19, 2018

With this summer’s extreme heat, it is extremely important to perform preventative maintenance on your HVAC equipment. Extremely high temperatures cause HVAC units to work longer, thusly increasing the wear and tear on the internal components and causing higher energy bills.

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4 Reasons You Should Replace That Old Toilet

Jul 17, 2018

Does your toilet require lengthy instructions to guests on how to flush it? Is it worn out to the point where no amount of cleaning can make it presentable, and you hope guests don’t ask to use it in the first place? Why haven’t you replaced that old toilet already?

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Summer Storm Recovery Action Plan for Chicago Facilities

Jul 12, 2018

Does your Chicago facility have a storm recovery plan in place? Knowing what to do after the storm is just as important as knowing what to do prior to and during the storm.

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Emergency Preparedness Tips for Your Chicago Multi Unit Building

Jul 05, 2018

Are you and your residents prepared for the next big Illinois storm? Spring and summer bring warm weather and beautiful sunny days, but they also bring severe thunderstorms, tornadoes and flooding. When you are faced with a severe spring or summer storm, it is best to be prepared.

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Top 4 Reasons Your Air Conditioner Isn’t Working

Jul 03, 2018

Oh, fantastic. You’re sweltering on a hot day and no matter how low you set the thermostat, your air conditioning system just can’t seem to cool the house. Or maybe you feel warm-ish air coming out of the vents instead of nice cold air. What could be going on?

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6 Tips to Prepare Your Facility for Illinois Summer Storms

Jun 28, 2018

Is your Chicago facility ready for the thunderstorms, tornadoes and flooding that could affect the area this summer? All of these severe weather events can lead to storm damage, and the need to make extensive repairs. Thankfully, there are some things you can do to help prepare your building and residents for severe weather.

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