HVAC Equipment and Service

HVAC is short for heating, ventilation and air conditioning. We commonly use this phrase to refer to your complete heating and cooling setup read more.

You’ll want to look for the date it was made. This is typically situated on a label on the surface of your read more.

It’s common for your comfort unit to make a bit of noise as it runs. There are a few considerations that influence its sound level, like age and read more

Precision tune-ups help your heating or air conditioning system provide efficient, trouble-free comfort throughout the year read more

A Trip Charge is a bill for the effort associated with the time and travel to diagnose, inspect and deliver expert recommendations for a home's heating or air conditioning system by a read more

A popping noise is a common sign of an undersized duct design. This happens when read more

 

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Charging a flat rate instead of an hourly amount ensures pricing is provided ahead of time. The price read more.

You wouldn't get a new car and think you’d never have to inflate the tires, put in new oil or investigate strange noises. read more

Air handlers and furnaces aren't often installed side by side in Saint Charles. If you rely on a furnace, read more.
We repair all makes and models in Saint Charles. read more
We carry a wide offering of water heaters.
We have financing.
Yes. Our Experts are just minutes away, whether you’re in need of a furnace repair in the middle of a cold winter night read more.
Saving Energy at Home

With energy expenses climbing, there are a few steps you can take to lower the expense of heating read more.

 

If you notice your showers are becoming chilly quickly, your tank water heater might be the problem. read more
If your toilet continues to run, it could be because of a few read more.
One of the most frequent reasons your dishwasher refuses to drain correctly is because of read more.
Indoor Air Quality

No, HVAC air filters differ in quality and size, and some have specifications that read more.

Absolutely. Air pollution concentration can be up to 100 times worse inside than read more

Installing a carbon monoxide detector in a central spot is the smartest way read more

You might have tried to mask indoor odors by relying on air fresheners or read more

A wise way to select the appropriate humidifier

Each home has unique comfort needs, especially if someone in your read more

According to studies created by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, exposure to air pollutants indoors can be 100 times higher than outdoors. Frequent dusting and vacuuming can help reduce the amount of dust and dust mites present in your home. However, not all read more

Depending on the style you choose and the measurements of your residence, a humidifier

How frequently you should replace your air filters could depend on the following:

  • Air filter model
  • Overall indoor air quality
  • Number of pets
  • Household size
  • Air pollution levels and construction near the residence
  • Your MERV rating

For standard 1"–3" air filters, manufacturers typically advise you to replace them every 30–90 days. If you suffer from light to moderate allergies, you can install a better air filter or replace them even more often.

The shortest answer to "how often should I replace my air filter?":

If there isn't a smoker or pets in the home, and your filter is the commonly sold 1" filter with a MERV rating of 4, you should be able to wait up to 90 days before replacing it.

What air filter models survive longer?

Some air filters are manufactured to last up to six months, while others must be replaced monthly. The denser the air filter, the longer it will last. Generally speaking, you should look at the thickness of the filter rather than the brand. You also need to look at the MERV rating.

The MERV rating is a scale that goes from 1-20 and measures how well an air filter can eliminate particles from the air. The higher the MERV rating, the smaller the particle that will be captured by the air filter.

While a filter with a higher MERV rating will live longer, it could also impede the airflow in your home. And you will have to switch out the filter more often. And if you have an older system, prepare to replace the filter more frequently to extend the life of your filter.

How often do I need to replace my air filter based on thickness?

The longevity of an air filter also depends on its thickness. A 1" filter will have to be replaced more often than a 4" filter.

  • A 1" pleated air filter should be replaced every 30-60 days.
  • A 2" pleated air filter should be replaced every 90 days.
  • A 3” pleated air filter should be replaced every 120 days.
  • A 4" pleated air filter should be replaced every 6 months.
  • A 5” or 6" pleated air filter should be replaced every 9-12 months.

One of the perks of thicker filters is not only do they last longer, but they also have a higher MERV rating. This means they will do a better job of getting rid of the particles in your home. They also create less air resistance, which can help your HVAC system function more efficiently and minimize wear and tear on components including the blower motor.

If you have a whole-house air purifier, you will also need to replace the filters more often.

How often should I change my air filter if I have a dog or cat?

If you own pets, you might have to replace your air filter more often. Pet hair and dander can quickly clog up an air filter and reduce its effectiveness. For every shedding dog you own, assume to replace the filter a month earlier than you would for a home lacking pets. The same goes for cats, even though they don't shed as frequently as dogs. If you have a hypoallergenic or non-shedding dog or cat, you might not need to replace your air filter as often.

Though a good rule of thumb, you will need to inspect your air filter more frequently to see if it needs to be replaced. Dogs don't shed the same amount year-round. They shed more in the spring and fall when they are blowing their coat. Examine the air filter monthly and replace it when it seems clogged.

Here are averages that may help you figure out how often you should get a new air filter at your home:

  • Vacation house or one occupant and no pets or allergies: every 6–12 months
  • Ordinary suburban home without pets: every 90 days
  • One dog or cat: every 60 days
  • More than one pet or if anyone has allergies: 20–45 days

Yes. Carbon monoxide is an invisible danger to health and safety in your Saint Charles read more

HVAC systems can can lower the moisture in indoor air read more

Unfortunately, carbon monoxide

Prevention is the most important place to begin. Completing correct safety read more

Many daily products may cause inferior indoor air quality

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless and tasteless gas. It’s created by insufficient fuel combustion often caused by read more

Indoor air quality means pollution within your Saint Charles home or business. Air particles can read more

We suggest regularly washing and letting water out of the humidifier’s read more

We advise keeping your Saint Charles residence’s humidity level near 30–60%. read more

Dry air triggers respiratory problems. We recommend keeping your home’s humidity range between read more

Plumbing
While it depends on the spot and level of pipe damage, a leaking water pipe.
To skip rancid scents, you should grind up food refuse right away with cold read more