Your home is a marvel of independent and interconnected devices. Water flows in and out, managed throughout via a network of pipes, faucets, and drains. Water is even heated to a desired temperature. Air circulates in and out and is cooled, heated, and even purified...read more
You've likely seen the Energy Star logo on appliances, electronics, and building products. It is a script “energy” followed by a five-pointed simple star in a square with the words “Energy Star” at the bottom. Some people may perceive that Energy Star is a brand or a...read more
Some of the most frequently asked questions we get at Althoff Industries are related to the repair, replacement, and lifespan of HVAC equipment. This time of year in Chicago, questions about the average life of an air conditioner unit and whether the repair or...read more
Just because your car gets you someplace doesn't mean it is operating properly. It may have tires that are low, causing poor mileage. Low oil or coolant levels may be creating excessive heat that is damaging your engine. The same is true for your A/C system. Just...read more
As we've mentioned in previous articles, there are many factors that will affect air conditioner performance. The most common issues, however, are the three “D's” of dirt, debris, and dust. A dirty air conditioner, dirty condenser coil or clogged air filter can cause...read more
It seems contrary to logic. The humidity soars and temperatures rise into the 90s. Simply going outside in the Chicago area heat drains the energy out of you. Sweating is almost instant. Of course, this is the time when your home air conditioner stops working. There...read more
When faced with replacing the air conditioner of your Chicago area home, you will likely have to make a decision on a SEER rating for your unit. The challenge is, many don't know what a SEER rating is let alone how it is used in selecting the best system for your...read more
Most of us in the greater Chicago area are glad to see the summer months arrive. It means the return of baseball, vacations, and trips to the beach. One thing though that summer brings that is not so welcome is the higher summer cooling bills. You are not helpless,...read more
At Althoff Industries, we don't just view ourselves as HVAC technicians. We see ourselves as indoor air quality specialists. Properly treating the air in a home is much more complex than it may first seem. There are numerous factors to consider. One has to note the...read more
There is a reason HVAC companies refer to their equipment as a “system”. It's because each component is designed to work in harmony to provide efficient heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. The older an HVAV system is, however, the more opportunities there are...read more
There are plenty of myths about how to best clean the air in your home. Some people believe a good HEPA air filter will do. Others suggest an air purifier. Still others say that perhaps there is nothing you can do, especially when it comes to allergens. The Chicago...read more
One the easiest, least expensive and most beneficial ways to keep your air conditioner humming along through the summer season is through changing the air conditioning filter and through regular air filter maintenance. Yet, it is amazing how often our HVAC technicians...read more
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