HVAC Equipment and Service

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

You’ll want to find a production date. This is frequently found on a label on the outside of your read more.

It’s expected for your HVAC unit to make a little noise as it runs. There are a couple of factors that influence its sound level, including age and read more

Precision tune-ups help your heating or air conditioning equipment provide efficient, trouble-free comfort all year read more

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

A popping disturbance is typical sign of an insufficient duct design. This happens when read more

 

Our reply is, it’s a good idea. Here's why. read more

Billing by a flat rate rather than an hourly price ensures your charges are up-front. The price read more.

You wouldn't purchase a new car and presume you’d never have to pump up the tires, replace the oil or look into odd noises. read more

Installing home zoning

Air handlers and furnaces aren't typically used together in Champaign. If you have a furnace, read more.
We service all makes and models in Champaign. read more
We sell a full line of water heaters.
We provide 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 costs climbing, there are a few processes you can take to reduce the cost of heating read more.

 

If you notice your showers are turning chilled fast, your tank water heater may be the problem. read more
If your toilet continuously runs, it may be because of a couple of read more.
One of the most common reasons your dishwasher refuses to drain well is on account of read more.
Indoor Air Quality

No, HVAC air filters differ in quality and dimensions, and some have features that read more.

Absolutely. Air pollution levels can be up to 100 times worse indoors than read more

Relying on a carbon monoxide detector in a central area is the smartest way read more

You might have tried to cover up indoor odors by spraying air fresheners or read more

A good way to pick the right humidifier

Each household has varying 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 model you install and the size of your home, a humidifier

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

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

For common 1"–3" air filters, manufacturers generally instruct you to replace them every 30–90 days. If you suffer from light to moderate allergies, you could install a better air filter or exchange them even more regularly.

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

If you don't have a smoker or pets in the home, and your filter is the frequently 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 designed to last up to six months, while others must be replaced monthly. The denser the air filter, the longer it will last. As a whole, 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 assesses how well an air filter can remove 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 last longer, it could also restrict the airflow in your home. And you will have to exchange the filter more often. And if you own an older system, prepare to replace the filter more often to extend the life of your filter.

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

The life span of an air filter also depends on its thickness. A 1" filter will need 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 benefits of thicker filters is not only do they perform longer, but they also have a better MERV rating. This means they will do a better job of getting rid of the particles in your home. They also produce less air resistance, which can help your HVAC system function more efficiently and decrease 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 frequently.

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

If you have pets, you might need to exchange your air filter more often. Pet hair and dander can quickly clog an air filter and reduce its effectiveness. For every shedding dog you have, prepare to replace the filter a month sooner than you would for a home without pets. The same goes for cats, although 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.

Although a good rule of thumb, you will have to examine your air filter more frequently to see if it needs to be exchanged. Dogs don't shed to the same extent 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 appears clogged.

Here are averages that may help you know how regularly you should get a new air filter at your residence:

  • Vacation house or one occupant and no pets or allergies: every 6–12 months
  • Everyday 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 a hidden danger to health and safety in your Champaign read more

HVAC equipment can dry indoor air read more

Unfortunately, carbon monoxide

Stopping it from happening is the most important place to begin. Completing correct safety read more

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

Indoor air quality means pollution inside your Champaign home or business. Air contaminants can read more

We advise regularly washing and draining the humidifier’s read more

We advise keeping your Champaign house’s humidity level near 30–60%. read more

Dry air aggravates respiratory problems. We suggest keeping your residence’s humidity level between read more

Plumbing
While it depends on the location and amount of leak damage, a broken water pipe.
To stop rancid odors, you should grind up food refuse without delay with cold read more