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5 Smart Ways to Optimize Air Flow in Your Chicago Building

Apr 25, 2018

When it comes to keeping your building comfortable all year long, one of the best ways is to optimize the air flow. When your building is getting adequate air flow, rooms stay at a comfortable temperature, and each room feels light and airy instead of stuffy and stagnant. You may also save money on your heating and cooling bills.

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Two Pipe vs. Four Pipe for a Building Chilled Water Distribution System

Apr 03, 2018

Fan coil units in large residential and commercial buildings can either be installed with two-pipes or four-pipes, depending on the building’s needs, and before you choose which type of system to install, you should know the pros and cons of each type of fan coil unit.

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How to Keep Your Household Safe from Furnace Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Feb 12, 2018

Most of us view our homes as inanimate objects, constructed of wood, bricks, steel, glass, and roofing materials. Few look at our houses as a representation of who we are. Literally.

Take, for example, our home's electrical system. It serves as the “nervous system” of our houses, providing the power it needs to function efficiently. A home's plumbing serves much like our own and even our insulation qualities are similar. Have you ever given thought to the fact that your home's HVAC system serves as the lungs of your home?

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The 3 Most Common Furnace Repairs for NW Chicago Homeowners

Feb 06, 2018

This has been another brutal winter in Crystal Lake and the NW Chicago area. The fact is, relatively few areas of the country have been spared from the cold. In Northwest Chicago, however, it seems we have gone weeks at a time without the temperatures reaching above freezing. It is easy to see these conditions are tough on our cars and our attitudes but they are also tough on our furnaces. Our furnaces are asked to work overtime to keep us comfortable in these weather conditions without much regard to age or condition. Eventually, the weakest link or links will fail creating a need for a furnace repair. At Althoff Industries, these are the most common repairs that we have encountered for NW Chicago area homeowners.

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4 Facility Spot Heating Options

Jan 23, 2018

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Are sections or your building or common outdoor spaces in need of spot heating during the colder months? Spot heaters, like infrared heaters, convection heaters and radiant heaters, can provide a cost-effective solution for rooms or outdoor spaces where traditional HVAC systems and additional air ducts are not feasible.

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Winter Thermostat Settings - What is Best for the Midwest?

Jan 17, 2018

The debate rages on at cocktail parties and family gatherings. There are some who have an extreme view to the right and those who would prefer people lean left when it comes to the subject. One thing we can all agree on is that in Crystal Lake and the Northwest Chicago area suburbs, winters are cold. So what is the definitive answer to what is the best temperature for a house in winter? What are appropriate winter thermostat settings for your home? The answer may be a bit more complicated than you think.

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What to Know When Calling for Emergency Furnace Repair

Jan 10, 2018

It's a frigid day in January and you wake up in your Crystal Lake or McHenry County, IL home. Your house is much cooler than normal and as you wake up you realize it is actually really cold. Your first thought is that you have a furnace issue and you need to call an HVAC technician. You recognize that it is not just uncomfortable in your home but if you don't get heat restored soon, you could experience even more issues like frozen pipes.

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10 Tips to Save on Illinois Energy Costs this Winter

Dec 27, 2017

Odds are you and your neighbors are looking for ways to save on heating costs this winter. You'll be glad to know you can cut Illinois energy costs without expensive remodeling or the purchase of brand new HVAC equipment. Here are some relatively simple, low-cost ways you can cut your heating costs on your Illinois energy bill this winter.

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6 Furnace Replacement Signs

Dec 20, 2017

At Althoff Industries, our HVAC professionals are trained to do everything possible to keep your HVAC system operating efficiently and most of all, safely. There are points, however, when even a well-maintained furnace may need replacing. Here are 6 furnace replacement signs for which you should be on the outlook.

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The Best Overall Furnace Filter for Your Residential HVAC System

Nov 22, 2017

There are more choices than ever when choosing a furnace air filter for your home. How do you know what is the best furnace filter for you?

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