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Carbon Monoxide is a colorless, odorless, and extremely dangerous gas. It is created as a byproduct from the combustion of fuel, although properly functioning appliances usually do not create carbon monoxide at deadly levels. This dangerous chemical can also be created by motor vehicles. Here is your guide to protecting yourself and your family from carbon monoxide poisoning.
Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
If you or your family members are experiencing dizziness, confusion, nausea, or headaches, you might also be experiencing moderate levels of carbon monoxide. Even a moderate level of carbon monoxide exposure is enough to be potentially fatal. Less serious symptoms occur at lower levels of exposure. These symptoms include more mild nausea and headaches as well as shortness of breath and potential long-term health complications.
What to Do if You Think You Have Symptoms
Carbon monoxide kills hundreds of people every year, so if you think you might have symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning, there are several things that you should do. Your first priority should be to get clean, fresh air. You can do this most directly by going outside, but open windows and turn off appliances first if you can. Next, you should get to a hospital so that you can immediately be checked for carbon monoxide poisoning.
There are many things that you can do to reduce the possibility of experiencing carbon monoxide poisoning. Every year, you should have a professional inspect each of your fuel-burning appliances such as your furnace. Always try to properly ventilate your home, and if possible, use appliances that ventilate to the outside. Never use charcoal grills inside, idle your car in your garage, or try to heat your home using a gas oven. If you believe you may have symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning, seek help immediately.
For more information about carbon monoxide poisoning, call Besco Air at (773) 756-5713 or visit our website. We are a heating and cooling service that serves Chicago, Northbrook, Park Ridge, Niles, and Wilmette. Call or stop by and see us for all of your air conditioning or furnace repair and maintenance needs.
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The furnace filter cleans the air going into the furnace. In addition to reducing air quality, a clogged furnace filter puts a strain on the furnace, which reduces its efficiency. To learn how you can change your furnace filter at home, read this article.
Identify the Type of Filter You Have
Most furnace filters need to be changed out every month, or when you are unable to see through the filter medium. But some high-efficiency filters, such as permanent electrostatic filters, need to be cleaned as frequently as every two to four weeks.
Find the Filter Air Box
When you are facing the furnace, the heating ducts should be near the top of the unit. It is through these ducts that hot air is sent to each room that the furnace services. There should also be a cold air return duct near the bottom of the furnace, where cold air from the home comes back into the unit to be heated. This is where you will find the filter air box.
Locate the Filter
The filter will be inside the filter box, probably adjacent to the furnace. Sometimes there is a hinged door covering the filter box, while other times the filter is visible inside of a compartment that it slides into.
Pull the Old Filter Out
As you pull out the old filter, take a look at the direction in which the arrows on the side of the filter are pointing. This will help you position the new filter. After you pull the filter out, throw it away or check to see if you can recycle it.
Slide the New Filter In
Look along the sides of the new filter for airflow arrows. These arrows point in the direction of the airflow. Make sure these arrows point to the same direction that the old arrows pointed, which should be toward the furnace.
To have your furnace filter changed professionally, contact Besco Air today. Call us at (773) 756-5713 for more information, and check out our website to see the other furnace repair and maintenance services we offer throughout the Chicago area.
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From charm and history to structural integrity, there are many benefits of owning an older home. The ability to efficiently heat or cool your home to a comfortable temperature in the depths of winter or the height of summer, however, is unlikely to be one of them.
If you live in an older home that was not built to accommodate ductwork, there are still a handful of ways that you can keep your home comfortable year-round. Summer solutions include mini split systems and high velocity air conditioning systems, which make central air conditioning possible even in homes without a proper duct system. Heating older homes is generally less of a challenge, but it also typically involves a split system of individual radiators rather than a unified central system.
Does your historic Chicago home get uncomfortably cold during the wintertime or unbearably warm in summer? For comfortable and energy-efficient heating and cooling solutions from a furnace and AC repair expert with a wealth of relevant experience, call Besco Air Inc. at (773) 756-5713. You can also visit our website to learn more about our HVAC services in the Chicagoland area.
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Air conditioners are expensive to purchase and install, driving most homeowners to use them until they stop working altogether. While this is understandable, it is not always healthy or economical to run an air conditioning system that is operating far below its capacity. If one or more of the following statements applies to your air conditioner, it may be time to retire it and upgrade to a new, more energy-efficient model.
Cooling is Inconsistent
If you use a central air conditioning system and the temperature has recently been noticeably warmer in some rooms of your home, your air conditioning system may be on the verge of failure. If this is a problem you have dealt with since your air conditioner was installed, the problem may be related to your home’s ductwork or insulation.
Energy Bills Are on the Rise
If your cooling costs rise significantly or continuously while your cooling demands stay fairly constant, your air conditioning system is probably operating inefficiently. If that is the case, your air conditioner needs to be repaired or replaced.
Air Conditioning Unit Makes Loud or Frequent Noises
An increase in the degree or volume of noise coming from your air conditioner is often a sign that something is not right. It may be dirty or overexerting itself, and should be inspected by an HVAC professional right away.
Unit Has Been Operating for a Decade
In a perfect world, air conditioners would last forever. In the real world, they don’t generally last longer than 10 or 12 years. Even if you have taken great care of your air conditioning system, maintaining it as recommended and having it inspected by a professional on a regular basis, it will start to operate well under its initial capacity and eventually give out.
Choosing a new air conditioning system that is the right size for your home is important for your comfort and your home’s energy efficiency. To work with a skilled Chicago HVAC contractor who offers high-quality installation services and prioritizes customer satisfaction, call Besco Air Inc. at (773) 756-5713. We look forward to helping you find the perfect HVAC system for your home.
Last updated 1 month ago
Do you feel like you spend too much on heating and cooling your home each year? If you don’t already use a programmable thermostat, installing one in your home could lead to huge savings in energy costs each year.
For tips on finding the right programmable thermostat for your home and programming it to maximize energy savings without sacrificing your comfort, check out this informational video clip. Speaking on behalf of the EPA’s Energy Star program, Wendy Reed provides a helpful overview of the most common programmable thermostat types and demonstrates how to properly use them, the basics of which depend on your family’s schedule.
If your energy costs are exceptionally high and you are using an old furnace or air conditioning system, you may need to upgrade your HVAC system in addition to installing a new thermostat. For a free in-home estimate from an experienced Chicago heating and cooling expert, call Besco Air Inc. at (773) 756-5713.