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13 Signs You Need a New Electric Circuit Breaker Panel

old electric control panels

Your electric circuit breaker panel is basically the brain of your house.  It is the source that powers all your electrical items, from your lights to your AC unit to your appliances and technology.  The panel can last for decades, but eventually you may need to replace it.  Here are some signs you’re due for […]

Home EV Charging Stations – Tips to Consider

car charging on home EV charger

If you are considering buying an electric vehicle (EV), it makes sense to buy a home EV charger as opposed to relying on public chargers for a few reasons: Despite the initial outlay for the home charger, over time the cost savings of “filling up” at home as opposed to public stations will outweigh that […]

Buying a Standby Generator

standby generator outside of home

It’s not uncommon for there to be power outages in Chicago’s North Shore and Northwest suburbs.  Intense heat, high winds, and violent thunderstorms all could lead to power outages.  When that occurs, you are at risk for: Spoiled food Flooding (especially if you do not have a battery backup to your sump pump) Loss of […]

Buying a New Sump Pump

sump pump in sump pit

Is your sump pump snoring when it’s pouring? Or making other strange noises?  Or worse – not working?  If so, you need to purchase and install a new sump pump before you are greeted with a flooded basement.  Here is some advice. Pedestal or Submersible? There are two types of sump pumps: pedestal and submersible. […]

Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters

Have you ever noticed that the electrical outlets in your kitchen, bathrooms, and other areas of your home look different than those in other areas? They are different.  The outlets in those areas are called Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters, or GFCI outlets.  They are commonly used and indeed required in areas where electrical current may […]

Eight Tips for Buying a New Air Conditioner

So, you’ve decided to purchase a new air conditioner.  Maybe you were forced into the choice because the old unit just wasn’t doing the job, or the repairs were becoming more frequent and more expensive.  Or maybe you just decided your AC was getting up there in age and you want to invest (yes, it […]

Eight Signs You Need a New Sump Pump

When it’s raining and it’s pouring, which occurs frequently this time of year, you don’t want your sump pump to be snoring.  You need it to be alert.  Otherwise, you may wake up to a flooded basement. Unfortunately, sump pumps don’t last forever, even with proper maintenance.  Here are some signs you need to have […]

Propane vs. Natural Gas for Your Grill

As the weather heats up, it’s time for that age-old dispute to surface.  No, not White Sox vs. Cubs.  Or whether you should put ketchup on your hot dog.  We are talking about propane vs. natural gas for your grill.   Our thoughts – it depends.  But here are a few things to consider.   […]

How Does Air Duct Cleaning Affect Your Air Conditioner?

Family in the living room with a strong air conditioner because of air duct cleaning

Your air conditioner faithfully pumps cool air throughout your home during the scorching summer months. But what about the entire duct system that delivers your cool comfort? Just like your lungs need clean air to function properly, so do your air ducts. Clogged and dirty air ducts can significantly impact your heating and cooling system. […]

What Is the Most Common Repair on a Home’s Air Duct System?

Family playing in living room after air duct repair.

Your home’s air ducts are essential to the heating and air conditioning process. Air ducts work by delivering heated or cooled air throughout your house for year-round comfort. Like any other HVAC system component, air ducts can succumb to wear and tear. Common air duct problems lead to a loss of efficiency, potentially impacting your […]

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