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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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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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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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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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Does a Low-Flow Toilet Really Save Money?

Sep 16, 2019

If you’re a homeowner with older toilets, you could be flushing your hard-earned money down the drain. Regular-flow toilets can use up to seven gallons of water per flush. In comparison, a low-flow toilet is required to use 1.6 gallons of water or less per flush.

When you start doing the math, you can see that with every flush, a few cents are added to your water bill. These cents can quickly turn into dollars. By limiting the amount of water you use per flush, it’s possible to drastically reduce your water bill.

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Why Does My A/C Have Ice on It in the Summer?

Sep 05, 2019

There's nothing that'll get you more steamed than coming home to a hot house in the summer. Imagine your surprise when you go to inspect your air conditioner, and it's covered in ice! Each summer, this is one of the most common calls we get at Althoff Industries.

Luckily, an icy air conditioner is easy to diagnose and repair. While it may seem like you'll have an expensive repair bill coming your way, oftentimes you simply need to make a few simple changes to prevent your air conditioner from icing over. In this article, we’ll identify the causes of most frozen air conditioners, the repair process and how to prevent your air conditioner from freezing in the future.

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My A/C Is Running but Not Blowing Cold Air

Jul 01, 2019

Summer is in full swing and, on really hot days, all you want to do when you get home from a long day is to enjoy some cool air conditioning. Nothing kills this excitement more in the warm summer months than entering your home only to realize that your A/C is not blowing cold air. Unfortunately, an A/C is not fail-proof and they can quit blowing cool air for a variety of reasons. We have listed some of these reasons below so you can have an idea of why your A/C quit working and how you can resolve the issue.

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5 Air Conditioning Noises and Their Causes

Jun 13, 2019

Summertime—it’s sunshine, warm breezes, barbecues and the gentle hum of air conditioners keeping houses cool throughout the neighborhood. In a split second, that gentle hum can turn into an unnerving hissing, banging or screeching. While all air conditioners make noise, it’s important to be able to recognize which noises are normal, and which noises require a professional inspection.

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